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Consider integrating live professional performance at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center (PAC) in Appleton into your UW Oshkosh classes! Through Arts in Action, our partnership with the PAC, UW Oshkosh students have attended powerful performances in peer group settings, enhancing their critical and creative capacities while honing their understanding of classroom concepts. 

What performances are possible for inclusion in 2013-2014 classes? 

Memphis, the Musical (October 15-20, 2013)

From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, comes a hot new Broadway musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Inspired by actual events, Memphis is about a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break. Come along on their incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves – filled with laughter, soaring emotion and roof-raising rock ‘n’ roll.

Winner of four 2010 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, Memphis features a Tony-winning book by Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change) and a Tony-winning original score with music by Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan. Directing is Tony nominee Christopher Ashley (Xanadu), and choreography is by Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys).

Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (The Acting Company in association with The Guthrie Theater, February 6, 2014)

This Tom Stoppard play centers on the misadventures and musings of two minor characters — childhood friends of the Prince — from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. In Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, the title characters are the leads, not supporting players, and Hamlet himself has only a small part. The duo appears onstage in this play when they are off-stage in Shakespeare’s play. Stoppard’s clever language focuses on free will versus determinism, the search for value and certainty in an uncertain world.

Tao: Phoenix Rising (March 11, 2014)

Experience Japanese drumming like you’ve never witnessed before with Tao: Phoenix Rising. Known worldwide for explosive rhythms, athleticism and jaw-dropping costumes, Tao continues the beat of a Japanese tradition into the 21st century, blending the old ways with creative new ideas.

Step Afrika! (April 9, 2014)

The first professional step company of its kind, Washington, D.C.’s Step Afrika! explores the tradition of stepping, its roots on historically African American college campuses and its future as a growing art form. Using kicks, stomps, claps and chants, Step Afrika!’s high-energy performance is a feast for both your eyes and your ears.

What is the purpose of the Arts in Action program? 

The partnership is designed to provide practical tools for students' engagement with the professional performing arts while deepening their understanding of classroom content.

The performing arts have long communicated important issues and challenged dominant paradigms in every branch of learning. The goal of Arts in Action is not to suggest that attending Fox Cities PAC performances are more or less valuable than attending artistic performances on campus, but rather to broaden students' perspectives on the interconnections of their disciplines of study at UW Oshkosh while providing a unique opportunity for experiential learning. 

How are performances identified and integrated into the curriculum? 

Each year, Arts in Action program coordinators identify select performances in the Fox Cities PAC season that lend themselves to curricular connection. For next year, more than one performance has been identified, as noted above. 

Participating instructors can incorporate these performances into their own course objectives and assessment instruments by integrating related texts in class, designing related writing assignments, and/or framing classroom discussions around related themes. 

What co-curricular options does Arts in Action afford? 

One hour before the Fox Cities PAC performance, pre-show discussions by artists or local experts place the event in context, providing further material for classroom consideration. 

Likewise, participating artists can come to campus to conduct workshops with UW Oshkosh students. These events can be designed and/or requested in consultation with the program coordinators.

What are the program logistics in terms of cost and transportation? 

The Fox Cities PAC offers discounted tickets for UW Oshkosh classes, and participating instructors list this cost among the textbook expenses for their course(s). Arts in Action program coordinators make buses available to transport students to and from Appleton for the performance.

More Information 

For more information, contact Franca Barricelli at or (920) 424-0389. 

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