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South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center Announces “Restart the Arts” Fall Shows for the 2020-2021 Arts Season

(South Milwaukee, WI) – South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center is excited to announce “Restart the Arts,” fall programming for the 2020-2021 arts season. These new, limited capacity shows include a silly and educational family show, a one-man Prince music piano show and a Las Vegas style swing concert. Additional shows may be added as they are confirmed.

“The shows were carefully selected to appeal to the various segments of our audience and to align with our theatre’s greatly reduced capacity to allow for physical distancing. We’re thrilled to welcome patrons back to our theatre and restart the arts in our community,” says Rachel Sorce, Executive Director. “Our staff and facility are ready to provide arts experiences while adhering to health and safety guidelines. Patrons who are comfortable returning to the theatre are encouraged to do so, and others will be welcomed back when they are ready,” she adds.

Friday, October 2 at 7:00 pm

Rock ‘n’ Roll Science Show (For families with young children)

What happens when a pair of bumbling 80’s rockers show up at the wrong venue to perform a rock ‘n’ roll concert – only to find out they are on the set of a science show performance?  Well, the “show must go on,” as this goofy duo does their best to entertain the crowd with science, despite their limited experiences in the laboratory!  This family-safe show is a fun look at science, especially physics, and includes fun big-stage experiments, clean humor, and of course a lot of ROCK ‘n’ ROLL music! Approximate run-time 60 minutes. Tickets go on sale September 15 and are $10 for students and $20 for adults/seniors. Buy Tickets!

Thursday, November 5 at 7:00 pm

Piano & My Voice (One-man show featuring Marshall Charloff from Purple xPeRIeNCE)

Performing your favorite hits: Purple Rain, Little Red Corvette, Kiss, Pop Life, and many more! From fronting the greatest Prince tribute show in the world, working with the Atlanta Rhythm Section and writing and producing the Commodores, Marshall Charloff embarks on a solo journey, performing all of your favorite Prince songs in this one-man show. His solo performance delivers Prince’s catalog of hits with only a piano, his voice, and his mastery of audience engagement. The only show of its kind, and licensed directly by the Prince Estate. Approximate run-time 90 minutes. Tickets go on sale September 15 and are $29 for students and $39 for adults/seniors. Buy Tickets!

Saturday, November 21 at 7:00 pm

Swing Explosion: We’ve Got a World That Swings (Full swing band with vocals)

Imagine being in Las Vegas and seeing a show with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. or the swinging music of Count Basie and Louis Prima. You’ll get that and more as we recreate the fun and excitement of a Vegas show from the 50’s as we pay tribute to some of the greatest entertainers of that era. Approximate run-time 90 minutes. Tickets go on sale September 15 and are $25 for students and $35 for adults/seniors. Buy Tickets!

Other Upcoming Shows & Events:

Thursday, October 1 – Sunday, October 4

SMPAC at the NEW European Beer Garden, Farmers Market Plaza Downtown South Milwaukee

Join the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center staff, SMPAC Council and SMPAC volunteers as we meet up at the NEW European Beer Garden for music, food and of course, beer! Located at 1010 Madison Avenue in South Milwaukee, the beer garden is scheduled to run September 18 – October 31. Hours are Thursdays 3-9 pm, Fridays, 4-9 pm, Saturdays, 12-9 pm and Sundays 12-7 pm.

Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24 (Shows at 7:30 pm)

South Milwaukee High School Theatre Co. presents

Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play by Joe Landry

Spies, murder, love, and other trademarks of Alfred Hitchcock come to life in the style of a 1940s radio broadcast of the master of suspense’s earlier films. With The Lodger, Sabotage and The 39 Steps, Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play is a triple feature, complete with vintage commercials and one that recreates a daring train chase, a serial killer’s ominous presence, and a devastating explosion through the magic of live sound effects and musical underscoring.” Tickets will go on sale October 1.

Friday, November 13 & Saturday, November 14 (Shows at 7:30 pm)

South Milwaukee High School Theatre Co. presents

An Evening With Sherlock Holmes

This original live radio play features three classic Holmes and Watson short stories told in radio play format, as broadcast by CBS Radio in the 1930s and 1940s: The Musgrave Ritual, The Case of the Dead Adventuress and The Adventure of the Tolling Bell. Selected from the public domain and tied together into a single performance by SMHS theatre director Tim Backes, these stories showcase the variety and cleverness found in radio-edition Holmes tales. Tickets will go on sale October 1.

