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    • December 05, 2018
    • Milwaukee
    • 1
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    Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley

    Milwaukee Rep - Quadracci Powerhouse Theater
    Wednesday, December 5, 2018

    By Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon

    Directed by Kimberly Senior

    A CONTEMPORARY HIT BASED ON A CLASSIC

    Spend the holiday season with your favorite Pride and Prejudice characters as they gather at Pemberley, the stately home of Mr. and Mrs. Darcy.

    Synopsis: In this clever and charming sequel to Jane Austen’s masterwork written by the most produced playwright in America in 2017, the bookish and oft-forgotten middle child of the Bennet family finally has her day. An unexpected guest sparks Mary’s hopes for independence and the chance to be the heroine of her own story. Told with exceptional modern wit and dazzling period style, this romantic comedy will delight Austen aficionados and newcomers alike.

    Estimated Run Time: Two hours and 20 minutes including one intermission (1:30 PM - 3:50 PM)

    Learn more by visiting the Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley website regarding the cast, video clips of cast performances, interviews & rehearsals, and all the latest news as opening day (November 13th) draws near.

    Feature story from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: 'Christmas at Pemberley' at Milwaukee Rep is a holiday treat for Jane Austen fans

    Miss Bennet will be staged in the large, yet intimate Quadracci Powerhouse Theater. For information including photos about this unique theater venue, click here.

    The Quadracci Powerhouse Theater is handicapped accessible. There is handrail support on each row as you descend and ascend the aisle.

    Rep-in-Depth:  An optional, but highly recommended, lively and informative 30-minute pre-talk which starts 45 minutes before every performance in the Quadracci Powerhouse Theater and runs from 12:45 PM to 1:15 PM. It is free and you can drop in any time during the course of the talk.

    Accessibility Policy: On the Badger Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus. If you need assistance, we require that you bring a friend to give you a hand.

    Guest Policy: Members must register their guests. Each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per bus trip. (Members may bring more than one guest near the registration Deadline Date if seats are available. Check with trip organizer.) Non-member guests pay an additional $15.00 registration fee. PLATO Membership is $60.00/year.

    LUNCH is on your own*

    Our bus will make two neighborhood lunch stops in addition to the Group Lunch option at Mader's. First, at the Milwaukee Rep for their pre-show luncheon (RSVP by Monday, November 26, to Jaime Lacy at 414-290-7076 or JLacy@MilwaukeeRep.com), and second at Milwaukee Public Market in the Historic Third Ward.

    The group lunch will be at Mader's Restaurant. This historic landmark Milwaukee restaurant will be decked in Christmas finery and is offering a German lunch buffet for $22.00 per person, tax and gratuity included. 

    *Group Lunch Option is available to those who want to register, but may be hesitant...not knowing anyone and uncomfortable eating alone. The group option lunch addresses this concern and is a good way to make new theater trip friends. Just answer "Yes" to Group Lunch questions on the registration form and we will take care of the rest. 

    Milwaukee Public Market

    One stop will be at the Milwaukee Public Market containing eight distinctive eateries.

    Milwaukee Public Market Interior

    There are many nearby Third Ward restaurants from which to choose. A list of past PLATO theater trip participants' Third Ward restaurant recommendations, including websites and map, will be provided.

    Historic Third Ward Guide

    Historic Third Ward Official Restaurant List

    Historic Third Ward Official Shopping List

    Milwaukee Rep 

    Milwaukee Rep

    There are a number of restaurants near the Milwaukee Rep located on both sides of the Milwaukee River and between the Milwaukee Public Market and the Milwaukee Rep all within easy walking distance. 

    A list of the Milwaukee Rep restaurant recommendations from past PLATO theater trip participants, including websites and map, will be provided.

    Itinerary

    Bear in mind that our boarding bus route is like Madison Metro or any other municipal bus service. Please arrive early at your boarding stop so you don’t miss the bus. When everyone is aboard and seated, we leave. Arrive early and we will all arrive in Milwaukee on time to begin our adventure.

    – Don’t be late. We can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.

    – Pack water bottles and snacks for sustenance on the trip.

    Leave Madison

    8:20 AM Bus arrives Oakwood University Woods

    8:45 AM Bus departs Oakwood University Woods

    9:05 AM Bus departs Capitol Lakes

    9:25 AM Bus departs East Towne Sears for Milwaukee (or sooner if everyone is aboard)

    In Milwaukee

    11:00 AM Arrive Mader's Restaurant 1041 N. Old World 3rd St. for those attending group lunch

    11:15 AM Arrive Milwaukee Rep 139 E. Kilbourn Ave. entrance for Rep luncheon or nearby downtown restaurants. 

    11:25 AM Arrive Milwaukee Public Market and other nearby Third Ward restaurants

    12:15 PM  Bus returns to Mader's Restaurant to pick up group lunch participants

    12:25 PM Bus returns to Milwaukee Public Market for those who need a ride to the Rep-in-Depth pre-talk and would rather not walk the five blocks to the Milwaukee Rep.

    12:45 PM Rep-in-Depth pre-talk begins

    1:30 PM Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley performance begins

    3:50 PM Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley performance ends

    4:00 PM Begin bus boarding for return to Madison 139 E. Kilbourn Ave. entrance. There will be adequate time for coat check retrieval and restroom use.

    4:20 PM Depart for Madison (or sooner if everyone is aboard)

    Arrive Madison (Estimated)

    5:45 PM Bus returns to East Towne Sears

    6:00 PM Bus returns to Capitol Lakes

    6:15 PM Bus returns to Oakwood University Woods

    Miss Bennet PLATO Mail-in Registration Form (including instructions)

    For further information: Contact Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley theater trip organizer, Jean Kasten, jeankasten@yahoo.com, 608-358-5448, and Tammy Albrecht, tbirdalbrecht@gmail.com, 608-449-0401.

