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Our Grown-Up Christmas List

Did ASPI’s Online Auction Pass you by? Didn’t place the winning bid? Don’t worry! There are other ways to make ASPI part of your holiday season!

Gift Certificates 

Did you know that you can give the gift of theater? You can choose any amount and print the certificate from the comfort of your own home!

Wish List

ASPI has our own “Christmas List”, including: power tools, sound equipment, etc. We hope we are on Santa’s nice list!

Become a Spotlight Sponsor

With four levels from Bronze to Platinum, you get to choose your contribution. Every sponsorship ensures quality ASPI productions for our community for years to come!

Theater Work Days

Or, give of your time to one of our Theater Work Days! From indoor maintenance to outdoor projects, all skills and talents are welcomed and oh so appreciated. Be sure to follow Abrams Spotlight Productions, Inc. on Facebook to stay up to date of future work days!

This holiday season is looking different for a lot of us! If you’re able, please consider adding ASPI to your list to receive some holiday cheer! 

Happy Holidays from our theater family to yours!

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Whistle While You Work

Heigh-ho, heigh-ho, it’s off to an ASPI work day we go!

While our productions may be currently on hold, there is no shortage of maintenance, projects, and tasks to be done around the theater. We need your help to make sure the theater is up and ready to go for when our next season of shows begin.

We are having a socially distanced work day at the theater on Saturday, August 15, along with outside projects that can be done during the week and we need all hands on deck! From yard work to housekeeping, we have a job for you. Check out our other article: Work Day August 15, 2020 – Things To Do.

This work day is being organized by none other than ASPI veteran David Jolly, who eloquently shares why these work days are crucial to the ongoing success of the theater, especially in these unprecedented times.

“Our operations at ASPI were greatly affected by Covid-19. We were in our tech week for My Fair Lady in March when all activity had to be halted in response to the pandemic. All though all those associated with ASPI have had varying personal impacts, all of our lives have been rearranged and we must now consider the importance of various ‘non-essential’ activities and their place in our lives. ASPI will only continue to exist if many of its family members recommit to the necessary time and effort it takes to keep it going. Workdays are essential to the housekeeping tasks that must have volunteer support to be accomplished. Our upcoming workdays will be one of the first opportunities we have taken to see where we are at, in terms of ‘family’ or ‘community’ support. We will work together at this event to be protective of one another’s health while accomplishing some needed tasks.”

If you’re free Saturday, August 15th, stop by the theater between 9am-3pm! Whether it’s for a two hour time slot, or more, any amount of time can be accommodated. Please bring gloves, a mask, and some form of eye protection. Other equipment that would be greatly appreciated include: 2 string trimmers, 1 to 3 chainsaws (battery or gas powered), and 2 wheelbarrows.

We are planning to host these work days monthly so be sure to follow us on Facebook and stay tuned for future dates!

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the theater at (920) 826-5852.

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Work Day August 15, 2020 Things to DO

Work Day Master List
August 15, 2020

Outside:

These can be done during the week if you cannot make Saturday Just call us at 920-826-5852 and let us know which outdoor items you can manage.

Clean and weed flower beds
Trim around building and grounds
Clean up pine tree branches on NW corner of property
Clean up brush on east side of parking lot
Sweep and clean patio area
Clean and check operation of grill

Inside:

Lobby:

Remove and store any props, costumes, set pieces
Clean glass doors, dust surfaces, sweep/vacuum floors

Bathrooms:

Empty trash bins
Clean mirrors/toilets/sinks/urinal
Clean water fountain
Sweep and mop floors
Re-stock paper products and soap

House (Auditorium) :

Empty trash and recycling bins
Remove and store all props, set pieces and costumes
Stack chairs (remove row tags FIRST)
Dust piano and window ledges, sweep floor

Concessions:

Unload all items in refrigerator

Basement:

Clean/organize scene shop and furniture storage area

Kitchen:

Empty trash and recycling bins
Wash dishes in sink area, clean countertops, sweep floor
If enough muscle is available, remove non-working appliances

Tools, equipment needed:

Bring gloves, mask, eye protection (goggles or glasses)
Wear long sleeves and pants, appropriate shoes

2 string trimmers
1-3 chainsaws, battery or gas powered
2 wheelbarrows

Read our other article regarding clean up day: Whistle While You Work

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Loverly News

♫ I’ve grown accustomed to her face
She almost makes the day begin
I’ve grown accustomed to the tune that
She whistles night and noon ♫

We’ve grown accustomed to seeing all of your lovely faces and miss each one of you dearly! That is why we are excited and pleased to announce the NEW showtimes for My Fair Lady!

