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PRESENTS

Book by Thomas Meehan

Music by Charles Strouse

Lyrics by Martin Charnin

Director Ray Jivoff

Resident Designer/Technical Director Michael J. Desper

Musical Director Donna Kummer Lighting Designer Kurt Schnabel

Choreographer Andrea Hill Johnson Sound Designer Jan Pritzl

Properties Coordinator Costume Designer Erica Ziino Ellen Kozak Stage Managers Jennifer Allen, Erin Brophy

December 1–4, 8–11, 15–18, 21–23, 28–31, 2011 Original Broadway Production Directed by Mike Nichols Presented on Broadway by Mike Nichols Produced by: Irwin Meyer Stephen R. Friedman Lewis Allen Alvin Nederlander The John F. Kennedy Icarus Productions Assoc. Inc. Center for the Performing Arts Based on “Little Orphan Annie” By Permission of the Tribune Media Services Inc. Originally Produced by The Godspeed Opera House Michael P. Price, Executive Director Annie is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 W. 54th St., NY, NY 10019. Phone: 212-541-4687, Fax: 212-391-4687 www.MTIShows.com Annie 1


SUNSET PLAYHOUSE POLICIES

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~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

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Director................................................................................................................................Ray Jivoff Resident Designer/Technical Director...................................................... Michael J. Desper Musical Director...................................................................................................Donna Kummer Choreographer............................................................................................ Andrea Hill Johnson Lighting Designer...................................................................................................Kurt Schnabel Sound Designer.................................................................................................................Jan Pritzl Costume Designer....................................................................................................... Ellen Kozak Stage Managers.............................................................................. Jennifer Allen, Erin Brophy Assistant Stage Managers................................................................ Maria Sorce, Erika Navin Properties Coordinator.................................................................................................Erica Ziino C A S T O F C H A R AC T E R S ( i n

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Anatalia Aschcroft.....................................................................................................Boylen Sister Gela Ashcroft......................................................................................................................... Chorus Josh Borkowski...................................................................................................................... Chorus Jordan Burac.......................................................................................................................... Chorus Don Devona.................................................................................................... Drake, Cop, Chorus Marcee Doherty....................................................................................................................... Grace Zoe Drews..........................................................................................................................Star-to-Be Christopher Elst..................................................................................................Daddy Warbucks Natalie Hartwig..........................................................................................................Boylen Sister Stuart Kendall...............................................................................................................................FDR Liz Norton................................................................................................................. Miss Hannigan Samantha Paige............................................................................................................................Lily Isaiah Reynolds................................................................................................................. Bert Helly Meg Schachner..................................................................................................................... Chorus Carley Schwendel................................................................................................................. Chorus Kali Tans........................................................................................................................Boylen Sister Michael Traynor.................................................................................................................... Rooster Young Performers Annie Duffy Molly Pepper Tessie July Kate

Donna Kummer..........................................................................................Conductor, Keyboard Elna Hickson.............................................................................Assistant Conductor, Keyboard Jay Kummer................................................................................................................. Guitar, Banjo Jim Van Deusen...................................................................................................................... Drums Mary Cyrulik ............................................................................................................................... Bass Andrew Brinza ....................................................................................................................Trumpet Jon Lovas .......................................................................................................... Flute, Clarinet, Sax Laura Wangguard............................................................................................Flute, Clarinet, Sax

Sandy Cast Emma Borkowski Emma Baran Harper Navin Natalie Alteri Sian Davis Skylr Daczka Ellie Lenkart

Maybe........................................................................................................................................Annie Hard Knock Life..................................................................................................... Annie, Orphans Hard Knock Life Reprise..................................................................................................... Orphans Tomorrow ...................................................................................................................................Annie Hooverville...........................................................................................................Annie, Hooverites Little Girls............................................................................................................................ Hannigan Little Girls Reprise.............................................................................................................. Hannigan I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here................................................................Annie, Grace, Servants N.Y.C. .................................................................... Annie, Warbucks, Grace, Star-to-Be, Chorus Easy Street..................................................................................................Rooster, Lily, Hannigan You Won’t Be an Orphan For Long.................... Grace, Drake, Servants, Warbucks, Annie Intermission Maybe Reprise ...........................................................................................................................Annie Never Fully Dressed............................................................................Bert Healy, Boylan Sisters Never Fully Dressed Reprise.............................................................................................. Orphans Easy Street Reprise...................................................................................Rooster, Lily, Hannigan Tomorrow Reprise................................................................... Annie, F.D.R., Perkins, Warbucks Something Was Missing.................................................................................................. Warbucks I Don’t Need Anything But You........................... Grace, Drake, Servants, Warbucks, Annie Maybe Reprise ...........................................................................................................................Annie A New Deal For Christmas..................Warbucks, Grace, Annie, Orphans, Servants, F.D.R.

