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You've reached the Ashland Cabaret Fundraiser details page!  Here you can purchase your tickets to the cabaret AND you can help us by donating towards our goal of $20,000!  We have many incredible performers who will be highlighted throughout the performance and they need your support!  Each performer will be raising money to help Ashland continue to provide transformative experiences for performers of all ages.  

If you want to help support our programs, please click on a performer's name and donate toward their performance!  Just remember to put their name in the "DEDICATION HONOREE" category to give them credit.  If you want to give credit to everyone, just put that in the same field--no need to choose between your friends!   For more information or questions, please contact Elisa Olson, Managing Director at: elisa@ashlandproductions.org or 651-383-8114.  


Kristen Bark Ashland has been my home away from home for 10 years now. I have become a stronger and more confident person from the support and growth Ashland has brought into my life. I know I am not alone, as I have watched thousands of other students and adults grow through the mission of Ashland. I am forever grateful for this incredible opportunity and company, and I strongly believe in the future of Ashland Productions.

Kristen Bark

Ashland has been my home away from home for 10 years now. I have become a stronger and more confident person from the support and growth Ashland has brought into my life. I know I am not alone, as I have watched thousands of other students and adults grow through the mission of Ashland. I am forever grateful for this incredible opportunity and company, and I strongly believe in the future of Ashland Productions.

Rachel Cathey Theatre became a part of my life later than many I have had the pleasure to work with, as I was in my 30’s.  Having been a dancer and musician my whole life, this was the next natural step, and I fell in line whole-heartedly.  I first came to Ashland because I was following a beloved director and would audition for just about anything with which he was involved.  Since that first show, Urinetown, I have been involved with three more productions here and I have become part of a very special family.  Ashland is different than most theatre experiences because of the mentoring philosophy that is so strong.  The idea is for the more mature actors to help guide the next generation of talent, but I find that I am just as inspired by the youth as they are supposed to be inspired by me.  Since joining the Ashland family, I have now gone on to create my own youth theatre program in Fridley, where I direct (and sometimes choreograph) three productions each year.  I continue to build my program with the ever present goal of trying to attain the high standard set by the team at Ashland, and they are supportive and helpful all the way.  Youth theatre presents individuals the opportunity to find their voice, be creative, stand tall, be challenged, take risks, and become part of a team built not to compete, but to support and raise up all members. 

Rachel Cathey

Theatre became a part of my life later than many I have had the pleasure to work with, as I was in my 30’s.  Having been a dancer and musician my whole life, this was the next natural step, and I fell in line whole-heartedly.  I first came to Ashland because I was following a beloved director and would audition for just about anything with which he was involved.  Since that first show, Urinetown, I have been involved with three more productions here and I have become part of a very special family.  Ashland is different than most theatre experiences because of the mentoring philosophy that is so strong.  The idea is for the more mature actors to help guide the next generation of talent, but I find that I am just as inspired by the youth as they are supposed to be inspired by me.  Since joining the Ashland family, I have now gone on to create my own youth theatre program in Fridley, where I direct (and sometimes choreograph) three productions each year.  I continue to build my program with the ever present goal of trying to attain the high standard set by the team at Ashland, and they are supportive and helpful all the way.  Youth theatre presents individuals the opportunity to find their voice, be creative, stand tall, be challenged, take risks, and become part of a team built not to compete, but to support and raise up all members. 

Henry Clark I am going into 6th grade at Hill-Murray. I don’t have a favorite sport, but if acting counts then that is my favorite sport! Ashland holds a special place in my heart because I have done so much there, such as: Willy Wonka, The Wizard of Oz, and The Lion King Jr. My favorite director has been Christopher Teipner. He cast me as a Munchkin in The Wizard of Oz and as Charlie in Willie Wonka. Christopher has helped me grow and learn so much in my acting. I can’t imagine my life without Ashland. It is a part of me!

