Show & Tell captures the audience perspective with reviews from community members just like you. Selected at the beginning of the year, Show & Tell Reviewers are assigned a variety of performances and asked to provide their honest feedback on the Center’s blog. It’s a great tool to help you select a performance that’s right for you! Click on the photos below to meet the crew, follow along, and join the conversation online!

 

Elissa Hoffman – High School Biology Teacher

What do you do in your free time?
I enjoy reading, scrapbooking and playing tennis. I also have two sons (9 and 6) who keep me pretty busy. I enjoy having fun with them, helping them with homework and taking them to karate lessons.

What was your first experience with the arts?
When I was 3, I did an amazing tap routine to “Rubber Duckie, You’re The One” as a part of the park and rec toddler dance program! As I grew older, I focused on piano, French horn, and voice. In high school, most of my time was spent in the music classrooms practicing for band, jazz band, choir and show choir performances. I also acted in our high school musicals and plays. My favorite of the shows we did was “The Music Man.”

What is your favorite Broadway show?
My favorite show tends to be whichever one I have seen most recently! I have truly loved Wicked, Jersey Boys and Les Misérables.
 
 

Holly Rutchik – Work-at-Home Writer and Mom

What was your first experience with the arts?
When I was in pre-school our class took a trip to a children’s theater to see a production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. At that time, I didn’t even know what a play was. At the end of the show the lion came out into the audience, and I fell in love. I was amazed, transfixed and transported to another place. I didn’t know that was possible. I want to experience that again and again, pass it onto my children and for all people to be enriched by the arts.

What was the first show you saw at the Fox Cities P.A.C.?
The Mikado by Gilbert and Sullivan. My boyfriend bought us tickets as a gift. We sat in the mezzanine at the Fox Cities P.A.C. and talked about buying a ring. The rest is history.

Have you ever been disappointed by a performance? Why?
Oh yes! I’m not shy about what I like and don’t like. I’m honest to a fault. There is great importance in the choices made by directors and actors. But, this is why theater as an art will always thrive. It’s a commentary on our lives and our culture. The classics such as Shakespeare can be interpreted and touch us in different ways throughout our lives – even though their words are constant.

Jon Race – E-Commerce Creative Specialist

  What is your dream job?
Novelist

What do you do during your free time?
Read, write, hang out with my kids, coach youth sports, listen to Brewers/Packers games, make my own wine, grill out, work in the garden/yard

What was your first experience with the arts?
Went to see Great Expectations as a freshman in high school. Hated it. Went back two years later to a production of Animal Farm. Absolutely loved it.

Kim Kolbe Ritzow – Owner of Dilly Bug

  What do you do during your free time?
I like to do things with my family in the outdoors: hiking, boating, skiing and biking. We also love to travel as a family. I am an avid cook, photographer and book reading fanatic.

If you could star in a theatrical production, which role/show would you choose? Why?
Donna from Mamma Mia because I can relate to her zany wild side, and I’d love to wear some of those costumes!

Have you ever thought you would not like a performance that you actually enjoyed?
More so with Boldt Arts Alive! performances. We know so little about them going into it, and they’re usually on a week night. Our family sags a little before going. “I’m tired.” “I’m not in the mood.” “Is it any good?” “I’ve got so much to do tonight.” But after the performance we are always uplifted and thankful that we went because they exceed our expectations.

Lori Maves - High School Choral Director

What is your dream job?
My dream job would involve music and people. I teach music to people, therefore I have my dream job!

What do you do during your free time?
I am currently restoring a 100 year old house. I also like to swim. My goal is to be in the pool by 5:40 a.m., most days of the week.

What is the first show you saw at the Fox Cities P.A.C.?
I think the first show I ever saw at the Fox Cities P.A.C. was "Phantom." I brought a group of students to see it. I love discussing the plot line with my students as we discuss that show.

Michele Yahr – Marketing and Communications Director

What is your dream job?
I love the job I have now. It’s perfect for me. But, if I had a do-over in life I think I’d be a chef. I love to cook and experimenting with food and recipes would allow a great outlet for my creativity. I’d love to create a down home, specialty restaurant with excellent food, huge portions and a great atmosphere (think “Man vs. Food”).

