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FUNNIEST Stage Action Around!

PRESS RELEASE – 08/08/2011
Your chance to see some of the funniest stage action around will happen this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 12-14, when the curtain goes up for the production of “Cookin’ With Gus,” at the CAL Center in Reedsburg. Reedsburg Players does a summer production each year and a musical or play in February. The group is dedicated to providing quality local theater – equal to shows you could drive miles to see. Please support this local venue so it can continue to be a part of our community.
On Friday night you can enter the cup cake decorating contest at 6 p.m., before the show begins at 7 p.m. On Saturday night, get your reservations in early to eat the spaghetti supper before the 7 p.m. show. On Sunday, at the 2 p.m. matinee, you can vote on Reedsburg’s newest ‘cooking star.’ For more information, call 524-8404. The shows are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. The Saturday night dinner theater option is $13 including dinner and the show. All performances are at the CAL Center, located at the Reedsburg Area High School.

Get CREATIVE in the Fun and Wild Cupcake Contest!

Press Release – 08/01/2011
Are you a creative person? Would you like to compete in the “Cookin’ With Gus” cup cake contest. It will be held at 6 p.m. before the Friday night performance by the Reedsburg Players at the CAL center. You could be judged the Champion Cup Cake Creator of Reedsburg. Upon arrival at 6 p.m., each contestant will be furnished with 12 un-iced vanilla cup cakes donated by Lola Girl Specialty Cakes. The contestants will be required to bring their own icing or frosting, decorations, accessories and display items to created the theme of their own choosing. So get creative. Cup Cakes are all the rage around the country, from “Cup Cake Wars” on the FOOD channel, to magazine articles and cookbooks. To enter this contest call the play’s director, Kim Corbin: 608-524-8404.
Lola Girl Specialty Cakes, are dedicated to giving back to the community whenever possible. That is why they contribute 10% of all our profits to a local children’s hospital to aid in child care and cancer research programs.  The Reedsburg Players thanks them for their contribution to this fun addition to the summer theater production. You can help too by ordering a specialty cake of your own from Lola Girl Specialty Cakes, Laura Koch, owner; 143 South Walnut St, Reedsburg; 608-495-0668; or
In the production, “Cookin’ With Gus,” actress Mikki Maddox plays “Gussie,” a competitive lady who wants to be a cooking show star. Between her husband, “Walter,” played by Bill Hentges; her agent, “Bernie” played by Ted McGinnis; and her wacky neighbor, “Carmen” played by Diane Michaels-Lasceski; “Gus” has some problems. Don’t miss this hilarious show running August 12 with cup cake contest, 13 with dinner show option & 14 matinee 2 p.m. For more information, please see the Reedsburg players website:
Laura Koch, owner of Lola Girl Specialty Cakes, Reedsburg, is shown here holding some cupcakes.

Mix it up and Pre-heat the Oven to “Hot Time’ for “Cooking with Gus!”

Press Release – 7/25/2011
Are you mixed up – just like Gourmet Gus? She is torn between her career as a Cooking Star (with Bernie, her agent, having the recipe for success), and the love of her life, Walter (who just wants to heat things up and go to the zoo).
If you can’t decide which performance to attend of the upcoming Reedsburg Players production of “Cooking With Gus”, here are your choices:
Friday, 7 p.m. show complete with a Cupcake Contest, Saturday night 6 p.m. dinner theater, or show only, 7 p.m., or the Sunday afternoon show at 2 p.m.. Prices for each show are: $8 advance, or $10 at the door. Saturday dinner theater is $13 in advance only.
Don’t miss a moment – you could attend all three performances and support your local theater!
There is still time to be a cup cake decorating contestant. You will need materials to decorate a dozen cup cakes, donated by Lola Girl’s Specialty Cakes of Reedsburg, call 524-8404 to register. After they are judged, we’ll all enjoy them for an intermission snack. Sunday’s show includes a chance to vote for the next local cooking star.
“Cooking With Gus,” is written by Jim Brochu, and produced by special arrangements with Samuel French, Inc.

Pictured here: Bill Hentges as Walter, Mikki Maddox as Gus, and Ted McGinnis as Bernie

School House Rock Live, JR. Photos!

Check out the sample photos of the Sunday performance of “School House Rock Live, Jr.” at the SHRL page in the productions section of the website.

If you would like a free photo disk of all 100+ photos captured please contact us through the email link or at Please provide contact information so that we can get the photos to you!  Enjoy!

Guess Which One Is Gus?

Press Release – 6/3/2011

The cast for the Reedsburg Players Summer theater has been chosen – but which one is Gus? The show, “Cookin’ With Gus” features one of these four fine thespians in the role of Gus. The cast shown here includes Ted McGinnis, Mikki Maddox, Bill Hentges and Diane Michaels- Lasceski. Don’t miss a chance to find out which one plays Gus and who the other crazy characters are.
The comedy is directed by Kim Corbin, written by Jim Brochu, and produced by special arrangements with Samuel French, Inc.  In the play, “Gus” has aspirations of becoming the next star of their own daily television food show – but in making a demo tape for the network executives, finds that the recipe for success is half baked. Hilarity, complete with a food fight ensues. This is a great comedy and will be a fun show at the CAL Center on August 12-14. The Saturday evening performance will be a dinner theater.