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The Wind in the Willows

The Wind in the Willows show program

La Crosse Community Theatre presents

Adapted by T. James Belich
Based on the novel by Kenneth Grahame

June 14-23, 2013

La Crosse Community Theatre presents

The wind in the willows

Adapted by

T. James Belich

Based on the novel by

Kenneth Grahame


Rebecca Seflow Hartzell

Set Designer Lighting Designer Costume Designer Sound Designer

Dillon David R. Lori heather
McArdle Kilpatrick Reischl holm

Fight Choreographer Asst. Director Stage Manager Technical Director

Greg Ash Dylan tim
Parmeter dockry Thoren harris

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The videotaping or other video or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited.


Mole.................................................... Olivia Golding Weasel 2........................................... Calvin Daniels*
Rat..................................................... Faith Copeland Weasel 3................................... Truman Shortridge*
Badger.............................................. Killian Harnish Weasel 4......................................... Amalia Brownell
Toad............................................. Connor Siegersma Weasel 5.................................... Julianna Bruemmer
Chief Weasel................................. Abigail Copeland Weasel 6...................................... Parker Blumentritt
Ferret Captain................................... Roland Kratt* Ferret 1............................................. Joshua Kaiser*
Otter.......................................................... Lily Delap Ferret 2........................................... Kasi Kucharczyk
Jailer’s Daughter/Mouse 3................. Amy Gobel* Ferret 3................................................ Annie Glise*
Barge Woman/Rabbit 3................. Jasmine Kratt* Ferret 4............................................... Paige Colsch*
Pan.......................................................... Katie Sauer Ferret 5............................................. Kieran Harnish
Judge/Turtle..................................... Zach Ausavich Ferret 6..................................................... Sam Hart
Bailiff/Turtle................................. Michael Emerich Rabbit 1..................................... Stephanie Skemp*
Guard/Father Otter........................... Isaiah Stoos* Rabbit 2........................................ Erin Kucharczyk*
Salesperson/Turtle.......................... Esme Brekke* Mouse 1.......................................... Caeli McMahon*
Driver 1........................................... Emily Guerrero* Mouse 2................................. Anastasia Veselovsky*
Driver 2................................................ Ali Purdum* Little Portly................................ Katya Veselovsky*
Weasel 1..................................... Marty Backstrand*
* = LCT stage debut

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Director’s Note From the Artistic Director

The Wind in the Willows Theatre by Youth, for All
June 14-23, 2013
LCT’s 49th season – 331st production Youth theatre—along with pantomime and melodrama,
both of which are way cooler than anyone admits—is one
“Mole sat on the bank, while the river still whispered and of the least respected forms of theatre. Too often it is an
chattered on, a babbling procession of the best stories in overlooked part of a theatre’s yearly programming, seen
the world, sent from the heart of the earth to be told at last as less legitimate than its adult counterpart, considered
to the insatiable sea.” a glorified after-school babysitting program, or cynically
—Kenneth Grahame viewed as an easy way for a theatre to pay the bills. Youth
theatre, however, deserves so much more credit.
How fitting that we end the first season in our Hundreds of studies show the positive impact that theatre
beautiful new theatre with a play set on a river. has on students of all ages. Students who participate in
Many of you grew up reading the adventures of Mole, theatre are more likely to succeed in school, develop healthy
Rat, Badger, and, of course, Toad in Kenneth Grahame’s personal relationships with peers and adults, and develop
novels. We hope our play today takes you back to those healthier lifestyles. Participation can help students learn
precious days of childhood. personal responsibility, how to work together as a team, and
how to deal with disappointment. I have seen this positive
Thirty-nine youth from all over the Coulee Region have effect firsthand. I have seen quiet, reserved kids become
spent the last five weeks exploring the world that confident and thoughtful adults; I’ve seen failing students
Kenneth Grahame so eloquently created. Our Mole has succeed in the classroom after starring in a play; I’ve seen
found her voice, our Rat has become a mentor, our Toad children on the verge of being lost suddenly find their voice
has learned to boast and swagger, and our Badger has and purpose. These are why youth theatre is a valuable and
kept them all in check. The other inhabitants of our important part of La Crosse Community Theatre’s mission.
play have been hard at work, too. The rabbits, turtles, We are thrilled to introduce a host of new Theatre for Youth
and mice created their own storylines for the “animal programs in the coming season. Rebecca Seflow Hartzell,
crossings” we use as transitions between scenes. a local actor and director, has recently joined our staff as
director of youth theatre. It is her outstanding commitment
We have youth behind the scenes, as well, from running to educating and reaching students through theatre that
crew to light and sound board operators to our wise- has prompted much of our Theatre for Youth expansion.
beyond-his-years stage manager. All their hard work has This coming year we will present a three-show youth season
paid off, and I am so proud of each of them. I hope that (Our Town, The Snow Queen, and Tales of a Fourth Grade
they have respected the process, learned a bit about the Nothing), expand of our education programming to include
magic of theatre, made some friends, and had some fun. students in grades one to twelve, and hold more workshops,
one-day camps, and youth-driven productions. The aim is to
And I hope you delight in our presentation of The Wind foster in our community’s children a love of theatre, while
in the Willows. teaching skills to help them succeed in school and life.
Youth theatre doesn’t begin and end with the child, however.
In order for our Theatre for Youth to be successful, it requires
the help of parents, teachers, volunteers, and YOU. Get
involved. Share your skills, knowledge, and time with the
youth of our community. The rewards that you reap will be as
great as the rewards for the children whose lives you touch.

