June 27 - Saturday @ 7:00 pm - - Ticket Price: Adults $16.00 | 18 & under $9.00
Donna and Hannah Bontrager, Academy directors
Please join us for a playful mix of new works inspired by the Wild West and performed by the next generation of Ballet Fantastique dancers -- with special guests from the Ballet Fantastique contemporary chamber company, performing excerpt from their all-original work: As You Like It: a Wild West Ballet!
Thursday, Friday, Saturday June 28, 29 30 - - Ticket Price: All Tickets $12.00
This show features 6 actresses who present 28 hilarious and poignant vignettes about life’s journey and the clothes worn along the way. From purses and prom dresses, bra fittings, “what was I thinking?” purchases and struggles with their mothers; connections are easily drawn between what women wear and who they are.
Love, Loss, and What I Wore is a play written by Nora and Delia Ephron based on the 1995 book of the same name by Ilene Beckerman. It is organized as a series of monologues and uses a rotating cast of five principal women. The subject matter of the monologues includes women's relationships and wardrobes and at times the interaction of the two, using the female wardrobe as a time capsule of a woman's life.
July 13 - Saturday @ 8:00 pm - - Ticket Price: $30.00
From the FOX television show 'Bones,' Broadway/Television actor Eric Millegan returns to his hometown with his critically acclaimed cabaret show for one night only!
Featuring musical director Tracy Stark on piano, Matt Wigton on bass, and David Silliman on drums. Eugene's own Peg Major will also join Eric for a song.
"Eric Millegan's fluid vocal range served him admirably, as did his humorously quirky in-between song comments, boyish good looks, and irrepressible charm all blended sublimely to create a very entertaining evening"- Don Grigware, ReviewPlays.com
"Fresh faced and as overzealous as a kid in a candy store, Eric Millegan proceeded to wow the crowd with his natural charm, good looks, and enough talent to make contemporaries quit the business. He's that good. In fact, he has so much going for him that he just might be the next Matthew Broderick. This golden boy seems ripe to secure his spot in the big time and become a musical theater fixture. His inherent qualities as a performer are exceptional. Move over Hugh Jackman. Here comes Eric."- John Hoglund, Backstage
As Zack Addy on the FOX TV show "Bones":
'Zack. the mild mannered brainiac- delicately and winningly played by Eric Millegan"- Matt Roush, TV Guide
As Harold in the world premiere of "Harold & Maude: The Musical" at the Paper Mill Playhouse:
"Millegan has a winning stage presence and a sweet melodious tenor."- David Rooney, Variety
"The baby faced Millegan handles his songs with considerable assurance, a leading man in the making"- Michael Kuchwara, Associated Press
"Millegan is superb and well-worth seeing...proves he's got the talent and charisma to become a bright new star."- David Hurst, NEXT Magazine
About The Richard E. Wildish Theatre:
Groups ranging from dance teachers to jazz musicians and theater troupes stage productions in this intimate theater renowned for excellent acoustics.
Wildish Theater was the brainchild of the Springfield Renaissance Development Corporation, which saw in the city’s old McKenzie Theater the seeds of what could become a major arts attraction for downtown. With seed money donated by the Wildish family, the group spearheaded a six-year renovation project, which was completed in 2006.
Today, the theater is managed by the Academy of Arts and Academics in Springfield under an agreement with the theater's board of directors. The board has representatives from Springfield Public Schools, Springfield Renaissance Development Corporation, Willamalane Park and Recreation District, A3 and community members. The theater also serves as a classroom for students of A3.