At the September 29th Annual Meeting, Sunset awarded three volunteers Life Membership Awards. Sunset Members become eligible for Life Membership after ten (10) years as Active members. The chief criterion for Life Membership is outstanding sustained service to the Playhouse. The members selected for Life Membership at the 2015 Annual Meeting were: Rick and Patti Peplinski and Nancy Y. Armstrong. All have been very active volunteers at the Playhouse for more than ten years and we congratulate them.
Nancy Y. Armstrong Rick Peplinski
The cat got out of the bag! Our 13th
annual Sunset Playhouse Volunteer Appreciation Night on Saturday August 15th
, 2015 was a stylish, sassy, speakeasy-themed PARTY! This is the one evening when we close the doors to the theater and offer our gratitude to the hundreds of volunteers who grace the Sunset Playhouse halls. Volunteers who participated in our smashing 2014-15 season arrived in flapper dresses and zoot suits to eat, drink, and dance the night away!
In a presentation hosted by Ken Smith, we shined a spotlight on quite a few of our dedicated back stage, on stage, and front of house folks. The results of an audience and volunteer poll also offered a big pat on the back to eight top performers, along with your “favorite show of the season.” But this truly was a night to celebrate ALL volunteers who continue to make the Sunset such a success year after year. With lots of help from a busy committee and extraordinary cooks (thank you, Tim and Mary Gensler) our celebrants were treated to an entire evening of complimentary food and drinks!
We are also immensely grateful to the many donors and sponsors who helped make this annual event such a memorable night. Pay them a visit--they are grand!
Again, a most wondrous thank you to all our Sunset Playhouse volunteers! You truly are the bee’s knees!
We would like to thank our donors and sponsors
Barb and Dick’s Wildflower Florist Wauwatosa, Cilento Photography Elm Grove, Designs By Gail Brookfield, Curves Waukesha, Fazio’s Chocolate Elm Grove, Fresh Market Brookfield, Great Harvest Bread Elm Grove, Health and Energy Center of WI - Nadine Retzlaff & Jane Walt, La Terraza Pottery Studio Wauwatosa, Men’s Warehouse Brookfield, Metro Market Brookfield, Penelope’s Restaurant Elm Grove, Pick n Save Brookfield, River’s End Gallery Elm Grove, Sentry Foods Milwaukee, Starbucks Brookfield, Sweet Tooth Elm Grove, T. G. I. FRIDAY’S Brookfield, The Chocolate Factory Elm Grove, The River Mill Café Elm Grove, The Wine Cellar Elm Grove, Trader Joes Brookfield, Walmart, Woodman’s Food Market
The fun and challenge of Victorian dress construction - by Joanne Cunningham
This season I have the opportunity to do something I've never done before - design costumes for shows that take place at the end of the 19th century. I have never before attempted to construct Victorian-era dresses, and am learning so much as I tackle this new challenge. Come on along to a time when clothes were far more complicated than they are now!
Victorian fashion came from trends that were popular in England (think Queen Victoria) from the 1830s to the early 1900s. With the increasing use of sewing machines starting in the mid-1800s, it was easier to make elaborate, lavish dresses that featured an extravagant amount of lace and other trims.
The most important feature of dresses of this era was the hourglass silhouette that women desired. Skirts were large - the use of hoops, crinolines and bustles helped to make waists appear small in comparison. In time, as skirts got progressively smaller and tighter, bodices and sleeves got larger to help accentuate the hourglass figure. Much use was made of boning to hold the shape, and lace and other fancy trim to embellish dresses. New dyes in bright colors were being developed to replace the old vegetable and animal dyes that had been used in the past. The result was dresses that were lovely, extravagant and fantastic.
As I am starting to build some of these dresses for SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE FINAL ADVENTURE
, I am learning that it takes miles of fabric to recreate the true Victorian style. The pleated ruffle at the bottom of one skirt took no less than 30 linear feet of fabric to make the finished 12' long ruffle! The patterns are complicated and take some trial and error to understand, but as dresses begin to take shape I am excited by what I see.
The lead actress in our show will have four different dresses, and I am eager to see how they all come together. I have some incredible volunteers who are helping me this time around, which is wonderful. (I can't imagine having to build four Victorian dresses on my own in the limited time I have between when I first meet the actors for a show and our first dress rehearsal!)
Be sure to come to SHERLOCK HOLMES
and see the sorts of costumes rarely seen on our stage...amazing dresses in the Victorian style!
