Crossroads Community Theatre rehearsing for fall play

New risers will enhance audience experience
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PHOTO BY MIRIAM NELSON Cast and crew are working hard and having fun preparing for the next Crossroads Community Theatre production “Love Thy Neighbor,” which will be performed at the WOWSPACE in October. Shown are, from left, front row, Lois Anderson, Lisa Walkush, Jessica Gall, Dawn Meverden and Nancy Pehlke; back row, Dave Owens, Dale Hartleben, Dan Young, Paul Pehlke, Mike Gilbertson and Wade Fletcher. Missing from photo are Melissa Anderson and Cohen Wojnowiak.

It takes a lot of work to transform an art gallery into a theater space, but this year Walls of Wittenberg will have an added perk for the audience – new risers.

There will now be three viewing levels. In the past, two levels of risers limited the audience’s sight lines. They were also extremely heavy and had to be moved professionally to and from an off-site location. The new risers fold and can be stored at the WOWSPACE.

“We’re excited to have the new risers on-site, and we may be able to use them for other events or maybe even incorporate into our art show displays,” said Elaine Knab, WOW president.

The WOWSPACE was designed to be used as an art gallery. But twice a year, the Crossroads Community Theatre — the performing arts arm of Walls of Wittenberg — transforms the area to put on a comedy in the fall and a murder mystery dinner theater in February.

This year, the fall comedy was moved from November to October. “Love Thy Neighbor” by Gary Ray Stapp will be presented Oct. 12, 13, 19 and 20. New cast members Dave Owens, Lisa Walkush and Wade Fletcher will be making their Crossroads Community Theatre debuts.

This story revolves around Leona Crump, a cranky sarcastic woman obsessed with her prize-winning marigolds. She takes great pride in being the self-appointed queen of the cul-de-sac and becomes unnerved by the new neighbors who bring their hillbilly ways and peculiarities with them. She becomes completely unhinged when they set up a business in the garage and decorate the lawn with plastic pink flamingos, and she ends up spending a night in jail.

Veteran troupe member Dawn Meverden plays Leona Crump. Her nephew, Cohen Wojnowiak, has the part of the paperboy who is terrified of Crump.

“Being involved in Crossroads Community Theatre has been a fun outlet for me,” Meverden said.

Tickets are on sale for $10 at the Wittenberg Enterprise & Birnamwood News office at 600 S. Webb St., Wittenberg, or by calling 715-253-3525.

Half the money raised from each Crossroads Community Theatre show goes to help fund future shows. The other half gets split between the WOW building maintenance fund and the summer concert series. WOW has been able to pay for the bands for the monthly concerts through the community theater profits.

AT A GLANCE

WHAT: WHO: Crossroads Community Theatre production of “Love Thy Neighbor”

WHEN: 7 p.m. Oct. 12, 13, 19, 20

WHERE: WOWSPACE, 114 Vinal St., Wittenberg

FYI: For tickets, call 715-253-3525.