Henry Clark

I am going into 6th grade at Hill-Murray. I don’t have a favorite sport, but if acting counts then that is my favorite sport! Ashland holds a special place in my heart because I have done so much there, such as: Willy Wonka, The Wizard of Oz, and The Lion King Jr. My favorite director has been Christopher Teipner. He cast me as a Munchkin in The Wizard of Oz and as Charlie in Willie Wonka. Christopher has helped me grow and learn so much in my acting. I can’t imagine my life without Ashland. It is a part of me!

Kris Eklund Nearly 15 years ago I began a journey with Ashland Productions and a magical man named Rob Sutherland. I suddenly had an organization to be devoted to and an outlet for my long-neglected love of performing. Over the years, I have watched as Ashland and Rob have literally changed lives, young and old - mine included. I have no doubt that the world is a better place because Ashland Productions is in it.

Kris Eklund

Nearly 15 years ago I began a journey with Ashland Productions and a magical man named Rob Sutherland. I suddenly had an organization to be devoted to and an outlet for my long-neglected love of performing. Over the years, I have watched as Ashland and Rob have literally changed lives, young and old - mine included. I have no doubt that the world is a better place because Ashland Productions is in it.

Paul Gutmann Paul Gutmann began his theatre education with Ashland Productions in 2003.  From 2003-2012, Paul participated in the "Ashland Youth Performers" and the "Ashland Performance Company;" performed in Ashland's variety shows, holiday shows, and main stage productions; worked as a summer camp counselor, and participated in the inaugural year of the OUTTAKE program.   Paul earned his B.Mus Degree in Vocal Performance from Lawrence University's Conservatory of Music in 2016 and is thrilled to be making his Minnesota Opera debut this upcoming season in their production of Le Nozze di Figaro as part of the Minnesota Opera Chorus.  However, none of this would have been possible without the multitude of opportunities Ashland provided him over the years.  A huge thank you to all who make Ashland the incredible place that it is and best wishes for a bright and prosperous future!

Paul Gutmann

Paul Gutmann began his theatre education with Ashland Productions in 2003.  From 2003-2012, Paul participated in the "Ashland Youth Performers" and the "Ashland Performance Company;" performed in Ashland's variety shows, holiday shows, and main stage productions; worked as a summer camp counselor, and participated in the inaugural year of the OUTTAKE program.   Paul earned his B.Mus Degree in Vocal Performance from Lawrence University's Conservatory of Music in 2016 and is thrilled to be making his Minnesota Opera debut this upcoming season in their production of Le Nozze di Figaro as part of the Minnesota Opera Chorus.  However, none of this would have been possible without the multitude of opportunities Ashland provided him over the years.  A huge thank you to all who make Ashland the incredible place that it is and best wishes for a bright and prosperous future!

Shannon Heymans Hi!  My name is Shannon Heymans.  I have been a part of Ashland since I was in 4th grade, and I love it!  I have made so many friends here, and I have gotten great training and advice on musical theatre and other techniques. 

Shannon Heymans

Hi!  My name is Shannon Heymans.  I have been a part of Ashland since I was in 4th grade, and I love it!  I have made so many friends here, and I have gotten great training and advice on musical theatre and other techniques. 

Henry James Henry is going into 6th grade at Saint Ambrose of Woodbury! Henry is so excited to be doing is 2nd show with Ashland Productions. Some of Henry's favorite roles include Seussical (Jojo), The Lion King Jr. (Hyena ensemble), Miracle on 34th Street (Tommy Mara jr.) and Mary Poppins (toy/ chimney sweep).

Henry James

Henry is going into 6th grade at Saint Ambrose of Woodbury! Henry is so excited to be doing is 2nd show with Ashland Productions. Some of Henry's favorite roles include Seussical (Jojo), The Lion King Jr. (Hyena ensemble), Miracle on 34th Street (Tommy Mara jr.) and Mary Poppins (toy/ chimney sweep).

