An international film festival and teen nights were among the additions Wega Arts made this year to its schedule.
And, Artistic Director Kathy Fehl says plans are already underway to hold the film festival next year – again in early November.
“We are also planning our first one-act play festival, to be held in June,” she said.
The non-profit organization will be working with Carrie Gruman-Trinkner on that festival. Gruman-Trinkner is the choral and drama teacher at Weyauwega-Fremont High School.
Other plans for Wega Arts include filming a new documentary next summer and also doing an updated version of “Getting to the Bottom of Lake Weyauwega,” Fehl said.
It was several years ago that the documentary “Getting to the Bottom of Lake Weyauwega” was filmed, with the help of W-F students.
The drawdown of the lake began last June, and plans call for the lake to be down for a year.
Teen Night is another new event at the George Gerold Opera House.
It began around Halloween, with area teens being able to listen to music and play games during teen nights.
“It’s growing,” Fehl said. “They seem to really enjoy it.”
Teen Night is held at the opera house from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturdays. It is open to students in seventh through 12th grades, admission is $5.
She said Teen Night is held every Saturday, unless there is an event scheduled at the opera house. There will not be a teen night on Christmas Eve or on New Year’s Eve.
Also coming up at the Gerold will be Wega Arts’s first Mardi Gras Feast and Dance. It will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18, days before Fat Tuesday.
“We will have a Cajun meal catered by Menasha Grill,” Fehl said.
Music will be provided by “The Swanee River Oriole Orchestra,” of Stevens Point.
The doors will open at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and music. The cost is $25 per person. There will be a cash bar.
Tickets are available online at www.wegaarts.org, at The Coffee Klatsch in Weyauwega and at the Bookcellar in Waupaca.
“We want to make it an annual event,” Fehl said. “We will have masks and beads.”