New Deal Cast Ellie Taft Kendal Briscoe Erin Fricker Audrey O’Neill Payton Honkamp Madelyn Ballard Ellen Fricker

Also Starring: Seamus Murray.........................................................................................Sandy, New Deal Cast Jake Sommerfeld.............................................................................................Sandy, Sandy Cast 2 Sunset Playhouse

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BIOGR APHIES

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Jennifer Allen (Stage Manager) Jennifer is glad to be back in black after taking a small hiatus from theatre to star in her own show, affectionately known as “The Wedding”. She’s thrilled to be involved with Annie, working with her SM counterpart Erin, and is so proud of this cast, especially the kids. Thanks to cast, crew, The Playhouse staff, parents, Sandy and Chris for all their laughs, love, support and encouragement.

Anatalia Ashcroft (Boylen Sister) Anatalia, a 9th grade student at Brookfield East High School, is an actress, musician, writer, and athlete. She is on the East varsity diving team this year, plays the violin, and writes for the school’s student newspaper, the Spartan Banner. Her goal is to publish a novel before graduating. Though this is not her first show, it is Anatalia’s Sunset Playhouse debut.

Natalie Alteri (Pepper, Sandy Cast) Natalie, an 8th grader at Wisconsin Hills Middle School, loves theatre and is very excited to play Pepper! She recently performed in SEUSSICAL, her fifth show with First Stage Children’s Theatre. Natalie also enjoys singing, soccer, hanging out with friends, and improvisation with First Stage’s comedy improv team, Organized Chaos.

Gela Sawall Ashcroft (Chorus) Gela loves music and has a BM from Baylor University where she sang in LA BOHEME and has a Masters from USC in Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television. She composed and directed three musicals and wrote the orchestral score for the feature film, “The Long Ride Home” starring Randy Travis. Locally, she’s worked with First Stage,

Fireside, the Milwaukee Rep., and sings with the MSO. She thanks God and her awesome family. Madelyn Ballard (July, New Deal Cast) Madelyn is excited to mark her first appearance at Sunset Playhouse. She is a fourth grader at Wauwatosa Catholic School, where she participates in soccer. She also enjoys playing hand chimes and hand bells at her church, swimming, and Tae Kwon Do. Madelyn has been featured in Wauwatosa Children’s Theatre productions of The Elves and the Shoemaker, Pinocchio, and The Looney Adventures of Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy. She thanks Mrs. Weber and Mrs. Smith for getting her started in acting. Emma Baran (Duffy, Sandy Cast) Emma is thrilled to be making her musical theatre debut at Sunset. A thirteen year old, seventhgrader at Whitman Middle School in Wauwatosa, her previous productions include KING MIDAS AND THE GOLDEN TOUCH and SLEEPING BEAUTY. Emma sincerely thanks all those involved in this production for giving her this very memorable experience. Emma Borkowski (Annie, Sandy Cast) Emma is thrilled to return to the Sunset stage where she was seen in Damn Yankees. Emma’s theatre credits include WILLY WONKA (Waukesha Civic), MY SON PINOCCHIO (First Stage Children’s Theater), and FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (Modjeska). Favorite role: Dorothy (THE WIZARD OF OZ). Emma is in 7th grade at Wisconsin Hills MS where she plays violin in the school orchestra and sings in the school choir. In her free time, Emma likes to read and dance.

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Josh Borkowski (Ensemble) Josh is excited to be back at Sunset where he was seen in DAMN YANKEES. Josh’s favorite theatre credits include FIDDLER ON THE ROOF and THE WIZARD OF OZ. Josh has also been seen on the big screen in a number of college shorts and independent films, and you may have seen a glimpse of him in the recent Ron Howard comedy, THE DILEMMA. Josh’s favorite subject in school is science and he loves to read. Kendal Briscoe (Duffy, New Deal Cast) Kendal is thrilled to be making her first appearance at Sunset Playhouse and is thankful to learn under such terrific directors. She has previously appeared as Peggy in The Hundred Dresses with First Stage Children’s Theatre, several productions at Elmbrook Church, and is the understudy for Scout in the upcoming performance of To Kill a Mockingbird at The Milwaukee Repertory Theatre. Kendal has always had a flair for the dramatic and, as the youngest of SEVEN children, says that she sometimes feels like the orphan she is portraying in Annie. Erin Brophy (Stage Manager) Erin is thrilled to return to Sunset for ANNIE, which has always been one of her favorite shows! Erin began stage managing at Sunset last winter with IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE and has loved every minute of the seven productions she’s been involved with at Sunset since then. When not stage managing, Erin spends time practicing her ninja skills with her ninja mentor, Spence, and studying Theatre Management. Annie 5


