Our mission is to provide quality theatrical experiences that inspire, enrich, entertain and educate young people and families in the Chippewa Valley.
"Theatre has seemingly been dismissed as irrelevant to the upbringing of our bright, young twenty-first-century high-tech children. I believe, on the contrary, that the reverse is true. Live theatre is more, much, much more important than it has ever been." --Alan Ayckbourn, British Playwright
2014-15 Theatre Tour
The Spring 2015 theatre for young audiences tour is of The Wise Men of Chelm. We will tour the show to schools on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, April 7 - May 14, and we would love to come to your school! The performance costs a flat fee of $300; we can do two shows in a row in the same location for $350. We bring lighting and sound equipment, and perform using "arena" staging ("theatre-in-the-round"), and so it works best in a gym or big open space where we can seat the kids around us in a circle. We can easily fit 250-300 kids in a circle. The play runs about 50 minutes, with a 10-minute question/answer at the end with the audience.
Legend has it that when the earth was created and the time came to fill it with people, two angels were chosen to deposit wise and foolish souls evenly over the land. But one angel tripped on a mountain peak and the entire sack of foolish souls emptied out over one spot, a tiny town in Poland called Chelm. Tales of the eternally good-natured but misguided Wise Men of Chelm are said to date back to the 1500s. This script, set in the late 19th century and sparkling with opportunities for traditional folk dance and humor, weaves together several favorites from Jewish folklore. But you don’t have to be Jewish to put your conclusions before your facts, pin all your dreams on a feather, or recognize yourself and everyone you know in the antics of The Wise Men of Chelm.
Please contact Jennifer Chapman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 715-836-5614 for more information or to book a tour.
Dr. Jennifer Chapman
180 Haas Fine Arts Center
Music & Theatre Arts Department
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004