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'Once Upon a Mattress' March 9-31

"Once Upon a Mattress," a fractured fairy tale musical comedy with music by Mary Rogers, lyrics by Marshall Barer, and the book by Jay Thompson, Barer, and Dean Fuller, will be performed March 9-31 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. as well as Sundays at 2 p.m.

The show takes a tongue-in-cheek look at "The Princess and the Pea." Princess Winifred arrives at Prince Dauntless the Drab's castle, hoping for the hand of the prince. His mother, Queen Agravain, insists that her son can only marry a princess of true blood — one that can feel a pea that is underneath a pile of mattresses.

Tickets are $27 for adults and $20 for students of any age, with a $2 discount for seniors on the Sunday matinees.

The Phipps Choral Society performs

The Phipps Choral Society, under the direction of Thomas Dahle, will perform Schubert's Mass in G on Palm Sunday, March 25 at 2 p.m. at Bethel Lutheran Church, 920 Third St., Hudson.

Schubert's Mass in G is considered the most lyrical and accessible of his numerous settings of the liturgical text. Professional soloists are Angela Grundstad, soprano; Zachary Colby, tenor; and James Bohn, baritone. A chamber orchestra will accompany the choir and soloists.

Concertmaster Michál Sobieski will be featured in the "Spring" concerto from Vivaldi's "The Seasons." Other selections include "Agnus Dei," from Benjamin Britten's War Requiem; "The Ground," by Ola Gjeilo; "Laudate Dominum," by Mozart; and "Winter Song," by Paul Halley.

General admission tickets are $24 for adults and $17 for students and youth.

The Phipps dance companies

The Phipps Dance Company will perform a variety of styles, including ballet, musical theater, lyrical, jazz, hip-hop and contemporary dance on Friday and Saturday, April 13 and 14 at 7 p.m. as well as Sunday, April 15 at 2 p.m.

The company is a non-competitive performing dance troupe led by director Christina Leines and associate director Stephanie Campbell celebrating its 13th season with showcase performances on the main stage. In addition to choreography by directors Leines and Campbell, the company is welcoming guest choreographers Penelope Freeh, Zoe Henrot, J- Sun, Mackenzie Lewis, and Jennifer Pray for their 2017-2018 season.

The Phipps Junior Dance Company, led by director Mackenzie Lewis and associate director Greta Lewis, will also perform. For dancers ages 9 to 13 years old, this company prepares members for their future with The Phipps Dance Company and beyond.

Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for students of all ages.

Ballroom dance parties

Ballroom dance parties are offered the first and third Saturday of every month October-May, and on the third Saturday of every month June-September, from 7-10 p.m. in the dance studio.

Tom Larson will offer a dance lesson during the first hour. The foxtrot and swing will be taught on March 17. This is an opportunity to have fun trying out new dance skills in a relaxed and comfortable environment. Dancers of all experience levels are welcome. Admission is $12 per person.

Larson has taught at The Phipps since 2003 and owns the Ballroom and Wedding Dance Studio in Minneapolis. He performed for five seasons with The Continental Ballet Company.

Theater classes

Theater classes for students in first through sixth grade will be offered on four Saturday mornings, April 7-28.

"Mother Goose on the Loose!" for students in first through third grade, will be offered from 9-10 a.m. Participants will learn the basics of creative dramatics through movement, voice, and their active imaginations. Using the familiar fairy tales of "Mother Goose" as source material, young actors will create their own unique story based on these adventures. The final class will include a presentation of skills learned for family and friends. The fee is $47.

"Mental Floss Improv Class," for students in fourth through sixth grade, will be offered from 10:15-11:30 a.m. This energetic class will lead students through the controlled chaos world of improvisation. Participants will learn the basics of storytelling through theater games and explore the use of movement and voice to create distinctive characters. Young actors will be guided to develop their own unique story. The final class will include a presentation of skills learned for family and friends. The fee is $59.

Summer theater camps

Two new theater camps culminating in productions for public audiences will be offered this summer.