Rebecca Seflow Hartzell, Director Greg Parmeter, Artistic Director
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The Wind in the Willows

Setting: The River

Scene 1: The River Scene 1: The River
Scene 2: Gate of Toad Hall Scene 2: Jail Cell
Scene 3: Rat’s Dock Scene 3: The Canal
Scene 4: The Wild Wood Scene 4: Gate of Toad Hall
Scene 5: Parlor in Toad Hall Scene 5: The Road
Scene 6: Gate of Toad Hall Scene 6: Rat’s Dock
Scene 7: Courthouse Scene 7: Gate of Toad Hall
Scene 8: Gate of Toad Hall Scene 8: Rat’s Dock
Scene 9: Dining Room in Toad Hall
There will be one 15-minute intermission.

Production and Design Staff

Director. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rebecca Seflow Hartzell Set Construction. . . Kyle Backstrand, Marty Backstrand,
Set Designer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dillon McArdle . . . . . . . . . . Abigail Copeland, Faith Copeland, Ash Dockry,
Lighting Designer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . David R. Kilpatrick .Annie Glise, Olivia Golding, Emily Guerrero, Elsie Hartzell,
Costume Designer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lori Reischl . . . . . . . . . Heather Holm, Erin Kucharcyk, Kasi Kucharczyk,
Fight Choreographer. . . . . . . . . . . . . Greg Parmeter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Michele Kucharcyk, Connor Siegersma,
Sound Designer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Heather Holm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Anastasia Veselovsky, Katya Veselovsky,
Assistant Director. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ash Dockry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Laura Veselovsky, Philipp Veselovsky
Stage Manager. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dylan Thoren
Technical Director. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tim Harris Assistant to Light Designer. . . . . Abigail Kilpatrick
Fight Captains . . . . . Zach Ausavich, Amalia Brownell
Portrait and Scenic Painter. . . . . . . . . Kate Kersten Sound Board Operator. . . . . . . . . . . . Kaitlyn Schmitt
Costume Construction. . . . . . . . . . . . . Melissa Kratt,
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mandy Parmeter Deck Chiefs . . . . . . . . . . Ash Dockry, Gretchen Janvrin

Fly Rail Operator. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Barbara Kilpatrick

Hair/Makeup. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Melissa Kratt

Stage Crew . . . . . . Maya Chilcote, Gemma Copeland,
. . . . . . . . . . . . Anne Marie McMahon, Maria McMahon

Special Acknowledgments

Special thanks to Sequel Resale Shop, Melissa Kratt, Laura Veselovsky, the Reischl Family, Theresa M.
Smerud, and Krissa Valentine-Harnish for their help in making this production possible.

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Cast Biographies

Zach Ausavich (Judge/Turtle) will be Julianna Bruemmer (Weasel 5) is a fifth
entering the eighth grade next year at Holmen grader at Hintgen Elementary. Her LCT credits
Middle School. At LCT, Zach has been in The include the role of The Girl in The Red Dress in
Wizard of Oz, The Phantom Tollbooth, and James and The Giant Peach and as part of the

most recently as Ralphie in A Christmas Story. Zach enjoys ensemble in The Wizard of Oz. Elsewhere, she has performed
snowboarding and playing guitar. He likes theatre because“the as the Bumble Bee in Three Billy Goats Gruff. She enjoys
cast becomes a community you can have fun with.” acting, Irish dancing, and singing. Julianna likes theatre because
you get to be a whole bunch of new characters. She would like
Marty Backstrand* (Weasel 1) is in fourth to thank her mom for encouraging her, and Mac for getting her
grade at SOTA I. This show is Marty’s LCT debut, into acting and for introducing her to LCT.
but he has appeared several times in movies
and commercials. He enjoys improvisation Paige Colsch* (Ferret 4) will be in eighth
grade next year at Holmen Middle School.
comedy and building spooky Halloween props. Marty likes Paige’s acting credits elsewhere include the role
theatre because you get to be a part of a cast and you get to of Mr. Buford in Don’t Rock the Boat at Holmen
meet new people. Marty would like to thank his younger
brother, Benji, who encourages him through negative Middle School. Her hobbies include singing, writing, karate, and
reinforcement. hanging out with friends. Paige likes theatre because she loves
the fact that you get to be someone else for a while and
Parker Blumentritt (Weasel 6) will be perform in front of people. Paige would like to thank her mom,
entering the sixth grade next year at La Crosse Erin, for helping her throughout the play. Paige is making her
Design Academy, which is part of Longfellow LCT debut.
Middle School. Parker has performed as the
Abigail Copeland (Chief Weasel) is a ninth
Woodland Sprite in James and The Giant Peach. Elsewhere, grader and is homeschooled. Abigail has
Parker has performed as Stormy in Tortoise and the Hare with recently performed as Princess Rhyme in The
Missoula Children’s Theatre. Parker likes to read, draw, sing, and Phantom Tollbooth. Elsewhere, she has
dance. She likes theatre because she loves to act! Parker would
like to thank her friends, parents, and her dance and acting performed with Missoula as The Queen in Sleeping Beauty and
teacher, Nikki Balsamo. as Susan in The Secret Garden. She enjoys acting, archery,
track, tennis, graphic design, and eating. She loves the art of
Esme Brekke* (Salesperson/Turtle) will be a theatre, and the LCT family does a fantastic job of bringing it to
seventh grader at La Crosse Design Institute. She life for the public.“I’m so lucky to be part of this show!”Abbey
enjoys reading, 4-H, and playing piano and would like to thank her mom and dad for driving her, and Jerry
dulcimer. She likes how everyone is so open and Vacek. She would also like to thank Rebecca, Ash, and Dylan for
taking their time to create this great show.
kind. She would like to thank the stage manager and directors.
She is making her LCT debut. Faith Copeland (Rat) is homeschooled and
going into tenth grade. Previously at LCT, Faith
Amalia Brownell (Weasel 4) will be going has performed as Regina in The Last Christmas
into tenth grade at Onalaska High School. At LCT, Gift and as Princess Reason in The Phantom
Amalia has performed as the Centipede in
James and The Giant Peach and as Tock/Clock Tollbooth. Elsewhere, she has performed as Dorothy in The
Wizard of Oz with Jellybean Community Theatre. Faith enjoys
in The Phantom Tollbooth. She enjoys reading books, hanging reading, writing stories, singing, and dancing. She would like to
out with friends, swimming, and riding rollercoasters. She thank her mom for driving her and being the greatest, Rebecca,
would like to thank the cast and crew, and her parents for Ash, and Dylan for casting her, and anybody else that she
driving her. missed.

