Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Dancing Across America with Anthony LaGuardia

Meet Anthony LaGuardia, Assistant Dance Captain and swing for NETworks presents Disney's Beauty and the Beast. A Wisconsin-native, Anthony is excited and proud to be returning to his home state to perform.

What is your name?
Anthony LaGuardia

Where are you from?
Eau Claire, WI

What kind of professional schooling did you receive? 
I attended The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City

What are your previous show credits?
 Regional: Hairspray, Dreamgirls, 42nd Street. Allure of the Seas with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line: Chicago, Blue Planet.

What are your favorite parts about being on tour?
Getting to see cities across the country that you never get to explore while also getting to do what I love, perform in a Broadway show. As an added bonus, one of his best friends in NYC, Alyssa Brizzi, is the Dance Captain on tour with him.

What is your advice for aspiring actors?
"I can say for anyone who is an aspiring actor or actress, singer or dancer, that you have to give everything you have to this art and constantly work on your craft as hard as you can. When I was 17 my dad said it best to me when he said you need the innate ability, unwavering passion, and an overwhelming drive to pursue this career. And that is the truth. Having the constant hunger to be the best actor you can be, to do the best of your ability every day, to hold your head up high and an become an energy that no one can deny, and to never give up on this crazy dream, because dreams work if you do.

Anthony and his roommate Trevor embarked on tour with the goal to take a dance photo in every city and are now approaching 60 pictures from 60 cities. Check out a few of our favorites.

Bloomington, IN

New Orleans, LA

San Francisco, CA

Ft. Myers, FL

Pueblo, CO

Philadelphia, PA

Knoxville, TN

East Lansing, MI

Sarasota, FL

Join Anthony on the rest of his journey by following him on Instagram @anthonyjaylag and search for the hashtag #danceacrossamerica. Where should Anthony take his photo in the Fox Cities?

See Disney's Beauty and the Beast April 11-13. Call the ticket office today at (920) 730-3760 or visit!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Announcing the 2014-15 Season!

The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center

Announces the 2014-15 Season

Season Ticket Packages are on sale now for
Kimberly-Clark Broadway Across American - Fox Cities Series
and the Boldt Arts Alive! Series. 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Diavolo Soars into the Fox Cities

Modern Dance Company Diavolo in the Fox Cities March 3-7
Join in the collaboration!

The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center is proud to announce a week-long collaboration with world renowned modern dance troupe, Diavolo, March 3-7. Workshops that are themed around trust and teamwork are scheduled throughout Northeast Wisconsin with many focused on engaging students. The residency will culminate with a public performance at the Fox Cities P.A.C. Friday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m. 

Diavolo was founded in 1992 in Los Angeles to create large-scale interdisciplinary performances which examine the funny and frightening ways individuals act with their environment. Diavolo is also a teaching company and consists of experienced artists/teachers who have graduated from some of the country's finest dance institutions. 

Diavolo has already begun leading workshops spanning all the way from Fond du Lac to Green Bay with stops in Oshkosh and Appleton. 

The company leading trust exercises for Fond du Lac Central High School students.
Students at The Boys and Girls Club of Oshkosh team up with the Diavolo dancers. 

Dancers at Richard's School of the Dance work on group sit-ups.

Richard's School of the Dance students practice trust.

Want in on the action? The community is invited to participate in the following:

·         Wednesday, March 5 at 3:30 p.m. — Diavolo Dance Master Class at the Downtown
Appleton Y. Registration is required. Call (920) 886-2138 or email

·         Friday, March 7 — Postshow Q&A with Diavolo company members; available for ticket buyers attending March 7 public performance at the Fox Cities P.A.C.

Tickets for Diavolo are $25 and on sale now!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Embark on Emerald City Adventures

Enjoy WICKED Themed Activities, Tastes and Treats!

1. WICKED Lottery. Try your chance at the WICKED lottery for $25 orchestra level tickets. Enter at the ticket office 2 1/2 hours prior to the show and 30 minutes later names will be drawn to purchase tickets at the special lottery price.

2. WICKED Costumes on Display. Stop by The Trout Museum of Art to see Elphaba, Glinda and Madame Morrible costumes on display in the front window facing College Ave.

3. WICKED Good Deals. Show your ticket stub at select downtown Appleton businesses for discounts and deals!

4. Emerald Elixir: Wash down that delicious cupcake with our specialty drink "Emerald Elixir," a blend of Ty Ku, pineapple juice, Blue Curacao and 7-Up.

5. Themed Cupcakes: Stop by any bar in the building to purchase a delicious WICKED themed cupcakes for Elphaba, Glinda and nod to the road of yellow bricks!

6. OzDust Boutique. Take a piece of Oz home with you from the OzDust Boutique merchandise stand. 

Don't miss WICKED at the Fox Cities P.A.C., now playing through March 2!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Maria Van Laanen to Succeed Susan Stockton as President

The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center’s Board of Directors announced today that Executive Vice President Maria Van Laanen will succeed Susan Stockton as president beginning in the 2014-15 Season.

This change was prompted by Stockton’s decision to retire at the end of the 2013-14 Season, capping a career spanning more than 40 years in arts management. Stockton joined the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center as president in 2003.

Maria Van Laanen joined the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in 2001 as director of marketing and draws from more than 20 years of arts management experience. She has been instrumental in leading the organization since the beginning. For more than five years she served as vice president of communications and external relations. In 2011 she was promoted to executive vice president and assumed the role of overseeing the day-to-day operations for the Center.

“The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center has quickly become recognized as a leader in our community and the industry. We are grateful for Susan Stockton’s work leading the organization to its early successes,” said John J. Hogerty, II, chairman of the board of directors. He added “Maria Van Laanen’s work in the industry and history with the organization makes her the perfect choice to ensure the Center continues to provide the best live experience in Wisconsin.”

Originally from Green Bay, Van Laanen received a bachelor’s of organizational communication degree from University of Wisconsin Green Bay in 1996.

Van Laanen will assume her new role as president on July 1, 2014.

Please join us in congratulating Maria Van Laanen!