Connecting the community off stage
Posted Aug 14, 2017
The Fox Cities P.A.C. continues to be a premier venue, attracting top touring artists and productions. In partnership with Broadway Across America, we continue to bring the best of Broadway to the Fox Cities for all to enjoy. As we wrapped up our 2016-17 Season we welcomed our 30th Wisconsin premiere with Beautiful – The Carole King Musical. Now, as we begin our 15th Anniversary Season we celebrate with our 1,000th Broadway performance with Wicked on Thursday, Aug. 31.
In addition to bringing stunning, educational, and entertaining performances, the Kimberly-Clark Broadway-Across America Series also provides opportunities to engage the greater community in the arts through our Community First Community Engagement Series.
Last time Wicked was in town, the Frank C. Shattuck Performing Arts Touch the Hearts of Students (P.A.T.H.S.) program titled ‘For Good’ engaged students from Appleton Central High School as they explored themes from the musical including self-worth, self-evaluation and respect toward others by creating a visual art piece they felt represented themselves and a contracting piece that represented how they believed they were viewed by others.
Clara Carpenter, a student who participated in the program said at the time she was inspired seeing how the character of Elphaba was empowered to stand up to the way others saw her and be herself.
Appleton Central Principal Katherine Crowley Peckham expressed at the end of the project that she could see how students learned about themselves by using the arts as a tool for growth.
Another aspect of engagement with Broadway shows is the Broadway League’s Family First Nights®, a nationwide program that is specifically designed to encourage under-served families to attend theater on a regular basis. For those who participate in the program through the Fox Cities P.A.C., it is also a dynamic, interactive experience that changes the way they interact with each other and look at each performance.
The Center also annually participants in the Kids Night on Broadway® program. In addition to a special ticket offer, a Community First Community Engagement Series activity helps kids explore the world of theater through creative activities, discussions and demonstrations. In the case of Finding Neverland’s Kids Night on Broadway last season, participants explored stage makeup, how shows get ready to be on stage and had a special visit by the actors who portray the Llewelyn Davies boys in the production before their performance that evening.
Opportunities like master dance classes and other educational events are also made available so members of our community can engage in and enjoy Broadway experiences right here in the Fox Cities. Activities are posted as they become available at foxcitiespac.com.