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    • October 03, 2018
    • Wausau
    • 18
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    Michael Dumas, Sparrow's Rest, 2016 oil

    Register now for the PLATO trip to the "Birds in Art" Exhibit at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum in Wausau on October 3.  This is the 43rd year for this internationally renowned juried exhibit. 114 artists, including 31 international artists and 8 Wisconsin artists, will present artworks.  Innovative artistic approaches and intriguing mediums - from acrylic and oxidized sterling silver leaf to cut turkey feathers and oil and cold wax on linen - capture the character, spirit and habitats of birds.  All-new artwork features varied interpretations of avian wonders via original paintings, sculptures, and graphics.

                     Rose Tanner, Bee Curious, 2017, oil                      Cindy House, Autumnal Colors, 2018

    We will have a docent-led tour of the Exhibit followed by free time to explore the Museum and the adjacent Sculpture Garden on your own. Books and posters from the exhibit will be available for purchase in the Museum's gift shop.

                       Donna Dodson & Andy Moerlein, The Dance          Tyler Vouros, Bubo scandiacus, 2017, charcoal and water

    The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum provides barrier-free access in the Museum and in the Sculpture Garden. Since it opened in 1976, admission to the Museum has always been free.  The Museum's collection focuses on art inspired by nature, primarily birds, and has grown to more than 14,000 objects.  Respected Wisconsin artist, Owen J. Gromme, organized the Museum's inaugural exhibition.  


    For more information about the exhibit, click on Birds in Art 2018

    Feature: Five Artists to Check Out at Annual, 'Birds in Art' Exhibition, Wausau Daily Herald, Laura Schulte

    For more information about the museum, click on Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum

    Upon leaving the museum, we will stop at the Wausau Great Dane Pub for lunch on your own. View a menu at Great Dane Menu.


    Trip Itinerary

    We will board the bus at three locations in Madison.  Please arrive early at your boarding stop so you don't miss the bus.  Don't be late - we can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.  Pack water bottles and lots of snacks for the trip.  Lunch will be around 1:00 PM and there is no food at the museum.

    Leave Madison

    7:30 AM:  Board at Oakwood Village University Woods

    7:50 AM:  Board at Capitol Lakes

    8:15 AM:  Board at East Towne Sears

    Wausau

    10:30 AM:  Arrive at Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum.  Meet the docent for the tour of the exhibit.  

    12:00 PM:  Free time to explore the Museum and the Sculpture Garden. 

    1:00 PM:  Board bus and stop for lunch at Wausau's Great Dane Pub.  

    2:00 PM:  Board bus for return trip to Madison

    Arrive Madison (Estimated)

    4:00 PM:  Arrive at East Towne Sears

    4:20 PM:  Arrive at Capitol Lakes

    4:45 PM:  Arrive at Oakwood Village University Woods

    Other Information

    Accessibility Policy:  To ride the bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus.  If you need assistance, we recommend that you bring a friend to help you. 

    Non-member Policy:  PLATO 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 if, near the Registration Deadline Date, seats on the bus are available.  Check with the trip organizer.)  None-member guests pay an additional $10 registration fee.  PLATO membership is $60/year.

    Mail-In Registration Form (includes instructions):  Birds in Art Mail-In Registration Form.pdf

    Questions?  Contact the trip organizer, Martha Zydowsky, at  mzydowsky@gmail.com and 608-213-6907.



    • October 10, 2018
    • Milwaukee
    • 3
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    Join us Wednesday, October 10 for the second play of the PLATO 2018-2019 seven-play Milwaukee Repertory Theater trip series with In The Heights.

    THE SIZZLING MUSICAL FROM HAMILTON'S CREATOR

    Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manual Miranda

    Book by Quiara Alegria Hudes

    Conceived by Lin-Manual Miranda

    Directed by May Adrales

    Winner of the Pulitzer, Emmy, 2 Grammy, and 3 Tony Awards.

    The vibrant New York community of Washington Heights is a place where the air is filled with the sounds of salsa, merengue, soul, hip-hop and R & B. It’s also a neighborhood on the brink of change, full of hopes and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. In the Heights is a show sure to capture the heart of all ages with its universal themes of chasing your dreams and finding your true home.

    Synopsis 

    In the Heights centers on a variety of characters living in the neighborhood of Washington Heights, on the northern tip of Manhattan. At the center of the show is Usnavi, a bodega owner who looks after the aging Cuban lady next door, pines for the gorgeous girl working in the neighboring beauty salon and dreams of winning the lottery and escaping to the shores of his native Dominican Republic. Meanwhile, Nina, a childhood friend of Usnavi's, has returned to the neighborhood from her first year at college with surprising news for her parents, who have spent their life savings on building a better life for their daughter. Ultimately, Usnavi and the residents of the close-knit neighborhood get a dose of what it means to be home.

    Broadway.com

    Estimated Run Time: Two hours and 30 minutes including one intermission (1:30 PM - 4:00 PM)

    Learn more by visiting the In The Heights webpage regarding the cast, video clips of cast performances, interviews & rehearsals, and all the latest news as opening day (September 18) draws near.

