At The Phipps Center for the Arts

Area artists’ work on display through March 6 

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Nancy Carlson’s “Trying to Find the Old Me,” is one of the works on display through March 6 (submitted photo).

A series of exhibitions featuring mixed media drawings by Nancy Carlson (Minnetonka), digital photography by Ron Germundson (St. Paul) and Jamie Heiden (Holmen, Wis.), pastel and charcoal on paper by Don Palmgren (St. Paul), photography and sculpture by Areca Roe (Minneapolis), mosaic sculpture by Patty Carmody Smith (Minneapolis), wood-fired stoneware by Zac Spates (Hudson), and metal sculpture by Asia Ward (Minneapolis) will be on view through March 16 in The Galleries of The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin.

Galleries hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday noon to 4:30 p.m., as well as one hour before and through intermission of all performances in The Phipps theaters. The Phipps is located at 109 Locust Street in Hudson, Wis.

 

Disney’s  ‘Mulan Jr.’ plays through Sunday, March 2

Disney’s “Mulan Jr.,” based on the 1998 Disney film “Mulan” and the story “Fa Mulan” by Robert D. San Souci, will be performed by The Phipps Children’s Theater through March 2 at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin.

The musical is set in ancient China. Defying the village matchmaker, Mulan takes up arms and disguises herself as a man in order to spare her father from having to serve in the army. The Huns have invaded her homeland, and it is up to the misfit Mulan and her mischievous sidekick, Mushu, to save the Emperor. Disney’s “Mulan Jr.” is a heartwarming celebration of culture, honor, and the fighting spirit. The score includes favorites such as “Reflection,” “Honor to Us All” and “I’ll Make a Man Out of You.”

The cast features 36 talented actors from area high schools. Director John H. Potter, music director Andrew A. Haase, and choreographer Christina Leines previously staged Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Jr.” and “Willy Wonka, Jr.” for The Phipps Children’s Theater.

Performances will be given on Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., as well as Sundays at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for students age 13 and older as well as seniors, and $15 for children age 12 and younger. The play is recommended for children age 4 and older.  Reservations may be made by contacting The Phipps ticket office at 715-386-2305 or online at thephipps.org. The Phipps is located at 109 Locust St. in Hudson, Wis.

 

Music and movement class for preschoolers and adults 

Music and Movement will be offered for children ages 18 months to six years along with an adult on six Wednesdays, March 5 – April 9, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin. A free introductory class will be offered on Wednesday, February 26 from 10:30 to 11 a.m.

Each class includes opportunities to strengthen the parent-child bond, explore instruments, develop music competence, as well as increase the emotional, social, physical, and mental well being of the child.

Instructor Lisa Marie Vanderwyst is certified in Music Together and Brain Gym. Her classes blend her experiences with Waldorf, Reggio Emilio, and Montessori philosophies as well as her Children’s Farm internship.

Registrations may be made by mailing the fee of $48 per child and adult duo plus $24 for each additional child to The Phipps Center, 109 Locust Street, Hudson, Wisconsin 54016.  Enrollments may also be made by calling 715-386-2305and charging the fee to Visa, MasterCard, or Discover.  A $5 processing fee will be charged to all phone and mail orders.

 

Stand-up comedy class by Scott Novotny March 3

A stand-up comedy class will be offered by Scott Novotny on Mondays, March 3 – 24, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., culminating in a special showcase on Tuesday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin.

Novotny comments, “Ever been told you’re funny, and you should try to do a stand-up comedy act? But how do you do it? This class teaches you how to build a stand-up comedy routine using your own material in a fun-filled environment.” A step-by-step approach will enable participants to develop a three to seven-minute routine that will be performed in the Black Box Theater at the end of the class on a special showcase night. “Whether you’re young or old, it’s never too late or early to start making people laugh. It’s a wonderful gift to share. Also, comedians who are already working and want a place to create some brand new material for their show are welcome, too,” the instructor adds.  The class is limited to 12 students.

A professional comedian for over 30 years, Novotny brings his vast array of talents to this class. Besides numerous national television appearances, Novotny is also a former company member at Dudley Riggs’ Brave New Workshop, appeared at the Minnesota State Fair and The Corn Palace, is an award-winning writer, and was the founder and artistic director of The Comedy Cabaret, the first comedy club in Minnesota. He has also taught improvisation and stand-up comedy classes for over 30 years as well. Graduating from Gustavus Adolphus College, Novotny majored in theater/speech and English, and has directed and acted in numerous theatrical and film productions.

The fee is $115 and registrations may be made by mailing the fee to The Phipps Center, 109 Locust Street, Hudson, Wisconsin 54016. Enrollments may also be made by calling 715-386-2305 or going online to thephipps.org and charging the fee to Visa, MasterCard, or Discover. A $5 processing fee will be charged to all phone, mail, and online orders.

 

Organist Jonathan Ortloff at The Phipps 

Award-winning organist Jonathan Ortloff will perform classics from Cole Porter and Duke Ellington to famous later compositions, including selections by Stephen Sondheim and the Muppets on Saturday, March 8 at 2 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin.

An organ builder, scholar, and classical as well as theater organist, Ortloff holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Rochester in organ performance and interdisciplinary engineering. While at Eastman, he was a student of David Higgs and studied improvisation under William Porter.

As a performer, Ortloff has excelled as a young theater organist, winning the American Theatre Organ Society’s (ATOS) 2008 Young Theatre Organist Competition, and since performing for theater organ groups throughout the United States and Canada, including programs at three national conventions of the ATOS.

Tickets are $22 for adults and $15 for students of all ages. Reservations may be made by contacting The Phipps ticket office at 715-386-2305 or online at thephipps.org. The Phipps is located at 109 Locust St. in Hudson, Wis.

 

Call for artists

Local artists from the St. Croix Valley region are being sought by The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin, to facilitate the creation of a community art project in Osceola, Wisconsin. The participants in this project will include middle school students and a teacher, representatives from local businesses and non-profit organizations, and other community leaders. The focus of the work will take place during summer school, from June 9 through July 3, with planning meetings and discussions beginning in mid-to-late March. Completion of the project is planned for September 2014. The facilitating artist will receive an honorarium of between $2,000 and $3,000 for his/her participation.

This project is part of an ongoing program known as The Bench Project, which is intended to build social relationships among an engaged group of participants using the arts as a vehicle, and to create community arts projects that will attract both local residents and visitors to the rich natural and cultural offerings in the St. Croix Valley. Active engagement by local community groups to design, create, locate, and care for a unique bench is at the heart of this project. For more information on The Bench Project, go to www.thephipps.org/events/bench_project.

To apply, send up to 20 images of previous work on a disc, a resume with three professional references, and a cover letter by Friday, February 28 to The Phipps Center for the Arts, Attention: The Bench Project, 109 Locust St., Hudson, Wis.

For further information, contact Anastasia Shartin, visual arts director, at 715-386-2305, ext. 103.

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