Community Engagement Series

Community Engagement Series

 

The Grand is more than just a theater. With a mission to ENTERTAIN, EDUCATE, and ENRICH North Central Wisconsin, The Grand's Community Engagement Series pushes the performing arts from the stage out into the community.

Community events like dance classes, film screenings, pop-up exhibits, lectures, and more create opportunities for audience members to connect with performances in new and exciting ways.

Check back throughout the Season to see what unique events we're planning!

News:

The TEN Tenors to Host Master Class at UW-Stevens Point at Wausau

Thursday, October 4th - 7:00-8:30 PM
The Grand Theater - Great Hall

Back by popular demand, instructors Todd and Julia Barrington from the Central Wisconsin School of Ballet will provide an hour of swing dance instruction starting at 7:00 PM  in The Grand's Great Hall. Participants will then be able to practice their new skills to the vintage-pop music of Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox!

This class is a free event for all ages and skill levels. No dance experience or partner are necessary. A $5 donation for the instructors is appreciated, but not required.

Thursday, October 11 - 5:30-6:30 PM
The Grand Theater - Great Hall

Join The Grand Theater, YWCA Wausau, and Affinity Martial Arts for a special self-defense class specifically tailored to the needs of women in our community. Instructor Jamie Sparling of Affinity Martial Arts will teach a one-hour beginner's self-defense class in the Great Hall at The Grand Theater.

Learn techniques that apply to everyday situations and are feasible for everyone, regardless of experience or skill. This class will be an informative and fun way for ladies to learn life-saving skills and build confidence!

This class is a free event for women of all ages and skill levels. Athletic attire is not necessary. A $5 donation for the instructor is appreciated, but not required.

Monday, November 5th - 3:00-5:00 PM
The Grand Theater

Never Forgotten Honor Flight, Inc. presents three Honoring Our Freedom documentaries at The Grand in celebration of Veterans Day. They will premier the documentary made with Green Bay Packers legend Gilbert Brown, Honoring Our Freedom on Mission #32, May 21, 2018. They will also show the Telly Award winning Mission #28, May 22, 2017 with NFL Hall of Famer Jerry Kramer, as well as Mission #24, May 16, 2016.

Part of the Community Engagement Series, these events are free and open to the public.

Daly's Restaurant - 7:00-9:00 PM
Tuesday, November 6th
Tuesday, February 5
Tuesday, May 14

Join The Grand Theater at Daly's for a laid-back, Broadway-themed karaoke night!

From The Music Man to Hamilton, West Side Story to Mean Girls the Musical, stop by Daly's to sing (or just hear!) all of your favorites with fellow musical theatre fans. This is a free event for all ages; no experience required! Just bring a friend, pick a favorite song from a musical, grab a drink, and be ready to sing your heart out!

Monday, January 14th - 4:30-5:30 PM
Croi Croga Studio

You'll feel just like a ballerina at this Giselle-themed Total Barre fitness class!

Join The Grand at Croi Croga Studio for this intense but fun workout. We will warm up to the music of Adolphe Adam's "Giselle," and then we will tell the story of Giselle through modern day music. Train the way ballerinas do to keep your whole body in shape!

This is a free event open to the public, but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Limited space is available, so create an account and sign up for the class on Croi Croga's website now to ensure your spot!

*Please bring a yoga or fitness mat if you have one!

Friday, February 8 - 6:30-7:30 PM
The Grand Theater - Great Hall

"Let's help da hungry kids, eh?" Join The Grand, the Marathon County Hunger Coalition, and Manitowoc Minute's Charlie Berens in helping fight hunger in Marathon County by donating snack/individual size packages of non-perishable healthy snack items such as:
-Raisins/Craisins
-Fruit cups (in juice)
-Granola Bars
-Nuts or seeds

All items will be distributed to local school-based food pantries and backpack programs in Marathon County. Each person who donates will be entered into a drawing to win Manitowoc Minute merchandise!

Drop off donations on February 8, from 6:30-7:30 PM at The Grand Theater prior to Manitowoc Minute's Charlie Berens: Oh My Gosh! show, or 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM at The Grand Theater's Ricket Office.

Tuesday, February 19 - 7:00-9:00 PM
Timekeeper Distillery

Don't miss this special improv comedy workshop at Timekeeper Distillery! Wausau's own Hot Dog! Improv Comedy will be teaching improv, a form of live theatre in which the plot, characters and dialogue of a game, scene or story are made up in the moment. They will facilitate three sessions starting at 7:00, 7:30, and 8:00. Come for a session whenever you can, or stay for all three (we guarantee it won't be the same twice)!

This is a free, all-ages event that is open to the public. Donations for the instructors are appreciated, but not required. Come see how comedians like Will Ferrel, Amy Poehler, and Keegan Michael Key got their start!

Monday, March 18 - 7:00-9:00 PM
Jalapeño's Mexican Restaurante & Ba
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Join The Grand at Jalapeño's for another fun and free dance class! Let's salsa!

Instructors Todd and Julia from the Central Wisconsin School of Ballet will provide an hour of salsa instruction starting at 7:00 PM at Jalapeño's. Stay after the class to practice your new skills!

This class is a free event for all ages and all skill levels. No dance experience is necessary. A $5 donation for the instructors is appreciated, but not required.

Tuesday, May 7 - 4:00-6:00 PM
Marathon County Public Library

Before seeing Finding Neverland at The Grand, visit the library to create your own fairy jar! Children and families are invited to dress up as their favorite fairy and hear fairy stories at 4:00 PM. Then, make your own light-up fairy jar any time between 4:30 and 6:00 PM! This event is free and open to the public with no registration required.

Wednesday, May 22 - 5:00-6:00 PM
The Grand Theater

“Let’s get physical” with Croi Croga Studio for an '80s Cardio Dance class inspired by the soundtrack of Rock of Ages! Join us on the stage of the historic Grand Theater for a fun dance workout to all your favorite '80s rock hits!

This class is appropriate for all skill levels, and no equipment is required. Athletic attire and footwear are recommended (bonus points for 80s-inspired outfits!). This class is free and open to the public.

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