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PRESENTS

By: John Guare Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

May 24-27, May 31-June 3, June 6-10, 2012 In the Furlan Auditorium

Director Jim Farrell

Resident Designer/Technical Director J. Michael Desper Sound Designer Jan Pritzl

Lighting Designer Alan Piotrowicz Costume Designer Aria Thornton

Properties Mistresses Beth Bland, Judy Nelson, Erica Ziino

Stage Managers Veronica Quirk, Jan Szczepanski, Antoinette Stikl Sunset Playhouse 800 Elm Grove Rd. Elm Grove, WI 53122 262-782-4430 • www.sunsetplayhouse.com 6 Degrees of Separation 1


SUNSET PLAYHOUSE POLICIES ~The use of cameras, video recording equipment, and other electronic devices is strictly prohibited in the auditorium. Please turn off or silence all cell phones and pagers. Pagers can be left at the box office with your name and seat location. ~Sunset Playhouse is a smoke-free environment. There is no smoking inside the theatre. ~Latecomers will be seated in vacant seats toward the rear of the auditorium at an appropriate pause in the action. They may move to their regular seats at intermission. ~Restrooms are located in the hallway just north of the auditorium. PRODUCTION TEA M Director................................................................................................................................... Jim Farrell Assistant Director.............................................................................................................Kelly Turner Resident Designer/Technical Director...........................................................J. Michael Desper Lighting Designer.................................................................................................... Alan Piotrowicz Sound Designer......................................................................................................................Jan Pritzl Costume Designer...................................................................................................... Aria Thornton Stage Managers......................................................................................................... Veronica Quirk, Antoinette Stikl, Jan Szczepanski Properties Mistresses.......................................................................................................Beth Bland, Judy Nelson, Erica Ziino

C A S T O F C H A R AC T E R S ( i n

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Donna Daniels...............................................................................................................................Ouisa Jim Santelle.......................................................................................................................................Flan Spencer J. Mather................................................................................................................... Geoffrey Sherrick Robinson...........................................................................................................................Paul Kevin Gadzalinski.............................................................................................................Hustler/Ben Joan End............................................................................................................................................ Kitty Glenn Villa......................................................................................................................................Larkin Greg Ryan........................................................................................................... Detective/Doorman Allison Chicorel................................................................................................................................ Tess Jared Kuehn................................................................................................................................. Woody Mark Turner.................................................................................................................................Dr. Fine Ryan Nelson.................................................................................................................................... Doug Bryan Quinn....................................................................................................................................Trent Nate Press........................................................................................................................................... Rick Ruth Arnell...............................................................................................................................Elizabeth

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BIOGR APHIES (in

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Ruth Arnell (Elizabeth) Ruth has been acting at Sunset Playhouse since 2004. Past Playhouse roles include Brooke in NOISES OFF!, The Girl in THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH, and Kate in BEDROOM FARCE. Other favorite performances include Meg in CRIMES OF THE HEART, Tracy Lord in THE PHILADELPHIA STORY, Maria in TWELFTH NIGHT, and any time she’s been able to get behind the mic with Radio WHT. (“Radio what?! Exactly!”) She hopes you have plenty of leg room and that you enjoy the show. Beth Bland (Props Coordinator) Beth is in her third season with Sunset. She thinks part of the fun of working behind the scenes is creating the “world” in which the actors move, whether it’s props, stage managing, costumes, lights and sound, or wielding a paintbrush. Volunteer in the extreme, Beth is also works backstage with the West Allis Players and Waukesha Civic Theatre, sits on the UW­Platteville Distance Education Alumni Advisory Board, and lends a hand to the Friends of the West Allis Public Library for their book sales and writes for their newsletter. Allison Chicorel (Tess) Allison’s favorite stage credits include Kim MacAfee in BYE BYE BIRDIE, Marta in COMPANY, Ronnette in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, Lily St.Regis in ANNIE, Virginia in THE TAVERN, and Myrrhine in LYSISTRATA. Special thanks to Jim Farrell, cast and crew for a wonderful experience, as well as family, friends, and Maestro for their love and support. Allison will also be starring in Cinemartist Productions’ full-length