B I O G R A P H I E S ( c o n t .) Jordan Burac (Ensemble) Jordan has been involved in theater since he first stepped onto the stage in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at Kettle Moraine High in 2007. Ever since then, has been involved in over 15 productions that include Officer Earl in ALL SHOOK UP, Mr. Sycamore in YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU, Peter Stossel in THE CHRISTMAS SCHOONER. And most recently as Doctor Watson in SHERLOCK HOLMES, THE FINAL ADVENTURE over at the Lunt-Fontanne theatre in Waukesha. Skylr Daczka (July, Sandy Cast) Most recently seen at First Stage Children’s Theater as Cheryl in MISS NELSON IS MISS-

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B I O G R A P H I E S ( c o n t .) ING, Skylr is thrilled to be appearing as July in the classic ANNIE. She is a fifth grader at County Line Elementary School and is a select soccer player. Having a strong passion for theatre and the arts, Skylr is extremely thankful for this incredible opportunity at Sunset Playhouse. Sian Davis (Tessie, Sandy Cast) Sian tries her best to be a triple threat. In her free time outside of productions, she loves to dance at Accent on Dance in Waukesha and sing with her voice coach Trefor Williams. Sian’s acting experience consists of 6 school plays, WIZARD OF OZ at Theatre on Main, and 4 community plays. I hope you enjoy our production of ANNIE! J. Michael Desper (Resident Designer/ Technical Director) J. Michael Desper has designed over 70 productions for Sunset Playhouse since the summer of 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.

Don Devona (Drake, Cop, Chorus) Don is a native of Chicago and has appeared in three productions at Sunset: MOON OVER BUFFALO, DON’T DRINK THE WATER, and TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE. He has also performed at Boulevard Threatre: GIVE ‘EM HELL, HARRY, I NEVER SANG FOR MY FATHER, Chamber Theatre: MEDEA, Next Act Theater: ROOM SERVICE, Soulstice Theater: TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE, and Waukesha Civic Theater: MAN FOR ALL SEASONS, MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET since retiring with his wife, Joan, to Milwaukee in 1998. Marcee Doherty (Grace Farrell) Marcee is excited to be making her Sunset Playhouse debut with a terrifically talented cast and crew! Marcee has performed with various local theatre companies where her favorite roles include Kathy in COMPANY and Lady Macduff in MACBETH (both Off the Wall Theatre), Tricia in DOG SEES GOD (RSVP Theatre), and Shelia in JAKE’S WOMEN (South Milwaukee PAC). Much love to Christopher Elst, her Daddy Warbucks onstage and off. Zoe Drews (Star-to-Be) This is Zoe’s first show with Sunset Playhouse and her second production of Annie. She has performed with Modjeska Youth Theater, Acacia Theater, Shorewood Players, Skylight Opera Theatre, Florentine Opera, and the Fireside Dinner Theater, as well as school productions. A freshman at Milwaukee High School of the Arts where she is a theatre major, Zoe is the middle child with four brothers.

Christopher Elst (Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks) Christopher is an actor, fight director, and stage combat instructor. Recent shows include Cannibal! the Musical and In My Mind’s Eye at Alchemist Theatre and Omnium Gatherum at Windfall Theatre. Christopher thanks his girlfriend and personal assistant, Marcee Doherty, for her undying support and the cast and crew at Sunset Playhouse for the chance to sing and dance for the holidays. Learn more at http://www.christopherelst.com Ellen Fricker (Kate, New Deal Cast) Ellen is a 4th-grader at St. John Vianney Parish School where she is a Girl Scout Junior. She is in

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B I O G R A P H I E S ( c o n t .) her fifth year with the parish children’s choir, her third year of piano lessons, and her second year of ballet with Steps of Grace. She has participated for the past two summers in the St. Dominic’s summer theatre camp and the Elmbrook Church musical camp. She also enjoys reading, writing stories, basketball, and climbing trees. She has two younger sisters, Erin and Emily.