* = LCT stage debut

Thank you again to all of our volunteers!

If you or your group is looking for volunteer opportunities, we can use your help
next season! Call 608-784-9292 or visit

Enjoy dinner before the performance or dessert and coffee afterward.
501 Front Street South, La Crosse, WI 54601 | 608.784.4877 | [email protected]

Cast Biographies

Calvin Daniels* (Weasel 2) will be going Olivia Golding (Mole) will be a ninth grader
into seventh grade next year. Calvin’s theatre next year at Central High School. She has
credits include the role of Joel the Ark in Bronze previously acted at LCT as the Minister in The
Bow. Calvin enjoys“Dungeons & Dragons,” Phantom Tollbooth, Elizabeth Fezziwig in A

reading, and drawing. He likes theatre because you get to act Christmas Carol, and as the Snow Queen in In A Grove, LCT’s
like your character. He would like to thank his parents for letting 2012 summer camp performance. Olivia enjoys acting, drawing,
him audition for the show. Calvin is making his LCT debut. and dancing. She likes theatre because you can meet new
people and you get to be on stage. She would like to thank her
Lily DeLap (Otter) will be in the seventh grade family for supporting her.
next year at Longfellow Middle School. Her LCT
acting credits include the role of the Earthworm Emily Guerrero (Driver 1) will be in ninth
in James and The Giant Peach, as well as the grade at Central High School. Elsewhere, Emily
has played a Who in Seussical the Musical at
role of Zuzu in It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. Logan High School, and as a Sergeant in The
Elsewhere, Lily has played the role of Piglet in Winnie the
Pooh: Christmas Tail. Lily enjoys playing soccer, softball, Pirates of Penzance with Longfellow Drama Club. Emily likes
volleyball, acting, and singing. She likes theatre because even if theatre because you get to meet people who also like to act.
she is having a really bad day, at LCT she has a ton of friends and
a“theatre family”that makes her feel at home and welcome. Kieran Harnish (Ferret 5) was in fourth
Lily would like to thank her friends and family for their support, grade at Three Rivers Waldorf School. At LCT,
and Rebecca, Ash, and Dylan for casting her. Kieran has performed in James and The Giant
Peach in the ensemble. Elsewhere, he has
Michael Emerich (Bailiff/Turtle) will be a
seventh grader at Longfellow Middle School. He performed in Guys and Dolls and Singing in the Rain at
has been seen on the LCT stage as Robbie in The Appleseed Community Theatre. Besides theatre, Kieran enjoys
Last Christmas Gift and as the Count of hip-hop dancing. He likes theatre because he gets to meet a lot
of new friends. Kieran would like to thank his mom, dad, and
Connotation in The Phantom Tollbooth. Michael enjoys being brother for getting him into theatre.
on stage and entertaining people. He likes to hang out with
friends in his free time. He wishes to thank his family for their Killian Harnish (Badger) will be in ninth
continued support in theatre, and his sixth grade teacher, the grade next year at Logan High School. He
assistant director, Ash, for her encouragement. appeared as Grasshopper in James and The
Giant Peach and as Young George in It’s a
Annie Glise* (Ferret 3) will be a sixth grader
next year at Holmen Middle School. Annie is Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. Killian enjoys playing
making her debut at LCT but elsewhere she has guitar, reading, listening to music, and acting. He likes theatre
performed as the Crow in The Secret Garden, because it’s a great community where you can meet friends and
express yourself. He would like to thank his mom and dad for
and as a Gecko in The Tortoise and the Hare. She enjoys being so supportive and for being his drivers.
drawing, making crafts, and playing with her guinea pig. She
likes theatre because you get to have a great time and show Sam Hart (Ferret 6) is in fifth grade at Viroqua
genuine emotion. Annie would like to thank her mom for Middle School. Sam’s credits at LCT include the
getting her into theatre. role of Milo in The Phantom Tollbooth, and as
the Glow Worm in James and the Giant Peach.
Amy Gobel* (Jailer’s Daughter/Mouse 3) will
be going into fifth grade. Elsewhere, Amy has Sam enjoys reading, acting, and running. He likes theatre
performed as the Firefly in The Secret Garden because you get to meet new people. Sam would like to thank
at the Heider Center. Amy enjoys acting, his friends and family.

reading, singing, dancing, gymnastics, and playing with friends. Joshua Kaiser* (Ferret 1) was a fourth
She likes theatre because you get to make new friends and get grader at Blessed Sacrament. The Wind in the
to express and act out another character. She would like to Willows will be his first production at LCT.
thank her grandparents for bringing her to rehearsal every day. Joshua enjoys acting, reading, origami, and
She is making her LCT debut.
kayaking. He would like to thank Greg, because he and his dad
are friends.

