We are very excited to introduce to you, our assistant director for this summer’s production of Bye Bye Birdie, Ava Childs. Ava, grew up surrounded by art and music and fell in love with theatre in 6th grade when she auditioned for her first show. She has participated in both school and community theatre ever since. Ava is currently attending the University of Wisconsin Madison studying Theatre & Drama and Arts Education with the dream of becoming a high school theatre teacher. Ava has had the pleasure of playing the role of Willy Wonka, and Sofie in Mamma Mia at her high school while also participating in choir, band, madrigals ensemble, and acapella group for all four years. Most of Ava’s community theatre experience comes from Sheboygan Theatre Company, which allowed her to play some of her favorite theatre roles including Wednesday Addams in the Addam’s Family, Woman 1 in Songs for A New World, and Wickersham 1 in Seussical. Ava’s first experience with LPI was playing a member of the lullaby league and a tree during the most recent production of the Wizard of Oz in 2021. She had such a blast meeting so many new people, and is thrilled to be back with LPI for the summer of 2023! Ava is looking forward to sharing the joy of theatre-making with so many people, meeting new friends, reconnecting with old friends, and gaining incredible experience as an assistant director for the first time!
Dear LPI Community,
We at LPI are very excited welcome LPI alumnus, Ben Johnson, as our director for our 27th annual production, Bye Bye Birdie. Ben is thrilled to be on board as director this summer 2023! He holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Voice Performance and Choral/General Music Education with a minor in Theatre Arts from Lawrence University. Ben has been involved with theatre both regionally and professionally with various theatre companies across Northeastern Wisconsin.
LPI is excited to welcome Daniel Klingelhoets as the new board president. Dan made his LPI debut as a citizen of Whoville in the ensemble of Seussical in 2007. Since then, Dan has appeared onstage, backstage, and as a volunteer over the years. Dan is enthusiastic and eager to work alongside the board of directors to continue the momentum to bring inclusive community theater experiences to our community.
Every summer LPI is thrilled to welcome cast members of all ages to our small community theater group. So what makes LPI special and unique, and why LPI? We turned to some veteran/current cast and volunteers to learn from them and asked- "Why LPI?"
Whether your first or 100th, auditions are filled with a mix of nerves and excitement as you prepare your best for the production team.
The LPI board is thrilled to kick off the new year with the director announcement for our 2022 Summer production. After interviewing several talented applicants, we are pleased to welcome Sara Stout back to lead our 26th show.
As this whirlwind of a year winds down for the organization, we can’t help but reflect on our community and what we’ve been able to accomplish together- united under a passion to inspire children and adults through an inclusive space to dream, explore, think, and connect through theater.
LPI is excited to present the 6th annual Living Nativity on December 3rd at the annual Night of Lights event hosted by the Random Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and Lakeview Community Library in Random Lake, WI.
Our fourth and final 25 year member we would like to introduce to you is a very special man, Bob Deyo. Bob is the only person who has been on stage in every production LPI has done. Anyone who knows Bob knows that he is a wealth of knowledge and his life experiences are always worth listening to. Bob has also kept track of every single person who has been involved with LPI for the past 25 years!