Cold Days, Hot Fun

1/5/2018 - Nancy Davies

Arts & Culture
Hot entertainment makes for plenty of Kenosha Fun on Cold Days!

Winter weather makes us all want to hibernate; after all, as I write this it’s currently zero-degrees outside. Yet, there’s no reason to hide from the cold or stay glued to the TV. Kenosha has several places where you can stay warm and enjoy a little live entertainment. So, even if the weather outside is frightful and the fire is so delightful, venture out to these recommended hot spots. You’ll be glad you did!

The Rhode Center for the Arts is home to the Lakeside Players, Kenosha’s own community theatre troupe. This historical building is a beauty - the space has two theatres, one for larger productions; the other for children’s theatre and other smaller shows. I’ve graced their mainstage a few times. Who can forget my tour de force a few years ago as Miss Hannigan in the stage classic Annie? Everyone? Ok, moving on. Here’s what’s on the schedule for the remainder of the Rhode winter season:

ED – Part of the Lakeside Players “Stage Noir” series, this show tackles the topic of eating disorders through the lens of a group of young girls in treatment, especially 15-year-old Spencer, who faces her demons through her passion for writing. Show dates: January 5th – 7th.

Rent - Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Rent has become a pop cultural phenomenon, with songs that rock and a story that stands the test of time. This show will get your toes tapping and will also tug at your heart strings. Show dates: January 19th – February 3rd.

Nestled against the (possibly frozen) lake, Carthage College offers quality student theatre, music and dance performances.  On February 11 there’s the Carthage Choir Return Home Concert. Where were they you ask? The choir performed in venues across Europe, with stops that included Slovenia, Hungary, and Italy. Lucky you having to travel only a short distance take in this free concert. Yes, I did say free.

Then on February 15, the Chamber Music Series presents VOCES8, a British vocal ensemble recognized as one of the most versatile and well-loved vocal groups worldwide. Having toured internationally, this performance group covers a range of musical genres, performing everything from Renaissance masses to arrangements of contemporary pop songs. They’ve even released chart-topping original albums. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (55+), and $5 for students.

When searching for a place to get out from the cold, don’t overlook Fusion, run by Kenosha Performing Arts Association. This intimate performance space, with seating for 80, holds in the heat by showcasing local and regional talent in performances of varying types. One night you may laugh along with standup comedy, another night watch a play, or even see a puppet show. There are plenty of music nights, too, along with Tipsy Tuesday Open Mic nights. In fact, their performance variety is only limited to what people want to express on stage so you’ll always see something a bit different than the time before. Fusion is finally the right venue to break out my futuristic one-woman show I wrote in middle school, “Nancy: The Space Traveling Volleyball Champion – A Show in Four Acts.” It will be award winning, I’m sure. Just kidding.

This is but a few of the performing arts that can be found around Kenosha – certainly enough to entice you to bundle up, make the journey, and enjoy the talent that abounds here in SE Wisconsin. For more ideas on upcoming productions and events that are happening in the Kenosha Area, check out the Visit Kenosha Calendar of Events!


Nancy Davies

Community Blogger

A Kenosha County transplant 10+ yrs. ago, Nancy and her husband love the friendly, beautiful atmosphere of Kenosha. Enjoying finding the hidden gems of the area, she also enjoys being by the lake!