* = LCT stage debut p. 8

2013-2014 season tickets packages are available! Inquire at the box office!

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Cast Biographies

Jasmine Kratt* (Barge Woman/Rabbit 3) is Ali Purdum* (Driver 2) is going into ninth
homeschooled and in eighth grade. She enjoys grade. Elsewhere, she has performed in The
drawing and animating and likes acting because Little Mermaid and Joseph and the Amazing
you get the experience of getting on stage and Technicolor Dreamcoat. Ali enjoys reading,

entertaining, and she likes how the directors of the show have writing, films, and working on a goat farm. Ali likes theatre
been open to suggestions. Jasmine is making her LCT debut and because it gives her a chance to express herself without
dedicates her performance to her grandfather’s memory. judgement. She would like to thank Rebecca for giving her the
chance. Ali is making her LCT debut.
Roland Kratt* (Ferret Captain) is
homeschooled and finishing tenth grade. He Katie Sauer (Pan) will be going into sixth
enjoys playing video games, piano, and archery. grade at Lincoln Middle School. She has been
He enjoys the opportunity that theatre gives seen on the LCT stage in the youth chorus for
The Wizard of Oz. Besides acting, she enjoys
him to play a role that is completely unlike him in reality. This is
especially the case when playing the role of a villain; it can’t be figure skating. She likes theatre because you get to meet new
recreated elsewhere. In addition, he loves the location of the people. She would like to thank her parents for being so helpful,
new LCT theatre! Roland is making his LCT debut and dedicates and her music teacher, Mrs. Sheehy, for helping her prepare for
his performance to his grandfather’s memory. auditions.

Erin Kucharczyk* (Rabbit 2) is currently in Truman Shortridge* (Weasel 3) will be
third grade at Northern Hills. Recently, Erin has going into sixth grade. Elsewhere, Truman has
helped backstage as light board operator for acted as Rosh the Ark in Bronze Bow. Besides
The Phantom Tollbooth. Besides theatre, she acting, Truman enjoys Minecraft Lego. He likes

enjoys soccer, piano, reading, and 4-H. Erin likes theatre because theatre because it’s awesome. Truman would like to thank his
you get to be with people who like acting just as much as you mom for driving him to rehearsal every day. He is making his
do. She would like to thank her mom and dad for encouraging LCT debut.
her to try out. This is Erin’s LCT debut.
Connor Siegersma (Toad) will be going into
Kasi Kucharczyk (Ferret 2) will be going seventh grade at La Crescent Middle School. At
into seventh grade next year at Onalaska Middle LCT, Connor has performed in A Christmas
School. Previously, Kasi has acted at LCT as a Story and In a Grove. Connor enjoys reading,
sailor in James and The Giant Peach, and
writing, playing outside, and on the computer. He likes theatre
as the Humbug in The Phantom Tollbooth. Elsewhere, because you get to meet new people and you get to perform as
Kasi has played a Rabbit at La Crescent Community Theatre in interesting characters. He would like to thank his grandmother
The Children of Eden. Kasi enjoys reading, acting, and playing for driving him to rehearsal every day. Also his fourth grade
clarinet. She likes theatre because everyone there has a similar teacher because she encouraged him to start acting.
interest as her: acting. She would like to thank her mom for
bringing her to rehearsal every day. Stephanie Skemp* (Rabbit 1) will be a
fourth grader at Blessed Sacrament. She has
Caeli McMahon* (Mouse 1) will be a fourth performed in Missoula Children’s Theatre’s
grader at Providence Academy next year. Caeli Cinderella and Princess and the Pea. She
has performed in Wonderella at Providence
Academy. She enjoys reading, drawing, singing, enjoys singing, dancing, and acting and likes theatre because it
gives her a chance to become another person and to meet new
swimming, and most of all, acting. Caeli enjoys theatre because people. She thanks Rebecca, Ash, and Dylan because they have
you can meet new people, and she loves acting. She would like worked so hard. Stephanie is making her LCT debut.
to thank Rebecca for making the show happen, and her mom
for bringing her to rehearsals. She is making her LCT debut. Isaiah Stoos* (Guard/Father Otter) is
currently in fourth grade at Prairie View. He
* = LCT stage debut enjoys riding his bike. Isaiah likes theatre
because he likes to meet new people. Isaiah

would like to thank Ash, because she helps him get better at
acting. He is making his LCT debut.

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Cast Biographies

Anastasia Veselovsky* (Mouse 2) is a Katya Veselovsky* (Little Portly) is in
sixth grader at Waldorf. In 2005, Ana was seen second grade at La Crescent-Hokah Elementary.
on stage as a munchkin in The Wizard of Oz. Katya has acted as Roo in Winnie the Pooh: A
Ana likes computers, swimming, and reading. Christmas Tail. Katya likes theatre because it is

She likes theatre because it’s fun and she gets to meet new fun. She would like to thank Rebecca for letting her perform.
people. She would like to thank Rebecca for allowing her to Katya is making her LCT debut.
perform. Ana is making her LCT debut.
* = LCT stage debut

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Production Staff Biographies

Rebecca Seflow Hartzell (Director) Heather Holm (Sound Designer) graduated
is Director of Youth Theatre for La Crosse from UW-La Crosse in 2010 with a broadcasting
Community Theatre and a drama coach for and digital media communication degree and
La Crescent High School. She is a graduate of shortly after began working full time for UW-

