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Posted on: August 22, 2022

Oconomowoc Arts Center Presents 2022-23 Season

Oconomowoc Arts Center

FOREVER SIMON & GARFUNKEL 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10

Celebrating the bestselling duo in rock ’n’ roll history with humor, soaring energy, charm and laser precise harmonies, Forever Simon & Garfunkel will take the OAC audience on a journey from the group’s early success as a folk act to their global dominance as hit-makers through the best of Paul Simon’s solo career. Iconic songs include “The Sounds of Silence,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Mrs. Robinson,” “I Am A Rock,” “The Boxer,” “Homeward Bound,” “Cecilia,” and many more.

 

77 BRIDGES - THE ULTIMATE EAGLES EXPERIENCE 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24

Rolling Stone Magazine called 7 Bridges ‘The greatest Eagles tribute on earth!’ Considered one of the most authentic Eagles tribute band experiences in the United States, 7 Bridges is a tour de force of talent, combining incredible musicianship, vocal precision, a stage presence that has garnered them nationwide acclaim, faithfully recreating the excitement of an Eagles concert from the band’s most prolific period.

THE WISCONSIN PHILHARMONIC - MORE CLASSIC BROADWAY 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29

The Wisconsin Philharmonic/Waukesha Symphony Orchestra celebrates their 75th Diamond Anniversary by bringing the American Musical Theater catalogue to life, conveyed by the lush sounds of a full symphony orchestra and narrated by OAC Director John Cramer. Featuring timeless tunes from Oklahoma, A Chorus Line, Cats, My Fair Lady, Chicago, Wicked, A Little Night Music, and Beauty and the Beast.

ARTRAGEOUS 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30

The arts collide in a colorful, high-octane concert with surprises at every turn! The audience will experience firsthand the thrill of exploring everything the arts have to offer in this multifaceted, uplifting, and interactive show. Artrageous visual artists use bold colors with hands and brushes, working alongside the troupe’s vocalists, musicians, dancers, and life-size puppets as they race to complete giant masterpieces before the last note. 

THE WISCONSIN PHILHARMONIC - A SYMPHONIC HALLOWE'EN 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16

The Wisconsin Philharmonic/Waukesha Symphony Orchestra continues to celebrate their 75th Diamond Anniversary with a spooky evening of delightfully dark compositions. Featuring Andrew Russo (piano) and scary renditions of Night on Bald Mountain, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, “Wanderer” Fantasy, Mephisto Waltz, and “A Hallowe’en Symphony” compiled by Alexander Platt. 

Cabaret Café Series: GOOD MORNING BEDLAM 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21 and 22

Good Morning Bedlam has become an innovative force in the Midwest folk scene. Known for their contagious energy, soaring three-part harmonies, and thumping kick-drum, Isaak Gill Elker on guitar and vocals, Victoria Elker on bass and vocals, Sophia Mae on violin and vocals, and Dawson J. Redenius on trumpet and keys captivate the audience with an outpouring of their lyrical storytelling and unique sound. The group has played at festivals alongside artists such as Shakey Graves, Sam Bush, Jason Isabell, The Infamous Stringdusters, Trampled By Turtles, and others.

OASD/OHS: MAMA MIA 7 p.m. Friday & Saturday, November 11-12 & 18-19 and 2 p.m. Sunday, November 13

A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget! ABBA’s hits tell the hilariously touching story of a young woman’s search for her birth father. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the Greek island paradise they last visited 20 years ago.

The Oconomowoc High School Players and the story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs, including “Super Trouper,” “Lay All Your Love on Me,” “Dancing Queen,” “Knowing Me, Knowing You,” “Take a Chance on  Me,” and many more will propel this enchanting tale of love, laughter, and friendship onto the OAC’s Main Stage, creating an unforgettable show. A large cast, non-stop laughs, and explosive dance numbers combine to make “Mamma Mia!” A must-see musical for all ages.

IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE 6:30 p.m. Friday, November 25 & 2:30 p.m. Saturday, November 26

Kick off the holiday season with “It’s A Wonderful Life” - Frank Capra’s amazing classic movie, starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed. Suited for the entire family, Santa will lead the audience in a sing-along prior to the movie, and everyone will get jingle bells to ring during the movie. The timeless classic is incredible to experience in a large theater and the proceeds go to local charities. 


