Barbara and Don Daseke’s showplace of glass and teak wood is perfectly situated among the magnificent woodlands in Addison. It was the ideal setting for about 40 of the WaterTower Theatre gang to get together on Thursday, June 5, to learn that Barbara and fellow WT buddy Stan Graner would be heading up the new “President’s Circle” for top donors.
Even before the announcement was made, Barbara, Stan and four others had signed up for a “multi-long-term commitment to Water Tower Theatre.” The commitment can be for $1,000, $2,500 or whatever amount per year. The only request? It needs to be for multiple years.
Of course, such an announcement couldn’t be made with just simple words. Against a backdrop of magnificent trees thanks to two-story windows, singer/actress Molly Welch waved off a mic and proceeded to sing a song from “Creep,” the tale of Jack the Ripper.
Then the foursome of Kyle Igneczi, Matt Ransdell Jr., Zak Reynolds and Branden Loera sang a number from “Dogfight” that opens at WT on Friday, July 25.
Enjoying the singers were Barbara Bigham, Laree Hulshoff, Ben Fischer, Connie and Denny Carreker, Karol Omlor, WT’s Greg Patterson and Terry Martin and “Creep” playwright Donald Fowler.
Speaking of “Creep,” WT is considering doing the production that is currently playing off Broadway. If it happens, WT would be the first professional production outside of NYC.
As Don summed it up: “WaterTower may not be the biggest, but we’re one of the best!”