Mission

The Mission of the Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild is to:

  • Produce a broad spectrum of high quality theatrical presentations,
  • Delight and challenge our audience,
  • Provide hands-on learning experiences in all aspects of theatre production for children and adults, and
  • Nurture and celebrate the achievements of our volunteers.

The Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild conducts itself according to the following Values:

  • Integrity - We believe that honesty, respect, and fairness are essential to everything we do.
  • Encouragement - We promote the expression of ideas, foster individual creativity and effort, and embrace the acceptance of others.
  • Cooperation - We believe collaboration, inclusiveness, and teamwork are vital for a quality organization and its growth.
  • Recognition - We are committed to the acknowledgment and open appreciation of all our volunteers.
  • Enjoyment - Our success is dependent on an atmosphere which is fun, friendly, comfortable, and openly positive for everyone.

CVTG is a nonprofit organization, governed by a board of directors and bylaws. Voting privileges at the annual membership meeting are granted to all season ticket holders. Members also receive a monthly newsletter, enjoy priority seating and first invitations to special events, and have reduced rates over single show prices.

CVTG welcomes your questions and feedback. Call or write to get on the newsletter mailing list.

Volunteer

The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away!

We can help you find your gifts and use them to give back to your community through volunteering with the Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild (CVTG).

There are many opportunities available, including: Actors, Singers, Dancers, Musicians, Piano Accompanists, Music Directors, Conductors, Carpenters, Painters, Set Designers, Costumers, Sewers, Sound Technicians, Lighting Designers, Spotlight Operators, Backstage Crews, Ushers, Box Office Help, just to name a few.

No experience is necessary because training sessions will be provided as well as opportunities to shadow current volunteers. We encourage you to try anything and everything that interests you and that sparks your creativitiy! Come and join our wonderful extended family, we'd love to have you!

If you want to have fun, meet new people, have a home away from home, and are interested in using your skills and talents or in learning a new skill, please email our Volunteer Coordinator, Angie Alexander at angiekalexander@hotmail.com , or call the Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild office at 715-832-7529.

History

Over the years, many attempts were made to form a lasting community theatre in the Chippewa Valley area. On May 19, 1981, a wonderful thing happened. Fifty people showed up at Eau Claire Parks and Rec building, and with $60 from passing the hat, the Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild was born.

In the beginning, rehearsals, meetings, set building, props and costume storage all happened at Parks & Rec. The newly formed Theatre Guild performed its first production, Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera, The Mikado , in the old Junior High Auditorium. Beginning with the first full season in 1982, the Theatre Guild spent many years performing at a local high school. As their volunteer and subscriber base expanded, the organization needed to find a new home. In 1988, office and scenic construction space was rented in the new Eau Claire Regional Arts Center and the Guild began performing on the State Theatre stage. Since then, the Guild has also performed at a handful of other venues.

Each spring, the Theatre Guild awards scholarships to high schoolers and college students pursuing degrees in theatre and music. For the past 16 years, The Golden Trunk Players, a volunteer high school theatre troupe of the Guild, has entertained children and their families in the form of stories, songs and skits. They perform at local libraries, daycares and area events throughout the summer.

In 2001, the Guild established a Summer Youth Drama Camp -- a series of acting classes, dancing and technical theatre classes for children, ages 4-18. The organization also expanded their education offerings with a High School Shakespeare Workshop in partnership with the UW-Eau Claire. The workshop is designed to give students the chance to explore the language of the Elizabethans, to learn how to interpret and perform Shakespeare, and the opportunity to design the elements of a classic Shakespeare play.

In 2005, the Guild purchased an old Salvation Army building and converted it to a facility housing office space, a box office, rehearsal space, kitchen, and a small performance venue. The new “Season on the Grand” opened in 2006 with the classic American tale, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow . The Theatre Guild now produces a variety of large and small musicals, drama, children’s shows, family productions, interactive plays, and special events.

In recent years, large prop storage and set construction has taken place in Building 17 of Banbury Place on Galloway Street.

