THE MISSION OF THE WEST BEND THEATRE COMPANY IS TO CELEBRATE, ENHANCE, AND INSPIRE BY PRODUCING EXCELLENT THEATRE AND BY GIVING BACK TO OUR COMMUNITY.
West Bend Theatre Company is organized as a nonprofit organization under IRS Section 501(c)(3). Each show produced by the Company partners with a local non-profit organization to whom a portion of the proceeds is given, directly impacting the lives of those in the West Bend community.
We celebrate the importance of the arts in our community, and we thank you for your support!
"To business that we love we rise betime, and go to't with delight." -Anthony and Cleopatra
MEET OUR BOARD
Nancy Storrs, Managing member
Nancy Storrs began her theatrical career with pit orchestras as a cellist. She has been a performer with Kettle Moraine Symphony. Captured by the music of theatre, theatrical endavors became the love of her life - second only to her husband Patrick, who has occasionally appeared on stage in her productions.
Some 30 years ago, Nancy founded The LaBelle Players in Oconomowoc where she directed and produced The Music Man, Oliver! and Oklahoma! Through career moves, she worked with Dunwoody Stagedoor Players in Atlanta and Schoolhouse Players in Hartland. She served on the boards of Fond du Lac Community Theater and Musical Masquers, Inc. in West Bend. A desire to be affiliated with exceptional theatrical productions inspired her to stage an annual presentation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol in this community, which she has staged now for eight consecutive years, beginning in 2010. She has served on several nonprofit boards and youth organizations as an advisor.
Her focus is on presenting an immersive theatrical experience for audiences. She finds particular enjoyment in marketing and communications, costume design, directing and production management. West Bend area productions affiliations include: Steel Magnolias, Guys & Dolls, Bye-Bye Birdie, Dracula, Monty Python's Spamalot, The Sound of Music and Chicago.
Delighted to serve on the Board of West Bend Theatre Company, Nancy is thilled to be part of the booming arts and cultural growth being enjoyed by the residents of Washington County.
Adam Czaplewski, recording member
Adam achieved a M.S. in Pharmaceutical Product Development from Concordia University Wisconsin, but he has always had a passion for the arts. During his undergrad years, he obtained a minor in theatre. Though he now works in the pharmaceutical industry, Adam maintains his passion for all things theatre. He still frequently collaborates with the Concordia Players, having recently appeared as a guest actor in the role of Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He has also served as assistant director for The Great Gatsby, Charlotte’s Web, and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
Despite his busy work schedule, Adam has managed to remain active in the Milwaukee area theatre community. He has stage managed, acted, and directed for several theatre companies in the area including Acacia Theatre, Morning Star Productions, and Bard and Bourbon. Locally in West Bend, Adam served as director for Musical Masquer’s production of Murder on the Nile.
Adam believes the arts have an important role to play in everyone’s lives. They can provide an escape and allow us to question and view events or topics in ways we may not have thought of. Theatre will always have a special place in Adam’s heart. He is excited to be a part of the board of the West Bend Theatre Company and to help facilitate bringing the gift of theatre to the West Bend community.
KAILA BINGEN, TREASURy member
Kaila is a violinist and choral director from West Bend. Kaila graduated from Carthage College with a degree in music education and currently teaches choir at Silverbrook Intermediate School. In college, Kaila started getting involved in pit orchestras, playing for Spring Awakening and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Kaila appeared onstage for the first time in the role of Rose in the world premiere of Day After Night,. During the opening night talkback, her future husband, Rick, proposed to her onstage. For this production, Kaila also had her first opportunity to compose and arrange music for the theatre and perform it live onstage. She also composed original music for the world premiere of Up the Hill, her last production with Carthage.
Since graduation, Kaila was honored to play in the band for a new musical, Passing By, by Patrick Thompson, performed at the Chicago Musical Theatre Festival and the New York Musical Theatre Festival (off-Broadway). Kaila's Milwaukee credits include Dogfight and Next to Normal, both with All In Productions at the Next Act Theatre.
In the West Bend area, you may have heard Kaila's violin in Chicago, Beauty and the Beast, A Christmas Carol, and The Little Mermaid. Kaila was delighted to also music direct the 2016 production of A Christmas Carol. Being on the West Bend Theatre Company board will allow Kaila to further explore her passion for theatre and help bring fantastic artistic experiences to our community.
When Kaila isn't at school, she and Rick are attending theatre shows both near and far. They attend the annual Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Ontario, Canada, and also love attending Chicago Shakes, Milwaukee Rep, and First Stage productions. When she isn't sitting in a comfortable theatre chair enjoying the show, she's busy putting one on with her show choir or handbell choir!
RICK BINGEN, communications member
Rick grew up in Slinger and went to Carthage College in Kenosha. Rick graduated with a Bachelor's in Computer Science and Theatre, and is currently pursuing his Master's. While in college, Rick had the opportunity to explore his passion for theatre both onstage and behind the scenes. His onstage credits at Carthage include Silvius in As You Like It and Egeus/Snout the Tinker in Midsummer Night's Dream. His prop designing was seen in both world premieres Day After Night and Up the Hill. Rick stage managed for Arcadia and Ruined. Rick also designed his senior thesis around world premiere Afghanistan/Wisconsin by developing technology and creating props that would wirelessly cue the sound board.
After college, Rick moved to West Bend where he currently works for West Bend Mutual Insurance as an Application Developer. Rick got involved with area theatre by being the lighting designer and technical coordinator for Murder on the Nile with Musical Masquers. Rick then served as Assistant Technical Director for the 2016 production of A Christmas Carol here in West Bend. Rick is excited about the possibilities the West Bend Theatre Company brings to the community and is eager to help design and implement the Company's inaugural season.
LORI PECSI, CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE MEMBER
Board member, costumer, hair stylist, makeup artist, usher, box office, set design. I have been living in West Bend for 30 years . I moved here from Kenosha, Wisconsin. I fell in love with the charm of the city and the people. I have owned and operated Lori's Loving Daycare for 25 of those 30 years. I have two sons, David and Adam, who continue to be a source of pride and love in my life. The theater has been my second home for quite a few years. You might have seen my work on wigs for Cats, or costumes for Spamalot, Chicago, A Christmas Carol, and last year's high school blockbuster Addams Family. When you're at the theater and you see me doing one of my many duties, please stop me and say hello!