UW-Waukesha’s Almost, Maine Features Guest Director

By UW-Waukesha

WAUKESHA – The University of Wisconsin-Waukesha’s spring production, Almost, Maine, is a light, romantic comedy by John Cariani set in Maine where Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. Love is lost, found, and confounded. And life for the people of Almost, Maine will never be the same.

Directed by guest artist Sandra Renick, Almost, Maine opens Friday, March 7 at UW-Waukesha in the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.

Steve Decker, associate professor of theatre and communications at UW-Waukesha, selected Renick to serve as guest director. Renick has been a vibrant part of theatre in and around Metro Milwaukee combining her directing skills with acting, choreography, independent film and also as a playwright. Renick’s most recent directorial credit was a very successful run of Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at Lake Country Playhouse in Hartland for which she received a nod as Broadway World’s Best Director.  Sandra’s other directorial credits include Songs for a New World, Live Clue in Waukesha, multiple children’s musical productions, as well as experience directing at UW-Green Bay.

On directing at UW-Waukesha, Renick said, “For me, the learning environment at UW-Waukesha is a great place to experiment as a director where I can try various approaches, methods and collaborate, as learning is happening. I find it a great reward to watch actors flourish and to have the opportunity to share the training which I’ve been so fortunate to have. It is my hope that when working with students of UW-Waukesha that I not only direct them where to go on the stage, but that I give them practical school of thought that they can use as they further their careers.”

Performances of Almost, Maine will be Friday and Saturday, March 7-8, 14-15 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, March 9 at 2 p.m., all in the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, located in the Fine Arts Center on campus at 1500 N. University Dr., Waukesha. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and senior citizens, and free with a UW-Waukesha student ID. Tickets also will be sold at the door, and the box office opens an hour before each performance. All seating is general admission. For ticket information, call 262-521-5212.

Performed by a cast of ten UW-Waukesha students, two UW-Waukesha alumni and six community members, performers include:  

Dave Boxhorn, Waukesha, Man

Brady Drays, Helenville, Lendall

Sarah Giencke, Muskego, Waitress/Rhonda
Zach Ihn, Waukesha, Dave
Anthony Kolp, Town of Lisbon, Jimmy
Eric Madson, West Allis, Phil
Stacy Madson, West Allis, Marci
Stephanie Nilsen, Waukesha, Ginette

Kassandra Novell, Greenfield, Marvalyn
Chad Novell, Greenfield, Steve
Joanna Perez, Sullivan, Gayle

Sara Sarna, Summit, Hope
Deanna Schneider, Waukesha, Sandrine
Ethan Soderberg, Waukesha, East
Daniel Sponder, West Allis, Randy
Zach Ursem, Mukwonago, Chad

Jamie Watkins, Mukwonago, Glory
Luke Witte, Oconomowoc, Pete         

Crew members include: 

Sandra Renick, Pewaukee , Director

Steve Decker, Waukesha, Producer, Set Design

Megan Munro, Oconomowoc, Stage Manager

Jeff Smerz, West Allis, Light Design

Candace Decker, Waukesha, Costume Design

Breanne Brennan, Hartland, Sound Design

Maggie Flanagan, Waukesha, Assistant Stage Manager

Bethany Kreiter, Waukesha, Box Office Manager

Kyle Kingston, Madison, Poster Design

Daniel Hackett, Waukesha, Technical Crew

Stephanie Nilsen, Waukesha, Technical Crew

Holly Scheradella, Muskego, Technical Crew

Ileana Smolik, Waukesha, Technical Crew

The UW-Waukesha Lunt-Fontanne Ensemble presents a wide variety of productions, including a summer musical of Kiss Me Kate, with dates to be determined. The ensemble’s primary goal is education, and shows fall in all genres.


UW–Waukesha has the largest enrollment among the 13 UW Colleges campuses. These freshman/sophomore campuses and UW Colleges Online comprise the UW Colleges. They offer an Associate of Arts and Sciences degree and prepare students of all ages and backgrounds for baccalaureate and professional programs.

In addition, UW-Waukesha offers several collaborative bachelor’s degrees through UW-Milwaukee and UW-Oshkosh. Starting this fall, UW-Waukesha is offering the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) degree completion program, a bachelor’s degree that can be earned at UW-Waukesha in collaboration with UW-Parkside. The degree is conferred by UW Colleges. Classes are taught by faculty from both UW-Waukesha and UW-Parkside.

For information about programs, admission or financial aid, contact the Student Services office at 262-521-5040 or visit the Web at waukesha.uwc.edu. You can follow the campus on Facebook or Twitter.


Steve Decker