Mother’s Day weekend events at Festival Theatre

St. Croix Festival Theatre has added two community events to the schedule to compliment Sunday’s music series concert, which this year is “Broadway’s Best” with Colleen Raye and the Girl Singers.

The first community event is a Wine & Canvas taking place on Friday, May 9. Billed as “Mother’s Day Weekend Workshop: Wine & Canvas at Festival Theatre,” the event is 6-9 p.m.

No previous painting experience is necessary to participate. The workshop is for adults interested in learning to paint with acrylics, following a step by step process led by an artist from the Minneapolis branch of the organization, culminating in a ready-to-hang work of art.

The cost is $40 per person and reservations are required. The Act II Lounge will feature Chateau St. Croix wines and appetizer samplings available for purchase. Interested persons are asked to register to reserve a canvas by stopping in the theatre, ordering online or calling the box office. A second Wine & Canvas date is also scheduled for the fall.

Festival’s tradition of hosting a Mother’s Day concert continues as Colleen Raye returns to the main stage with her new show, “Broadway’s Best,” on Sunday, May 11, for a 2 p.m. matinee.

In this latest creation by the Girl Singers, Colleen Raye, Debbie O’Keefe and Katie Gearty walk the audience through some of the all-time great songs of Broadway, including classics from “My Fair Lady,” “Gypsy,” “Oliver” and “West Side Story,” as well as newer musicals, “Phantom of the Opera,” “Les Miserables,” “Wicked” and “Rent.” Tickets are $21 in advance and $26 at the door, and it is Flex Pass eligible for those who have a 2014 Flex Pass.

For the second community event, a song circle will be held in the historic Civic Auditorium on Sunday, May 11, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Dedicated to all mothers everywhere, this song circle is open to everyone. No experience necessary, no cost and no music to read. The group, led by Lia Falls, will meet in the street-level Elbow Room following the Broadway’s Best matinee concert.

Local resident Lia Falls has led community singing for years. She will present a collection of rounds and chants that are easy to learn in the oral tradition, which means no words or music to read. This is intended as a relaxing and fun environment for participants. Space is limited, and coffee, tea and water will be served for a free-will donation. For more information email liabeing@gmail.com or call Lia at 715-501-4487.

For details on other upcoming events at Festival Theatre, visit the website at festivaltheatre.org. Reservations for all events are highly recommended and can be made online, by calling 715-483-3387, or emailing boxoffice@festivaltheatre.org.

Festival Theatre, a nonprofit, regional professional theatre company, is located in the Civic Auditorium at 210 N. Washington St., St. Croix Falls, Wis.

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