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Published by jdavidson, 2019-12-17 11:45:11





DECEMBER 6–22, 2019

Holiday Musical—Theatre PG

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FEBRUARY 8, 2020


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Thank you La Crosse Community
Theatre’s season is made
to the
possible, in part, by
Russell L. and Vera M.
Smith Foundation The Wisconsin Arts Board is the state agency
which nurtures creativity, cultivates expression,
for its generous support
and sponsorship of promotes the arts, supports the arts in
education, stimulates community and economic
LCT’s 2019–2020 season. development and serves as a resource for people

of every culture and heritage.

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Producing Artistic Director’s Note

It’s the most wonderful time of Also, I like to take this time of
the year! Thank you so much for year to give thanks to you, our
joining us for today’s performance Thanks to you, wonderful patrons of La Crosse
of Elf the Musical. Elf premiered on our wonderful Community Theatre. Whether you
Broadway in the 2010 season and patrons. We are are a volunteer, subscriber, patron
was so popular, it returned again grateful to you. donor, or just enjoy seeing a show
in 2012. Since then it has been now and then, we are grateful to
seen on several National Tours and you. You have kept this wonderful
in a wildly successful West End organization in business for 57
production. It was even made into a television years and I mean it when we say, we couldn’t do
adaptation in the style of the classic stop-motion it without you. Thank you for making La Crosse
animated holiday specials. This musical is Community Theatre your community theatre.
nothing but delight, love, and a whole lot of fun.
I hope that you find as much joy in this show as Happy Holidays!
Buddy the Elf does as he works his magic and Grant Golson
childlike spirit to convince his family and New Producing Artistic Director

York City that the world needs Santa Claus.

after hours!

For mature elves only.

DEC. 13–21, 2019

Friday and Saturday
at 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.

Tickets available through the box office.

608-784-9292 |
Weber Center for the Performing Arts, 428 Front Street South, La Crosse

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LCT Staff & Board

Producing Artistic Director. . . . . . . . Grant Golson President. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bradley Weber
Marketing Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jessi Davidson First Vice-President. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mary Isaacs
Prod. & Special Event Coord.. . . Dominique Luecke Second Vice-President. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mike Herro
Patron Services Manager. . . . . . Mary Cate Cichock Treasurer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Patricia Sprang
Technical Director. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Peter Suardi Secretary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mary Ann Gschwind, FSPA
Bookkeeper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mary Hofer Past President. . . . . . . . . . Susan McDonald-Conroy
Education Coordinator. . . . . . . . . . . . . Stacy Bruemmer
Front of House Staff. . . Kallen Deckert, Lisa Keyser, Stacey Everson, Pat Heim, Tamera Hill
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Beth Moratto, Sharon Dawidowski Tim Kolek, Bill Koutsky, Brady Lowe

Kelley Manson, Mary Rathgaber
Joan Temple, Kathy Van Kirk-Przywojski

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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October 19, 2019 • 7:30 pm
Andrew von Oeyen, piano


November 16, 2019 • 7:30 pm
Igor Pikayzen, violin
La Crosse Area Youth Symphony Orchestra


December 20 & 21, 2019 • 7:30 pm
Bobby Levinger, piano
Soloists, Ballet La Crosse (Friday)
Soloists, La Crosse Dance Centre (Saturday)


March 7, 2020 • 7:30 pm
Rising Stars Student Competition & Concert
Instrumental performances & competition
Piano performances & competition


May 2, 2020 • 7:30 pm
Steve Lippia, tenor

CHERISH THE LADIES Purchase your tickets today! | 608.783.2121

June 6, 2020 • 7:30 pm
Lucille Chung, piano
Wes Luke, violin

Jennifer Higdon: Blue Cathedral

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A proupdrospdouncstioornof this

La Crosse Community Theatre, KQEG-TV, and LHI present


Book by Music by Lyrics by




Based on the New Line Cinema film written by David Berenbaum

Originally prouced by
Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures
In association with Unique Features



Music Director Choreographer


Set Designer Costume Designer Lighting Designer


Props Master Sound Designer Accompanist


Technical Director Stage Manager Assistant Director



is presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials also supplied by MTI.

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

This production will be performed with one 15-minute intermission.

Special Acknowledgments

Thank you to all who made this production possible, including Theresa Smerud for photography, High Roller
Skating Center, and Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Performance Center and Theatre Department.

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Director’s Note

LCT’s 56th Season our lives to remind us to live in the moment, wonder
397th Production at the magic, and spread joy.
The task of transforming a well-loved holiday movie
Last Christmas was my first as a parent. We traveled classic into a play is not an easy one.Thomas Meehan
long distances to visit family, schlepping baby gear and Bob Martin’s script pays homage to the movie
and gifts. It was a more stressful Christmas than I had with an aplomb adaptation. Kit Mayer’s scenic design
previously experienced, and as I watched my brother transports us to the North Pole and all over NewYork
and sister-in-law working so hard to make it all just City in all its holiday glory. Add Matthew Sklar and Chad
right for their four children (clearly more stressed Beguelin’s classic show tunes and Jen NicholsWilkinson’s
than my husband and I) I had to wonder: is this what whimsical choreography and you’ve got a full-fledged
future Christmases hold for us? Is there a way to give Broadway experience.This cast has given so much to
peace and joy to our kids and to ourselves at the same bring this story to life, and I am forever grateful for their
time? Seems like we could all use a Buddy the Elf in talents, time, and dedication to this art.
Whatever your current stress level is this holiday
season, we’re so glad you’ve joined us. We hope that
for the next few hours you can sit back and relax, let
go of the to-do list running through your mind, and
let this sweet story transport you.
Stephanie Harter Campbell
P.S. Merry Christmas!