Alex Johnson Ashland is a prime example of what community theatre is all about. It's a very friendly and inclusive environment that challenges you in the best ways possible while also providing growth. I've only performed in one show with Ashland (Pippin) and afterwards it had me begging to come back, so when I was asked to be a part of the fundraiser, I had to accept! The people I have met were unlike any other and I cannot wait to create more memories with this amazing company.

Alex Johnson

Ashland is a prime example of what community theatre is all about. It's a very friendly and inclusive environment that challenges you in the best ways possible while also providing growth. I've only performed in one show with Ashland (Pippin) and afterwards it had me begging to come back, so when I was asked to be a part of the fundraiser, I had to accept! The people I have met were unlike any other and I cannot wait to create more memories with this amazing company.

Shawn A. Krueger I met some life-long friends doing Fiddler at Ashland in 2002, and always enjoy the shows from the audience as well. Our kids have brought friends for birthday parties and everyone has a unique experience to remember. The show quality is always great, and the ticket prices are reasonable… that’s sometimes a tough niche to fill!

Shawn A. Krueger

I met some life-long friends doing Fiddler at Ashland in 2002, and always enjoy the shows from the audience as well. Our kids have brought friends for birthday parties and everyone has a unique experience to remember. The show quality is always great, and the ticket prices are reasonable… that’s sometimes a tough niche to fill!

John Kurtz I'm John Kurtz, and Ashland makes a difference in my life because I can be myself on stage and with my actor friends. I've learned acting skills, and how to be more responsible too. The staff are amazing and I love performing more than almost anything else.

John Kurtz

I'm John Kurtz, and Ashland makes a difference in my life because I can be myself on stage and with my actor friends. I've learned acting skills, and how to be more responsible too. The staff are amazing and I love performing more than almost anything else.

Abi Lampert I am 15 years old, and going into my sophomore year of highschool at SPCPA. My entire life basically revolves around musical theatre, which Ashland has very much contributed to. Ashland Productions has been a part of my life since 2010, and now I spend more time here than I do anywhere else. And I wouldn't change that for anything. I have made so many friends here at Ashland, and I have learned so much from my time spent here. Ashland has really changed my life in the best way possible. 

Abi Lampert

I am 15 years old, and going into my sophomore year of highschool at SPCPA. My entire life basically revolves around musical theatre, which Ashland has very much contributed to. Ashland Productions has been a part of my life since 2010, and now I spend more time here than I do anywhere else. And I wouldn't change that for anything. I have made so many friends here at Ashland, and I have learned so much from my time spent here. Ashland has really changed my life in the best way possible. 

Mary Jo Lewis Ashland has been part of my life since my son Danny started performing with them about 10 years ago, In 2009, Rob asked me to write a grant proposal for the fledgling ACT! program. Since then, I've been part of Ashland in many off-stage and behind-the-scenes capacities, but this is the first time I've been on stage (!!!) with Ashland. As a parent and Board member I've been able to see first-hand the difference Ashland can make in the lives of kids, creating a secure home base where they learn to flourish not just as performers but as confident and compassionate people. That is exactly what I would desire in any organization that our kids participate in, and that is what Ashland provides - and that is what makes Ashland special!    

Mary Jo Lewis

Ashland has been part of my life since my son Danny started performing with them about 10 years ago, In 2009, Rob asked me to write a grant proposal for the fledgling ACT! program. Since then, I've been part of Ashland in many off-stage and behind-the-scenes capacities, but this is the first time I've been on stage (!!!) with Ashland. As a parent and Board member I've been able to see first-hand the difference Ashland can make in the lives of kids, creating a secure home base where they learn to flourish not just as performers but as confident and compassionate people. That is exactly what I would desire in any organization that our kids participate in, and that is what Ashland provides - and that is what makes Ashland special!  

