Growing up in Wisconsin stories shared at UW-S


FALL’S PALETTE paints the shoreline of Elkhart Lake in a year when reds came and went quickly but hues of yellow and gold remained strong to the end. --Photo by Les Tension FALL’S PALETTE paints the shoreline of Elkhart Lake in a year when reds came and went quickly but hues of yellow and gold remained strong to the end. --Photo by Les Tension The University of Wisconsin Sheboygan Foundation has announced one of the biggest on-campus events in its history – an appearance by popular PBS show host, actor and writer John McGivern at the UW-Sheboygan Fine Arts Theatre on Friday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m.

McGivern, who has hosted the popular PBS program “Around the Corner with John McGivern” for six seasons, will take to the stage at the intimate UW-Sheboygan Fine Arts Theatre for the very first time to serve up holiday stories from his Wisconsin childhood growing up in an Irish Catholic family.

The show promises to recall an age of innocence bounded by snow days and Thanksgiving dinners, handcrafted Christmas toys, trees purchased at the Odd-Lot- Tree-Lot, the Milwaukee Journal Calendar Christmas gift, New Year’s Eve in the finished basement and life in the McGivern household during the most cherished time of the year.


JOHN McGIVERN JOHN McGIVERN A noted actor and writer, McGivern’s film credits included Disney’s “The Princess Diaries.” He has also appeared in numerous one-man and ensemble stage shows, as well as performing stand-up comedy at venues throughout the United States.

Presented by the UW-Sheboygan Foundation, proceeds from McGivern’s appearance will go to support UW Sheboygan students and the school’s Fine Arts programs.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring John to UW-Sheboygan for the first time for this very special performance,” Olivier said. “As a Wisconsin native and through hosting ‘Around the Corner’ on PBS, John has a huge following in the area. He has been doing this show around the state for years to big audiences. I encourage people to get their tickets early to make sure they don’t miss out on what promises to be a very memorable night.”

Prior to the alignment announcement, UW-Sheboygan had been focusing on a plan to upgrade the fine arts building, which led to the booking of McGivern’s appearance. “We have been planning a Fine Arts Theatre renovation project to enhance and upgrade the theater and music rooms and the John McGivern show as to be part of our efforts to make that happen,” Olivier said. “With the changes that are being proposed, there are a lot of things still up in the air.

“However, the John Mc- Givern show will still support the Fine Arts program on our campus and the money raised will be directed to that outstanding and very important part of our the educational and enrichment experience at UW-Sheboygan,” she said.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and the theater opens at 7 p.m.


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