Hold on to your hat and
have a’re
going to need it!
JAN. 24–
FEB. 2, 2020

Thurs., Fri., & Sat. at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

TICKETS $24–$32
Tickets available through the box office or online Jan. 6, 2020

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Buddy the Elf.......................... Jeremiah Galvan Charlotte Dennon/Ensemble...Brittany Jansen*
Jovie.............................................Brianna Frost Waitress/Ensemble........................Sherry Picha
Walter Hobbs............................Dennis Dorman Saleswoman/Ensemble.............Brittany Schilla
Emily Hobbs...............................Patti Johnson* Ensemble...Cassady Chadwell*, Drew Reischl
Michaela Hobbs...........................Rubie Stetzer ...................Stephen Reischl, Alexis Solheid*
Deb................................................Kelly Galvan Charlie/Youth Ensemble.................. Ollie Olson*
Santa..........................................Elias Ellefson* Tiara/Youth Ensemble...............Quinn Williams
Mrs. Claus/Ensemble....................... Angi Tamke Youth Ensemble............................ Adalyn Dehli
Mr. Greenway/Ensemble.......... Jonathan Lamb ....................Georgia Galvan, Riley Hatlevig*
Manager..................................... Cole Jacobson .. Greta Kleven*, Avie Nelson, Wesley Olson*
Chadwick/Ensemble.................... Allan Johnson .......................Brody Reider, Andrew Weber*
Matthews/Ensemble....................... Aaron Frost
* = LCT main stage debut

Production and Design Staff

Director............... Stephanie Harter Campbell Costume Construction.............................Alex Bell
Music Director..................................Seth Kieser ..................Beverlee Clearman, Greta Griffith
Set Designer........................................Kit Mayer .....................Shirley Huhn, Maria Kimberling
Costume Designer.........................Irina Christel ..................... Nancy Mahlum, Sharon Markee
Lighting Designer..................Jason Underferth ................................. Sue Mitchell, Chris Papke
Props Master.......................Tina Napiorkowski ....................Amanda Spielman, Carla Stetzer
Sound Designer.....................Ryan Van Berkum ....................Lorraine Wilson, Suzanne Young
Accompanist................................Sarah Leitzen Deck Chief/Flyrail................................Ron Dehli
Technical Director...........................Peter Suardi Flyrail/Set Crew..............................Aaron Victor
Stage Manager.................................. Kyle Delap Followspot/Sound Asst...Lilly Picha, Anna Riess
Assistant Director........................Kaleb Morgan Props Assistants....Georgia Galvan, Avie Nelson
Sound Board Operator............Brodyn Byington ... Ollie Olson, Brody Reider, Quinn Williams
Light Board Operator.................Bronson Tamke Parent Supervisors....Amy Hatlevig, Jen Kleven
Set Construction.................................Chris Born .............. Jim Kleven, Katie Nelson, Jed Olson
.......Dennis Dorman, Stella “Ren” Wolfgram .......Kelly Olson, Leslie Weber, Tom Williams
Scenic Painters..........................Sharon Markee
............................. Sandy Nerby, Kelsey Taunt

LCT has a new website!

Although words will never adequately express our gratitude,
endless applause and thanks to Vendi for donating their
time, talent, and hard work to create our new website.

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Elf The Musical

The North Pole and New York City, Christmas time, present day.


North Pole North Pole/New York
“Overture” “Entr’acte”
“Happy All The Time” New York
Santa’s Workshop
“Nobody Cares About Santa”

North Pole Central Park
“Not Happy All The Time” “Never Fall In Love (With An Elf)”

En route to Manhattan Hobbs’ Apartment
“World’s Greatest Dad” “There Is A Santa Claus”

Greenway Press Offices Greenway Press Offices
“In The Way” “The Story of Buddy”

Macy’s Central Park
“Sparklejollytwinklejingley (Part 1)” “Nobody Cares (Santa’s reprise)”

“Goodnight Jovie” Central Park West
Hobbs’ Apartment “A Christmas Song (reprise)”
“I’ll Believe In You”
“In The Way (reprise)” North Pole
Greenway Press Offices “Finale”

“Just Like Him”

Manhattan, New York City
“A Christmas Song”

Greenway Press Offices
“World’s Greatest Dad (reprise)”


Six-pack flex package

(six tickets that can be used in any combination)

or a gift certificate!

Both can be used all season long.

608-784-9292 |

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72 Copeland Ave
La Crosse, WI


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Fly to New York for six days of fun!

June 10–15, 2020

**Registration closes Janaury 31, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.**

See Broadway and so much more!

Travel with La Crosse Community Theatre on a trip
to the best-known theatre city in the world—New
York. Join LCT Producing Artistic Director, Grant
Golson, for five nights and six days, taking in all of
the sights and sounds of the city that never sleeps.

Explore the historic sites and museums, shop on
Fifth Avenue, or tour the harbor and Ground Zero.
way shows—2 of your choice and Plaza Suite,
starring Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica
Parker. You won’t want to miss Neil Simon’s classic
comedy that offers a glimpse into love, marriage,
and contentment.

See New York City from above at the One World
Observatory! Elevators will take you up 102 stories
in 47 seconds. Then on Circle Line’s Landmark
cruise, see unparalleled views from the water. Sit
back, relax, and enjoy breathtaking views of the
skyline and the Statue of Liberty while tour guides
narrate every detail along the route.

