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Upcoming season marks 15 Years Young

(Published Sept. 12, 2007, 4:18 p.m.)

As the Young Auditorium enters its 15th season it is fitting that the theme is “15 Years Young.” This season brings an exciting roster of some favorites from the past 15 years like the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and American Players Theatre, exciting musical artists, comedians, great family entertainment and Broadway razzle dazzle. Tickets are available currently for all events.


New York Chamber Soloists

Monday, Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m.

The New York Chamber Soloists are also celebrating their 50th anniversary. This outstanding ensemble of distinguished virtuosi perform a widely diverse repertoire in creatively programmed concerts. This performance brings together four soloists on stage playing works by Saint-Saëns, Debussy, Reinecke and Brahms. The instrumentation will include French horn, oboe, violin and piano.



Thursday, Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m.

The band America was discovered in 1972 and they have created a musical panorama that includes 17 gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums and over 10 million records sold. Greatest hits include “A Horse with No Name,” “I Need You,” “Ventura Highway”, “Tin Man,” “Lonely People,” “Sister Golden Hair” and more. Now they are reaching a new generation with the release of Here and Now featuring collaborations with Ryan Adams, Ben Kweller and members of Fountains of Wayne, My Morning Jacket, Smashing Pumpkins and Nada Surf.


Georgian State Dance

Tuesday, October 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Sound bites at 6:30 p.m.

Swashbuckling adventure meets engaging romance. Cavalry combat, sword tossing and midair full-body spins are part of the spectacle of the Georgian State Dance, a traditional dance company from the former Soviet Union. This 80-member dance troupe will literally take your breath away.


Robin Hood

Missoula Children’s Theatre

Saturday, Oct. 13 at 2 p.m.

The time is simply long ago and the place is the magical, mythical Sherwood Forest. Our hero, Robin Hood, and his Merry Band of colorful characters make mischief and drive Prince John a bit loony. Wacky humor and an original score add to this fresh look at a legendary outlaw in a legendary time. Between 50-60 local youth will audition for the show on Monday, rehearse all week and perform the show on Saturday.  Auditions for youth kindergarten-12th grade: Monday, Oct 8 at 4 p.m. For more information, call 472-1432.


Rich Little - Live! From the Red Carpet

Friday, Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Rich Little is the master of over 200 voices! His impersonations of U.S. presidents has charmed, amused, annoyed and lampooned the likes of JFK, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Regan, Bill Clinton and both George Bushes. Current impressions include Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Jack Nicholson and Clint Eastwood. A dinner will be available at 6 p.m. Reservations due by Oct. 12.


Merchant of Venice

American Players Theatre

Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Sound bites at 6:30 p.m.

The bard has created an edgy comedy in “The Merchant of Venice.” It’s a high stakes romantic fairy tale with richly drawn characters. Jim DeVita plays the merchant of Venice while Colleen Madden is Portia. Her warmth and comedic genius takes an interesting spin when faced with Shylock, played by James Ridge. A dazzling play of deeply poetic language, straight from the heart, with a head full of resonating issues worth thinking about.


Terry Gross - NPR’s Fresh Air

Tuesday, Oct, 30 at 7:30 p.m.

The freshest host on National Public Radio, Terry Gross comes to the stage. The host of Fresh Air on NPR, shares sound bites from her interviews, some that went well and others that went not so well, to illustrate her interviewing style and to frame her discussion. She also does something in this stage show that she never does on her program—she talks about her own life and career, giving the audience an opportunity to interview her.


Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Thursday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m.

Sound bites at 6:30 p.m.

For 15 years the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra has been filling the Young Auditorium with beautiful music and this year they help us celebrate with a program of light classics.


Winnie the Pooh

Saturday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m.

All the heart, wisdom and fun of A.A. Milne’s classic tales come to life in this musical “Winnie the Pooh.” It’s a busy day for Pooh in the Hundred Acre Wood. He has to complete his stoutness exercises, catch a Heffalump with Piglet and search for Eeyore’s missing tail. Meanwhile, Rabbit needs his help to play a trick on Kanga and Baby Roo and Owl dispenses some bird-brained advice. Everyone’s favorite bear is hungry and searches for a smackeral of honey.


Flat Stanley

Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m.

