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2011-2012 South Milwaukee Performing Arts Series

John Gurda A Region Built on Water – Milwaukee’s Use and Abuse of a Vital Resource Saturday, January 7, 2012 7:30 pm South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center Box Office: 414-766-5049

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The South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center 2011-2012 Season was 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.


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biogr aphy John Gurda is a Milwaukee-born writer and historian who has been studying his hometown since 1972. He is the author of 19 books, including histories of Milwaukee-area neighborhoods, industries and places of worship. With 450 pages and more than 500 illustrations, The Making of Milwaukee is the first full-length history of the community published since 1948. Milwaukee Public Television created an Emmy Award-winning documentary series based on the book in 2006. In addition to his work as an author, Gurda is a lecturer, tour guide and local history columnist for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He holds a B.A. in English from Boston College and an M.A. in Cultural Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

SMPAC STAFF AND BOARD Chad Piechocki.................................................................................................................... Director Rebecca Ohm.................................................. Marketing & Communications Coordinator Alex Clark............................................................................................................Technical Director 2011-12 SOUTH MILWAUKEE PERFOR MING ARTS COUNCIL Pat DerHovsepian.............................................................................................................President Trisha St. Lawrence Urbaniak............................................................................. Vice President Michelle M. Haslam..........................................................................................................Secretary Janet Garcia........................................................................................................................ Treasurer Dal Drummer Karla Nimphius Harris David Kieck

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School Board for School District of South Milwaukee

Dr. Rita Olson......................................................................................................... Superintendent Patricia Bordak...................................................................................................................President Therese Travia.......................................................................................................... Vice President David Maass................................................................................................................................Clerk John Haslam....................................................................................................................... Treasurer Carol Dufek Kathleen Molus Joseph Weirich

THANK YOU The South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center thanks MillerCoors, Jon Poor, Tazinos and the Wisconsin Arts Board for their support of this performance, as well as Emerald City Catering for being the Official Caterer of the SMPAC. We thank the community for its support and for building this magnificent facility. It is our goal to provide you with quality arts programming that leaves you waiting for more. South Milwaukee PAC 3


ABOUT THE SOUTH MILWAUKEE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER Mission: to enrich the community by providing creative, innovative and diverse performing arts and life-long learning experiences, as well as a professionally managed facility for community and regional organizations. Vision: to be a performing arts center that delivers outstanding and diverse performance events and services to the students, district, community and greater South Shore area. Did you know? The South Milwaukee Performing Arts Council is the nonprofit board that supports the SMPAC through fundraising efforts and programming decisions. The Council aims to create a diverse base of financial support for the SMPAC. These funds help support the overall operating budget, artists’ fees and production costs of the annual Performing Arts Series. Ticket sales alone account for only 46% of overall operating expenses for the season. Even if we sold-out every show, we still would not be able to cover 100% of our costs - as is the case with most performing arts venues. There are three key aspects of the annual revenue that the Council supports: Annual Campaign, Sponsorships/Grants and the annual Mystery Dinner Theatre Fundraiser. Additional support like this is critical to our ongoing success and future growth as it allows us to help bring in world-class events like Cirque Le Masque, amazing artists like Alpin Hong and once-in-a-lifetime educational opportunities for our students. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Chad Piechocki, Director of the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center at cpiechocki@sdsm.k12.wi.us or at 414-766-5048. Thank you for your support of the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center! Enjoy the show!

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2011-2012 ANNUAL CAMPAIGN DONORS (patrons donated between July 1, 2011 and December 19, 2011) Muse • $2,500 & Up Anonymous Visionary • $1,000 - $2,499 Tom & Geri Bitters Tom & Janet Cook – In Memory of Eunice Hahn Stan & Trisha Urbaniak In the Spotlight • $500 - $999 Thomas & Janet Garcia In Memory of Gerald Jaworski Gil & Laurie Llanas Northwestern Mutual Foundation* Bob & Bunny Scudder

Center Stage • $250 - $499 Mr. Wesley Hellen Rosemary A. Hurst Joan & Arjuna Yelanjian In the Wings • $100 - $249 Anonymous Marc & Mary Gear Vincent & Lois Koehler Rosemary & Bruce Larkin Fritz & Connie Mahsem Carla Uphill Ernest & Katherine Wunsch

Advocate - $50 - $99 Anonymous (2) Elizabeth Almon Ken & Gerda Bourgeois Evelyn “Irish” Dean Dorothy Hall Ken & Mary Neitzel Peter & Barbara Terranova

*Donation made via matching gift program.

