At The Phipps Center for the Arts

New show on New Year’s Eve

“Broadway’s Best” will be performed by The Girl Singers on New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 31 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wis.

In their new show, Colleen Raye, Debbie O’Keefe, and Katie Gearty perform some of the biggest hits and show-stoppers from Broadway shows, including classics from “My Fair Lady,” “Gypsy,” “Oliver,” and “West Side Story,” as well as newer musicals, such as “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Les Misérables,” “Wicked,” and “Rent.”

Bringing fun and variety to every performance, these talented vocalists, accompanied by musical director Norton Lawellin and Trey Grimm on keyboards, and Reed Grimm on percussion, go from powerful ballads to high-energy tunes from “Grease,” “Mama Mia,” “Cabaret,” and  “Chicago.”

The creator of The Girl Singers productions, including “The Girl Singers of the Hit Parade” and “Sirens of the 60s,” Raye has performed as a vocalist across the country, from Las Vegas to Atlantic City in theaters, nightclubs, casinos, and fairs. She has also made several television appearances. A multi-dimensional performer, she sings in jazz ensembles, has toured with her show “An Evening at the Cabaret,” has a family variety show which includes her talented offspring, sings with big bands, and has a country flair with her “Musical Tribute to Patsy Cline,” which she also created.

With drama, comedy, and memorable music, “Broadway’s Best” should prove to be evening of complete entertainment for all ages.

Tickets are $23 for adults and $16 for all students. Reservations may be made by contacting The Phipps ticket office at 715.386.8409 or online at


20 percent off gifts through Dec. 31

From Dec. 26-31, all customers will receive 20 percent off purchases from “A Gift by the Hand,” the annual holiday sale of handmade items by local and regional artists at the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wis. The sale features unique items handmade by more than 30 area artists. Items include clay vessels and cookware, fiber apparel, jewelry, turned wood, photography and more.

“A Gift by the Hand” hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, as well as one hour before all performances in the Phipps theaters and during intermissions.


Yoga for youngsters

Yoga for children ages 2-6 accompanied by an adult will be offered for six sessions on Wednesdays, Jan. 15 through Feb. 19, from 10:30-11 a.m., at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin. Those interested can visit a free introductory class 11:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Jan. 8.

The goals of this class are to strengthen the parent-child bond, advance social relations, improve language abilities, increase emotional well-being and foster brain development through stories and songs. A mat is required for each person.

Instructor Lisa Marie has taught yoga since 2006 and is a registered yoga therapist. She is also certified in Music Together and Brain Gym.

The class costs $48 per child and adult duo, plus $24 for each additional child.

To register, call 715-386-2305 or go to


Ballroom dance parties in January

Ballroom dance parties will be offered on the first and third Saturday of every month from 7-10 p.m. in the dance studio of The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wis.

Tom Larson will offer a dance lesson during the first hour. The tango and Lindy hop will be featured on January 4 along with a live band, and the hustle and line dance will be taught on Jan. 18. This is an opportunity to have fun trying out new dance skills in a relaxed and comfortable environment. Dancers of all experience levels are welcome. Admission is $12 per person, or $15 per person with a live band.

Larson has taught at The Phipps since 2003 and owns the Ballroom and Wedding Dance Studio in Minneapolis. He performed for five seasons with The Continental Ballet Company.

For further information, contact The Phipps Center at 715-386-2305.


January dance class for boys in January

Introduction eXtreme Dance, will be offered on four Wednesdays, January 8 – 29 from 4 to 4:30 p.m. for boys ages 4 – 6 and from 4:30 to 5 p.m. for boys ages 7 and 8 at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin.

“Join us for a riotous class with lots of movement, music, fun, and dance. We will learn rhythm, play games, hop, jump, run, crawl, and use some fun props like balls, boxes, drums, and foam objects. Imagination has no limit,” comments instructor Pat Graf.

Graf received her B.A., including a dance minor, from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and has continued her dance education in a variety of area schools.

The fee for each class is $29. Register by calling 715-386-2305 or going to A $4 processing fee will be charged to all phone and online orders.


The Phipps Center for the Arts is at 109 Locust St., Hudson, Wis.