Casting is the first and perhaps most important part of a production. It’s not – as you might imagine – without its hurt feelings and anger. But Jane Jeffries reminds us of the importance of every role – large and small – to the story.
Corin Reilly always wanted to be an actor. He found a way to live his dream as part of Encore Studios, a theater company for people with disabilities.
"I began acting when I was 18 years old," says Reilly.
Kelsy Schoenhaar is the founding artistic director and resident playwright for the Encore Studio for the performing arts, the only professional theater company for people with disabilities in Wisconsin. Kelsy and the other theater staff help the Encore Studio’s actors develop their creative voice and perform works that share an authentic message about disability and culture.
Music has always been a part of life for Joe Vosen. When the idea came to him to write a musical, it just seemed like a natural thing to do. Vosen embarked on what would become a two-year musical adventure.
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away from Hollywood, future movie star Harrison Ford was coming of age in Wisconsin. He went to college here, discovered his love of performing, and got his first professional acting job.
Cecilia Eslinger wasn’t even much of a movie buff when she bought a one-screen theater in small town Stanley, WI. But the Milwaukee transplant made a new home in northern Wisconsin, meeting her husband and raising six kids in the movie business.