Jazz combo performances by the young musicians in the Jazz Studies program as well as clinics led by professional jazz musicians.
Admission is pay-what-you-can.
This revival of a Rep premiere (previously titled Grafton City Blues) explores the inspiring story of Grafton, Wisconsin’s, Paramount Records. A recording label that, at the height of the jazz and blues age, became for a brief, bright few years, the leading label for recording artists of color in the Midwest—and broke down small-town racial barriers along the way. Artists such as Louis Armstrong, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Alberta Hunter and Ma Rainey all recorded there. This exuberant musical celebration of some of the greatest jazz and blues music features four sensational quadruple threat performers guiding the journey through story and song.
Winner of four Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, this genre-bending musical sensation played to record-breaking sell-out crowds on Broadway telling the story of one of the most unique characters to ever hit the stage. To walk away, you’ve got to leave something behind – and so Hansel Schmidt does, transforming into Hedwig. With her new identity, Hedwig escapes the iron curtain to begin life with her freshly-minted American husband. Everything seems perfect until her husband leaves. With nothing left, she returns to her first love — music. Don’t miss “the best rock musical ever” (Rolling Stone)!
Warning: show contains explicit content
Featuring James Pickering & Hannah Shay. With determination (and a bullhorn), elderly Peter Michaels is on a mission to save the loons of Lake Winnipesaukee, who are dying in record numbers. His summer expectations are thwarted by Sarah, a townie teenager hired to clean the house next door. While the two initially grate on each other, they slowly forge a unique intergenerational bond, opening up one tentative moment at a time and encouraging each other to truly acknowledge their loneliness and loss. This World Premiere by Wisconsin writer Erica Berman is a humorous and poignant tale of two individuals learning to take back control of their lives.
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