    In The Heights 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:

    First, at Milwaukee Public Market for the Historic Third Ward, and

    Second, at the Milwaukee Rep for downtown areas surrounding the theater.

    *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.

    Milwaukee Public Market (11:00 AM)

    Our first stop will be at the Milwaukee Public Market containing nine 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 Official Map

    Historic Third Ward Official Restaurant List

    Historic Third Ward Official Shopping List

    Milwaukee Rep (11:15 AM)

    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 prior to trip departure.

    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 1  arrives at Oakwood University Woods for boarding.

    8:50 AM  Bus 2 arrives at Capitol Lakes

    9:10 AM  Bus 2 arrives at East Towne Sears

    9:25 AM Bus 2 departs 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 1 and Bus 2 return to Milwaukee Public Market for those who need a ride to the Rep In-Depth pretalk and would rather not walk the five blocks to the Milwaukee Rep.

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

    1:30 PM In The Heights performance begins

    4:00 PM In The Heights 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)

    5:45 PM Bus 2 return to East Towne Sears

    5:50 PM Bus 1 return to Oakwood West

    6:00 PM Bus 2 return to Capitol Lakes

    In The Heights PLATO Mail-in Registration Form (including instructions)

    For further information: Contact One House Over theater trip organizer, Bob Blitzke,bblitzke@gmail.com and 608-271-7741

    • November 09, 2018
    • Spring Green, Wisconsin
    • 23
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    Engaging Shaw @ American Players Theatre
    Touchstone Theatre
    Friday, November 9

    Join us Friday, November 9th, for our final American Players Theatre (APT) play of the season, Engaging Shaw, by John Morogiello.

    Directed by David Frank

    With excerpts from Bernard Shaw

    Featuring: Tracy Michelle Arnold, Gavin Lawrence, Colleen Madden, James Ridge

    Synopsis: George Bernard Shaw is well known for his writing, wit and commitment to social justice. But in his time, he was also known for being an unrepentant philanderer. His aversion to marriage was so strong that he clung to it even in the face of the clever and charismatic Charlotte Payne-Townshend, who is clearly more than a match for him. Urged on by their friends Beatrice and Sidney Webb, the two would-be lovers trade witty barbs as they form a close friendship. The question at the center of this charming, romantic comedy is whether or not they’ll ever admit how close that friendship is.

    For more information on the play, see APT's Engaging Shaw website

    Estimated Run Time:  3 hours, including one intermission (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)

    Engaging Shaw will be staged in APT's 201-seat indoor Touchstone Theatre. It's about a 5-minute stroll from the parking lot, up a gentle slope. (There is a shuttle available if you prefer to ride.) The path leads through the prairie to a beautiful, modern, intimate and climate controlled facility. Once inside, you'll find a gift shop, concession stand and rest rooms - the same amenities as the Hill Theatre (but to slightly smaller scale). More information about this theater.


    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 included at The Old Feed Mill in Mazomanie

    A soup and sandwich buffet lunch at the Old Feed Mill is included in your registration fee. A dessert and non-alcoholic beverages are also included. There are no lunch options at APT in November.

    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 Spring Green 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 - Please arrive 15 minutes before departure

    9:10 AM Bus arrives East Towne Sears (boarding across from Culver’s, west of Lamppost 10)

    9:30 AM Bus departs East Towne Sears

    9:50 AM Bus departs Capitol Lakes

    10:10 AM Bus departs Oakwood University Woods for Mazomanie (or sooner, if everyone is aboard)

    In Mazomanie

    10:50 AM Bus arrives at The Old Feed Mill

    12:00 PM Bus leaves The Old Feed Mill

    In Spring Green

    12:20 PM Bus arrives at American Players Theatre. 

    If using the shuttle, allow time for boarding--the route is short, but the bus may be small.

    1:00 PM Engaging Shaw performance begins

    4:00 PM Engaging Shaw performance ends. Begin bus boarding for return to Madison. There will be adequate time for walking/shuttle and restroom use.

    4:30 PM Bus departs for Madison (or sooner, if everyone is aboard)

    Arrive Madison (Estimated)

    5:30 PM Return to Oakwood University Oaks

    5:50 PM Return to Capitol Lakes

    6:10 PM Return to East Towne Sears

    Engaging Shaw PLATO Mail-in Registration Form (including instructions)

    For further information: Contact Engaging Shaw theater trip organizers:

    • November 14, 2018
    • Chicago
    • 10
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    PLATO Scheduling Note: Registration is limited to the those on the December 7, 2016 Hamilton Trip Wait List, currently totaling 195 members and guests. Hamilton officials have authorized 60 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. Restaurant to be determined.


    ~  ~  ~   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 recommend 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 2 Theater Trip Mail-in Registration Form (including instructions)

    For further information, contact Hamilton 2016 Wait List 1 theater trip organizer, Bob Blitzke, bblitzke@gmail.com and 608-271-7741


                                                                                                                                        



     



     

     

     

 

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