Theatre & Art to Warm Up this Winter

12/11/2017 - Jared Rasmussen

Arts & Culture
Winter Theatre and Arts programs in Kenosha WI
Winter Theatre and Arts programs in Kenosha WI
Winter Theatre and Arts programs in Kenosha WI

As the temperatures in Kenosha drop to below-freezing levels, it is only natural to shift one’s attention toward more indoor, centrally-heated pastimes.  Through the holidays and beyond, there are a number of festive performances to be enjoyed for a fine arts fix this winter!

Rhode Center for the Arts
Home of the Lakeside Players, this local theatre features a rotation of performance arts events each year including a full schedule of stage plays. The Lakeside Players’ Family Theatre Series presents Ramona Quimby, a play based on the books by Beverly Cleary. The final performances for this show are this weekend, December 15-17. The next production, Ed, will begin in early January. From mid-January through early-February, the Lakeside Players will perform Tony Award Winning, RENT!

Fusion / Kenosha Performing Arts Association
Fusion is a performing arts space and event venue that is home to open mic nights, comedy nights, and both local and traveling acts. This venue is supported by MAAM (Musicians Assisting Advancing Music), so it is always the place to meet and greet with local talent. Watch for the 2018 schedule to start filling up!

Brat Stop
In addition to their famous bratwursts and cheese curds, Brat Stop is also a great venue for local and traveling concert acts. Big names have rocked the stage over the years. Coming up is the Doo-Wop Daddies Christmas Party on December 16; Retroactive featuring High Roller ILL “Rocking in the Christmas” show December 23, and an Elvis impersonator on January 6.

University of Wisconsin Parkside
At the Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts & Humanities, or “The Rita” for short, visitors to the UW-Parkside campus will find a wide variety of arts and cultural events. A full theatre schedule, music department performances, and a foreign film series are among the ways to be entertained. Don’t miss the Studio of Classical Dance Arts presentation of The Story of the Nutcracker with two shows on December 16 and one on December 17.

Carthage College
Six separate event spaces make Carthage College a place for all kinds of performances by students, community theatre, and traveling acts alike. The Brahms Project – Piano Solo concert on January 11 is one of many upcoming shows. The Carthage Chamber Choir, the Carthage Wind Orchestra, and the theatre department also have a full schedule open to the community.

Kenosha Symphony Orchestra
When winter begins to melt away, the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra will return for the second half of their season. The April 14 concert will feature a celebration of Beethoven! Performing at Reuther Central High School, this group draws musicians from around the region.

There are restaurants and cafes that offer live music on a regular basis, as well as art galleries and museums that offer guest lecturers, film and travelogue events, and other performance arts opportunities. Always check the Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau calendar for updated event information and more ideas on things to do indoors during the winter months.


Jared Rasmussen

Community Blogger

Carthage College Graduate. Kenosha Resident by way of Racine.  Roommate to Allie, the cat. Living near HarborPark. Interests include art, animals, sports, music, and dining at Kenosha restaurants.