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Music and Lyrics by PETER MILLS

World Premiere Performance 2018
Commissioned by Prospect Theatre Company,
New York, NY
Cara Reichel, Producing Artistic Director
Melissa Huber, Managing Director

THE HELLO GIRLS is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide
1180 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 640, New York, NY 10036. www.theatricalrights.com.

Photos are not allowed. Video or audio recording of this performance by any means is strictly prohibited.

The show will run approximately two hours including one 15-minute intermission.

Show Sponsor
Gundersen Health System
From the President
Rick Trietley

Dear Arts Patrons,

Welcome to the Viterbo University 2022–23 performing arts season. Whether it be for a Bright Star, Conservatory for the Performing Arts, or Weber Center series event, we are very pleased to have you join us for what surely will be an outstanding production.

The Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration have always cherished the arts, and we are proud to continue the legacy of our founders. Viterbo is truly blessed to have incredibly talented Conservatory students, faculty, and Fine Arts Center staff. Every show is painstakingly crafted and selected to offer the highest quality and culturally enriching entertainment possible to our community.

To all Viterbo arts patrons, benefactors, sponsors, volunteers, and artists, allow me to express my sincere gratitude for your support. Enjoy the show!

“Pace e Bene”
Peace and all good
Rick Trietley Signature
Rick Trietley
Viterbo University President

Director's Note

As most of you probably already know by now, during World War I, hundreds (thousands actually applied, 450 were trained and 233 served abroad) of American women were enlisted and served as bilingual telephone operators on the front lines. Their tireless efforts helped turn the tide of the war, but upon their return home they were denied Veterans’ rights—told they were contractors to the U.S. Army. Between 1927 and 1977, 20 congressional bills were presented but it was only in 1977 that the long campaign for equal rights was successful and a bill sworn into law. Barely 20 of the women survived to witness this hard-won battle for equality and recognition.

We have chosen the intimate LaCroix Black Box Theatre as the space to share this epic story. Like the chorus of Shakespeare’s Henry V, our cast of brilliant actors asks you to use your imagination to travel back in time as they bring to life this story you may only have heard and read about. It has been an absolute honor to go on this journey with this cast and to watch them discover the humanity in these women (and men).

Choosing to work on this material right now—this story of war, bravery, and overcoming overwhelming odds—it is impossible not to be reminded of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and all the wars that persist worldwide. Our hearts are with those facing unimaginable violence, tragedy, and uncertainty. May we all continue to “answer the call” to do our part to fight for and give voice to underrepresented and marginalized communities at home and abroad.

–Brittany Bara, director


The story of The Hello Girls takes place between December 1917 and December 1918 at the height of World War I.

The story is set in New York City, Paris, American Expeditionary Forces Headquarters in Chaumont, and a variety of other locations in France.

This musical is a fictionalized account of real events and while some characters are based on real people, other characters were created for the show.

Synopsis of Scenes
FOX 25/48

Grace Banker: Jillian Kohl

Suzanne Prevot: Gabby Moten

Helen Hill: Adelaide Young

Bertha Hunt: Lindsey Meath

Louise Lebreton: Emma Phillips

Cpt. Joseph Riser: Robby Alston

Man 1: Jake Aune

Man 2: Spencer Curtis

Man 3: Gabe Karr

Gen. John Pershing: Brandon Rundquist

Understudies: Jess Schneider (Grace), Maddy Ballard (Helen/Bertha), Sophie La Fave (Suzanne/Louise), Colin Cada (Man 3/Pershing), Clay Corley (Man 1), Zach Sullivan (Riser/Man 2)


Keyboard 1 and Conductor: Janette Hanson

Keyboard 2: Matt Salvo

Guitar: Joe Gantzer

Violin: Michelle Lee Elliott

Clarinet: Greg Balfany

Bass: Karyn Quinn

Drums: Dave Kies, Rich MacDonald (Saturday matinee)

