Giants in the Sky Camp Staff

Meet our Directing and Counseling staff for our GIANTS IN THE SKY summer camp!

Our directors and counselors are amazing team members who are with your student all day long! They support, challenge, and guide your student every step of the way.

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The Directors

ERIC WILLIAM JONES (DIRECTOR)

ERIC WILLIAM JONES (DIRECTOR)

JOAN FITCH (VOCAL DIRECTOR)  Joan Fitch has been a part of Ashland since 2000, serving as vocal director, accompanist, and pit orchestra conductor for most shows and camps. She is the staff accompanist for Mahtomedi High School and Middle School, as well as vocal director for the musicals. Over the years, Joan has worked for The Minnesota Opera, Des Moines Opera, and many schools and community theaters. Ashland is home to her and she loves working with kids and watching them grow and learn as both performers and people!

JOAN FITCH (VOCAL DIRECTOR)
Joan Fitch has been a part of Ashland since 2000, serving as vocal director, accompanist, and pit orchestra conductor for most shows and camps. She is the staff accompanist for Mahtomedi High School and Middle School, as well as vocal director for the musicals. Over the years, Joan has worked for The Minnesota Opera, Des Moines Opera, and many schools and community theaters. Ashland is home to her and she loves working with kids and watching them grow and learn as both performers and people!

KELSEY HANSTED (CHOREOGRAPHER)

KELSEY HANSTED (CHOREOGRAPHER)

 

The Senior Counselors

 
ABBEY BARONE

ABBEY BARONE

WYATT ECKER  This is my second year at Ashland and I am so happy to be back! My favorite show right now has to be  Hadestown ! I’m so excited to make this summer a great one for all our campers!

WYATT ECKER
This is my second year at Ashland and I am so happy to be back! My favorite show right now has to be Hadestown! I’m so excited to make this summer a great one for all our campers!

COLLIN KRIEGER  This is Collin’s 13th year at Ashland and his 4th year as a camp counselor. Some of his favorite shows that he has been a part of include  Les Mis, Grease , and  Newsies . He is extremely excited to spend his summer with Ashland as both a counselor and actor before he leaves for St Olaf College where he will be studying theater education and design.

COLLIN KRIEGER
This is Collin’s 13th year at Ashland and his 4th year as a camp counselor. Some of his favorite shows that he has been a part of include Les Mis, Grease, and Newsies. He is extremely excited to spend his summer with Ashland as both a counselor and actor before he leaves for St Olaf College where he will be studying theater education and design.

RILEY KRIEGER  Riley was in his first show at Ashland when he was five, which means that he has been performing here for 13 years. Riley got his start as a camper in Ashland’s summer camps, and has had the privilege of performing in other amazing shows here, his favorites being  Les Mis  and  Newsies . This will be Riley’s fourth, and sadly his final year as a camp counselor at Ashland because he will be attending Gustavus Adolphus College in order to study Music Education at the end of this summer. Along with being a counselor this summer, Riley is looking forward to performing in Ashland’s high school production of  Cats !

RILEY KRIEGER
Riley was in his first show at Ashland when he was five, which means that he has been performing here for 13 years. Riley got his start as a camper in Ashland’s summer camps, and has had the privilege of performing in other amazing shows here, his favorites being Les Mis and Newsies. This will be Riley’s fourth, and sadly his final year as a camp counselor at Ashland because he will be attending Gustavus Adolphus College in order to study Music Education at the end of this summer. Along with being a counselor this summer, Riley is looking forward to performing in Ashland’s high school production of Cats!

MYA LYSNE  I am so excited to be at Ashland for my 3rd summer as a senior counselor! My first show with Ashland was  Hansel and Gretel  way back in elementary school. I’ve been in quite a few shows at Stillwater High School, and my favorite role was Fantine in  Les Mis . I’m looking forward to getting to know all the awesome campers this summer!

