Welcome to the Wildish!

Proudly located in the heart of Downtown Springfield. 630 Main Street.

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

Rose Children's Theater Presents:

Big the Musical

February 24th and 25th at 7pm
February 25th, and 26th at 2pm.

Shimmy Shimmy Cocoa Pop! – It’s Big the Musical for the first time in Eugene, Oregon. Join us at The Wildish Theater for this heartwarming tale. Directed by Lanny Mitchell.

The classic 1987 motion picture fantasy bursts onto the stage in the unforgettable theatrical experience, Big The Musical. Featuring a witty, moving and insightful book by John Weidman and a dazzling, energetic, heartfelt, contemporary score by David Shire and Richard Maltby, Jr. Big is a perfect show for audiences of all ages!

Josh Baskin is sick of being an awkward kid. At a carnival, he makes a wish to the Zoltar machine to become "big." To his shock, his wish is granted. After an understandably awkward beginning, Josh is forced to do "adult" things, like getting a job and a girlfriend. In the end, he discovers that there's much more to being an adult than he bargained for and learns that we must all grow up at our own pace, in our own time.

Note the Wildish Theater is not responsible for the sales of Tickets to Rose Children's Theater Shows.
For Ticketing information please contact Rose Children's Theater

Chamber Music Amici

Tango and More

Monday, February 27th at 7:30 pm

Join us for the third concert of Amici's 8th season.
After the show we invite you to join us on stage for a reception among friends.
Program
Joaquin Turina: Piano Trio No. 2 in B Minor
Victor Steinhardt:  Tango and Scherzo
Thomas Oboe Lee: Morango Almost a Tango
Astor Piazzolla: La Muerte del Angel
Erwin Schulhoff: Five Pieces
Amici:
Jessica Lambert, Steven Pologe, Sharon Schuman, Victor Steingardt.
Guests
Lillie Manis: violin
For tickets and more information regarding Chamber Music Amici please contact (541) 953-9204

Online ticketing is now closed for this show.
There are a limited number of single seats and a wait list available by calling Chamber Music Amici at 541-953-9204

Up Close – A Benefit Concert for Direction Service

Saturday, March 11th, 2016 at 7:30pm

This is the Dance Factory’s 5th annual benefit concert at the Wildish Theater. This year’s beneficiary is the wonderful non-profit “Direction Service”.

About Direction Service:
The mission at Direction Service is “Helping people with disabilities and special needs live the fullest lives possible.” Direction Service is a multi-program organization that has helped people with special needs, and their families, live their lives to the fullest since 1976. For more information, visit their website.

We are honored to be able to host this show on behalf of Direction Service and the amazing work that they do for our community. All proceeds from this show will go directly toward Direction Service.

We are truly thankful for our community and for the support they give us. This show would not be possible without these amazing guest groups:
Eugene Bhangra
Identity Dance
King’s Krew
Rebelle’s Ballet
UO Duck Street
UO Flock Street Crew
Work Dance Co.
ZAPP

Along with the DF performance companies:
Urban Beat
Urban Fusion
Urban Elite

Up Close – A Benefit Concert for Direction Service

Ticket prices are: $20

All That Dance Presents:

Overcome Benefit Concert

Saturday, March 18th, 2016 at 7:00pm

“Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness, to pull another hand into the light” - Norman B Rice

The dancers of All That! Dance Company present “Overcome” - a benefit dance concert dedicated to the protection of those who have the least among us. Dancers will explore thematic elements that include the refugee crisis, homelessness, poverty, and need. Themes of hope, love, and community will be woven throughout the concert. Eight female dancers will grace the stage to an instrumental version of “How Far I’ll Go” from Disney’s hit Moana as they move through the waters towards a new land. Soloist Gloria Rear will take the stage with a poignant representation of those living on the streets in need with her powerful contemporary piece that recently won the Spotlight Dance Cup 2017 Outstanding Choreography award. An energetic group of twenty teen dancers will storm the floor with a mash-up of your favorite songs from the musical “Newsies” to show camaraderie and friendship. Guest performers from Leap of Faith Dance studio will travel from Roseburg to perform their piece “Glow,” reflecting their powerful role as warriors of peace.

All That! Dance has partnered with an orphanage in Cambodia called the Esther House who takes in children who are literally abandoned in the streets of Cambodia to provide them a home. All proceeds from the concert will be donated directly to this organization to continue their important work.

Up Close – A Benefit Concert for Direction Service

Ticket prices are: $15

The Golden West Winds

A Part of the United States Air Force Band

Monday, March 20th at 7:00 pm

The Golden West Winds is part of the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West from Travis Air Force Base, California. Comprised of flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, and bassoon, this ensemble supports a wide variety of musical events ranging from military ceremonies and patriotic shows to educational programs and recitals of original works for woodwind quintet. To support these events the Golden West Winds plays music of all styles including marches, jazz and classical music. This concert is in part to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the United States Air Force.  

Free Admission

Favorite Album Band

Presented by FAB Performances

Saturday, March 25th at 8:00 pm

The Rolling Stones: STICKY FINGERS album
Including all your Stones favorites: Wild Horses, Can't You Hear Me Knocking, Miss You, Gimme Shelter and plenty more

with our Favorite Album Band for the night:

Tony Rust - Vocals
Jim Reinking - Drums
Peter Giri - Guitar
Michael Anderson - Guitar
Gus Russell - Keys
Michael Brewer - Bass
Gabe Dickenson - Sax

Melissa Miller - Backing Vocals
Janet Rust - Backing Vocals

Favorite Album Band creates live concert renditions of classic albums with local professional musicians, presenting these well worn favorites with the care that classics deserve while totally rocking out.
For more information www.fabperformances.org

Ticket prices are: $20

Putting It Together

April 14th, 15th, and 21st 7:30pm
April 23rd at 1:00pm

Coming in April, The Not Ready for Retirement Players are pleased to announce our second production, Stephen Sondheim's musical revue from 1999, Putting It Together. This show is an exciting offering of some of Sondheim's most well-known and beloved musical selections performed by some of Eugene's finest entertainers.

"Putting It Together is a musical revue showcasing the songs of Stephen Sondheim (Sweeney Todd, Follies, A Funny Thing Happened...). Drawing its title from a song in Sunday In The Park With George, it celebrates Sondheim's incomparable career in musical theatre." (Music Theatre International)

Ticket prices are: $22
Available soon

The Center for Community Counseling’s

 Comedy for a Cause Fifth Annual Comedy Benefit

Saturday April 22nd, 7:00pm

Get ready to laugh, giggle, guffaw and join us for a fun, funny and fantastic evening of comedy! Comedians from around the northwest perform with emcees Liz & Reilly from 94.5 MIX FM. Includes benefit raffle! Show starts at 7pm. Doors open at 6:15pm with complimentary appetizers and wine/beer available for purchase.

About the Center for Community Counseling:

CCC has been making counseling accessible and affordable for adults in our community since 1978. We believe everyone deserves the sense of peace, security and stability mental health brings. We offer all services on a low cost sliding scale basis thanks to our generous volunteers. To learn more about what we do and to support our efforts, visit www.ccceugene.org.

Tickets are: $25
On sale now

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