Cello: Derek Clark

Trumpet/Euphonium: Scott Jensen

Rehearsal Pianists: Matt Salvo, Chris Bott

Production Team

Director: Brittany Bara

Music Director: Janette Hanson

Choreographer: Vic Pardon

Stage Manager: Payton Seacrist

Costume Designer: Jen Brown

Scenic Designer: Kelsey Taunt

Lighting Designer: Benjamin Gonzales

Sound Engineer/Designer: Brett Huus

Properties Designer: Jess Rigdon

Hair and Makeup Designer: Shea Grande

Technical Director: Chad Kolbe

Assistant Director: Mariana Villanueva

Assistant Stage Manager: Joie Steele

Assistant Costume Director and Costume Shop Supervisor: Alex Bell

Assistant Properties Designer: Ryan Dettbarn

Dance Captain: Maddy Ballard

Intimacy Director: Mary Trotter

Production Coordinators: Teddy Eck, Jason Underferth

Assistant Master Electrician: Emmett Lenselink

Dialect Designers: Sophie La Fave, Emma Phillips

Military Consultant: Sam Morris

Production Crew

Deck Supervisor: CJ Zimmer

Light Board Operator: Erica Ashley

Sound Run/Microphones: Calvin Pierce

Sound Board Operator: Patricia Rivera Torres

Scenic Run Crew: Tucker Mensen, Beth Anderson

Props Run Crew: Ryan Dettbarn

Wardrobe Supervisor: Isaac Knudsen

Hair/Makeup Supervisor: Joshua Terrones

Costume Crew: Makayla Taylor, Helen Riddle

Scenic Build Crew: Zachary Lichner,
Spencer Curtis, Claire Capra, Katie Shafer,
Maura Koth, Emma Phillips, Kalyn Schmit,
Sophie La Fave, Yassie Bonner, Anika Philips,
Mariana Villanueva, Iraya Catalina Cress

Costume Build Crew: Gabby Moten, Colin Cada, Zach Sullivan, Anna Vande Krol, Emma Phillips, Jillian Kohl, Makala Taylor, Logan Bailey,
Elisabeth Meyer, Lauren Canfield, Marie Peterson,
Joie Steele, Adelaide Young, Kassidy Kampmeier

Props Build Crew: Jo Kasper, Jess Schnieder, Marie Peterson, Megan Wheelock, Ryan Dettbarn

Gundersen Hotel and Suites


Jake Aune

Jake Aune
is a sophomore music theatre major. He recently was in the cast of Footloose and CARRIE: The Musical and Bickle in Footloose. He is very exctied to return to the stage and would like to thank his family and friends for supporting him.@jakeaune00


Robby Alston

Robby Alston
is a sophomore music theatre major from Wausau. They have previously been seen in Viterbo's Platinum Edition show choir. They would like to extend a huge thanks to their family and friends for their constant love, support, and encouragement. @robbyalston1


Maddy Ballard

Maddy Ballard
is a junior theatre major from Milwaukee. Past credits include Elephant's Graveyard and Lysistrata. She is a dance captain for Platinum Edition show choir and the managing director of Viterbo's Student Theatre Project. Lots of love to Mom, Dad, and Ben! @madelynoliviab


Colin Cada

Colin Cada
is a sophomore theatre major with a dance minor from Winona, Minn. Last semester, he made his Viterbo debut as an ensemble member in CARRIE: The Musical (understudied Tommy, Mr. Stephens, Rev. Bliss). Previous roles include Fleance in Macbeth at the Great River Shakespeare Festival and Minstrel in Once Upon a Mattress at Cotter High School. He would like to thank his parents and friends for all of their love and support! @colincada


Clay Corley

Clay Corley
is a sophomore music theatre major from Lake Charles, La. He is a sophomore representative for the Student Theatre Project. This is his first show at Viterbo and he is so excited! He would like to thank his family for always supporting him and for letting him pursue his passion. @cla.ay


Spencer Curtis

Spencer Curtis
is a sophomore music theatre major with minors in dance and arts management from Salt Lake City. He's been so fortunate to perform at Viterbo in Measure for Measure (Claudio), The Elephant Speaks Jazz (Dad/Puppeteer), a variety of Student Theatre Project productions, and as a member of Platinum Edition show choir. He thanks his friends and family for cheering him on. @rspencercurtis


Gabe Karr

Gabe Karr
is a first-year music theatre major from Jacksonville, Ill. He is beyond thrilled to be performing in his first Viterbo production in The Hello Girls. He has previously been seen strutting his stuff in Viterbo's Platinum Edition show choir. He would like to send his biggest thanks to his family and friends for their constant love, support, and patience in his endeavors.


