South Milwaukee PAC Announces 2017-2018 Performing Arts Series

(South Milwaukee, WI) – South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center (SMPAC) announced its 2017-2018 Performing Arts Series during a Preview & Tasting Party featuring SMPAC sponsors Skyline Catering & Express Deli, Azteca Restaurant, Barbiere’s Italian InnScrappy’s BBQ and Parkway Floral at the theatre on Wednesday, May 24. Approximately 200 people attended the preview that featured hearty food samples and a sneak peak of the professional touring artist series line-up.

“We strive to present a mix of artists and performers not featured elsewhere in our area, along with providing educational opportunities for our students. We’ve become a cultural destination for Milwaukee’s south shore communities, presenting performances that entertain and inspire people of all ages and aesthetics. This season, we’re excited to present performances that appeal to our sense of nostalgia and the familiar, as well as performances whose impeccable musicians or intriguing artists enchant or surprise us,” says Rachel Sorce, Executive Director. Read more


Post Comedy Theatre on Fri., April 7 at 7:30 pm


“Post merits a place on anybody’s all-star team of the goofily gifted,” The New York Times

“Riveting…eclectic…uproariously funny.” National Public Radio

“I like him because he’s insane, completely insane.”  Matt Lauer, The Today Show

(South Milwaukee, WI) – South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center is proud to present Post Comedy Theatre, a one-man variety show that serves up a delightful entertainment feast for the entire family (ages 8 and up) on Friday, April 7 at 7:30 pm.  Elegantly elastic and multi-talented, Robert Post has created a show of sheer delight. By turns hilarious, poignant, and physically dazzling, his meticulously crafted sketches fill the stage with bumblers, dreamers, and cartoonish heroes of every stripe. With astonishing comic grace, he draws you into small dramas that capture universal human dilemmas.

The sketches that make up Post’s one-man variety show have captivated audiences across the United States as well as in Canada, Mexico, Japan, Turkey, and Europe. He has appeared on the Today show, and he was invited to perform for children in Beslan, Russia, at the school that had been devastated by a terrorist attack in 2004. A PBS special on his work, “Robert Post – in Performance,” won an Emmy.

Post Comedy Theatre is unrelenting fun, sketch by sketch à la Red Skelton, Sid Caesar, and Jonathan Winters (three of Post’s inspirations). Over the course of his forty-year career, Post has perfected more than thirty works, which he has performed for audiences across the United States and in Mexico, Turkey, Japan, and Russia. The show’s a smash, because the humor is universal. Take your seat and settle back. Just don’t expect to keep a straight face.

Ticketing Information

Ticket prices for adults: $20-35, seniors: $15-30, and students: $10-20. For tickets, visit www.southmilwaukeepac.org or call (414) 766-5049.

About Robert Post

One of Robert Post’s childhood report cards in Columbus, Ohio, gave a hint as to how his future might unfold. Not amused by Robert’s antics, his teacher created a whole new column of categories describing maladaptive behavior. Happily for audiences around the world, Post stuck with antics. The result: a dazzling performance career that continues to defy categories.

The creator of Post Comedy Theatre and Post from the Road (who did make it through elementary school) discovered the joys of the stage at Ohio State University, where he studied theater and dance before hitting the road with a touring mime and improv troupe. The experience of traveling up and down the East Coast in an old milk truck that served as a tour bus, performing everywhere and anywhere, and passing the hat for payment, not only stretched Post’s talents but also developed his knack for playful give-and-take with audiences. He crafted his signature style during intensive workshops with Tony Montanaro, the legendary performer and teacher who ran Celebration Barn in South Paris, Maine. Post credits Montanaro for “flipping the switch,” helping him see how he could combine his love of character work, movement arts, and improvisation.

And so the antics spun on, in a career spanning more than forty years. The list of grants and other awards that he’s received is now much longer than his teacher’s listing of maladaptive behaviors. Post juggles – literally (he can keep the balls in the air) and figuratively, balancing his performance schedule with educational programs in schools, master classes, workshops, and stints as a director. He has directed for opera and ballet companies as well as for schools and universities. He has also served as a visionary coach and mentor for individual performers, much as Tony Montanaro helped him find his own vision. His wide-ranging travels have led to Post from the Road, a delightfully quirky video series featuring his encounters with – and bemused observations on – the weird and wonderful byways of American culture.


South Milwaukee PAC Voted 2016 Milwaukee A-List Top Theatre

Thanks to all of you who voted for us, and thanks to Wisconsin Gazette for publishing our exciting news about being voted 3rd Best Theatre in the 2016 Milwaukee A-List contest.

“It was a terrific surprise to be voted among the top theatres in the Milwaukee area,” said Rachel Sorce, executive director at SMPAC. “We have many wonderful and loyal patrons, and we thank them for supporting us and posting comments about their experiences during the contest voting period.”  Read more


Silent Movies & Live Gypsy Swing at SMPAC in November

South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center is proud to present The Hot Club of San Francisco: Cinema Vivant, on Saturday, November 21 at 7:30 p.m. Cinema Vivant celebrates the imagination and innovation of the 1920’s and 30’s with the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, and three silent movie shorts created by the pioneers of animated filmmaking, Ladislaw Starewicz and Charley Bowers.

“With Cinema Vivant, we want audience members to feel as if they are transported back to the French countryside of the 1930’s, where gypsy caravans would set up camps outside of town and lure locals out for an evening of music and silent movies, which flickered to life on the side of a barn,” says Rachel Sorce, Executive Director. “It was magical for audiences of the time, because the musicians would play guitars and fiddles, matching every movement on the screen and creating live soundtracks to the silent movies, which had never been seen or heard before.”

