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Calendar Girls

 

“Calendar Girls”

a poignant comedy by Tim Firth
When Annie’s husband dies of leukemia, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade four other women to pose nude with them for an “alternative” calendar, with help from hospital porter and amateur photographer Lawrence. The news of the women’s charitable venture spreads like wildfire, and hordes of press soon descend on their small village in Yorkshire. Based on the true story (and movie of the same name) of 11 women who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukemia Research Fund, Calendar Girls has become the fastest selling play in British theatre history.

September 11-27, 2015

Date
Time Adult Ticket Price Senior Ticket Price** Student Ticket Price**
Friday, September 11, 2015 7:30 $18.00 $16.00 $13.00
Saturday, September 12, 2015 7:30 $18.00 $16.00 $13.00
Sunday, September 13, 2015 2:00 $18.00 $16.00 $13.00
Friday, September 18, 2015 7:30 $18.00 $16.00 $13.00
Saturday, September 19, 2015 2:00 $18.00 $16.00 $13.00
Saturday, September 19, 2015 7:30 $18.00 $16.00 $13.00
Sunday, September 20, 2015 2:00 $18.00 $16.00 $13.00
Sunday, September 20, 2015 7:00 $14.00 $12.00 $9.00
Thursday, September 24, 2015 7:00 $14.00 $12.00 $9.00
Friday, September 25, 2015 7:30 $18.00 $16.00 $13.00
Saturday, September 26, 2015 4:00 $18.00 $16.00 $13.00
Saturday, September 26, 2015 7:30 $18.00 $16.00 $13.00
Sunday, September 27, 2015 2:00 $18.00 $16.00 $13.00
**Please note: Coupons and discounts cannot be applied to online purchases. Season tickets cannot be ordered online. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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CAST

EMILY MUELLER (Marie) was last seen on our stage as Evelyn Sutton in 37 Postcards (2014) and last ‘unseen’ in the booth as a sound tech for Dixie Swim Club.  She’s previously played in A Bad Year for Tomatoes, The Supporting Cast, Over the Tavern, Vikings, Sylvia and Inspecting Carol.  A circuit court judge for the past 23 years, Emily toured area schools with our outreach team for Twelve Angry Jurors.  Offstage, she is our long-standing auditions chair, and has served as president of the board, house manager, and as a member of wardrobe and make-up crews and the play reading committee.  In her hometown of Manitowoc, she co-founded the Peter Quince Performing Company, an all-student summer musical theatre group that celebrated its 47th season this summer.

CONNIE ROGERS (Chris) has been involved in Community Theater for over 30 years. RTG acting roles include Sheree in Dixie Swim Club, Athena in Suite Surrender, Rita in Lucky Stiff, Be My Baby and Noises Off. Favorite musical roles include Charity in Sweet Charity, Adelaide in Guys & Dolls, Grace in Annie, Queen Aggravain in Once Upon a Mattress and Desiree in A Little Night Music.  Before RTG, she was involved with the Pull-Tight Players in Franklin, TN, the Defiance Players in Glenwood Springs, CO, and the Open Space Cafe Theater in Greensboro, NC. When Connie is not at the theatre, she is a full-time travel agent and a part-time realtor with three amazing children.

SHAWN BRITTEN (Annie) Since her first RTG appearance in 1969, as Miss Maude in Little Mary Sunshine, she’s had many roles, including Agnes in Agnes of God and Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible. She portrayed Anne Sullivan in The Miracle Worker in 1995 and was director of our 2014 production. She was also director of Bull in a China Shop (2011) and Dearly Departed (2009). It is at RTG that Shawn met her husband, Donn, when they were cast as a married couple in How the Other Half Loves (1979). She has acted with the Lakeside Players, Over Our Head Players, and at UW-Waukesha and UW-Parkside. From 1996-2003, the Brittens operated Cabbage City Theatre, where Shawn directed Jerry Rannow several times and he directed her in The Female Odd Couple.