    • January 13, 2019
    • Milwaukee
    • 47
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    Start the New Year right with this Energy-Filled Music Revue! Hop aboard the Chattanooga Choo Choo and travel across 1930s and 1940s America and let its music wash over you. 

    Featuring five triple threat actor/musician/dancers, The All Night Strut! takes you on a musical journey through hits from the 1930s and 1940s from some of the greats including Duke Ellington, Frank Loesser and the Gershwins. From the funky jive of Harlem, to the romance of the Stage Door Canteen, it’s filled with jazz, blues, bebop and American songbook standards such as “Minnie The Moocher,”“In The Mood,” “Fascinatin’ Rhythm,”“I’ll Be Seeing You,” “It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got That Swing,” and “White Cliffs of Dover. 

    Conceived and Originally Directed and Choreographed by Fran Charnas. Musical Arrangements by Tom Fitt, Gil Lieb and Dick Schermesser. Additional Orchestration by Corey Allen. Directed by JC Clementz. Executive Producers: Bob Balderson and Beth & Pete Gottsacker. Learn more by visiting The All Night Strut webpage  regarding the cast, video clips of cast performances, interviews & rehearsals, and all the latest news as opening day (November 9) draws near.

    The All Night Strut will be staged in the intimate Stackner Cabaret. Information including photos about this unique theater venue.

    The Stackner Cabaret is handicapped accessible to the main level and chairs. Most of our seating will be on staggered tables and chairs set on platform deck flooring that are an easy, shallow step-down/step-up between levels of tables and chairs. The backs of the chairs provide good step-down/step-up support.

    Accessibility PolicyOn the Badger Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus. If you need assistance, we require that you bring a friend to give you a hand.

    Guest Policy Members must register their guests. Each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per bus trip. (Members may bring more than one guest near the registration Deadline Date if seats are available. Check with trip organizer.) Non-member guests pay an additional $15.00 registration fee. PLATO Membership is $60.00/year. 

    11:30 AM - 2:00 PM

    Free Time for Lunch, Shopping & Exploring
    LUNCH is on your own*
    *Group Lunch Option is available to those who want to register, but may be hesitant...not knowing anyone and uncomfortable eating alone. The group option lunch addresses  this concern and is a good way to make new theater trip friends. Just answer "Yes"  to Group Lunch questions on the registration form. We will be enjoying Sunday Brunch at the Water Street Brewery.

    Milwaukee Schedule

    11:30 AM - Arrives at Milwaukee Rep, Kilbourn Street entrance 

    Group Lunch participants will be dining at the Kil@Wat Restaurant located on the second floor of the Intercontinental Hotel.

    There are a number of restaurants within easy walking distance of the Milwaukee Rep located on both sides of the Milwaukee River and between the Milwaukee Public Market and the Milwaukee Rep. 

    11:45 AM - Arrives at Milwaukee Public Market


    There are nine unique eateries contained within the Milwaukee Public Market.

    There are also many nearby Third Ward restaurants from which to choose. 

    Historic Third Ward Guide

    Historic Third Ward Official Restaurant List

    Historic Third Ward Official Shopping List

    1:00 PM Stackner Cabaret Restaurant opens Pre-matinee Anytime Menu available plus dessert list and full bar service. (Great Bloody Mary options) 

    Tip: Enjoy lunch at another restaurant and return early for dessert and coffee at the Stackner Cabaret.

    Directions to the Stackner Cabaret: From the Milwaukee Rep’s Wells Street entrance, walk straight ahead to the atrium dome. The Stackner Cabaret is located on the 2nd floor. Take the elevator or escalator. From the 2nd floor elevator exit, walk around to the left into the promenade. From the escalator, you arrive in the promenade. Stackner Cabaret entrance is ahead on the left.


    Trip Itinerary

    Bear in mind that our boarding bus route is like Madison Metro or any other municipal bus service. Please arrive early at your boarding stop so you don’t miss the bus. When everyone is aboard and seated, we leave. Arrive early and we will all arrive in Milwaukee on time to begin our adventure.

    – Don’t be late. We can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.

    – Pack water bottles and snacks for sustenance on the trip.

    Leave Madison

    9:00 AM      Bus arrives at Oakwood University Woods for boarding.

    9:25 AM Arrives at Capitol Lakes

    9:45 AM    Arrives at East Towne Sears

    10:00 AM     Departs for Milwaukee (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)

    In Milwaukee

    11:30 AM     Arrive Milwaukee Rep Kilbourn St. entrance for nearby downtown restaurants

    11:45 AM Arrive Milwaukee Public Market for Third Ward restaurants

    1:00 PM Stackner Cabaret opens

    1:25 PM Return to Milwaukee Public Market for those who need a ride to the Stackner Cabaret and would rather not walk the five blocks to the Milwaukee Rep.

    2:00 PM      The All Night Strut performance begins

    4:00 PM      The All Night Strut performance ends

    4:00 PM - 4:20 PM Board bus for return to Madison. There will be adequate time for coat check retrieval and restroom use

    4:20 PM      Depart for Madison (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)

    Arrive Madison (Estimated)

    5:50 PM      Return to East Towne Sears

    6:05 PM     Return to Capitol Lakes

    6:25 PM     Return to Oakwood University Oaks

    The All Night Strut Theater Trip Mail-in Registration Form includes payment and mailing instructions.

    For further information, contact The All Night Strut theater trip organizer, Lynne Stapleton, lmastapleton@gmail.com and 920-850-0891.        

                        
    • February 06, 2019
    • Milwaukee
    • 47
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    Junk @ Milwaukee Rep
    Quadracci Powerhouse
    Wednesday, February 6, 2019

    THE MIDWEST PREMIERE DIRECT FROM BROADWAY

    Milwaukee’s own Pulitzer Prize-winner Ayad Akhtar returns to The Rep with his epic new play, Junk.

