WUSD Summer School Playhouse production of “The Phantom Tollbooth Jr.” July 11-13, 2019

Need a perfect break from the summer heat wave? 

Plan on taking in a performance of the Whitewater Unified School District’s Summer School Playhouse production of “The Phantom Tollbooth Jr.” on July 11 and 12 at 7:00 p.m. and July 13 at 2:00 p.m. in the Whitewater High School Auditorium.

Cast of “The Phantom Tollbooth Jr.”

To order reserved seat tickets at $8 for adults and $5 for students, phone the WHS box office at 262-472-8178. Tickets can also be purchased at the box office beginning one hour before the performance.

Norton Juster’s beloved children’s book, “The Phantom Tollbooth,” is adapted for the stage in this modern tale of a boy who must save the princesses Rhyme and Reason and reunite the brother Kings who rule over the cities of Dictionopolis and Digitopolis. Aided by a trusty time-keeping dog, Tock, Milo successfully brings harmony to the Land of Wisdom, finding that everything we learn has a purpose and whatever we do affects everything and everyone, and that there is never a reason to be bored in a world full of so many things to discover.

A magnificent group of more than 60 students ranging in age from 6th graders to WHS Class of 2019 graduates put their acting and technical skills to the test under the direction of Jim McCulloch and Musical Director Liz Elliott.

Assisting McCulloch and Elliott are Nathan Broege (Assistant Director), Lynn Lema (Choreography), Kat Dunham (Technical Director), Tony Hansen (Sound Engineer) and Kim Clarksen (Costume Design).

Taking to the stage are Gio Anello, Cha Cha Binagi, Ghati Binagi, Amelia Brokopp, Belkys Comacho-Rivera, Keith Cameron, Caleb Clapper, Emma Clarksen, Olive Coburn, Grace Coleman, Lucy Davis, Alejandra Diaz-Gallegos, Adalyn Frye, Danny Fuller, ­Henry Gehrenbeck, Charlotte Hajewski, Jillian Harkness, Nina Heim, Maggie Jay, Kaia Jones, Josh Kirley, Tai Lin, Ilana Lothes, Alex Martin, Audrey Mayer, Ben McCulloch, Myles Morse, Betzy Palomec, Madisyn Pope, Chris Porcaro, Chloe Prince, Aldo Rodriguez, Cole Schlicher, Nicole Sedmak, Rebecca Sortino, Skylar Staebler, Madison Strickler, Alexandra Sullivan, Evie Troxel, Lucy Troxel, Sami Van Daele, Willow Vogelzang, Anderson Waelchli, Carter Waelchli, Marco Wence, Cosette Wildermuth, Ella Willman, Xavier Zei, and Morgan Zingsheim.

Students serving on the technical side of the production as Stage Managers are Hailey Long and Sophia Walton (Stage Manager) and as Assistant Technical Directors Josie Hintz and Emma Van Daele, along with Payton Bunger, Emerson Dunham, Weston Lema, Ian Long, Kara Long, Abi Olson, Jarvis Porcaro, Aldo Rodriguez, and Kelsey Zingheim.

Following a three-hour rehearsal on July 1, 6th grader Danny Fuller said,  “I think the play’s really fun.”

Sophie Walton, a sophomore, commented, “This is my first year stage managing, and it’s really interesting being on the other side because in the past I’ve been in the cast itself or backstage on the crew.  It’s interesting to see the work that goes into actually directing and producing the show.”

“It’s a challenging and very different show, and it’s one that’s not very well known, so you have to come up with a character by yourself,” noted sophomore Gio Anello, cast in the role of Mathemagician. “You can’t rely on other productions of the show,” Anello continued.  “You go through the script and you try to pick up little mannerisms on what your character’s like.  You have to develop a voice for your character and a mood for how they’re feeling.” Anello added, “My character has to change from angry to not angry and I have to build off of other characters at the same time.”

“The selection of this show took me by surprise, but it has grown on me,” Carter Waelchli, a junior, reported.  “I read ‘The Phantom Tollbooth’ when I was a little kid in first or second grade.  Rediscovering the story and all the characters has been a magical experience.” In describing his role as Tock, Waelchli observed, “My character in this show goes on this adventure in this magical land filled with weird creatures,” adding, “In famous shows there are established portrayals of the characters but for a play like this, it’s much more like free form experimentation.  You can move around and try things you wouldn’t really get to try in other, more traditional shows.”

Waelchli also said that the idea of his character is also “absolutely” influenced once rehearsals begin. “At the beginning of rehearsals, the relationship I had with Marco, who plays Milo, was more authoritarian because my character, Tock, is a watchdog.  As the rehearsal schedule has continued and I have embraced the fact that my character is an animal, I’m developing more of a dopey, dog-like persona.”