Sophie La Fave

Sophie La Fave
is a sophomore music theatre major with a music minor from the Twin Cities. She has been seen at Viterbo as a swing in CARRIE: The Musical. She is also in the Platinum Edition show choir and loves creating art in many other facets. They are thankful for the community and artistry in the conservatory. @sophlafave


Jillian Kohl

Jillian Kohl
is a junior music theatre major with a dance minor from Appleton. You may have seen her perform in CARRIE: The Musical as Carrie u/s and ensemble, as well as ensemble in The Pajama Game. She would like to extend a huge thank you to her friends and family (especially her mom) for their constant support! @jillian.kohl


Lindsey Meath

Lindsey Meath
is a junior music theatre major who was most recently seen as Rusty understudy/ensemble in Viterbo's Footloose and has also been seen as Death in Everybody. She is so excited to help bring more shows to life on Viterbo's stages and hopes you enjoy the show! @linzerdeanna


Gabby Moten

Gabby Moten
is a junior music theatre major with a music minor from Aurora, Colo. She has previously been a swing in The Pajama Game and a member of 9th Street Singers, Rose Chorale, and Concert Choir. She would like to give a special thanks to her mom, Mary, and her family for making the trek to La Crosse to see this performance!


Emma Phillips

Emma Phillips
is a junior music theatre major with a minor in dance from Las Vegas. Her previous Viterbo credits include stage manager and soloist in the cabaret Light at the End of the Tunnel, Belphragia in Lysistrata, and Megan in Student Theatre Project's production of Puffs. On campus, she is a part of Platinum Edition show choir, the vice president of the improv club, treasurer for the Viterbo film club, and on the Viterbo dance team! She would like to thank her family for their constant love and support, John 14:6. Enjoy the show! @_emma.phillips


Brandon Rundquist

Brandon Rundquist
is a junior music theatre major from Prescott. Past Viterbo credits include: CARRIE: The Musical (Mr. Stephans), Lysistrata (ensemble), Why Love? (cabaret), and the Never Have I Ever cabaret put on by the Student Theatre Project. He is so excited for his third year in the program and sends endless thanks to his family and educators for their constant support. @brandonrundquist


Jess Schneider<

Jess Schneider
is a sophomore theatre major with an English writing minor. This is her first time being on production and she's very excited to be a part of this process. It's an honor to work with such a talented team and to see this wonderful production take form.


Zach Sullivan

Zach Sullivan
is a sophomore music theatre major and dance minor from Excelsior, Minn. He has previously been seen in CARRIE: The Musical as a swing. He would like to thank his friends and family for their unconditional support. Love you Mom and Dad! @zachthsullivan


Adelaide Young

Adelaide Young
is a sophomore music theatre major with minors in dance and arts administration from Kankakee, Ill. Last year she was a member of Diamond Edition show choir and is currently a member of Platinum Edition show choir. She also performed in Student Theatre Project’s miscast cabaret last winter. Young is thrilled to be working behind the scenes and onstage and is so honored to get to learn and do what she loves here every day. She would also like to thank Mom and Dad for entirely everything they have ever done for her. @adelaiderhyss

Production Team


Brittany Bara

Brittany Bara
is thrilled to join the Viterbo faculty as assistant professor of theatre and music theatre. As an actor and director, she has worked extensively throughout the U.S., Canada, and Western Europe. As a Designated Linklater Teacher, Bara is interested in helping people find their authentic voice for use on stage, in business, and in everyday life. Throughout all areas, she focuses her work on cultivating empathy. She believes strongly in radical kindness and approaching life with a generosity of spirit. As a performer, favorite roles include Reno in Anything Goes, Woman 2 in I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, Mme. Thenardier in Les Miserables, and Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Recent directing credits include Little Women the Musical, Sister Act The Musical, and Wiley and the Hairy Man. Bara holds a BFA in musical theatre from Emerson College in Boston and an MFA in performance pedagogy from the University of Pittsburgh. For more information, visit www.brittanybara.com.