The Tour Includes:

• Ticket to Plaza Suite, starring Matthew
Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker

• Tickets to (2) two shows of your choice
• A boat tour around Manhattan on the Circle

Line’s Landmark Cruise
• A walking tour of Times Square
• Entrance into One World Observatory
• Escorted by Grant Golson
• 5 nights lodging at Hampton Inn Manhattan,

Times Square North
• 5 breakfasts
• Cocktail party at New York Beer Co. Bar and Grill
• Round-trip motor coach transportation from

La Crosse to Minneapolis airport
• Round-trip coach-class airfare from

Minneapolis to New York on Delta Airlines
• Motor coach transfers between the airport

and hotel
• A pre-tour informational meeting
• Taxes and tour gratuities on included items

To download the trip registration form and see what
individual show choices are available, visit us online:

Cast Biographies

CASSADY CHADWELL* (Ensemble) leather working, and wood carving. Elias is the proud
is thrilled to be making her LCT debut! father of two Eagle Scouts: Erik and Brendan. He
She is a junior BFA Theatre Major with extends all of the love in the world to his wonderful
a minor in Dance at Viterbo University. family and amazing wife, Carrie.
She is an Improv Team Captain and
is involved in Platinum Edition Showchoir. When she AARON FROST (Matthews/En-
is not on stage she is a House Manager at the Viterbo semble) is excited to be in another
Fine Arts Center. She has spent her past two summers production here at LCT. He’s played
as a singer/dancer at Valleyfair Amusement Park in percussion in Oklahoma! and Tarzan
Shakopee, MN. at Appleseed Community Theatre, and
ADALYN DEHLI (Youth Ensemble) is Titanic and A Streetcar Named Desire here at LCT. After
so excited to be part of this produc- getting a taste of acting in Newsies, he’s glad to share
tion of Elf. She was previously a men- the stage with his wife for such a fun holiday show!
tor in The Penguin Project production He’d like to like to thank his wonderful family and
of Annie Jr. here at LCT, and she also friends, and especially his wife for throwing him into
performed in Aladdin Jr. and Tarzan at Appleseed Com- the world of theatre!
munity Theatre. In her free time you will find Adalyn BRIANNA FROST (Jovie) is ecstatic
singing and dancing every chance she gets. She would to be a part of Elf the Musical! Previous
like to thank her family for supporting her in her LCT productions include Newsies
theatrical adventures. (Katherine), Titanic (Kate McGowan),
DENNIS DORMAN (Walter Hobbs) and Xanadu (Erato), as well as
Life continues at warp speed for Den- ensemble roles in Mamma Mia, Cabaret, and Les
nis with travelling, doing business, Miserables. She also had the wonderful opportunity to
attending family events, singing choreograph Annie Jr. All the love in the world to her
with the Eagle Crest and AARPapellas friends and family and her amazing husband who is
groups, coaching the Frost Disabled Hockey Team, and sharing the stage with her for the second time!
of course helping out with set construction at LCT. It’s GEORGIA GALVAN (Youth Ensemble)
been fun to be part of this fantastic Christmas show is a seventh grade student at Lincoln
and to be back on stage with some of the talented Middle. She plays French horn and
actors from past productions—The Little Mermaid, enjoys doing all kinds of art in her
Titanic, and Newsies. As always, Dennis thanks his free time. Some shows Georgia has
wife, Ellie, for supporting him and helping him performed in are: Ramona Quimby (Ramona) at LCT,
squeeze it all in. Seussical Jr. (Jojo) at Lincoln, A Christmas Carol (Mamie
ELIAS ELLEFSON* (Santa) has Dickens) at UWL, and Tarzan (Ape) at Appleseed. She
appeared on stage with the Viroqua thanks her family for inspiring her to find her love of
Community Theatre and the Fortney theatre. She also thanks her friends for putting up
Underground Players. Previous with her singing songs from Elf non-stop.
productions include The Music Man
(Charlie Cowell), The Wizard of Oz (The Tin Man), and * = LCT main stage debut
The Odd Couple (Felix Ungar). When Elias is offstage,
he is a dedicated adult volunteer in the Gateway Area
Council. He enjoys teaching Scouts outdoor skills,

