RUTH ANNE BONTREGER
Ruth Anne Bontreger has been involved in costuming for Fendig for about 20 years As a little girl she always played dress up and put on a play of some kind with her sisters and friends. Ruth Anne is able to enjoy that pleasure with the children during Fendig productions. She says with costumes, talent and music we can have a wonderful theatre experience. Ruth Anne enjoys working with directors and children encouraging them to develop their own gifts that bless themselves and others. She has had 8 grandchildren involved in Fendig over the years and is so grateful to give her time and talent for the stage. She is looking forward to another production this year with the kids.
Tricia Gastineau is a professional custom seamstress and operating Alamode Kabash Sewing Shop. Sewing “stylish” and “nonsense” alike. She learned to sew at a very early age and has always enjoyed creating & designing for the needs of others. Tricia has been sewing for the community since 1994 developing her craft and experience while raising her five children with husband, Jeff. Each of her children have participated in five productions each of Fendig.
Tricia has assisted her mother, Ruth Anne Bontreger, with Fendig costumes since 2000 and really enjoys being a part of this activity with her children helping to tell great stories on the stage. She thrives on the challenges to make extreme custom costumes for our actors which has given her so much more experience. Tricia looks forward to another exciting challenge for this years production.
Taylor is so very excited to be returning to Rensselaer to assist in the direction of this year's Fendig Summer Theatre for Children production. Taylor grew up in the community of Rensselaer and has been involved with Fendig for as long as she can remember. As a child she would come in to help her grandma with costumes and could not wait to be on the stage herself.
In 2005, she played a role in her first production of Fendig and all together participated in 5 productions with Fendig Summer Theatre along with several others in her high school years. Currently, Taylor is living in Kansas City, Missouri and is a sophomore at the International House of Prayer University studying music. She is also a teacher at a daycare working with kids ages 1-12.
Taylor absolutely loves the theater and is very excited to be the assistant director for the theatre program she has always loved. She is excited to work with talented and fun kids. She can't wait for this summer to begin!
Logan is very exciting to return to Fendig this summer! Logan started with Fendig as an actor in 2002 and has been involved in almost every production since, including assistant director and choreographer of Suessical, and director and choreographer of Singin' in the Rain and last summer's The Wizard of Oz!
As an actor, Logan has trained with the Interlochen Center for the Arts and holds his BFA in Musical Theatre Performance from Wright State University. Some WSU credits include Grand Hotel, Spring Awakening (Ernst), Oklahoma!, Gypsy (Tulsa), Hot Mikado, Sondheim on Sondheim, and the regional premiere of The Magic Fire. Professional credits include Mary Poppins (Robertson Ay) with Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, All Shook up and Mary Poppins with LaComedia Dinner Theatre and It's A Wonderful Life with Herschend Family Entertainment. Logan is a current resident of New York City where he is pursuing his professional acting career, but is always happy to return to Rensselaer to bring a touch of Broadway to the Bombers!
Helen is excited to be working with Fendig again this summer along side Logan! Helen started her acting with Fendig in 2006 through 2010. Previously she has volunteered for Fendig's productions of Aida and Suessical. She was the assistant director for our production of Mary Poppins in 2015.
Fendig is and always has been the root of her interest in the arts. Currently, Helen is pursuing a degree in Communications Studies with a focus in arts administration and public relations at Ohio Northern University. She has toured with Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps for three years, attended theatre workshops at Ohio Northern University and toured with the Ohio Northern Wind Orchestra internationally.
"Fendig has always been an essential aspect of what helped me start my career. It will be fun to give back to the community and see the children of Rensselaer get the amazing experience I did growing up. We can't wait to start working on the 2017 season!"
Thank you to everyone who submitted a video via our Facebook page for our grant submission to USA Today's Community Thrives Grant.
The video will be published on their site and available for voting starting on April 12.
Fendig applied for the grant to help fund programming for the upcoming production and secure funds for warehouse renovations. The warehouse is a crucial element to the success of Fendig Summer Theatre as it holds and stores their physical resources from season to season. Fendig loans out their resources and helps other organizations, but with recent building damage they need help storing resources. Storing these resources makes every production year a little less expensive and more efficient for the production.
While not all videos were used in our submission due to time constraints, we thought we would post them all in one place so we could thank each person for their time in helping our cause. ALL of your submissions were great.
It was so great to hear how Fendig makes a positive impact in the community of Rensselaer, Indiana.
Thank you again!
Fendig Summer Theater is a non-profit organization 501 (c)(3) for the advancement of theatre development in children.