Theater • Dance • Music • Comedy • Storytelling
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.“
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 at 7:30 pm
Spooky Stories on a Dark Night
- Sat. Oct. 30, 2021-7:30 pm
Storyhill, from Bozeman, Montana, is a folk duo that brings infectious melodies, smart story songs, and heartbreaking harmonies together in one perfect package.
“Their sound recalls the harmonious interplay of Simon & Garfunkel and the acoustic juice of the Indigo Girls”. -Billboard
“It takes less than a minute to fall in love with Storyhill…Trading folk and rock passages back and forth a la early records by the Jayhawks, Chris Cunningham, and John Hermanson have crafted a timeless sound.” –Duluth Budgeteer News
- Friday, November 12, 2021, 7:30 pm
The Magic of Isaiah
My interest in magic began when I was given a trick at the age of 9. I learned it and used it to entertain my friends and family. I enjoyed the feeling it gave me to make people scratch their heads in wonderment. I started acquiring more magic and gaining an audience whose excitement encouraged my love for entertainment. My passion and joy continues to grow and I take pride in perfecting the art of magic. I have had the pleasure of entertaining professionally for over ten years and have performed over 1000 shows for a variety of age groups and organizations.
Magic is about the experience and I promise to give you a memorable one. I continue to keep my audiences entertained and coming back for more. I strive for excellence and work hard so my audiences are never disappointed.
- Saturday, January 8, 2022, 2:00-3:00 pm
- Saturday, February 12, 2022, 2:00-3:00 pm
- Saturday, March 12, 2022, 2:00-3:00 pm
“I don’t know who this Johnsmith guy is. But after his album crossed my desk I feel like I do. Its heartfelt, well-written songs casually slipped into my CD player and didn’t want to leave .. They mirror life, and are sung by a voice so comfortable with them that they seem like old friends’ stories that you’ve lived too. “
Johnsmith is one of those artists so often under-recognized – he possesses a genius that cannot be denied, ignored, or overlooked. For the past thirty-plus years, Johnsmith has been sharing his music all across America and abroad. He has become a favorite at festivals, clubs, and house concerts alike. In addition to being a Kerrville New Folk Winner, Johnsmith has released eight solo CDs to rave reviews, leads musical tours to Ireland, teaches songwriting, and has served as a staff songwriter in Nashville.
With his faded jeans, his twinkly blue eyes, and his infectious smile, John immediately connects with audiences. You get the sense of a man who loves his life, his family and friends, and who loves nothing more than sharing that love in song and stories all across this land.
- Friday, January 14, 2022, 7:30 pm
- Saturday, January 15, 2022, 7:30 pm
Celtic Stories and Music
Presented by the Bluff Country Tale Spinners who will be sharing a bit of the Irish and beyond with their Celtic Stories and Songs. So put on your best ‘green’ and join us for some good o’ Irish tales and music.
The Bluff Country Tale Spinners (BCTS) was started in 1999 by Dr. Phyllis Blackstone and Ms. Sara Slayton. Both these women had backgrounds in teacher education and children’s literature and an abiding interest in storytelling. Phyllis belonged to a storytelling guild when she lived on the East Coast, so when she arrived in La Crosse she searched for a comparable group. There was none, but she was given Sara’s name. Sara had been teaching a storytelling class for Extended Education. The two met and the Tale Spinners guild was created. Current members include storytellers and story listeners from all walks of life; teachers, lawyers, therapists, military personnel, toastmasters, home schoolers, forensics members, parent, grandparents, retirees, and teens.
Performance: Saturday, March 12, 2022, 7:30 pm
Moors & McCumber
Performance: Saturday, March 26, 2022, 7:30 pm
Telling Stories: A Strong Heart
A La Crosse Dance Centre and Pump House Regional Arts Center production that combines dance and spoken word.
- Friday, April 1, 2022, 7:30 pm
- Saturday, April 2, 2022, 7:30 pm
- Sunday, April 3, 2022, 2 pm
Americana flavored Gypsy Jazz on full tilt! Harmonious Wail combines the searing wit, humor and mandolin, virtuosity of vintage Jethro Burns performances, the Continental panache of Django and charm of Edith Piath inspired vocals to create a unique musical journey.
“In the Gypsy Jazz field, no one does it any better than the Madison, Wisconsin based group Harmonious Wail.” -Jazz Review
“Intense playing & sense of purpose that never wavers… a mind altering experience.” -The Washington Examiner
Performance: Saturday, April 9, 2022, 7:30 pm
Prairie Smoke-25th Anniversary Concert
The Best of Prairie Smoke ~ 25 Years of Music
The music of Prairie Smoke includes traditional American and Celtic folk music and original songs. Prairie Smoke is composed of Tom Walter on guitar, Jon Stuttgen on bass Rita Koch-Thometz on flute, Betsy Knowles on fiddle and Erin Hussey on dulcimer. Their music began with a decidedly folk flavor before being spiced up with a little Celtic charm. In time, some of their original music, truly American folk, was added to their library, giving their music a wonderfully personal touch.
Performance: Saturday, April 23, 2022, 7:30 pm
In Recognition and Honor of Anne Drecktrah
Saturday, April 30, 2022, 7:30 pm
Tickets Available Soon
La Crosse Storytelling Festival
Friday, July 22, 2022-Saturday, July 23, 2022
Tickets Available Soon
2021-22 Season Opener in the Newly
*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!
**Student and military discounted tickets available to purchase in person at the Pump House Regional Arts Center. Be prepared to show identification to receive the discount. Thank you!
***COVID-19 GUIDELINES: All theater ticket holders must show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative PCR COVID-19 test within 72 hours of a performance at the Pump House.
This production of Love, Loss, and What I Wore opens our 2021 theater season and debuts our newly renovated theater!
Love, Loss, and What I Wore is a play written by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron based on the 1995 book of the same name by Ilene Beckerman. This funny and poignant theatrical event uses clothing, accessories and the memories they trigger to tell an intimate collection of stories about relationships and wardrobes and at times the interaction of the two, using the female wardrobe as a time capsule of a woman’s life.
Produced by the Pump House Regional Arts Center
Directed by Anne Drektrah
- Thursday, September 16, 2021 – 7:30 pm
- 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 Ullsvik, Terry Visger, and Lynn West
Second Weekend Performances:
- Friday, September 24, 2021 – 7:30 pm
- Saturday, September 25, 2021 – 7:30 pm
- Sunday, September 26, 2021 – 2 pm
- Sunday, September 26, 2021 – 7:30 pm
Cast Members: Susan Fox, Diane Foust, Mary Lansing, Dominique Luecke, and Emily Ware
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.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE ESSAY CONTEST WINNERS:
- Corrine Huber, The Last Dance Dress, read on stage Sunday, 09/19/21
- Heidi Blanke, The Yellow Suit, read on stage Saturday, 09/25/21
- Carrie Massine, Our Last Snowman, read on stage Sunday, 09/26/21
- Friday, Aug. 13, 2021, 7:30 pm
- Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021, 7:30 pm
- Thursday, August 19, 2021, 7:30 pm, doors open at 6:30 pm
- Friday, August 20, 2021, 7:30pm
- Saturday, August 21, 7:30 pm
- Sunday, August 22, 2:00 pm, doors open at 1:30 pm
- Thursday, August 26, 2021, 7:30pm, doors open at 6:30 pm
- Friday, August 27, 2021, 7:30 pm
- Saturday, August 28, 2021, 7:30 pm
- Sunday, August 29, 2021, 2:00 pm, doors open at 1:30 pm
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 www.lacrossestoryfest.com
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 www.makemusicday.org/lacrosse/ 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