Encore's second production, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, opened in September 2017 at the Kimball Street Theatre. The extremely talented cast included: Jessica Means (Rona Lisa Peretti ), Bill Sherry (Vice Principal Douglas Panch), Joseph Pilka (Mitch Mahoney), Sarafina Monteleone (Olive Ostrovsky), Josh Radde (William Morris Barfée), Shaina Summerville (Logainne "Schwarzy" SchwartzandGrubenierre), Sara Haverty (Marcy Park), Anthony Berg (Leaf Coneybear) Thomas Squires (Charlito "Chip" Tolentino), Frank Caputo (Ensemble/Understudy), Eric Ricter (Ensemble/Understudy), and Emma Widlowski (Ensemble/Understudy).
“For such a musical to be a success, you need a quartet of four gifted and experienced performers, in addition to skilled musicians. Encore Theatre’s inaugural production does not disappoint.”
"Audience members laughed, cheered and applauded throughout the performance. Actors showcased dreamy harmonies, choreographed moves and funny lines."
“We are on our way home, talking about the "We love you" duet - soooo beautiful. Bill Sherry is absolutely on target, voice inflection, and the foot speller! GREAT performance - applause, applause!”
- Sharon Schmidt, St. Charles Cultural Connection
Forever Plaid was Encore's inaugural production, which opened in January 2017 at the Kimball Street Theatre. Enthusastic audiences came out to support the show and its highly talented cast. Terry Christianson (Jinx), Karl Knutson (Frankie), David Pfenninger (Sparky), John Perry (Smudge), and Quin Falk (understudy) delighted audiences so much that Encore was invited to preform Forever Plaid again in July of 2017 at the Right Center Left Theater company in Crystal Lake. This same fantastic group of actors reprised their roles and came together to share the story of the Plaids.
In September of 2017, Encore Theatre Productions collaborated with the Norris Cultural Arts Center's and preformed Forever Plaid at their 40th Anniversary celebration and benefit . Terry Christianson (Jinx), David Pfenninger (Sparky), and John Perry (Smudge) were joined by Tony Calzaretta (Frankie) to once again delight audiences as the Plaids.
"Another great show! It was a fun time and a fantastic group to support as this is their second show. Thanks to John G Slawson and Konnie Kay Granquist Sherry for a wonderful fun night of T-H-E-A-T-R-E.”
- Terry Christianson
Encore Theatre Productions offers engaging community theater opportunities for all ages that focus on quality experiences while supporting student enrichment possibilities and performance education activities.