Carl Thomas Memorial Volunteer Wall Of Fame


The Waukesha Civic Theatre, in conjunction with its 62 years of service to the community, recognizes the volunteers who have made the organization what it is. This award is named for Carl Thomas, a long-time volunteer who served on stage, backstage, on the board, and anywhere else he was needed. He truly exemplified the "spirit of community theatre."


This award is given peer to peer for all production awards, in which each show's cast, crew, and staff nominate the person involved in that show who they feel has best represented the spirit of community theatre with the highest levels of enthusiasm, energy, and involvement. The administrative award is chosen by the staff and/or the board of directors and goes to someone who has given of their time and talent outside of the productions we produce.


Current criteria (as of September 2008) for eligibility includes:

  1. Only individuals may be nominated (not groups or ensembles)
  2. Only volunteers may be nominated (no paid staff)
  3. Prior winners of the award may be nominated only after a predetermined number of seasons have passed since their previous award.


Ryan Vanselow

Production Volunteer
Billy Elliot The Musical
62nd Season

Billy Elliot

Ryan has been a true pleasure to work with. He is an extraordinary young man who has remained humble and kind throughout the process, making his cast mates feel welcome and valued. He is dedicated, tireless, professional, and truly embodies the spirit of community theatre. “We are all incredibly proud to have shared the stage with him. He’s cush.” Congratulations, Ryan!



Recent Volunteer Award Winners:

Tod Doebler | Administrative | 62nd Season

Tod has taken the lead on the last several sets for ACAP PlayMakers productions. He ensures that the stage is safe and usable for all cast members, helping to tell the story with his scenery. He is an indispensable volunteer. Thanks for everything you do for ACAP and WCT, Tod!


Keith Smith | Production: The Musical Comedy Murders Of 1940 | 62nd Season

Keith has been an absolute joy to work with. He is always positive, jumping in wherever he's needed and advocating for his fellow castmates. He radiates joy and compassion and made this production a true delight. Thanks, Keith!


Sara Toenes | Administrative | 62nd Season

| Lifetime Achievement Award |

Sara has been an administrative volunteer, donor, patron, and was our volunteer usher coordinator from 2007 to 2016. She is always willing to take on tasks around the office and still comes in every other Tuesday. Thanks for all you have done and continue to do for WCT, Sara!


Angie Penzkover | Administrative | 62nd Season

Angie has been a board director, patron, donor, volunteer bartender, and member of several committees. She has been the chair of our Education & Outreach Committee for the past few years. She served as Board President for two years. She is always willing to lend a helping hand. You’re amazing, Angie! Thank you for everything you have done for WCT!


Anna Schwabe | Production: Father Knows Best | 61st Season

From the very first day Anna offered to help in any way possible – lines, props, and general encouragement. She was always positive, always where she needed to be, and showed great maturity. Perhaps her biggest contribution was to understudy the part of Betty. Additionally, Anna was a joy to be around – kind, considerate, polite, and genuine – a perfect example of the sort of person one wishes in every cast. Her enthusiasm was infectious! She was truly a team player. Way to go, Anna!


Kaila Rachel Casalino | Production: Wait Until Dark | 61st Season

Kaila came into the process with an open mind and a strong commitment to create an incredible performance. Her professionalism and dedication were amazing. She worked very hard, maintained a great attitude, and performed like a pro. She was the soul of the production and a joy to work with. Thank you for your hard work, Kaila!


Becky Miller | Administrative | 61st Season

Becky has been involved at WCT as an actor, bartender, and volunteer since 2010. She is fun, knowledgeable, talented, and dependable. She brings positivity and enthusiasm to everything she does and has been an indispensable volunteer member of our event staff. Thanks for all you do, Becky!


Laura Heise | Production: Clue: The Musical | 61st Season

Laura is very kind and generous, consistently positive and supportive of everyone involved in the show, and has brought such joy to every rehearsal. She has shown dedication in her preparation, constantly exhibiting both professionalism and enthusiasm in rehearsals and performances. She also supplied the cast with treats for every occasion, and sometimes for no reason at all. Congratulations, Laura!


Maddie Martin | Production: The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare (abridged) | 61st Season

Maddie is one of only a few VOP recipients to receive unanimous nominations. She willingly helped with props, costumes, and the set, and quickly became indispensable. She was our lead run crew and was invaluable in creating the list of run crew assignments, and training other run crew volunteers. She exhibited total professionalism. Simply put, without Maddie’s participation, performing this show would not have been possible! Way to go, Maddie!


Carol McLean | Administrative | 61st Season

Carol has been involved at WCT since the mid-1970’s as an actor, patron, donor, box office volunteer and staff, and as a board director, serving for a total of 16 years, including as our president. She has been involved with the Civic Senior Players since the group was formed, and is currently one of the leaders of the group, helping with every aspect of this important WCT outreach effort. Thank you, Carol!