Archive: 1, 2023
Spencer Rathke Announced as Technical Director
We are pleased to introduce Spencer Rathke as our technical director for Bye Bye Birdie. Spencer has grown up watching his siblings find and grow their heart for music and theater. Spencer’s mother, Renie Rathe, and his sister, Ashton Rathke, have worked with LPI for many shows which led him to being part of the cast for Mary Poppins back in 2015. In middle school, he has helped build sets with his father, Eric Rathke, and Mike Schwab. In 7th grade Spencer’s sister, Ashton, asked him to run the light and soundboard for the high school's performance of "Never Mind What Happened, How Did It End?" These last two summers Spencer has worked as a camp counselor and he is looking forward to staying in Random Lake this summer. Spencer is actively involved in his school's student government as the sophomore class president, soccer team, golf team, FBLA, FFA, and their music and theater department. After practice, he is always finding himself in the auditorium working on lights, which led him to be his school's student tech director for "Elf" in fall of 2022 and light designer for "Back to the 80's" and "The Craving". When Spencer is not working on school work, or tech for shows, he is a part of his church's worship team and he does the soundboard mixing. Last year, Spencer found his passion for tech and he continues to learn more every day. He knows he will be working with some amazing people this summer and he can't wait to get started!
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Carter Krzyzaniak Announced as Choreographer
We are very happy to welcome back Carter Krzyzaniak as Choreographer for this summer’s production of Bye Bye Birdie. Carter made his LPI Choreographer debut last summer for our production of Annie Get Your Gun. Carter grew up in Plymouth, WI and has performed his entire life in musicals and show choir. He went to college at UW-Madison, and he has a BA in Communication Arts. While at Madison, Carter toured with the Wisconsin Singers for 4 years - Production Manager for 2 years and a Dance Captain for 1 year. It was during that time that Carter started some choreography work with a few show choirs. He then began directing Momentum, the show choir at Plymouth High School in 2019, which he still directs and choreographs. Carter choreographed his first musical at the start of 2022 in Plymouth, but he has since choreographed musicals with LPI and Dare to Dream in Sheboygan. He is looking forward to being back with LPI this summer, continuing to grow closer with some amazing new friends that he met last summer, such as board members, Dan and Renee. Overall, he is just excited to be back. He loves theater, choreographing and telling stories. Carter is really passionate about art and live performance. He thinks art is one of the most important things in the entire world, and he’s excited for another opportunity to create!
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