Past Shows

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2016
2015
2014

2013

They're Playing Our Song – The Dixie Swim Club – Urinetown – Avenue Q – Seussical

2012

Nunset Boulevard – The Odd Couple – Gypsy – The Wizard Of Oz – Rumpelstiltskin – Much Ado About Nothing – Lombardi – Thoroughly Modern Millie – Proof – White Christmas

2011

Nunsense – Same Time Next Year – The Producers – The King And I – Puss 'N Boots – Julius Caesar – South Pacific – Spitfire Grill – It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

2010

Barefoot In The Park – Midlife The Crisis Musical – Vanities – Kiss Me Kate – Fairy Tale Ball – Cinderella – Hansel And Gretel – Comedy Of Errors – 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee – Sweeney Todd – Lost In Yonkers – White Christmas

2009

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof – Sylvia – Anything Goes – Willie Wonka – The Hobbit – Twelfth Night – Always Patsy Cline – Chicago – Heroes – Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol

2008

Brighton Beach Memoirs – I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change – The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks – A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum – Awesome 80's Prom – Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – Stuart Little – MacBeth – The Rocky Horror Show – My Fair Lady – Tuesdays With Morrie – Nuncrackers – A Christmas Carol

2007

The Diary Of Anne Frank – The Cemetery Club – Good News – Cheap Theatrics – Awesome 80's Prom – Charlotte's Web – As You Like It – Cabaret – Over The River And Through The Woods – Farndale Christmas Carol

2006

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest – I Do, I Do – Silver Anniversary Gala – Jesus Christ Superstar – The Mikado – Tales From Hans Christian Andersen – The Tempest – Cats – The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow – Nunsensations

2005

Arsenic And Old Lace – Finnegan's Farewell – West Side Story – Ozma of Oz – A Midsummer Night's Dream – The Sound Of Music – A Christmas Story

2004

On Golden Pond – Guys And Dolls – Wit – Bye Bye Birdie – Finnegan's Farewell – Robin Hood – Mame – The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

2003

You Can't Take It With You – A Night To Remember – Damn Yankees – Barnum – The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe – Hello Dolly – Babes In Toyland

2002

Steel Magnolias – Drama Camp – Tony And Tina's Wedding – Funny Girl – Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – Pinocchio – Into The Woods

2001

Greta's Song – Pump Boys And Dinettes – Oliver! – Tony And Tina's Wedding – The Hobbit – The Music Man

2000

Charley's Aunt – Tony And Tina's Wedding – Golden Trunk Players – Fiddler On The Roof

1999

Rumors – Meet Me In Saint Louis – Noye's Fludde – Golden Trunk Players – Annie – Pumpkin Patch Trail of Terror

1998

Deathtrap – Godspell – Golden Trunk Players – My Fair Lady – Pumpkin Patch Trail of Terror – A Christmas Carol

1997

Messengers – Lost In Yonkers – The Secret Garden – Golden Trunk Players – South Pacific – The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

1996

Arsenic And Old Lace – Phantom – Golden Trunk Players – Oklahoma! – A Christmas Carol

1995

Eleemosynary – The Foreigner – A Midsummer's Night Dream – Music In The Closet – Golden Trunk Players – Gypsy

1994

Wading For Cadott – Noises Off – Jesus Christ Superstar – The Guardian Human – Golden Trunk Players – Anything Goes – A Christmas Carol

1993

K2 – Lend Me A Tenor – Brigadoon – The Sound Of Music

1992

The Odd Couple – Postcards – Little Shop Of Horrors – Noye's Fludde – Guys And Dolls – A Christmas Carol

1991

Celebration – Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf – Man Of La Mancha – Nunsense – Camelot

1990

The Trip To Bountiful – I Never Sang For My Father – The Pirates Of Penzance – Hello Dolly! – Wait Until Dark

1989

Diary Of Anne Frank – The Mystery Of Edwin Drood – The King And I

1988

Mousetrap – 'Night Mother – Cinderella – My Fair Lady

1987

Blithe Spirit – A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum – Fiddler On The Roof

1986

The Gin Game – Mame – The Sound Of Music

1985

Veronica's Room – Little Mary Sunshine – The Music Man – The Miracle Worker

1984

Agnes Of God – Ruddigore – Carousel – You Can't Take It With You

1983

Ten Little Indians – The Fantasticks – Oliver! – The Curious Savage

1982

The Matchmaker – Oklahoma!

1981

The Mikado