Newsletter for Barefoot by Levone


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Drama Takes the Stage
       Passion blazes across our stage
when R.P. McMurphy battles Nurse
Ratched for control of a psychiatric ward.
Their epic battle offers a powerful examina-
tion of both the beauty and the danger of
being an original in a conformist world.
       The talented cast includes:
Chief Bromden ............... Randy Betsinger
                                                                                                                           Ticket Price
Aide Williams ....................... Paul Boisen*
Nurse Ratched ................. Shana Gramling                                                                          $10.00 for students
Nurse Flinn ........................... Rachael Graf                                                                       on Thursdays
Dale Harding .............. Kevan Kavanaugh                                                                                and Sundays
Billy Bibbit .................... Jonathan Krocker
Scanlon ........................... Derrick J. Harper
Cheswick ................... Scott Vehrenkamp*
                                                               One Flew                                                  Reservations
Martini ...................................... Phil Addis                                                              Beginning March 14
Ruckley ................. John Dominic Sullivan
Randle P. McMurphy ........ Dave Maxwell
Dr. Spivey ................................ Jim Nelson
                                                               Over the                                               Season Ticket Holders
                                                                                                                       Beginning March 21

Aide Turkle ....................... Robert Gaumer                                                                        General Public
Candy Starr ................. Jessica Hoggarth*
Sandra ........... Gretchen Murphy-Bowman
* LCCT debut
                                                               Cuckoo’s                                                Beginning March 28

                                                                                                                  For the best seat selection, use
       Morrie Enders will direct with Cheri                                                                         the order form on Page 6.
Sailors as Costume Designer, Michael
Baggesi as Scenic/Lighting Designer, and
Krista Kuhn as Stage Manager.
                                                                 Nest                                                  Box Office Hours:
                                                                                                                    11:00-5:00 Mon-Fri plus
                                                                                                                   1 hour prior to curtain time
       Production dates are April 1-3, 7-10,
and 14-17, 2005. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m.
                                                              By Dale Wasserman,
                                                                                                                    All tickets must be paid for
Tickets are $16.00 with a $10.00 student                      Dramatized from the                                     within 2 business days of
ticket available on Thursdays and Sun-                                                                           ordering or they will be released
days. FOR MATURE AUDIENCES.                                    book by Ken Kesey                                 for sale. This includes additional
                                                                                                                    tickets purchased by season
                                                                                                                           ticket holders.

                           Sponsored by:                                                                                Cash, Check, Visa,

                                                                                                                           No refunds.
                     Season Media Sponsor: La Crosse Radio Group

            La Crosse Community Theatre is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Corporation.
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I Love You, You’re Perfect,                                          Devin Nee Designs Set for
Now Change Auditions                                                 Solid Gold Cadillac
       Auditions are coming soon for our next show: I Love You,            Devin Nee has performed almost every technical position
You’re Perfect, Now Change.                                          available in our theatre from running crew to follow spot operator.
       I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change is a musical revue     He has also put in many hours on set construction. All of his
celebrating the mating game with hysterical songs and sketches       La Crosse Community Theatre training and experience served him
about dating, marriage, parenting, in-laws and even family road      well in his dual position of Scenic Designer/Tech Director for The
trips. FOR MATURE AUDIENCES                                          Solid Gold Cadillac at Central High School. In addition to
       Auditions for I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change will     designing the set, Devin supervised a student crew to build it.
be held Saturday and Sunday, March 12 and 13 from 1:00 p.m. to       Great job, Devin!
3:00 p.m. at 508 Main Street. Roles are available for two men and
two women. Those auditioning should have a Broadway show
tune prepared. An accompanist will be provided. Although we
may be able to work around some conflicts during the rehearsal
period, all cast and crew members must be present for all rehears-
als and performances beginning May 1st.
       Morrie Enders will direct with Music Direction by Lisa
Grinde, Choreography by Jonathan Lamb, Scenic/Lighting Design
by Michael Baggesi, and Costume Design by Cheri Sailors.
       Performances of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change
will be May 6-8, 12-15, and 19-22. Curtain time is 7:30.
       I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change is being spon-

 Please note the new
 dates and times for
                         Sponsored by

                                                                         Our February 6
                                                                          performance of
      Our Terry Redlin print auction raised over $900 for
                                                                        Barefoot in the
      The Dawn M. Enders New Theatre Building Fund.
                                                                        Park brought in
                   Congratulations to winners                                   $563 for
         Marlene Swiggum, Syl Liebl, and Patti Sans Crante.              tsunami relief.
                     Thank you, Treehouse.