feature film, The Homecoming Queen, to be filmed this summer and released in 2013, as well as Sad and Broke’s production, The Wernic Score, also to be released in 2013. Joanne Cunningham (Costume Coordinator) Joanne began “designing” clothes for her Barbie dolls many years ago, using paper towels and aluminum foil. Fortunately for the actors, she has since discovered fabric. After designing two huge productions at Wisconsin Hills Middle School (PIRATES OF PENZANCE and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST), she joined the costume department at Sunset for DROWSY CHAPERONE and has not yet left the building. Donna Daniels (Ouisa) Donna is very happy to be back at Sunset after appearing as Lucille in last season’s DEARLY DEPARTED. Donna would like to thank Jim Farrell for the opportunity to play this wonderful role and she is thrilled to be part of such a talented cast and crew. Donna has appeared on stage with Sunset Playhouse, Waukesha Civic, Boulevard Ensemble, Racine Theatre Guild, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre and The Milwaukee Rep. Favorite roles include Lenny in CRIMES OF THE HEART, Rita in EDUCATING RITA and Hypatia in MISALLIANCE. Donna lives in Wauwatosa with husband Tom and their two beautiful daughters Gracie and Sophie. J. Michael Desper (Resident Designer/ Technical Director) J. Michael Desper has designed over 70 productions for Sunset Playhouse since the summer of 6 Degrees of Separation 3


B I O G R A P H I E S ( c o n t .) 2001. Previously he freelanced in Chicago for such companies as Circle Theatre of Forest Park, Pendulum Theatre, and Bowen Park Theatre and Opera. Before that, he earned his Master’s degree at San Diego State University and worked for the Tony Award-winning La Jolla Playhouse. Originally from Oklahoma, Michael earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma. In spring 2008, he briefly returned to educational theatre with a stint as Guest Artist and Instructor for North Dakota State University. He would like to extend an invitation to anyone interested in the technical aspects of theatre (and since you have read this far, there must be some interest) to give us a call at (262) 782-4431, ext. 235. We’re already working on the next show, so come be a part of what you see. Joan End (Kitty) Joan is thrilled to perform at Sunset again and to work and play with such a talented cast and crew. “Thank you, Jim for the opportunity.” If you think you know Joan, you may be her 6th person…or you may have seen her perform with Pink Banana, Boulevard Theatre, Waukesha Civic, Cedarburg Players, Shorewood Players, or Milwaukee Irish Arts. Joan’s favorite role is still Lucille in THE CEMETARY CLUB. “Special thanks to my family and friends for coming once again!” Jim Farrell (Director) Jim is happy to be making his Milwaukee directing debut with SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION at Sunset Playhouse. Jim is the former Artistic Director and co-founder of Main Street Players in Southern Illinois where he directed many productions including favorites LOBBY HERO and AGNES OF GOD. Originally from Long Island, Jim acted 4 Sunset Playhouse

professionally in New York for many years including three years (over 1,200 performances) as Inspector James Ascher in the Off Broadway hit PERFECT CRIME. He is also an award winning playwright and the author several full length plays including the autobiographical SUMMER GAMES (winner of the 1998 Festival of Emerging American Theater in Indianapolis); A KISS FOR THE PRIZE TOMATO; MONSTER ISLAND (winner of the 2000 Siena International Playwrights Competition); BLUE POINT OYSTERS and TRAILER PARK PROPHECIES. His one acts include SID VICIOUS DOES THE DISHES, presented at the Drop Your Shorts Festival in NYC starring Dallas Roberts, and later presented at the Samuel French Festival with Aaron Stanford in the title role; and STAR EYES AND LIFEGUARD produced in both New York and Chicago. In New York, Jim has served as the Development Director at Off Broadway’s Abingdon Theatre Company and The Pearl Theatre Company. Here in Milwaukee, he has served as the Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations at Milwaukee Repertory Theatre and is currently the Development Director at the Skylight Music Theatre. Kevin Gadzalinski (Huster/Ben) Kevin has been studying acting, voice, musical theatre, and theatre education regularly for the past several years. This is his first involvement with Sunset Playhouse. Favorite past roles have included Provoloney in PSYCHO BEACH PARTY at Off the Wall Theatre, and Skimbleshanks in CATS. He is also currently a resident actor at Brumder Mansion where he performs in interactive murder mysteries such as SPEAKEASY OF MURDER. Kevin has just concluded a production of MISS SIAGON at Waukesha Civic.


