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Welcome to Creative Economy Week in Eau Claire!

During Creative Economy Week we’ll shine a spotlight on the strong and growing arts and culture economy in Eau Claire and the Chippewa Valley. We want to recognize the efforts and importance of the creative class workers that add to the quality of life we enjoy in Eau Claire.

The creative economy is a powerful engine of growth and community vitality. Together, artists, cultural nonprofits, and creative businesses produce and distribute cultural goods and services that generate jobs, revenue, and quality of life. A thriving cultural sector leads to thriving communities. The arts and culture sector in the U.S. is a $699 billion industry, providing 4.3 percent of the nation’s GDP. This impact drives economic development on the national, state, regional, and local level.

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Saturday, May 13
 

7:30pm CDT

ECCT: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
The crafy slave Pseudolus years for his freedom, and his young master Hero promises him just that. The only catch? He must win the hand of the beautiful but slow-witted courtesan Philia for him. What could possibly go wrong? Sondheim's joyous, musical romp through Rome is filled iwth desparate lovers, scheming neighbors and secrets behind every toga.

Tickets: Adults- $22, Seniors- $18, Students- $12, Youth- $8
Tickets available at ecct.org or 715-839-8877

Cast:
Psuedolus- Brian Hoffman
Senex- Richard Kevin Kline
Domina- Laura Robbins-Leisz
Lycus- Nathan Libby
Hero- Jeffrey Peterson
Hysterium- Kevin Grady
Miles Gloriousus- Jason Lynn
Philia-Ali Abraham
Tintinabula- Tessa Haugle
Panacea- Annelies White
The Geminae- Jen Dunn, Jeanie Schoenhals
Vibrata- Alicia Klein
Gymnasia- Amy Wurzer
The Proteans- Kristopher Bergstrom, Ben Schmitz, Chrisitpher Belonge, Elliot Past

Sponsored in part by Charter Communication


Saturday May 13, 2017 7:30pm - 9:00pm CDT
The Oxford 1814 N Oxford Ave, Eau Claire, WI
 
Sunday, May 14
 

1:30pm CDT

ECCT: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
The crafy slave Pseudolus years for his freedom, and his young master Hero promises him just that. The only catch? He must win the hand of the beautiful but slow-witted courtesan Philia for him. What could possibly go wrong? Sondheim's joyous, musical romp through Rome is filled iwth desparate lovers, scheming neighbors and secrets behind every toga.

Tickets: Adults- $22, Seniors- $18, Students- $12, Youth- $8
Tickets available at ecct.org or 715-839-8877

Cast:
Psuedolus- Brian Hoffman
Senex- Richard Kevin Kline
Domina- Laura Robbins-Leisz
Lycus- Nathan Libby
Hero- Jeffrey Peterson
Hysterium- Kevin Grady
Miles Gloriousus- Jason Lynn
Philia-Ali Abraham
Tintinabula- Tessa Haugle
Panacea- Annelies White
The Geminae- Jen Dunn, Jeanie Schoenhals
Vibrata- Alicia Klein
Gymnasia- Amy Wurzer
The Proteans- Kristopher Bergstrom, Ben Schmitz, Chrisitpher Belonge, Elliot Past

Sponsored in part by Charter Communication


Sunday May 14, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm CDT
The Oxford 1814 N Oxford Ave, Eau Claire, WI
 
Monday, May 15
 

7:00pm CDT

ECCT Auditions: "A Little Night Music"
Performed as a concert musical and fully staged with sets and period costumes, this Tony Award-winning musical explores the tangled affairs of actress Desiree Armfeldt and the two men who love her. When everyone gathers for a weekend in the country, infinite possibilities of new romances and second chances bring endless surprises. Known as Sondheim's "waltz musical" because all of the songs are in 3/4 time, the score features the popular song "Send in the Clowns."

AUDITIONS: Prepare a 30-60 second cutting from any Broadway song. Bring your own accompaniment- live, CD, or on an electronic device like iPhone or iPad. Looking for a song? Choose a song from the over 1000 songs that will be available from the ECCT Broadway Audition Tracks found on Spotify using this link: 
https://open.spotify.com/.../playlist/4LOX4HxM7M9voHUmWZuTcr 

ROLES: 5 males ages 18-60, 8 females ages 18-70, 1 girl ages 10-14

REHEARSALS: Generally 3 nights per week from 7pm-pm Monday-Thursday evenings from May 18-July 13.

SHOWS: 2 public performances July 15 & 16 at the State Theatre.


Monday May 15, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm CDT
The Oxford 1814 N Oxford Ave, Eau Claire, WI
 
Tuesday, May 16
 

6:00pm CDT

State of our Theatre

Celebrate the flourishing theatre scene in the Chippewa Valley with a night of conversation and drinks. Representatives from theatre organizations in the region will reflect on where we’ve been, where we’re going, and how the community can continue to promote and advance local theatre. The discussion will be followed by an opportunity to mingle, rub shoulders with your favorite local performing artists, and The Plus' regularly scheduled Open Mic!

This event is FREE and open to all!


