Abrams Spotlight Productions volunteers honored

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Volunteers from Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc. are recognized at the 30th annual WPS Volunteer Awards breakfast, held April 19 in Green Bay. Ali Carlson, left, David Jolly, Debra Jolly and Bill Koehne were nominated for the Aon Arts & Culture Award. They volunteer countless hours to the theater in a variety of areas including set construction, costumes, concessions, marketing, choreography, acting and directing. (Contributed photo)

The 30th annual Wisconsin Public Service Volunteer Awards breakfast on April 19 honored the meaningful work of more than 1,000 volunteers in the community.

“Volunteers play a very important role in making our communities thrive and flourish,” said Karmen Lemke, of Wisconsin Public Service. “Imagine what’s been done in this community because of you.”

Among this year’s nominees were four volunteers from the community theater organization in Abrams — Abrams Spotlight Production Inc. Ali Carlson, Debra Jolly, David Jolly and Bill Koehne were nominated for the Aon Arts & Culture Award by Brigette Finger, ASPI volunteer coordinator.

“I just wanted to recognize all the work that they have put in, not just in the past year, but over the last few years. They deserve to be honored,” Finger said. The awards breakfast was an opportunity to show appreciation for the entire theater family.

Carlson said she was honored by the recognition.

“It’s refreshing. It makes me proud to be part of the organization,” she said.

The foursome has contributed to the success of the theater in a variety of ways, including set construction, costumes, concessions, marketing, choreography, acting and directing. As members of the board of directors, Debra Jolly, Carlson and Koehne have helped to guide, govern and grow the theater. Koehne said he is proud of what the volunteers have accomplished at the theater so far, with more changes to come.

Run exclusively by volunteers, Abrams Spotlight Production Inc. presents four shows a year at the Byng Community Theater in Abrams. Each production requires the commitment of dedicated volunteers working on stage and behind the scenes. As volunteer coordinator, Finger encouraged new recruits to get involved in community theater.

“It’s a way to volunteer as a family,” she said. “The theater itself is a family. You come to know everyone and grow close to everyone.”

The group is rehearsing for its summer production, “Barefoot in the Park.” The romantic comedy written by Neil Simon will be presented June 15-17 and 22-24. To volunteer, call the theater at 920-826-5852 or email boxoffice@abramstheater.com.