Parkview Playhouse featuring The Little Bakery Players

Parkview Playhouse featuring The Little Bakery Players


1923, July 30, Manitowoc Herald News An early ad with soundtrack in the comments. The Parkview Baking Company's store was on the corner of South 12th and Washington Streets. The store and bakery facilities encompassed the entire lot, which included Bernie's building.
Bernie, please see the private message I sent to the group's message inbox. It will help you provide accurate information about the bakery's history. Best wishes for the theater's success!

The Parkview Playhouse is a blank canvas for local artists lf all stripes to display their talents. Anyone with a show or works of other art may put their labors on display here.

Currently operating as a sole proprietorship the owners, Bernard and Marilyn Starzewski intend to run it primarily as rentable space for artists and performers but will also produce some other their own shows from time to time.

Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Coronavirus: Theater, event venue opening carefully in Manitowoc

Thank you so much to Critic At Large Warren Gerds for this kind mention on his theater blog! MANITOWOC, Wis. (WFRV) – A theatrical and event space is scheduled to open June 26 in the former Parkview Bakery building, 932 S. Washington St. Parkview Playhouse will conduct a “soft” opening Jun…

The Parkview Stage reborn!

The Shows

You may have noticed that the Murder Ink. wirters conference has been cancelled but all of the rest of our productions are currently a GO!
Please see our web page for the revised list of coming events.

[06/07/20]   If you are considering attending our soft open of "MASK-erade" you should RSVP soon as many seats are already reserved! Please use the RESERVE A SPOT button on the event!

Parkview Playhouse featuring The Little Bakery Players's cover photo

Masquerade - Phantom of the Opera 25th at the Royal Albert Hall

Stay tuned for an announcement of our opening events coming in June! The Company perform 'Masquerade,' as seen in Cameron Mackintosh's unique and spectacular staging of Andrew Lloyd Webber's...

All plaster done and ready for paint!
Now... what colors?

We are going to an art deco motif for the theater. Found these in the attice. I think they were my mom's!

[05/14/20]   STATEMENT on SCOTUS reopen ruling:
Under Evers rules since the state was on track for limited reopen on Many 26th our first planned event has been on June 19th - 21st for a film festival This ruling will not affect that.
However, we will be monitoring the situation for city and county rules that might now be enforced as well as any change of the situation that may result in consequences of this ruling repealing "Safer At Home".
Watch for announcements here and on our website.

Two Rivers Student to be Part of an Online Musical

Sounds like we have a significant young talent among us! 15-year old Ethan Stokes of Two Rivers has already had his share of stage time in plays and musicals, but now ...

[05/02/20]   It's not on their website or page yet but Door Co. Shakespeare has cancelled their entire season now....

Highlights from Gore Vidal's "The Best Man"

My fondest wish would be to be producing this show right now...
Oh, well... A starry revival of "The Best Man," Gore Vidal's 1960 play about the lead-up to a U.S. presidential election, is now playing on...

While we at the Parkview are eager to open and present our first season we understand and respect Governor Evers restrictions.
We are certainly chomping at the bit to get under way but the last thing we would ever want to do is to endanger our new clientele, cast or crew by rushing it. We are in strong financial shape and will open when it is safe and we can present our shows without the dark cloud of of this pandemic hanging over us.

Bernie and Marilyn Starzewski - Owners

Alas, poor country!
Almost afraid to know itself. It cannot
Be called our mother, but our grave, where nothing,
But who knows nothing, is once seen to smile;
Where sighs and groans and shrieks that rend the air
Are made, not marked; where violent sorrow seems
A modern ecstasy. The dead man’s knell
Is there scarce asked for who, and good men’s lives
Expire before the flowers in their caps,
Dying or ere they sicken.
William Shakespeare: MacBeth Act IV Scene 3

‘The Phantom of the Opera’ will stream for free on Friday

Something interesting and FREE for theater lovers... Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hits are rolling out on YouTube.

The Rebellious History of Musical Theatre

One of the reasons I love musical theater -
Its rebellious nature!


The first shell of our website is up! PARKVIEW PLAYHOUSE

Murder INK

Please like this page for information on our upcoming film series and writer's conference beginning in April and May!
(Depending on COVID related regulations)

Murder INK is a group for nonfiction crime writers events allowing will be having a conference the 27th of June 2020 at Parkview Playhouse 932 S 12 St Manitowoc WI 54220
With Workshops sales tables and the Paranormal ...

