Clintonville alum joins UW-Madison troupe onstage


Grace Kirchner Leader correspondent

A Clintonville graduate will join the Wisconsin Singers, an entertainment group from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as they take the stage in the Clintonville High School (CHS) auditorium on Feb. 15 at 7 p.m.

A 2016 Clintonville High School graduate, Claire Crocker, is part of the show’s troupe. She is the daughter of Ann and Brian Crocker, and is one of 17 singer-dancers and nine band members in the on-stage ensemble.

“I am so excited about coming back to Clintonville to perform our top tier, captivating show in a familiar venue in front of family, friends and the whole community,” commented Crocker. “I am looking forward to sharing our Broadway quality show with everyone in and around Clintonville. It is, I can assure you, a show that will entertain all ages and is for music lovers of every genre and generation.”

The group will perform its 51st season show, “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now!”

The show, sponsored by the Clintonville Lions in collaboration with the CHS music department, is a 90-minute revue of top hits of American pop music from the past five decades.

Those attending the show will hear award winners from the Oscars and Tony Awards, as well as some “one hit wonders.”

The program features a big band sound with vocals, choreography, big band sound. The show also includes music by Frank Sinatra and Elton John. Also on the program will be songs from The Greatest Showman, Dear Evan Hansen, Hamilton, Pitch Perfect 3, and La La Land hits from the Grammy awards and a tribute to the Beatles.

The program will include Fifth Quarter, where Badger fans can sing along to “Varsity,” dance to “Tequila” and jam to “Jump Around.”

“We’re thrilled to be hosting the Wisconsin Singers in support of our high school music program for an upbeat, entertaining night for the whole family,” said Lowell Easley, a member of the Clintonville Lions who is coordinating the event with Ann Crocker.

Advance tickets for the show are $10 for Adults (age 19 and older) and $5 for students (age 18 and younger). A family pack for a maximum of 2 adults and 4 children living in the same household, will also be available for $25.

Tickets go on sale beginning Jan. 14. They can be purchased at B&H Fashionwear, Tadych’s EconoFoods, Clintonville High School office, and Marion Advertiser. Advance purchasing of adult and student tickets can also be done online at Advance family pack tickets can only be purchased at one of the local ticket outlets prior to the night of the show.

Tickets, if still available, will be sold at the door the night of the show, but adult and student tickets will cost $2 more each, and the special Family Pack will be $30.

Support for the show is being provided by area businesses and industries through purchase of advertising in an insert in the show’s printed program provided by the Wisconsin Singers.

“Financially it would not be possible to bring the Wisconsin Singers to Clintonville without the support of local business and industry,” said Easley.

Profits from the show will be used to support the CHS Music Department and the Clintonville Lions service projects.