New name, same great series


The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center announced the renaming of its Education Series starting with its 2019-20 Season. While students head into a new school year, they will have the opportunity to enjoy the same great Education Series they’ve come to know and love with the Amcor Education Series.

“The music, the voices, and the dramatic action of the performances presented through the Amcor Education Series, all help to animate the lessons our K-12 students are taught everyday in the classroom. Amcor supports the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center’s Education Series because live performance expands our understanding of textbook learning, and helps us imagine the world beyond the written page,” said Kim Wetzel, Amcor Foundation Director. “We believe every child should have the opportunity to experience the wonder of history, adventure, human drama, and other cultures, coming to life right before them on stage. The Education Series performances spark a child’s imagination and ignite the desire to know more.”

Formerly the Bemis Company Education Series, the Amcor Education Series was created as a way to connect classroom lessons to live performing arts experiences. Through the creation of resource guides, daytime education programming and professional development for educators, the Center provides educational arts-based learning opportunities for the next generation of community members and patrons. Since its inception, the series has welcomed more than 380,000 students from nearly 500 schools, homeschools and childcare centers from throughout Northeast Wisconsin, upper Michigan and beyond. 

“We are so grateful for Amcor’s continued support of our Education Series, allowing students to enjoy performances from around the world, topics from science to Shakespeare and inviting them to experience the live performing arts,” said Fox Cities P.A.C. President Maria Van Laanen. “This Education Series invites students to engage in performances that help them learn in new ways, grow together through shared experiences and be inspired by the stories they see on stage. Partners like Amcor help to make the series accessible for more students to have this wonderful opportunity each season.”

The Amcor 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 the Center’s Annual Partner campaign and grant support. Scholarship tickets are available to students and classrooms in need of financial assistance. More information about how Annual Partners support the series is available at The series annually draws an average of 24,000 students from throughout Northeast Wisconsin and beyond.

Reservations for the 2019-20 Amcor Education Series are available to public and private schools, state-licensed family or group childcare centers and state-registered home schools. Availability for some performances may be limited. Reservations may be made by calling (920) 730-3726 or online at

The 2019-20 Amcor Education Series features: 

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s
The Rainbow Fish

Friday, November 15, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Suggested for grades: PreK-3
Seats: $5
Community Partners: Menasha Corporation Foundation, Tom and Mary Schmidt

ETHEL and Robert Mirabal: The River
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 12:30 p.m.
Suggested for grades: 4-12
Seats: $5
Community Partner: Mary A. Strange

Makaroff Youth Ballet & Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra present
Peter and the Wolf and Other Classics

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Suggested for grades: 1-3
Seats: $5
Community Partners: Grant Thornton LLP, Willis Towers Watson

Mariachi Herencia de México
Friday, January 31, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Suggested for grades: 5-12
Seats: $5
Community Partners: Great Northern Corporation, JETA Corporation

Virginia Rep On Tour's
I Have a Dream
Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Suggested for grades: 3-7
Seats: $5
Community Partners: The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, Seifert Family

Magic Tree House: Showtime with Shakespeare
Friday, February 14, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Suggested for grades: 1-6
Seats: $5
Community Partner: Hand to Shoulder Center of Wisconsin, Schneider Foundation

ArtsPower's Production of
Chicken Dance

Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Suggested for grades: PreK-3
Seats: $5

YAMATO - The Drummers of Japan
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 12:30 p.m.
Suggested for grades: 3-12
Seats: $5
Community Partner: Dave, Kim and Max Ritzow

Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute
Link Up: The Orchestra Moves
with the Fox Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra

Monday, March 16, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Suggested for grades: 3-5
Seats: $7
Community Partner: O.C. and Pat Boldt, Schneider Foundation

Bay Area Children's Theatre’s
Llama Llama Live!
Script, Music and Lyrics by Autin Zumbro

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Suggested for grades: PreK-1
Seats: $5
Community Partner: Robert and Patricia Endries Family Foundation, Ltd., Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

The Belle of Amherst by William Luce
starring Ginger Grace as Emily Dickinson

Presented in the Kimberly-Clark Theater
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Suggested for grades: 7-12
Seats: $5
Community Partner: Associated Bank

ArtsPower's Production of
My Heart in a Suitcase

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Suggested for grades: 4-9
Seats: $5

Monkey BAA Theatre Company presents
Diary of a Wombat

Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 12:30 p.m. and
Friday, April 17, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
The 12:30 p.m. performance on Friday will be relaxed and sensory-friendly
Presented in the Kimberly-Clark Theater
Suggested for grades: PreK-3
Seats: $5

More information about these performances and related education programs is available online at 

Amcor is proud to serve as the title partner of the Amcor Education Series. Additional community support for the series is provided by co-series partners Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Miller Electric and Schneider Foundation.

Additional support for individual performances is provided by: Ameriprise Home and Auto Insurance; Bergstrom Automotive; Faith Technologies; Johnson Financial Group and United Paper Corporation. 

Grant support for ETHEL and Robert Mirabal: The River is provided by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Wisconsin Arts Board and the Crane Group. Additional support from the Western Arts Alliance Advancing Indigenous Performance Touring Fund, made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts, Andres W. Mellon Foundation, and Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

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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