April 30, 2017
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Nick Daly, left, as "Quasimodo" in the Kenosha Unified theater production of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" at Bradford High School. ( KENOSHA NEWS PHOTO BY BRIAN PASSINO )

Get Out: Kenosha Unified delivers ‘Hunchback’


One of Walt Disney’s darkest animated features is arriving on the local high school stage.

Kenosha Unified delivers its final, main stage production of the season with a piloted version of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” opening Friday (April 28) at the Bradford High School Auditorium.

The musical is based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel and the 1996 Disney film. It’s composed by Alan Menken, who won eight Academy Awards for his scores from “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin” and “Pocahontas.”

Get Out: Want to see something funny?


Tragedy tomorrow, comedy tonight.

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside combines ancient comedy with the golden age of musicals in the Tony Award-winning “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” opening for a two-weekend run Friday (April 28) at the Main Stage Theatre.

On the Beat: Mack back on the attack


Gary Mack, 48, plays the guitar and sings with Rat Fink, a longtime and recently re-established Kenosha rock band. The band took a 20-year hiatus circa 1995 and reformed in 2015. Mack says he pushed hard to get the group back together. Mack has also played with other area bands such as Unlikely Hero and Not So Innocent.

Social media: www.facebook.com/rfrockskenosha

Get Out: Audience solves the mystery of ‘Edwin Drood’


Carthage College is taking audience participation to a new level with “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” at the Wartburg Auditorium.

The musical, based on the unfinished manuscript of Charles Dickens’ final novel, features an interactive twist as audience members choose the ending. The show stops where Dickens left off, allowing for varying plot points and casting decisions for each performance.

Get Out: Kenosha Unified delivers ‘Hunchback’


One of Walt Disney’s darkest animated features is arriving on the local high school stage.

Kenosha Unified delivers its final, main stage production of the season with a piloted version of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” opening Friday (April 28) at the Bradford High School Auditorium.

Fine Arts on Campus: Peace Paper Project starts Friday at UW-Parkside

Curious about how turning underwear into paper can make a social statement?

Then check out the Peace Paper Project, starting Friday (April 28), at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

Carthage’s Opera Workshop celebrates composer Menotti’s works


Carthage College’s Opera Workshop is performing “The Magic of Menotti,” celebrating a 20th century operatic master.

Performances are 3 p.m. Saturday (April 29) and 7 p.m. Monday (May 1) in Carthage’s Siebert Chapel.

Extended runs: Christian Life’s ‘Godspell’ closes Friday


A former Broadway musical and a rags-to-riches story continue locally this week. Here is a look at each show:

What: The Christian Life production of “Godspell”

Coming soon: Show about turning 50 comes to the Rhode

A comedy about a man accepting his age and a children’s musical arrive next week. Here is a look at both shows:

What: The Lakeside Players production of “The Big Five-Oh!”

Quick Spins: It’s easy to develop a crush on Rainy Day Crush

Rainy Day Crush, “I’m Still Alive” (self-released)


Music Matters: Kenosha Symphony and benefit shows


Had enough talk of Russia lately? I hope not because the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra is wrapping up its season Saturday night at Reuther Central High School’s auditorium with a “From Russia, With Love” program.

The KSO will perform works by Dmitri Shostakovich and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Carthage College graduate student Panpan Wang will perform Shostakovich’s “Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Major, Op.102.” Wang is the winner of the collegiate division of the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra’s 2016 Youth Concerto Competition.

Japan is topic for Family Fun Night Friday


Local residents can take “A Trip to Japan” on Family Fun Night at 6 p.m. Friday (April 28) at Carthage College’s Hedberg Library, 2001 Alford Park Drive.

The Carthage Japanese Club will teach its culture with themed crafts and games at the free event. Families can enjoy activities, browse the Center for Children’s Literature, work on the computers and use the N.E. Tarble Athletic & Recreation Center.

‘George Washington’ comedy opens at Central High School


A comedy about all of the “joys” of home ownership arrives this weekend at Central High School. Here is a closer look at the show:

What: Central High School’s “George Washington Slept Here”

For the Kids: Family Fun Night has global feel

An international celebration will take place at Carthage College’s Family Fun Night on Friday (April 21) at the Hedberg Library, 2001 Alford Park Drive.

The “Around the World” event will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nearly a dozen Carthage student organizations will be there to lead a variety of crafts and activities for the kids. Families may browse the collection in the Center for Children’s Literature, work on the computers or use the N.E. Tarble Athletic & Recreation Center.

OOHP present ‘Bob: A Life in Five Acts’


First-time play director Brandy Harrell hopes the audience loves her show as much as the cast and crew enjoy producing it.

Racine’s Sixth Street Theatre, 318 Sixth St., wraps up its 25th season with the laugh out loud, heart-warming story of “Bob: A Life in Five Acts,” which opens for a three-weekend run on Friday (April 21). Born and abandoned in a White Castle restroom, Bob (played by Cody Ernest) energetically embarks on an epic journey in his beige Malibu.

Music Matters: From Cooler’s last stand to a cheese fest


All right, you rockers with more than a handful of concert-going years under your belts: Do you remember a Kenosha rock band called The Danger? How about Reckless Hearts?

A common factor shared between those bands was bass guitarist Ian Lund. Lund left the Midwest and relocated to Austin, Texas, where he is now in the band Honeyrude.

Quick Spins: Celebrating Record Store Day Saturday


Record Store Day began when a group of like-minded friends decided to celebrate the existence of some 700 independently owned record stores across the country.

Held on a Saturday every April, Record Store Day officially kicked off on April 19, 2008, with an in-store appearance by Metallica at Rasputin Music in San Francisco.

Coming soon: Unified to deliver ‘Hunchback’

Kenosha Unified delivers its final main stage production of the school year with a piloted, high school version of a Walt Disney animated feature. Here is a closer look at the musical:

What: Kenosha Unified’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”

Carthage Concert Band, Jazz Band perform Saturday

The Carthage College Concert Band and Jazz Band — both directed by James Ripley — will perform 7:30 Saturday night (April 22) in the college’s A.F. Siebert Chapel, 2001 Alford Park Drive.

The Concert Band will perform a variety of works ranging in genre.

Infusion Baroque group playing free concert


The University of Wisconsin-Parkside’s Noon Concert Series continues Friday (April 21) with a performance by Infusion Baroque.

The free performance starts at noon in Bedford Concert Hall.

Fine Arts on Campus: Simply Three concert tonight


Simply Three is not your average cover band.

From “Shake it Off” and “Take Me to Church” to “Bad Romance” and “I Wanna Hold Your Hand,” the classically-trained cello, violin and bass trio has amassed tens of millions of views on YouTube with their string-centric versions of pop songs. (Their version of Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” has nearly 16.5 million views alone.)

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