At the Phipps Center for the Arts

‘The Fox and the Fairway,’ a farce about golf

“The Fox on the Fairway,” a comedy by Ken Ludwig, will be performed through May 4 at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wis.

Henry Bingham, president of the Quail Valley Country Club (Andrew Robertson, Woodbury), is in a difficult position. He has just found out that his newly hired hand, Justin (Rusty Lavelle, Lino Lakes), is in love with Louise, the waitress at the club house (BethAnne Nelson, St. Louis Park). Worse, he has discovered that the golfer he thought would play for his club has switched sides, recruited by his counterpart and opponent, the arrogant Dickie Bell (Troy Stolp, St. Louis Park), and the huge bet he had foolishly wagered is now likely to be lost.

Fortunately, Bingham discovers that Justin is actually quite a good golfer and finagles his nomination into the club. Justin does not disappoint and has a huge lead, when close to its end, the tournament is interrupted by bad weather. When Justin learns that Louise has lost the engagement ring he gave her, he becomes unglued. The game resumes the next day, but Justin loses the lead. Bingham is desperate, and the appearance of his wife (Anne Spradley, St. Paul) complicates the matter, as she catches him much too close to Pamela, his sex-starved vice-president (Tricia Cook, Woodbury). Hilarious complications ensue.

Performances will be Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., as well as Sundays at 2 p.m., except 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. Info or tickets: 715-386-8409 or


Ballroom dance party Saturday, April 19

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. Country two-step and line dance will be featured on April 19, with a DJ. Cha cha and meringue will be taught on May 3, with a live band. 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.


‘Cheers for Volunteers’ April 22

The Phipps Center for the Arts will host “Cheers for Volunteers,” its 31st annual celebration of appreciation for all its volunteers, on Tuesday, April 22 at 7 p.m. in the main theater of the center in Hudson, Wis. All who have volunteered during the past year are encouraged to attend.

The event will include recognition and awards by the Children’s Theater Council, the Drama Council, the Music Council, the Visual Arts Council, and the Volunteer Council, as well as a performance by Hudson High Harmony. A dessert reception and a social time will follow in the River Room.

Info: 715-386-2305.


Auditions for comedy, ‘Flanagan’s Wake’

Auditions for “Flanagan’s Wake,” an interactive comedy with music, will be held on Monday and Wednesday, April 21 and 23, at 7 p.m., with callbacks, if necessary, on Thursday, April 24 at 7 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin.

“Flanagan’s Wake” is one of the longest-running shows in Chicago theater history. The villagers of the beautiful fictional village of Grapplin, County Sligo, Ireland, tell tales, sing songs, and mourn the passing of one of their own, Flanagan. They grieve as only the Irish can. Audience members are invited to share tales of their own experiences and misadventures with dear old Flanagan or simply enjoy the stories and songs of the locals as they recall life with “himself.”

Once the mourners have arrived in Grapplin, they pay respects to glowering Mother Flanagan and to the poor grieving fiancée, Fiona Finn. County Sligo’s best-known writer, Mickey Finn, delivers a eulogy and all tip a pint with Brian Ballybunion, himself a weaver of tales. Mourners can cross themselves with the blessings from St. Gregory’s parish priest, Father Damon Fitzgerald, or cross their fingers that local pagan Kathleen Mooney doesn’t cast a spell on them. Mayor Martin O’Doul presides over the proceedings with an iron hand (and a parched throat).

The cast consists of five men and two women. Rehearsals will be held weekday evenings and some weekends, beginning April 28. Nine performances will be given June 13-29 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., as well as Sundays at 2:30 p.m. in the Black Box Theater.

All auditioning should come prepared to read from the script, which will be available at 5 p.m. each evening, and sing 24 measures of a prepared song. Those auditioning should bring sheet music for the accompanist. They may be asked to improvise. Actors should also bring a photo and resume, if they have one, and a list of conflicts they may have during the rehearsal period.

Director Scott Novotny is a versatile performer who headlines comedy clubs throughout the United States; worked as an improvisational actor/writer at Dudley Riggs’ Brave New Workshop; owned and operated The Comedy Cabaret in Minneapolis; and has written for “Saturday Night Live.” He has also directed and acted in numerous theatrical and film productions.

Music director Ezelda Yacoub Hasapopoulos has served as the music director for many productions at The Phipps Center as well as the Woodbury Community Theatre.

Info: 715-386-2305.


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 to 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 to 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 per 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 St., Hudson, Wis. Enrollments may also be made by calling 715-386-2305 or going to and charging the fee to Visa, MasterCard or Discover.


Digital photography class begins Apr. 22

A beginning digital photography class for students age 16 through adult will be offered on four Tuesdays, April 22 through May 13, from 6-8:30 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wis.

The goal of this class is for students to see their environment to yield photographs suitable for framing. Students will be encouraged to use their photographic equipment to its fullest, rather than rely on the “automatic” settings. To take this class, students must have a basic knowledge of the menu operations of their camera and an ability to navigate simple operations such as adjusting aperture, shutter speed, and ISO level. Because of the numerous camera brands and models, class time will not be used to show students how to use their specific camera. Students may hire the instructor for personal instruction by contacting him directly at 801-718-1906.

In this class, students will gain a basic understanding of aperture, shutter speed, and ISO, and how these elements can be used to create a balanced exposure. The instructor also will address depth of field and its role in composition through an examination of photographic subjects such as landscape, close-up (macro), sports, architecture, and patterns. Assignments will be given at the end of each class, and this work will be reviewed at the beginning of the next class meeting.

Instructor Bob Lyksett has worked as a news photographer for an ABC affiliate in Salt Lake City, freelance photographer, and photographic instructor for the Park City School District, Utah. He enjoys photographing sports of all kinds. His work was most recently published on the cover and accompanying the cover story of the national magazine Rodeo News. Lyksett also has contributed outdoor and nature photography to other publications.

The class fee is $99.  For more information or to register, go to, call 715-386-2305, or stop by the center.