B I O G R A P H I E S ( c o n t .) Jared Kuehn (Woody) Jared is excited to be in his first Sunset production! Recent credits include WEDDING SONG (Frank Missile), LADY WINDERMERE’S FAN: THE MUSICAL (Mr. Dumby), LAUGHING STOCK (Richfield), HECUBA (Polymnestor), and ANYTHING GOES (Evelyn). He wishes to thank his family, friends, and his loving wife for their never-ending love and support. And now, a poem: “A pink shirt. A weird/ thing to obsess about. Yet/ it makes me look buff.” -haiku, Anonymous. Spencer Mather (Geoffrey) Does your neighbor have a cousin that travelled with a friend that dated someone who trained with a coach that has a son in the theatre? If so, you may be 6 Degrees Separated from Spencer and not even know it! It is a pleasure to be a part of this challenging and meaningful production that hopefully affords us all the opportunity to reflect on and appreciate every connection in our lives. Thanks to the amazing cast & crew and to all of you for supporting the arts! Ryan H. Nelson (Doug) Ry-Guy (who played Royce in Sunset’s DEARLY DEPARTED last spring) is a Milwaukee native, founding member of the Brumder Repertory Company/ Milwaukee Entertainment Group, and part of such groups as The M.U.T.E.S., The Warped Cast, and R.G. Productions, plus various films, plays, and musicals at the Miramar, Racine Theatre Guild, Alchemist, Carte Blanche, and Waukesha Civic. He’s been a voice-actor with the V.A.A., Virtual Hollywood, R5 Central,

and Pendant, along with creating his own original projects. He’s a singer, currently seeking a new band to rock with. Alan Piotrowicz (Lighting Designer) Alan is excited to be back for his fourth show with Sunset Playhouse, following HAIR (Volunteer’s Choice Award for Favorite Lighting), TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE, and GREATER TUNA. He is proud to have designed for several other fine companies in Wisconsin, including Falls Patio Players (resident designer), Four Seasons Theatre, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Next Act Theatre, T.I.M.: The Improvised Musical, Uprooted Theatre, and Youngblood Theatre, among others. Alan received his BA from UW-Madison and studied as an electrics apprentice with the Santa Fe Opera. Much love to Eric. www.alanpiotrowicz.com Nate Press (Rick) Nate is excited to be making his Sunset Playhouse debut. Nate is a native of the city of Milwaukee and a proud graduate of the Milwaukee Public School system. He attended Riverside University High School on Milwaukee’s east side and then went on to study theatre at Boston University on America’s east coast. Nate currently directs and occasionally performs in BYE BYE LIVER: THE MILWAUKEE DRINKING PLAY, which shows weekly on Saturday nights at 9:30pm in The Garage located inside Comedy Sportz Milwaukee in downtown Milwaukee. Nate is also world famous (and you probably recognize him) as Frosty in the holiday hit sensation, WHO KILLED SANTA? Ask him nicely and he will probably do the voice for you.

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B I O G R A P H I E S ( c o n t .) Bryan Quinn (Trent) Bryan is pleased to return to the Sunset Playhouse stage. An optician by day, he has previously appeared at Sunset in PRELUDE TO A KISS and LOVE SEX AND THE IRS. He studied theatre at Wisconsin Lutheran College and has continued work in local theaters, most recently directing the debut of an original work LOVERS AND THE LIKE at his alma mater. Veronica Quirk (Stage Manager) Veronica is so happy to be a part of another production at the Sunset Playhouse. After her exhaustive role as a stage managing/dresser in GREATER TUNA the beautiful pace and Celeb ratin g 25 Year s!

flow of SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION has been a great experience. She would like to thank the wonderful cast and crew who make telling this story such a joy but is left wondering, where is Kevin Bacon? Sherrick Robinson (Paul) Sherrick is elated to be back at Sunset Playhouse for SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION. He was last seen in HAIR. A graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan University, he has also appeared in RENT, A RISING WIND: THE STORY OF THE LADY ELGIN, ALMOST MAINE and MAN OF LA MANCHA. He wants to thank everyone for coming to see this awesome story, and gives special thanks to Stephanie, Lynn, Heather, and Sloan.

