Outreach Concerts


Four Seasons Theatre brings musical theatre entertainment out into the community—and we sneak in some education, too! Our community outreach programming brings some of the best local singers into a variety of venues, armed with Broadway music and the stories of the composers, lyricists, playwrights, and artists who create it. Each year our outreach performers visit senior centers, libraries, schools, retirement communities...you name it, we’ve probably schlepped a keyboard there and performed. We bring live musical theatre to those who might not otherwise have a chance to engage with it—and we help our performing artists at the same time, both with financial support and with a chance to work new material into their repertoire.


Starting in January 2019, we bring the next in our Best of Broadway series to area retirement communities, civic organizations, schools, and senior centers: Schmaltz and Smarts: Jerry Herman and Kander & Ebb. In this program, we focus on the music of Jerry Herman and the team of Kander & Ebb. Audiences will learn about these Broadway contemporaries—the paths that their careers took, their successes, their challenges, and their musical legacies. Jerry Herman, the “schmaltz” within this framework, created such well-loved shows as Hello Dolly, Mame, and La Cage Aux Folles, proudly producing large-scale shows in a traditional Broadway style. The team of Kander & Ebb (the “smarts”) produced a more varied, and perhaps more challenging body of work, including shows like Chicago, Cabaret, and Curtains. Program audiences will walk away having learned about Herman and Kander & Ebb, as well as hearing both their popular and lesser-known songs performed by fantastic local singers.


We are continuing to schedule programs and will update this page with additional program dates. The FST outreach crew may soon be visiting a venue near you! Upcoming programs include:

  • Oakwood Village University Woods
    February 5 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Capitol Lakes Retirement Community
    February 13 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Attic Angel Community
    February 22 at 3:30 p.m.
  • Waunakee Senior Center (reservation required to attend)
    February 27 at 12:30 p.m.
  • Hyland Park of Sun Prairie
    March 8 at 2:30 p.m.
  • Noon Musicale series at First Unitarian Society
    April 5 at 12:15 p.m.
  • Monona Senior Center
    August 2 at 1:00 p.m.
  • NewBridge Madison Senior Coalition
    Warner Park Community Center
    September 17 at 1:30 p.m.


To learn more about FST outreach or request an outreach program for your community group, school, or facility, please contact us and we would be happy to help you. Our outreach programs are scalable for almost any size venue and any age audience.


We have researched, developed, and performed a wide variety of outreach programs over the years. Here’s just a sample:

  • The Great American Songbook: Cole Porter (2011)
  • Civil War Letters (2011)
  • The Great American Songbook: Irving Berlin (2012)
  • The Great American Songbook: George and Ira Gershwin (2013)
  • The Great American Songbook: Great Dames (2014)
  • The Best of Broadway: Rodgers and Hammerstein (2015)
  • The Best of Broadway: Loesser, Lerner & Loewe (2016)
  • The Best of Broadway: Fiddler and Friends (2017)
  • The Best of Broadway: Stephen Sondheim (2018)


Our 2019 community outreach program is supported in part by ETC.

Lisa Mueller sings "Colored Lights"
Smarts and Schmaltz, April 2019.
Video: OCA Media

Amber Nicole Dilger sings "First You Dream"
Smarts and Schmaltz, April 2019.
Video: OCA Media

Cole Porter Songbook, March 2011.
Photo Credit: Mike Brown

The Gershwin Songbook, March 2013.
Photo Credit: Mike Brown

The Great Dames Songbook, March 2014.
Photo Credit: Mike Brown

The Irving Berlin Songbook, March 2012.
Photo Credit: Mike Brown