For over 20 years Bill has called Peoria Players his “theatre home.” This is the place that creates magic and memories for many and Bill works very hard to make that happen. Bill is currently on the Board of Directors here at Peoria Players and is asking for your support to re-elect him to a second term.
Currently Bill serves as the Stage Management Chairperson. He also has served on the Play Selection Committee, and is currently serving on the Strategic Planning Committee, Theatre Renovation Committee, Stage Upgrade Committee, !00th Anniversary Committee and headed up the Committee to bring wine and beer into the theatre as an added feature.
Bill started his time with Peoria Players in 2000 when his Bonus Son, Seth Hannan appeared in the “Wizard of Oz.” Bill and his wife Jill were very impressed with the acceptance and welcoming them and their children received. They knew right away that Peoria Players was a safe and accepting place for their family to be. Their theatre family continues to grow with every show that they are part of. Jill is currently a Costume Designer along with their daughter Darah Hannan. There are many times that Peoria Players finds its way into their home via costumes.
Not only does Bill manage the stage, he’s been on stage as well. His first show was Fiddler on the Roof in 2003, and then it went on from there. His last stage appearance was in the show Beauty and the Beast, but he did have some actual lines in Sunset Blvd. from the light booth. In every show Bill stresses to his company that this is to be fun and if they are not having fun to let him know and he’ll fix it. He is passionate about the company and works very hard to encourage the cast and crew to experience new things. He is a cheerleader for all and is committed to “do what’s right and what makes sense” for Peoria Players. He is in love with this Grand ole Lady we call Peoria Players Theatre.
Bill wishes to bring life to Peoria Players through his dedication and efforts. He is asking for your support and vote for a second term as a member of the Peoria Players Board of Directors.
He’s proud to be a “maker of dreams”.
I have been a member of Peoria Players for the last 41 years. I have served on the Board, chaired Building and Grounds, and have run concessions for the last 15 years. I have a good working relationship with the Peoria Park District, who own our building. I also played a part in building a closer relationship with Community Children’s Theatre. I work in the box office three days a week. For the last five years, during the runs of our shows, I open the box office on the weekends to increase the ticket sales. I also pack and ship the scripts at the end of a show.
As part of my Building and Grounds duties, I am on call all hours of the day or night to deal with emergency problems, such as flooding or loss of power. I also maintain and post the show information on our marquee.
It would be a great honor to be on the Board for our 100th season.
Hello, my name is Steve Hausler, I am beyond honored to be considered for the Board of Directors at Peoria Players Theater. I have been involved with Peoria Players Theater since 2011, when I had my debut in Titanic the Musical. I have been involved in many different facets of the Peoria Players Theater including: directing, choreography, props, hair & makeup, stage manager, lights & sound, and helping with costumes. I also attempt to help as much during each show in the box office or house managing. This theater is a home away from home for me, and it gives me such great pleasure to share my joy with all those that are involved with this theater.
My involvement in theater started at an early age. I started to get involved in theater during my high school career when I helped with every little thing I could including many different fundraising benefits to help support and pay for the costs that the shows incurred. My most recent endeavors, for Peoria Players, this past season have been the makeup/hair chair for Hunchback of Notre Dame as well as performing in the chorus. I was the production assistant for Sunset Boulevard, in which I just fine tuned even more of my production skills. I was involved with the Christmas fundraiser show Home for the Holidays, as an actor. Finally, I have been directing Rocky Horror Picture Show, our major fundraiser show, for the last five years in which I have tried to add more innovative things to increase the crowds. I have been the advocate for many fundraising and underwriting ventures for various shows that can offset the expensive costs of doing a production. Some of my production achievements of which I am most proud include my directing debut of Clue the Musical for Nitsch Theater Arts, The Reformation: Beggar Before God for Immanuel Lutheran Church of East Peoria, and Rocky Horror Picture Show for Peoria Players. Additionally, I have served on the Chillicothe Community Players Board of Directors in 2017 which has taught me a great deal about the duties and responsibilities of a board member for a theater company.
I would be truly honored and privileged to serve as a board member to ensure the goals and values of the theater are upheld and promoted. I would make sure that the theater continues to go in a positive direction in the future. I am willing to fill in or assist with any aspect of a production and am capable of such assistance due to my diverse experiences in theatre productions. I would like the privilege to work with the board to bring in the 100th season of Peoria Players and ensure that future seasons live up to or even surpass the high standards for which Peoria Players is known. I hope to get your vote to bring my new perspective and experience to the board, as well as serve to my fullest potential and make all the theater community proud. Thank you for your vote and trust in me to serve you as a leader in the theater community!
Originally from Venezuela, Sandra has made Central Illinois her home, and has been married to her husband Vince for over ten years. She teaches Spanish at Dunlap High School and is passionate about teaching young people to expand their understanding of different cultures – whether around the world or by participating in the arts here at home. Sandra’s special interest is connecting theatre to students’ classroom experience. She envisions collaborating with teachers to provide supplemental classroom activities. This would allow them to use theatre as part of their instruction, enabling her to combine her passions by using her position as an educator to introduce more young people to the joys of live theatre.