Saturday, December 5 at 2:00 and 7:00 pm

Studio K Flamenco presents

The Flamenco Nutcracker

Studio K Flamenco presents The Flamenco Nutcracker, an exciting new twist on the beloved holiday classic. Celebrate the season with an unforgettable evening filled with the beauty and passion of Flamenco dance. Follow the Matador Prince as he charges into the enchanted forest filled with intoxicating rhythms, clicking castanets, and staccato footwork. Award winning flamenco guitarist Marija Temo will perform her amazing score live. Join us for a magical holiday celebration like no other in this family friendly performance directed by internationally acclaimed choreographer Kerensa DeMars. Tickets will go on sale October 1.

Friday, December 11 and Saturday, December 12 (Shows at 7:30 pm)

South Milwaukee High School Theatre Co. presents

It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play by Joe Landry

This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.” Based on the classic Frank Capra film, this is a great way to get into the holiday spirit! Tickets will go on sale October 1.

BOX OFFICE

Purchase tickets online 24/7 at www.southmilwaukeepac.org or by phone at 414-766-5049. Please leave a detailed message, since our staff may be working remotely. Walk-ups by appointment only.

Re-Opening & COVID-19 Statements

We understand that the health and well-being of our students, audiences, volunteers, artists, renters and staff is vital. And, we believe that live performances can enhance one’s well-being and contribute to a meaningful and enjoyable life.

That’s why we’re taking steps to reopen the theatre following guidelines provided by municipal and county health organizations. To help ensure good health for all, we’ll continue to monitor and reevaluate the latest COVID-19 information and update our policies as needed. We’ll post updates on our website and social media pages. Everyone who visits our theatre will be asked to follow these policies. We know that by working together, we can keep our environment healthy for everyone who wants to keep performing arts in their lives.

Due to capacity restrictions and physical distancing requirements, seating will be limited and look different this season. Here’s how we’ll be working together to maintain a healthy environment:

  1. Calendar of Events – Performances and events will continue as scheduled unless otherwise directed by public health officials or school district administration. Please check our website, southmilwaukeepac.org, and Facebook page for updates.
  2. Tickets, Cancellations & Refunds – Advance tickets will be general admission and will be sold via our website, southmilwaukeepac.org or by phone, (414) 766-5049. Tickets may be purchased at the Box Office one hour before show time. Please call ahead for wheelchair reservations or assisted listening devices. Tickets are non-refundable except when a show is cancelled and not rescheduled. If a show must be cancelled due to community health or other unplanned reasons, patrons will be notified by phone and email.
  3. Physical Distancing – Audience capacity is restricted to every other row and attendees are asked to leave 2 empty seats between parties to allow for physical distancing. Capacity may change in accordance with health department requirements. Signage will be posted and announcements will be made periodically asking patrons to maintain physical distancing.
  4. Masks – Wearing a mask will be required for all visitors and staff. A limited number of masks may be available for $1 at the box office while they last.
  5. Hand Sanitizer – Sanitizer dispensers will be available in the lobby and throughout the theatre offices and backstage areas.
  6. Cleaning and Disinfecting – Theatre, restrooms and backstage areas will be cleaned and sanitized before and after each event.
  7. Show Programs – Programs will be single use only. Renters may provide a digital program to be uploaded to our website.
  8. Concessions – Food may not be sold or carried in. Bottled water is allowed.
  9. Doors – Theatre doors will open approximately 45 minutes before show time to allow for more seating time. Patrons will be encouraged to take their seats upon arrival.
  10. Live Streaming – A live streaming option is being considered to accommodate patrons who are unable to attend in person. Live streaming may not be available for all performances. Renters who choose to livestream events will be required to ensure that their content has the appropriate licensing needed.

SMPAC staff appreciates your cooperation and support as we navigate through this challenging and uncertain period. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.

ABOUT SMPAC

South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center (SMPAC) has been providing the greater Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin communities with creative, innovative and diverse performing arts for 15 years. Located inside of the South Milwaukee 6-12 campus, it serves the families of South Milwaukee and provides professional performing arts services for hundreds of events annually.

