Fox Cities Performing Arts Center Announces 10th Anniversary Events

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Fox Cities Performing Arts Center Announces 10th Anniversary Events

In honor of its 10th Anniversary Season, the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in downtown Appleton will host a variety of Signature Events inviting local artists and audiences to be part of a yearlong celebration at the Center. Events include a free 10th Anniversary Open House in August, collaborative community performances featuring local arts organizations and ROAR: A 10th Anniversary Safari Event in connection with Disney's The Lion King.

10TH ANNIVERSARY OPEN HOUSE
On August 17 and 18, the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center will host a 10th Anniversary Open House for the public to kick off the season festivities with free entertainment, backstage tours, theater workshops and activities for all ages. Maria Van Laanen, the Center's executive vice president, said, "It seems so perfect to launch our 10th Anniversary Season with an Open House for the community. This organization is such a success because people in the Fox Cities have embraced the Center and made it a part of their lives. We want to say thank you, and invite everyone in the community to join in celebrating the dream they made a reality back in 2002."

After a special mayoral proclamation on Friday, August 17 at 5:30 p.m., the Center will host a discussion panel of founders sharing how the dream of building a community performing arts center became a reality in the Fox Cities. Later, entertainment will include TC Dance Club International as they lead ballroom dance lessons onstage and live music from Big Mouth & The Power Tool Horns. On Saturday, August 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. the Center will have activities for the whole family to enjoy including live entertainment, backstage tours, theater workshops for ages 13+ and hands-on activities for younger children. At 11:30 a.m. all eyes will be on the Main Lobby as attendees create a Mamma Mia!community flash mob choreographed by Richard's School of Dance. For a full schedule of activities, visit foxcitiespac.com/ten.

MAKAROFF YOUTH BALLET'S THE NUTCRACKER
FEATURING THE FOX VALLEY SYMPHONY
On December 8 and 9, the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center will present Makaroff Youth Ballet's The Nutcracker featuring the Fox Valley Symphony. With live music and enhanced sets and costumes, the performance is the culmination of years of planning. Jeanette Makaroff, artistic director of Makaroff Youth Ballet, explained, "We are overflowing with excitement about the upcoming Nutcracker collaboration. Dancing on the Fox Cities P.A.C. stage has been a dream of our organization since the Center opened 10 years ago, and this is a project that the entire community can be proud of." Tickets for Makaroff Youth Ballet's The Nutcracker at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center start at $20 and will go on sale to the public on Monday, August 13 at 10:00 a.m.

SPIRITED SONGS: A CELEBRATION OF CHORAL MUSIC
On February 9, 2013 the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center will present Spirited Songs: A Celebration of Choral Music featuring the Appleton Boychoir, Lawrence Academy Girl Choir and White Heron Chorale. Drawing on a wealth of choral talent in the Fox Cities, this performance will highlight the best of each group and combine their talents for a rare ensemble performance. Tickets for Spirited Songs: A Celebration of Choral Music start at $18 and will go on sale to the public on Monday, August 13 at 10:00 a.m.

ROAR: A 10TH ANNIVERSARY SAFARI EVENT
A behind-the-scenes look at Disney's The Lion King rounds out the Center's Signature Events with ROAR: A 10th Anniversary Safari Event, featuring select crew members from the touring production. On Monday, April 22, 2013 the Center will welcome guests on a special journey to discover the secrets and stagecraft of this musical that has entertained millions of theatergoers worldwide. The event is an opportunity to celebrate the performing arts that have helped shape the community in the past 10 years and includes pre-event and post-event receptions. Tickets forROAR: A 10th Anniversary Safari Event will cost $100 and will go on sale to the public on Monday, July 23 at 10:00 a.m. Space is limited. Please note, tickets for this event do not include a performance of The Lion King, and proceeds from ROAR: A 10th Anniversary Safari Event will support the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center and its mission-based programs.

COMPLETE LIST OF 10TH ANNIVERSARY SIGNATURE EVENTS
10th Anniversary Open House
Opening Night – Friday, August 17 from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Family Day – Saturday, August 18 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
On August 17 and 18, the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center will host a 10th Anniversary Open House to kick off the season festivities with entertainment, backstage tours, theater workshops and activities for all ages. The 10th Anniversary Open House is a free event, open to the public.

Celia Sandys: The Inspiring Leadership of Winston Churchill
Friday, November 16, 2012
Tickets start at $15 and will go on sale Monday, August 13 at 10:00 a.m.
Celia Sandys, the granddaughter of Sir Winston Churchill and an expert author of his life's work, will visit the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center to share her grandfather's awe-inspiring legacy.  

Makaroff Youth Ballet's The Nutcracker featuring the Fox Valley Symphony
Tickets start at $20 and go on sale Monday, August 13, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.
On December 8 and 9, the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center will present Makaroff Youth Ballet'sThe Nutcracker featuring the Fox Valley Symphony.

BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Keith Lockhart
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Tickets start at $35 and go on sale Monday, August 13 at 10:00 a.m.
The BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Keith Lockhart will add a Fox Cities connection to the evening's concert featuring the premiere of a composition by local composer Maury Laws

Spirited Songs: A Celebration of Choral Music
Tickets start at $18 and go on sale Monday, August 13 at 10:00 a.m.
On February 9, 2013 the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center will present Spirited Songs: A Celebration of Choral Music featuring  the Appleton Boychoir, Lawrence Academy Girl Choir and the White Heron Chorale.

Fox Cities P.A.C. Fan Day with ScrapArtsMusic
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Tickets start at $25 and go on sale Monday, August 13 at 10:00 a.m.
The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center will host Fan Day activities before ScrapArtsMusic in honor of the Fox Cities' enthusiasm for the performing arts.

ROAR: A 10th Anniversary Safari Event
Monday, April 22, 2013
Tickets start at $100 and go on sale Monday, July 23 at 10:00 a.m.
A once-in-a-lifetime behind-the-scenes look at Disney's The Lion King rounds out the Center's Signature Events in spring 2013 with ROAR: A 10th Anniversary Safari Event with the help of the Broadway touring company's cast and crew. Proceeds from ROAR: A 10th Anniversary Safari Event will support the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center and its mission-based programs. Space is limited!

Tickets for Fox Cities Performing Arts Center 10th Anniversary Signature Events may be purchased in person at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center's ticket office, online at foxcitiespac.com andticketmaster.com, or by phone at (920) 730-3760. To charge tickets by phone, call Ticketmaster at(800) 982-2787. For more information on all of the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center's 10th Anniversary Signature Events, visit foxcitiespac.com/ten.

The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center's 10th Anniversary Open House is supported by Miller Electric Mfg. Co.

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