Moderator
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Ben Richgruber

Executive Director, Eau Claire Regional Arts
Ben is the Executive Director of the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center and holds a Comprehensive Theatre Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire. Since then, he has honed his entertainment skills by teaching at the Disney Institute and performing with numerous improvisational... Read More →

Panelists
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Amber Dernbach

Theater Teacher & Improv Coach, Memorial High School
Amber Dernbach is the Improv actor and coach as well as the theater and EL (English as a second language) teacher at Memorial High School in Eau Claire. Amber is also the director of the Eau Claire Improve Fest.
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Arthur Grothe

Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts, Artistic Director of Theatre, University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
Arthur Grothe received his M.F.A. in Acting from the University of Florida and has both a B.A. in Communications and Theatre Arts as well as a B.A. in English from Heidelberg University. He has also had additional training from the Stanislavsky Summer Institute, The Lessac Summer... Read More →
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Jake Lindgren

Founder, Downstage Left
I started Downstage Left out of a desire to challenge myself as a director and to challenge young actors who are still enrolled in higher education pursuing theatre.  As a non traditional student at The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, students often asked me about my experience... Read More →
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Ann Sessions

Executive Director, Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild
Ann Sessions has been in the Executive Director of the Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild since 2001. She is a Board Member of the Confluence Arts Center, Downtown Eau Claire Inc, and the West Grand Avenue Business Improvement District.  Theatre Arts come naturally for her; her father... Read More →

Sponsors
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The Plus

Your Eau Claire Restaurant, Bar and Live Entertainment Venue where the PLUS means MORE!!We’re excited to be downtown Eau Claire’s award winning eating, drinking and entertainment spot. From artisan pizzas and burgers to great live music and comedy held on our main stage or our... Read More →



Tuesday May 16, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm CDT
The Plus 208 S Barstow St, Eau Claire, WI

7:00pm CDT

ECCT Auditions: "A Little Night Music"
Performed as a concert musical and fully staged with sets and period costumes, this Tony Award-winning musical explores the tangled affairs of actress Desiree Armfeldt and the two men who love her. When everyone gathers for a weekend in the country, infinite possibilities of new romances and second chances bring endless surprises. Known as Sondheim's "waltz musical" because all of the songs are in 3/4 time, the score features the popular song "Send in the Clowns."

AUDITIONS: Prepare a 30-60 second cutting from any Broadway song. Bring your own accompaniment- live, CD, or on an electronic device like iPhone or iPad. Looking for a song? Choose a song from the over 1000 songs that will be available from the ECCT Broadway Audition Tracks found on Spotify using this link: 
https://open.spotify.com/.../playlist/4LOX4HxM7M9voHUmWZuTcr 

ROLES: 5 males ages 18-60, 8 females ages 18-70, 1 girl ages 10-14

REHEARSALS: Generally 3 nights per week from 7pm-pm Monday-Thursday evenings from May 18-July 13.

SHOWS: 2 public performances July 15 & 16 at the State Theatre.


Tuesday May 16, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm CDT
The Oxford 1814 N Oxford Ave, Eau Claire, WI
 
Thursday, May 18
 

8:30pm CDT

Clear Water Comedy Presents Emma Arnold
THURSDAY, MAY 18TH 
ALL AGES (18+ recommended)
DOORS 830P SHOWTIME 9PM
$5 | $3 with valid student ID
(Admission gets ONE FREE domestic tap, rail, or soda) 

A Clear Water Comedy Favorite: 

Emma Arnold!!!!

Emma Arnold is a comedian, author, and beekeeper. She tours regularly, and performed in fifty two cities in 2016. A fan favorite on the Dana Gould Hour, Sklar Bro Country (***Emma said on this podcast that Eau Claire is one of her favorite cities to perform in!), and Doug Loves Movies, she once followed a eulogy at the Limestone Comedy Festival, after which, Bobcat Goldthwait told her he’d never seen anyone do what she does. She has taken this as a compliment. Her greatly anticipated book, “Notion Sickness”, will be published in 2017, and her comedy album will be available May 2017 from Rooftop Comedy. When not touring, Emma lives with her six children (yes, six) in Idaho, where she keeps kids and bees with varying degrees of success.

Thursday May 18, 2017 8:30pm - 10:30pm CDT
The Plus 208 S Barstow St, Eau Claire, WI
 
Friday, May 19
 

6:00pm CDT

17th Annual Diamond Spring School of Dance - Spring Recital
Join us for Diamond School of Dance's 17th annual Spring Performances at the State Theatre May 19-21! Each show is uniquely different and full of entertainment for the whole family! Invite your family and friends .... enjoy the show!

Show times are:
Friday, May 19th 6:00 PM
Saturday, May 20th 1:00 PM
Saturday, May 20th 6:00 PM
Sunday, May 21st 1:00 PM
Sunday, May 21st 6:00 PM

Tickets are available at the door one hour before the show or can be purchased in advance through the State Theatre atwww.EauClaireArts.com or 715-832-2878.

Friday May 19, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm CDT
The State Theatre 316 Eau Claire St, Eau Claire, WI

7:30pm CDT

BareBones Ensemble Theatre: Two Plays by Harold Pinter
May 19 & 20 at 7:30pm | $15 adults | $10 students

Party Time & New World Order

It's the end of the world and as we know it. And I feel fine. There are soldiers in the streets and barracades up in the neighborhoods, but don't worry wealthy people...everything is fine. We've got this. Just. Act. Normal.

Tickets: http://cvtg.org/index.php/tickets


Friday May 19, 2017 7:30pm - 9:30pm CDT
The Grand Theatre 102 W Grand Ave, Eau Claire, WI
 
Saturday, May 20
 

7:30pm CDT

BareBones Ensemble Theatre: Two Plays by Harold Pinter
May 19 & 20 at 7:30pm | $15 adults | $10 students

Party Time & New World Order

It's the end of the world and as we know it. And I feel fine. There are soldiers in the streets and barracades up in the neighborhoods, but don't worry wealthy people...everything is fine. We've got this. Just. Act. Normal.

Tickets: http://cvtg.org/index.php/tickets


Saturday May 20, 2017 7:30pm - 9:30pm CDT
The Grand Theatre 102 W Grand Ave, Eau Claire, WI
 
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