B I O G R A P H I E S ( c o n t .) mance at Sunset. Payton has been in several small productions, as well as in Beauty and the Beast at DSHA this past summer. In Payton’s spare time, she enjoys playing soccer, basketball, and piano. She would like to thank her awesome family for being her biggest fans and cheerleaders!

Ray Jivoff (Director) Erin Fricker (Molly, Ray returns to the New Deal Cast) Sunset Playhouse, Erin is a 2nd-grader where he directed at St. John Vianney HAIR during the Parish School where summer of love in she is a Girl Scout 2010. He recently Brownie. She is in directed LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS her third year with at Marquette University and JACQUES the parish children’s choir, her second BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING year of violin lessons, and her second IN PARIS for Skylight Opera Theatre. year of ballet with Steps of Grace. Erin Other directing credits include THE has participated for the past two sumSUM OF US for Milwaukee Chamber mers in the St. Dominic’s summer theTheatre, WEST SIDE STORY at UW atre camp and this past summer in the Milwaukee and RAGTIME, YOU CAN’T Elmbrook Church musical camp. She TAKE IT WITH YOU AND ON THE RAZalso enjoys reading, art, cheerleading ZLE at Milwaukee High School of the and is a contest-winning hula-hooper. Arts. He was a drama director at CathoShe has an older sister, Ellen, and a lic Memorial High School in Waukesha younger sister, Emily. for twelve years. As an actor, he was recently seen as Mr. Zero in Skylight’s Natalie Hartwig production of ADDING MACHINE, A (Boylen Sister) MUSICAL. Other roles there include Natalie is 13 years Harpo in A DAY IN HOLLYWOOD/A old and is in 8th NIGHT IN THE UKRAINE, ANIMAL grade at Wisconsin CRACKERS and THE COCOANUTS, RogHills Middle School. er Debris in THE PRODUCERS, Amos She has enjoyed in CHICAGO, Nathan Detroit in GUYS doing First Stage AND DOLLS and Koko in THE MIKADO. summer classes for the past 5 years, He’s also been in shows at Milwaukee performing in productions at Waukesha Chamber Theatre, Next Act, Milwaukee Civic Theatre and also performing in Rep’s Stackner Cabaret and First Stage her school musicals. Natalie is excited to Milwaukee. He is the Associate Artistic be joining Sunset Playhouse in this fun Director of Skylight Opera Theatre. production of Annie. Enjoy the show! Andrea Hill Payton Honkamp Johnson (Tessie, New Deal (Choreographer) Cast) Andrea graduated Payton is a 6th from the Univergrader at St. John sity of Wisconsin Vianney in Brook- Milwaukee in 1996 field. She’s thrilled with a Bachelor’s of to be playing the Fine Arts Degree in Dance and a Minor role of Tessie in Annie, her first perforin Comparative Literature. She gradu8 Sunset Playhouse

ated with Academic Honors, as well as High Honors in Dance. Her theatre work includes: THE MUSIC MAN, A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, and THE FANTASTICKS (Rocky Mountain Repertory, Assistant Choreographer), ROMEO AND JULIET (Boulevard Theatre), A MIDSUMMER’S NIGHT DREAM (UW-Fond du Lac & Marquette University), THE BEAUX’ STRATAGEM AND A YEAR WITH FROG & TOAD (Marquette University). Andrea is a founding member (1997-2001) of the Danceworks Performance Company and has choreographed eight works for the company. She has been instructing Danceworks students in modern, ballet, and jazz since 1996 and is a Lecturer at Marquette University. Stuart Kendall (FDR) Stuart last appeared as Henry Potter in Sunset’s Production of IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE. Favorite roles at Sunset include Sheridan Whiteside in THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER, Norman Thayer in ON GOLDEN POND, Grandpa in YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU, Andrew Wyke in SLEUTH, and over twenty years ago, Henry Higgins in MY FAIR LADY. Ellen Kozak (Costume Designer) From Black Box to major Repertory Theatre, her regional stage work has covered numerous periods from Adam and Eve to speculative visions of the future. She has designed for many theatre companies across the nation, including the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, GeVa Theatre in Rochester New York, The Intiman in Seattle, and Center Stage in Baltimore. She has managed and worked in shops across the country, and faced the challenge of doing shows on cruise ships and in other countries. Other design projects were for films (Wisconsin Death Trip, Magic

