2017 Productions:



SOUTH PACIFIC musical by Rodgers & Hammerstein July 13-16 & 20-23

SPIRIT - comedy by Peg Kehret
Oct. 5-8 & 12-15

Box In The Wood Theatre Guild
Past Productions & Directors


"Camelot" (July 1995) - Dennis C. Brei
"Private Lives" (September 1995) - Gayle Smoot
"Readers' Theatre" (November 1995) - Dennis C. Brei
"A Romantic Comedy" (February 1996) - Michael Asher
"And Then There Were None" (March 1996) - Dennis C. Brei
"The Emperor's New Clothes" (April 1996) - Dorothy Zerbe
"A Thousand Clowns" (June 1996) - Tim Ryan
"Crazy for You" (July 1996) - Mike Asher (Drama) & Dennis C. Brei (Music)
"One Moment In Time" (November 1996) - Sandra Smith
"Arsenic and Old Lace" (March 1997) - Joanne Cowen
"The Music Man" (July 1997) - Dennis C. Brei & Kimberly J. Brei
"The Heiress" (October 1997) - Rosemary Eckley, Assisted by Joanne Cowen
"A Toast to God" (November 1997) - Sandra Smith
"Rumors" (March 1998) - Joanne Cowen
"The Music of the Night" (July 1998) - Dennis C. Brei (Drama) & Judy Kimmer (Music)
"The Cemetery Club" (October 1998) - Joanne Cowen, Assisted by Dennis C. Brei & Kimberly J. Brei
"The Unexpected Guest" (April 1999) - Kimberly J. Brei & Dennis C. Brei
"The Wind In the Willows" (July 1999) - Lucie E. Brei, Tom Webster (Drama) & Dennis C. Brei (Music)
"Lend Me a Tenor" (October 1999) - Joanne Cowen
"California Suite" (April 2000) - Dennis C. Brei, Assisted by Sandra Smith & Kimberly J. Brei
"A Bull in a China Shop" (March 2001) - Marty Hinshelwood
"Vaudeville Revue" (July 2001) - Adeline Bratt
"See How They Run" (October 2001) - Joanne Cowen
"Don't Dress for Dinner" (April 2002) - Kimberly J. Brei, Assisted by Jeff Vollendorf
"Into The Woods" (July 2002) - Dennis C. Brei
"Over the River and Through the Woods" (October 2002) - Marty Hinshelwood
"Come, Blow Your Horn" (April 2003) - Jeff Vollendorf, Assisted by Kimberly J. Brei
"Anything Goes" (July 2003) - Joanne Cowen (Drama) & Dennis C. Brei (Music)
"Reminiscing" (August 2003) - Dennis C. Brei
"The Hollow" (October 2003) - Kimberly J. Brei
"Blithe Spirit" (April 2004) - Kathy Hieronimczak, Assisted by Diane Vollendorf
"Of Thee I Sing" (July 2004) - Sharon Schmidt, Assisted by Joanne Cowen
"Songs from the Attic" (August 2004) - Dennis C. Brei
"Sparks!" (October 2004) - Dennis C. Brei, Assisted by Joanne Cowen & Don Everts
"Play On!" (March 2005) - Joanne Cowen, Assisted by Ann Van Grinsven
"Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?" (July 2005) - Don Everts (Drama), Joanne Cowen & Mary Lamm (Music)
"Moon Over Buffalo" (Oct 2005) - Diane Vollendorf, Assisted by Jean Klosterman
"Mambo in 1110" (March 2006) - Dennis C. Brei, Assisted by Sandra Smith & Ralph Beversdorf
"Grease" (July 2006) - Kimberly J. Brei (Drama) & Dennis C. Brei (Music)
"Steel Magnolias" (Oct 2006) - Marty Hinshelwood
"Whose Wives Are They Anyway?" (March 2007) - Kimberly J. Brei, Assisted by Alexander Taylor Mace
"West Side Story" (July 2007) - Alexander Taylor Mace, Assisted by Cheryl Jones-Ritter & Kimberly J. Brei
"Rumors" (October 2007) - Jeff Vollendorf, Assisted by Jean Klosterman
"The Elevator" (March 2008) - Dennis C. Brei, Assisted by Emil Kriewaldt
"Footloose" (July 2008) - Dan Terrio (Drama), Evelyn Smoot (Music)
"The Odd Couple" (October 2008) - Kathy Hieronimczak
"Diggin' Up Dirt" (April 2009) - Ann Van Grinsven & Diane Vollendorf
"To Oz" (July 2009) - Dennis C. Brei, Assisted by Kimberly J. Brei
"Squabbles" (October 2009) - Jeff Vollendorf, Assisted by Don Klose
"We Need A Little Christmas" (December 2009) - Dennis C. Brei
"The Return of the Glass Slipper" (April 2010) - Dennis C. Brei
"As the Stomach Turns" (July 2010) - Ann Van Grinsven, Cheryl Ritter & Emil Kriewaldt
"The One That Got Away" (October 2010) - Don Everts, Assisted by Mary Madsen
"Mielke Christmas Special" (December 2010) - Mary-Beth Kuester
"Characters" (April 2011) - Don Everts & Mary Madson, Assisted by Cindy Hackbarth & Sandra Wehmeyer
"Aida" (July 2011) - Dan Terrio (Drama) & Kari Devine (Music)
"Out of Sight...Out of Murder" (October 2011) - Cheryl Jones-Ritter, Assisted by Amy Steenbock
"Mielke Christmas Special" (December 2011) - Mary-Beth Kuester
"Harvey" (March 2012) - Mary-Beth Kuester, Assisted by Gayle Smoot & Sandra Wehmeyer
"Little Shop of Horrors" (July 2012) - Kari Devine (Drama & Music), Assisted by Amy Steenbock (Drama) & Hazel Minton (Music)
"The Marquis Crossing Ladies Society's First Attempt at Murder" (October 2012) - Miriam Nelson
"Christmas World" (December 2012) - Mary-Beth Kuester
"Lombardi" (May 2013) - Mary-Beth Kuester, Assisted by Miriam Nelson
"Anything Goes" (July 2013) - Jake Schertz, Assisted by Brandon Byng
"On Golden Pond" (October 2013) - Tom Webster; Assisted by Will Church
"Star Spangled Christmas" (December 2013) - Mary-Beth Kuester, Assisted by Miriam Nelson
"The Dixie Swim Club" (April 2014) - Ann Van Grinsven, Assisted by Cheryl Folkerts
"Seussical The Musical" (July 2014) - Brandon Byng, Assisted by Early Fuller
"Rest Assured" (October 2014) - Mary Madsen, Assisted by Denise Riley
"A Hometown Christmas" (December 2014) - Denise Riley
"M*A*S*H" (April-May 2015) - Nathaniel Madsen, Assisted by Geoffrey Madsen
"Clue the Musical" (July 2015) - Brandon Byng
"The Devil and Daniel Webster" (October 2015) - Mary & Tom Madsen
"Arsenic and Old Lace" (April-May 2016) - Nathaniel Madsen & Jessica Buettner
Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland" (July 2016) - Char Stuewer & Susan Kluge
"Running Mates" (October 2016) Tom & Mary Madsen
"London Suite" by Neil Simon (April 2017) - Nathaniel Madsen & Early Fuller

