West Side Story
Sheri Eimermann
Chelsea Thayer Wayne

Sheri is a project assistant for Successful Projects who has been seen on the LCT stage as Sheila in Jake’s Women and as an apostle in Godspell. Sheri’s hobbies include volunteer work and her children, and she enjoys volunteering at LCT because of the amazing experience to share her passion for theatre with friends.  Sheri would like to thank her husband, Tim, and her 3 children who allow her the freedom to play.

J. Michael Hartigan
Norman Thayer, Jr.

J. Michael is a retired neonatologist and the 2008 Riverfest Commodore who has been seen on the LCT stage as Otto Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank and Matthew Harrison Brady in Inherit the Wind. Michael enjoys photography, golf, “living the country life” and enjoys LCT because of “the opportunity for creative exploration at this incredible community resource.”  Michael would like to thank Vicki for her patience and encouragement to pursue his love of theatre.

Keaton Kennedy
Billy Ray

Keaton is a freshman at Logan High School who has been seen of the LCT stage as Jem in To Kill a Mockingbird and Tom of Warwick in Camelot. Keaton enjoys reading and theatre because of the atmosphere and the ability to play fun and diverse roles. Keaton would like to thank his parents, friends and all of LCT.

Sean McDevitt
Bill Ray

Sean is an employee of APAC in La Crosse who has been seen on the LCT stage as Boolie in Driving Miss Daisy and George in The Women of Lockerbie. Sean enjoys filming and editing videos for YouTube and enjoys LCT because “where else in town can you walk in and immediately have somebody hug you?” Sean would like to thank his wife, Robin, for her love and support and would like to dedicate his performance to his father, Dr. Steven Jeffrey McDevitt.

Jim Nelson
Charlie Martin

Jim has been seen on the LCT stage as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird and Officer Lockstock in Urinetown as well as having been involved in productions at The Pumphouse and UW-La Crosse’s SummerStage. Jim enjoys golf, home repair and theatre because of “the satisfaction of the team effort required to mount a production.”

Suzanne Young
Ethel Thayer

Suzanne has been seen on the LCT stage as Daisy in Driving Miss Daisy and as Mrs. Banks in Barefoot in the Park. Suzanne enjoys gardening, knitting and hanging out with her cats, Zebidy and Moddy. She enjoys theatre because you meet people you might not otherwise meet, and enjoys the theatrical process; “it’s like loons teaching their baby to fly.” Suzanne would like to thank David Kilpatrick for the opportunity to be in his LCT directorial debut. 

Jeff Copsey
Stage Manager

Jeff is a retiree from the US Navy who has been on the LCT stage as Judge Gaffney in Harvey and Officer Barrel in Urinetown. He enjoys playing pool, poker and golf, and enjoys theatre because of the many different people who get together and quickly become like family. Jeff would like to thank his family for “telling me, lo these many years ago, to ‘put up or shut up’ and go audition for something.”

David R. Kilpatrick
Director/Ligting Designer

David earned his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri–Columbia. The focus of his studies were theatre architecture and directing, with an emphasis on original scripts. As a director, designer and stage manager, David has worked around the country from small theatres to grand houses. Professional credits include The Old Creamery Theatre, Columbia Entertainment Company, Classic Rose Dinner Theatre and West End Dinner Theatre, to name a few. As a lighting designer, David’s favorite productions include Hair, Nunsense and Leaving Iowa. David is excited to be a part of the artistic team here at LCT and looks forward to many more productions. Thank you Barbara and Abby for being so supportive. I love you both.

Devin Horne
Assistant Director

Devin is a recent St. Olaf College graduate and a cardboard specialist at Wild Wings. Devin has been seen on the LCT stage as Bernardo in West Side Story and as Smokey and Vernon in Damn Yankees. He enjoys reading, writing, outdoor activities and enjoys LCT because of the “incredible sense of community.” Devin would like to thank his family, the cast, and David Kilpatrick and Greg Parmeter for the opportunity to be a part of this production.

Dillon McArdle
Technical Director/Set/Lighting/Sound Designer

Dillon is from Minneapolis but grew up in Las Vegas. He received a bachelor of arts degree in technical production and design from Viterbo University. Professional credits include the Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona, Minn., the Virginia Shakespeare Festival in Williamsburg, Va., and the Commonweal Theatre Company in Lanesboro, Minn. Dillon thanks all the volunteers who have given countless hours of time and, most of all, his wife, Megan, who supports him in every way.

Mandy Parmeter
Costume Designer, Costume Supervisor

Mandy is in her 3rd season here at LCT and is originally from Aberdeen, S.D. She received her bachelor’s degree in music education from Northern State University, where she discovered a passion for theatre. After a year of teaching music, she moved to Lincoln, Neb., to study costume design. She received her MFA in costume design in May 2005. Her work has taken her from Oklahoma to Washington, Virginia, Nebraska, and Wisconsin. Mandy and Greg have recently celebrated the birth of their son Benjamin in October and look forward to him growing up in the La Crosse Community.

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We thank them all for their generosity and commitment to La Crosse Community Theatre.