Welcome to the Wildish!

Proudly located in the heart of Downtown Springfield. 630 Main Street. 541-868-0689

Opened in 2006, the Richard E. Wildish Community Theater is the premiere entertainment destination for the greater Springfield area. The theater features 283 seats in stadium seating and there is truly 'not a bad seat in the house'. The excellent acoustics and flexible stage showcase the wide array of activity that has become a calling card for the young facility.
The Wildish Board of Directors is committed to the mission of offering a professional facility at accessible costs. Four of the area's most popular arts organizations now call the Wildish their 'artistic home'.
More than twenty other arts and business groups regularly use the Wildish.

Contact me today and let's discuss creative ways for you to use the Wildish Theater! dan@wildishtheater.com 541-868-0689

Please note that when purchasing tickets for assigned seating shows, row A is at ground level and considered accessible. Seats A3-A5 and A13-A15 are intended for mobility devices and are not seats. For questions or concerns please contact us at 541-868-0689.

Upcoming Shows

The Wildish - Celebrating 10 Years!

Celebration & Fundraiser

May 20 at 7:30pm
Celebration Artists:

Halie Loren

The Sugar Beets

Special appearance by
Mason Williams

Celebrating the Arts! - join the Arts Community and Springfield in celebration of the fabulous Wildish Community Theater's fantastic 10 years in downtown Springfield!   More details to follow soon... tickets are now on sale for this great event and special night of entertainment to mark the hundreds of performances and thousands of artists who have graced the Wildish stage since its opening 10 years ago.

Tickets prices are $50.

Eugene Gleemen present American Spirituals

Sunday, May 21 at 2:30 pm

Directed by Dr. John Jantzi.

With Special Guests: The Downing Street Singers

Tickets are:
$15 for Adults
$12 for Seniors and Students

Riverside Chamber Symphony

Thursday, May 25 at 7:30 pm

The program will include the dramatic Overture to Louisa Miller by Verdi
with Associate Conductor Justin Ralls, the lovely Romanze in G by
Beethoven with the orchestra concertmaster Cathy Page as soloist, the
premiere of a new work "Floating On A Force That Grows Mountains" by
University of Oregon composer Stephen Medlar, and the beloved Unfinished
Symphony of Schubert.

The 30 piece Riverside Chamber Symphony was founded in 2000, and is a
resident ensemble of the Wildish Theater, and celebrates the 10th year of
the theater.

$10 Suggested donation at the door

The Secret Pact

An Oak Hill School Original Film

Saturday, May 27th at 7:00pm

Book by Mildred A. Wirt BENSON (1905 - 2002)

Screenplay by Alice Chatham

Oak Hill School's second full length feature film will premier for one night only on Saturday, May 27th at 7:00 pm at The Wildish Theatre in Springfield. This family friendly event is free of charge and donations will be taken at the door. Reservations are not required and seating is on a first come first served basis.

Swing Shift Jazz Orchestra presents Sinatra & Basie Live at the Sands

Friday, May 26 at 7:30 pm

Swing Shift Jazz Orchestra is bringing the music of "Live At The Sands". Most of all the original music will be performed along with some extra gems lIke Summer Wind and Night and Day! If you're looking to put a smile on your face or an extra hitch in your gitty-up. Please join us for a night of swing and smiles.

Tickets are:
$25 for Adults
$15 for Seniors and Students

Aspire. Create. Inspire - The Dance Factory End of the Year Show

Sunday, June 4 at 5pm

Hosting companies: The Dance Factory
Urban Elite
Urban Fusion
Urban Beat

Classes performing:
Bboy/Hip Hop Essentials
Contemporary
Kids Sampler 1
Kids Sampler 2
My First Steps

 Aspire. Create. Inspire- The Dance Factory End of the Year Show

Ticket prices are: $15 for Adults, $12 for Students, Seniors and Kids

The Academy of Ballet Fantastique presents:

ARTISTIQUE: Pictures at an Exhibition

Saturday, June 10 at 7pm
Sunday, June 11 at 2pm

Performances inspired by various works of art, choreographed by Ballet Fantastique's directors and company artists -- and performed by the next generation of Ballet Fantastique young artists.

ARTISTIQUE: Pictures at an Exhibition

Ticket prices are: $18 for Adults, $10 for Youth (18 and under)
Tickets are $2 higher on the day of the show.

