Home and Community Options’ 20th summer musical, “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” played to sold-out crowds again this year, and HCO is so proud to have been able to bring some wonderful new elements to another fantastic production.
Home and Community Options’ mission is to provide support and residential services to people with disabilities so they may live as full members of our community. Two hundred and fifty of our HCO consumers are living valued lives in our area, and 74 of these HCO friends contributed their unique talents by involvement onstage, backstage, and through artwork displayed in the lobby.
This year’s show really proved that “teamwork CAN make a dream work!” An enormous thank you to all those that continue to make our productions successful: the financial contributions of our sponsors, and the talented efforts and long hours of the actors, orchestra, and behind-the-scenes crews. Thanks to the set builders, the costumers, the directors and choreographer, the volunteers, and St. Mary’s University for another year of providing an amazing venue for our cast and community to enjoy!
The Chitty cast list is complete! Thank you to everyone who took the time to try out for this year’s musical! Casting decisions were difficult this year due to the incredible talent that came through our doors. If you do not find yourself on this list, we hope you will consider participating in other ways, be it as an usher or backstage volunteer, and please return to audition next year. Each show brings it own unique casting needs.
Please make sure to scroll through the entire list as some individuals may be listed in more than one category.
Chitty 2017 Cast
Caractacus Potts – Karl Hoppe
Truly Scrumptious – Andrea Shearer
Grandpa Potts – Mike Hagarty
Baron Bomburst – Joshua Stenklyft
Baroness Bomburst – Camie Schneider
Childcatcher – Caleb Forst
Toymaker – Joel Spitzer
Jeremy Potts – Colin Cada
Jemima Potts – Hannah Graff
Boris – Garret Kinstler
Goran – Cole Jacobson
Lord Scrumptious – Vince Howard
Chorus (all are English Crowd/Vulgarians):
Tyler Bergler – Peter
Bryce Bosteter – Soldier
Kyle Christensen – Salsa/Factory/Bamboo/Inventor
Lily Corcoran – Greta
Colleen Costello – Susan
Megan Costello – kid
Malachi Draper – Salsa/Factory/Bamboo/Inventor
Tim Erickson – Sid
Troy Fegre – Junkman
Anne Galke – Salsa/Factory
Cecilia Galke – kid
Viva Graff – Salsa/Factory
Nathan Graff– Salsa/Factory/Bamboo/Inventor
Joselyn Greene– Salsa/Factory
Joyce Gulbrandsen – Miss Phillips
Cianna Hoppe– Salsa/Factory
Elijah Hoppe – kid
Josiah Hoppe – Toby
Hope Howard– Salsa/Factory
James Huebner – Captain
Chloe Hughes – Marta
Kale Hutkowski– Salsa/Factory/Bamboo/Inventor
Dylan Kiese – Steven
Jeannie Kortas– Salsa/Factory
Shantel Majerus – Chef
Theo Meyer– Salsa/Factory/Bamboo/Inventor
Anna Pampuch – kid
Eric Pampuch – kid
Mary Hansel Parlin – Inventor
Claire Rupprecht – kid
Mandy Rupprecht – Coggins
Kevin Spalding – Turkey Farmer
Leigh Spitzer – kid
Sophia Stango – kid
Anne Williams – Violet
If there are any individuals cast that would like to decline their role, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We thank each and every one of you for your interest in being a part of the mission and work of HCO.
Be a star with Home and Community Options 2017 summer musical production! This is your call to audition for CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, which is based on the book and lyrics by David Lindsey-Abaire and music by Jeanine Tesori. From Music Theatre International, Chitty is “a high-flying, fun-filled adventure for the entire family. Based on the beloved 1968 film version of Ian Fleming’s children’s book, and featuring an unforgettable score by the Sherman Brothers (Mary Poppins), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is one family-friendly blockbuster that audiences will find Truly Scrumptious.” Home and Community Options wants you to be a part of it! There will be roles for 60 people, including numerous children’s roles for ages 8 and up. All auditions will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Home and Community Options Central Office at 66 East Third Street in Winona. On Monday, April 3, auditions will be held for children ages 8 to 14. On Tuesday and Wednesday, April 4 and 5, auditions will be held for persons 15 and older. Anyone interested in auditioning is asked to prepare up to 20 measures of a song (NOT FROM CHITTY) and bring corresponding sheet music to the audition–no audio recordings please.
This year’s production will be under the artistic direction of Mark Roeckers and musical direction of Dr. Harry Mechell. Performances will take place from June 15 through June 20 at Saint Mary’s University Page Theatre in Winona.
Money raised by this event will help support Home and Community Options’ mission of serving children and adults with developmental disabilities who are in need of residential and support services in order to live happily in the community.
For further information please contact Lynette Johnson at 507-474-9536.
HCO is proud to announce that Arc of SE Minnesota recently acknowledged Terrianna Gjerdrum with their Self Advocacy Award. Here’s a few things that Arc had to say about Terri during their recent ceremony:
Terrianna lives in Winona and is an active member of Winona’s People First Self-Advocacy group. She continues to develop her leadership skills by taking on more responsibilities within that group, including: leading the meetings, bringing issues to the table, and planning for events and activities. She is actively involved in creating flyers announcing various activities the group plans, like the annual picnic, bowling events, and the holiday party where the group collects donations for the local food shelf.
She attended the recent state conference of The Arc Minnesota and is a strong voice for the upcoming Minnesota State Self-Advocacy Conference. She is also an active member of the Home and Community Options (HCO) Grassroots Advocacy group, attending monthly meetings and plays a key role in projects that the team plans. She actively participates in Disability Day at the Capitol, and has visited the Capitol numerous other times – each time sharing her story with area legislators.
Terrianna serves as a board member for Home and Community Options, and also serves on both HCO’s Personnel and Quality Assurance Committees. She is well respected and has developed strong relationships with other board members. She takes her responsibilities very seriously: she arrives early, is prepared, always professionally dressed, and regularly engages in meeting discussions. She is also actively involved in HCO’s annual musical production, which takes place at St. Mary’s University and raises money for HCO.
Terrianna has developed strong self-advocacy skills and she encourages her peers to become active the the movement as well.
Congratulations to Terrianna for this wonderful award!
Home and Community Options is pleased to announce its 2017 Musical Production as:
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Opening Night will be June 15, 2017 at St. Mary’s University Page Theatre. Watch for more details, including plans for auditions to be held in late March or early April.
Thank you to Jayco and Star Fleet for their joint camper donation to HCO! We’d also like to thank Star Fleet CEO, Joel Pladson, for stopping by to see them in use! We’ve had so much fun camping, fishing, and enjoying the outdoors as a result of this donation. Our supporters continue to make us feel truly blessed!
Home and Community Options (HCO) held its annual Neighbors Event Celebration on August 18, 2016 at Signatures Event Center. HCO holds this special gathering to show our thanks to those individuals and businesses who support HCO with their financial generosity and are dedicated to the agencies’ mission of helping people with disabilities live as full members of the community.
HCO recognized the following individuals and businesses as 2016 Neighbors:
Harland and Pauline Knight
Fawcett Junker Funeral Home
Winona National Bank