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.


Laura Heise

Production Volunteer
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!



Recent Volunteer Award Winners:

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!


Julia Rady | Production: The House Without A Christmas Tree | 61st Season

Although Julia is a young actor, she showed amazing maturity and focus throughout rehearsals and performances. She was a great example to the rest of the cast (both children and adults), and was always willing to pitch in wherever and whenever needed. She shouldered the largest role in the show with tenacity and dedication, and a strong desire to learn as much as possible to make her performance as good as it could be. Kudos, Julia!


Travis Ottelien | Production: The Hunchback Of Notre Dame | 61st Season

The most universal comment about Travis was that he was the light of this production. Travis was always an enthusiastic and a vital member of the cast. Sewing costumes, ironing robes, attending rehearsals even when he wasn’t called, or just being a positive influence, he always lit up the room he was in. He connected with nearly every member of the show and was a true delight. Thank you, Travis!


Joe Nettesheim | Production: Sex Please We're Sixty | 61st Season

Although he was new to theatre (this was his first show!), Joe approached the experience with dedication and enthusiasm. He was always willing to help with anything, including moving props and furniture, helping other actors with their lines, and keeping the theatre neat and clean.

His fellow cast, crew, and staff all agreed that he was an all around joy to work with. Way to go, Joe!


Mark Cage | Administrative | 61st Season

Mark has been an actor in both our Mainstage shows and our ACAP PlayMakers shows.  He helps out in a variety of ways.  He coordinated a group of Carroll University students for a work day, and he is the fearless leader of the ACAP volunteer group that helps WCT maintain our beautiful building once a week, vacuuming, cleaning, and tackling those pesky spider webs!

Thank you, Mark, for all you do for both WCT and ACAP!


Mark Penzkover | Administrative | 61st Season

Mark has been a patron, donor, and chair of our Spotlight On The Future Committee. He is one of our volunteer bartenders, and always lends a helping hand and his leadership skills during our All Facility Work Weekends.

You rock, Mark! Thank you for always being there for WCT!


Larry Nelson | Administrative | 61st Season

Larry has been a patron, donor, and board director. He always has the best interests of the theatre at heart. His commitment to fiscal responsibility is beyond compare. We appreciate your commitment and enthusiasm, Larry. Thank you!