If there is an error with your gift acknowledgement, please accept our sincere apologies. We ask that you inform us of this error so we may correct it as soon as possible.

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SOUTH MILWAUKEE PERFOR MING ARTS CENTER POLICIES At the request of the artists, the taking of photographs or the use of recording devices during the performance is strictly prohibited. All sales for the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Series are final. Refunds will be given only when an event is cancelled and not rescheduled. South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center reserves the right to substitute comparable attractions or to change the dates of programs when compelled to do so by circumstances beyond our control. No refunds will be made in such cases. Performances are subject to change without notice. If you are unable to attend a performance, the donation of your ticket(s) to South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center would be appreciated to enable resale. This is particularly appreciated for sold out events, when waiting patrons could fill vacant seats. Your contribution will be acknowledged for tax deduction purposes. Latecomer Policy: Performances start promptly at the time stated on your ticket. If you arrive late and the performance has already begun, SMPAC ushers will seat you where it will be least disruptive to the audience and performers. You may take your reserved seats after intermission if there is one. Services for patrons with disabilities: South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center is accessible to persons with disabilities. Please notify the Box Office when you are purchasing tickets if special arrangements are required. Handicap Accessible seating is available. The theatre allows for nine seats to be removed for persons remaining in their wheelchairs, as well as eight seats with arm rest removed for those transferring from a wheelchair or walker to a theatre seat. Seeing Eye Dogs are allowed in the theatre. Assisted Listening Devices are available for patrons who are Hard of Hearing. Largeprint programs are available upon request. Audio Description and American Sign Language Interpreted performances are also available upon request and where applicable. At least two weeks notice is required to provide these services. If you have questions please call 414-766-5049. Cell phones/electronic devices: Out of respect for the artists and fellow audience members, please turn off all electronic devices before the performances. These devices cause interference with our wireless microphones. If you need to use these devices, please exit the theatre before doing so. Bad weather policy: South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center does not cancel or reschedule performances due to inclement weather, nor can we offer refunds. Smoking is not permitted anywhere on the grounds of the School District of South Milwaukee. Box Office hours are 10-4 pm, Monday-Friday, and one hour prior to performances. The Box Office phone number is 414-766-5049. Group Seating: If you would like to sit with friends, please submit your ticket orders together. South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center 901 15th Avenue South Milwaukee, WI 53172 414-766-5049 www.southmilwaukeepac.org 6 South Milwaukee PAC


2011-2012 PERFOR MING ARTS SERIES Mark your calendars for these other exciting events in the 2011-2012 South Milwaukee Performing Arts Series. Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana: La Pasión Flamenca Saturday, February 4, 2012 7:30 pm Spice up your winter with a night of Spanish dance and music with Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana. This fierce and eclectic evening features lamenting solos, sizzling duets and festive company dances. Whether these amazing artists are conveying love or sorrow, happiness or anger, the emotions will speak to everyone and transcend all cultural boundaries. Don’t miss this night of passion-in-motion. Florentine Opera Studio: America’s Songbook Friday, March 23, 2012 7:30 pm Musical highlights of American opera’s brief yet colorful evolution are presented in this delightful showcase. It includes everything from the stirrings of American opera in the 1930s with Virgil Thomson and George Gershwin to expanded works of Gian Carlo Menotti, Douglas Moore, Carlisle Floyd and Leonard Bernstein all the way to the more recent music of Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Mark Adamo and William Bolcom. The evening’s emcee will be William Florescu, the general director of The Florentine Opera Company. STUDENTS’ CHOICE The Improvised Shakespeare Company Friday, April 27, 2012 7:30 pm Based on one audience suggestion The Improvised Shakespeare Company creates a fully improvised play in Elizabethan style. Each of the players has brushed up on his “thee’s” and “thou’s” to bring you an evening of off-the-cuff comedy using the language and themes of William Shakespeare. Any hour could be filled with power struggles, star-crossed lovers, sword-play, rhyming couplets and all that we’ve come to expect from the pen of the Great Bard. PEOPLE’S CHOICE Ruthie Foster Friday, May 11, 2012 7:30 pm Through her albums and gigs that have taken her from choir lofts to folk bistros and onto stage in Europe and Australia, Foster has raised the multiple flags of American music. There’s Southern blues in her groove, rock in her rhythm, a blend of gospel redemption, country poetry and jazz elegance in her singing. “It didn’t matter to me what genre it was,” she remembers. “I just took it all in as great music – music that moved me.”

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