    Immediately following its acclaimed Broadway run at Lincoln Center and featuring one of the largest casts ever on the Quadracci Powerhouse stage, this riveting story is set in the financial world of the 1980s. Inspired by the real junk bond kings of the day, it’s a battleground of titanic egos, where magnates are pitted against workers, lawyers against journalists, and everyone against themselves. With Junk, debt is an asset, and we see from the inside how money became the only thing that mattered.

    Video Preview: A Conversation with Junk Playwright, Ayer Akhtar (1:34)

    Video Preview: Rep Artistic Director and Junk Director's Take on Junk (1:47)

    Run Time: Two hours and 30 minutes (no intermission)

    Learn more by visiting the Junk website regarding the cast, video clips of cast performances, interviews & rehearsals, and all the latest news as opening day (January 15) draws near.

    Junk will be staged in the large, yet intimate Quadracci Powerhouse Theater. For information including photos about this unique theater venue, click here.

    Directions to the Quadracci Powerhouse Theater:  From the Milwaukee Rep’s Wells Street entrance, walk straight ahead under the atrium dome. The Powerhouse Theater is located on the Mezzanine Level. Take the elevator or walk up the white marble stairway. From the Mezzanine Level elevator exit, walk around to the right into the Powerhouse Theater entrance. 

    The Quadracci Powerhouse Theater is handicapped accessible. There is handrail support on each row as you descend and ascend the aisle.

    Rep-in-Depth:  An optional, but highly recommended, lively and informative 30-minute pre-talk which starts 45 minutes before every performance in the Quadracci Powerhouse Theater and runs from 12:45 PM to 1:15 PM. It is free and you can drop in any time during the course of the talk.

    Accessibility Policy. On the Badger Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus. If you need assistance, we require that you bring a friend to give you a hand.

    Guest Policy Members must register their guests. Each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per bus trip. (Members may bring more than one guest near the registration Deadline Date if seats are available. Check with trip organizer.) Non-member guests pay an additional $15.00 registration fee. PLATO Membership is $60.00/year. 

    11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    Free Time for Lunch, Shopping & Exploring
    LUNCH is on your own*
    *Group Lunch Option is available to those who want to register, but may be hesitant...not knowing anyone and uncomfortable eating alone. The group option lunch addresses  this concern and is a good way to make new theater trip friends. Just answer "Yes"  to Group Lunch questions on the registration form and we will take care of the rest. Restaurant to be determined.

    11:00 AM - Arrives at Milwaukee Public Market


    There are nine unique eateries contained within the Milwaukee Public Market.

    There are also many nearby Third Ward restaurants from which to choose. 

    Historic Third Ward Official Restaurant List

    Historic Third Ward Official Shopping List

    11:15 AM - Arrives at Milwaukee Rep, Wells Street entrance 

    There are a number of restaurants within easy walking distance of the Milwaukee Rep located on both sides of the Milwaukee River and between the Milwaukee Public Market and the Milwaukee Rep. 

    A list of the Milwaukee Rep restaurant recommendations from past PLATO theater trip participants, including websites and map, will be provided.

    Itinerary

    Bear in mind that our boarding bus route is like Madison Metro or any other municipal bus service. Please arrive early at your boarding stop so you don’t miss the bus. When everyone is aboard and seated, we leave. Arrive early and we will all arrive in Milwaukee on time to begin our adventure.

    – Don’t be late. We can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.

    – Pack water bottles and snacks for sustenance on the trip.

    Leave Madison

    8:15 AM Bus arrives Oakwood University Woods for boarding

    8:45 AM Bus departs Oakwood University Woods

    9:05 AM Bus departs Capitol Lakes

    9:25 AM Bus departs East Towne Sears for Milwaukee (or sooner if everyone is aboard)

    In Milwaukee

    11:00 AM Arrive Milwaukee Public Market and other nearby Third Ward restaurants

    11:15 AM Arrive Milwaukee Rep Wells St. entrance for nearby downtown restaurants

    12:25 PM Bus returns to Milwaukee Public Market for those who need a ride to the Rep-in-Depth pre-talk and would rather not walk the five blocks to the Milwaukee Rep. (See Walking Map)

    12:45 PM Rep-in-Depth pre-talk begins

    1:30 PM Junk performance begins

    4:00 PM Junk performance ends

    4:00 PM Begin bus boarding for return to Madison. There will be adequate time for coat check retrieval and restroom use.

    4:20 PM Depart for Madison (or sooner if everyone is aboard)

    Arrive Madison (Estimated)

    6:00 PM Bus returns to East Towne Sears

    6:20 PM Bus returns to Capitol Lakes

    6:45 PM Bus returns to Oakwood University Oaks

    Junk Theater Trip Mail-In Registration Form (including instructions).

    For further information, contact Junk theater trip organizer, Bob Blitzke, bblitzke@gmail.com or 608-271-7741.

                        
    • March 10, 2019
    • Milwaukee
    • 56
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    Mark Twain's River of Song @ Milwaukee Rep
    Stackner Cabaret
    Sunday, March 10th, 2019

    WORLD PREMIERE EVENT

    From the creators of The Rep’s hit production Back Home Again: On The Road With John Denver comes this exploration of the music and culture of America’s first superhighway, the Mississippi River.

    From the iron red water in Minnesota to the deep, dark Southern Delta, the river carries the stories and songs of the people. Come take a ride on the Mississippi— guided by the voices of the men and women who lived and worked on the river, tied together with the observations and insights of the Mississippi’s most famous traveler, Mark Twain. Performed by three world-class musicians, including David Lutken (Woody Sez, John Denver), it’s a journey through America’s Heartland and features traditional songs like “Dance Boatmen Dance,” “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child,” and “Deep River Blues.”