[03/18/20]   With all the new restrictions we are taking it all a day at a time.
We are assuming that by the end of April this will all be over and we will be able to proceed with our first events as planned.

CDC recommends no events of more than 50 people for next eight weeks

Our capacity is set at 49.
The shows will go on! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Sunday called for the cancelation of in-person events of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks to try and prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The shell is almost complete!

[03/05/20]   WANT TO PUT ON A SHOW?
We are now entering the final phases of construction and are working on a season announcement!
We have many available dates to book with a very favorable box office split and no minimum or just a straight up rental.
Shows, meetings, weddings - all are welcome!

Coming to The Bakery this September!

[03/03/20]   Look for some major events beginning in May!

Miss Saigon at the Fox Cities PAC - Official

We highly recommend this show!

Prometheus as provided!

[02/03/20]   Putting the first bits of paint in the stairwell today.
Have to do it in stages because of all the scaffolding in volved.

Kaukauna Choir Director makes Grammy’s top 25 educators list

Worthy of note!
I have the pleasure of performing under the direction of Joy in Annie and The Little Mermaid. Its true. She really is an excellent and enthusiastic director! KAUKAUNA, Wis. ( WFRV ) – Joy Paffenroth grew up in a family of music teachers. The second year choir director at Kaukauna High School leads five different choirs consisting of more than 300 …

It Came From The Sky Film Festival

An as if that wasn't enough....
We will be hosting the "It Came From the Sky" Film Festival in concert with Art Slam and Sputnik Fest this September!
It's going to be a real Sci-Fi Fall Season!

A throwback to the golden age of horror and science fiction films of the '50s and '60s, we are proud to bring you "It Came from the Sky" film festival. Join us in a celebration of fun, entertaining (often campy) movies.

Delightfully Indie

A Preview of "Zombies from the Beyond"

The Bakery is please to announce that we have obtained the rights to "Zombies From The Beyond"!
Audition and production dates TBA...

"Zombies from the Beyond" is an off-Broadway musical set in 1955 Milwaukee at the fictional Milwaukee Space Center. It's a nod to classic sci-fi space alien ...

Through Eyes Of Grace

The Bakery is proud to announce that we will be home to a substantial part of this film's production. Please help out with their fund drive to make it happen! A Pastor begins to doubt his faith when his teenage daughter "disappears". | Check out 'Through Eyes Of Grace' on Indiegogo.

View Kitty Klich's Obituary on and share memories

It is a very sad day here at The Bakery.
Kitty was my co-star in "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof" playing Big Mamma to my Big Daddy and one of a select few of true show business professionals I have worked with.
I had intended to invite her to our open. Sheboygan Falls - Kitty L. Klich, 78, of Sheboygan Falls, entered eternal life on Monday, December 23, 2019, while residing at Sharon S. Richardson Co

Through Eyes of Grace the movie

Portions of this are due to be filmed here at The LIttle Bakery!

A small-town community is rocked when the local Pastor's daughter disappears. As the sheriff and his new deputy begin the investigation, the townsfolk start to bury their various secrets. When the dust settles who will see the world Through Eyes of Grace?

[12/24/19]   I will be creeping around the theater a bit this afternoon. Stop in and say hello if you are in the neighborhood!

As a sponsor of Art Slam we are looking forward to this.
We are planning a Sci Fi film festival to coordinate with this event!

Hey Look! This will be amazing! Art Slam & Sputnik Fest with an Art Parade in between! Save the date - it’s a whole community day of Art & enjoyment. Everyone is invited to march, play, and make Art.

A Bakery for the Arts

This venue is founded from a long time dream of providing a collaborative outlet for local artists of all types to display their skills. Performance, painting, sculpture of all kinds are welcome.

Once known as the Parkview Bakery because of its proximity to Washington Park and later in 1934 part of Frank Sindelar Bakery. More recently the main room served as Manitowoc First Baptist Church which gave it the theater like shape it has today. The walls tell the story of creation of good things for the body and soul.

Composed of two stories it contains space for the creation of art of all types on all levels for venues, artist lofts and studios available on a variety of terms.

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932 South 12th Street
Manitowoc, WI
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