For more information, tickets, or to register, contact The Phipps Center for the Arts at (715) 386-2305, (715) 386-8409 (box office) or www.ThePhipps.org
“All that Jazz” on New Year’s Eve
“Colleen Raye and Company with the Minnesota Jazz Orchestra will ring in the New Year with “All That Jazz” on Saturday, Dec. 31 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. The show takes its title from the hit song “All That Jazz” from the musical “Chicago.” The program includes Trey Grimm singing “The Sheik of Araby,” Reed Grimm performing “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” Debbie O’Keefe and Raye singing “Heat Wave” and the Andrews Sisters’ version of “Sing, Sing, Sing,” as well as torch songs such as “In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning.” Always fresh and entertaining, Raye combines classic songs, contemporary tunes, comedic interplay, and audience participation. Tickets are $27 for adults and $21 for students of all ages.
“The Miracle Worker” auditions Jan. 23 & 25
“Director Rebecca Rizzio will hold auditions for “The Miracle Worker,” by William Gibson, on Monday and Wednesday, Jan. 23 and 25 at 7 p.m. in the Black Box Theater. Callbacks will be held on Thursday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. on the main stage. Adults should prepare two one-minute monologues that demonstrate versatility. Children should prepare one short monologue. Girls auditioning for Helen should instead prepare to tell a well-known story using no words but only their bodies. “The Miracle Worker” tells the story of Annie Sullivan and her student, blind and mute Helen Keller. Trapped in a secret, silent world, unable to communicate, Helen is violent, spoiled, almost sub-human and treated by her family as such. Only Annie realizes that there is a mind and spirit waiting to be rescued from the dark, tortured silence. With scenes of intense physical and emotional dynamism, Annie’s success with Helen finally comes with the utterance of a single, glorious word: “water.” Ten performances will be given March 23 through April 15 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. as well as Sundays, April 1 and 15 at 2 p.m. on the main stage. Rizzio has directed for Table Salt Productions, Chameleon Theatre Circle, and Theatre Unbound, for which she is a company member.
“Radio Daze,” featuring shows from the Golden Age of Radio presented as readers’ theater, will be performed Jan. 20 – 29. Director Paul Ashwood declares, “Put away the iPads, laptops, and DVDs and relive the most popular form of entertainment of the 1930s and ‘40s.” “Radio Daze” will recreate the old days of radio when families would gather around the set to hear personalities such as Bob Hope and Jack Benny, and programs such as “The Shadow” “Lux Radio Theatre,” Terror by Night,” “Fibber McGee and Molly,” and “The Strange Dr. Weird.” Sound effects will be created live during the show, just as they were in the studio. “Radio Daze” will be performed Jan. 20 – 29 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. as well as Sundays at 2 p.m. in the Black Box Theater. General admission tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students of all ages.
Ballroom dance parties will be offered on Saturdays, Jan. 21 and Feb. 18, from 7 to 10 p.m. in the dance studio. Tom Larson will offer a ballroom and Latin dance lesson during the first hour. 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.
Vinyasa Flow yoga classes continue on Thursdays from 6:30-7:45 p.m. Beginning yoga will be offered on Tuesdays from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. and Gentle Level 1 will be offered Fridays from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Classes are ongoing and may be taken at any time. Punch-cards may be purchased for $130 per ten classes and are good for four months. Punch-cards are good for any of the three classes offered each week. There is a one day drop-in rate of $16 for one class. Students should wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat.
Tot yoga classes
Tot yoga for children ages 2 ½ - 5 ½ years along with an adult will be offered for six Wednesdays, Jan. 18 – Feb. 22, from 10:15 – 10:45 a.m. The goals of this class are to develop children’s motor skills; strengthen their musical ability; as well as support their physical, mental, and emotional needs. This class should provide quality bonding time between the child and adult as well as the opportunity to connect with other families. A mat is required for each child and each adult. The class fee is $48/child and adult duo in addition to $24 for each additional child.
Tai Chi class
Tai chi classes continue on Thursdays from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Classes are ongoing and may be taken at any time. Punch-cards may be purchases for $96 per eight classes and are good for four months.