    Run Time: Two Hours (one intermission)

    Learn more by visiting the Mark Twain's River of Song website regarding the cast, video clips of cast performances, interviews & rehearsals, and all the latest news as opening day (January 18) draws near.

    Mark Twain's River of Song will be staged in the intimate Stackner Cabaret. The Stackner Cabaret is handicapped accessible to the main level and chairs. Most of our seating will be on staggered tables and chairs set on platform deck flooring that are an easy, shallow step-down/step-up between levels of tables and chairs. The backs of the chairs provide good step-down/step-up support.

    Directions to the Stackner Cabaret: From the Milwaukee Rep’s Wells Street entrance, walk straight ahead to the atrium dome. The Stackner Cabaret is located on the 2nd floor. Take the elevator or escalator. From the 2nd floor elevator exit, walk around to the left into the promenade. From the escalator, you arrive in the promenade. Stackner Cabaret entrance is ahead on the left.

    More about the Stackner:

    Accessibility PolicyOn the Badger Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus. If you need assistance, we require that you bring a friend to give you a hand.

    Guest Policy Members must register their guests. Each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per bus trip. (Members may bring more than one guest near the registration Deadline Date if seats are available. Check with trip organizer.) Non-member guests pay an additional $15.00 registration fee. PLATO Membership is $60.00/year. 

    11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

    Free Time for Lunch, Shopping & Exploring
    LUNCH is on your own*
    *Group Lunch Option is available to those who want to register, but may be hesitant...not knowing anyone and uncomfortable eating alone. It's a good way to make new theater trip friends. Just answer "Yes"  to Group Lunch questions on the registration form and we will take care of the rest. Restaurant to be determined.

    Milwaukee Public Market


    There are nine unique eateries contained within the Milwaukee Public Market.

    There are also many nearby Third Ward restaurants from which to choose. 

    Historic Third Ward Guide

    Historic Third Ward Official Restaurant List

    Historic Third Ward Official Shopping List

    Milwaukee Rep Area Restaurants

    There are a number of restaurants within easy walking distance of the Milwaukee Rep located on both sides of the Milwaukee River and between the Milwaukee Public Market and the Milwaukee Rep. 

    Stackner Cabaret Restaurant opens 1:00 pm. A pre-matinee Anytime Menu is available plus dessert list and full bar service. (Great Bloody Mary options) 

    Tip: Enjoy lunch at another restaurant and return early for dessert and coffee at the Stackner Cabaret Restaurant.

    Itinerary

    Bear in mind that our boarding bus route is like Madison Metro or any other municipal bus service. Please arrive early at your boarding stop so you don’t miss the bus. When everyone is aboard and seated, we leave. Arrive early and we will all arrive in Milwaukee on time to begin our adventure.

    – Don’t be late. We can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.

    – Pack water bottles and snacks for sustenance on the trip.

    Leave Madison

    8:20 AM      Bus arrives at Oakwood University Woods for boarding

    8:45 AM      Bus departs Oakwood University Woods

    9:05 AM     Bus departs Capitol Lakes

    9:25 AM    Bus departs East Towne Sears (or sooner, if everyone is aboard)

    In Milwaukee

    11:00 AM Arrive Milwaukee Public Market for Third Ward restaurants

    11:15 AM     Arrive Milwaukee Rep Kilbourn St. entrance for group lunch and nearby downtown restaurants

    1:00 PM Stackner Cabaret opens

    1:25 PM Return to Milwaukee Public Market for those who need a ride to the Stackner Cabaret and would rather not walk the five blocks to the Milwaukee Rep.

    2:00 PM      Mark Twain's River of Song performance begins

    4:00 PM      Mark Twain's River of Song performance ends

    4:00 PM     Board bus for return to Madison. There will be adequate time for coat check retrieval and restroom use.

    4:25 PM      Depart for Madison (or sooner, if everyone is aboard)

    Arrive Madison (Estimated)

    5:50 PM      Return to East Towne Sears

    6:05 PM     Return to Capitol Lakes

    6:25 PM     Return to Oakwood University Woods

    Mark Twain's River of Song mail-in registration form

    For further information, contact Mark Twain's River of Song theater trip organizers,

    Nancy McClements, nancymcclements@gmail.com  608-358-4478

    Tammy Albrecht, tbirdalbrecht@gmail.com  608-449-0401

    • April 14, 2019
    • Chicago
    • 56
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    Treat yourself to a personal indulgence by enjoying a quiet early spring afternoon within the welcoming and friendly embrace of any of nine Chicago’s premier museums.

    1st Stop: Museum of Science and Industry 

    2nd Stop: Field Museum of Natural History, Shedd Aquariam and Adler Planetarium

    3rd Stop:  Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Cultural Center and American Writers Museum

    4th Stop and Final Stop: Contemporary Art Museum Chicago and Driehaus Museum


    Museum of Science and Industry 


    The Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) is housed in the former Palace of Fine Arts from the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition.  It is the oldest science museum of its kind in the Western Hemisphere and one of the largest science museums in the world. The exhibits include a full-size replica coal mine, a German submarine captured during WW II, a 3,500 sq. ft. model railroad, and the Apollo 8 spacecraft that carried the first humans to orbit the Moon. The museum covers 14 acres and is home to more than 400,000 sq. ft. of exhibits. 

    Tickets:  $20 plus (depending on the number of special exhibits included)

    Hours: 9:30 AM-4:00 PM

    Two restaurants and ice cream parlor on-site, free Wi-Fi and free wheelchairs

    Learn more from the MSI website.


    Field Museum


    The Field Museum is located at Museum Campus, near the Adler Planetarium and the Shedd Aquarium.  It is named after Chicago’s favorite retailer, Marshall Field, who gave a $1m gift to establish the museum.  It first opened in 1894 in the former Palace of Fine Arts Building, and moved to its present site in 1921.  In 1962, the museum hosted the first exhibition of “Tutankhamen Treasures.”  In 2000, SUE, the largest, most complete, and best preserved T.rex ever discovered, was unveiled to the public.  In 2011, the museum’s bathroom was voted the best in the country. Recently, Maximo the Titanosaur, the largest dinosaur that ever lived can be viewed.