"Porridgegate" Theater Camp, for students entering grades 7-9, will be offered by Tami Provencher Monday-Friday, July 9-20, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Campers will learn and experience vocal and physical theater skills and techniques as they rehearse and perform "Porridgegate," a fractured fairytale comedy. Goldie Locks has been arrested for stealing Ursula Bear's bowl of porridge, but is she guilty or was she framed? It will take the crack investigative reporting of Woodsman and Bernadette, along with some help from a top-secret source, to unravel the biggest scandal in the history of Wychwood-under-Ooze. The play will be performed for the public on Friday, July 20 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday, July 21 at 2 p.m., and Sunday, July 22 at 2 p.m. Students should bring a bag lunch each day. The class fee is $379, and the maximum enrollment is 23.

"Cinderella: A Dream Come True" Theater Camp, for students entering grades 5 and 6, will be offered by Charles Fraser on Monday-Friday, July 30 - Aug. 10, 9 a.m.-noon each day. Campers will rehearse and perform a small production of "Cinderella." With joyful guidance, children will be encouraged to explore personal creativity, receive rigorous instruction on focus-building skills, and learn to work as an ensemble. A pizza party will follow the final Thursday class, just before the performance that afternoon. The play will be performed for the public on Thursday, Aug. 9 at 1:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 10 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 11 at 2 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 12 at 2 p.m. The class fee is $379, and the maximum enrollment is 24.

Tai chi classes

Tai chi classes continue on Thursdays from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Classes are ongoing and may be taken at any time. Punch-cards may be purchased for $100 per eight classes and are good for four months.

Voice lessons

Tony Holt, a former member of the King's Singers, offers private voice lessons for ages 11 through adult on Thursdays.

Holt, a native Londoner, was a boy chorister at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth. He was a choir member of Christ Church, Oxford, as well as Chichester Cathedral and St. Paul's Cathedral. Holt was then a soloist and chorus member of the Monteverdi Choir and the BBC Singers. For 18 years he toured and recorded as first baritone with the King's Singers.

His lessons concentrate on singing in a healthy way, and enjoying a repertoire that can range from Bach to Broadway. He encourages singers to perform without tension, to communicate well, and to enjoy their singing.

The fee is $30 per 30-minute lesson. For further information, contact the center at 715-386-2305.

Private flute and piano lessons

Private flute and piano instruction for ages five through adults is available on Fridays.

Sue Christian, a K-12 music education graduate of Luther College, has taught privately since she was 16. One of her favorite teaching opportunities is that of the Hudson Middle School Band Camp, at which she works with budding young flutists.

Christian also has extensive experience in accompanying soloists and ensembles as a collaborating pianist in college-level recitals as well as festivals in area schools. In addition, she accompanied The Phipps Festival Chorus and The Phipps Oratorio Society for numerous years.

If interested in a free trial lesson in either flute, piano, or both, contact The Phipps at 715-386-2305.

Private violin lessons

Private violin lessons for students ages seven through adult will be offered throughout the year by Sarah Bertsch. She has taught violin and coached ensembles for over 20 years and received her M.A. from St. John's University and her B.A. from St. Olaf College. For further information, contact Bertsch at 715-381-5735.

Ceramics artists' workshop and demo March 24

A workshop/demonstration with Casey Beck, Ani Kasten, Emily Romens, Lisa Vang, and Marjorie Wade will be held on Saturday, March 24, from 1-5 p.m.

Ceramic appreciators, artists, and students of all skill levels are encouraged to attend. This event is a unique opportunity to interact with three artists living and working in the St. Croix River Valley who are featured in the 2017-18 exhibition series "Earth and Water: Ceramic Art in the St. Croix Valley," a partnership with Northern Clay Center (NCC).

Artists will talk about their work, influences, and background, and each will demonstrate a technique they have developed to make their work. The afternoon will conclude with a tour of Marjorie Wade's "Earth and Water" exhibit, which will be on view in the Atrium Gallery through April 8.

Participants are encouraged to bring questions and sketchbooks. Refreshments will be served. This event is co-sponsored by NCC and is free and open to the public.

Photography workshop

"Landscape Light: Capturing the Heart of the River," a three-day photography workshop with John Gregor, will be held Friday-Sunday, April 20-22.