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B I O G R A P H I E S ( c o n t .) Greg Ryan (Detective/ Doorman) Greg is happy to be part of such a wonderful play as SIX DEGREES. Greg’s quite new to the acting game having just begun this surprising trip two years ago. But in those two years, he’s been in a number of shows, most recently LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS where he played Audrey II (the plant, not the voice!). Happy to be out in the fresh air now.

her Co-Chair. She served two terms as a member of the Board of Directors. She was Chairman of the Volunteer Committee and is currently the CoChairman of the Sunset Playhouse Volunteer Choice Awards. Jan is also proud to say that she is a recipient of the Rudy Award (Sunset’s equivalent of the Volunteer of the Year) and is a Life Member of Sunset Playhouse! Remember there is only “6 degrees of separation” between you and everyone else on earth – so who knows, you may meet a long lost relative if you become a Sunset Playhouse volunteer!

Jim Santelle (Flan) Jim is delighted to be on the Sunset Playhouse stage again in the special parable that asks us to take inventory of how much of our lives we can account for – and then gives us permission to leave empty the blank spaces in the canvases of our experience. Past credits include: DOUBT (Racine Theater Guild), THE GOAT OR WHO IS SYLVIA (Actor’s Theatre), A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, THE NARROW GATE and PLAYING DOCTOR (Sunset Playhouse). When he is not here dreaming of color, Jim is employed by a western government, doing much the same thing. “I just know when to take their drawings away from them!”

Antoinette Stikl (Stage Manager) Antoinette is excited to be a first time Stage Manager and work with such a talented and diverse cast. No stranger to the stage, Antoinette was last since as Sister Mary Regina, Mother Superior in NUNSENSE here at Sunset Playhouse. Other credits include Suzanne in DEARLY DEPARTED, Meg Boyd in DAMN YANKEES, (Sunset Playhouse), M’Lynn in STEEL MAGNOLIAS (Village Playhouse of Wauwatosa), Charlotte Hay in MOON OVER BUFFALO (Grant Park Players), among others. “Many thanks to my family and friends for their continuous support.”

Jan Sczcpanski (Stage Manager) Jan has been an active volunteer at Sunset Playhouse since 1984 when she appeared in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. Although she has only appeared on the Sunset stage in 4 other shows since that time, she has worked in virtually every other aspect of the theater. She served six years as the Stage Management Chairperson and is currently the Co-Stage Management Chairperson with Jennifer Allen as

Aria Thornton (Costume Designer) Aria is happy to be designing her first show with Sunset Playhouse. She has previously designed VIGIL, BIG BOY, and PURGATORIA at Next Act Theatre and numerous productions for Divine Savior Holy Angel’s High School. Aria is the Wardrobe Manager at Next Act and has also worked at Milwaukee Shakespeare and Utah Shakespearean Festival. You can ‘Like’ Aria at www.facebook.com/designbyaria.

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B I O G R A P H I E S ( c o n t .) Kelly Tuner (Assistant Director) Kelly is delighted to be working on her first production at the Sunset Playhouse. She has recently worked at Opera Tampa as Assistant Director for their production of LA TRAVIATA and as Stage Manager for BWYONE THE INGENUE at Skylight Music Theatre. She next goes to Virginia as the Assistant Stage Manager on CARMEN at Castleton Festival. Thanks to Jim Farrell for the wonderful journey this show has been. And yes, that lovely Dr. Fine (Mark Turner) is her adored husband. She couldn’t be prouder. Mark Turner (Dr. Fine) This production is Mark’s first role on stage in 25 years since he went down the path marked tech. This path led him to positions as Technical Director at San Francisco State University, Summer Repertory Theatre at Santa Rosa Junior College, and the Santa Fe Opera and eventually to the position of Director of Production at the Skylight Music Theatre. Thanks to Jim, Kelly and Sunset Playhouse for allowing him to take another look at his roots.

