Recently, American Players Theater announced a series entitled The Road Back, which discusses its journey back to the stage following the cancellation of the 2020 season. The following are the first three chapters, detailing the on-going process for the 2021 season.
The Lone Rock Bistro and Tap Room opened recently in downtown Lone Rock, offering different local tap beers, elevated American style food and cocktails. Valley Sentinel had the opportunity to ask some questions of Head Chef and Kitchen Manager, Justin Scofield, to introduce the restaurant.
In response to a column published in last week’s Valley Sentinel speculating about Santa’s Christmas Eve stops at breweries in Wisconsin, Lake Louie Brewing submitted the following letter to the editor.
It’s finally here! Yes, I’m talking about “Wonder Woman 1984”, what else would it be?
The cast of the River Valley High School musical Urinetown: The Musical performed to a limited audience last weekend while striving to overcome challenges brought on by COVID-19, musical directors say.
Taylor Swift truly blessed her fans this year by gracing two sister albums for them to enjoy: folklore and evermore. Swift is notorious for always writing or co-writing all of her songs and creating lyrical masterpieces, folklore and evermore are no exception. The albums delve into a different style for Swift, a richer, deeper, more precise album with folk melodies and gentle, soft instruments that linger in your mind long after hearing the songs.
Finding it difficult to get into the holiday spirit this year? Looking for inspiration to get that festive feeling back? Well look no further than APT’s Holidames: Tangled in Tinsel. APT’s Sarah Day, Tracy Michelle Arnold, and Colleen Madden come together to create this Christmas-inspired collection of play performances, sketches, poems, and songs. Many of these are classics that many are likely already familiar with, while some of these are brand new.
You’ll want to cozy up with a cup of hot cocoa (spiking it with brandy is optional) for “This Wonderful Life,” APT’s re-telling of the Christmas Classic “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
The issues of race and sexuality are ones that often spark strong feelings and heavy debates amongst many people across the world. These issues are, and have always been, pertinent topics to discuss and understand, especially now, as the world is becoming a more diverse, and hopefully, welcoming place. With this in mind, I was excited to watch the American Players Theatre’s performance of Lydia R. Diamond’s play, “Smart People” directed by Melisa Pereyra. This will be the last piece in their “Out of the Woods” series. Focusing on the issues of race, socio-economic status, sexuality, and identity as a whole, Diamond pieces together short scenes involving a variety of characters, as well as monologues, sometimes simultaneously. Working with the limitations posed by the Zoom format, elements such as reading stage directions aloud, adding sound effects and showing maps to set the scene, allows the audience to make sense of the direction of the play.
For some time now, we’ve been pondering just how to bring a bit of joy into the holiday season. We knew it would need to be something special in order to let the light shine through the curtains of this strange and twisting year. Something more than just play readings (though we loved every breathless moment of those stories, as well). What we’ve come up with is a sparkling set of shows to raise your spirits, and make some serious merry.