Central Wisconsin Welcomes Playhouse Theater Group
Nicholas Langenhahn, Mikala Durall, Tanner Reed (top row), Maija Slienko, and Izzy Glodowski (bottom row) play the Herdmans in "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!" Photo by Kaia Durall.

Central Wisconsin Welcomes Playhouse Theater Group

Central Wisconsin’s Playhouse Theater group welcomes the holiday season with its production of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!” Established earlier this year, the group hopes to get more exposure through the pageant.

“The show is about these terrible kids called The Herdmans,” said Playhouse Theater intern Katelyn Werner. “They lie, steal, smoke and show up at a local church where they try to take over the annual Christmas pageant. It’s a very heartwarming and comedic show.”

Werner realized it seems unusual, but reassures “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!” is a family-friendly show full of fun, offbeat moments and good lessons.

Jen Schultz and Sue Fletcher participate in The Playhouse Theatre Group of Central Wisconsin's production. Photo by Kaia Durall.

Jen Schultz and Sue Fletcher participate in The Playhouse Theatre Group of Central Wisconsin’s production. Photo by Kaia Durall.

“Our goal is to fill people with holiday spirit,” Werner said.

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!” is showing on Dec. 11, 12 and 14 at various locations in the Wisconsin Rapids, Plover and Stevens Point areas. Information about additional venues is available at cwplayhousepresents.weebly.com.

As an intern, Werner works on marketing and public relations for Playhouse Theater.

“The overall mission of the group is that we believe that every child deserves a standing ovation,” Werner said. “We focus a lot on building confidence in students and younger children as well as learning teamwork skills, developing musicality and other important aspects of performance. We are trying to get kids involved early on in their lives so they know what Central Wisconsin has to offer.”

Werner said the group focuses on finding opportunities to educate and empower students. Personally, Werner has focused her energy on getting the word out about “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!” by sending out press releases and getting local radio and television stations involved in promoting the show.

“It’s amazing what this community will do for the arts,” Werner said. “In a big city, it’s hard to come across the help and advertising opportunities, but in this community it is very much so ask and you will receive.”

Rehearsal for "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!" Photo by Kaia Durall.

Rehearsal for “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!” Photo by Kaia Durall.

Werner hopes to see the establishment of an online database so those interested in the Playhouse Theater group can sign up for a newsletter of events, as well as the more daring task of starting music education classes and implementing them in local schools established during her internship.

“We want to offer the arts in schools,” Werner said. “We are looking to start programs that show students the importance of the arts. It’s a great opportunity to give back to the community that helps us so much.”

The Playhouse Theater group will begin auditioning for its upcoming show “Willy Wonka” on Jan. 4.

 

Anna Welton
Reporter
awelt600@uwsp.edu

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