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Cast Biographies

JEREMIAH GALVAN (Buddy the Elf) daycare family for their support.“I can’t lie, this show
is beyond ecstatic to be portraying will make all of ya tingle!”
his (Christmas) spirit animal! Though
he has shared his love of Christmas BRITTANY JANSEN* (Charlotte
through other previous roles, this Dennon/Ensemble) is thrilled to make
is the star on top of the tree. Previous productions her LCT debut! She was in Appleseed
without all the tinsel and holly include Tarzan, Twelve Community Theatre’s production of
Angry Men, and The Wizard of Oz. During this season of Tarzan this past summer and has also
love and joy, his heart is bursting with cheerful thank- participated in various productions in high school and
fulness for Kelly (his first elf love) and his sparklejol- college. She graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 2017,
lytwinklejingley daughters! John 1:14 where she studied English and music. She enjoys read-
KELLY GALVAN (Deb) knows this ing, tap dancing, and playing guitar. She works as a
is the best time of year and enjoys project coordinator/editor at Interact Communications.
the Christmas spirit with her kids, ALLAN JOHNSON (Chadwick/En-
Georgia, Evangeline and Amery. It semble) works at the village Festival
is also the time of year to celebrate Foods in the deli department. He’s
her wedding anniversary with her jolly, handsome been in many musicals at LCT , includ-
husband, Jeremiah. Kelly recently began working for ing The King and I, Anything Goes
the La Crosse School District. Past stage appearances (Moon Face Martin), Something’s Afoot ( Dr. Grayburn),
for Kelly include: A Charlie Brown Christmas (LCT) and Camelot (Colgrevance), and Titanic (Edgar Beane), as
Pinkalicious (Appleseed). She hopes you find the joy in well as Les Miserables and Billy Elliot (Ensemble). He
this holiday season with some rum cake...and rum! assistant directed Mary Poppins. He loves the theatre;
RILEY HATLEVIG* (Youth Ensemble) it is another world for him. He thanks Tom for the
is thrilled to be returning for his support.
second show at LCT. He was last seen PATTI JOHNSON* (Emily Hobbs) is
on stage as Sylva Were in Dr. Evil and excited and honored to be perform-
the Basket of Kittens. He is a fourth ing in her very first production with
grader at Emerson Elementary. In his spare time he LCT. She has most recently been part
enjoys watching Marvel movies and making videos for of the cast of My Fair Lady and Chitty
his You Tube channel,“New England Riley”. Riley loves Chitty Bang Bang in Winona’s HCO productions. She
theatre and hopes you enjoy the show! thanks her daughters, Anabel and Paige, and her dear
COLE JACOBSON (Manager) is so friend Maria for encouraging her to pursue dreams
excited to be back on the LCT stage that bring her spirit to life again! She also thanks the
in his first ever Christmas show!! Cole directors for this amazing opportunity.
(now 21) was just five years old when
he saw the movie Elf in theaters. He
LOVED it, so of course he wanted to be in a musical of
it. Cole is a junior at Winona State University and works
at the Central Lutheran Church’s Child Care Center. Cole
would like to thank his family, friends, and all of his

* = LCT main stage debut

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Winter Theatre Education Classes

January 11–February 29, 2020

Imagination Station

January 11–February 29, 2020

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608-784-9292 |
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Cast Biographies

GRETA KLEVEN* (Youth Ensemble) SHERRY PICHA (Waitress/Ensemble)
is thrilled to be in her first produc- is very excited to be back at LCT. You
tion at LCT! She is delighted to have may remember her from Mamma
the opportunity to perform. Greta Mia (Greek Lady/Ensemble) or The 24
dreams of starring in a Marvel movie Hour Project show, Baggage (Disney
someday—the experience here is a great first step! Mom). When she’s not performing you can find her
Greta is in fourth grade. She loves to swim, play piano, singing at Sprout Childcare and with her grandchil-
bake, and spend time with her family and friends. dren—Annlee, Delilah, and Braydon. Sherry extends
JONATHAN LAMB (Mr. Greenway/ all of her love to her husband, Jarrod, and her children
Ensemble) is so happy to be back on for being her biggest cheerleaders. She wishes you all
the LCT stage, which he has been a wonderful holiday season!
lucky to be a part of since 1988. Previ- BRODY REIDER (Youth Ensemble)
ous shows include Thoroughly Modern is very excited to be in Elf the Musical!
Millie (Bun Foo) and The Wizard of Oz (Cowardly Lion). He has been in Appleseed productions
He would like to thank his family for always being so such as Aladdin Jr. (Aladdin) and Tar-
supportive. He would like to dedicate this show to zan (Ensemble). He was also in Mulan
Betty Lamb and his Mu cha cha. Jr. (Mushu), Newsies (Les), and Shrek Jr. (Donkey).
AVIE NELSON (Youth Ensemble) is When Brody isn’t on stage he loves to dance, sing, and
so excited to be in Elf The Musical! You hangout with friends and family. Brody would like
may have seen her recently in Bad to thank his friends and family for all of the support,
Seed (Rhoda), Wait Until Dark (Gloria), especially his mother and father! He would also like to
and Appleseed’s Tarzan (Young Terk). thank the cast and crew for being amazing!
When Avie is not on stage, she is writing, singing, and DREW REISCHL (Ensemble) After
playing music. Avie is an eighth grader at Aquinas just finishing up his role as Lt. Shaw in
Middle School. She would like to thank her family and The Secret Garden, Drew could not stay
friends for supporting her as she pursues her passions. away from the stage for long before
Avie hopes you enjoy the show and thanks you for jumping head first into Elf. He would
supporting LCT! like to thank his family for their support, and especially
OLLIE OLSON* (Charlie/Youth En- his brother Stephen for doing the show with him.
semble) is a seventh grade student at STEPHEN REISCHL (Ensemble)
La Crosse Design Institute. He loves art, Loving his role as Oliver Warbucks in
his dog, Kona, and his family, which Annie Jr., Stephen was excited to ac-
consists of his brother, his sister, and his cept his role in Elf. Some of his favorite
two amazing parents. He is ecstatic to be in Elf the Musi- things are Spider-Man and Star-Lord
cal because it brings joy and humor to its audience. from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He also likes to
WESLEY OLSON* (Youth Ensemble) spend his time assembling Lego sets.
This is Wesley’s first LCT show. His
hobbies include cooking, drawing, * = LCT main stage debut
and gymnastics. He is so grateful to be
able to be a part of this play. He hopes
y’all have a wonderful time at Elf. :)