Viterbo University and the American Musical and Dramatic La Crosse as an event support coordinator. Heather just began
Academy in New York and has worked professionally as a her first year of graduate school in January through
director, a producer and a performer for the past 20 years. UW-Platteville’s distance ed program for a Master’s Degree in
Rebecca’s previous LCT directing credits include James and organizational change leadership. This is Heather’s first time
the Giant Peach and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, a part working with La Crosse Community Theatre.
of the new Jellybean Theatre Series. Rebecca would like to Ash Dockry (Assistant Director/Deck Chief)
thank her daughter, Elsie, for her love and support.
Dillon McArdle (Set Designer) is LCT’s is thrilled to be helping out such an amazing
group of young actors! Although new to the
technical director. He enjoys building things, “behind the scenes”experience, Ash has recently
grilling out with friends, and blowing snow. been seen in LCT’s The Dining Room, as well as in several
He would like to thank his lovely wife, shows at UW-Madison. She would like to send shout-outs to
Megan, who means the world to him. “Love ya, babe!” CLASH, Mom and Dad, and all her kiddos for putting up with her
David R. Kilpatrick (Lighting Designer) crazy teaching choices.
This production presents David the opportunity Tim Harris (Technical Director) has
to exercise his design “muscles.” As a previously worked at LCT as the assistant
lighting designer, sculpting with light and technical director of The Pirates of Penzance,
color, David has served LCT with Bus Stop, Phantom Camelot, and The Dining Room, as the
Tollbooth, The Last Christmas Gift, and The Wizard of lighting designer on Doubt, and as deck chief for She Loves
Oz. Additionally, David is LCT’s executive director. David Me. He was last seen on the stage as Sammy in last spring’s
wants to give a big hug to his wife and his daughter for production of Blood Brothers. He enjoys spending his free time
their love and support. with friends, family and reading a good book. Tim would like to
Lori Reischl (Costume Designer) has been thank his parents for their continued support, and LCT for being
costuming shows in the La Crosse area since a second family.
first moving here in 1999. She has worked Dylan Thoren (Stage Manager) is very
with The Family Playhouse, West Salem High excited to be stage managing for his second
School, Appleseed Community Theatre, Aquinas High time at LCT. Dylan will be going into eighth
School, Providence Academy, Behling and Company, and grade next year at Logan Middle. Dylan has
now LCT. She is grateful to Rebecca and LCT for giving her an performed in several shows at LCT and has also helped
opportunity to share her gifts and talents in such an backstage for several. The Wind in the Willows will be his
amazing facility. She would also like to thank her husband, ninth show helping out either backstage or onstage at LCT. He
Bob, and her six children for all the support they have given would like to thank his parents for driving him to rehearsal, and
her throughout the years. all of the LCT staff for helping him out so much for the show.

Greg Parmeter (Fight Choreographer) Abigail Kilpatrick (Light Board Operator)
earned his MFA from the Johnny Carson was previously seen onstage in The Wizard
School of Theatre and Film at the University of Oz and The Phantom Tollbooth and as
of Nebraska-Lincoln. His acting credits understudy in A Christmas Story. She is thrilled

include seasons with the Nebraska Repertory Theatre, the to be working tech with her mentor and dad, David. And she
Virginia Shakespeare Festival, the Northern Fort Playhouse would like to thank her mom and dad for supporting this
and a tour with the Hampstead Stage Company. Greg is in passion.
his fifth season with LCT. He thanks Mandy and Ben for their
love and support.

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Production Staff Biographies

Kaitlyn Schmitt (Sound Board Maya Chilcote (Stage Crew) is going into
Operator) goes to Holmen Middle School fifth grade at Irving Pertzsch Elementary. She
and will be going into the eighth grade. has been in the school play Kooky the Kookoo
She appeared as Margaret in LCT’s recent Bird, a musical called The Little Mermaid at

production of A Christmas Story. She would like to thank Misty’s Dance Unlimited, and three plays at LCT: The Phantom
her mom and dad for supporting her through auditions Tollbooth and the summer camp productions The Skokee
and driving back and forth. She also would like to thank Detective Charter School and Looking Glass Land. She
her friends for also supporting her. This is her first time on thanks her friends, family, and God. This is her first time on crew.
crew. Gemma Copeland (Stage Crew) is
Gretchen Janvrin (Deck Chief) will be
homeschooled and in fifth grade. She would like
a freshman at Central High School this fall. to thank her Mom for driving her to rehearsals.
She spent two years in a drama troupe This is her first time doing stage crew.
called 6 Degrees but has not participated in Anne Marie McMahon (Stage Crew) goes
a play at LCT. She would like to thank“Ms. Doc”for the to Providence Academy and is in seventh grade.
opportunity of doing stage crew for the first time. She would like to thank her Godmother Shelly
Barbara Kilpatrick (Fly Rail and her mom for driving her to rehearsals. This
Operator) is the one non-theatre person in is her first time doing stage crew.
a theatre-obsessed family. She has Maria McMahon (Stage Crew) goes to
volunteered for numerous sewing projects Providence Academy and is a high school
in the past, including many hours for The Wizard of Oz. freshman. She has played the March Hare in
Barbara would like to thank“all the community theatre Alice in Wonderland at Providence Academy,
volunteers who walk in much bigger shoes than I could Amy Lawrence in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and a fairy
ever fill.” in Sleeping Beauty at the Heider Center. She thanks Abbey and
Faith Copeland for telling her about LCT and encouraging her to
audition for one of their plays. She would also like to thank
Rebecca for her hard work and dedication in producing the play.

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Thank you to our 2012-2013 season sponsors!