    Tickets:  Senior rate is $21 (depending on the number of special exhibits included)

    Hours: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Two restaurants on-site

    Learn more from the Field Museum website.


    Shedd Aquarium 


    The Shedd houses an indoor public aquarium that first opened in 1930.  It was a gift to Chicago by John G. Shedd, a protégé of Marshall Field.  Located on Lake Michigan, it is part of Museum Campus which includes the Adler Planetarium and the Field Museum.  Several of the sea otters that lived in the aquarium in the past were rescued from the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989.  The aquarium contains 1,500 species, including fish, marine mammals, birds, snakes, amphibians and insects.  It is one of the most popular museums in Chicago.

    Tickets: $39.95 (Senior discount of $3 taken on-site) 

    Hours: Sundays 9:00 AM-6:00 PM

    Three restaurants, coffee shop and popcorn kiosk onsite

    Free Wi-Fi, free wheelchairs and walkers

    Learn more from the  Shedd Aquarium website.


    Adler Planetarium


    The Adler Planetarium is dedicated to the study of astronomy and astrophysics.  It was founded in 1930 by Chicago business leader Max Adler.  It is part of Museum Campus that includes the Shedd Aquarium and the Field Museum.  It is home to three theaters, extensive space science exhibitions and the Doane Observatory. The observatory is one of the only public urban observatories in the U.S.

    Tickets:  Senior rate is $12.00 plus, depending on number of special shows included

    Hours: 9:30 AM-4:00 PM

    One restaurant on-site, free Wi-Fi and free wheelchairs

    Learn more from the Adler Planetarium website.


    Art Institute of Chicago


    Art Institute of Chicago was founded in 1879. It is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the U.S.  The original building was constructed for the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893.  The most recent expansion, the Modern Wing, pictured above, opened in 2009.  The famous western entrance on Michigan Avenue is guarded by two bronze lion statues created by Edward Kerneys.  The lions each weigh more than two tons.  The museum’s east entrance is marked by the stone arch entrance to the old Chicago Stock Exchange designed by Louis Sullivan. 

    Tickets:  $19.00 Seniors

    Hours: 10:30 AM-5:00 PM

    Three restaurants on-site

    Free Wi-Fi, free wheelchairs

    Learn more from the Art Institute website.


    Chicago Cultural Center


    Completed in 1897 as Chicago’s first central public library, the building was designed to impress and to prove that Chicago had grown into a sophisticated metropolis. The country’s top architects and craftsmen used the most sumptuous materials, such as rare imported marbles, polished brass, fine hardwoods, and mosaics of Favrile glass, mother-of-pearl and colored stone, to create an architectural showplace. Located on the south side of the building, the world’s largest stained glass Tiffany dome ― 38 feet in diameter with some 30,000 pieces of glass ― was restored to its original splendor in 2008. On the north side of the building is a 40-foot-diameter dome with some 50,000 pieces of glass in an intricate Renaissance pattern, designed by Healy & Millet.

    In 1991, the building was established as the Chicago Cultural Center by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, the nation's first and most comprehensive free municipal cultural venue. Every year, the Chicago Cultural Center presents hundreds of free international, national, regional and local artists, musicians and performers, providing a showcase where the public can enjoy and learn about the arts.

    Tickets: Free Admission

    Hours: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Learn more from the Chicago Cultural Center website


    American Writers Museum


    A National Museum Celebrating American Writers

    The American Writers Museum celebrates the breadth of American writing through interactive exhibits and programming that honors the past, promotes the present and inspires the future of writing in the United States. 

    New York Times Feature Article:  An Everyman Museum to Celebrate American Writers

    Tickets: $8.00 Seniors

    Hours: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Learn more from the American Writers Museum website


    Contemporary Art Museum MCA Chicago


    MCA champions the provocative side of contemporary art and culture. Our innovative exhibitionsperformances, and programs will inspire you.

    Founded in 1967 as a Kunsthalle, or noncollecting art gallery, the MCA is now one of the world’s largest museums dedicated to art since 1945. Since our inception, it has been our mission to exhibit new and experimental work artists in all media, paired with ambitious education programs.

    In 1974, the MCA expanded our mission to include collecting and preserving contemporary art for future generations with the inauguration of a permanent collection that has grown to include more than 2,000 works. After 29 years in a storefront on Ontario Street, the museum moved to our current location in 1996, giving our collection, exhibitions, and programming room to evolve to meet the needs of 21st-century art and audiences.

    Tickets: $8.00 Seniors

    Hours:  10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Maripol Restaurant: 10 AM-2:30 PM

    Learn more by exploring the MCA website.  


    Driehaus Museum


    Often referred to as Chicago's Downton Abbey, The Richard H. Driehaus Museum immerses visitors in one of the grandest residential buildings of 19th-century Chicago, the Gilded Age home of banker Samuel Mayo Nickerson and his wife, Mathilda Pinkham Crosby Nickerson. Philanthropist Richard H. Driehaus founded the museum on April 1, 2003 with a vision to influence today’s built environment by preserving and promoting architecture and design of the past. To realize his vision, Mr. Driehaus commissioned a five-year restoration effort to preserve the structure and its magnificent interiors.

    Today the galleries feature surviving furnishings paired with elegant, historically-appropriate pieces from the Driehaus Collection of Fine and Decorative Arts, including important works by such celebrated designers as George A. Schastey and Louis Comfort Tiffany.

    The Museum is a premier example of historic preservation, offering visitors an opportunity to experience through its architecture, interiors, collection, and exhibitions how the prevailing design philosophies of the period were interpreted by artists, architects, and designers at the waning of the 19th-century and the dawn of the 20th-century.