                   La Crosse Community Theatre: Changing Lives for Over 40 Years
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New York Tours Scheduled July 27-31 and                                                        Randy Betsinger
November 16-20                                                                                 Speaks Out for LCCT
       Join Morrie Enders for a trip that never quits in the city that never sleeps. You’ll           Through high school, college, and
see the dazzling neon lights of Broadway, shop along famous Fifth Avenue, marvel at the        my early adult life, I was very active in
jaw-dropping Manhattan skyline, and visit inspirational St. Patrick’s Cathedral.               sports. As I got older and my body began
       And the shows! In July, we’ll be seeing the hysterical new musical Spamalot,            breaking more easily, it became clear to me
written by Monty Python member Eric Idle based on the movie Monty Python and the               that me athletic life would be a short one!
Holy Grail. This outrageous tale of brave knights, fair maidens, and killer rabbits is                Then, at age 35, I auditioned for a
directed by Tony Award and Academy Award-winner Mike Nichols.                                  play at La Crosse Community Theatre and
       In November, our featured show will be Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. This musical is         opened up a whole new chapter in my life.
also based on a movie (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels starring Steve Martin and Michael               The atmosphere in the theatre is actually
Caine). Rival con men compete for rights to a particularly lucrative territory on the French   very much like a team. A group of talented,
Riviera. This trip also includes the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular               determined, yet unrelated people come
starring the incredible Rockettes.                                                             together to meld themselves into one unit
       On each trip you can also choose a second Broadway musical. What would you              with each part dependent upon the other. I
like to see: Wicked, Mama Mia, The Lion King, Avenue Q, or Hairspray? If you aren’t            have had the pleasure of meeting some
sure, we’d be happy to give you some advice to pick the one you would enjoy the most.          amazingly talented and fascinating people,
       The tours are structured with a nice balance of tour events and free time. Morrie       many of whom have become lifelong
will introduce you to the neighborhood and then offer guidance to help you see the New         friends.
York you want to see: shopping, sight-seeing, theatre, television shows, or museums.
       Brochures for the July trip are available now; brochures for the November trip will
be available soon. Stop in to pick one up or call 784-9292 to have one sent to you.

