UW-Washington County Announces 2011/12 Fine Arts Series

Performances Include Bluegrass Music to Shakespeare

An outstanding six-piece bluegrass band from New England will open the Fine Arts Series at UW-Washington County (UW-WC) this fall. The Roys, featuring brother and sister, Lee Roy and Elaine Roy, will kick off the Friday night features at 7:30pm on Friday, September 23 in the campus theatre. The bluegrass vocalists won the ICM Duo award two years in a row (2009 – 2010) and perform regularly across the US and Canada, sharing the bill with popular bands including The Oak Ridge Boys, George Jones and Chris Young. Their new album, Lonesome Whistle recently hit #1 on Power Source Magazine’s Top 35 Bluegrass Chart. Tickets are $13 for adults and $10 for seniors (over 62).

Four additional Friday Night Features include the Venere Lute Quartet on November 18, John Doyle Trio on December 2, Suitcase Shakespeare on March 30 and DePue World Music Duo on April 13.

Two theatre productions complete the series. The fall musical production is a comedy titled “Lucky Stiff,” and will be performed November 4-5 and 11-12.  An English drama written by J. B. Priestley, An Inspector Calls” will be performed March 2-3 and 9-10. Both productions are directed and designed by UW-WC Professor Brad Ford.  

All performances begin at 7:30pm in the campus theatre (located on the second floor of the college at 400 University Drive in West Bend). Free parking is available.

Season tickets are now available and include all five Friday Night Features as well as the two theatre productions and are available at a savings of 25% ($68 adults, $52 seniors (over 62) and youth (under 18). You can also “pick four” different shows and save 15% ($44 adults, $34 seniors and youth). Phone the campus main office at 262-335-5208 to receive the free Fine Arts brochure or to reserve tickets. 

The complete series includes:

The Roys
Friday, September 23, 7:30pm
Six-piece bluegrass band.  

Venere Lute Quartet
Friday, November 18, 7:30pm
One of the few professional lute ensembles in the U.S. 

John Doyle Trio
Friday, December 2, 7:30pm
Irish traditional music.  
Suitcase Shakespeare
Friday, March 30, 7:30pm
Chicago troupe performs Taming of the Shrew and Hamlet.

DePue World Music Duo
Friday, April 13, 7:30pm
World renowned fiddler, Alex DePue and acoustic guitarist/vocalist, Joel Sanchez perform. 

Two theatrical productions directed by UW-WC Theatre Professor Brad Ford:

Lucky Stiff
Auditions: Sept. 21, 7pm
Performances: November 4, 5, 11, 12  7:30pm
Based on The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo, our fall play is a funny murder-mystery farce. The story revolves around Harry Witherspoon, an unassuming British shoe salesman, who is forced to take the embalmed body of his recently murdered uncle on a vacation to Monte Carlo. Rated PG.  Directed and designed by Professor Brad Ford
An Inspector Calls
Auditions: January 25, 7pm
Performances: March 2, 3, 9, 10  7:30pm
A classic in mid-10th Century English theatre, the drama takes place on a single night in 1912. The mysterious inspector Goole interrogates the wealthy Birling family about their responsibility for the death of a young working class factory girl. Directed and designed by Professor Brad Ford

Tickets can also be purchased by mail, by sending payment and a $1 handling fee to: UW-Washington County, Attn: University Relations, 400 University Drive, West Bend, WI 53095. For a Fine Arts brochure, contact University Relations at 262-335-5208.


Sue Bausch