Sharing the arts from generation to generation
Posted Apr 04, 2017
The 2017-18 Season has been announced and it is another thrilling year as the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center celebrates its 15th Anniversary Season.
Eight Broadway shows, 10 Arts Alive! shows and four shows in the Spotlight Series have been announced featuring beautiful music, stunning movement, touching stories and nights of live performances that you won’t soon forget!
This season the Center focused its programming around sharing the arts through generations. These performances include productions that are fit for young children to young-at-heart adults and everywhere in between and many shine a spotlight on the impact the generations are making together.
For example, Take Me To The River – Memphis Soul and Rhythm & Blues Revue celebrates the inter-generational and inter-racial musical influence of Memphis. Compagina TPO’s Farfalle (Butterflies) explores the life cycle of a butterfly in movement that will appeal to children and technology that will appeal to adults. Montana Repertory Theatre’s On Golden Pond explores the relationship among generations as a retired couple relates to their child and her fiancée’s son, developing a relationship as grandparents for the first time. Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I brings the classic Broadway story to life and explores not only how much the King of Siam learns from others, but also how much he comes to appreciate a younger generation of learners. And that’s only part of the lineup!
“Each generation has so much to learn from one another. We hope that this season helps to explore these life lessons and also helps to bring multiple generations together to share the same arts experience,” said Trisha Witt, director of marketing and communications. “The arts have a wonderful way of bringing people together and helping to create a deeper understanding so even what many think is “just” an enjoyable night at the theater can turn into a really impactful evening together.”
Along with these performances, the Center will continue to offer programs like the Community First Community Engagement Series which often offers complimentary events to accompany performances that provide a new way to explore the arts and a deeper understanding of the story you’re about to see unfold on the stage. These special events are announced closer to each performance so patrons are encouraged to check the Center’s website often for updated information.
“One of the most exciting things about announcing a new season is seeing the diversity of performances and programs all announced at one time,” Witt said. “The variety of performances coupled with the incredible, engaging programs the Center continues to offer through our Community Engagement Series displays the impact the arts have on our community. The diversity in the lineup really shows how the Center is working to fulfill its mission of being a gathering place for everyone.”