Recent Contribution Acknowledgments
      Thank you to the following recent        In memory of Allene (Brudos) Eddy
donors to The Dawn M. Enders New Theatre       Frank Wooden
Building Fund.
                                               In memory of Betty Ann MacPhetridge
AAUW                                           Stephen and Andrea Robinson
David and Lavon Earp
                                               In memory of Helen Ostlund
Richard and Marilyn Foss
                                               Patrick and Becky Brockman
Jo Lynn Jensen
Gloria Kuesel                                  In memory of Katherine Jane Des Rosiers
Todd and Jennifer Saner                        Mike and Gretchen Geary
Office Swear Jar Fines from Connie, Gloria,
  Nancy and Sue                                In honor of the birth of Elyse Noel Cain
                                               Morrie Enders
                                                                                               Randy Betsinger in A Funny Thing
In memory of Chris Cooley                                                                      Happened on the Way to the Forum (1992)
                                                     Thank you to the following recent
David and Mary Lynne Cooley
                                               donors to the La Crosse Community                                  From Left: Paul
In memory of Dawn Enders                       Theatre Endowment Fund.                                            McManaway, Ken E.
Shirley Huhn                                                                                                      Brown, Randy
Marilyn and Alexa Trussoni                     Shirley Davis                                                      Betsinger, and Tom
                                               James and Sallie Munn                                              Bartig in The Odd
In honor of Jon Lamb                           Edward and Eleanor Mylotte                                         Couple (2002)
Morrie Enders                                  James and Xenika B. Poehling
                                               Janice Sobkowiak
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Coming Soon to a Theatre                                                   Arts and Economic Prosperity
Near You...                                                                Study Results
        We are proud to announce Mainly Kids Fine Art Photography                 Americans for the Arts conducted an Arts & Economic
special promotion to benefit The Dawn M. Enders New Building               Prosperity study on the economic impact of nonprofit arts
Fund. Their specially priced Nursery Rhymes portrait session is back       organizations and their audiences. The study was the most
by popular demand on Saturday, March 5 and Sunday, March 13,               comprehensive study of its kind with ninety-one participating
2005, at Mainly Kids Fine Art Photography. Appointments will be            communities varying in population from 4,000 to 3,000,000, and as
available between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.                     geographically diverse as Anchorage and Miami. Data was
        For only $57.00, you will receive one 8x10 and two 4x5             collected from 3,000 nonprofit arts organizations and 40,000 arts
portraits from one pose. Mainly Kids will donate $20.00 from each          event attendees. The study was funded by the American Express
package to The Dawn M. Enders New Theatre Building Fund.                   Company, the National Endowment for the Arts and the ninety-
        You may select from one of the following nursery rhymes:           one community partners. Here are some of their findings.
        • Mary, Mary Quite Contrary                                               America’s nonprofit arts industry generates $134 billion in
        • Mary Had a Little Lamb                                           economic activity every year--$53.2 billion in spending by arts
        • Little Miss Muffet                                               organizations and an additional $80.8 billion in event-related
        • Little Bo Peep                                                   spending by arts audiences.
        • The Queen of Hearts                                                     The nonprofit arts are a growth industry. Spending by arts
        • The Farmer in the Dell                                           organizations increased from $36.8 billion in 1992 to $53.2 billion in
        • Old King Cole                                                    2000 (45 percent).
        • Little Boy Blue                                                         The nonprofit arts leverage significant amounts of event-
        • What Little Boys are Made Of                                     related spending by their audiences. Data collected from 40,000
        In addition, little girls may select a Princess costume or bring   attendees at a range of arts events reveal an average spending of
their own. The children will be photographed on a beautiful,               $22.87 per person, not including the price of admission. This
countryside castle backdrop.                                               spending generates an estimated $80.8 billion of revenue for local
        Sessions are limited to one child per session. Each photogra-      merchants and their communities.
phy session is ten minutes long. Please arrive fifteen minutes prior to    Impact of Nonprofit Arts Organizations
your session time to check in and dress for the session.
        Additional offerings are also available at a special, one time     Total Expenditures                                     $53.2 billion
price.                                                                     Full-Time Equivalent Jobs                               2.09 million
        • One 5x7 and four wallets for $15.00                              Resident Household Income                              $47.4 billion
        • One 5x7 and two 3 1/2 x 5s for $15.00                            Local Government Revenue                                $2.4 billion
        • Two 5x7s for $15.00                                              State Government Revenue                                $3.0 billion
        • Retouching per pose for $10.00                                   Federal Income Tax Revenue                              $5.6 billion
        • A 10x10 montage of multiple images that illustrate the
                                                                           Impact of Nonprofit Arts Audiences
selected nursery rhyme for $30.00 (new
                                                                           Total Expenditures                                     $80.8 billion
        • An 11x14 portrait with the
                                                                           Full-Time Equivalent Jobs                               2.76 million
selected nursery rhyme imprinted on the
                                                                           Resident Household Income                              $42.0 billion
image, lacquered for protection for $45.00
                                                                           Local Government Revenue                                $4.2 billion
        Call Mainly Kids Fine Art Photogra-
                                                                           State Government Revenue                                $4.3 billion
phy at 608-784-1723 to make your
                                                                           Federal Income Tax Revenue                              $4.9 billion
appointment and prepay for your $57.00
session and basic package. Call soon as                                           “Cultural activities attract tourists and spur the creation of
this is a limited engagement with limited                                  ancillary facilities such as restaurants, hotels, and the services
availability. Visa, Mastercard and personal                                needed to support them. Cultural facilities and events enhance
checks are accepted.                                                       property values, tax resources, and overall profitability for
                                                                           communities. In doing so, the arts become a direct contributor to
                                                                           urban and rural revitalization.”--National Governors Association
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One Family’s Odyssey with La Crosse Community Theatre...
A Letter from Mary and David Cooley
        Let me share with you one family’s      love the theatre.                              surgeries, his loss of vision, and his
odyssey with La Crosse Community                       Our oldest daughter is now a vocal      seizures, however, he was able to do one
Theatre.                                        music instructor with the Colfax, WI           more show. In June of 2001, he was
        When our four children were very        school district. She has worked with the       onstage for four performances of Man of
young, a friend was unable to use her           Chippewa Valley Community Theatre, the         La Mancha with the Falls Players. (He
season tickets for Tintypes. My husband         Eau Claire Children’s Theatre, the             remembered Don Quixote and Sancho very
and I were given her tickets, and we were       Menomonie Community Theatre, and our           well from his first acquaintance in
utterly delighted with the evening! We          own Falls Players. Her high school             La Crosse!). Many times, we were at
were amazed at the strength and versatility     students have presented You’re a Good          Gundersen Lutheran Hospital with an eye
of the cast and determined to become            Man, Charlie Brown; How to Succeed in          on the clock, praying that we’d be able to
season ticket holders the next season.          Business; and Bye Bye Birdie. (Those           get him back to Black River Falls in time for
        Each year that followed, we held        front row seats really created an impres-      his rehearsal or that he would not need to
season tickets; and, as our children grew       sion!) Currently, the students are rehears-    be hospitalized again and miss the show.
older, we began the tradition of “Stocking      ing Cinderella.                                       On June 23rd, Chris’ show closed.
Stuffers” for them. We thrilled to 1776 and            All of our                              By the following weekend, he was in a
were in the front row for Bye Bye Birdie        children went
                                                                        “We thank the          wheelchair; and, two weeks later, he was
(and promptly came back to see it again         on to have                    La Crosse        bedridden for the remainder of his life,
the very next evening!) The children were       important roles             Community          passing away seven weeks later. On the
introduced to Man of La Mancha and The          in their high                                  day before Chris died, I played recordings
Best Christmas Pageant Ever...year after        school musi-                 Theatre for       for him of Joseph and Man of La Mancha.
year...                                         cals, and three        having been an          On September 9,
        As I am the church choir director for   of the four                                    2001, “The
three choirs at Evangelical Lutheran            performed with
                                                                     important part of         Impossible Dream”
Church in Black River Falls, I began            our local             our family life!”        was played as the
making arrangements for the choirs to           community                                      prelude music at
attend various productions. (Our youth          theatre, as have I.                            his funeral.
were among the lucky first to see Cotton               After all of these shared moments of           We cherish
Patch Gospel, and a group of fifteen adult      theatre with the La Crosse Community           the moments that
choir members came, several years later, to     Theatre group, we were stunned and             we shared with our
see the reprise as part of The Dawn M.          deeply saddened to learn of Dawn’s death       children, enjoying
Enders New Theatre Building Fund                in the summer of 2002. Since we do not         the theatre
fundraiser.) The teenagers were in atten-       subscribe to a La Crosse newspaper, we         together. We have
dance for Two by Two and State Fair, and        did not know of her passing until we           been proud of their
what a show they were given when they           attended Fiddler on the Roof that fall. The    accomplishments
saw your cast and crew stage Joseph...on        realization was devastating. Too young!        onstage and their
your tiny stage, with a cast of hundreds!!      Too young!                                     joy in the “doing”
(or so it seemed...)                                   By that time, we had also lost one of   of it. We thank La Crosse Community
        Throughout these many years of          our loved ones to cancer. Our second-          Theatre for having been an important part
participating in La Crosse Community            oldest child, Christopher, died of a brain     of our family life!
Theatre season memberships, we have             tumor on September 4, 2001. In his senior             Warmly,
seldom been disappointed...always been          year of college, at Winona State Univer-              Mary and David Cooley
entertained...always been pleased with the      sity, Chris became ill, and, unexpectedly,
quality of the performances. Certain lines      lost his vision. A tumor was located; two
from favorite shows have become standard        brain surgeries followed; and his strong,
jokes in our family, and our children           healthy, twenty-one year old lifestyle
                                                                                               Photo: Ramon Gonzalez-Cuevas in Man of
became familiar with the stage and grew to      became radically changed. Despite his
                                                                                               La Mancha (1993)
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                          La Crosse Community Theatre
                          PO Box 1852                                                                                                         Non-Profit Org.
                          118 Fifth Avenue N.                                                                                                  U.S. Postage
                          La Crosse, WI 54602-1852                                                                                                PAID
                                                                                                                                              La Crosse, WI
                                                                                                                                              Permit No. 513

