Announcing our 2017-18 Bemis Company Education Series


The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center announced the 2017-18 Bemis Company Education Series last night to a group of educators attending from throughout Northeast Wisconsin. The Bemis Company Education Series was created as a way to connect classroom lessons to live performing arts experiences. Through professional development for educators, the creation of performance guides and daytime education programming, the Center provides educational arts based learning opportunities for the next generation of citizens and patrons. 

“The arts create a platform to offer an exciting way to learn important lessons from current curriculum. Students can experience topics in a truly unique environment and learn in a way that can be tailored to their individual learning styles,” said Maria Van Laanen, president at the Fox Cities P.A.C. “We work closely with our local teachers to assemble a season that will serve students and teachers in the most beneficial way possible and align with current trends in education to provide a well-rounded and impactful learning experience.”  

The Bemis Company Education Series performances are a cornerstone of the Center’s mission and are designed specifically to meet Wisconsin Academic Standards for students in grades PreK-12. Performances are selected based on their connection to classroom curriculum, relevancy to current classroom topics and ability to engage students through various art forms. The Center provides study guides and resource materials for all performances and coordinates classroom workshops whenever possible. Ticket prices are subsidized at $5-$7 through Annual Partner support and scholarship tickets are available to students in need of financial assistance. The series annually draws an average of 23,000 students throughout the Fox Cities, Northeast Wisconsin and beyond.

Reservations for the 2017-18 Bemis Company Education Series are available to public and private schools, state licensed family or group childcare centers and state-registered home schools. Reservations may be made by calling (920) 730-3726 or at

The 2017-18 Bemis Company Education Series features: 

Artistic Adventures
Presented in partnership with the Fox Cities Building for the Arts and the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra

Part 1: Fox Cities Building for the Arts; Sept.-Nov. 2017
Part 2: Fox Cities P.A.C.; Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 12:30 p.m.
Community Partner: Michiels Catering

DIAVOLO 25th Anniversary Tour
Friday, Oct. 20, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. 
Community Partners: Great Northern Corporation and Hand to Shoulder Center of Wisconsin

Monkey Baa Theatre Company’s 
The Unknown Soldier

Monday, Oct. 23, 2017 at 12:30 p.m.
Community Partners: Schneider Foundation and Mary Strange

ArtsPower’s Production of

Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Community Partner: Siefert Family        

Aquila Theatre’s

Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.
Community Partners: David, Kim & Max Ritzow and Menasha Corporation Foundation

Markaroff Youth Ballet’s
The Land of Sweets: An Introduction to The Nutcracker

Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 at 12:30 p.m.
Community Partners: Bergstrom Automotive and Robert and Patricia Endries Family Foundation, Ltd.

Casa Mañana Presents
Mr. Popper’s Penguins
Based on the book by Richard & Florence Atwater
Adapted for the stage by  Pins & Needles Productions
Music by Luke Bateman, Lyrics by Richy Hughes

Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. 
Community Partners: Johnson Bank/Johnson Insurance and Menasha Corporation Foundation

Lionheart Youth Theatre’s
Petra and the Wolf

Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018 at 9:30 a.m.
Community Partners: O.C. and Pat Boldt and The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America

Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences on Tour’s
Darius and Twig

Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Community Partner: Associated Bank

Golden Dragon Acrobats
Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Dallas Children’s Theater’s 
How I Became a Pirate
Book Music & Lyrics by Janet Yates & Mark Friedman
Based on the book “How I Became a Pirate” by Melinda Long with Illustrations by David Shannon
Produced by Dallas Children’s Theater from Dallas, Texas

Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Community Partner: Schneider Foundation

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s 
Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Suggested for grades PreK-2

Young Audiences New York’s Literature to Life® Stage Presentation of
The Things They Carried
By Tim O’Brien

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Presented in the Kimberly-Clark Theater
Community Partners: Thomas and Linda Grow/JETA Corporation and Willis Towers Watson

Virginia Rep On Tour’s
Three Little Pigs

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Compagnia TPO’s Farfalle (Butterflies)
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.*
Community Partner: O.C. and Pat Boldt
Presented in the Kimberly-Clark Theater
*The Thursday 12:30 p.m. performance is sensory-friendly

The Center also announced five workshops as part of the Kennedy Center Classroom Connections program. These workshops are offered through the partnership of the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center and Appleton Area School District as part of the Partners in Education program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Full details are available on the Education section of our website. 

Bemis Company, Inc., is proud to serve as the title sponsor of the Bemis Company Education Series. Additional community support for the series is provided by Kimberly-Clark Corporation and Miller Electric and ITW. The series is also supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

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