Dance companies perform this weekend
The Phipps Dance Companies will perform Friday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 29 at 2 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin.
Modern, contemporary, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop and tap selections are featured in the production.
The Phipps Dance Company is comprised of 13 auditioned dancers who range in age from 13-18 years old: Lainey Hanson, Bayport; Laren Chang and Megan Gjerde, Afton; Nicole Branstad, Baldwin; Kaylie Brand, Chloe Hawksford, Annalee Kroll, Jade Kromer, Justine Ploeger, Hana Saifullah, Sarah Sparstad, Stephanie Stoerzinger, and Rachel Werner, all of Hudson. Brand, Gjerde, and Saifullah are co-captains. The company is led by artistic directors Barb Suick and Stephanie Campbell.
The production will also feature the debut performance of The Phipps Junior Dance Company, comprised of 12 auditioned dancers who range in age from 9-13: Sam Borchart, Taylor Casey, Keegan Foster, Julia Haas, Audrey Hatch, Emmerson Hatch, Sophia Huber, Claire Kromrey, Lauren Lansfeldt, Jessie Moore, Maia Paulisich, and Laura Seidel, all of Hudson. The company is directed by Mackenzie Lewis.
Both companies focus on building well-rounded, technically-advanced young dancers.
In addition to choreography by Suick, Campbell, and Lewis, the concert will showcase works by four guest choreographers: Clair Anderson, Denise Armstead, Melissa Huber, and Bre Poliak.
Anderson choreographed a jazz piece entitled “The Time Has Come.” “In this piece, dancers ask the audience to journey with them from sleepwalking through life into an awakening of conscientious action. The dancers wear masks that symbolize things like insecurity, fear, shame, injury, and anger that keep us all from living true, authentic, and wholehearted lives. What does life look like when we take off our ‘masks’ to see and be seen as our glorious, perfectly imperfect selves? This may be the most essential and courageous task we undertake in our entire life. Waking up and choosing this path is the greatest gift we can give to ourselves and to our loved ones,” Anderson comments. She has explored this concept using the music of local artists Cloud Cult.
Poliak, who has choreographed for four seasons with the company, says, “I was able to choreograph two very different hip-hop pieces. The first one titled ‘No Umbrella Needed’ has a flowy, laid-back vibe to it. The second is definitely more upbeat with an old-school hip-hop feel; it is titled ‘WELL…’”
Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for students. Reservations may be made by contacting The Phipps ticket office at 715-386-8409.
Sheldon Theatre Brass Band
The Sheldon Theatre Brass Band will perform in concert on Sunday, March 30 at 7 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin.
The award-winning 30-piece band was founded in 1989 as the resident performing ensemble at the newly-restored, turn-of-the-century, T. B. Sheldon Theatre in Red Wing, Minnesota. It is currently enjoying its 25th season of music-making. It employs the instrumentation of the traditional British-style brass band and plays marches, overtures, classical transcriptions, jazz, and film music.
In addition to its regular performances at the Sheldon Theatre, it performs at a variety of venues throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin, and has performed at many festivals throughout the United States including the North American Brass Band Association championships, the Chicago Open, and the Great American Brass Band Festival. It released its fifth compact disc, “Black, White & Blue,” in 2009.
Its program will include the following selections: “Carmen Fantasy,” “Call of the Cossacks,” “The Hounds of Spring,” “Ad Astra,” “La Passarella di Addio,” “The Incredibles,” “The North Star,” and “Pavane.”
Tickets are $22 for adults and $15 for students of all ages. Reservations may be made by contacting The Phipps ticket office at 715-386-8409.
Theater classes for young people
Theater classes for students in grades 1 – 6 will be offered on four Saturday mornings, April 5, 12, 26, and May 3, at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin. There will be no classes Easter weekend.
“Mother Goose on the Loose!” for students in grades 1 – 3 will be offered from 9 to 10 a.m. Participants will learn the basics of creative dramatics through movement, voice, and their active imaginations. Using the familiar fairy tales of Mother Goose as source material, young actors will create their own unique story based on these adventures. The final class will include a presentation of skills learned. The fee is $42.
“Mental Floss Improv Class” for students in grades 4-6 will be offered from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. This energetic class will lead students through the controlled-chaos world of improvisation. Participants will learn the basics of storytelling through theater games and explore the use of movement and voice to create distinctive characters. Young actors will be guided to develop their own unique story. The final class will include a presentation of skills learned. The fee is $52.