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Cast Biographies

BRITTANY SCHILLA (Saleswoman/ ANGI TAMKE (Mrs. Claus/Ensemble)
Ensemble) is so excited to be a part of An educator, Oktoberfest Grenadier,
Elf the Musical! This is Brittany’s sixth and Pearl Street Brewery tour guide,
show at LCT. Previous productions Angi is honored to be in her seventh
include Newsies, The Music Man, show with LCT, and to be with such
Titanic, Sister Act, and Billy Elliot. When not on stage, a fun and talented cast! Her favorite roles so far have
Brittany is a social studies teacher and drama director been the beloved Ruth in Calendar Girls and the simple
at La Crescent High School. She would like to thank but sweet Lenya in Fools. Angi would like to thank the
her friends and family for their endless support, her Universe for opening up time in her busy schedule for
students for persevering through her sleep deprived, this show, her husband for putting up with yet another
coffee-induced mania, and Sean for being the best stretch of rehearsals (like he was given a choice), and
human a girl could ask for. Bronson and Ethan for not needing (wanting) her at
ALEXIS SOLHEID* (Ensemble) is home as much anymore.
thrilled to make her LCT debut in this ANDREW WEBER* (Youth
hilarious show! A Minnesota native, Ensemble) is excited to be in his very
past credits include Next to Normal first LCT show! He is in third grade
(Natalie), Sister Act (Mary Robert), at Sand Lake Elementary. Andrew
Camp Rock (Mitchie), and Legally Blonde (Ensemble/ loves to play video games with his big
Dance Captain). Off-stage, she enjoys spreading Christ- brother. He also enjoys his piano lessons and dance
mas cheer by singing loud for all to hear and visiting classes! Andrew wants to say thank you to his mom,
coffee shops in search of the best chai latte in town. dad, Emma, and Matthew.“I love you!”
Many thanks to her friends, family, and felines for their QUINN WILLIAMS (Tiara/Youth
support! Viterbo BFA MT 2022. Ensemble) is very excited to be
RUBIE STETZER (Michaela Hobbs) is performing in Elf The Musical. Quinn
filled with“sparklejollytwinklejingley” has recently been on stage as Mary
when performing at LCT. Rubie’s Lennox in LCT’s The Secret Garden. You
debut was in Tales of a Fourth Grade also may have seen her in some other productions,
Nothing (Jane) at the age of eight, such as Tarzan (Ape), Oklahoma! (Ellen), and Aladdin
and she recently served as a mentor for The Penguin (Aladdin’s Mother). When not acting, Quinn enjoys
Project in Annie Jr. Other previous productions include singing, piano, flute, tennis, and her sixth grade life.
Newsies (Newsie), A Christmas Story (Helen), and The She would like to thank the cast and crew for all their
Music Man (Amaryllis). Rubie’s passion for dance, vocal support, and of course her loving family.
performance, and acting has kept this thirteen year
old’s heart absorbed in the performing arts. * = LCT main stage debut

Spring Theatre Education Classes

March 14–May 16, 2020

608-784-9292 |
Weber Center for the Performing Arts, 428 Front Street South, La Crosse

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Production Staff Biographies

STEPHANIE HARTER CAMPBELL the Commonweal Theatre, Viterbo University, St.
(Director) is thrilled to be back at the Mary’s University, and LCT. He is a founding member
Weber Center for Elf. Her previous of the Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre and has had his
directing credits include Mamma work seen throughout the country, as well as Europe,
Mia! and The Music Man (LCT), as well Canada, and Australia.
as Hansel and Gretel (Viterbo). Having performed in
45 states and 7 countries on 4 national tours and at IRINA CHRISTEL (Costume Designer)
numerous professional regional theatres, Stephanie is originally from Kazakhstan and
has settled down here in La Crosse and is thoroughly trained at the Technical College of
enjoying directing, teaching in the Music and Theatre Textile and Sewing Industries. She
departments at Viterbo University, and playing her worked for many years as a techni-
favorite roles daily: partner to Matt and mom to Eliza. cal engineer and fashion designer at the Regional
SETH KIESER (Music Director) is Fashion House in Kazakhstan. After moving to the US,
thrilled to be working with LCT once she worked in the bridal industry for ten years. She
again, having previously played received her BFA from Viterbo University and currently
Keyboard II for First Lady Suite and works there as the prop shop manager.
stage managing Bad Seed. Previ- JASON UNDERFERTH (Lighting
ous onstage appearances include the Mute in The Designer) has been lighting shows
Fantasticks (Weber Center), Big Deal in West Side Story professionally for more than twenty
(Viterbo University), and Cord Elam in Oklahoma! years with such companies as Com-
(Viterbo University). He is a graduate of the Stage monweal Theatre Company, Chinese
Management program at Viterbo University, where Dance Theatre, Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts,
he currently serves as the Administrative Assistant for Minnetonka Arts Center, St. Mary’s University, Viterbo
both the Fine Arts Center and the University Relations University, St. Olaf College, and the University of Min-
Department. nesota. Favorite designs include Man of La Mancha
JENNIFER NICHOLS WILKINSON and Enchanted April, both at Commonweal. Jason is
(Choreographer) has choreographed the Production Manager and Lighting Design Lecturer
over twenty shows at LCT! Some at St Mary’s University. This is Jason’s second show
favorites include Blood Brothers, Les with LCT after designing The Secret Garden.
Miserables, and Mary Poppins. She TINA NAPIORKOWSKI (Props
also choreographs the summer musical for the West Master) loves all things sparklejollyt-
Salem Drama Department. In her free time, Jen is a winklejingley and is thrilled that her
Spanish teacher at Central High School. A huge thank first show as Props Master is Elf! She
you goes out to her mom, who encouraged her to would like to thank the cast and crew
choregraph her first show, and to Chad and Liam, who for always being supportive, and her family for their
have been home alone all these nights. This show love, support, and help with whatever was needed.
is dedicated to her Dad, who is her inspiration.“The
memories will never fade.”

