Schedule Announced for Fox Cities P.A.C.'s 10th Anniversary Open House

Schedule Announced for Fox Cities P.A.C.'s 10th Anniversary Open House
 On Friday, August 17 and Saturday, August 18, the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center will launch the 2012/13 10th Anniversary Season with a free Open House for the public. Festivities will include live entertainment, backstage tours, theater workshops and activities for all ages. Refreshments will be provided for a limited time on Friday and complimentary Culver's custard will be offered Saturday, while supplies last. A full schedule of events, including a founder's panel discussion on Friday and a Mamma Mia! Community Flash Mob on Saturday, can be found at
Maria Van Laanen, the Center's executive vice president, said, "The impetus for this Open House was a desire to say 'thank you' to the people of the Fox Cities and Northeast Wisconsin. Local support and interest in the performing arts is what lead us to achieve such a degree of success in this first decade. Our community's enthusiasm for the arts is awe-inspiring, and we are very grateful." 

OPENING NIGHT - Friday, August 17 from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
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 leading ballroom dance lessons onstage and live music from Big Mouth & The Power Tool Horns. 

FAMILY DAY - Saturday, August 18 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
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 the Dance. For a full schedule of activities, visit

Time Location Activity
4:00 p.m. Kimberly-Clark Theater Hearing Loop Presentation Learn about the latest in hearing loop technology and how this service can enhance your arts experience at the Center.
4:15 p.m. Thrivent Financial Hall Insongnia­­cs Enjoy the vocal talents of Appleton East High School's female a cappella group.
4:45 p.m. Kimberly-Clark Theater Interview with Maury Laws Local composer Maury Laws discusses his experience with the local artistic community and his work on a composition for the Center's 10th Anniversary. 
5:00 p.m. Thrivent Financial Hall Makaroff Youth Ballet Witness the grace of original choreography from some of the Fox Cities' most talented ballet students.
5:30 p.m. Thrivent Financial Hall Mayoral Proclamation Join us in the theater for this special dedication ceremony featuring Appleton's Mayor Tim Hanna.
6:00 p.m. Thrivent Financial Hall Founders' Panel Discussion On November 24, 2002 the curtain rose on the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center. Revisit the road to opening night as told by some of the organization's founding leaders. Moderated by Dan Flannery from The Appleton Post-Crescent.
7:00 p.m. Kimberly-Clark Theater Big Mouth & The Power Tool Horns Celebrate the evening with an eclectic mix of blues, jazz and original music from one of Northeast Wisconsin's most popular bands.
7:30 p.m. Thrivent Financial Hall TC Dance Club International Spend a moment in the spotlight with ballroom dance lessons provided by TC Dance Club International.


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