Private violin lessons
Private violin lessons for students ages seven through adult will be offered throughout the year by Sarah Bertsch. For further information, contact Bertsch at (715) 381-5735.
Private voice lessons
Tony Holt, a former member of the King’s Singers, will offer private voice lessons for ages 11 through adult on Mondays, beginning Jan. 9, at 3:30 p.m. His lessons concentrate on singing in a healthy way, and enjoying a repertoire that can range from Bach to Broadway. He encourages singers to perform without tension, to communicate well, and to enjoy their singing. The fee is $30 per 30-minute lesson. For further information, contact the center at (715) 386-2305.
Theater classes for young people this winter
Theater classes for students in grades 1 - 6 will be offered on four Saturday mornings, Jan. 14 – Feb. 4. Creative Playmaking for students in grades 1 – 3 will be offered from 9 to 1 a.m. Participants will learn the basics of acting through fun exercises that expand movement, voice, and their active imaginations. Using familiar fairy tales 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 $38.
Improv 101 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 of improvisation. Participants will explore short form improvisation as they learn to work together, think quickly, and have fun. The final class will include a presentation of skills learned. The fee is $48.
Birthday parties, Scout programs, team-building classes
Messes & Masterpieces, a non-profit educational organization that holds creative classes and events for children and adults, now offers birthday parties, Scout programs, and team-building classes at The Phipps Center. Celebrate a child’s birthday with a Messes & Masterpieces (M & M) art component and each child will leave with a project they created and a lasting memory of the fun day. Parents bring the party treats and decorations and M & M provides materials and instruction for each child to create a masterpiece. There are several projects from which to choose. The party fee is $124 for up to 10 children, $5 for each additional child up to 15. A $50 deposit is due upon scheduling the party with the balance due the day of the party. Adult chaperones are needed and will not be charged a fee. The party fee includes art materials and clean-up, one hour of art-making, and one hour for cake and present opening, as well as a behind-the-scenes theater tour or gallery visit.
M & M will provide a scout group with a multitude of creative materials and instruction to fulfill badge work or belt loop requirements, or create a dynamic team-building experience for a youth sports team – or a class may be scheduled just for the fun of it. There are several options available to choose from for Boy Scouts belt loop and pin requirements, and M & M offers a wide range of Brownie and Girl Scout “try-its.” The fee is $10 per child ($100 minimum). The fee includes art materials and clean-up, one hour of project-making time, and one hour for snack and a behind the scenes theater tour or gallery visit. Additional fees may apply if requested materials are not kept in stock. Adult chaperones are needed and will not be charged a fee. To schedule a Scout or team-building class, or a birthday party, contact Christine Melby of Messes & Masterpieces at (651) 308-2938 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Western Wisconsin Photographic Club meets regularly at The Phipps. Photographers of all levels of ability and experience are invited to these meetings. For more information, contact Michael Waterman at (715) 246-2853.
Healing Arts at Hudson Hospital and Clinics
Featured work by Brenda Brousseau, Cathy Jean Clark, Kat Corrigan, Nora Dombrock, Rachel Hoemke, Jenny Jenkins, Paul Kivlin, Rebecca Lawson, Peter Madsen, Leslie Pilgrim, Marilyn Rau, Mark D. Roberts, Richard Rock, Denise Rouleau, and Tara Sweeney.
A series of exhibitions featuring ceramics by Marion Angelica (Minneapolis), watercolors by Catherine Hearding (Lake Elmo, Minn.), encaustic paintings by Selene Plum (Chicago), glass by Bonnie Rubinstein (River Falls), acrylic paintings by Cynthia Starkweather-Nelson (Mendota Heights, Minn.), and mixed media by Karl Unnasch (Chatfield, Minn.) will be on view through Jan. 22. 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 will be closed Jan. 1.
The Gift Gallery
Everything in “A Gift by the Hand,” the annual holiday sale of handmade items by local and regional artists, will be on sale through Jan. 31 at 20 percent off in the Gift Gallery. This sale features unique and affordable holiday gifts handmade by over 30 local artists. “A Gift by the Hand” hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., as well as one hour before and through intermission of all performances in The Phipps theaters. The Phipps will be closed Jan. 1.