KIT MAYER (Set Designer) is the
resident scenic designer for LCT. Since
emigrating from Lithuania, he has
been active in designing theatre
throughout the region, working at

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Production Staff Biographies

RYAN VAN BERKUM (Sound Las Vegas (Master Carpenter), and Viterbo University
Designer) has worked with LCT and (Scene Shop Foreman). Most importantly, to his son,
Weber Center for the past several Michael,“If you find this in a shoebox one day, know
years as an AV contractor. Elf The that you mean the world to me and I love you.”
Musical is Ryan’s third sound design at
LCT. He attended Herzing College for IT Management KYLE DELAP (Stage Manager) Kyle is
and has taken on AV technician/event production/ excited to be back stage managing at
AV control programming roles at multiple companies LCT again after taking a brief hiatus
and local theatres. He recently started a new AV and to be a dad and explore. By day,
production company, The Theater Guys, with a former he solves technology crises for the
co-worker. Ryan looks forward to the day he finds the School District of La Crosse, by night he hangs with
right person with whom to spend his time. his amazing family (Hi Julie and Lily!) and glamps. An
SARAH LEITZEN (Accompanist) has LCT veteran with 28 credits to his name (mostly stage
been part of many LCT productions, management), he relishes the challenge of coordinat-
including Les Miserables, Thoroughly ing all the elements that go into a stage musical.
Modern Millie, Mamma Mia!, Mary KALEB MORGAN (Assistant Director)
Poppins, The Gifts of the Magi, and has been acting since he was a kid.
Bridge to Terabithia. She is grateful for the joys and You may have noticed him in numer-
challenges that have come with each production and ous shows with LCT, Appleseed,
thanks Eric, Cindie, and Tim for their patience with the the Pump House, and LIVE! from La
late nights. Crosse. Elf The Musical is his first attempt at being
PETER SUARDI (Technical Director) “the man behind the curtain”. Working with other
is the newest member of the LCT actors on their process is something that has always
family. Mr. Suardi has been working interested him, and he is thrilled to be doing it for the
in technical theater since 2004, first time at LCT! He would like to give a big thanks to
and previously worked for The Utah everyone in the cast and production team, especially
Shakespeare Festival (Scenery Materials Coordina- Stephanie for allowing him to share in her artistic
tor), Great River Shakespeare Festival (Asst. Technical process.
Director/Company Manager), University of Nevada

It’s her book, He never forgot
her writing, and he never forgave,
her proof...or is it?
not Sweeney Todd.
Auditions: January 13–14, 2020
Auditions: March 2–3, 2020*
Rehearsals: Monday–Friday
beginning January 20, 2020 Rehearsals: Monday–Friday
beginning March 9, 2020*
Performances: Feb. 28–Mar. 15, 2020
Performances: May 1–17, 2020
Drama • Theatre PG-13
*Tentative Dates • Musical • Theatre PG-13

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Supporting Our
Local Community

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Wipfli is proud to support the
La Crosse Community Theatre program.

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2019–2020 Corporate Friends of LCT

Platinum Level

Commercial AV Systems • La Crosse Tribune
Mid-West Family Broadcasting

UFAH • Vendi • Wisconsin Arts Board
Wisconsin Public Radio • WXOW TV-19

Gold Level

Altra Federal Credit Union • Dahl Automotive
Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration

Gundersen Health System • Kaplan • KQEG-TV
La Crosse Community Foundation

Logistics Health, Inc. • Mayo Clinic Health System
Russell L. and Vera M. Smith Foundation

State Bank Financial • Wells Fargo • Xcel Energy

Silver Level

CBS Graphics • Charlie Smader State Farm Insurance
Coulee Region Women • Dairyland Power Cooperative • DigiCOPY
Domino’s • Edward Jones • Explore La Crosse • Five Star Telecom

Fowler and Hammer • Franciscan Spirituality Center
Governmental Employees Credit Union • Gundersen Partners

Kratt • Leithold Music • Lindy’s Subs and Salads
Lost Lake Beer • Marine Credit Union • Piggy’s Restaurant
Pischke Motors • Rotary Lights • Stetzer Accounting Service
Stifel • Touch of Class • Travel Leaders • The Waterfront
Window World of La Crosse • WIPFLi • Wisconsin Insurance Center

Bronze Level

Advanced Fiber Products • Bagniefski Heating and Air Conditioning
Family Medical Supply • Freight House Restaurant

Houghton’s Jackson Street Pub • LAWNKeepers • Life in Harmony Music Therapy
Merchants Bank • Quality Vac and Sew • Rudy’s Drive In

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Angel Friend Donors

Altra Financial Advisors Weber Family Foundation Karl and Julie Noll
David Amborn and Karen Gilster Hon. Scott and Sue Horne Dick Record

Chris and Sara Battison Keith and Mary Isaacs Chuck and LuAnn Roth
Chris and Vicki Born William Koutsky Russell L. and Vera M. Smith Foundation
Tom and Jan Brock
Roger and Kenna Christians John and Linda Lyche Stetzer Accounting
J. Michael and Vicki Hartigan Mayo Clinic Health System John and Joan Temple
Randy and Lynn Nelson Xcel Energy Foundation