BrightStar Care Logistics Health Incorporated
The Casino Bar Mayo Clinic Health System
Central States Warehouse Pepsi of La Crosse
Commercial A/V Systems Schomburg Refrigeration
Dairyland Power Cooperative Russell L. and Vera M. Smith Foundation
DeBoer Pest Control State Bank Financial
DigiCopy United Fund for the Arts and Humanities
Gundersen Lutheran Health System Vendi Advertising
Kwik Trip Inc. Wisconsin Arts Board
La Crosse Radio Group Wisconsin Public Radio—WLSU/WHLA
Xcel Energy

LCT is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the
State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Join us

50for our thseason!

2013 2013
2013 MARCH


2014 2014

Sept 6

Season ticket packages are available now! Save up to 20%

For information on tickets and show times, please visit us online or call the box office.
Box Office: 608-784-9292 • Hours: 11 am to 5 pm Mon–Fri • 428 Front Street S, La Crosse

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Summer 2013 Theatre for Youth Camps—$125

A week of fun, learning theatre by doing theatre. Mornings are
full of workshops, activities, classes, and projects. Afternoons
are rehearsals for a show! For youth grades 3rd through 8th.

Elementary (grades 3–5) July 8–12, 2013

Wind of a Thousand Tales by John Glore
Performance Friday, July 12, 7 p.m.

middle school (grades 6–8) July 15–19, 2013

William’s Window by Marina Stockdale

Performance Friday, July 19, 7 p.m.

Call 608-784-9292 today to sign up.

It’s not too late!

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Patron Donor List

Producer’s Circle ($2,500+) River Town Dental David and Nancy Goode Janice Otterson
Donald and Barbara Frank Judy Kirkpatrick Mark and Nancy Goodman Lloyd and Barb Pearson
John and Linda Lyche Peter and Krin Krause Louis and Maureen Guillou Jack and Barb Peplinski
Dr. Larry and Diane Lindesmith Peter and Janice Gutierrez Robert and Patricia Perlock
Director’s Circle Clive and Burness McBain, Sr. Dennis and Donna Haggard Effie Piper
($1,000-$2,499) Ken and Janine Merkitch Herb and Barbara Heili Marianne and Galen Pittman
In loving memory of John and Nettie Karl and Julie Noll Mike and Cheri Herro Tom and Kathy Ready
Tom Padesky and Tara Johnson Donald J. and Kathy Hill Tom and Tessie Renard
Mooney Brian and Karen Rude Diane and Jim Hoffmeister Barbara Rice
Tom and Jan Brock Sally and Betty Ruud Hon. Scott and Sue Horne Cam and Carlene Roberts
Dr. John and Arla Clemons Dennis and Sharon Ryan Charles and Mary Hosler Kirk and Nancy Rodman
J. Michael and Vicki Hartigan Mary Lansing and Daniel Schneider Robert and Mary Hubbard Sam Scinta and Kristen Foehner
Jerry and Kathy Lokken Bill and Chris Smiley Dennis and Claire Jandt Glenn and Lila Seager
Scott and Mary Rathgaber Greg and Joan Stellrecht Owen and Francie Johnson Sandy Sechrest
Chuck and LuAnn Roth Ken and Jane Wastlund Robert A. and Christine A. Johnson Nancy and Peter Sedbrook
Nancy Johnson Donald Smith and Nancy Korn-Smith
Designer’s Circle Promoter ($125-$249) David and Barbara Kilpatrick Robert Smith and Elizabeth Wright
($500-$999) Anonymous Michael and Beverly Kratt Ed and Laurie Solberg
Henry (Bud) and Mabel Lou Ahrens Jim and Mary Anderson Cliff and Cheryl Kremmer Paul and Jane Steingraeber
Donna Brooks James and Lynn Arends Robert Krueger Brian and Diane Sullivan
Joe and Candice Bucheger Arnold and Donna Asp Alan and Robin Krumholz Terry and Cheryl Thienes
Marv and Darryle Clott Tom and Mary Ballinger Sandra J. Kujak Suzanne and Joseph Toce
Felix and Marilyn Fernandes Lynette Berg Henry and Beverly Lawrence Lill A. Twining
Hal and Julie Keitel Marlene Bittner Roger and Sondra Le Grand Pam Walgren
Martin and Jennifer Koop Ryan Born and Kristin King Tom and Jenelle Lee Stephen and Katherine Webster
Leanna Olson-Taunt and Robert Taunt Jake and Emily Bowe Ken and Nancy Lerum Ross and Lynn Marie West
Dick and Mary Jean Sartz Neil and Jennifer Brown Denise and Kim Linton David and Yvonne Whiteman
Richard and Pamela Strauss Cari and Mark Burmaster Steve Lunde Ed and Sharon Winga
Walter Susdorf Wendy Butler Aurel and Sue Mailath Kevin and Marla Withey
Vantage Architects, Inc. Ursula Cejpek Nancy and Andrew Matchett Gary and Debra Wold
Cleary-Kumm Foundation Stephen and Margeen Mau Daryl and Margaret Wood
Actor’s Circle ($250-$499) Dorothy Coelin Les and Rita Messerschmidt Jane Wood
Peter and Joan Allen Gary and Susan Corbisier Janeth and Gerald Miller Ken and Jean Wortman
David Amborn and Karen Gilster Steven Dunder Rich and Vicki Miller Julie Yahnke
Ted and Mary Eisenbacher Kiernan and Tracy Minehan Suzanne Young
In Memory of Marilyn I. Nelson Thomas Erb and Cecilia Caron Carl and Doris Mueller
Todd Bjerke and Karen Kroll Ramon and Connie Erickson Mary and Kurt Mueller Supporter ($75-$124)
Clem and Karol Bott David and Teresa Faulkner Kenneth and Carmin Nelson Anonymous (4)
Robert and Gretchen Burns Robert and Maureen Freedland Cyndy Nichols Frank and Jenny Aberger
Roy and Laurie Campbell George and Joyce Fulford Tom and Lori Nigon Bill and Margaret Anderson
Roger and Kenna Christians Mitch and Marcia Galles Ron and Frieda Nowland
Robert Coe Jim and Jo Glasser Bruce and Carol Odeen (continued on page 20)
Bob and Kay Conzemius
Tammy and Chad Dutton
David and Barbara Foye

