2020-2021 Board of Directors

Thank you to all who attended our annual general membership meeting over the weekend. We had a great time talking about the future of the Village Playhouse. While this upcoming season may look different than any we’ve done before, we are confident that it will full of the quality theater our patrons have come to expect.

Congratulations to the 2020 – 2021 Board of Directors!

President – Derek Jacobs

Vice President – Scott Sorensen

Treasurer – Elizabeth M. Havican

Secretary – Tom Zuehlke

President-Elect – Dawn Molly Dewane

Past President – Clayton Mortl

Members At Large – Joe Ferrie, Margie Grosskreuz, Donna McMaster, Vivian Moller, Lily Sullivan, Amy Wickland & Karolyn Wolkos.

Monologue Competition Fundraiser – Final Results

Thank you to everyone who participated in our First Ever Monologue Competition Fundraiser. The event was a huge success! Here’s the final results:

Total amount raised — $3112.00

Tickets sold – 80 ($5 each =$400)

Donation votes for
Alexis – $450 (toward goal of $100)
Joanna – $320 (toward goal of $50)
Donna — $280 (toward goal of $100)
Marjorie – $265 (toward goal of $100)
Tom – $215 (toward goal of $100)
Margie – $210 (toward goal of $100)
Derek – $205 (toward goal of $100)
Amy – $160 (toward goal of $150)
Jan – $125 (toward goal of $75)
Dawn – $112 (toward goal of $300)
and our bonus video of Patrick Marc Havican received $160 (toward goal of $300)

Plus we had an additional donations of $210 that didn’t go to any specific entry.

AWESOME JOB ALEXIS — Winner of a flex ticket (good for 6 productions) for bringing in the most donations with a monologue she wrote and filmed herself, entitled Phase One.

Congrats to everyone who hit their fundraising goals! They will each receive a pair of tickets to the next show the Village Playhouse produces!

And a big thank you! to Clayton Mortl, our largest donor to this event. He’ll also receive a flex ticket.

Plus an additional Thank You to Marjorie Pagel. She has been wonderful in helping raise awareness of the Village Playhouse. In addition to participating in this fundraiser, she also did a Facebook Birthday Fundraiser for us, raising over $300!

Huge thank you to all who have donated! All the little donations of $5 – $15 dollars really added up, helping us to achieve our goal. With this fundraiser we are able to cover our rent and general expenses for the next two months while we figure out a plan for the future.

While we have raised to keep the lights on for a couple of months, we are still in need of help – especially as we are unsure when we will be able to open for full productions again. We will continue to look for ways to bring you quality entertainment while we figure out what the future holds and appreciate your help and support during this uncertain time.

If you still wish to give to the Village Playhouse, here is a link to our donations and fundraising page. We are a 501(c)3 organization, all donations are tax deductible.


Annual General Membership Meeting

The Village Playhouse would like to invite everyone to join in the fun at our Annual General Membership Meeting, scheduled for 4 PM on Saturday July 25, 2020. At this meeting we will discuss the state of the theater, how last season went, plans for the upcoming season and so much more.   This is your chance to have a voice in what happens at Village Playhouse!

This year’s Annual Membership Meeting will be held via Zoom, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To attend the meeting, please register online through Simpletix. The cost is your membership dues for the year.

Membership in Village Playhouse is $12/year for an individual and $17/year for a family.   Membership includes the ability to vote at the Annual Membership meeting, to run for board positions and half off tickets on opening night of any production.

If you would rather pay your dues by check, please mail a check to Village Playhouse, 1500 S 73rd St, West Allis, Wi 53214 and then email to receive the Zoom link.

We are also looking for members interested in running for the board of directors. Information of qualifications and requirements can be found here.

We look forward to seeing you (virtually) there!

Letter to Our Patrons

To our valued patrons,

The Village Playhouse is pleased to have been able to provide you with quality theater at an affordable price for over 40 years. Since our first production in 1978 we have strived to present high quality theater that everyone can enjoy. We can only do that with your continued support.

Everyone has been hit hard during recent events, with the Village Playhouse being no exception. For our company to stay operational, we rely on producing shows. Each of the six productions we mount each season must cover two months of our rent and general operating expenses. Without that income, we must rely on the generosity of our patrons to make up the difference.

At this point in time, we have had to cancel our April 2020 production of A Good Farmer and our June 2020 production of the 35th Annual Original One Act Festival.    Both productions have been put on hold indefinitely.   They are shows that we look forward to producing in the future, once we are able to open again safely.

As we are unsure when we will be able to return to producing full shows, we are planning a reduced season of small fundraising events.   Please watch our website for details on these events as they occur.   The first event will be a monologue competition held in early July. 

For month we are dark, our goal is to raise $1200 to cover our rent and general expenses (such as our insurance).  Even though we are not producing shows we are still using the space we rent at Inspiration Studios for storage and (socially distanced) meetings and rehearsals.

The Village Playhouse is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization, therefore all donations are tax deductible.  Donations can be made through our website ( or by mailing a check to

Village Playhouse

1500 S 73rd St

West Allis Wi, 53214

Thank you for your support. This goes out to all our patrons, volunteers, actors, and everyone who has put a piece of themselves into the shows and other ventures that we have done. Our aim is to continue to provide quality entertainment, in a form that is appropriate during these trying times.