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Glenn A. Villa (Larkin) Glenn is pleased to be returning to Sunset with this talented cast. Some of his previous roles at Sunset include Felix in OSCAR AND FELIX, The Ambassador in THE AMOROUS AMBASSADOR, David in SOCIAL SECURITY and Greg in SYLVIA. You may have seen him perform with Waukesha Civic, Patio Players, Lake Country Players, Bay Players and West Allis Players. Glenn wants to thank his wonderful wife, Sandy, for her support, patience, and understanding. Erica Ziino (Co-Props Mistress)
Erica Ziino has been a volunteer at the Sunset Playhouse for approximately six years helping in areas of House Managing/Ushering, Set Construction, and Props. She has been the Props Mistress for YOU CAN’T GET THERE FROM HERE, LOVE SEX AND THE IRS, ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, ANNIE and currently SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION. Erica has been told she is the “Kevin Bacon of Milwaukee”. With her social and philanthropic involvement, she does know A LOT of people, but side by side, he wins. Plus, HE IS CUTER!!!!!


C O N T R I B U TO R S The Staff, Membership, and Board of Directors of Sunset Playhouse acknowledge the individuals, corporations, and foundations whose generosity confirms the importance of live theatre in our community. In recognition of this support and encouragement, we proudly list their name in thanks. The following is a list of contributors kind enough to think of Sunset Playhouse. This list reflects those who donated to Sunset Playhouse within the past year up to May 9, 2012. Directors ($5,000+) Eichmann, Marla Esposito, Danny and Kay Grove, Audrey and George Loveridge, Susan and Jim Pritzl, Jan and Karen A’Rowan Westen, Mark and Pat Playwrights ($1,000-$4,999) Adams, Inge Anonymous Carlson, Bob and Arlene Dolphin, Carol Dude, Bob and Mary Ann Elm Grove Woman’s Club Fuchs, Matt and Carol Kaye, Dan and Nancy Kopischke, Scott and Joanne Martinsek, Tamara Moeser, Erik and Carol Navin, Erika and Mark Navin, James and Sylvia Northwestern Mutual Foundation Peterson, Elaine Polley, J.D. and Sally Porter, Donald Proebsting, Doug and Wendy Rytel, Krystyna Troglia, Jeanne and Paul Actors ($250-$999) Allen, Jennifer Andrae, Michael G. and Luisa Armstrong, Paul Brotherhood, Mary Lynn and Randy Casey, Jean Crump, Phil and Pat Dable, Karen

Domres, David Domres, Nancy Ebersole, Calvin Elm Grove Preschool & Child Care Freitag, Nancy and Robert Flynn, Helen Garcia, Paula and Ralph Gensler, Tim and Mary Holmes, Michael Johnson, David and Mel Katschke, Richard and Vickie Knudsen, Carol Laste, Bill and Judy Lauer, Robert and Helen McCaughey, Paul and Sally McIndoe, Robert Miskowitch, Rudy Mossey, Dr. Richard and Patricia Paris, David Pierson, John Poblocki, Kathie Regal, Ingrid Roell, Stephen and Shelagh Schimel, Al Schuenke, Gerry Schumacher, David and Diane Schuppner, Ken and Lisa Smith, Brian and Kristin Smith, Ken and Candy Sparks, Mary Stankovsky, Jim and Edith Stiles, Nancy Szczepanski, Lee and Jan Stalter, Lee and Linda Teerlink, Richard and Anna Timmler, Robert and Sylvia

Torkelson, Allan and Christine Tucker, Michelle and William Thomas Werra, Jude and Nora West, Jonathan and Paula Suozzi Designers ($100-$249) Armstrong, Nancy Bauer, Duane and Claire Baum, Julie Bodine, Claudia Bullamore, Mary Clarke, Marilyn Cody, Jean Collier, Darlene Di Fonzo, Julie and Mark Duke, Karen Eaton Corp Charitable Fund Eisenhauer, Teri Elm Grove Garden Club Ferguson, George and Nancy Folker, Arlen Flores, David Golden, Robert Graninger, Frank Hamilton, Bernadette Hempel, Marilyn Hoernke, Irene and Donald Irwin, Kim and Davis Jivoff, Ray Kelly, Edward Kirsop, Patricia and Richard Klauck, Kenneth A. Koegel, Donald and Edith Kolbeck, Henry and Peggy Krauss, Mary Kwiatkowski, Patrick and Patrice 6 Degrees of Separation 9