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LCT Staff & Board

Executive Director. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . David R. Kilpatrick President. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kenna Christians
Artistic Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Greg Parmeter First Vice-President. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mike Herro
Technical Director. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dillon McArdle Secretary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nancy Wigdahl Sedbrook
Costume Supervisor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mandy Parmeter Treasurer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dar Isaacson
Director of Publications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Eric Severson Past President. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . J. Michael Hartigan
Director of Youth Theatre. . . . . Rebecca Seflow Hartzell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sara Battison, Scott Horne, Hal Keitel,
Box Office Staff. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Amy Anderson . . . Kate Kersten, Alan Krumholz, Brian Murphy, Randy Nelson,
Bookkeeper. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mary Hofer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Karl Noll, Wayne Oliver, Chuck Roth

Weber Center Staff & Board

Executive Director. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . David R. Kilpatrick President. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chuck Roth
Weber Center Technical Director. . . . . . . . . . . Tim Harris . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Rick Artman, Kenna Christians,
Maintenance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Arthur Neville-Neil . . . . . . .Mary Ann Gschwind, John Lyche, Michael Ranscht,
House Managers. . . . . Sharon Dawidowski, Ethan Dinauer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jim Warren
Concessions Staff. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jared Shouts (manager),
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sam Jinsky, Kelly Krieg-Sigman, Kelsey Smith

Patron Donor List

(continued from page 18) Philip and Judy Gilbert Wes and Karen Mack Curt and Bev Ruston
William and Sarah Goff William and Helen Mackey Lisa Sauer
Supporter ($75-$124) Bill and Mary Graumann Robert and Diane Marcou Josh and Anne Saylor
Mark and Linda Backer David and Jennifer Grimsled Rich Maresh and Joan Keller-Maresh James and Elaine Schauls
Lori Bagniewski John Halbrehder and Carolyn Michael and Sharon Markee Paul and Kay Schneider
Dale and Barbara Bates Lois Matthews Doris and John Schwingle
Kay Baumann Diekmann Edith McBain and Jane Symicek Jeri Sebo
Dorothy Baures Chuck and Cheryl Hanson Lorraine McIlraith Wendy and John Severson
Clark and Margaret Berg Peter and Esther Harman Joe and Nanette Michel James Sill and Mary Orrico
Mike Bey and Mary Kief Richard and Cathy Harris Lloyd H. and Evelyn G. Miller Charlie and Lynn Smader
Ken and Donna Birnbaum Natalie Hartigan Sally Miller Arlene Smith
Nancy Borgen John and Phyllis Hayden Mary Monsoor Les and Kay Snuggerud
Chris and Vicki Born Esther Hayes Les and Helen Munson Dick and Pat Spencer
Carol Beidel Helen M. Heiser Curtis and Marcia Murray Dan and Janice Springer
Judy Brennan James and Barbara Hemker Dennis and Dianne Naumann Dave and Debbie Stark
Dianna Brown Jerry and Diane Hoch Kelly Nedvidek Ramon and Betty Stelloh
Tom Bruemmer and Judy Cobb John and Linda Hoehn Sonja Nelson Pat Stephens
Gary and Mary Bubbers Maria Holley Ed and Corine Neuman Wally and Betty Stoll
Jon and Pat Callanan George and Jackie Horihan Rudy and Cherie Nigl Tom Schauer and Maureen Sullivan
Tony and Violet Capaul Ray and Joanne Hubley Karen Nordstrom Carol Taebel
Willard and Ann Carlow Rollin and Connie Huebsch Jon and Christi Nowland Miriam and Ed Tanke
Jean Clark Florence Hyatt Tamara Nowland Kathy Thompson
Richard and Patricia Cox Dar and Darlene Isaacson Joseph and Claudia O`Keefe Bill and Pam Thrune
Lynne David Emmanuel and Cindy Jacobson Jim and Mary Olson Barbara and Jerry Tripp
Don DeBoer and Mary Blaha-DeBoer Ione L. Johnson Tiffany Olson Audrey Uber
Barbara Decker Ronald and Deb Johnson Paul and Judy Onsrud Alex and Jacqueline A. Vaver
Jolene DeMaiffe Mike and Clarice Kammel Ann Padesky Jo Voight
Stanley and Sue Dwyer Rose Ann Kazmierczak Elsie Patterson Karen D. Wagner
Michael and Mary Dzurko Bob and Mary Kelemen Dennis and Lois Peterson David and Laura Wagner
Michael and Rita Edmunds Jack and Charlotte Kerrigan Colleen Phelps Colleen Walsh
Rich and Sally Egan Scott and Nancy Kronn Jarrod and Sheryl Picha Jim and Cheryl Ward
James and Betty Ehrsam Michael Kruse Carleen Poellinger and Paul Brown Joseph Weiss
Gary and Lu Anne Ekern Paul and Kimberly Lansing John and Linda Proudfoot Wettstein`s
Eldon and Fran Ellefson Dennis and Michelle LaRoche Jim and Carol Reider Ray and Joyce Wichelt
Daryl and Nancy Ertl Bob and Jo Le Roy Nancy Reithel and Tim Henke Richard and Judy Williams
Dr. Todd and Mary Jo Fetsch Debbie Lejeune Michael and Cynthia Renken Leon and Kay Wolfe
Harold Flemke and Be Facteau Steve and Karen Lind Arlene Rhode Jim and Marilyn Wuttke
Joseph and Joan Francois Claude and Carolyn Lindeman Jen Roberdeau and Ken Schelper Frances I. Young
Sally Friend Steve and Cheryl Loehr Kenneth and Mary Rownd Mark and Debra Zellmer
Duane L. Lom and Rhonda K. Akeson

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2013-2014 season tickets packages are available! Inquire at the box office!

