Taking the Stage

Taking the Stage

“I am confused by life and I feel safe within the confines of the theatre.”
-Helen Hayes

Remember Helen Hayes? Decades before Meryl Streep, there was Helen Hayes, a classically trained actress known as the First Lady of American Theater. Her career spanned over 80 years.

Truer words were never spoken than these by Ms. Hayes. For the past 19 months it’s been tough to feel safe anywhere outside the confines of these beautiful buildings we call home.
If you, (like Ms. Hayes), feel safe in a theater, you’re in for a treat. Live theater, music and dance are back in Milwaukee. Our East Side location offers great access to the arts. So, we’ve curated a few events to get you excited about sitting in an audience again. The arts community and the City of Milwaukee take Covid very seriously. Audience members are either fully vaxxed or they must present a negative Covid test. Masks are required at indoor performances.

Last spring, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra opened the doors to an amazing new building, the Bradley Symphony Center. After a total renovation, theater fans might still recognize some of the historic features of the former Warner Grand Theater. The transformation of an old theater into a new state of the art performance hall is impressive. On Milwaukee took a sneak peek back in March and this facility does not disappoint. It’s even more gorgeous in person. And the musicians? Well, Giannis and Aaron Rodgers should move over and make room for another local MVP. Conductor Ken David Masur is a superstar in the music world and we’re fortunate to have him in our own backyard. Eastcastle Place will be visiting the symphony in their new space soon. Stay tuned for further information about your chance to be in the room where it happens.

Since the Marcus Center is only a short drive from here, we’ll take in two highly acclaimed dance performances. Join us in November for a fantastic evening of modern dance. Pilobolus is bringing their unique style and athleticism to Milwaukee and we’ll be there to enjoy this innovative, powerful group of dancers.

You’ve probably heard of Alvin Ailey but if you haven’t seen them, you’re in for a treat. According to the Marcus Center’s web description, this world-famous company uses, “African American spirituals, song-sermons, gospel songs and holy blues, Alvin Ailey’s Revelations fervently explores the places of deepest grief and holiest joy in the soul.”

Get ready to get cultured when Eastcastle Place goes back to enjoying live music and dance performances. Stay tuned for registration information and start thinking about what you’ll wear because you won’t want to miss these events.