What do you do during your free time?
Free time? What’s free time? I have two very active boys that take up the majority of my free time. Much of my time during the fall is spent sitting in bleachers and cheering at their football games, volunteering with their scouting troops, and helping with homework. My family is everything to me, but when I do have a bit of free time I enjoy martial arts. I am a black belt and teach a taekwondo class. I’m also studying Eskrima (stick fighting). I also enjoy gardening, word games and puzzles, cycling, and I’m an avid reader.

What are some of your favorite movies and books?
I love a good “chick flick.” Some of my favorites are “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Mamma Mia,” “Hairspray” and “The Devil Wears Prada.” I’m also partial to super hero movies. There’s just something about a guy in tights that saves the day! I’m an avid reader, and I love books. All books. Some of my recent favorites are the “Hunger Games” series, “Water for Elephants,” “Under the Dome,” “The Help” and “The Road.”

Naomi Roselaar – High School Junior

What is your dream job?
I would love to be a food critic.

What do you do during your free time?
I play piano and cello, participate in Appleton North’s theater program and dance with the Makaroff Youth Ballet.

If you could star in a theatrical production, which role/show would you choose? Why?
I would be beyond ecstatic to perform with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre.

Patricia (Pat) Laux – Retired Editor

What do you do during your free time?
I am still quite involved at my parish in Neenah – St. Gabriel. I am a lector/songleader; and I remain a member of the Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA) team. Besides those involvements, I enjoy reading (especially historical fiction), needlepoint, cooking and baking homemade bread, and just “being” – something I have gotten much better at since I retired!

What genres of music do you prefer?
I actually like pretty much any kind of music, with the possible exception of acid rock. If I could only listen to one genre of music, it would have to be folk, harking back to the days of Pete Seeger and all of the great groups of the ’60s (Kingston Trio, Limeliters, etc.).

What is your favorite Broadway show?
If I had to pick just one, it would be Cats – have seen it multiple times, and love that each production had its own little twists! Most musicals I don’t mind seeing again and again.

Sarah Gilkerson – Minister and Mom

What do you do during your free time?
When my girls are up and at home, I try to focus in on being mommy, which can be hard in today’s culture of non-stop extreme-multi-tasking. We do a lot of arts and crafts, and we read loads of books. But when the girls go to bed, it’s time to turn off being mommy for a few hours and just be me. I love to read. I catch up on Facebook usually once a day. I truly enjoy music and listen to a wide variety of sounds. And I don’t think I can ever get tired of watching movies!

What genres of music do you prefer?
Music is a passion of mine, both listening to and as a musician, so it’s extremely hard to pick a favorite! What I listen to depends on the kind of day I’m having and the mood I’m in. On any given day it can range from oldies to classical, jazz to rock, worship music to show tunes.

What was your first experience with the arts?
I had a teacher who opened my eyes to classical music in sixth grade. He used to play his favorite composers for us during study time. Up until that time, nearly all of my musical exposure had been only listening to popular hits on the radio and music in church. Suddenly I realized there was so much more!

Stewart Ellyson – Human Services Professional

What is your dream job?
In my dream job, I would be able to do something with music, bratwurst and beer.

What genres of music do you prefer?
Hard rock because I grew up on ’80s hair metal and some country, just to shake things up!

What is your favorite Broadway show?
I enjoyed Wicked enormously. Having never read the book, I was there to sit back and be entertained, having no preconceived notions of the story. It was a wonderful evening and an amazing story with highly talented performers. I most enjoy performances that pull you in and give you an emotional reaction.

Walter C Zerrenner – Retired Information Technology Professional

What do you do during your free time?
I have been told that I am the busiest retired person known to my friends and neighbors. My wife has had Dementia / Alzheimer’s for the past five years and the demands on my time as a caregiver have steadily increased. I help out my daughter with her four children taking them to school and activities. I enjoy playing golf, and I work as a ski instructor at Nordic Mountain in the winter months. I also work out at the Fox West YMCA five days a week, take karate class three days a week and maintain our two acre landscaped yard. Of course my wife and I attend many performances at the Fox Cities P.A.C.

What genres of music do you prefer?
We grew up in the fifties, so we like the oldies and crooners. I also like easy listening, country music and some classical. I am a big fan of tenors.

What was your first experience with the arts?
Living in New York at the time, my wife and I went to many Broadway shows – Funny Girl, Hello Dolly, Mame, Man of La Mancha, Fiddler on the Roof, and I Do I Do were all shows we took in in the 1960s.
   


   

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