SHANNON THILL (Celia) has been volunteering behind the scenes since 2008 in many shows including Spamalot, Dixie Swim Club, Les Miserables, Suite Surrender, Be My Baby, A Night at the Nutcracker, A Nice Family Gathering, and Glorious.  Other favorite parts include Ouiser in Steel Magnolias, Joanie in The Full Monty, Lady Rowena in Once Upon a Mattress, Wendy in Peter Pan, and Ellie Banks in Father of the Bride.  She has trained at the St. Croix Festival Theatre and Duluth Renegade Theatre Company and is thrilled to finally show her large…um… talents on the RTG stage.  When not at RTG, she is working at Racine Industries, married to Aaron and/or rooting for the Packers.

SEA DANIEL (Jessie) has spent the better part of the past 17 years working with the Over Our Head Players at the 6th Street Theatre.  Acting, Directing, Costuming, Props – She has done it all and is delighted to once again be working with the Racine Theatre Guild after a brief hiatus.  Past Theatre Guild productions include Bull in a China Shop, Amanda in The Glass Menagerie, Tons of Money, The Supporting Cast and The Immigrant.  When she is not at the theater, Sea enjoys international travel, and being a proud mother and grandmother.  She is also an artist with her own studio space downtown and has shown her art many times. Sea has done post graduate training in theatre at the Drama Studio in London.

LAURA-NICOLE MUSOLF (Ruth) began her career at RTG in 2003 with a role in Daddy’s Dyin’ (Who’s Got the Will?). That same year she portrayed Bonnie in Anything Goes and Ralphie’s mother in A Christmas Story. She went on to play Marge in Packer Fans From Outer Space, Susannah in Laughing Stock, Clara in Don’t Hug Me, Florence in The Curious Savage, and The Voice in Duck Hunter Shoots Angel. Her production credits at RTG include positions in properties, makeup and wardrobe. She has over twenty years of experience in various theatres, both as a director and as a performer including productions of  Into the Woods, Lend Me A Tenor, The Sound of Music, Noises Off and Hello, Dolly! Thanks and love to Ron for unconditional support regarding taking this role of a lifetime.

ROBBYN WILKS (Cora) is thrilled to be in the cast and thanks her hubby for putting up with “this crazy hobby.” Robbyn has had roles in The Dixie Swim Club (2015), Les Miserables (2014), Beauty and the Beast (2013). Domina in Forum (2013), I Do! I Do! (2011), Angela in The Honky Tonk Angels (2009), Mazeppa in Gypsy (2007), Scrooge (2005-2007).  She has also worked behind the scenes on numerous RTG productions and is a member of the Board of Director’s nominating committee.  In 2012 she played the role of Betty in the Haylofter’s production of The Great American Trailer Park Musical.  Her greatest joy, besides her husband and two children, is her new grandson.

JACQUELYN LAURSEN (Brenda) danced in RTG’s Li’l Abner in 1964. After that she left Racine, lived many years in California, and returned in 2009. Since then she’s been in The Miracle Worker, The Curious Savage, Miracle on 34th Street, Bull in a China Shop and, at Sixth St. Theatre, Cedar Chest Letters and Beauty Queen of Leenane.  She last worked as dean of discipline in a South Central LA high school. With her beloved Chihuahuas she travels cross country in a 17’ trailer to visit family and friends.

SUZANNE MAKI (Elaine) is excited to be on the RTG stage since her last performance as part of the ensemble for Rocky Horror Show. Other credits include Laughing Stock and RCT’s Frog Prince.   Look for Suzanne in RCT’s production of Snow White in October.   Suzanne’s husband Len is also a RTG volunteer and together they have a beautiful boy, Logan. As a family they all share their common love for Super heroes, Star Wars, and Dr. Who.   Suzanne would like to thank her husband for letting her do two shows back to back and promises him, it’s his turn next.

KAREN MAGEE (Lady Cravenshire) has been a volunteer at RTG for 18 years and has held 26 crew positions (in every single area) and has had 12 acting roles, including Frau Schmidt in The Sound of Music, Grandma Josephine in Willy Wonka and Ma Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life.  She also ushers, staffs the box office, and has been seen as Packy for Racine Children’s Theatre.  As a retired teacher, Karen enjoys traveling (she went to London with RTG in February and Greece in July) and volunteering at her church and the local food pantry.  She is the mother of four grown children (and three cats) and is the grandma of four delightful grandchildren, who are a never-ending source of pride and joy.

