Nancy Byng, Co-Founder
In Memory of Nancy Byng
Nancy married George Byng in Green Bay, WI, where they lived for four years before moving to Abrams, WI. They had two children, Becky (Rick) Wolf and Bruce (Mary) Byng, and two grandchildren, Nick and Allison Byng. Years ago Nancy painted pictures using many techniques in oil paints and other mediums. She exhibited her work in New York and in different locations throughout Wisconsin, winning numerous prizes.
Nancy also sold paintings and gave some away as gifts. Nancy worked with the local 4-H club when her children were young. She was a leader and one of the founders of the Abrams Eager Beavers. She directed and designed costumes and scenery for the plays that they performed for 4-H competitions. Sewing was another of Nancy’s many talents. Nancy was a master in this art and designed many costumes from scratch, using no patterns.
Nancy had been involved in many Abrams organizations and activities, including her eight years spent designing themed rooms and acting in the original Abrams Haunted House. In fact, it was this activity that first brought Nancy and her great-nephew, Brandon Byng, to realize their shared love for the arts and to begin their plans for creating Abrams Spotlight Productions, Inc.
Nancy’s theatre experience includes acting throughout her school years, as well as acting and designing costumes for the Machickanee Players in Oconto, WI. In 2003, her dream of creating Abrams Spotlight Productions, Inc. came true. Writing scripts, directing, and designing costumes and scenery was the love of her life. She would always say that she should have started this when she was younger, but age made no difference to Nancy. She never lost any of her creative spirit and talent. Nancy’s favorite part of the productions was watching the actors come out of their shells and realize that they can do great things on the stage.
She said that it is never too late for anyone to get involved in theatre, and she was certainly proof of that. With her many talents and many years of experience, Nancy was an invaluable member of Abrams Spotlight Productions, Inc. She will be deeply missed by all, but we know she will always be with us and remembered, as we continue to keep her dream alive. A seat will always be saved for Nancy.
“This passion, and the death of a dear friend, would go near to make a man look sad.”
William Shakespeare – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Brandon A. Byng, Co-Founder
Brandon has lived in Abrams, WI all of his life. His parents are Bill and Debbie Byng, and he has a sister, Genna Byng. Brandon has always been a creative and artistic person. He has expressed his talents through instrumental music, playing the trumpet and clarinet, as well as through writing.
Brandon began his theatre career at Oconto Falls High School, were he was actively involved in the drama club. Brandon’s first role and most memorable was the Stage Manager and The Yellow Brick Road in the high school production of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. During his high school career, Brandon was able to experience many aspects of theatre like directing, sound design, lighting design and scenery construction.
Although a talented actor, Brandon is well known for his talents in technical direction. Light and sound design are key elements to the success of any production, and Brandon has proven himself in this area of expertise time and time again. Though much of his time is spent with Abrams Spotlight Productions, Inc.,
Brandon still finds time to participate in other theater organizations and programs. He has served on the Board of Directors for Box In The Wood Theatre Guild in Shawano, WI and has directed at Notre Dame Academy in Green Bay, WI.
When his great-aunt, Nancy Byng, approached him to help start a community theatre group in Abrams, there was no question that it was something he wanted to do. Theatre has giving him so much, and will continue to be a part of his life forever.