Please notify the box office of any special needs, such as patrons using wheelchairs or needing hearing assistant equipment. Ticket reservations are filled in the order
received beginning March 14 for patrons, March 21 for season ticket holders, and March 28 for the general public. Please, do not mail requests earlier than one
week before the above dates. Tickets will be mailed to you if ordered one week or more prior to the performance date. Mail orders are not confirmed by
phone, but patrons may call the box office to confirm. Payment must accompany all orders for non-season tickets. No refunds.

Mail In Order Form                                                                                                Daytime Phone _________________________
Mail your order form to LCCT, PO Box 1852, La Crosse, WI 54602-1852.
                                                                                                                  Date Choice(s) _________________________
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
April 1-3, 7-10, and 14-17, 2005 at 7:30 p.m.                                                                     Seating Preference ______________________
                                  Number    Number of           Number of         Total
                                                                                                                  Use my 2nd date choice (choose one)
                                    of       General             Student         Number
                                  Season    Tickets @           Tickets @          of                             ____ only if my first choice is sold out.
Name(s)                           Tickets + $16.00 Ea. +        $10.00 Ea.     = Tickets         Total Price      ____ if my seating preference is unavailable.
                                                                                                                  ____ if seats near my preference are unavailable.
                                            +               +                  =

                                            +               +                  =
                                                                                                                  Student prices available Thursdays and
                                            +               +                  =                                  Sundays only.
                                                                                                                  Ordering for friends who are season ticket
                                            +               +                  =
                                                                                                                  holders? Please provide their names, too.
____A check is enclosed for my additional tickets.                                                                ____I /We will usher.
____Charge my additional tickets to my credit card.                                                               ____I/We will sell concessions during
MC/Visa #_____________________________________________ Exp. _______________

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