 

Ashley Myers I began ashland through the act program when I was in 3rd grade. Ever since i've loved working with the amazing staff and actors here at Ashland. Everyone is so sweet and supports one another in every way possible so we can have the best show possible. No matter how stressed, anxious, or upset I am I can always count on my family at Ashland

Ashley Myers

I began ashland through the act program when I was in 3rd grade. Ever since i've loved working with the amazing staff and actors here at Ashland. Everyone is so sweet and supports one another in every way possible so we can have the best show possible. No matter how stressed, anxious, or upset I am I can always count on my family at Ashland

Brittany Ringsdore My first show at Ashland was Pirates , one of the middle school summer camps. I was King of the High Seas and loved every minute of that camp. My family just moved here from Zurich and I did not know anyone and was very nervous. I found instant friendship and acceptance at Ashland and since then I am now doing my 9 th show Grease! I also got to be in Jesus Christ Superstar with my mom who got into theatre after 30 years not being on stage.

Brittany Ringsdore

My first show at Ashland was Pirates , one of the middle school summer camps. I was King of the High Seas and loved every minute of that camp. My family just moved here from Zurich and I did not know anyone and was very nervous. I found instant friendship and acceptance at Ashland and since then I am now doing my 9 th show Grease! I also got to be in Jesus Christ Superstar with my mom who got into theatre after 30 years not being on stage.

Mary Ann Ringsdore After living oversees for ten years, we moved to Minnesota not knowing one person. I was looking for something for my 13 year old daughter to do for the summer and a woman I met in line at Kohl’s told me about Ashland. She signed up for a camp, I volunteered and BOOM…instant family. After being here now for 5 years, Ashland is a very important part of our lives. Acceptance, friendship and support is what Ashland is all about!!

Mary Ann Ringsdore

After living oversees for ten years, we moved to Minnesota not knowing one person. I was looking for something for my 13 year old daughter to do for the summer and a woman I met in line at Kohl’s told me about Ashland. She signed up for a camp, I volunteered and BOOM…instant family. After being here now for 5 years, Ashland is a very important part of our lives. Acceptance, friendship and support is what Ashland is all about!!

Jordan Rollinger I'm going into 8th grade and I've been with Ashland since 3rd grade. Without Ashland, I would not have a second home, a happy place, and a great learning environment for acting and life skills. Ashland is a welcoming place that I could not live without.

Jordan Rollinger

I'm going into 8th grade and I've been with Ashland since 3rd grade. Without Ashland, I would not have a second home, a happy place, and a great learning environment for acting and life skills. Ashland is a welcoming place that I could not live without.

Rachel Sandstrom I have forged life-long friendships and reconnected with friends from the past doing community theater shows.  Ashland fosters the growth of young people by providing a safe, and creative outlet.  Ashland and local theaters bring together the whole community, from performers, their families, the patrons, and local business (after a show when hungry performers descend upon them like locusts).  People of all ages come to be involved in Ashland in various capacities because of the sense of belonging and venue to do what they love, with people they love.

Rachel Sandstrom

I have forged life-long friendships and reconnected with friends from the past doing community theater shows.  Ashland fosters the growth of young people by providing a safe, and creative outlet.  Ashland and local theaters bring together the whole community, from performers, their families, the patrons, and local business (after a show when hungry performers descend upon them like locusts).  People of all ages come to be involved in Ashland in various capacities because of the sense of belonging and venue to do what they love, with people they love.

Elizabeth Sarsfield When I did my first show with Ashland a number of years ago, I was excited to have the opportunity to mentor younger performers. I would be able to “pay it forward” for the mentoring I had received while growing up performing in Twin Cities theaters. Much to my surprise, from my very first production with Ashland, I have been the one mentored! The amazingly talented and gracious children and teens of Ashland Productions welcomed me, spent extra time helping me to learn dance routines and voice parts and most recently when I suffered a knee injury, they quietly and inconspicuously helped me down from platforms and stairs on stage, while never missing a beat and without being asked. Without their generous spirits, I would have had to drop out of the production. By helping me down, they lifted me up! That is Ashland!

