An ovation for the set designer, our much-loved Mr. Hartman

Sometimes, to experience a theatrical production's true level of happy passion and sleep-deprived perfectionism, you have to look behind the scenes. Witness a drama mama's midnight sewing session, or a Diet-Mountain-Dew-fueled director's back-of-the-house pace. See the hand-painted backdrop or the hand-lettered stage floor. We've been lucky participants in the Appleton North Theatre Program for more [...]

Gee Wiz I had a Spanish teacher muy excelente

Thanks to the quirky magic of Facebook, the first person to wish me a Happy Birthday this year was my high school Spanish teacher. "¡Feliz cumpleaños, Laura! Desde Chile donde estamos de vacaciones. GWizz" Gee Wiz, that message thrilled me, though we probably hadn't spoken in more than 30 years! Gladys Wisnefske brought an enticing element of savoir faire to [...]

To sir with love

For more than a decade our family has been living under the spell of a gifted theater director. The inexhaustible Ron Parker, whose Appleton North Theater Program recently was named the No. 1 high school theater program in the Midwest, consistently amazes us. In retrospect, our initial astonishment seems humble. We attended North's 2002 production of [...]