The Proud Papa Speaks

I noticed that they showed a movie at Stewart Park this past Sunday.  Unfortunately, I was unable to attend, but it did remind me of a conversation I had last week.

I was saying to Chris that Stewart Park is one of the great underutilized resources here in Wausau.  It really is a wonderful place for outdoor performances.  Tammy from the City Pages mentioned at the Concert on the Square last week that those concerts were originally in Stewart Park.  I do remember that, I saw the Reptile Palace Orchestra there for the first time.

It is sad that it is underutilized and even more sad that the reason is that there is no parking.  Sigh.  If only we could walk a couple of blocks with a lawn chair!

However, this Thursday there is a terrific reason to take that lawn chair hike.  Every summer the Central Wisconsin School of Ballet puts on their summer performance at Stewart Park.  And I have to tell you, it is usually fantastic!  In the interest of full disclosure I have to say that my daughter has a minor part in the performance, so I might be a little biased.

The show, however, is usually the best of the year for the Ballet School — and I say that with some trepidation.  Yes, they put on a fantastic Nutcracker every Christmas.  Thriller is always a lot of fun.  And the Storybook Weekend is a true Wausau event.  But as wonderful as those shows are, they are a bit limited by their format.  In the summer show all things are possible.

Each summer the school brings in teachers and choreagraphers from around the country and the world.  The results of their work can be seen at the Stewart Park show.  The dances are often wonderful inventive, can be deeply moving and are always entertaining.  It really is one of the best kept secrets of Camp Wausau.

And oh yes, you are welcome to come see it!  It’s free, lots of people come out so no one will notice that you don’t have a daughter, cousin or nephew dancing.  So don’t put away your lawn chair after the Concert on the Square tonight, hike on up to Stewart Park around 6 pm tomorrow and bring a picnic and enjoy the best dance show of the year.

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