Past performances on our stage include the Soweto Gospel Choir, Celtic Nights, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, The Vienna Boys Choir, The Violent Femmes, Flamenco Vivo Carlotta Santana, Tommy Emmanuel, Legends Roundtable to Honor Da Crusher, Ex Fabula, Cirque Alfonse, The Official Blues Brothers Revue, John McGivern, Lindsey Buckingham, George Watsky, Donny McCaslin, Robert Glasper, The Zombies, Jean Luc Ponty, Jon Anderson, Arlo Guthrie, The Red Green Show, Slim Goodbody, George Winston and many, many more.

SMPAC was named as a top five Best Theatre in City Voter’s Milwaukee A-List Best Of contest in 2016 and 2017, receiving customer reviews such as “Great venue with fabulous events for all ages!” “Excellent and diverse touring artist performances showcased in a comfortable, friendly theatre away from the downtown crowds.” “There is not a bad seat in the house.” SMPAC was named the tri-city South Shore Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Business Award for 2017.

The SMPAC Performing Arts Series is sponsored in part by Classic Cargo International Inc., Courtyard Marriott Milwaukee Airport, Skyline Catering & Express Deli, TASC Services LLC., Molthen-Bell & Sons Funeral Home, West Bend Mutual Insurance Company and Ken Cook Co. Performances are supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.

SMPAC is located inside of the South Milwaukee School District 6-12 campus, at 901 15th Avenue in South Milwaukee between College and Rawson Avenues. It is easily accessible from I-94 and 794. Free parking is available in the northwest parking lot. For events, patrons should enter door #9. For tickets or more information, visit southmilwaukeepac.org or call (414) 766-5049.

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

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

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.

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2013-14 artist Jason Moran scores the movie “Selma”

Congratulations to Jason Moran, who performed at South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center as a 2013-14 Performing Arts Series artist. He recently scored his first narrative feature, Ava DuVernay’s “Selma,” about Martin Luther King Jr.’s push to pass the voting rights act in Alabama. Here’s what one reviewer had to say about the movie: “Selma reminds us to honor not just the heroic figure making speeches, but the collective will of so many who made progress possible.” Peniel E. Joseph, Professor of History at Tufts University. 

Variety magazine’s Steve Chagollan has this to say about Moran and his work:

And now with “Selma,” Moran — no stranger to audio visual collaborations with such artists as Adrian Piper, Joan Jonas and Kara Walker — strikes out into more populist territory. “I didn’t know the intellectual approach to music that he was taking until I started to research him,” says DuVernay. “And it was just a meeting of like minds very quickly.”

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Christopher McIntyre Perceptions is Journal Sentinel 2015 Artist to Watch

In Mary Louise Schumacher‘s Journal Sentinel article, The Year In Art and Architecture, she poses the question, “What is the role of artists in a time of political and social tumult?” While Schumacher doesn’t attempt to answer the question herself in the article, she identifies several artists and architects who grappled with the subject this year. Among them is Christopher McIntyre Perceptions and his work, Br(OK)en Genius, which premiered at South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center as part of our 2014-15 Performing Arts Series in November. Schumacher names C.M.P. as 2015 Artist to Watch, and had this to say about Br(OK)en Genius:

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Visit from Jane Chu, Chairperson of the National Endowment for the Arts

Jane Chu, Chairperson of the National Endowment for the Arts, visited Wisconsin this week and spoke with the arts community at Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design on Thursday, November 6. Her remarks about how the arts positively impact lives were inspiring to the many in attendance who are involved with and advocating for the arts in Wisconsin. For more information about the NEA, please visit the National Endowment for the Arts website.

Shepherd Express Previews Pal Joey Opening Sept. 26

In Shepherd Express writer John Schneider’s preview of The Boulevard Theatre’s Pal Joey opening at South Milwaukee PAC, he describes what concert staging means and gives a bit of history about the piece. Here’s an excerpt:

“Concert staging” means a script-in-hand but fully acted performance accompanied by piano and staged efficiently. The focus is entirely on script, music and performers. It’s an excellent and now-popular way to experience the best rarely produced works of the American musical theater. Pal Joey has a special place in that history as the last complete show by the seminal team of Rodgers and Hart (Rodgers soon teamed up with Oscar Hammerstein). It’s a knockout work that’s both of and well ahead of its time. Panned by uncomprehending New York critics at its 1940 opening (an experience from which Hart never recovered), it was deemed a work of genius by some of the same critics at its 1950 revival, seven years after Hart’s demise. Read the full preview.