Elizabeth Sarsfield

When I did my first show with Ashland a number of years ago, I was excited to have the opportunity to mentor younger performers. I would be able to “pay it forward” for the mentoring I had received while growing up performing in Twin Cities theaters. Much to my surprise, from my very first production with Ashland, I have been the one mentored! The amazingly talented and gracious children and teens of Ashland Productions welcomed me, spent extra time helping me to learn dance routines and voice parts and most recently when I suffered a knee injury, they quietly and inconspicuously helped me down from platforms and stairs on stage, while never missing a beat and without being asked. Without their generous spirits, I would have had to drop out of the production. By helping me down, they lifted me up! That is Ashland!

Chandler Schmitz Theatre is more than actors, actresses, costumes, lighting, makeup, sets, and sound. It is about your experience. There are many theatres out there in the world. Some are bigger, some are smaller, but size doesn't matter, it's the people around you that do. Ashland Productions will always have a place in my heart. I may have only done one show with Ashland so far, but I made so many friends there. My first show with Ashland was The Lion King. I played the role of Simba, a brave lion who just can't wait to be king. Many people have put on the show The Lion King, but no one can do it better than Ashland Productions. One person who has made a difference in my life at Ashland is Rob Sutherland. He is very kind, hilarious, a great leader, and friendly. At the very beginning he said "I'm gonna push you kids hard, and I'm gonna make sure you guys work hard." And he did, but in the end a phenomenal show was there. The one thing that I learned that really stuck out to me was no matter what role you are you have an important job in that role no matter what. If you want to try theatre I strongly recommend Ashland Productions. Even if you have been doing theatre for years I still would recommend Ashland Productions.

Chandler Schmitz

Theatre is more than actors, actresses, costumes, lighting, makeup, sets, and sound. It is about your experience. There are many theatres out there in the world. Some are bigger, some are smaller, but size doesn't matter, it's the people around you that do. Ashland Productions will always have a place in my heart. I may have only done one show with Ashland so far, but I made so many friends there. My first show with Ashland was The Lion King. I played the role of Simba, a brave lion who just can't wait to be king. Many people have put on the show The Lion King, but no one can do it better than Ashland Productions. One person who has made a difference in my life at Ashland is Rob Sutherland. He is very kind, hilarious, a great leader, and friendly. At the very beginning he said "I'm gonna push you kids hard, and I'm gonna make sure you guys work hard." And he did, but in the end a phenomenal show was there. The one thing that I learned that really stuck out to me was no matter what role you are you have an important job in that role no matter what. If you want to try theatre I strongly recommend Ashland Productions. Even if you have been doing theatre for years I still would recommend Ashland Productions.

Kyle Schwartz Info coming soon!

Kyle Schwartz

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Jeff Shepherd Jeff Shepherd has many fond memories of working with Ashland!  He started his journey as a last minute addition to a (long ago!) Christmas show, and has been a fan ever since!  From Adam in "Children of Eden"...to Albert Peterson in "Bye Bye Birdie!"...to Ruben in "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat"...he's enjoyed getting to know the stellar staff and actors of the company.  Ashland's focus on teaching youth has always been particularly admired, and he has really appreciated the opportunity to work with so many STELLAR young people!

Jeff Shepherd

Jeff Shepherd has many fond memories of working with Ashland!  He started his journey as a last minute addition to a (long ago!) Christmas show, and has been a fan ever since!  From Adam in "Children of Eden"...to Albert Peterson in "Bye Bye Birdie!"...to Ruben in "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat"...he's enjoyed getting to know the stellar staff and actors of the company.  Ashland's focus on teaching youth has always been particularly admired, and he has really appreciated the opportunity to work with so many STELLAR young people!

John Siracusa I've seen several of Ashland's Productions and have been blown away by the talent and creativity of everyone involved. It was only after having the AMAZING opportunity to be a part of their production of Seussical that I realized just how much this "family" of caring and dedicated professionals transform the lives of not only those involved in their productions but in the surrounding community as well. I am honored to be asked to be a part of this fundraiser supporting such an outstanding organization. 

