PAC antidote to cultural doldrums

Rachel Hoerman

Although it’s a common complaint among Lawrence students that Appleton is a cultural wasteland, the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center is doing something to remedy that. Entering into its inaugural season, the PAC offers a varied line-up of guest speakers and performances. The schedule includes several big names and famous productions that are helping to bring a little taste of Broadway, big city, and worldly culture to the Appleton area.

The PAC features shows like the record-breaking 12-Tony Award-winning musical The Producers (Sept. 18-28) and the critically acclaimed Urinetown: The Musical (Oct. 7-12), guest performers like singer Anne Murray (Oct. 28), comedian Bill Engvall (Oct. 25), and guest speakers like the former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev (Oct. 1).

In addition to bringing popular performers and famous people from around the world, the 2,100-seat PAC also serves as a support center for local performing artists and as an educational center for the community.

It houses several conference rooms available to everyone from area schools to area businesses, and it offers interactive and educational programming tailored to schoolchildren from kindergarten to the 12th grade, as well as sessions for adults.

Ticket information and the full schedule of events at the PAC are available from the PAC website at, or by calling (920)730-3760.