Freshman Skylar Staebler said, “Theatre is just like one big family. Having everyone together is just so much fun.”

Ella Willman, a junior, pointed out the value of the summer school production for the youngest members of the cast and technical crew:  “One of the great things about the summer musical is that it allows little kids to learn a love of theatre which is very important.”

Photos and Article Submitted by Tom Ganser

Ferradermis Demonstrates Robot at Generac, will Compete at Kettle Moraine High School July 6 & 7

Representatives of Ferradermis, Whitewater High School’s FIRST Robotics Team #6574, joined members of Paradigm Shift from Pewaukee High School, the Mukwonago BEARS, and CORE Robotics from the School District of Waukesha at Generac in Waukesha for a Robotics Team Day on Friday, June 28. Generac generously sponsors all four teams.

Representatives of Team #930 from Mukwonago High School, Team #6574 from Whitewater High School, Team #1259 from Pewaukee High School, and Team #2062 from the Waukesha School District brought their 2019 robots to Generac in Waukesha.

The teams set up their robots and small displays in an area just inside the main entrance, and for a little over two hours answered questions and did demonstrations for employees of Generac. The teams enjoyed playing non-competitive games with their robots, demonstrating how they could pass the cargo balls and hatch panels from the 2019 competition back and forth. They also enjoyed fielding the in depth questions about their robot designs from various engineers. Following the demonstrations, the students and their mentors toured the facility and saw how Generac is making use of additional robotics and high-tech sensors.

After demonstrating the robot in Whitewater’s 4th of July Parade, the team will pack up and head to Kettle Moraine High School for 3 days for the Laser Lights Off-Season Competition. Fourteen teams from Southern Wisconsin will come together for an event that will be open to the public on Saturday, July 6, from 9:00 – 4:00, and Sunday, July 7, from 10:00 – 4:00. If you are interested in seeing  the robots in action, or checking out displays from FIRST Tech Challenge (middle school-aged) and FIRST Lego League (elementary school-aged) teams, please come join us!

Memory Café Meeting at Irvin L. Young Memorial Library on July 8

The Irvin L. Young Memorial Library, in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, is hosting a monthly Memory Café for individuals who are living with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), early-stage Alzheimer’s or other dementia, and their care partners. This free social event is held on the second Monday of every month in the Library Community Room at 431 W. Center St. in Whitewater, at 10:30 am.

The next meeting is July 8th. The theme will be “In The Garden.” We will discuss tools used for gardening, and different ways to make gardens grow.

The Memory Café offers participants a safe and fun way to share their stories and socialize with others who have similar experiences. Learn how staying physically, socially and mentally active is good for the brain.

If you are attending for the first time please call 800-272-3900.

Whitewater Historical Society Creates New Photographic Exhibition

Focusing on its mission to collect, preserve and educate about the history of Whitewater and the surrounding area, the Whitewater Historical Society has created a new exhibition of historic photographs to be on display at the Depot Museum on Whitewater Street. “We have thousands of very good historic photographs in our archives and this exhibition is our chance to share some of the best that we have with our members and visitors,” according to Carol Cartwright, President of the historical society board of directors and Depot Museum curator. “We have attempted to provide those who view the exhibit with a wide range of topics photographically covering the time period of the late nineteenth century into the twentieth century,” Cartwright added.

Historical society members and visitors to the depot museum can expect to see historic photographs that deal with a number of topics such as Whitewater citizens, U.W. Whitewater, schools, important historic buildings and street scenes among others. Those who observe the display will also see a variety of types of photographs including tin types, stereo views, cabinet cards, silver prints and glass negatives. Snapshots to formal studio views are included throughout the exhibit. Simple easy-to-read labels describe many of the rare views of the interesting history of the City of Whitewater and the surrounding area.

The new photographic exhibit at the Depot History Museum is located at 301 Whitewater Street, Whitewater and is open Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. during the downtown City Market, Friday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. or by appointment by calling 1-262-473-6820. Admission is free and donations are welcomed.

Pictured here are Carol Cartwright, Whitewater Depot Museum Curator and Lizzie Farrey preparing the new Whitewater Historical Society exhibit of historic photographs from the Society’s archive. The exhibit is now open for public viewing.

Summer School Commences

The Whitewater Unified School District Summer School commenced on Monday, June 17. Per the district: “We are very excited about the number of families taking advantage of this fun and enriching extended learning experience. We are equally excited to have some new and engaging course offerings such as Blacklight Art, Pottery, Girls Who Code, American Sign Language, Spanish for Elementary Students among many others!”

Attached are some pictures of the Week 1 action:

Power of Produce Club for Kids at the Whitewater City Market through July 30!