C O N T R I B U TO R S ( c o n t .) Langhenry, Paul Lauer, Robert and Helen Lenz, Edwin and Louise Lueck, Nikki Martins, Ronald and Kay Maynard, John and Marguerite McLean, Donald Murphy, Elizabeth Muselman, Robert and Theresa Nason, John Nazario, Mary Jean Orth, Robert Popp, Don and Jean Potter, Charles and Debra Price, Wilma and Jim Pronley, Daniel Raynor, Katie Roncke, Mary K. Rooks, Cindy and Richard Rosenheimer, Nancy and Paul Rowe, Tom and Jeanne Ryan, Jim and Peggy Schauer, Wilbert and Genevieve Schimel, Bruce and Shirley Schimel, Christopher and Beth Ann Schudson, Ruth Shebasta, Harvey and Collette Simeth, Denise and Steve Sommerfeld, Kris Steingold, Stanley Swokowski, Shirley Takton, Marjorie Torretta , Michael and Edith Turner, Thomas Wallner, Marty Wells, Ronald and Agnes Wenzel, Thomas and Karen Wilson, Francis and Jacqueline Sazama

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Stage Managers (Under $100) Adkinson, J.M. Allen, Janet Anderson, Rebecca Atkielski, Don and Marlene Auclair, Charles Auger, Gerald and Fran Babich, Allie Babich, Mark and Jane Bach, Jackie Baker, Erin Balint, Marjorie and Joseph Bartelak, Jeanne Becker, Reginald and Susan Behm, Anne Bellart, Thomas Bintzler, Jim and Darlene Blair, Cynthia Blackwelder, Mary Boeck, Pat Boie, Jan and Mary Boltz, Suzette Borowski, Thomas Botticchio, Gerry Brandl, Rose and John Braun, Janet Breunig, Karen and Tom Bunke, Mark Campbell, Fraland and Eileen Campbell, Suzann Camus, Janice Capson, Joan & George Carlson, Al and Carol Carey, Catherine Cary, Elaine Cassell, Ann Chambless, Jon Champan, Deanna Chicorel, Ralph Cichucki, Lawrence and Wenda Cline, Charlene Cooke, Jeff Copson, Joan and George Corey, Christopher Cronkrite, Sharon A. Dahlen, Chris and Gary

Dahlen, Rae Daniel, Gordon and Margaret Danowski, Daniel Dehnel, Joan and William Desjardins, Nancy Di Fonzo, Julie & Mark Doemland, Edward Doherty, Marcee Domnitz, Shirley Doyle, B.J. Driessen, John Duke, Karen Engelbrecht, Janice Engstrand, Gracie Enk, Scott Esaman, Dawn Fadeski, Dennis Falk, Kathleen Ford, M. Douglas and Barbara Fose, Dale C. Franz, Margaret Frazier, Clive Frechette, James and Julie Frey, Betty Fricker, John Friedli, Daniela Gelhar, Kimberlyn Genger, Martha Gilbert, Judy Gilomen, Fredric Grasse, Eileen Griffin, Joyce Groth, Bob and Joan Gull, Gretchen Hall, Allen and Susan Harris, Ann Hartzell, Michael Hately, Jeneane and Daniel Henry, Dena Hoernke, Irene & Donald Hoeschen, Brad and Andrea Huennekens, Keith Hugery, Erna Hutton, Ted and Sharon Jackett, Carol Janesko, Jerry & Genie Jenders, Christine and Don


C O N T R I B U TO R S ( c o n t .) Jeske, Jim Johansen, Albert and Carolyn Johnson, Dorothy and Douglas Johnston, Jane Jones, Rachel Jordan, Stellia Kaczmarek, Gregory and Susan Kaczkowski, Alfred Kalinsoski, Joan Kelley, Holle and Richard Kelly, Edward F. Kriklewski, Laura Kirsop, Patricia and Richard Klein, Richard and Rita Klemstein, Dale and Susan Koehne, Susanne Kolbeck, Henry and Peggy Konkol, Jacqueline Koop, Tamie Kopischke, Alan and Karin Kopischke, Ginny Kopischke, Joel Kowalski, Sue Kraus, Donald and Mary Ann Kubis, Irene Kubosch, Kathleen Lewein, Mr. and Mrs. Jay Libbey, Blythe Liker, Tom and Jacqueline Lorenz, Bob and Rita Luedtke, Julie and Dennis Lukaszewski, Richard and Colleen Lumley, Robert Lyons, Kathleen Mack, Eric Mackus, Edward Malek, Abdel-Fatah Marcus, Susan Markunas, Carol Marose, Sue and John Martell, Paul and Kristine Martins, Ronald and Kay