Janette Hanson

Janette Hanson
has served as collaborative accompanist, vocal coach, music director, rehearsal pianist, and pit musician for the music theatre department at Viterbo since 2016. She directed the 2020 Wisconsin All-State Vocal Jazz Honor Choir and serves as judge and clinician for regional festivals. Hanson accompanies several vocal, instrumental, and music theatre recitals each year, including the National NATS competition in 2019. She earned a bachelor of music education from Central Missouri State University, and a master’s degree in education from the University of Wisconsin—La Crosse. She and her husband Mark have four children and four grandchildren.


Vic Pardon

Vic Pardon
is a junior music theatre major with a dance minor from Mableton, Ga. In 2021, she had the opportunity to choreograph for Viterbo’s Lysistrata, and then went on to choreograph for the Diamond Edition show choir which she now captains! Pardon also played Mae in The Pajama Game and has performed in Platinum and Diamond Edition for two years. She thanks her family back home as well as her support system here including friends and faculty and is excited to see where her studies take her!


Payton Seacrist

Payton Seacrist
is a junior music theatre major with a dance minor from Apple Valley, Minn. She is beyond excited to be making her stage managerial debut in The Hello Girls. She has been seen in past productions as Urleen in Footloose, ensemble and understudy Sue in CARRIE: The Musical, ensemble in The Pajama Game, and Platinum Edition show choir. She would like to specifically thank her parents, Kris and Scott, for their never-ending love and support. @paytonseac


Benjamin Gonzales

Benjamin Gonzales
teaches in the areas of theatre history and literature at Viterbo. He recently earned an MFA in theatre arts (focused on dramatic writing) from the University of Idaho. Gonzales also earned a master's in teaching and bachelor of arts in theatre arts and drama from Washington State University. Gonzales currently serves as the national vice-chair of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival's (KCACTF) National Playwriting Program (NPP) and has previously served as the representation, equity, and diversity (RED) coordinator. Professionally, Gonzales is a theatre generalist with experience in lighting design, set design, sound design, technical direction, production management, direction, as well as playwriting.


Brett Huus

Brett Huus
grew up on the shores of Lake Winnebago, in Neenah. After a couple years in Indiana after high school, he arrived in La Crosse and attended and graduated from the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse. Huus has done sound design for productions at Viterbo, including: CARRIE: The Musical, The Elephant Speaks Jazz, and several at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, including, Putnam County Spelling Bee, Guys and Dolls, and Working. In addition, he has done audio work for various Pumphouse Regional Arts Center productions in La Crosse. In 2005 he mastered Bill Miller's Grammy award-winning CD, Cedar Dream Songs, as well as recording and mixing, in part, Michael Martin Murphey’s Grammy–nominated Buckaroo Bluegrass in 2009. Huus is the recording engineer for the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, and he teaches as an adjunct professor of music technology at Viterbo and Saint Mary’s. Huus owns Sound Strations Audio Productions, which is a full-service digital media studio, featuring video and audio recording and postproduction. Sound Strations is based in Brownsville, Minn., with the main studio in La Crosse. www.soundstrations.com


Jessica Rigdon

Jessica Rigdon
is the properties shop supervisor at Viterbo. This is her second season with the Conservatory for the Performing Arts and she is very excited to continue working with students and faculty. She earned a BS in technical theatre from Northwest Missouri State University and an MFA in costume design from Southern Illinois University. This past summer she served as the costume shop manager at the Des Moines Metro Opera and will be returning to work with them again for the summer season in 2023.


Shea Grande

Shea Grande
is a sophomore music theatre major with double minors in dance and arts administration from Chattanooga, Tenn. She is proud to be a member of Platinum Edition show choir and a sophomore representative for Viterbo's Student Theatre Project. She was recently seen as a principal singer/dancer in the Kids From Wisconsin’s Big Bang Boom Tour! "All the love to Mom, Bill, and T!"


