La Crosse, WI – 03/26/18 – La Crosse Community Theatre is excited to announce the 2018 class of inductees into the La Crosse Community Theatre Hall of Fame at the annual Patron Gala Fundraiser on Saturday, April 7, 2018, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Weber Center for the Performing Arts, 428 Front Street South, La Crosse, WI. In addition to the Hall of Fame, LCT will announce its 2018-2019 season.
“Every year La Crosse Community Theatre inducts several individuals into our LCT Hall of Fame. This year’s line-up includes people who have been instrumental to the success of LCT over the years,” said Grant Golson, Executive Director for La Crosse Community Theatre. “We are so incredibly thankful for their years of hard work and support. Please join us in celebrating their passion for and dedication to La Crosse Community Theatre.”
La Crosse Community Theatre’s Hall of Fame Class of 2018 inductees are: Sharon Markee (Artist of Distinction), Tim McNamara (Managing Director of Distinction), Kathleen Pantzer (Artist of Distinction), Scott and Mary Rathgaber (Artists of Distinction), and Dick Sartz (Artist of Distinction).
Each of the inductee’s contributions played a role in sustaining LCT as an arts staple in our area. Sharon Markee has acted, ushered, designed props, painted sets, and assisted with makeup and costumes since 1970. Tim McNamara was the first LCT director to enter a production into a competition, bringing LCT fame and acknowledgement from beyond La Crosse. LCT was a great way for Kathleen Pantzer to get involved in the community after moving here in the 1970’s. Pantzer performed in many shows, designed lights, painted sets, and stage managed during her three decades at LCT. For the Rathgaber’s, LCT was family time. Their son, Adam, was the first to join LCT, and Scott joined him on stage several years later. Though not an actress, Mary gave generously of her time when her family members took the stage. At the ripe age of 54, Dick Sartz took the stage for the first time in The Cherry Orchard in 1973. Since then, Dick has worked backstage, stage managed, served on play reading committees, ushered, and volunteered in any other capacity he could.
Tickets to the Patron Gala Fundraiser are $50 and include entrance to the cocktail hour and presentation, one drink ticket, desserts, and a $25 patron donation. Tickets are on sale now at www.lacrossecommunitytheatre.org or by calling the box office at 608-784-9292.