Waupaca Fine Arts Festival Updates
2020-2021 Fund Drive
Community Choir Concert Canceled
A note from the Fine Arts Festival
While we continue to go through unprecedented and rather uncertain times, the Waupaca Fine Arts Festival continues to plan and hope for the future. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on arts organizations throughout the country including right here in our own Waupaca community.
For fifty-eight years, the Waupaca Fine Arts Festival (WFAF) has thrived and will continue to endure the current pandemic. While a majority of the events from the 2019-20 season did not occur, The WFAF wants the public to know that the safety and security of artists and audiences remain our top priority. Proceeds from last year’s fund drive have been allocated for ongoing operational expenses such as securing royalties and rentals for our planned upcoming productions. These dollars have been integral in sustaining the organization through a year in which we did not receive any ticket receipts for the canceled or postponed events. Recognition from this past year’s donations will be recognized in the Waupaca County Post during the week of (December 21st-25th) as well as on the WFAF webpage at www.fineartsfestival.org.
WFAF Chairman Dan Wolfgram stated, “At this time, we are all finding ways to respond to the new reality of our constrained lives. For those in the arts community, the loss of human communion through the arts hits hard.”
This year, due to the pandemic, the Waupaca Community Chorus and Civic Orchestra Concert will take a sabbatical for 2020-21. The lack of available rehearsal facilities combined with the risk to large groups of singers and instrumentalists were factors when making the decision. Wolfgram continues, “We look forward to a grand celebration when conditions prove safe to reconvene. The Waupaca Art Show is brainstorming opportunities for artists to showcase their visual art through a virtual medium. Please watch for further details in the months ahead.”
Pending the trajectory of the pandemic, the Waupaca Community Theatre is hoping to produce the shows which were slated for this past summer. The program, consisting of Disney’s “Aladdin, Jr.” performed by the Waupaca Community Children’s Theatre at the Waupaca Middle School’s Knoepfel Auditorium during the week of July 19th–22nd and the Waupaca Community Theatre’s mainstage production of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” on July 24th, 25th, 29th, 30th, 31st & August 1st at the Waupaca High School’s Performing Arts Center, will conclude the season.
The Festival Committee Board has approved a working budget of $49,225 for the 2020-21 season. Of that amount, the board is seeking to raise more than $18,000 through donations to support the events of the festival. The success of the fund drive helps to keep ticket prices affordable and festival events open to larger audiences. Contributions, which are welcomed throughout the year, are tax-deductible if they are itemized. The Waupaca Fine Arts Festival is a registered non-profit 501c3 organization. Those wishing to contribute using their credit card may do so at any time of the year by visiting our website at www.fineartsfestival.org. Please mail your donation to Waupaca Fine Arts Festival, Box 55, Waupaca, WI 54981.
“During a time that is uncertain for coming together to celebrate the arts, rest assured the WFAF will be ready to help, support and nurture the Waupaca community with the gift of music, theatre and visual art when we can guarantee safety for all,” said Wolfgram. “Until then, your thoughtful gift will help to sustain these valued programs.”
The Waupaca Community Theatre has been presenting outstanding productions for nearly 40 years! Talented casts, full pit orchestras, a beautiful hall ... learn about our current season, past shows, and how you can play a part.
The Waupaca Community Children's Theatre is an opportunity for young actors and actresses to be "onstage" for such musical shows as Shrek, Mulan, Seussical, and Alice in Wonderland.
The Waupaca Community Choir is a non-auditioned choir which welcomes singers of all ages and abilities. The choir has a 56-year tradition of presenting master choral works with orchestra to the greater Waupaca Community. The typical season begins rehearsals in January with a culminating performance in late March to early April.
The 2019 Waupaca Art Show will be held in April and will be the 56th annual event. It will feature art and artists from across the region and will be at a beautiful new location, the Danes Hall.