Box In The Wood Theatre Guild

History of Box In The Wood Theatre Guild

In the spring of 1995, Dennis Brei was asked by Mike Ascher
(the President of the Shawano County Arts Council at that time)
to direct the summer musical at the Mielke Theater (now known as
the Mielke Arts Center).  Dennis agreed to direct "Camelot",
which was to open in July 1995.  This would be Dennis' directing
debut.  He found that he signed on not only as director, but had to
assume the job of producer as well.  This additional responsibility
included advertising, tickets, programs, and much more.  In
addition, one of the male cast members dropped out, so Dennis
had to step into the role.  Talk about getting your feet wet!  When
"Camelot" ended its successful run, Dennis thought about his
experience as first time director, and knew in the future, directors
should have more help and support.  Dennis mailed an invitation
to those involved with "Camelot", and from that cast, Box In The
Wood Theatre Guild was formed.  Some of the founding members are still active with the Guild today.  There has always been a core of very dedicated people investing in the future of Box In The Wood Theatre Guild.

The Guild's name was derived from the song "Box In The Wood", which was composed by Dorothy Zerbe, who played Guenevere in "Camelot".  The song was performed by Dorothy and Rusty Mitchell at the closing of this show.  This song has become the Guild's anthem and is performed as an encore at the end of every summer musical.  The title refers to the "box" in the wood because the Mielke Arts Center was conceived as a "black box" theater.  This allows for the movement of the stage and seating to accommodate a variety of approaches to presenting theatrical productions.  Performances can be done in the round or set on a conventional stage, using whichever wall location is best suited for the production.

Today, Box In The Wood Theatre Guild has not only survived, it has thrived.  The Guild has presented musical classics like "The Music Man", "Into The Woods" and "Anything Goes", to newer musical fare like "Grease", "Aida", "Little Shop of Horrors" and "Seussical The Musical".  Traditional straight play comedies like "Arsenic and Old Lace", "Blythe Spirit", "Harvey", and "Rumors", that have also delighted audiences.

Casts for all shows are found through open auditions.  The Guild welcomes and needs new talent, not only on stage, but also behind the scenes.  The public is welcome to our meetings.  Join us to find out what the theatre experience is all about.

As we enter the beginning of another theatrical season, we express thanks to our patrons, donors, the Shawano County Arts Council, Shawano County and the Mielke Foundation for making Box In The Wood Theatre Guild a continuing adventure in community theatre here in the greater Shawano area.

"BOX IN THE WOOD"
Lyrics & Music by Dorothy Zerbe

You're a piece in the puzzle, a color in the picture on the stage
You give breath to the portrait, and life to the words on the page

And the reason I know it is you, is because you're my friend when
the curtain goes down, just like I knew they could, our paths lead
to the Box In The Wood

You are there when I'm crying, you are there in my craziest of days
You have helped me to grow, you're unashamed of my emotional ways

And the reason I know it is you, is because you're my friend when
the curtain goes down, just like I knew they could, our paths lead
to the Box In The Wood

You are the artist that I came to see, I am the artist you taught me to be

When the last show is over, don't be afraid of letting go
Let the light that is in you illumine each way that you go

And I always will know it is you, 'cuz you'll still be my friend when
the curtain goes down, just like I knew they could, our paths lead
to the Box In The Wood

aaaaaaaaaaaaiii