Love, Blues Before Sunrise, The Storm That follows Me), television (The Trial of the Moke, Fridays), and videos (Martin Luther, The Prophet From Palmyra, Harvest of Joy). Variety is the spice of life and my life is certainly full of variety. Donna Kummer (Music Director) Donna has been involved in 150 productions over the past 20 years, including three previous productions of ANNIE. This is her twelfth main stage production at Sunset. She provided musical direction at Modjeska Youth Theatre for nine years and works with numerous professional, community and school theatres. She also works with Skylight Opera Theatre as a Teaching Artist in area schools. Donna serves as the Director of Music for Plymouth UCC Church, conductor of the Wauwatosa Community Band and Tosa Jazz, and director of the Schoolhouse Players in Waukesha County. Ellie Lenkart (Kate, Sandy Cast) Ellie is a13 year old eighth grader at Whitman Middle School in Wauwatosa. Her past experience with theatre has been mostly Wauwatosa Children’s Theatre, performing in a variety of plays. Ellie’s hobbies include ice skating, skiing and swimming. Ellie is excited to be playing the role of Kate in the Annie production. Seamus Murray (Sandy, New Deal Cast) Seamus is a 12 year old Golden Retriever who is making his acting debut in the Sunset Playhouse’s production of Annie. Seamus could not be more excited about playing “Sandy”, as he gets lots Annie 9


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of love, attention and treats from his cast mates. In his spare time, Seamus enjoys rolling in the grass, swimming, eating, car rides, camping, and go-kart racing. Seamus’ favorite hobby is sulking at neighbor Elaine’s fence for treats, stalking neighbor Shelley for treats or tricking family members into meals he claims he hasn’t been fed. He spends most of his time lying on the front lawn “guarding” the street with his soft cuddly toys. Seamus is dedicating his performance to his family, Katherine, Marty, Robert and his “Granny” and “Paw”. He would like to thank his friends for coming to see his performance! Erika Navin (Assistant Stage Manager) Erika Navin is excited to be sharing this experience with her daughter Harper. When not playing the role of mom, Erika works

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Liz Norton (Miss Hannigan) Liz Norton has experienced every genre of vocal performance available to a rough around the edges mezzo. From singing her favorite roles, such as Guinevere (Camelot) and Joanne (Company), to singing Mozart and Wagner, to performing in cabaret clubs, quite simply, she wishes she could quit her day job. A mother of four boys, Liz is thrilled to be playing this ‘highly intoxicated’ character and thanks the parents of all these wonderfully talented orphans. You did good!! Audrey O’Neill (Pepper, New Deal Cast) Audrey is thrilled to appear in her second Sunset Playhouse production, after charming audiences as Janie Bailey in last year’s IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE. She recently played orphan Tessie in her school’s production of ANNIE JR. Audrey is in the 5th grade at Woodlands School. In her (rare) spare time, Audrey enjoys reading, writing, and horseback riding. In real life, she is nothing like Pepper! Samantha Paige (Lily) Samantha is thrilled to be back on the Sunset stage, working with such a talented staff and cast. Favorite acting credits include Mae in REEFER MADNESS, Pippi in THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK MUSICAL, Stella in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, and Sally Bowles in CABARET. Also being a choreographer, Samantha’s favorite choreography credits include THE PRODUCERS, HAIRSPRAY, and REEFER MADNESS, as well as setting pieces on students at MHSA for their faculty dance concerts. A BIG thank you to my friends and

co-workers for their flexibility and help with transportation. Enjoy! Isaiah Reynolds (Chorus) Isaiah is a sophomore at Waukesha South High School. He is a part of the drama club, oak club, choir and student council. Isaiah was also a part of the 2011 state honors choir. His past shows include BYE BYE BIRDIE (Freddie), HONK (Cat), SHAKE RATTLE AND ROLL (Melvin), CANDY CANE TALES, WILLY WONKA (Candy Man), STATE FAIR ( Hank Munson), FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON (Bert), DROWSY CHAPERONE (ensemble), and THE HOBBIT (Bomur). Enjoy the show! Meg Schachner (Chorus) Meg is excited to make her Sunset Playhouse debut. Currently in her sophomore year at UW-Waukesha in pursuit of a French major, she hopes to go to France next year. Previous roles have included Lena Lingard in My Antonia and her personal favorite, Dishwater Wanda in Urinetown, the Musical. She would like to thank her family for being so supportive of her numerous ambitions. Kurt Schnabel (Lighting Designer) Kurt is most pleased to join the Sunset Playhouse for the first time on this production of ANNIE. Kurt’s lighting has been seen throughout Milwaukee with companies including The Florentine Opera, Skylight Opera Theatre, First Stage Children’s Theatre, Next Act Theatre, Chamber Theatre and KO THI Dance Company. Kurt also designs and manages industrials, trade shows, and architectural installations across the country. However, his best work to-date are his five children…thanks to TBBM&B! Annie 11