Patron Donor List

Producer’s Circle Actor’s Circle Erek Weis Rachael and Joe Kaiser
($2,500+) ($250-$499) Daryl and Margaret Wood Mike and Clarice Kammel
Karl and Julie Noll In Memory of Dr. Edward Miner, MD Promoter Julie Keitel
Sara L. Adams and ($150-$249) Bob and Mary Kelemen
Director’s Circle Chuck Charbeneau In honor of Bruce and Bruce Kerr
($1,000-$2,499) Peter and Joan Allen Roberta Conrad Debbie and Bob Kramer
In memory of John Clemons Gretchen Burns Anonymous Carolyn Lawrence
Tom and Jan Brock Roy Campbell and Ellen Ullsvik James and Lynn Arends Larry and Diane Lindesmith
Arla Clemons Kevin Conroy and Arnold and Donna Asp Ingri Lombardi
Barbara and Donald Frank Susan McDonald-Conroy Jason and Kelley Bahr Stephen and Margeen Mau
Keith and Mary Isaacs Bob and Kay Conzemius Clem and Addie Bott Rosemary Nelson
Michael and Sharon Markee Chad and Tammy Dutton Molly Brueske Cyndy Nichols and Neal MacCallum
Jim Nelson and Diane Foust Ted and Mary Eisenbacher Ursula Cejpek Tom and Lori Nigon
Ryan and Katie Nelson Carey and Suzanne Falkenberry Gail Cleary Ron and Frieda Nowland
Scott and Mary Rathgaber Bill Hoel Kim and Tom Culp Tammy and Chris Olson
Chuck and Lu Ann Roth John and Diann Honadel Scott Davies Elsie Patterson
Mary and Robert Hubbard Thomas Erb and Cecilia Caron Diane Pogreba
Designer’s Circle Joe and Linda Kastantin Dennis and Lauri Ford James and Carol Reider
($500-$999) Michael Kratt David and Barbara Foye Leah Reimann
In honor of Jo Ann Jenkins Daniel and Vicky Kunz Jo and Jim Glasser Cam and Carlene Roberts
David Amborn and Karen Gilster Dustin and Dominique Luecke Bill and Sarah Goff Kirk and Nancy Rodman
Sara and Chris Battison Aurel and Sue Mailath Chuck and Carmen Gustafson Kurt and Julie Schroeder
Jennifer Burchell Andrew and Nancy Matchett Peter and Janice Gutierrez Linda Schwartz
(In memory of Euel Bailey) Fredrick and Barbara McNaughton Chuck and Cheryl Hanson Sandy Sechrest
Franciscan Sisters of Ken and Janine Merkitch Brian and Karen Harris Theresa M Smerud
Perpetual Adoration Christine Papke Barbara and Herb Heili Susan Soltau and Tom Hansen
Tom and Heidi Grau Jack and Barb Peplinski J.O. and Ellen Heinecke Paul Steingraeber
J. Michael and Vicki Hartigan Dennis and Sharon Ryan Mike and Cheri Herro Greg and Joan Stellrecht
Gary and Debra Luecke Lisa, Sam, and Katie Sauer Sue and Fred Heuer Angi Tamke
Rebecca Naugler Daniel Schneider and Mary Lansing John and Linda Hoehn Edward Tanke
Randy and Lynn Nelson Jeri V Sebo Jim and Diane Hoffmeister Don and Linda Wagner
Barbara Rice Linda Sherwood Holmen Custom and Collision Weddings by Nancy
Brian and Karen Rude Carol Smith John and Charlene Hopkins Yvonne and David Whiteman
Dick and Mary Jean Sartz Kathryn Spelker Scott Horne Richard and Judy Williams
Pamela and Richard Strauss Dick and Pat Spencer Connie and Rollin Huebsch Suzanne Young
Vantage Architects, Inc Patricia Sprang Shirley Huhn Loran and Terry Zibrowski
Ross and Lynn Marie West The Sullivan Family Barbara Johnson Joe and Kathy Zietlow
Jim and Jo Ann Wickizer Bradley and Leslie Weber Mark and Sharon Jolivette

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Patron Donor List

Supporter Mike Hickey Lloyd and Evelyn Miller Colin Thelen
($100-$149) Donald and Kathy Hill Howard and Nancy Mills Cheryl and Terry Thienes
In memory of William R. Krause Jerry and Diane Hoch Marcia Murray Bill and Pam Thrune
Anonymous Jennifer Hoffman Kelly Nedvidek Barbara Tripp
Frank and Jenny Aberger Dale and Christine Howard Ed and Corine Neuman Larry and Cheri Tuxen
Robert and Laurel Allen Richard and Marlene Hutter Bill and Karen Newburg David and Laura Wagner
Gary and Judy Anderson Jo Ann Jenkins Christi Nowland Tom and Deb Walsh
Dorothy Aumann Allan J. Johnson Paul and Judy Onsrud Eileen Walsh Doyle
Nancy Beguin David Johnson Susanne and Patrick Peck Joyce Wichelt
Judy Brennan Roger and Jean Klousia Carlene Poellinger and Paul Brown Ruth Williams
Barbara Burchill Bob and Marlene Kohner Paul and Kathy Przywojski Judie and Theron Wilson
Cari and Mark Burmaster Alma and Pete Kohnert Kathryn Ready Gary and Debra Wold
Frank and Kristi Cadwell John and Mary Komperud Todd and Eva Marie Restel Xcel Energy
Jean Clark William Koutsky Thomas and Sharon Ryan
Judith Clements Jan and Louise Kovars Chuck and Patti SansCrainte
John and Sharon Dawidowski Cliff and Cheryl Kremmer John and Doris Schwingle
Jolene DeMaiffe and Michael Kruse Glenn and Lila Seager
Ellen Pedretti Fendt Drew Larson Louise Sedevie-Lawrynk
Kevin and Krista Drewiske Jenelle and Tom Lee Arlene Smith
LuAnne Ekern Teri Lehrke Janice and Dan Springer
Daryl and Nancy Ertl Steve and Karen Lind Matt Springer
Marla French and Charles Anderson Claude and Carolyn Lindeman Pat and Joanne Stephens
Sally Friend Weston and Karen Mack Wally and Betty Stoll
Rebecca Goche and Cheryl Groom Robert and Diane Marcou Dawson and Jackie Strutt
Mary and Bill Graumann Sean McGuire Brian and Diane Sullivan
Jim and Barbara Hemker Alice and Chip Backlund Jim and Sharon Tempke