Matt, Dennis and Kathleen Mattefs, Jo Ann Maynard, John and Marguerite McHale, Julie Meller, Robert Merkel, Charles and Janet Metcalf, Mark Minkley, John and Sally Mischka, Robert Muehl, Wes Mueller, Beverly and Robert Mueller, David and Karie Muhlenhaupt, Arline Myszewski, John and Margaret Nemec, Allyson Neumeier, Brenda Nock, Gil and Kathy Nolan, Joseph Norbeck, Joyce A. Nord, Ted and Catherine O’Neill, John and Susan Olson, Marcia Parks, David Parsons, Laura Pavich, Sharon Peebles, Kathleen Peschel, James Peterson, Betty Phelps, Robert Philleo, Karen Phillips, Lawrence M. and Jo Anne Pine, Diane Pisciotta, Lorraine Prevetti, Petranilla Pribyl, Patrick and Dawn Price, Gary Rasmussen, Robert Rhodes, Lyle and Faith Riemer, Julie Rightmyre, Cory Ring, Helen Roberts, John Robinson, Claudette Rosen, Bonita Rosenheimer, Nancy and Paul Ross, William

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S U N S E T P L A Y H O U S E S TA F F A N D P R O D U C T I O N VO L U N T E E R S MANAGING DIRECTOR....................................................................................... Jonathan West* RESIDENT DESIGNER/TECHNICAL DIRECTOR....................................... J. Michael Desper* ASSOCIATE PRODUCER...................................................................................... Sarah Tullberg* DIRECTOR, SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS...................................................................... Erika Navin* OPERATIONS MANAGER...................................................................................Michelle Tucker* LIGHT BOARD OPERATORS COORDINATOR................................................ Sarah Tullberg* SCENE SHOP COORDINATOR...................................................................................Pat Westen♥ COSTUME COORDINATOR....................................................................Joanne Cunningham♥ PROPERTIES COORDINATOR....................................................................................Beth Bland♥ MASTER CARPENTER................................................................................... Dave Schumacher♥ SCENE SHOP ASSOCIATE............................................................... Stanley “Stash” Steingold♥ SOUND ENGINEER...........................................................................................................Jan Pritzl♥ CAST DINNER COORDINATOR.......................................................................... Diane Ormsby♥ CAST DINNER HOSTS..................................................Nancy Armstrong♥, Karen A’Rowan♥, Kent Brodie♥, Jean Cody♥, Teri Eisenhauer♥, Pam Erdmann♥, Mary Gensler♥, Tim Gensler♥, Mary Gilpatrick♥, Helen Hankwitz♥, Jim Loveridge♥, Susan Loveridge♥, Erika Navin♥, Diane Ormsby♥, Sue Page♥, Jan Pritzl♥, Marlene Smedbron♥, Jan Szczepanski♥, Mark Westen♥, Pat Westen♥ MUSICAL MAINSTAGE PRODUCER.............................................................Susan Loveridge♥ SIDENOTES PRODUCER.........................................................................Peggy Peterson Ryan♥ BUILDING & GROUNDS........................................................................... Jan Pritzl, Al Schimel♥ PHOTOGRAPHER........................................................................................................ Jenn Mazza* BOOKKEEPER.................................................................................................................Patty Rode* BOX OFFICE LEAD................................................................. Stephanie Rejman Staufenbeil* BOX OFFICE STAFF...............................................................Diane Bernier*, Cleary Breunig*, Linnea Koeppel*, Samantha Nommenson*, Ann Thoppil*, Alicia Westphal* HOUSE MANAGER..............................................................................................Kristen Kraklow* ASSISTANT HOUSE MANAGER.......................................... Libby Amato*, Cleary Breunig*, Linnea Koeppel*, Samantha Nommenson* Due to publication deadlines, some volunteer names may have been omitted. Sunset Playhouse would like to acknowledge all volunteers for their contributions. Paid staff are designated by an *. Volunteers are designated by a Heart♥