B I O G R A P H I E S ( c o n t .) Carley Schwendel (Chorus) Carley has always loved the theatre. She has been appearing in productions since she was five years old and has performed in more than 20 productions at her school. Carley is very excited about this new challenge and would like to thank the Sunset Playhouse for this opportunity to expand her horizons. Jake Sommerfeld (Sandy, Sandy Cast) Jake, a Golden Retriever, was born 12-2-2002. Jake has been a Delta Society Therapy Pet Partner since 2008 and is affiliated w/ Health Healers. He loves his therapy work & meeting new people - who wouldn’t? Jake gets to be petted all the time,(butt rubs are his fav), and he is also involved w/ Read to Rover Progran thru Milw Library & WI. Humane Society. Jake’s Mom is Kris;

B I O G R A P H I E S ( c o n t .) he has a canine sister, Ginger, a feline brother, Copper, and two human brothers: Justin Scott & Shannon Scott. Maria Sorce (Assistant Stage Manager) Maria is making her return to the theatre. She has been volunteering the past few years with Catholic Memorial High School where she recently won a Tommy Award for her Props work with Guys and Dolls. She is very excited for her return and to be again working with Jonathan, Ray and Donna. She would like to thank Jeff, Alyssa, Izzy and the rest of the family for supporting her! Ellie Taft (Annie, New Deal Cast) Ellie is a 7th grader at Whitefish Bay Middle School. In May, she appeared in the First Stage production of MISS NELSON IS MISSING. Besides acting,

singing, and dancing, Ellie loves horses, art, snowboarding, and hanging out with her friends. Ellie is thrilled to be in ANNIE with such amazing people! Kali Tans (Boylen Sister) Kali is excited to be making her Sunset debut as a “lovely” Boylen sister, but she’s definitely no stranger to the stage. She was most recently seen as the King’s wife in THE KING AND I, and has performed with West Allis Players, Shorewood Players and Bayshore Church. Thanks to her family for their support, and the cast and crew for their hard work and dedication. Enjoy the show!!

Michael Traynor (Rooster) Michael will be playing the role of Rooster in this show (Annie). Please enjoy Erica Ziino (Props Coordinator) Erica has been a volunteer at the Sunset Playhouse for approximately five years, helping with house managing, props, and set construction. Previously Erica has volunteered as the props mistress for YOU CAN’T GET THERE FROM HERE, LOVE, SEX and the IRS, and most recently ARSCENIC AND OLD LACE. If for nothing more than to see her favorite character, Hannigan, and her love of children, Erica is excited to be a part of this production.

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C O N T R I B U TO R S

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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, November 18, 2011. Directors ($5,000+) Eichmann, Marla Esposito, Danny and Kaye 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, Don and Nancy Kopischke, Scott and Joanne Navin, Erika and Mark Navin, James and Sylvia 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 Domres, David Domres, Nancy Ebersole, Calvin 14 Sunset Playhouse

Freitag, Nancy and Robert Flynn, Helen Garcia, Paula and Ralph Gensler, Tim and Mary Holmes, Michael Johnson, David and Mel Knudsen, Carol Laste, Bill and Judy Lauer, Robert and Helen McCaughey, Paul and Sally McIndoe, Robert Miskowitch, Rudy Moeser, Erik and Carol Mossey, Dr. Richard and Patricia 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 Sparks, Mary Stankovsky, Jim and Edith Stiles, Nancy Szczepanski, Lee 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 Dable, Karen Di Fonzo, Julie and Mark Duke, Karen 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 Katschke, Richard Kirsop, Patricia and Richard Klauck, Kenneth A. Koegel, Donald and Edith Kolbeck, Henry and Peggy Krauss, Mary Kwiatkowski, Patrick and Patrice 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 Sazama, Francis Wilson and Jacqueline Schauer, Wilbert and Genevieve Schimel, Bruce and Shirley Schimel, Christopher and Beth Ann Schudson, Ruth Shebasta, Harvey and Collette Simeth, Denise and Steve Steingold, Stanley Swokowski, Shirley Takton, Marjorie Torretta , Michael and Edith Turner, Thomas Wallner, Marty Wells, Ronald and Agnes Wenzel, Thomas and Karen Stage Managers (Under $100) Adkinson, J.M. Atkielski, Don and Marlene Anderson, Rebecca 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 Blackwelder, Mary Boeck, Pat Boie, Jan and Mary Borowski, Thomas Botticchio, Gerry Brandl, Rose and John Breunig, Karen and Tom Bunke, Mark Campbell, Suzann Camus, Janice Carlson, Al and Carol Cary, Elaine Cassell, Ann Chambless, Jon Champan, Deanna Chicorel, Ralph Cichucki, Lawrence and Wenda Cooke, Jeff Copson, Joan and George Cronkrite, Sharon A. Dahlen, Chris and Gary Dahlen, Rae Daniel, Gordon and Margaret Danowski, Daniel Dehnel, Joan and William Desjardins, Nancy Doemland, Edward 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 Frechette, James and Julie Frey, Betty Friedli, Daniela Genger, Martha Gilbert, Judy