AN INTIMATE CHRISTMAS WITH LORIE LINE 7 p.m. Monday, November 28

Lorie Line is once again making an appearance as a solo piano artist. Expect a very intimate evening with Lorie as she shares her beautiful music, funny stories and heartwarming stories of faith. The show will be one hour 30 minutes with no intermission. Kids are welcome, and the newly recommended age is 10 and older, as there will be no Twelve Days of Christmas this year. 

No infants or toddlers please. Bring your bells as the Bell Meister will be ringing in Christmas and the new year! 

THE WISCONSIN PHILHARMONIC - IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE 7:30 p.m. Thursday, December 1

he Wisconsin Philharmonic/Waukesha Symphony Orchestra celebrates their 75th Diamond Anniversary and the holidays with a festive collection of music and special guests. Featuring Adrian Yin (piano), Jason Gillette (saxophone), and the choirs of Brookfield Central High School, Oconomowoc High School, and Waukesha North High School. 

Special Event: BEHIND THE SCENES WITH THE NUTCRACKER 10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. Saturday, December 3

Kids ages 4 to 10 are invited to get an exclusive behind the scenes look at what goes into the making of MainStage  Academy of Dance’s production of The Nutcracker. Meet cast members, learn a few dance movements, create a craft to take home and learn what goes into putting on make-up and styling hair. (MSAD reserves the right to move kids from one session to another if needed.)

THE NUTCRACKER 7 p.m. Friday & Saturday, December 9 & 10 and 2 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, December 10 & 11

Going to see Tchaikovsky’s beloved ballet at the Oconomowoc Arts Center has become a holiday tradition in the Lake Country Area. With Artistic Director Eddy Bray’s all-new choreography, amazing set design, and the magical musical score of Peter Tchaikovsky, the production delights audiences of all ages. 

A KODACHROME CHRISTMAS with JOHN MCGIVERN 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 & 5 p.m. Sunday, December 17-18

John McGivern returns to the OAC just in time for the holiday season as the colorful cable access TV hostess Earlene Hoople in this hilariously touching “one-woman” show. Fresh baked Christmas cookies, letters to Mrs. Claus, an  outrageous slide show of Christmas past, and a visit from the local church hand bell choir set the stage for a picture-perfect experience. 

Cabaret Café Series: MICHAEL PERRY 7 p.m. Friday & Saturday, January 6 & 7

The OAC is excited to welcome Michael Perry back to our stages because people can’t seem to get enough of his home-grown yarn spinning. Join Wisconsin’s “New York Times” bestselling author, humorist, musician, and radio host for an evening of hilarious and heartfelt storytelling and a little music to boot. Perry’s bestselling memoirs include “Population 485,” “Truck: A Love Story,” “Coop,” to name just a few. He also hosts the nationally-syndicated “Tent Show Radio,” writes a weekly column for the “Wisconsin State Journal,” performs widely as a humorist, and tours with his band the Long Beds. 

JASON GILLETTE & THE SHOWTIME BIG BAND 7 p.m. Saturday, January 14

Jason Gillette & The Showtime Big Band will entertain from the OAC’s Main Stage with the finest jazz and big band musicians and vocalists from Milwaukee and Chicago. Their repertoire includes a variety of music including the swinging sounds of the big band, jazz, funk, and more. During the day, Jason Gillette is Oconomowoc High School’s  director of bands. 

OHS PLAYERS STUDENT DIRECTED PLAY   January 26-28, 2023

Two OHS Players, Ava LaBracke and Peyton White, take over the directorial reigns to select, cast, design, publicize, and ultimately direct their own theatrical production! Over the course of the summer and winter of 2022 — these two talented seniors will follow in the footsteps of amazing past directors as they begin the year-long preparation for their directorial debut by pouring over hundreds of plays in order to find the title that is a perfect fit for this traditional
mid-winter favorite!

Nature Hill Intermediate Musical - Disney's Newsie's Jr. February 9-11

Seize the day with Disney's Newsies JR based on the 1992 film and inspired by the rousing true story of newsboys in turn-of-the-centur  New York City. When powerful newspaper publishers raise prices at the newsboys' expense, the charismatic Jack Kelly rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions. Together, the newsies learn that they are stronger united and create a movement to fight for what's right. Including the now-classic songs  "Carrying the Banner," "Seize the Day," and "Santa Fe," Newsies JR is a timeless story full of spirit and heart.