    Located at 40 East Erie Street within easy walking distance of Water Tower Place and  Contemporary Art Museum MCA Chicago.

    Tickets: $15.00 Seniors

    Hours: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

    Learn more from the Driehaus Museum website.

    Chicago Museum a la Carte Trip Tips

    After you decide which museum(s) you want to visit, consider purchasing your tickets online in advance.  This will save you time spent standing in line.  Some of the museums have long lines on the weekends. 

    All of the museums have good accessibility and onsite dining. 

    Bring along your seated four-wheel walker to provide more range and stability for sustained exploring.

    See the trip itinerary below for the schedule of museum stops.



    Itinerary

    Bear in mind that our boarding bus route is like Madison Metro or any other municipal bus service. Please arrive 15 minutes early at your boarding stop so you don’t miss the bus. When everyone is aboard and seated, we leave. Arrive early and we will all arrive in Chicago on time to begin our adventure.

    – Don’t be late. We can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.

    – Pack water bottles and snacks for sustenance on the trip.

    Leave Madison

    7:15 AM         Bus  arrives at Oakwood University Woods to begin boarding.

    7:45 AM     Arrive at Capitol Lakes

    8:10 AM     Arrive at East Towne Sears

    8:20 AM     Depart for Chicago (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)

    In Chicago

    11:00 AM Arrive Museum of Science and Industry 

    11:20 AM Arrive Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium and Alder Planetarium

    11:30 AM Arrive Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Cultural Center and American Writers Museum

    11:50 AM Arrive Contemporary Art Museum Chicago and Driehaus Museum

    3:30 PM Pick up Museum of Science and Industry

    3:45 PM Pick up Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium and Adler Plantetarium

    4:00 PM  Pick up Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Cultural Center and American Writers Musuem

    4:30 PM Pick up Contemporary Art Museum (MCA) Chicago and Driehaus Museum and depart for Madison

    Arrive Madison (Est)

    7:30 PM East Towne Sears

    7:50 PM Capitol Lakes

    8:10 PM Oakwood University Woods

    Non-Member Policy Members must register their guests. Each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per bus trip. (Members may bring more than one guest near the registration Deadline Date if seats are available. Check with trip organizer.) Non-member guests pay an additional $15.00 registration fee. PLATO Membership is $60.00/year.

                                                                                                                                        

    Accessibility Policy. On Badger Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus. If you need assistance, we require that you bring a friend to give you a hand. 


    Chicago Museums a la Carte Spring 2019 Mail-in Registration Form (including instructions):

    For further information, contact Chicago Museums a la Carte field trip organizer, Bob Blitzke, bblitzke@gmail.com or 608-271-7741


                                                                                                                                        



     



     

     

     

    • April 17, 2019
    • Chicago
    • 20
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    PLATO Scheduling Note: Registration is limited to the those on the December 7, 2016 Hamilton Trip Wait List, currently totaling 135 members and guests. Hamilton officials have authorized 56 tickets for our use on this trip.

    A special registration code will issued to those authorized from the wait list to register.

    As soon as, future large group Hamilton tickets become available, we will schedule additional trips to serve the wait list people first, before offering new Hamilton trips to the PLATO membership. 

    Hamilton Chicago Cast

    Photo Credit: Chris De'Sean Lee & HAMILTON Company - HAMILTON (c) Joan Marcus 2016

    HAMILTON is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, told by America now.

    Hamilton Chicago Reviews: Highly Recommended (Based upon 19 Reviews)


    The CIBC Theatre was opened on New Year’s Day in 1906 as the Majestic Theatre. The architects of the venue were Edmund R. Krause and George L. and Cornelius Rapp, and it was the first venue in Chicago to cost over one million dollars. The Majestic Building, the tallest building in Chicago when it was first built, became a Chicago landmark, and the theatre instantly became a popular destination for vaudeville acts.

    In the 1920s, it became part of the famous Orpheum Circuit and host to legendary luminaries Harry Houdini and Lily Langtry. In 1932, during the Great Depression, the Majestic closed its doors and remained empty for 15 years. In 1945, the theatre was purchased by the Shubert Organization and reopened as the Sam Shubert Theatre. The venue was restored and redecorated, although much of the original design was retained. The Shubert stage became home to an astounding array of classic plays and musicals such as CAROUSEL, SOUTH PACIFIC, GUYS AND DOLLS, THE KING AND I, MY FAIR LADY and A CHORUS LINE. In 1991, the Nederlander Organization purchased the Majestic Building from the Shubert Organization. The Shubert continued to host a wide array of quality theatrical productions, including the Chicago premiere of RENT, CHICAGO—THE MUSICAL, CABARET and the Pre-Broadway engagements of THE GOODBYE GIRL and Julie Andrews in VICTOR/VICTORIA.

    Since the formation of Broadway In Chicago in 2000, the rich history of exceptional entertainment has continued with the Pre-Broadway World Premieres of Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp’s MOVIN’ OUT and MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT. In 2005, the theatre closed for a glorious multi-million dollar restoration and was reopened in May 2006 as the LaSalle Bank Theatre, and later the Bank of America Theatre in 2008. Since that time, the venue has hosted the long run of the musical phenomenon JERSEY BOYS, the Pre-Broadway World Premiere KINKY BOOTS, and the Broadway Blockbuster THE BOOK OF MORMON.

    At a press conference on December 8, 2015, Broadway In Chicago and CIBC announced a dynamic partnership that is committed to bring the best of Broadway to our Chicago Theatre District. The CIBC Theatre officially opened with the production of CABARET, on Tuesday, February 9, and is now the new home of Broadway’s biggest hit, HAMILTON.