Bring the family to see “Flat Stanley,” based on stories by Jeff Brown. Stanley Lambchop is your normal everyday, run-of-the-mill kid. But one night while he’s sleeping the bulletin board above his bed falls right on top of him! The next morning, Stanley wakes up flat–really flat! At first it’s fun, being a kite, sliding under locked doors and being best in his class at hide-and-seek. But if he has to be flat he’s going to make the best of it. Stanley is going to put himself in a big envelope and travel the world–as a human letter. A family dinner and project will begin at 5:30 p.m.


The Second City

Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Audience favorites The Second City will bring their improvisational humor back to tickle your funny bones. The Second City has been the breeding ground for some of the greatest comic talents of our generation including: Bill Murray, Tina Fey, Chris Farley, John Belushi, Julia Louis Dreyfus, and many more.


Ronald K. Brown/Evidence

Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Sound Bites at 6:30 p.m.

Ronald K. Brown/Evidence will bring their blend of African, modern, ballet and hip-hop dance styles to Young Auditorium. The deep spirituality of the dance reflects the connectedness of humanity.


UW-Whitewater Music Dept.

Gala Holiday Concert

Saturday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Silent Auction begins at 6:30 p.m.

Join in for annual Music Department Holiday Gala! This concert showcases nearly all of the Music Department’s groups and benefits student music scholarships. It’s a musical holiday feast of many flavors, from gospel to jazz, with popular classical favorites. Come early to hear small student groups performing throughout the lobby and Fern Young Terrace. A dinner will be served at 6 p.m.


The Nutcracker

The Dance Factory

Saturday, Dec. 8 at 2 and 7 p.m

The newest holiday tradition continues with The Dance Factory of Delavan’s production of “The Nutcracker.” Enter a dream world where giant mice, sugarplum fairies and a nutcracker prince frolic in this holiday classic. Talented area dancers sparkle and shine alongside the guest artist in the role of the Snow Prince.


The Lettermen Christmas

Friday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m.

The Lettermen certainly have earned their letter sweaters in the music business with 18 gold albums and averaging an album a year since the group first started over 45 years ago. Tony Butala is an original member of The Lettermen and newer group members include Donovan Tea and Mark Preston. Their top hits include “Put Your Head on My Shoulder,” “The Way You Look Tonight,” “Hurt So Bad” and more. For The Lettermen Christmas show, the guys put their signature harmonies to work on favorite holiday songs. A dinner will be served at 6 p.m.


St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre

Friday, Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m.

Sound bites at 6:30 p.m.

The tragic ballet “Carmen” is exquisitely danced by the St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre, the same company that performed “Romeo and Juliet” in 2005. The music is by Georges Bizet, with choreography and libretto by Yuri Petukhov. This company puts a fresh theatrical twist on classical ballet with modern costuming and sets, while still maintaining the renowned enthusiasm and dazzling technique that is the hallmark of Russian Ballet.


Jesus Christ Superstar

Monday, Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m.

“Jesus Christ Superstar,” the first masterpiece from the legendary writing team of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, exploded onto the scene in 1971, changing the world of musical theater forever.  This original groundbreaking production starring Ted Neeley in the title role and Living Colour’s Corey Glover as Judas is as relevant and timeless as ever.


History of the Word

Thursday, Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Sound bites at 6:30 p.m.

“History of the Word” is a cross-cultural-spoken-word performance that fuses hip-hop rhythms and original poetry with the words of Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, Maya Angelou and others. The play unfolds as a day in the life of students at Future High which includes issues of war, body image and being an American.


John Prine

Saturday, Feb. 9 at 8 p.m.

Grammy-winning songwriter John Prine will be making his only Wisconsin appearance at Young Auditorium this spring. His newest CD is a duo with Mac Wiseman and is entitled Standard Songs for Average People which is a tribute to average people of all generations.


Junie B. Jones

Sunday, Feb. 10 at 3 p.m.

Get ready for the best family musical ever. It’s got loads of funny songs and is based on a bunch of books that Barbara Park wrote about Junie B. Jones and the things she does in first grade.


Royal Scots Dragoon Guards and Band of the Coldstream Guards

Monday, Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Sound bites at 6:30 p.m.

