2011 Board of Directors
President: Erik Bergquist
Vice-President: Mary Wegher
Secretary: Kelani Urlaub
Treasurer: AnDee Steiner
Historian: Paula Merchen
Member: Jessica Jassek
Member: Claudia Urlaub
Member: Charla Carlson
Member: Kira Somer
Born and raised in southern Ohio, I was always involved in some form of acting and producing. I moved to Gillette in 1990 and worked for radio as a morning DJ, I got involved with Community Theatre at the urging of my late brother Rod who was extremely involved in GCT. I have been involved in several productions as an actor, director and technical design.
Mary Wegher loves theatre because it is a wonderful outlet for emotion and stress. It has been a great honor for her to be a part of the GCT Board of Directors, serving as historian for 2009 and then vice president for 2010-2011. Mary's first role with the Gillette Community Theatre was the Black Widow in the locally written show "Ghost Capers." Since then, Mary has been a part of several shows, including "The Secret Garden," the murder mystery "Murder's in the Heir," and "A Christmas Carol." More recently she directed the 2010 melodrama and worked on lights for "Blues Clues" and "The Carol Burnett Show."
Kelani first became involved with theater in high school and enjoys many different roles along with working with make-up.
Her first GCT experience was helping with make-up for the murder mystery "Murder's in the Heir." Since then, she has taken an active role with GCT, including playing four different parts in the 2009 melodrama "Males Order Brides." In 2010, she helped bring the Wyoming State AACTFest to life by coordinating the event so that GCT could host it.
AnDee has now been involved with GCT for about 7 years and has played everything from a waif to the richest woman in town. She has three grandchildren who love to throw popcorn at her (even when she's not evil)! She has served as the treasurer for GCT for several years, always keeping us in the black!
Paula Merchen has been involved with Gillette Community Theatre for many years, playing roles of great variety, including Chiquita Rosita in a Christmas melodrama and Lucy in "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown." She recently became the historian for the theatre board and is an excellent photographer. She has her own photography business: Reach for the Stars Photography.
I'm Jessica and have been involved with GCT since 2005. My first play was the melodrama, "The Villian Wore a Dirty Shirt," which was a lot of fun. I love being backstage. Believe it or not, I get stage fright so I stick to doing what I do best, which is backstage. Since my first melodrama with GCT, I have been involved with the last 4 melodramas, all backstage unless I have to fill in for one weekend somewhere on stage. Other than the melodramas, I have helped backstage with the Halloween play, "Ghost Capers," the spring play, "The Secret Garden," two different murder mysteries and have tried to help with the board as much as possible. This is my first year serving on the Theatre Board of Directors. I have enjoyed my time with the theater and look forward to continuing with them.
Claudia served as the GCT Board president from 2008-2010. She has played many roles with GCT, both onstage and off. She successfully directed our first main-stage children's production, "Blue's Clues LIVE! The Most Spectacular Place" in January 2011.Performances and community involvement have always been a part of her life since the start of piano lessons 42 years ago. She thoroughly enjoys working with Gillette Community Theatre and looks forward to bringing you more quality productions.
Charla has been involved with theatre for many years now. She holds a Bachelor of Theatre and Dance with a major in performance from the University of Wyoming. She has been an active part of GCT since moving to Gillette and was president of the organization for many, many years. Not only does she act, but she is also a wonderful director. She led the group to the Wyoming State AACTFest in Cheyenne in 2009 with the play "A Scent of Honeysuckle."