Going on Faith

Spring 2017

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going on faith [ spring 2017 ] 26 [ FIRESIDE DINNER THEATRE ] FORT ATKINSON, WISCONSIN In 1964, Dick and Betty Klopcic built a 60-foot-by-60-foot pyramid-shaped building in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, with a fireplace at its center. The Fireside restaurant was born. As business boomed, the couple expanded several times over the years until they eventually expanded into dinner theater. In 1978, they connected the restaurant to an adjacent building that they trans- formed into an in-the-round theater. Today, more than 50 years after opening, the Fireside comprises the origi- nal restaurant, the theater and four gift shops, all of which are still in the Klopcic family; the couple's son, Rick Klopcic, took over in 1998. The theater can seat 650 guests and offers several matinees and evening performances each week, except on Friday nights. In Wisconsin, Friday nights are fish-fry nights. "We'll serve 600 people easy," said Julie Nordeen, marketing manager who has been with the Fireside for 35 years. Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" will run through April 16, followed by "South Pacific" through June 4. "Back to the '50s," a musical revue, will be onstage until July 23 and will be followed by the original production of "Church Basement Ladies," a live musical about the "quintessential ladies that run the church," Nordeen said. "It's very Scandinavian. It's very funny." This fall, "Elvis Lives" takes the audience through the King's life, and this year's holiday production will be the musical version of "Miracle on 34th Street." The Fireside also offers a Christian concert series that features four acts a year. The Jim Brady Trio is a gospel act that will perform in May, and Southern Raised will bring its blend of Christian country, bluegrass, classical and Celtic to the stage in August. The family group The Hoppers will perform in November. www.firesidetheatre.com [ DERBY DINNER PLAYHOUSE ] CLARKSVILLE, INDIANA Just across the Ohio River from downtown Louisville, Kentucky, the Derby Dinner Playhouse in Clarksville, Indiana, is a 500-seat theater that has been entertaining guests and satisfying their appetites for more than 40 years. After wrapping up a production of "The Addams Family," "Stinky Kids the Musical" will run through April 1, followed by "Sister Act," the musical version of the movie about a Vegas singer who hides out in a nun- nery. The Derby will offer more children's theater with "Fancy Nancy the Musical" through the month of June. The Derby's annual concert series features a wide variety of performers, such as John Denver tribute art- ists and Beatles cover bands, doo-wop groups and comedy acts. The 19-piece Glenn Miller Orchestra will perform a matinee and an evening concert on June 5 featuring favorites such as "Tuxedo Junction" and "In the Mood." "How Great Thou Art" is a concert featur- ing the gospel music of Elvis Presley, with Robert Shaw and the Lonely Street Band, along with a gospel quartet. "Both of these concerts are very popular with groups, and we bring them back year after year to sold- out crowds," said marketing director Annie Myers. www.derbydinner.com The Glenn Miller Orchestra at Derby Dinner Playhouse "Million Dollar Quartet" at the Fireside Dinner Theatre Courtesy Derby Dinner Playhouse Courtesy the Fireside Dinner Theatre

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