We’ll be back on the stage September 17th-20th & 24th-27th and cannot wait for you to join us.

All who had purchased tickets for the cancelled March showings can NOW exchange their tickets by calling the box office at 920-826-5852.

Want to attend a September showtime and did not previously have tickets to a March showing? Tickets will go on sale July 17th!

Have questions? Contact the box office at 920-826-5852. For future updates be sure to check us out on Facebook!

Abrams Spotlight Wedding Show is April 5

The Stadium View, JPS Nvitations and Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc. will present the Abrams Spotlight Wedding Show at the Nancy Byng Community Theater, 5852 Maple Street, Abrams. Brides, grooms, their families and friends are invited to attend the show, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 5, at the Nancy Byng Community Theater, formerly a quaint country church, has been newly renovated and is now open for weddings and funerals.

Guests at the Abrams Spotlight Wedding Show will have the opportunity to speak directly to a variety of wedding vendors from Northeast Wisconsin. Vendors will provide information about their products and services, including wedding cakes, music, photography, invitations, make-up, and more.

Drawings for prizes will be held throughout the event.

Tickets are $10; however, fees will be waived for the first 200 registrants. Call the Abrams theater box office to reserve your tickets, 920-826-5852.

Wedding vendors interested in exhibiting at the show are encouraged to call the box office for prices and availability, 920-826-5852.

Sparklejollytwinklejinglely

Notice something different about our upcoming winter musical?! ASPI is proud to present Elf The Musical, Jr. That Jr. part is very important because it means that all the cast and production crew are between the ages of 6 and 15. This production is 100% youth driven!

While ASPI makes it a priority to have multi-generational musicals with children’s roles, this will be the very first musical with an entire youth cast. This also includes youth in the production staff, where they will be mentored by their adult counterpart.  You can see the entire lineup of cast and crew here.

Elf The Musical Jr. is being directed by Liz Jolly along with her junior director Sydney Surber. An instant Christmas classic, this musical production of the hit film is an opportunity for our young cast and crew to shine!

In their working relationship as director and junior director, Liz includes Sydney in all her duties and decisions. Sydney’s role as junior director involves various roles such as blocking part of a scene, casting parts in a song, and attending production meetings. Just to name a few!

It may be a junior production, but Liz is demanding the highest professional-level quality from the cast and production staff. She believes they are all more than up to the challenge! Since the “adult” characters in the production are also played by children, casting requires looking at each child is capable of, which gives youth the opportunity to play roles they normally wouldn’t.

The great opportunity a junior production brings to the theater, Liz explains, is that it allows junior members to become more involved in different aspects of theater, such as production. Production roles, while generally not considered as popular as acting on the stage, are just as essential for a show’s success.  Liz cannot wait to see how her young cast and crew grow in their roles both on and off stage.

Liz also believes that directing a junior production breathes new life into all parts of the job. The adults involved in the production are mentoring their junior counterparts, which involves explaining what they are doing and why. Which Liz thinks is great because sometimes why things are done can be forgotten and this mentorship encourages communication.

Both Liz and Sydney believe everyone should make attending Elf The Musical, Jr. part of their Christmas festivities this winter season. This show is sure to get you in the holiday spirit with its huge song and dance numbers and its way of tugging at one’s heart strings. This hilarious show with it’s positive uplifting message will take you from Bah Humbug to Sparklejollytwinklejinglely!

Want to be on Santa’s nice list? Order your tickets for Elf The Musical, Jr. NOW. They make the perfect gift! Showtimes are December 6-8 and December 13-15. It’s sure to be a Santa approved evening ?

Meet the Directors

Liz has been involved with ASPI since 2010. Her many roles have included director of Meet Me in St. Louis, Miss Hannigan in Annie, Kathy Selden in Singing in the Rain, and The Chaperone in The Drowsy Chaperone, where she also lended her talents as costume designer. Liz’s theater experience also includes work with Theatre Z, PlayByPlay Theatre, Evergreen, Green Bay Community Theatre, SNC Summer Music Theatre, and appearances in Drunken Shakespeare at The Green Room Lounge in De Pere.

Liz is more than qualified to mentor this young cast and crew as she holds a BA in Theatre Studies and Classical Studies from St. Norbert college and an additional degree in acting from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City.

Miss Sydney Surber has been involved in theatre since the age of 4 years old! Elf will be her eighth production with ASPI. She also had the opportunity to shadow her mom as assistant director for ASPI’s production of Barefoot in the Park. A 6th grader at Bay City Christian School, Sydney is on the volleyball team. When not acting or playing volleyball, she enjoys taking piano and voice lessons.