Theater Launches Raise the Roof Campaign

Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc. launched its Raise the Roof campaign with a $1,000 donation from the Oconto Falls Lioness Lions Club. Stephanie Holman, president of the club, presented a $1,250 check to Bill Koehne, president of ASPI, with $1,000 earmarked for a new roof and $250 for a new toilet. Holman said the donation to ASPI fits well with the Lion Lioness Club’s mission to serve the community.

“The theater gives unique life experiences to a diverse group of people in our community, whether they are attending the live performances, the actors, or working behind the scenes. We feel it enriches our community, especially with the youth and the veterans,” she said.

Stephanie Holman, president of the Oconto Falls Lioness Lions Club, presents a ceremonial check to Bill Koehne, president of Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc. The club contributed $1,000 to the community theater’s Raise the Roof fund and $250 for a new toilet.
Stephanie Holman, president of the Oconto Falls Lioness Lions Club, presents a ceremonial check to Bill Koehne, president of Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc. The club contributed $1,000 to the community theater’s Raise the Roof fund and $250 for a new toilet.

“It’s exciting to have a local organization like the Lioness become our initial donor in kicking off the Raise the Roof campaign,” Koehne said. “Within the first couple of weeks, other donors stepped up to contribute an additional $2,500, but we’re still a long way from achieving our goal.”

The theater hopes to raise over $30,000 for a new roof. Koehne encouraged people to become Spotlight Sponsors, either Silver ($100), Gold ($250) or Platinum ($500). All sponsors receive early access to tickets and recognition in show programs. Gold and Platinum sponsors receive two or four tickets, respectively, to each show.

Approaching its 20th season, ASPI performs three or four shows every year at the Nancy Byng Community Theater, formerly St.Louis Catholic Church in Abrams. The facility, built in 1927 and home to ASPI since 2007, has undergone a series of transformations. These include the construction of a stage with modular set booms, backstage dressing rooms, a concession stand, a light, sound, and projections booth, and restoration of the original hardwood floor. ASPI built an outdoor patio and replaced the old church pews with more comfortable, padded chairs. The roof is the next project on the list.

The latest ASPI show, “White Christmas,” will be presented in eight performances, Dec. 1-4 and 8-11. An anonymous donor provided 50 free tickets to veterans, and the eight shows sold out by mid-November. So, a ninth, Raise the Roof show was added on Dec. 6.

“All but seven seats sold out within the first 72 hours,” Koehne said, referring to the Raise the Roof show. “What a tremendous show of community spirit and support of community theater.”

Only single seats are available for “White Christmas,” and the box office has a waitlist in the event of cancellations.

Over the past 20 years, ASPI has presented many amazing shows for the community to enjoy. None of these performances would be possible without the theater’s volunteers and sponsors. Please make your tax-deductible donation today.

Meet the Director: Nostalgia, Love, & Gratitude in a White Christmas

Mrs. Debra Jolly has always loved theater, but it wasn’t until her time in college when she really started to learn all the parts of a production, that she was hooked! There are so many areas of theater, not just acting, singing and dance, but also sets, lights, special effects, costumes, marketing, coordinating volunteers, research, and so much more. She has been involved in any area needed to bring a show to life!

Mrs. Jolly’s time with ASPI began in the summer of 2010, when her daughter asked her to run lights for Arthur and Guinevere. Since that first production with ASPI, she has added other roles and talents to her resume: choreography, lighting, props, costumes, and sets. Mrs. Jolly also uses her many talents in technical and administrative areas, such as her role as Vice President of ASPI.

In 2018, Mrs. Jolly made her directorial debut in ASPI’s production of Singin’ in the Rain. Mrs. Jolly wore two hats for the production, that of both director and choreographer. She will wear both hats again for the upcoming production of White Christmas.

All involved in producing the show are focused on making every part of White Christmas well crafted. This includes the costumes and choreography! The music makes you want to dance and the costumes will be a mix of 1950s “street clothes” and “dance costumes”. It is a wonderful story, enhanced with great music and dancing, brought to life with clever sets and lots of costumes. Mrs. Jolly loves two musical numbers, in particular – “Blue Skies”, with its

amazing jazzy music, and “I Love a Piano,” with its vaudeville sound and its very demanding tap sequence. Be sure to keep an eye out for the amazing “piano skirts”!

Everyone gets a chance to shine in this show! From the leading roles, the smaller but no less interesting roles, and the ensemble who sing and dance in almost every musical number, this hardworking cast is dedicated to making this production a heartwarming and entertaining experience for their audiences!

While this stage version of White Christmas does not adhere exactly to the script of the classic 1954 movie, the audience will still experience those lovely feelings of nostalgia, love, and gratitude. So “go to sleep and dream of snow” and we’ll see you in our audience in December!

Buy your tickets NOW! Showtimes are December 1st-4th and 8th-11th with an extra “Raise the Roof” performance added Tuesday December 6th. Only single seats are available- however waitlists have been started for any cancellations that come in so give us a call today to get put on a waitlist. Tickets can be purchased at Please call the Box Office at (920) 826-5852 with any questions.