Experience 200 years of rich musical history, and pageantry as the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, Pipes, Drums, Dancers and Band of the Coldstream Guards perform the music of Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales. The Band of the Coldstream Guards is 49 members strong and the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards are famous for their outstanding pipes, drums and highland dancers. The band members are all enlisted soldiers who serve their countries with distinction. Don’t miss this thrilling once-in-a-lifetime performance. A dinner will be served at 6 p.m.


Chapter 6

Thursday, Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m.

The harmonies of this a cappella vocal band are airtight, the musical mix is an eclectic blend of jazz, pop, gospel and rock, and they’re funny. The performance includes freshly arranged swing standards and pop/rock covers, brilliant parodies, signature pieces.


Catch-22 - Aquila Theatre Co.

Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Sound bites at 6:30 p.m.

For the first time ever Joseph Heller’s original play “Catch - 22” will be performed professionally as a national tour. One of the greatest American novels, Catch-22, explores the important and timely questions about the absurdity of war and its impact on American society. T

Peter Pan

UW-Whitewater Theatre/Dance Department

Saturday, March 1 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 2 at 2 p.m.

For the 15th anniversary, the Young Auditorium is again teaming up with UW-Whitewater’s Theatre/Dance and Music Departments for this high-flying musical adventure “Peter Pan.” With the help of a little fairy dust Peter teaches Wendy, John and Michael how to fly and leads them on many adventures in Neverland, joining the Lost Boys in a showdown with Captain Hook and his pirates.


HMS Pinafore

NY Gilbert and Sullivan Players

Wednesday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m.

Sound bites at 6:30 p.m.

“H.M.S. Pinafore” is a delicious Gilbert and Sullivan operetta presented by the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players complete with a full orchestra. A hilarious look at social classes of the 1800s, “HMS Pinafore” is all about marrying within your social station even though you may pine for someone who is unsuitable. The woes of Josephine, Ralph Rackstraw, Sir Joseph Porter, Captain Corcoran and Little Buttercup can be summed up in what Little Buttercup says, “Things are seldom what they seem.”


Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul

Tuesday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul is world music with a Celtic bent. Her accomplishments include: nine-time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion, musical star of Riverdance, soloist with London Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony at the Kennedy Center, Boston Pops, The Chieftains, Patty Smith, founding member of Cherish the Ladies and performer for presidents and royalty worldwide. Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul is a heady mix of African and Latin percussion and bass Irish instrumentalists, and American soulful vocals.



Sunday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m.

Experience it live, complete with an orchestra on-stage. Broadway’s most popular musical–over 10 years on Broadway–is a razzle-dazzle tale of sin and celebrity. Winner of six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy and thousands of standing ovations. A dinner will be served at 6 p.m.



Thursday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m.

We love it when local boys make it big, and Waukesha boys Sam Llanas and Kurt Neumann initiated a partnership more than 20 years ago, as the BoDeans, and became one of the premier American roots-rock bands. They forged a signature sound based on heartfelt lyrics, passionate harmonies and ringing guitars. With hits like “Closer To Free,” “Good Things,” “She’s a Runaway” and “Fadeaway,” you’ll find plenty of songs to sing along with as the night rocks on, in this un-plugged style concert. A cocktail buffet at 6 p.m.


African Children’s Choir

Tuesday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m.

The African Children’s Choir, as seen on American Idol’s fundraising special, brings a message of hope and joy while shining the spotlight on the plight of Africa’s 12 million AIDS orphans. Children from ages 7-11 who have lost one or both parents are singing to make Africa a better place for all children. In a colorful mix of song and dance from various regions of Africa they sing popular, gospel and contemporary music while accompanying themselves on traditional instruments. Proceeds from these concerts raise funds to support the choir’s relief and development programs.


In the Mood

Thursday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Are you in the mood for a big band swingin’ 1940s-style, musical review?  This return engagement of In The Mood features a sensational 17-piece band, and String of Pearls comprised of seven singers and four dancers that will wow audiences with their renditions of the great big band songs and dances of the ‘40s.


Chicago Chamber Musicians

Wednesday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Sound bites at 6:30 p.m.

Chicago Chamber Musicians’ 15 resident ensemble artists–comprising winds, brass, strings and piano–are world-renowned soloists, performers and teachers. Out of this gifted group, a string quartet will bring their musical talents to the stage in a special concert.


For more information or tickets for any of the performances, call (262) 472-2222.



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