Chad Kolbe

Chad Kolbe
is an associate professor of theatre at Viterbo focusing on design and technology. He teaches courses such as stage craft, principles of design, theatre practicum, and stage lighting. He also serves as technical director, and on occasion lighting designer for the theatre and music theatre department. Before Viterbo, Kolbe taught for two years at The University of Northern Iowa, and before that served as head rigger at Des Moines Metro Opera and technical director at The Texas Shakespeare Festival. He enjoys time with family, cooking good food, and being outside exploring all that La Crosse and the surrounding areas have to offer.


Mariana Villanueva

Mariana Villanueva
is a junior music theatre major with minors in dance and arts administration from San Antonio. Some past Viterbo credits include soloist in the cabaret Why Love?, Myrhinne understudy in Lysistrata, and Helen in CARRIE: The Musical. Most recently, over the summer she played Camila in Summer Stock Austin’s production of In the Heights. She is also a member of the Platinum Edition show choir, on the board for the Student Theatre Project, and secretary of Viterbo film club. She would like to thank her friends and family for their endless support. Enjoy the show! @marianaadele1


Joie Steele

Joie Steele
is a sophomore music theatre major with minors in dance and arts administration from Tuscaloosa, Ala. Viterbo Credits: CARRIE: The Musical (Norma), Platinum Edition show choir. Back in Bama, she notably worked with Red Mountain Theatre as a member of their performing ensemble and also traveled the state as a choreographer. She is excited to take a step into the backstage world for this production. @joie.steele


Mary Trotter

Mary Trotter
is an actor, director, and intimacy choreographer. She joined Viterbo as an adjunct faculty this fall and has taught acting, directing, voice, and movement at Washington State University and the University of Central Missouri. Professional credits span the pacific northwest, Chicago, and New York City. In addition to receiving her BA from Bradley University and MFA from the University of Idaho, she has extensive training with Patsy Rodenburg and Theatrical Intimacy Education. Trotter is a certified NIA instructor and an active participant in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, she has served as the Irene Ryan Coordinator for Region VII for five years and Associate Coordinator with Region V for four years. Additionally, Trotter has produced and directed theatre outreach programs such as Las Memorias and The Performance Project, focused on defining and sharing individual stories of participants. She is a founding member of Connections Theatre Company.


Teddy Eck

Teddy Eck
is a professional actor, director, and administrator who has worked in a variety of mediums within the performance arts. He has a wide range of performance credits including work at various LORT and off-Broadway theatres, TV and feature film appearances, commercial and industrial work, and even the odd cruise ship gig. He has also served as director for a wide variety of performing arts shows and events including opera, musical theatre, classic and contemporary plays, and multimedia work. In addition, he has worked extensively on the administration/non-profit side of the performing arts including work as a grant writer, various marketing and development associate positions, and most recently VP of donor relations for the San Diego Repertory Theatre. He is currently working on the collaboration of social justice through the performing arts and a focus on immersive and new storytelling techniques. Education includes: BFA in musical theatre performance (integrated studies) AMDA/The New School University in NYC, and MFA in theatre directing, University of Memphis, Tenn. Additional accreditations and certificates include film production and screenwriting from The New School University. He is certified non-profit professional from National Leadership Alliance, actor combatant from Society of Fight Directors, and an AEA and SAG/AFTRA member.


Jason Underferth

Jason Underferth
has been a lighting designer in the Midwest region for more than 20 years. Most recently, he has spent the last 10 years as the production manager and lighting design lecturer at Saint Mary’s University in Winona, Minn., where he has designed more than 40 shows. Favorite designs include Man of La Mancha and Enchanted April, both at The Commonweal Theatre Company. He is excited to join Viterbo this year as the Conservatory for the Performing Arts’ production coordinator.


Ryan Dettbarn

Ryan Dettbarn
is a sophomore theatre major with a dance minor from Eau Claire. Her previous Viterbo credits involve performing in the Student Theatre Project’s production of Puffs in addition to Diamond Edition and Platinum Edition show choirs. She would like to thank her family for all of their support and is excited to see where the next year takes her! @ryan.dettbarn4

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