The Hot Club of San Francisco is an ensemble of accomplished and versatile musicians performing the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli’s pioneering Quintette du Hot Club de France. Called gypsy jazz, the swinging, bouncy beat has entranced audiences for decades. The ensemble borrows the all-string instrumentation of violin, bass, and guitars from the original Hot Club, but breathes new life into the music with innovation arrangements of classic tunes and original compositions from the group’s superb lead guitarist, Paul Mehling. Acoustic Guitar hailed Hot Club of San Francisco’s sound as, “intricate, scorching and often brilliant.”

In Cinema Vivant, three short films are projected during the show. Two are by a European pioneer of stopaction animation, Ladislaw Starewicz, including The Cameraman’s Revenge, and The Mascot. A third film, There It Is, is by American Charley Bowers, who helped revolutionize the industry in the 1920s by combining animation with live action.

On Sat., Nov. 21 from 1-2 pm, South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center will host a Gypsy Swing Guitar Masterclass for all ages by instructor and HCSF founder Paul Mehling. Cost is included in the price of a midlevel ticket to the evening performance. Pre-registration is required by calling 414-766-5049.

Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20-45 for adults, with discounts for seniors and students. For tickets, visit www.southmilwaukeepac.org or call (414) 766-5049.

Get Bold & Brassy Sept. 17 & 19!

We’re so excited to kick off our 2015-16 Performing Arts Season THIS WEEK with not one, but TWO fantastic brass bands of contrasting styles. Starting Thursday, the city of South Milwaukee will be filled with the amazing sounds of supremely talented brass musicians who thoroughly enjoy entertaining their audiences.

A Haiku in Honor of SMPAC’s 10th Anniversary & Poetry Month

A Toast to Ten Years

Ready to express
emotion for all senses
they will converge here.

Musicians, dancers,
singers and comedians
to entertain us.

Hands, feet, words, bodies
move expertly with practice
sharing their passion.

Tradition, trade, job
hobby, pastime, obsession
avocation, craft.

A showcase on stage
of twenty acts in one night
a toast to ten years.



Friday, May 1st Talent Extravaganza: A Toast to Ten Years

The 10th Anniversary Gala: An Extravaganza of Local Talent will be an event like no other in the 10 year history of our theatre. More than 20 different acts comprised of over 100 amateur and professional performers will take the stage on Friday, May 1st, led by our Master of Ceremonies, Tomas Kubinek, aka, Certified Lunatic and Master of the Impossible!

The event will be preceded by a social starting at 6:00 pm in the downstairs commons. There will be entertainment, arts and crafts and food, so bring the entire family! The SMHS a cappella ensembles Delta V and The Pop Rockets will perform during the social to get everyone ready for the show. Emerald City Catering is selling their famous pulled pork sandwiches and cole slaw and the SM high school students will be selling baked goods. So, don’t worry about going hungry during the show. Plus, Milwaukee Art Museum presents Kohl’s Color Wheels. It’s a mobile arts and crafts activity perfect for people of all ages and artistic abilities. The SMPAC Council is hosting a mini silent auction, and you’ll have a chance to meet many of the performers, too.

The performance starts at 7:30 and will feature local talent and talent from far away places such as Siberia. Our Master of Ceremonies is an internationally-touring performer who will make you smile and laugh, and who may even throw in a few unexpected surprises! You won’t want to miss the acts we discovered through our audition process that started last October. We auditioned dozens of performers, which made the selection process challenging and also fun. For the Gala, we’ve arranged for a wide variety of acts, from opera to uni-cycling, and even a four-legged performer named “Rosie.”

Won’t you join us for some fun? Get your tickets today, while they last!


In Thinking of America: Songs of the Civil War, March 29 Canceled

The Sunday, March 29 performance of In Thinking of America: Songs of the Civil War has been CANCELED due to medical reasons.

South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center recently learned about a medical condition that prevents the artist, Robert Trentham, from travelling or performing at this time. We send Mr. Trentham our best wishes for a complete and quick recovery.

We are unable to reschedule the performance, so current ticket holders will be contacted by our box office to receive a refund or exchange their tickets for the April 10th performance by Jerome Kitzke, Music in Poetry, Poetry in Music, or the May 1st 2014-15 Performing Arts Series finale, 10th Anniversary Gala featuring Tomas Kubinek.


Support the Arts! Purchase your ticket today for the Soirée

The South Milwaukee Performing Arts Council is excited to announce its 8th annual fundraising event, Soirée: A Party for a Purpose, set for Saturday, February 28, 2015, from 6:00 to 10:30 p.m. The Soiree will feature the Jeannine Rivers Group (Jazz Combo), the Skai Academy Band, a silent auction including a variety of artworks from students and local artists, hors d’oeuvres (sandwiches, swedish meatballs, polish sausage, stuffed mushrooms, brushetta, crabmeat, veggies and fruit) and a cash bar. This year’s Soirée location is the Polish Community Center at 6941 S. 68th Street in Franklin.


Jump Start Your Heart Valentine’s Weekend


Grammy-nominated for Best Latin Album of 2014 Afro-Cuban artist Pedrito Martinez set to perform at SMPAC!

South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center is proud to present the Grammy nominated Latin percussionists and vocalists, The Pedrito Martinez Group, on Friday, February 13. Specializing in bata rhythms and vocals, they’ve opened for groups like Dave Matthews Band and collaborated on records with Pacquito D’Rivera, Sting, Elton John and many more. Student tickets are $10-$20, Adults are $25-$35. Call for group discounts.

Be sure to watch the video link and share the attached flyer with your contacts and social media networks!

Pedrito Martinez video

Pedrito Martinez