John Siracusa

I've seen several of Ashland's Productions and have been blown away by the talent and creativity of everyone involved. It was only after having the AMAZING opportunity to be a part of their production of Seussical that I realized just how much this "family" of caring and dedicated professionals transform the lives of not only those involved in their productions but in the surrounding community as well. I am honored to be asked to be a part of this fundraiser supporting such an outstanding organization. 

Ella Sutherland Info coming soon!

Ella Sutherland

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Matthew Sutherland Info coming soon!

Matthew Sutherland

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Will Sutherland Info coming soon!

Will Sutherland

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Christopher Teipner Ashland productions is very special to me not only for the wonderful people I meet while working there but, for the things it teaches me.   I am always reminded of the things that can be, the dreams it creates, and the sense of family it has given me over the years.   The lives that have touched mine and the impact I have been able to have on the future of theater!  Thank you for supporting this wonderful company and for supporting live theater!

Christopher Teipner

Ashland productions is very special to me not only for the wonderful people I meet while working there but, for the things it teaches me.   I am always reminded of the things that can be, the dreams it creates, and the sense of family it has given me over the years.   The lives that have touched mine and the impact I have been able to have on the future of theater!  Thank you for supporting this wonderful company and for supporting live theater!

Sophia Todaro Info coming soon!

Sophia Todaro

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Grace Tonrey Grace will be a junior at St Croix Prep in Stillwater. Grace has been at Ashland for about 3 years now. She started in their OUTTAKE group (a teenage outreach group) and soon she became a summer camp counselor. Grace loves Ashland because it is an amazing place to meet people and have a home away from home. She recently did Pippin their teen adult show. Pippin showed her they amazing mentors and friends she made just through this amazing show.

Grace Tonrey

Grace will be a junior at St Croix Prep in Stillwater. Grace has been at Ashland for about 3 years now. She started in their OUTTAKE group (a teenage outreach group) and soon she became a summer camp counselor. Grace loves Ashland because it is an amazing place to meet people and have a home away from home. She recently did Pippin their teen adult show. Pippin showed her they amazing mentors and friends she made just through this amazing show.

Ro Tripi Info coming soon!

Ro Tripi

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Sheila-Marie Untiedt Ashland is a rare and treasured oasis where everyone is encouraged and supported to be their personal best. Moxie and grit are valued alongside perfect pitch and talent. Everyone is welcome and everyone has a place to showcase their love for theater. The confidence, friendships and enthusiasm created and nurtured at Ashland translate and apply to the world outside these theater doors.

Sheila-Marie Untiedt

Ashland is a rare and treasured oasis where everyone is encouraged and supported to be their personal best. Moxie and grit are valued alongside perfect pitch and talent. Everyone is welcome and everyone has a place to showcase their love for theater. The confidence, friendships and enthusiasm created and nurtured at Ashland translate and apply to the world outside these theater doors.

Bridget Wallace My first Ashland experience was in 2011 when I was only six years old.  I participated in my first Ashland summer camp, “Disney Magic”, and since then, I’ve been hooked on just about everything that has to do with Ashland theatre. I love it because I can go there and just be who I really am, with all of my awesome friends, and we all love and respect each other as we are.  Ashland has also helped me learn important life lessons, such as being prepared for rehearsals and learning to adapt to whatever unexpected things may happen during a show.  Ashland allows me to be my true self, to learn how to be a better person and actor, and encourages me to strive to be amazing!  

Bridget Wallace

My first Ashland experience was in 2011 when I was only six years old.  I participated in my first Ashland summer camp, “Disney Magic”, and since then, I’ve been hooked on just about everything that has to do with Ashland theatre. I love it because I can go there and just be who I really am, with all of my awesome friends, and we all love and respect each other as we are.  Ashland has also helped me learn important life lessons, such as being prepared for rehearsals and learning to adapt to whatever unexpected things may happen during a show.  Ashland allows me to be my true self, to learn how to be a better person and actor, and encourages me to strive to be amazing!