What is a Hearing Loop?

Hearing Loops allow people who wear
hearing aids to directly receive the
sound from the theatre’s sound system
in their own hearing aids, much like
Wi-Fi for laptops. If you wear hearing
instruments, and they have a wireless
receiver called a T-coil or Telecoil built-
in, you will benefit from the hearing
loop in our theatre. The T-coil program
is accessed by pushing a button on
your hearing aid. This T-coil setting
has to be activated before use. Please
consult your audiologist to ensure your
t-coils are properly adjusted.

If you do not have a T-coil equipped
hearing instrument, please feel free
to stop by the box office to pick up a
hearing assist device.

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and ready for surgery

Adding some color to difficult situations
is just one way we practice
Love + Medicine.


in the audience, as a member of
the choir, as a volunteer, a sponsor or donor

The La Crosse Chamber Chorale is a volunteer, community based
choir that was founded in 1986, whose singers are united by a love of
choral singing. Our staff, singers and Board of Directors are
committed to bringing professional quality choral music, artistic
excellence and creative programming to the region.

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Audience Services

Box Office Policies and Procedures the option when purchasing online or ask for it when contact-
ing the box office.
The box office is open 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and
one hour before performances. General admission tickets may Cameras/Recording/Cell Phones/Pagers
be charged to a credit card or paid for with a check/cash at the
window. Tickets must be paid for at the time of the reservation. The use of cameras, recording equipment, cellular phones and pag-
Tickets also may be purchased at ers is strictly prohibited in the theatre.You may check these items
at the box office. Please leave your seat number at the box office.
Seat Reservations
Phone Calls
All seats need to be reserved in advance, including those for
season ticket holders. Reservations for the general public begin Parents, please leave your seat numbers with your babysitter.
approximately four weeks before the opening of each show; for If they need to reach you during the performance, we will do
season ticket holders about five weeks before the show. Patron our best. We do not interrupt the performance to page people
Donors (who have made an additional donation of $100 or for phone calls.
more per season) may reserve seats at any time. Season ticket
holders may purchase two additional single tickets for guests Flowers
for each season ticket purchased, and must be for the same per-
formance the season ticket holder is attending. If you forget or Giving flowers to cast members while on stage is inappropriate.
are somehow prevented from reserving your seats on time, we Flowers may be left in the box office for the stage manager
will do our best to help you find seats. However, seats are not to deliver or you may hand them to the cast member once he
guaranteed once public ticket sales begin. There are no refunds. or she is out of costume. Audience members are not allowed
Please call the box office at 784-9292 if you have questions. backstage. If you wish to meet with a cast or crew member after
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 if
your tickets have been printed. It is the policy of La Crosse Community Theatre not to cancel
• There is a $2.00 per ticket exchange fee, which is waived for performances due to bad weather. As a result, we urge our
season ticket holders and Patron Donors. ticket holders to make every effort to attend the performance
• Tickets may only be exchanged for another performance of for which they hold tickets. Should this prove impossible, please
the same show, not for another show. call the box office as soon as possible before the performance
• Tickets must be exchanged at least 24 hours prior to the and alternative arrangements will be made. We cannot guaran-
performance the original tickets are for. tee that seating will be available for an alternate performance.
• In case of emergency, we may (at our discretion) allow the There are no refunds for inclement weather.
customer to use his or her tickets on another night if tickets
are available. These tickets may not be reserved ahead of time. Babies and Small Children
The ticket exchange fee still applies.
We welcome children old enough to enjoy our productions. For
Unable to Use Your Tickets? the comfort of all audience members, we ask that children under
5 not attend productions rated PG and up. Regardless of age, all
Sorry, all sales are final. There are no refunds. Please return your members of the audience must have a ticket for admission.
unused tickets at least 24 hours in advance of the production
date to receive a receipt for a tax-deductible donation. Ticket Late Seating Policy
insurance is available through Booking Protect at the time of
purchase for a minimal fee. To purchase Booking Protect, select We strive to begin performances on time. Please allow plenty
of time to find the theatre and to take your seat. If you arrive
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.

Weber Center Staff & Board

Executive Director. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dillon McArdle President. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Michael Ranscht
Bookkeeper. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mary Hofer Vice-President. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sara Battison
Graphic Design & Marketing Coordinator. . . Tegan Blank Treasurer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Timothy B. Schorr
Concessions Staff. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cassie Frerks, Cassie George
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jack Hamilton, Molly Hinkle Anderson Mike Herro, Dick Spencer,
. . . . . . . . . . . . . Jonathan Krocker, Janet Loeffler, Brittany Schilla Glena Temple, Bradley Weber

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