    Seating Chart (Our seats will be in the lower Mezzanine, Rows B-H)

    11:00 AM - 1:30 PM 
    Free Time for Lunch on Your Own*, Visiting the Art Institute (AIC) and Exploring
    Many Nearby Restaurants From Which to Choose (See Restaurants Map)
    Just a Short Walk from AIC to CIBC Theatre (See Walking Map)

    *Group Lunch Option is available to those who want to register, but may be hesitant...not knowing anyone and uncomfortable eating alone. The group option lunch addresses this concern and is a good way to make new theater trip friends. Just answer "Yes" to Group Lunch questions on the registration form and we will take care of the rest. Our group lunch will be held in the Lockwood Restaurant located on the 2nd floor of the Palmer House, near the CIBC Theatre.


    ~  ~  ~   Hamilton Itinerary  ~  ~ ~        

    Bear in mind that our boarding bus route is like Madison Metro or any other municipal bus service. Please arrive early at your boarding stop so you don’t miss the bus. When everyone is aboard and seated, we leave. Arrive early and we will all arrive in Chicago with plenty of time to enjoy our day.

    – Don’t be late. We can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.

    – Pack water bottles and snacks for sustenance on the journey.

    Depart Madison

    7:15 AM        Begin bus boarding at Oakwood Village University Woods

    7:40 AM        Bus arrives at Capitol Lakes for boarding.

    7:55 AM        Bus arrives at East Towne Sears for boarding.

    8:10 AM         Bus departs for Chicago (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard     

    In Chicago

     11:00 AM       Arrive at Art Institute of Chicago

    11:15 AM       Arrive at CIBC Theatre

    12:45 PM        Return Pick up at Art Institute

    1:00 PM          Arrive at CIBC Theatre

    1:30 PM          Hamilton performance begins

    4:15 PM          Hamilton performance ends and bus boarding begins

    4:45 PM         (Est) Depart from CIBC Theatre (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)

    Return to Madison (Estimated)

    8:15 PM      East Towne Sears

    8:30 PM      Capitol Lakes

    8:45 PM     Oakwood Village University Oaks

    Accessibility Policy. On the Badger Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus. If you need assistance, we require that you bring a friend to give you a hand. 

    The CIBC Theatre Mezzanine is handicap accessible for the most part. Each outer wall has handrail support for ascending and descending the seating area. However, there are gaps in some portions. Exercise caution. Ask for assistance from fellow group members in getting to your seat if you need it.


    Hamilton 2016 Wait List 3 Theater Trip Mail-in Registration Form (including instructions)

    For further information, contact Hamilton 2016 Wait List 3 theater trip organizer, Bob Blitzke, bblitzke@gmail.com and 608-271-7741


                                                                                                                                        



     



     

     

     

    • May 05, 2019
    • Milwaukee
    • 54
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    Two Trains Running @ Milwaukee Rep
    Quadracci Powerhouse

    Sunday, May 5, 2019


    A CLASSIC FROM AN AMERICAN MASTER PLAYWRIGHT

    It’s 1969 and change is in the air. But for the owner of a rundown diner in a dying Pittsburgh neighborhood, the Civil Rights movement may just be an impractical dream.

    Torn between whether to gamble on an urban-renewal buyout or sell his building to a predatory businessman, he finds himself caught between idealism and brutal reality. From Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson comes this masterpiece about everyday lives in the shadow of great events, and of unsung citizens who are anything but ordinary, in the play The New York Times declared as “Mr. Wilson’s most adventurous and honest attempt to reveal the intimate heart of history.”

    Run Time: Three hours with one intermission (2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Learn more by visiting the Two Trains Running website regarding the cast, video clips of cast performances, interviews & rehearsals, and all the latest news as opening day (April 16) draws near.

    Two Trains Running will be staged in the large, yet intimate Quadracci Powerhouse Theater. For information including photos about this unique theater venue, click here.

    Directions to the Quadracci Powerhouse Theater:  From the Milwaukee Rep’s Wells Street entrance, walk straight ahead under the atrium dome. The Powerhouse Theater is located on the Mezzanine Level. Take the elevator or walk up the white marble stairway. From the Mezzanine Level elevator exit, walk around to the right into the Powerhouse Theater entrance. 

    The Quadracci Powerhouse Theater is handicapped accessible. There is handrail support on each row as you descend and ascend the aisle.

    Rep-in-Depth:  An optional, but highly recommended, lively and informative 30-minute pre-talk which starts 45 minutes before every performance in the Quadracci Powerhouse Theater and runs from 1:15 PM to 1:45 PM. It is free and you can drop in any time during the course of the talk.

    Accessibility Policy. On the Badger Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus. If you need assistance, we require that you bring a friend to give you a hand.

    Guest Policy Members must register their guests. Each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per bus trip. (Members may bring more than one guest near the registration Deadline Date if seats are available. Check with trip organizer.) Non-member guests pay an additional $15.00 registration fee. PLATO Membership is $60.00/year. 

    11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    Free Time for Lunch, Shopping & Exploring
    LUNCH is on your own*
    *Group Lunch Option is available to those who want to register, but may be hesitant...not knowing anyone and uncomfortable eating alone. The group option lunch addresses  this concern and is a good way to make new theater trip friends. Just answer "Yes"  to Group Lunch questions on the registration form and we will take care of the rest. Restaurant to be determined. 

    11:30 AM - Arrives at Milwaukee Public Market


    There are nine unique eateries contained within the Milwaukee Public Market.

    There are also many nearby Third Ward restaurants from which to choose. 

    Historic Third Ward Official Restaurant List

    Historic Third Ward Official Shopping List

    11:45 AM - Arrives at Milwaukee Rep, Wells Street entrance 

    There are a number of restaurants within easy walking distance of the Milwaukee Rep located on both sides of the Milwaukee River and between the Milwaukee Public Market and the Milwaukee Rep. 

    A list of the Milwaukee Rep restaurant recommendations from past PLATO theater trip participants, including websites and map, will be provided.