Grasse, Eileen Griffin, Joyce Groth, Bob and Joan Gull, Gretchen Hall, Allen and Susan Harris, Ann Hartzell, Michael Hately, Jeneane and Daniel Henry, Dena Hoeschen, Brad and Andrea Huennekens, Keith Hutton, Ted and Sharon Jackett, Carol Jenders, Christine and Don Jeske, Jim 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. Kirsop, Patricia and Richard Klein, Richard and Rita Klemstein, Dale and Susan Koehne, Susanne Kolbeck, Henry and Peggy Konkol, Jacqueline 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 Annie 15


C O N T R I B U TO R S ( c o n t .) 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 Maynard, John and Marguerite McHale, Julie Meller, Robert and Arlene Merkel, Charles and Janet Metcalf, Mark 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, Diana Pisciotta, Lorraine Prevetti, Petranilla Pribyl, Patrick and Dawn Price, Gary Rasmussen, Robert Rhodes, Lyle and Faith Riemer, Julie Rightmyre, Cory Ring, Helen Roberts, John 16 Sunset Playhouse

Robinson, Claudette Rosen, Bonita Rosenheimer, Nancy and Paul Ross, William Rottmann, Timothy and Catherine Rupp, Michael Scheu, Viktor and Lieselotte Schimel, Brad Schimel, Mark Schimel, Robert Schmidt, Debbie Schroeter, James and Nancy Schuetz, Sandra Scrobel, David and Dolores Seebach, Barbara Semmler, Robert and Gertrude Sevedge, Mary Seymour, Kristine Simmons, Marlene Skibba, Karen Sobocinski, Shirley Soyk, Ron and Joanne Stewart, Eileen Stojanovich, Peter Stokes, Sarah and David Stover, Ann Stutzki, Bryan Styles, Gretchen Szczepanski, Jerome and Beverly Thompson, Lee Thompson, Marcia Thompson, Marianne Tietz, Kay Towell, Joy Troglia, John and Mary Turowski, Irene Valen, Dorothy Vander Meer, Joseph Van Erden, Lory Volte, Claudia Way, Wilbur and Virginia Werderitch, John and Kathy Weston, Paul J. and Carie Whalen, Gloria and Robert White, Peggy White, George

C O N T R I B U TO R S ( c o n t .) Wickersheim, Lindsay Wilhelm Linda Williams, Annette Wilson, Cameron Zupnik, Gerald and Shella In Kind Gifts Applebee’s Bel Canto Chorus Beloit Snappers Betty Brinn Children’s Museum Bon Ton Stores Inc Buelow, Karen Broadlands Golf Brookfield Hills Golf Course Cave of the Mounds Chicago Architecture Foundation Comedy Café Comedy Sportz Decker, Barbara Duffy, Ed EAA AirVenture Edwardo’s Natural Pizza Elliott Ace Hardware Elm Grove Business Association Emery’s Cyclery Erv’s Mug Financial Focus First Stage Children’s Theatre Fred Astaire Dance Studio Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens Fuddrucker’s GermanFest Glass Nickel Pizza Gmoser, Eleanor Green Bay Packers Hankwitz, Helen Harley Davidson Museum Hart, Donna Hately, Dan IrishFest J.D. Painting and Repairs John Hancock Observatory Johnson Bank

