June 12, 2015


Contact: Holly Feldman, Director of Development & Public Relations

(920) 854-6117 x105



Performance to Celebrate the Life of David Peterson


The life of David Peterson--hailed as Wisconsin's Musical Historian--will be celebrated in a gala musical event to be held on Sunday, June 28th, at 2PM at the Northern Sky Amphitheater in Peninsula State Park in Fish Creek, WI.


Peterson has been called the Godfather of Northern Sky Theatre. Without him there would have been no American Folklore Theatre. In the early 1970s Prof. Peterson created the Heritage Ensemble and performed his original musicals in the park amphitheater up until his retirement from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1994.


David Peterson's legacy will be celebrated through story and song performed by original cast members of the Heritage Ensemble. This concert offers a rare glimpse to the time and place where it all began in Peninsula Park.


During his career with the Wisconsin Idea Theatre, and later with the Heritage Ensemble, David wrote and directed over 40 musicals about incidents, individuals, and themes in Wisconsin History. He took his

productions to every corner of the state: to schools, communities, county and state parks, county and state fairs, colleges, universities, and television studios. David's productions also toured the world under the

auspices of the USO. His performances reached over 1 million people.


The event is open to the public but a park sticker is required to attend. There is a suggested donation of $15 to attend the concert. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Northern Sky Theater Internship Program.


In case of rain, the event will take place in the Old Gibraltar Town Hall, 4097 Main Street, Fish Creek.



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