Comedians Gone Wild(ish)

Pride Comedy Showcase

June 16th, 7:00pm

In honor of Pride Month (June of every year), Comedians Gone Wild(ish) presents some of the funniest LGBTQ comedians in the Pacific Northwest!

All humans over the age of 18 are welcome to this hysterical night of comedy and fun.

Our emcee is the always colorful and joyous 2017 SLUG Queen Eugenia Slimesworth (aka, Ivy Peterson).

Our four feature acts:

Chris Ettrick is a comedian, hair stylist, singer and photographer. He began his comedy career in 2013, studying at Portland's Brody Theater. In 2016, Chris was a finalist in Helium Comedy Club's Funniest Person in Portland contest. Chris has performed in New York and across Oregon, sharing the marquee with names like Amy Miller, Shane Torres, Derek Sheen, Bri Pruett, Gabe Dinger and Curtis Cook, among others.

Beth Pinkerton was chosen the Funniest Person in Eugene for 2015 by the Eugene Weekly despite the fact that she frequently uses her ascerbic wit to skewer what it means to be a Eugenian.  Three months later, she opened for Jen Kirkman to rave reviews. She has also performed at the Eugene Laff Off, the 10th and 11th Annual NW Women's Comedy Festivals, and the Laugh Your Alz Off benefit for Alzheimer's research.

Jennifer Lanier is a card-carrying actor who was named one of the Funniest Lesbians in America by CURVE Magazine. She has been seen as a funny Homeland Security agent on the TV show, LEVERAGE, a gambling cowboy and dancing granny on stage in Portland, and a midwife/mechanic on screen in "BIG PINK." She travels with a solo show about the funny side of race, sexuality, and gender called NONE OF THE ABOVE.

Whitney Streed performs stand-up comedy all around the Pacific Northwest and has featured for Maria Bamford, Rob Delaney, Jackie Kashian, and other rad folks. Festival appearances include Seattle Sketchfest, All Jane No Dick in Portland, and the Salt Lake City Comedy Carnivale, as well as Portland’s Bridgetown Comedy Festival both as a performer and, since 2012, a producer. Whitney hosts and produces shows all over Portland and can seen playing a feminist and potential home-buyer on three seasons of IFC’s hit show “Portlandia.”

Half of the net proceeds from the show will go to Basic Rights Oregon, whose mission is to ensure that all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Oregonians experience equality by building a broad and inclusive politically powerful movement, shifting public opinion, and achieving policy victories.

Tickets are: $25

Eleanor Roosevelt

Across a Barrier of Fear

June 18th, 1:00pm

Sponsored by the League of Women Voters

The title of this one-woman play comes from a statement by former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt summing up her life: “Everything I ever did was always accomplished across a barrier of fear.”

Actor Jane VanBoskirk, a former Eugenean now living in Portland, portrays Eleanor from neglected childhood to her arrival on the world stage. We meet her as a lonely child ignored by glamorous, self-absorbed parents, then orphaned at 10 and so withdrawn she was unable to speak in the presence of others. We see her find herself when she has the good fortune to come under the tutelage of a progressive headmistress at a girls’ finishing school. We trace her growing awareness of the world, as she sees beyond the aristocratic society into which she was born, doing charity work that opened her eyes to sweatshops and child labor and launched her into a lifetime of public service.

Throughout the play we see how she learned to articulate her values and vision, how she kept moving forward in spite of disappointments and defeat, and how she built up her courage while facing daily “a barrier of fear.”

Tickets are: $22

The Woman Of Salt

A new opera by Anice Thigpen

June 23rd, 7:00pm

When life gives you trauma, you write an opera to heal. That's how it
worked for Anice Thigpen as she wrote The Woman of Salt, a chamber opera
about a woman who chose to "look back" and transform.

Through efforts by Eugene-area music professionals, the fully staged
premiere of The Woman of Salt will take place at 7 PM on June 23rd at
the Wildish Community Theater in Springfield.

The opera includes nine cast members, five instrumentalists and a
chorus. Michael Sakir conducts and Sara E. Widzer stage directs. Soprano
Laura Wayte sings the lead role and is joined on stage by baritone Bill
Hulings performing in the role of Lot. Jonna Hayden designs costumes and
Chris McGinley directs the chorus. Grant Preisser provides scenic design
and videography.

The Women Of Salt Poster

Section A: $35 Standard, $28 Students & Seniors
Section B: $30 Standard, $24 Students & Seniors
Section C: $25 Standard, $20 Students & Seniors