Performing Arts

Theater • Dance • Music • Comedy • Storytelling

Four years ago, Bryan abandoned his labor of love, a newspaper for truckers. Now he’s returned – with no word of where he’s been – and things have changed. His former lover is filled with rage, his new coworker is filled with incessant adoration, and his paper is filled with personal ads.
Aug. 19 – 21 – 7:30pm
Aug. 22 – 2:00pm
Aug. 26 – 28 – 7:30pm,
Aug. 29 – 2:00pm

2021-22 Season Opener in the Newly Renovated, Dayton Theater




Produced by the Pump House Regional Arts Center

Directed by Anne Drektrah



Friday, September 17, 2021 – 7:30 pm

Saturday, September 18, 2021 – 7:30 pm

Sunday, September 19, 2021 – 2 pm

Cast Members: Diane Breeser, Mary Leonard, Nancy Noelke, Jean Saladino, Ellen Ullsvig, Terry Visger, and Lynn West


Friday, September 24, 2021 – 7:30 pm

Saturday, September 25, 2021 – 7:30 pm

Sunday, September 26, 2021 – 2 pm

Cast Members: Susan Fox, Diane Foust, Mary Lansing, Dominique Luecke, and Emily Ware


*If you had tickets to the March 2020, postponed performance of Love, Loss and What I Wore, please call the Pump House (608-785-1434) to reserve your seat at the September 2021 rescheduled performance.  Thank you!

Love, Loss, and What I Wore | Writing Contest

Love, Loss, and What I Wore, a play written by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron, tells stories that will delight and astonish you with a collection of stories about women, relationships, and how clothes become significant in some of life’s memorable moments. These sincere stories contain moments that all of our hearts warmly resonate with.

We invite you to write an essay sharing your own memory of love, loss, and most importantly, what was worn. Entries will be judged based on creativity, quality of writing, and stage adaptability. Essays will be sent as blind submissions to jurors and winning entries will be read on stage by a cast member at one of the performances. The winning submissions will receive 2 free tickets to this performance. The Pump House will also share the winning essays on Instagram and Facebook.

This is a continued call to writers from last year, as the 2020 performances were rescheduled to this September 2021. Submissions from the 2020 theme–evolution of style during a pandemic–will be included in this year’s contest. 

Submissions are due: Monday, Sept. 6th 

Email entries or questions (with subject line “Call for Writers”) to: 


Writing contest short overview and guidelines:

  • Theme: Share a story of your own memory of love, loss, and most importantly, what was worn.
  • Word Limit: 600 to 1,000 words
  • Entries will be judged on creativity, quality of writing, and stage adaptability.
  • Winner(s) will be announced on Sept. 13, 2022.
  • Winning essays will be read on either the Sept. 19th or Sept. 26th performance.
  • Winners will also receive two free tickets to the stage performance of their essay.


Willy Porter Concert

Willy plays rhythms that make me want to crawl inside his guitar and sleep there forever.
— Tori Amos

Porter accentuates well – rendered tales with spit – fire – percussive acoustic guitar strumming and fiery color – chord picking.
— Billboard

Willy Porter continues on a musical and personal odyssey spanning over two decades, 11 albums, and multiple continents. His journey has been defined by an inquisitive love for humanity and the language that describes what we all hold to be true. Porter’s songs weave a universal perspective about the questions, struggles, and triumphs of human existence. His live shows are guitar-driven grit, soul, silence and muscle– at times electrifying, dynamic, and unique in the way that Porter’s voice blends and fuses with his fret work.

Performance on Sat. Oct. 23, 2021

Past Events

Tickets available at the Pump House Regional Arts Center

Call 608-785-1434 or order online

All Performances are at the Pump House Regional Arts Center, newly renovated theater!

Fri. July 23 – Tales of the Creepy & Scary: Tickets $8/person or $15 for a family of 6 (in the same household)

Door open at 6:00 pm

Emcee is Cruella aka Diane Breeser

6:40 pm: Stories for all ages

7:30 pm: Intermission

7:40 pm: Stories that are a bit scarier to very chilling


Sat. July 24 – All performances are at the Pump House Regional Arts Center

Morning Children’s Performances:  10:30 am-1:50 pm

FREE FOR ALL** (ticket/registration required)

Doors Open at 10 am

Emcee Kay Weeden

10:30-11:00 am: Hans Meyer

11:05-11:50 am: Isiah Foster

11:55-12:15 am: Activities

12:20-1:05 pm: Bill Lepp, Featured Storyteller

1:10-1:40 pm: Activities

1:45-1:50 pm: Children’s Performance from Activities

**Thank you for Arla and John Clements for the sponsorship of free tickets for all


Sat. July 24 – Afternoon Multi-age Performances: 1:50-5:15pm

$10/person, Children 12 and under FREE (ticket/registration required)

Emcee August Rupreccht

1:50-2:10 pm: Intermission– music by Ariane Lydon

2:10-3:00 pm: Kevin Kling

3:00-3:15 pm: Intermission- music by Ariane Lydon

3:15-3:30 pm: August Ruprecht (emcee and teller)

3:30-4:15 pm: Kim Weitkamp

4:15-4:30 pm: Intermission- music by Ariane Lydon

4:30-5:15 pm: Bill Lepp


Sat. July 24 – Night Performances: $15/person: 5:30-9:40 pm 

Emcee Michael Scott

5:30-6:30 pm LUNA Story Slam 

6:30-9:40 pm Adult Cabaret 

6:30-6:40 pm: Kao Xiong                                                   6:30-6:40

6:45-7:30 pm: Kim Weitkamp                                           6:45-7:30

7:35-7:45 pm: Luna Story Slam Winner                          7:35-7:40

7:40-8:00 pm Intermission, Silent auction ends at 8:00

8:00-8:45 pm Bil Lepp

8:50-9:40 pm Kevin Kling

Additional information is available at



Brought to you by the Pump House Regional Arts Center,

this inaugural year of  Make Music La Crosse is a live, free, musical

celebration on June 21, 2021, the longest day of the year,

with concerts on streets, sidewalks, and parks across the city of La Crosse, WI


Visit for a full musician and location listing



Chamber Music Concert – Ensemble Druzhba

In honor of La Crosse-Dubna Friendship Association

Friday, June 25, 2021

Free to attend, donations to the musicians encouraged.

Doors Open at 6:30 pm

Concert at 7:00 pm

Ensamble Druzhba Quintet:
Michelle Elliott, violin
Busya Lugovier, viola
Derek Clark, cello
Troy Birdsong, bass
Pamela Kelly, piano

This concert celebrates two iconic masterworks of the romantic period.
The Schumann Quartet is a work that blends lyrical beauty, suppressed excitement, and joy. The Schubert “Trout” Quintet highlights his immensely popular lied “Die Forellen” (“The Trout”) in one of the five movements. It is a sunny work of pure delight.

Past Theater Performances