Jounston, David and Joyce Katschke, Richard and Vickie Klement Sausage Kohl Charities Kummer, Donna Kurtz, Marge Kurtz Realty Inc Landmark Credit Union LeCakery Lennon, Jan Marcus Corporation Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre McDonald, Guy and Mary Jo McIndoe, Robert Melanie Sikma Photography Milwaukee Admirals Milwaukee Ballet Milwaukee Brewers Milwaukee Business Journal Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

Milwaukee County Zoo Milwaukee Public Museum Milwaukee Repertory Theatre Milwaukee Wave Miss Julia’s Bake Shop Morningstar Golf Community Munchkin Moments by Stephanie National Baking Company Nelson, Jan Next Act Theatre O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub Panera Bread Pearson, Lois Penelope’s Restaurant Pizza Hut PolishFest Present Music Reiner, David Roundy’s Supermarkets Ryan, Peggy Peterson Schimel, Christopher and Beth

Schlitz Audubon Society Shedd Aquarium Silver Spur Restaurant Simma’s Bakery Skylight Opera Stack, Louise Stalter, Lee and Linda Steingold, Stanley Stephen’s Point Brewery StudioNorth Salon SummerFest Ten Chimneys The Capital Grille The Clarke Hotel The Grove Restaurant The Oar Group Town Bank Traffic Engineering Services, Inc Tri City National Bank Waukesha Civic Theatre Wilke, Marty Wisconsin Philharmonic Walt Disney World Corporation Young, Ruth

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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 S TA F F

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

MANAGING DIRECTOR....................................................................................... Jonathan West* RESIDENT DESIGNER/TECHNICAL DIRECTOR....................................... J. Michael Desper* ASSOCIATE PRODUCER...................................................................................... Sarah Tullberg*

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

DIRECTOR, SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS..................................................................... Erika Navin* OPERATIONS MANAGER...................................................................................Michelle Tucker* LIGHT BOARD OPERATORS COORDINATOR.............................................................Pat Taige SCENE SHOP COORDINATOR.....................................................................................Pat Westen COSTUME COORDINATOR......................................................................Joanne Cunningham COSTUME CO-COORDINATOR.................................................................................Kathy Carlin 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 Dwyer 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 ............................. Lucky Tomaszek, Linnea Koeppel*, Ann Thoppil* HOUSE MANAGER..............................................................................................Kristen Kraklow* ASSISTANT HOUSE MANAGER......................................... Libby Amato*, Linnea Koeppel*

U P C O M I N G S H OW S Bing Crosby: Christmas on the Air, A SideNotes Cabaret Matt Zembrowski and Paula Foley Tillen bring this loving and warm tribute to Bing Crosby to make you feel as warm as a crackling fire and thank your lucky stars that it’s sure to be a “White Christmas.” This homage to old time radio and the golden era of song is a perfect Christmas present that will leave you with a yuletide feeling right through the holidays. December 8-18, 2011 Holiday Pops, a Musical Mainstage Production We’re gonna make merry with tunes from your favorite pop performers--folks like Brenda Lee, Dean Martin, Harry Connick, Jr., and Karen Carpenter. You never know who might be hiding under our Christmas tree. December 12-13, 2011 Nunsense This “Sister Act” will convince you once and for all that nuns have a major funny bone! The Little Sisters of Hoboken have a problem. Their convent cook has accidentally served a bunch of the sisters a tainted batch of soup, and several of the sisters have met their maker. Prayers are nice, but the surviving sisters need to raise some dough for the burials. A bake sale isn’t going to do it, so the sisters put on a talent show to end all talent shows. Jokes, songs and dancing nuns add up to one of the silliest musical celebrations ever! January 12-February 5, 2012 Song and Dance Man, a bug in a rug production Adapted from the Caldecott Medal awarded book by Karen Ackerman, our tale tells a sweet story about the importance of family and its rich history. Two children follow their grandpa into his attic and in the most forgotten section of that dusty room, there is an old trunk. And when the trunk is opened, the past sings and dances to remind the children how much fun it is to live life! Used by permission of Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc. January 26-28, 2012

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 ♥ 18 Sunset Playhouse

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U P C O M I N G AU D I T I O N S GREATER TUNA by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard. Audition Dates: January 9-10, 2012 (7-10pm). Callbacks: January 11, 2012 (7-10pm) Rehearsals: January 22-February 22, 2012 Performances: February 23-March 11, 2012 Roles Needed: 2 men GREATER TUNA will be directed by Bryce Lord. Please show up on one of the dates listed above; Be ready for some movement and script reading as well. For show and cast information, or to download an audition form, go to our website: http://www.sunsetplayhouse.com/play/audition.php. 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.

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