Instructor Charles Fraser has taught a broad range of theater disciplines in elementary schools, high schools, colleges, and universities across the United States as part of the Guthrie on Tour as well as the Guthrie’s Schools on Stage, summer conferences, summer camps, Target Play Dates, Guthrie in the Parks, sampler classes, residencies, and corporate workshops. Additionally, he is a teaching artist with Upstream Arts, Hennepin Theatre Trust, Avalon Charter School, Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, Saint Louis Park High School, and he is an adjunct professor of theater at Concordia University. As an actor, he has worked for the Guthrie Theater, Jungle Theater, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, History Theatre, Park Square Theatre, Minnesota Shakespeare Project, Playwrights’ Center, Brave New Workshop, Illusion Theater, and Disney Cruise Line.
Registrations may be made by mailing the fee(s) to The Phipps Center, 109 Locust Street, Hudson, Wisconsin 54016. Enrollments may also be made by calling 715-386-2305 or going online to www.ThePhipps.org and charge the fee to Visa, MasterCard, or Discover. A $5 processing fee will be charged to all phone, mail, and online orders.
Ballroom dance party April 5
Ballroom dance parties will be offered on the first and third Saturday of every month from 7 to 10 p.m. in the dance studio of The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin.
Tom Larson will offer a dance lesson during the first hour. Polka, swing, and hustle will be taught on April 5, with a live band. Country two-step and line dance will be featured on April 19, with a DJ. 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 $15 per person with a live band or $12 per person with a DJ.
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.
‘The Fox on the Fairway’ at The Phipps
“The Fox on the Fairway,” a comedy by Ken Ludwig, will be performed April 11 through May 4 at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin.
This new play by Ludwig, an internationally acclaimed and Tony award-winning playwright, is another comedy with the same zany humor that is characteristic of his past work. Ludwig’s “Moon over Buffalo” and “Leading Ladies” were both popular with Phipps audiences.
The plot centers on a grudge match between two country club owners where the top player switches sides at the last moment. Complications ensue when Justin, a new employee of the Quail Valley Country Club, who is in love with the club waitress, turns out to be a very good golfer, but needs to become a member of the club to play in the tournament. Toss in an amorous club secretary, a jealous wife, and a lost diamond engagement ring, and the situation becomes hilariously complicated.
Eleven performances will be given on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., as well as Sundays at 2 p.m. (not April 20) on the main stage.
Tickets are $22 for adults and $15 for students of all ages, with a $2 discount for seniors on the Sunday matinees. Reservations may be made by contacting The Phipps ticket office at 715-386-8409 or online at ThePhipps.org.
Oratorio society performance
The Phipps Oratorio Society will perform “Organ and Oratorio Ovations, Music for the King of Instruments” on Sunday, April 13 at 2 p.m. at Bethel Lutheran Church, 920 Third Street, Hudson, Wisconsin.
The concert will feature festive and celebratory works for chorus, organ, and brass, and will utilize the Casavant pipe organ at Bethel Lutheran Church. Thomas Dahle, music director, will conduct the choral selections.
The featured accompanist and organ soloist is William Kuhlman, acclaimed professor emeritus of organ at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa. Critics have hailed Kuhlman as “a world-class performer” whose playing “communicates musical purpose and excitement.”
The performance will include eight works for chorus and organ: “Arise, Your Light Has Come” by David Danner; Kyrie from the Mass in C# by Louis Vierne, “In the Year that King Uzziah Died” by David McK. Williams; “The Old 100th” arranged by Ralph Vaughan Williams, “Zadok the Priest” by George F. Handel; Sanctus from “Requiem” by Gabriel Faure; “Jerusalem” by Sir Huber Parry; and “The Heavens Are Telling” from “The Creation” by Joseph Haydn.
The program will also include the “Finale” from Sonata #1 for Organ by French organist and composer Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1911) and “Grand Choeur Dialogue” by Eugene Gigout (1844-1925), arranged for organ and brass sextet.
General admission tickets to the performance are $22 for adults and $10 for students of all ages. Reservations may be made by contacting The Phipps ticket office at 715-386-8409 or online at ThePhipps.org.
Yoga for youngsters
Yoga for children ages 2 – 6 years along with an adult will be offered for six sessions on Wednesdays, April 23 – May 28, from 10:30-11 a.m., at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin. There will be a free introductory class for all interested on Wednesday, April 16, from 10:30-11 a.m.
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 fee is $48/child and adult duo plus $24 for each additional child. Registrations may be made by mailing the fee(s) to The Phipps Center, 109 Locust Street, Hudson, Wisconsin 54016. Enrollments may also be made by calling 715-386-2305 or going online to www.ThePhipps.org and charging the fee to Visa, MasterCard, or Discover.