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Co-directing the 2011 summer musical in Random Lake will be two people who are familiar to the local community.
They are Nikki Andrews, the music teacher at Random Lake Elementary School, and Joe Horstmeier, who has assisted in many productions at Random Lake High School and elsewhere. He played a munchkin in Random Lake's first summer musical, The Wizard of Oz, in 1996.
The announcement was made this week by Bob Eichner, president of the Lakeshore Productions, Inc. Board of Directors.
The next step is choosing a show for 2011. Both directors and the board have been talking about that already. They agree that it will be a well known Broadway show that can accommodate a large number of cast members.
"I enjoy working with people of all ages, and I feel that community theater offers a unique chance to create something with people from all walks of life," says Andrews. "I am interested in directing with LPI after my experiences with the organization. I enjoyed the camaraderie and sense of community within the cast" (she appeared in Grease in 2009).
"I loved being a part of the cast, but I would like to give back to the organization by directing as well."
From 2008 to the present she has co-directed and choreographed Bye, Bye Birdie, Hello, Dolly! and Crazy for You at Random Lake High School. In 2009 she directed the mini musical Guys and Dolls Jr. at Random Lake Middle School.
Throughout her years at Sheboygan Falls High School she was involved in four musicals and three plays.
Horstmeier becomes the first "home grown" director for Lakeshore Productions, Inc. From his first appearance in the Lollipop Guild, he has appeared in many LPI shows, including the lead role of Ren in Footloose from 2004.
He also has had roles with the Sheboygan Theatre Co., the Madison Area Technical College Players, UW-Sheboygan, and Memories Theater.
Lead roles for other companies include Tommy in the musical Tommy, Joe Hardy in Damn Yankees, as well as Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
One of his favorite dramatic roles was that of Giles Corey in The Crucible at MATC.
He also has appeared in five independent films produced at UW-Oshkosh and UW-Madison.
Horstmeier has sung in musical shows at the Plymouth Art Center and Victorian Village in Elkhart Lake.
"I have been blessed with many fantastic opportunities on and off the stage, and have worked with many different people and venues, but I have never forgotten where I got my start," he says. "I take great joy in the attempt of enriching others in what has given me so much in my own life."
Horstmeier, who works at Johnsonville Sausage, in Johnsonville, says he has already been contacted by a number of potential cast members for summer 2011.