FOR 28 SEASONS, SUNSET PLAYHOUSE HAD ONE GENTLEMAN AT THE HELM. ACTOR, DIRECTOR, BUSINESSMAN, FAMILY MAN, MENTOR, GOOD FRIEND TO MANY OF US—AND TO MANY OF YOU, MR. ALAN FURLAN. TO HONOR HIS LEGACY, WE TAKE GREAT PRIDE IN AWARDING ANNUAL COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS IN HIS NAME.
FUNDING FOR THESE SCHOLARSHIPS COME FROM THE HELP OF SUNSET’S BOARD OF DIRECTORS, ALONG WITH LONGTIME VOLUNTEER GINNY KOPISCHKE, PLUS EVERYONE WHO BUYS COOKIES AND CANDY DURING OUR PERFORMANCES.
ON JULY 17TH, OPENING NIGHT OF THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE,
WE WERE DELIGHTED TO PRESENT TWO ALAN FURLAN SCHOLARSHIPS TO TWO DESERVING YOUNG WOMEN.
ALLISON ARMSTRONG IS A STUDENT AT UW-WHITEWATER WHERE SHE IS A THEATER EDUCATION MAJOR AND A DANCE MINOR. HERE AT SUNSET SHE PERFORMED IN OUR SEASON KICK OFF PARTIES, HAS SERVED AS DANCE CAPTAIN FOR THE MUSICAL GYPSY, ASSISTANT CHOREOGRAPHER FOR MILLIE,
AND HAS SPENT MANY HOURS VOLUNTEERING FOR ALL KINDS OF EVENTS.
MEGAN CUNNINGHAM IS A STUDENT AT UW-WAUKESHA WHERE SHE HAS NOT YET DECLARED A MAJOR BUT IS TAKING SEVERAL THEATER CLASSES. SHE’S BEEN A SUNSET VOLUNTEER 5 YEARS: OPERATING THE LIGHT BOARD, WORKING ON THE BACKSTAGE CREW, SERVING AS A SUMMER CAMP INSTRUCTOR INTERN, AND IS A MEMBER OF OUR HIGH SCHOOL ACTING TROUPE, ACTLETES.
FOR BOTH GALS, THEIR LIST OF VOLUNTEER SERVICE TO SUNSET PLAYHOUSE IS LONG AND WE ARE CONFIDENT THEY WILL CONTINUE TO VOLUNTEER AND SHARE THEIR TALENTS WITH US IN THE FUTURE.
(L to R) Megan and Allison
Sunset Playhouse Volunteer Open House, Saturday, June 20th!
Take a theatrical tour of Sunset guided by a seasoned volunteer!
If you are interested or have friends who you think might like to get involved at Sunset Playhouse, or would like to get a behind-the-scenes look at a working community theater, visit us between 10:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on June 20th for our Sunset Playhouse Volunteer Open House. Tours will start every 15 minutes and last about 30-45 minutes. We'll finish up with an ice cream social at the end of each tour.
To book a tour or for more information, Contact Kristen Kraklow at firstname.lastname@example.org or 262-782-4431, x 222.
Hope to see you at our Sunset Volunteer Open House! Everyone is welcome! We need volunteers in many areas at Sunset including: back stage, set building, set painting, light board operation, stage managers, costume crew volunteers, office volunteers, and more.
Why not be a Sunset volunteer?
Sunset Playhouse participated in the annual Elm Grove Memorial Day Parade. About 20 volunteers were involved. We passed out flyers about our current and upcoming season. The sky was dark and we thought it would rain but luckily the rain held off. A great time was had by all and we thank all the volunteers and staff who joined us for this event. Hope to see you next year!
Volunteers needed at the Sunset Playhouse. Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity that is fun and creative? One that has flexible hours during the week and on weekends? If so, Sunset Playhouse is calling!
Sunset Playhouse, conveniently located near downtown Elm Grove, is searching for new volunteers who would like to get involved in all types of backstage work. It doesn't matter if your only experience with theater is sitting and watching a play - the friendly folks at Sunset are eager to teach you all that you need to know.
The opportunities for volunteering at Sunset range from helping in the costume department to building sets, from helping out with children's shows to running the light board, and pretty much everything in between. Sunset bases its success on the dedicated volunteers who give anywhere from a few hours a month to many hours a week in all areas of show production.
Aside from the excitement of being involved in a play or musical from the ground up, there are other perks to volunteering at Sunset. Free tickets to shows, invitations to special social activities planned exclusively for volunteers and the camaraderie of an instant "family" are among the benefits our volunteers enjoy. Many volunteers find themselves coming back again and again once they realize just how much fun they are having.
We invite you to come and tour Sunset and discover what volunteer opportunities are awaiting you. Call Kristen Kraklow, our Volunteer Coordinator, at 262-782-4431
and schedule a tour this week! Just remember, Volunteers needed at Sunset Playhouse so please consider joining us.