JOSEPH VIGNIERI (John), since 2002, has been involved in 19 Theatre Guild productions and is appearing in his 14th role on our stage. You may remember him as Rooster in Annie, Orville in Daddy’s Dyin’ (Who’s Got the Will?), Moonface Martin in Anything Goes, the Bullfrog in HONK!, Clarence (the angel) in It’s a Wonderful Life, Dorante in The Gamester or Nicely Nicely in Guys and Dolls. He even played Packy the Elephant one time for the Racine Children’s Theatre.  With Lakeside Players  he acted in Lost in Yonkers, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Bus Stop and The Spitfire Grill. Joseph is dad to two adult children, Jeremy and Jamie. He calls theatre his passion and says he’s never happier than when the audience quiets down, the lights come up, and the show begins.

MIKE SHELBY (Rod) landed his first RTG role 19 years ago in A Few Good Men. Since then, he’s had roles in 20 more plays and musicals, lately Thirty-seven Postcards, The Three Musketeers, A Nice Family Gathering, and Elvis Has Left The Building. There are very few stages in this area unknown to him. He’s commuted all the way to Memories Dinner Theater in Port Washington for four shows in the last two years, was the Father of the Bride in Waukesha in June, and in August, portrayed King Arthur in West Bend’s production of Spamalot.  He’s played a murderer and murder victim, a pirate, twin brothers, a ghost, a drunken Santa, women, a cardinal, Dr. Watson and Col. Tom Parker. Mike was a detective for 20 of his 34 years on the Racine Police Department, retiring in 2009.

MATTHEW SPECHT (Lawrence) had his first role on our stage, that of Peter Van Daan in The Diary of Anne Frank, over 21 years ago. He’s also appeared in Lost in Yonkers, Peter Pan, Smoke on the Mountain, Annie, King o’ the Moon and HONK! He was RTG’s Potiphar in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (1997), Prof. Harold Hill in The Music Man (2005), Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls, and Fred Gailey in Miracle on 34th Street (2009). Matt is also a published poet, accomplished painter, and plays in an indie pop rock band called Rainy Day Crush. They’ve just released a single on iTunes.

JAY RATTLE (Liam), last seen here as Professor Wonder in The Werewolf’s Curse or Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow, has been in RTG shows since the ’80s (An Italian Straw Hat, The Fantasticks, etc.). In the 2000s, he appeared in Les Miserables, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Producers and Guys and Dolls. On other stages, Jay played in The Underpants for Lakeside Players, The Fantasticks for Haylofters, Oliver! and The Apple Tree for Circle Stage Milwaukee. He recently retired after teaching theatre for 35+ years, 18 of them at Park High School, where he produced eight shows annually. Now that he has retired, Jay is finding more time to pursue more commercial acting projects.  Keep an eye out, you may just find him on TV or in a newspaper.

CREW

DOUGLAS INSTENES (Managing/Artistic Director)

SUSAN SANDVICK (Marketing/Development)

TERI KARPINSKI (Business Manager)

TINA PAUKSTELIS (Season Ticket Coordinator)

CHRIS REINHARDT (Technical Director)

LIZZ OTTO-CRAMER (Set Design/Painter)

KATE KOWBEL (Production Stage Manager)

LORI RUSS (Stage Manager)

LAUREN HAUMERSEN (Assistant Stage Manager)

DONNA NIELSEN (Asst. Stage Manager)

FRANK RUSS (Light Technician)

BRIAN J. SCHALK (Light Technician)

KARA ERNST-SCHALK (Wardrobe Running Crew)

KELLIE SMETANA (Props)

REBECCA KISHLINE (Costume Design)

ANNA MARIE HOEFT SMETANA (Costume Design)

ERIC GOODWIN (Sound Design)

MICHELLE MILLER (Sound Technician)

ASHLEY MULDER (Makeup)

ERIC WELCH (Hair)

 

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