2012 - 2013

The Christmas Schooner

book by John Reeger
music & lyrics by Julie Shannon
directed by: Lisa Smith
performed on: November 30, December 1 & 2, and December 8 & 9, 2012


This critically acclaimed holiday musical tells the true story of a Michigan shipping captain who braves the deadly winter weather to bring Christmas trees to homesick German American families in turn-of-the-century Chicago. His voyages become a yearly tradition despite his wife's misgivings - until a fateful voyage makes her realize the true importance of his mission.


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The Cast and Crew

Zac Weiber Peter Stossel
Jessica Eldredge Alma Stossel
Chris Eilersen Gustav Stossel
Joshua Hanz Karl Stossel (age 9)
Brett Wefel Karl Stossel (age 15)/Young Man
Adam Schott Rudy/Storyteller Man 1
Tom Sparrow Oskar/Storyteller Man 2
Jeremy Palmer Steve/Storyteller Man 3
Jeff Rogner Hans/Officer Wells/Storyteller Man 4
Michelle Estrada Enid/Storyteller Woman 1
Sally Eilersen Martha/Kate/Storyteller Woman 2
Joan Kimber Olive/Rose/Storyteller Woman 3
Lydia Berryman Mary Claire Daugherty/Young Woman
Kara Sparrow Young Girl
Jake Kimber Citizen of Chicago
Jorja Kimber Citizen of Chicago
Jackson McDowell Citizen of Chicago
Lisa Smith Director
Jan Betka Assistant Director
Jan Betka Stage Manager
Lauren Dayton Music Director
Sheila Tabone Pianist
Doreen Raynak Property Master
Neomi Buchanan Assistant Stage Manager
Dan Smith Sound