This workshop combines 50 percent of the time in the field with 50 percent of the time in the classroom. Field shoots will provide the subject matter for daily studio sessions in which the instructor will demonstrate post-processing techniques using Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom. Field instruction will explore the concepts of choosing a vantage point for a landscape, capturing place, proper camera technique for printmaking, using filters to expand dynamic range, and much more. Classroom discussions will include issues related to print resolution, color space, using ICC Print Profiles, paper/media selection, image sharpening for print output, and editorial post-processing manipulation.

Each participant will work on their own images and have the opportunity to make several 8×10 test prints and a single 12×18 finished exhibition-quality fine art print that evokes the photographer's excitement and vision as first experienced in the field. Throughout the workshop, the instructor will combine field exercises and technical demonstrations with group critiques and one-on-one instruction, resulting in participants' increased understanding and enjoyment of photography, the creative process, and the natural world.

The workshop fee is $375.

Birthday parties

Parents are encouraged to celebrate their child's birthday at The Phipps Center for the Arts.

Your child and guests will work with clay to create bowls, cups, and small sculptures. Children ages 7 and older will have a chance on the pottery wheel, too. The pottery will be ready to pick up within two weeks after the party.

The party fee is $218 for up to 9 participants, $24 for each additional participant. The fee includes all materials and clean-up, one to two hours of working the Ceramics Studio, one hour for snacks and gift opening, plus a behind-the-scenes tour of The Phipps (theater production schedule permitting).

To schedule a Ceramics Studio birthday party, contact Anastasia Shartin, 715-386-2305, ext. 103 or


The Western Wisconsin Photography Club meets the first Wednesday of every month, except December. The club often has special meetings at other times during the month to accommodate speaker schedules and hands-on photo opportunities. Photographers of all levels of ability and experience are invited to these meetings. For more details about upcoming programs and events visit

Healing arts at Hudson Hospital and Clinic

Current artists on view are Laura Burlis (Minneapolis), Kurt Devine (Minneapolis), Calvin Fought IV (Toledo, Ohio), Jennifer Raskob Kranz (Hastings, Minn.), a variety of works from the Minnesota Mosaic Guild (various artists), Monica Rudquist (Minneapolis), and Brian Sikes (New Richmond). Other exhibiting artists include Rebecca Campbell (Ashland), Jaron Childs (Rhinelander), Tracy Frizzell (Minneapolis), Dan Mackerman (Lauderdale, Minn.), Angie Malin (Stillwater, Minn.), and Jo Reagan Schanno (St. Paul).

Artwork can be viewed during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Maps are available at both information desks to help find artists' work.

Healing Arts at Westfields Hospital and Clinic

Current artists on view are Taylor Berman, Doug Garder and Gary Horky. Artwork can be viewed during regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Application open for Spirit of the St. Croix Art Festival

Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Spirit of the St. Croix Art Festival, organized by The Phipps Center for the Arts and the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism. This juried art fair features 90 artists with fine art and traditional crafts for sale and draws over 8,000 visitors. This year's event will take place Saturday and Sunday, September 22 and 23, in Lakefront Park, Hudson, Wis.

The initial application deadline is March 1. The second deadline is May 1. Applications received after this date will be considered until the fair is full.

An application is available at

Call for artists for 50th anniversary of Wild and Scenic Rivers Act

The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson is seeking work in all media to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act and of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. This juried show, "Heart of the River," will be on view in The Galleries Sept. 14 through Oct. 21, 2018. The submission deadline is July 1. Submission guidelines can be found at by searching "Heart of the River."

In partnership with the St. Croix River Association, The Phipps encourages artists nationwide to submit work for "Heart of the River" that expresses the significance of the riverway in their lives, and communicates that connection through unique depictions, interpretations, impressions, memories, and hopes for the future.

Entries sought for area high school art exhibit

All high school-age students from Western Wisconsin and Eastern Minnesota are invited to submit one recent original work of art in any media — drawing, painting, collage, photography, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, or other fine crafts — for display in the Annual Area High School Art Exhibition, which will run April 13-May 6 in The Galleries of The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wis. A closing reception will be held on Sunday, May 6, from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

All submissions must meet the specified guidelines and be dropped off at The Phipps on Tuesday or Wednesday, April 10 or 11, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Entry forms with submission guidelines can be downloaded at Student artists should follow the guidelines closely when preparing work to be submitted.