Erika Quam Memorial Theatre

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Get ready to experience Rome like you've never seen it before!  The Shell Lake Arts Center's Erika Quam Memorial Theatre is proud to announce the upcoming production of The Last Gladiator March 13-15, 2020!  The play will feature twenty-three Shell Lake High School students and will be directed by Laurie Bakkum. 

The Last Gladiator is full of clever plot twists, fast-paced dialogue, and lots of humor.  While the emperor is away at war with almost all the senators and other men of the city, playful peasant thieves ransack the market place, the annoying senators’ wives invent silly promotions to raise war-time funds and the princess searches in vain for a husband.  If she can’t find a suitable match, her father has decreed she must marry the last gladiator standing in the upcoming games, which is the last thing this headstrong, intelligent feminist leader wants!  Find out who is left standing (and who is sent packing!) in this side-splitting comedy.

Performances will be on March 13th at 7:00 PM, March 14th at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM and on March 15th at 2:00 PM.  Tickets to the show are $5/person, and seating is limited.  To reserve your tickets, please call The Erika Quam Memorial Theatre at 715-468-2414 and leave a message with the information requested, or email  Stay tuned for online ordering options coming soon!

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605 1st Street
Shell Lake, WI 54871
The Shell Lake Arts Center and Theatre in the Woods are pleased to announce their merger effective October 1st, 2019.  Founded in 1967 and 1990 respectively, Shell Lake Arts Center (SLAC) and Theatre in the Woods (TITW) have over 80 years of providing creative arts education and enrichment experiences to youth and adults. 
After 29 years, the TITW Board of Directors found itself in a position where all current members were retiring, and without anyone expressing interest to replace them, the board elected to suspend operations and seek a merger with another organization to help ensure the continuation of its key programs.  The mutual recognition that both organizations share similar values and services provided, makes a solid foundation for the joining of the two well-established arts groups.  Their complementary and overlapping theatre arts programs will generate new capacity to deliver high-quality opportunities and experiences. There is still much work to be done on deciding what programming will be happening at TITW's current facility in the 2020 season, but the Arts Center will certainly continue to hold plays there and possibly some of their own current events, like "The Art of Film" series as well.
Laurie Bakkum, outgoing TITW Board President stated about the merger, "I would like to quote my good friend and fellow board member from the beginning, Carolyn Burnett. Carolyn said, ' This is an elegant solution.' I agree - it is a wonderful way for Theatre in the Woods to continue - an elegant solution!"
The Shell Lake Arts Center looks forward to carrying out the amazing legacy that the Theatre in the Woods began in Shell Lake, and is very honored to do so.  The Arts Center's Executive Director, Tara Burns, added," This is a perfect partnership that aligns resources for us to continue the quality programming that has been happening at TITW for so many years. It is also very important for us to continue the Erika Quam Theatre to honor her memory. I grew up with Erika so this has very special meaning for me personally."