At The Phipps Center for the Arts

Ballroom dance

A ballroom dance is set for 7-10 p.m. in the dance studio of The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wis. on Saturday, May 17.

Salsa and bachata will be taught, and there will be 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 $12 per person.

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.


Minneapolis guitar quartet

The Minneapolis Guitar Quartet, featuring Joseph Hagedorn, Maja Radovanlija, Ben Gateño, and Wade Oden, will perform in concert on Sunday, May 18 at 7 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wis.

The ensemble’s program consists of “Windy” by Astor Piazzolla, Petite Suite by Claude Debussy, “A Scottish Fantasy” by David Crittenden, Three Finnish Pieces by Maria Kalaniemi, “Harlem” from “Ghetto Strings” by Daniel Bernard Roumain, Cuatro Piezas by Joaquin Rodrigo, “Danza de la moza donosa” by Alberto Ginastera, and “Cuatro Estampas Andaluzas” by Joaquin Rodrigo.

For more information, visit 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 or online at


Auditions for the Wizard of Oz May 18-20

The Phipps Center for the Arts will put on “The Wizard of Oz” this summer. Adapted from L. Frank Baum’s enduring children’s story, this production uses the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 1987 script, inspired by and featuring the songs from the famous MGM musical.

The show requires a large ensemble of actors playing many featured roles, including the Dorothy Gale, Aunt Em, Uncle Henry, Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, Wicked Witch of the West, Wizard of Oz and Glinda along with an ensemble of Winged Monkeys, Munchkins, Apple Trees, Poppies and more. Specific cast details can be found on the Phipps website.

Actors may schedule an audition on The Phipps website,, on the following dates and times: ages 14-22 on Sunday, May 18, 1-5 p.m., and ages 10-13 on Monday, May 19, 6-9 p.m. Open auditions will be held Tuesday, May 20 for ages 10-13 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and ages 14-22 from 8-9:30 p.m. Out-of-town college students age 22 or younger may submit a video. See The Phipps website for further information.

Actors will be asked to sing approximately 32 measures of a prepared upbeat song showing their range, as well as read from the script. Those auditioning should bring a copy or the original sheet music for the accompanist. Everyone will be asked to learn a short dance combination, so all should come dressed to move, with their hair tied back. Also, actors should bring an audition form which can be found on the Phipps website, a current photo (any size), as well as a list of all rehearsal conflicts.

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


Exhibition by seven regional artists on view

A series of exhibitions featuring mixed media drawings and paintings by Brenda Litman (Minneapolis), mixed media paintings by Jon Reischl (St. Paul), mixed media installation graffiti art by Peyton Scott Russell (Minneapolis), wood-fired pots by Joe Samuelson (Stillwater), oil and wax paintings by Michael Schmidt (St. Paul), acrylic and pen and ink paintings and drawings by David Strom (Windom, Minn.), and ceramic sculpture by Jake Zeiher (Mankato, Minn.) will be on view through May 23 in The Galleries of The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wis.

Galleries hours are Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday 12 noon to 4:30 p.m., as well as one hour before and through intermission of all performances in The Phipps theaters.

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


Auditions for singers, dancers May 29 and 31

Auditions for male and female dancers age 16 and older for “The Phipps Dance Theater Celebrates Broadway,” the 10th annual summer dance production at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin, will be on Saturday, May 31, with registration at 9 a.m. and the audition from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the dance studio of the center. Dancers are asked to bring tap, jazz, and character shoes.

In addition to the dance portion of the audition, the Dance Theater will hold vocal auditions on Thursday, May 29, with registration at 6:30 p.m. and auditions from 7 to 9 p.m. in the music studio of the center. All vocalists are asked to come prepared with 32 measures of an up-tempo Broadway song as well as sheet music for the accompanist. Not all dance pieces will feature live singing. Dancers are encouraged to attend the vocal audition and singers are encouraged to attend the dance audition.

Both dancers and singers are asked to bring a current head shot and a list of potential rehearsal conflicts from June 1 through August 14.

The show will be performed Friday and Saturday, August 15 and 16, at 7:30 p.m. as well as Sunday, August 17, at 2 p.m. on the main stage. It will feature classic Broadway dance numbers from shows such as “The Lion King,” “Mary Poppins,” “Nine,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Sweet Charity,” “The Pajama Game,” “Cats,” and “Anything Goes,” choreographed by Melissa Huber, Christina Leines, Joanie Mix-Lande, and Mackenzie Lewis, who is also the director.

For questions regarding The Phipps Dance Theater or auditions, please contact Lewis at [email protected]