MYA LYSNE
I am so excited to be at Ashland for my 3rd summer as a senior counselor! My first show with Ashland was Hansel and Gretel way back in elementary school. I’ve been in quite a few shows at Stillwater High School, and my favorite role was Fantine in Les Mis. I’m looking forward to getting to know all the awesome campers this summer!

 

The Junior Counselors

JAMES BRESETTE  James is happy to be back at Ashland for his second year of Junior Counseling, as a Counselor and Camper he will be here 6 weeks this summer + he is in  CATS  which means he basically lives at Ashland. James started with Ashland in the ACT! Program as a 4th grader in 2015 and has come back again and again for summer camps & featured shows. Every show is special but this year his favorites were being a Newsie in  NEWSIES  and playing the Centipede in  JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH JR.

JAMES BRESETTE
James is happy to be back at Ashland for his second year of Junior Counseling, as a Counselor and Camper he will be here 6 weeks this summer + he is in CATS which means he basically lives at Ashland. James started with Ashland in the ACT! Program as a 4th grader in 2015 and has come back again and again for summer camps & featured shows. Every show is special but this year his favorites were being a Newsie in NEWSIES and playing the Centipede in JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH JR.

BRAEDEN KRIEGER  I have been at Ashland for 9 years, and have done camps all of that time. My favorite shows have been  Wizard of Oz  4 years ago and  Cinderella  last year. I have always looked up to the counselors, so that is why I am really happy to now be a counselor myself! I can't wait to be a counselor because I love working with kids, and helping put on a theater performance. I am going to have a great summer at Ashland!

BRAEDEN KRIEGER
I have been at Ashland for 9 years, and have done camps all of that time. My favorite shows have been Wizard of Oz 4 years ago and Cinderella last year. I have always looked up to the counselors, so that is why I am really happy to now be a counselor myself! I can't wait to be a counselor because I love working with kids, and helping put on a theater performance. I am going to have a great summer at Ashland!

SHANNON SYKES  Shannon Sykes is 14 years old, and this is her second year as a Jr Counselor. This is her ninth year at Ashland! She has had lots of fun hanging out with the kids and helping make their experience as great as hers was when she was a camper.

SHANNON SYKES
Shannon Sykes is 14 years old, and this is her second year as a Jr Counselor. This is her ninth year at Ashland! She has had lots of fun hanging out with the kids and helping make their experience as great as hers was when she was a camper.

CLAIRE VAN RANST

CLAIRE VAN RANST

BRIDGET WALLACE  Bridget is a funny, entertaining girl! She lives in Woodbury with her parents and her dog, Zula. She has been performing at Ashland since she was six years old. Her favorite shows include  James and the Giant Peach Jr. ,  Willy Wonka , and  The Lion King Jr . Her favorite activities include watching horror movies, baking sweets, and creative writing. In the fall, she will be a freshman at East Ridge High School. When she grows up, she wants to be a voice actress.

BRIDGET WALLACE
Bridget is a funny, entertaining girl! She lives in Woodbury with her parents and her dog, Zula. She has been performing at Ashland since she was six years old. Her favorite shows include James and the Giant Peach Jr., Willy Wonka, and The Lion King Jr. Her favorite activities include watching horror movies, baking sweets, and creative writing. In the fall, she will be a freshman at East Ridge High School. When she grows up, she wants to be a voice actress.

ANNA WESTLUND  Anna will be an eighth grader at Parkview Center School this fall. She has recently been seen in  James and the Giant Peach Jr  and  Joseph  at Ashland Productions. Besides theatre, she enjoys violin, volleyball, and photography. Anna has been involved at Ashland for 5 years, onstage and offstage. She is so excited to share her love for performance with the Ashland students.

ANNA WESTLUND
Anna will be an eighth grader at Parkview Center School this fall. She has recently been seen in James and the Giant Peach Jr and Joseph at Ashland Productions. Besides theatre, she enjoys violin, volleyball, and photography. Anna has been involved at Ashland for 5 years, onstage and offstage. She is so excited to share her love for performance with the Ashland students.