Silver Lake Intermediate Musical - The Little Mermaid February 23-25

In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home — and her fins — behind and live in the world above. But first, she'll have to defy her father, King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she's the girl whose enchanting voice he's been seeking. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories, Disney's The Little Mermaid JR is an enchanting look  at the sacrifices we all make for love and acceptance. 

A ROCK 'N' ROLL TRIBUTE FROM ELVIS TO THE BEATLES FEATURING THE NEVERLY BROTHERS 7 p.m. Saturday, March 11, 2023

The Neverly Brothers concerts are a tribute to one of the most exciting chapters in music history: the birth, near death and resurrection of rock n’ roll. Their one-of-a-kind high energy stage performances take you on a musical guided tour of rock history - from 1955 to 1965.

 The first half of their concert pays tribute to the music created by the 1950s American Rock n Roll pioneers - which by 1960 had become a distant memory but became the inspiration for the next wave of young rock bands from Britain. The second half then pays tribute to the 1964 British Invasion bands that re-recorded the forgotten 1950s American rock music – along with lesser known early 1960s rhythm & blues songs, recorded their own original songs and pulled Rock n'  Roll from the edge of extinction by re-inventing and re-energizing it for a new generation.

Special Events: COMEDYSPORTZ Saturday, March 18

ComedySportz is their name and improv is their game. All-ages comedy-as-a-sport, complete with referee, featuring two improv teams competing for applause.

Arrive early to  enjoy a meal, snacks, and refreshments. Refreshments and food will also be available during intermission.  ComedySportz shows will feature Cousins Subs, Rocky Rococo Pizza, chips, beverages and desserts. Meal deals are also available.

Cabaret Café Series: BARLEY JACKS  March 25-26

The Barley Jacks sing original vocals and play jaw–dropping instrumentals in a spirit of excitement and fun. The first thing an audience notices is how much fun these Minnesota-based musicians have when they perform. They are masters of the fiddle, guitar, bass, and drum, melding their divergent backgrounds of blues and bluegrass, classical and Celtic, R & B and bebop to inspire each other and create something entirely new. Front man and fiddler Brian Wicklund is joined by Mike Cramer on guitar, Keith Yanes on bass, and Joel Arpin on percussion.

 

OASD/OHS: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM April 27-29

The course of true love never did run smooth. One of William Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies, A Midsummer Night's Dream weaves a tale about two couples, Hermia and Lysander, and Helena and  Demetrius, who run away from Athens only to get lost in the forest. Trouble and misunderstanding ensue as the mischievous sprite Puck uses magic to tangle their romance through the whims of Oberon and Titania, the king and queen of the fairies. The four run through the forest pursuing each other while Puck helps his master play a trick on the fairy queen. In the end, Puck reverses the enchantment, and the two couples reconcile and marry.

The OHS Players are sure to engage their own special magic as they explore the capricious, dream-like, and sometimes ridiculous nature of love in Shakespeare’s lighthearted romp through a medieval forest. 

Special Events: THE WISCONSIN PHILHARMONIC - THE GLORY OF SPRING Thursday, May 11

The Wisconsin Philharmonic/Waukesha Symphony Orchestra concludes its celebration of their 75th Diamond Anniversary, and welcomes the warm weather back to Wisconsin, with a glorious collection of music and special guests. Featuring Joshua Roman (cello, Opus 3 Artists), the Women's Choirs of Brookfield Central High School and Brookfield East High School, and a selection of area high school brass musicians.

OASD/OHS: LAKE COUNTRY FILM FESTIVAL 7 p.m. Friday, May 19

Talented high school students from all over the Lake Country area and beyond share their visual expression and creative art in this digital showcase.

DOOBIE OTHERS Saturday, May 20

Seven of Long Island’s top professional musicians have pooled their talents, years of performance experience, and their love of the Doobie Brothers to become the very best Doobie’s tribute show in the country  today. Inspired by the Doobie Brothers’ superior song writing, the Doobie Others deliver powerful harmonies and a fun filled, high-energy performance covering a catalog of hits, including “Listen to the Music," “What a Fool Believes,” "Long Train Running,” “Minute by Minute,” “Black Water,” to “Takin’ it to the Streets” and all the rest.


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