Celebrate the Holidays with the UPAF Member Groups

UPAF | December 2, 2020

While in-person performances may not be taking place this holiday season, the UPAF Member Groups are still ready to be a part of your family's holiday tradition in new and inventive ways! Enjoy the same tradition of world-class holiday performances, this year from the comfort of your home!

Bel Canto Chorus

Virtual Christmas in the Basilica

Available for On Demand Viewing on YouTube beginning Dec. 18.

Bel Canto's beloved holiday concert will be returning in mid-December and will be free to stream online! A group of masked and socially-distanced chorus members will record their pieces from the beautiful Basilica of St. Josaphat. They will then work our magic and blend in the other chorus members’ virtual recordings. The result will be a virtual Christmas in the Basilica like you’ve never experienced before – one that can be enjoyed with those you love from the comfort of your home this holiday season.

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First Stage

Christmastown Comes to First Stage

December 11, 2020 - January 2, 2021
Free to stream on First Stage's YouTube

When the folks at Christmastown get the news that First Stage won’t be able to share Rudolph’s story on stage for audiences this season, the Misfit Toys, the Elves and Sam the Snowman decide to come to Milwaukee to help out—sure that they can help First Stage find a way to spread some holiday cheer. Incorporating some of the beloved songs from the show, the special shares their journey from their misadventures around the office and the shops to their discovery of the world of First Stage and Milwaukee to their efforts to cheer Milwaukee’s young people and their families. At a time when we need it more than ever, First Stage offers this gift to our community—filled with music, humor and a healthy dose of holiday magic. For families and audiences of all ages.

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Florentine Opera Company

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Streaming beginning Dec. 16

Join us for a joyful and reflective celebration of the season through timeless holiday music from around the world, sung from a grand mansion. This virtual Carols & Classics performance brings the peace and joy of the holiday season, along with a little history and tour of the beautiful “Lion House” on Milwaukee’s East Side. 

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Milwaukee BalletThe Nutcracker Experience

The Nutcracker: Short and Sweet

Dec. 12 - 22
Production will be filmed and available to view on demand.

The Milwaukee Ballet's 40-year tradition of adding magic to Milwaukee’s holiday season continues with The Nutcracker: Short & Sweet. This abbreviated adaptation of this seasonal classic is being created by Artistic Director Michael Pink to share a bit of holiday cheer during these challenging times. This original work features variations from the traditional production and narrated by the toymaker, Drosselmeyer.

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Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

Season's Greetings from MCT

Streaming on the MCT website from Dec. 7 - Jan. 3

MCT wants to spread some joy by celebrating the holidays through stories and local traditions in this free event streamed on the MCT website. Hear about the holiday traditions of local artists while enjoying exciting performances along the way.

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Enjoy two different productions of the traditional A Christmas Carol story!

Mark Clements’ Classic Production of 

A Christmas Carol

Streaming Dec. 1 - 24

Each year, nearly 40,000 people experience Milwaukee Rep Artistic Director Mark Clements’ epic adaptation at the beautiful historic Pabst Theater. The Rep is opening their video vault to bring a never-before-seen recording of the 2016 production filmed and produced by HMS Media. This production will be available for FREE to view Dec 1 – 24 as our gift to theater lovers worldwide.

CLICK HERE to register for the free link.

Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol featuring Lee E. Ernst

Streaming Dec. 10 - 24

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the incomparable Lee E. Ernst playing more than a dozen characters in the Dickens’ classic with a unique soundscape developed by foley artist Dan Kazemi, under the direction of Milwaukee Rep Artistic Director Mark Clements. This fully realized production will be taped and distributed to a limited number of people on a first come, first served basis. The production will be available to view for $20 per household Dec 10 – 24. Proceeds from streaming sales will be used to employ and compensate artists involved in the production.

CLICK HERE to learn more about this production and purchase virtual tickets.

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Skylight Sings: A Holiday Special

Streaming Dec. 11 - Jan. 10

Skylight Sings: A Holiday Special virtually brings together more than 20 artists and performers presenting a wide range of seasonal music, including Broadway show tunes, traditional holiday songs, pop adaptations, and a generous dose of comedy.

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