In terms of theatre, Sandra has experience both on and off the stage. Her first theatre instruction occurred at the Performing Arts Academy of Galesburg, and she has participated in productions at the Orpheum Theatre and Galesburg High School. As a result, she has performed in various shows at Peoria Players Theatre, Corn Stock, Peoria Cabaret Theatre, and Eastlight Theatre including Man of La Mancha, Evita, Damn Yankees, Heathers: The Musical, Saturday Night Fever, and the Lebanese/Redneck Wedding. Off-stage, she has served as prop mistress, assisted in costumes, designed sets, stage managed, and recently co-directed Bring It On: The Musical. She was the recipient of the Peoria Players Sprit of the Theatre award in 2017 and received an onstage award for her performance in Heathers: the Musical at the Winter Playhouse. Some of her favorite experiences include her annual cameo appearance in the Dunlap High School musicals, which give her the opportunity to connect with students outside of the classroom. One of her greatest joys has been introducing her own kids to theatre, and they have been fortunate to work together in several shows. Sandra would be most honored to serve on the board and looks forward to additional opportunities to connect students and the community to the wonderful, inspiring world of the arts.
I have served as president of the Peoria Players Board of Directors for the past year and would be honored to be re-elected.
During the 15 years that I have been involved at Peoria Players, I have enjoyed performing and working backstage, but my niche is on the administrative side. I hold a bachelor’s degree in communication and a master’s in human service administration. My master’s program can be summed up as “how to run a nonprofit” – everything from finance and human resources to fundraising and strategic planning. My day job is in Global HR Communications at Caterpillar.
At Peoria Players, I have been involved in many big initiatives:
In my role as president, I have focused on bringing the board together, encouraging constructive conversations, building momentum and setting a pace to get things done, and ultimately doing what’s right and best for the theater. That’s what I will continue to focus on if re-elected.
Thank you for considering me for another term on your Peoria Players Theatre Board of Directors.
Yes, it is that time of the year that I am coming to you to ask you for your vote. I would like to be re-elected to the Players’ board. I would like to serve you for another three years.
As to my connection to Players here goes, I started with Players back in 1976. Yes, I know some of you weren’t even born then. I started as season chair for make-up, and I am still co- season chair for make-up even today. I have performed on the Players’ stage many times; the last appearance was just in Sunset Blvd. I have been through the years on various committees and have served them proudly. The latest ones I have been on are nominations, play selection, and the 100th committee, where I am co-chair for the gala in 2019. I have chaired nominations and play selection just recently. I also help when asked such as the vendor fair or the remodeling of the lobby. I have housed managed many shows during the past seasons. I am willing to help anywhere I am asked or needed.
So in conclusion, please remember “the tall red head in the chorus” and vote for her.
The very first show I was ever a part of in Peoria was in the spring of 2008. I have continued to stay involved with the local community theaters, working on the staff of shows at Eastlight, Corn Stock, and Peoria Players. Notably, I was the Assistant Director for Beehive, Damn Yankees, Beauty and the Beast, and Mamma Mia, all done at Peoria Players Theatre. I have also had the opportunity to be on stage in productions such as Christmas Carol and Sound of Music at PPT.
I had the privilege of serving on the Play Selection Committee for Peoria Players Theatre’s 100th season. I was ecstatic to be part of such a historic time for the theatre, and would love to have the opportunity to also serve on the board during, and beyond, the 100th season. I am also currently serving on the PPT social committee.
I understand and respect the need to keep Peoria Player's rich history in mind as the theater moves to keep up with the changing times. I would be honored to serve on the board of Peoria Players Theatre. Thank you for your consideration.
My name is Karen Stringer and I would like to place my name in nomination for the 2018/2019 board of directors for Peoria Players Theatre.
I have been an active member of this theater since 1999. I can generally be found in either the box office, downstairs in the costume area or any other place I am needed. I have served on several committees such as play selection, nominating, social, and awards. Currently myself along with many other volunteers have taken on the task of reorganizing and labeling the costumes. Myself along with Bonnie Larson, Mary & Sandy Keltner started the annual craft & vendor fair fund raiser. This has become a very successful fundraiser for the theatre since 2014.
I have been an active member of the Caterpillar Employees Mixed Chorus since 1977 and have served on their board of directors 7 times including twice as president and twice as vice - president.
I have also been on the board of directors of Corn Stock Theatre, and also served 2 terms on the lab committee there.
As a board member I believe in 4 basic principles; commitment, loyalty, honesty & confidentiality. I firmly believe these 4 basic principles are the backbone for every successful board. Let me explain further:
Commitment- I will be committed to this theater totally and will do what I can for it to succeed. I will fulfill my obligation to this theater to the best of my ability.
Loyalty - My loyalty will be to this theater 100%. I will put Peoria Players first as a volunteer.
Honesty - I will speak open and honestly when asked a question or opinion. I will put the wellness of the theatre first.
Confidentiality - If I am told something in confidence I will make sure that information stays between myself and the person who spoke to me. I will make sure confidential information spoken in meetings stays within the confines of the meetings.
Hopefully this will qualify me to be a worthwhile member of the Peoria Players Theatre board of directors.
Respectfully submitted, Karen Stringer