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S U N S E T P L A Y H O U S E B OA R D O F D I R E C TO R S Officers Marla Eichmann................................................................................................................President Dick Katschke .......................................................................................................... Vice President Paul Armstrong ............................................................................................................... Treasurer Jonathan West ................................................................................................................. Secretary Board Members at Large Robert Dude Mary Gensler Tamara Martinsek Jim Loveridge Richard Schilffarth Lee Szczepanski U P C O M I N G S H OW S Musical Mainstage: BROADWAY MELODY Our annual salute to the Great White Way will feature some memorable musical theatre moments as we cover composers from Bernstein to Webber. This Musical Mainstage performance will feature local professional singers Cynthia Cobb, Adam Estes, Joel Kopischke, Taryn Whipple and our Rising Star performer Erin Stapleton of Wauwatosa West High School. So grab your Broadway Baby and we’ll meet you in Times Square where show tunes rule! June 4-5, 2012 SWEET CHARITY You can’t fault a girl for trying, but Charity Hope Valentine might be guilty of trying a little too hard. Charity is hoping to be loved so much that she can’t see the forest through the trees. She searches for the perfect guy, all the while singing, dancing, and dreaming with her girlfriends as a Times Square dance hall girl. This wonderful song and dance extravaganza includes show stoppers like Big Spender, If My Friends Could See Me Now, and There’s Gotta Be Something Better than This and is bound to fill the Furlan Auditorium with big time Broadway Pizzazz. July 12 – August 5, 2012

By Jack Popplewell

June 8 - 24, 2012 The mystery begins with a very busy body – or two! Office cleaner Mrs. Piper discovers a dead body, and calls the police. But before they can arrive, it moves. Or did it? Detective Superintendent Harry Baxter is tired, cranky, sick with a cold, and unhappy to hear about a missing corpse. But Mrs. Piper insists she saw her boss’s body – until he walks into the room. With an office full of suspects, Mrs. Piper continues to help (and hinder) the investigation, testing Harry’s patience while she outwits a murderer. Presented through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

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SUNSET PL AYHOUSE SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS Join us for our amazing, fun, creative, exciting performing arts classes. We offer three class sessions throughout the year and a spring workshop series AND special summer camps! SUMMER CLASS SESSION Ages 3—18 June 11 - 20 Be a wild thing, sing and dance, adventure with Leo Lionni, tell a story or challenge a friend to a duel. Classes meet twice a week for three weeks. SUMMER CAMPS Ages 4 - 5 Masks, Mimes and Music July 9 - 13 Ages 6 - 15 Summer Stars Performing Arts Camp July 16 - 27 K - 6 grade Summer Stars Performance Camp:“Sherlock Holmes” July 30 - August 2

S U N S E T P L A Y H O U S E T H E AT R E I N F O R M AT I O N The Sunset Playhouse is located in the heart of downtown Elm Grove at 800 Elm Grove Road. BOX OFFICE is open from 1:00pm to 5:00pm, Tuesday through Friday and 1:00pm to 4:00pm, Saturdays. The Box Office is open one hour prior to any performance through intermission. The Box Office can be reached at (262) 782-4430. BUSINESS OFFICE is open from 10:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. It can be reached by calling (262) 782-4431 ext. 221. TICKETS can be purchased in person during our above Box Office hours using cash, check, Visa or Mastercard. Tickets can be purchased over the phone using a credit card; please be aware that there is a $1 per ticket fee for all phone, mail, and fax orders. All sales are final. Exchanges must be done in advance and must be made for a different performance of the same show. Prices for the 2011-2012 Season have changed and are as follows: Full Price Tickets Plays and Musical Mainstage: $20 Full Price Tickets Musicals: $22 Senior Price Plays, Musicals, and Musical Mainstage: $16 Student Price Plays, Musicals, and Musical Mainstage: $16 Group Price Plays, Musicals, and Musical Mainstage: $15 Value Nights Plays and Musicals: $10 SideNotes Cabaret: $15 all tickets For a complete list of performance dates for these series, please go to www.sunsetplayhouse.com or contact our Box Office at 262-782-4430. RECEPTION ROOM RENTAL Sunset Playhouse offers a reception room for meetings, seminars and other special events. The daily rate for the rental of the reception room for groups attending a performance is $150. The daily rate for other rentals is $350. For more information please call the Business Office at (262) 782-4431 or email mtucker@sunsetplayhouse.com. SHOW SPONSORSHIP opportunities are available. For more information contact Managing Director, Jonathan West at 262-782-4431 x233 or by email at jwest@sunsetplayhouse.com. 16 Sunset Playhouse


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