The Power of Produce (PoP) Club was piloted at the Whitewater City Market in 2018.  Sponsored by W3, Inc. and UW-Whitewater Sustainability, this program is back for 8 weeks at the Whitewater City Market, starting June 11th.  This program was developed to teach kids about food and healthy eating, and to educate them about where their food comes from. Designed for 3-12 years of age, kids can participate in weekly games and activities and receive a coupon to spend at the market on fresh fruits and vegetables from local growers.

Parents and kids were surveyed at the end of last season.  When asked if kids tried any new fruits and vegetables after participating in the PoP Club, one kid replied, “Yes, honey dew! I loved it!” Other parent comments included, “The kids were more interested in picking out and eating healthy foods,” and “We have really enjoyed the activities and my daughter loves spending her coupon.”  Vendors were also surveyed and indicated that they noticed an increase in interactions with kids at the market. One vendor noted, “I like when kids get excited about buying vegetables.”

The 2019 season will bring new, fun education and activities for kids on nutrition, plant parts, and environmental education.  Kids can join the PoP club by visiting the W3 tent on market days through July 30, 2019. For more information, visit www.W3wellness.org or follow Facebook @WhitewaterWellness3.

About the organizations:

Working for Whitewater’s Wellness, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization. Founding members include UW-Whitewater, the City of Whitewater, the Whitewater Unified School District, and Fort HealthCare. Our Vision – A community where people live longer, happier, healthier lives.

Whitewater City Market, established in 2015, brings area farmers, artisans, food carts, craft beer, live music, and the community together at the historic Train Depot (301 W Whitewater Street) every Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. to create not only a unique shopping experience but a celebration of what is local. Hosted by Downtown Whitewater, this vibrant market includes free music, kids’ activities, and over 50 vendors.

For more information contact:

Lisa Dawsey Smith
Downtown Whitewater Inc Board President
Whitewater City Market Co-Manager
ldawsey06@gmail.com | (262) 473-2200

Free Women’s Health Class: Healthy Bones–Healthy You, June 25 at Irvin L. Young Memorial Library

Join us for a FREE informational session to discuss the importance of bone health and how to reduce your risk of osteoporosis.

You will learn:

  • Signs and symptoms
  • Screening recommendations
  • How to reduce your risk

** Participants receive information and a small gift **

Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Time: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Place: Irvin L. Young Memorial Library Community Room

431 West Center Street, Whitewater WI 53190

Registration suggested. Phone 262-473-0530 (Diane)

Email: djaroch@whitewater-wi.gov or in person at the circulation desk


Memory Café Meeting at Irvin L. Young Memorial Library on June 10

The Irvin L. Young Memorial Library, in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, is hosting a monthly Memory Café for individuals who are living with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), early-stage Alzheimer’s or other dementia, and their care partners. This free social event is held on the second Monday of every month in the Library Community Room at 431 W. Center St. in Whitewater, at 10:30 am.

The next meeting is June 10th. The theme will be Famous Movies, as we explore movies that are considered some of the greatest of all time.

The Memory Café offers participants a safe and fun way to share their stories and socialize with others who have similar experiences. Learn how staying physically, socially and mentally active is good for the brain.

If you are attending for the first time please call 800-272-3900.

Whitewater High School Announces Awards Ceremony

Whitewater High School will host a ceremony on Wednesday, May 29, for High Academic Honors and Senior Awards. This ceremony will combine the presentation of awards previously given at two separate ceremonies in past years.

High Honors Awards will be presented to students in all grades who have earned a  GPA of 3.5 or higher over all of their semesters in high school. Additionally, graduating seniors will be honored with awards for achievement in academics, arts, and athletics.

The event will also include a senior art exhibit and musical performances during a pre-ceremony reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. The awards program will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. in the WHS auditorium.

Students receiving awards at the ceremony will receive a postcard invitation in the mail.

Whitewater High School Seeks Businesses Interested in Youth Apprenticeship Opportunities

Youth Apprenticeship Information Session

Are you interested in getting your foot in the door with high school students? Do you want to increase your skilled workforce?  Consider the Department of Workforce Development Youth Apprenticeship program. This allows junior and senior high school students to gain both technical and employability skills with guidance from a mentor in your business.  Youth Apprenticeship program career areas include the following: Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources, Architecture & Construction, Art, AV Technology & Communications, Finance, Health Science, Hospitality, Lodging & Tourism, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Marketing, STEM, and Transportation, Distribution, & Logistics. While the students are in their apprenticeship worksite, they are also taking classes at their high school related to their position.

Do you want to learn more? We will be having a small presentation on what Youth Apprenticeship is and how it can help your business.  After the presentation we will have time for a Q&A.

Date: Friday, May 24, 2019

Time: 2:15 PM-3:15 p.m.

Where: Whitewater High School Auditorium