*Home Owners
*Climate Controlled
*Security Cameras

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Like to Sing?

Then be our guest! Any Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m.
You and your friends are welcome to “Join Us in Song.”
Harry J. Olson Center, 1607 North Street, La Crosse, WI 54603

La Crosse Coulee Chordsmen

P.O. Box 902, La Crosse, WI 54602
(608) 780-SING (7464)
[email protected]

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Audience Services

Box Office Policies and Procedures Cameras/Recording/Cell Phones/Pagers

The box office is open 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and The use of cameras, recording equipment, cellular phones and
one hour before performances. General admission tickets may pagers is strictly prohibited in the theatre. You may check these
be charged to a credit card or paid for with a check/cash at the items at the box office. Please leave your seat number at the
window. Tickets must be paid for at the time of the reservation. box office.

Seat Reservations Phone Calls

All seats should be reserved in advance, including those for Parents, please leave your seat numbers with your babysitter. If
season ticket holders. Reservations for the general public begin they need to reach you during the performance, we will do our
approximately two weeks before the opening of each show; best. We do not interrupt the performance to page people for
for season ticket holders about three weeks before the show. phone calls.
Patron Donors (who have made an additional donation of $75
or more per season) may reserve seats at any time. Season Flowers
ticket holders may purchase two additional tickets for guests
for each season ticket purchased, and must be for the same per- Giving flowers to cast members while on stage is inappropriate.
formance the season ticket holder is attending. If you forget or Flowers may be left in the box office for the stage manager
are somehow prevented from reserving your seats on time, we to deliver or you may hand them to the cast member once he
will do our best to help you find seats. However, seats are not or she is out of costume. Audience members are not allowed
guaranteed once public ticket sales begin. There are no refunds. backstage. If you wish to meet with a cast or crew member after
Please call the box office at 784-9292 if you have questions. the show, please wait for them in the auditorium or lobby.

Need to Exchange Your Tickets? Bad Weather Policy

• All ticket exchanges must be done in person at the box office It is the policy of La Crosse Community Theatre not to cancel
if your tickets have been printed. performances due to bad weather. As a result, we urge our
ticket holders to make every effort to attend the performance
• There is a $1.00 per ticket exchange fee. for which they hold tickets. Should this prove impossible, please
• Tickets may only be exchanged for another performance of call the box office as soon as possible before the performance
and alternative arrangements will be made. We cannot guaran-
the same show, not for another show. tee that seating will be available for an alternate performance.
• Tickets must be exchanged at least 24 hours prior to the There are no refunds for inclement weather.

performance the original tickets are for. Babies and Small Children
• In case of emergency, we may (at our discretion) allow the
We welcome children old enough to enjoy our productions.
customer to use his or her tickets on another night if tickets For the comfort of all audience members, we ask that children
are available. These tickets may not be reserved ahead of under 4 not attend productions. Regardless of age, all members
time. The ticket exchange fee still applies. of the audience must have a ticket for admission.

Unable to Use Your Tickets? Late Seating Policy

Sorry, all sales are final. There are no refunds. Please return your We strive to begin performances on time. Please allow plenty
unused tickets at least 24 hours in advance of the production of time to find the theatre and to take your seat. If you arrive
date to receive a receipt for a tax-deductible donation. more than 15 minutes after the show begins, we reserve the
right to release your seat(s) to someone else. There are no
refunds. Late arrivals will be seated at our discretion.

LCT’s Mission

La Crosse Community Theatre creates productions and projects that enhance the theatrical literacy of our audience
members, volunteers, students and staff. We provide opportunities for creativity and personal growth in a fun,

collaborative environment. As a community, we celebrate human connections through communication and interaction.

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“In business to keep you in business 24 hours a day.”

Thank you
to the
Russell L. and Vera M.
Smith Foundation
for its generous support and

sponsorship this season

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Bathing & Hygiene Assistance, Pepsi Cola of La Crosse
Transportation, Medication Management, • Locally owned

Meal Preparation & much more! • Group sponsor of the
La Crosse Performing Arts Center
We are available to you
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

608 519 4324

Independently Owned & Operated

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2013-2014 season tickets packages are available! Inquire at the box office!

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Thank you for your support of
La Crosse Community Theatre!

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!!!! !!!!

2013-2014 season tickets packages are available! Inquire at the box office!

2013–2014 SeaSon TickeTS on Sale now

order by July 1 for discount – all tickets go on sale aug. 6

ViteRbo Join us
Fine ARts for an
CenteR exciting
PResents season
• Bright Star Season spectacular
• NexStar Season performances
• Family Series such as
• One-of-a-Kind Chita Rivera:
A Legendary
Chamber Music Celebration.

Box Office: 608-796-3100 •

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La Crosse Community Theatre

on the completion of another
successful season

Business Coaching
to light your way
to greater

Work/Life Balance

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