    Itinerary

    Bear in mind that our boarding bus route is like Madison Metro or any other municipal bus service. Please arrive early at your boarding stop so you don’t miss the bus. When everyone is aboard and seated, we leave. Arrive early and we will all arrive in Milwaukee on time to begin our adventure.

    – Don’t be late. We can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.

    – Pack water bottles and snacks for sustenance on the trip.

    Leave Madison

    8:45 AM Bus arrives Oakwood University Woods for boarding

    9:15 AM Bus departs Oakwood University Woods

    9:35 AM Bus departs Capitol Lakes

    9:55 AM Bus departs East Towne Sears for Milwaukee (or sooner if everyone is aboard)

    In Milwaukee

    11:30 AM Arrive Milwaukee Public Market and other nearby Third Ward restaurants

    11:45 AM Arrive Milwaukee Rep Wells St. entrance for nearby downtown restaurants

    12:50 PM Bus returns to Milwaukee Public Market for those who need a ride to the Rep-in-Depth pre-talk and would rather not walk the five blocks to the Milwaukee Rep. (See Walking Map)

    1:15 PM Rep-in-Depth pre-talk begins

    2:00 PM Two Trains Running performance begins

    5:00 PM Two Trains Running performance ends

    5:00 PM Begin bus boarding for return to Madison. There will be adequate time for coat check retrieval and restroom use.

    5:20 PM Depart for Madison (or sooner if everyone is aboard)

    Arrive Madison (Estimated)

    7:00 PM Bus returns to East Towne Sears

    7:20 PM Bus returns to Capitol Lakes

    7:45 PM Bus returns to Oakwood University Oaks

    Two Trains Running Theater Trip Mail-In Registration Form (including instructions).

    For further information, contact Two Trains Running theater trip organizer, Bob Blitzke, bblitzke@gmail.com or 608-271-7741.

                        
    • May 22, 2019
    • 1:30 PM
    • Chicago
    • 38
    Register


    Join us Wednesday, May 22, 2019 for this stunning production of West Side Story in the iconic Art Deco confines of The Ardis Krainik Theatre at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.


    It may be months away, but demand for the best available tickets has already begun and is building.

    We have 56 great seats to provide the proper proximity to the stage from which to behold this huge production spectacle. They are located on the main floor in the forward rows of its wide aisle partition, rows BB-EE are just behind the wide aisle and across the three middle sections.

    Register now and pay later to claim your seat. (We will order more tickets and 2nd bus if early demand is warrants.)


    Leonard Bernstein's music and Stephen Sondheim's lyrics transplant Romeo and Juliet to the backstreets of New York, giving us this Broadway Musical Masterpiece.

    Tony and Maria are wide-eyed teenagers from opposing gangs who fall in love. As their friends and families battle with one another, Tony and Maria long for "a place for us...somewhere." Their songs illuminate every scene and permeate our culture, from the romance of "Maria" and "Tonight" to the exuberance of "America" and the humor of "Gee, Officer Krupke." Add to the bold, sexy and iconic dances of Jerome Robbins that smolder and sizzle with energy, and you have a musical-theater experience that you'll never forget.

    Run Time: two hours and 20 minutes with one intermission.

    A coproduction of Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera and Glimmerglass Festival of Cooperstown, NY.

    WEST SIDE STORY: Based on a conception of JEROME ROBBINS, Book by ARTHUR LAURENTS, Music by LEONARD BERNSTEIN, Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM, Original production directed and choreographed by JEROME ROBBINS.


    Meet the ARTISTS

    The Celebrated Musical West Side Story Hit's Lyric's Stage in 2019


    Lyric Opera of Chicago:

    11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    Free Time for Lunch and Adventure
    within easy walking distance of 
    The Lyric
    (W Madison St and S Wacker Dr)

    A few dining suggestions (Reservations Required):

    Dine at The Lyric Opera of Chicago at three of its three on-site restaurant options

    Rivers Restaurant and Bar conveniently located next to the Lyric across Madison St with spacious riverfront deck. (Note: PLATO Group Lunch will be dining here.)

    Lloyd's Chicago kitty-corner from The Lyric with patio dining available 

    One North Kitchen and Bar located nearby across Wacker Dr from The Lyric 

    Itinerary

    Bear in mind that our boarding bus route is like Madison Metro or any other municipal bus service. Please arrive early at your boarding stop so you don’t miss the bus. When everyone is aboard and seated, we leave. Arrive early and we will all arrive in Chicago on time to begin our adventure.

    – Don’t be late. We can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.

    – Pack water bottles and snacks for sustenance on the trip.

    Leave Madison

    6:45 AM       Arrive at Oakwood Village West to begin boarding.

    7:10 AM     Arrive at Capitol Lakes to begin boarding

    7:30 AM     Arrive at East Towne Sears to begin boarding

    In Chicago

    11:00 AM Arrive at The Lyric

    1:30 PM West Side Story performance begins

    3:50 PM   West Side Story performance ends and begin boarding

    4:15 PM    Estimated departure for Madison

    Arrive Madison (Est)

    7:15 PM East Towne Sears

    7:40 PM Capitol Lakes

    8:00 PM Oakwood Village West 

    Non-Member Policy Members must register their guests. Each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per bus trip. (Members may bring more than one guest near the registration Deadline Date if seats are available. Check with trip organizer.) Non-member guests pay an additional $15.00 registration fee. PLATO Membership is $60.00/year.

                                                                                                                                        Accessibility Accessibility Policy. On the Badger Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus. If you need assistance, we require that you bring a friend to give you a hand. 


    West Side Story Mail-in Registration Form (including instructions)

    For further information, contact West Side Story theater trip organizer, Bob Blitzke, bblitzke@gmail.com and 608-271-7741


                                                                                                                                        



     



     

     

     

 

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