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The show will run for approximately 90 minutes with a 15-minute intermission.

Any video and/or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited.

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From the President
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Dear Arts Patrons,

Welcome to this 2023–24 performing arts season production. The quality programming you are about to enjoy, and in which the university community takes so much pride, would be impossible without our friends, benefactors, and audience members. We are very pleased to have you join us.

This season is an expanded and eclectic mix of music, drama, music theatre, and stand-up comedy performed by outstanding artists ranging from nationally known acts to Viterbo students. The carefully crafted schedule reflects our dedication to upholding the legacy of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration and their goal of sharing the wonder of the arts with everyone in the region.

To all Viterbo arts patrons, benefactors, sponsors, volunteers, artists, and students, thank you very much for your continued support.

Enjoy the show!

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

Conservatory Note
Rick Walters headshot

Welcome to the Viterbo University Conservatory for the Performing Arts. We’re so glad you’ve joined in this shared experience of live theatre and music. There’s nothing else quite like it.

This season promises a tapestry of emotions, stories, and melodies, from the enchanting glamour of 42nd Street to the quirky brilliance of Bat Boy: The Musical, and the soul-stirring magic of Godspell.

We’re pleased to bring you new works from some of the most current voices in American theatre. In She Kills Monsters, Obie-award-winner Qui Nguyen offers up a genre-bending “Dungeons and Dragons” romp that can make you laugh even when you’re not supposed to. Tar Beach by Tammy Ryan drops us into 1977 on a New York City rooftop where an overstressed electrical grid leads to a city-wide blackout and the loss of innocence.

Feel the warmth of the holidays with the music of A Viterbo Christmas: The Holly and The Ivy, blending timeless carols and modern classics to launch the season. And in February, mark your calendars for the jazz-inspired romantic short opera, Later That Same Evening.

Thank you for joining us on this artistic journey as we explore new worlds, challenge perspectives, and create memories that last long after the final curtain.

Rick Walters
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Executive Artistic Director
Conservatory for the Performing Arts

Director's Note
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We are delighted to gather with you in the spirit of togetherness and musical celebration for another treasured Viterbo Christmas. This year, we mark the 800th anniversary of the creche, or nativity scene, a symbol that holds special significance for the Franciscan Sisters and the campus community. Let’s fill the hall with the sounds of nativity celebration and the warmth of community.

The music we have selected for this year's program strives to paint the picture of Christ’s nativity through sound. You will hear the angels’ proclamations in the Messiah, and a delicate manger lullaby in Benjamin Britten’s Balulalow. Today’s centerpiece hymn, The Holly And the Ivy, explores Christ’s birth through symbolism, where the holly serves as the traditional symbol of Jesus and the ivy represents His mother, the Virgin Mary. The orchestra’s opening rendition utilizes the traditional British tune, while the Stephen Paulus setting sets the words anew, with a rich tapestry of rhythmic and harmonic variety.

We are pleased to continue the now annual tradition of including Viterbo Choral Arts in the Viterbo Christmas celebration. Viterbo’s newest choral ensemble consists of both students and members of the community. And to complement having more singers, this year’s orchestra features an additional cohort of string players. The full force of this year’s Christmas choir and orchestra is sure to fill the hall!

We are so glad you have joined us for this special celebration of Christmas. The music, the nativity scene, and the company of friends and family will create a truly moving experience.

James Wilson

Song List

The Holly and the Ivy
Arr. Chip Davis, adapted by Robert Longfield


Go Tell It On the Mountain
Arr. Kurt Knecht
Amber Stemper, soloist (Saturday)
Tanner Groshek, soloist (Sunday)

Glow by Eric Whitacre

Three Nativity Carols by Stephen Paulus

The Holly and the Ivy

This Endris Night

Wonder Tidings


The First Nowell
Arr. Sir David Wilcocks

The First Noel
the Angels did say
Was to certain poor shepherds
in fields as they lay
In fields where they lay
keeping their sheep
On a cold winter's night
that was so deep
Noel Noel Noel Noel
Born is the King of Israel!

They looked up and saw a star
Shining in the East beyond them far
And to the earth it gave great light
And so it continued both day and night
Noel Noel Noel Noel
Born is the King of Israel!

Then let us all with one accord
Sing praises to our heavenly Lord
That hath made Heaven
and earth of nought
And with his blood
mankind hath bought
Noel Noel Noel Noel
Born is the King of Israel!

A Ceremony of Carols
by Benjamin Britten (excerpts)

Wolcum Yole!

Greta Schwandt, soloist

This Little Babe
Deo Gratias!


O Come All Ye Faithful
Arr. Sir David Willcocks

O come, all ye faithful,
Joyful and triumphant,
O Come ye, O come ye,
to Bethlehem.
Come and behold Him,
Born the King of angels;

O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

Sing, choirs of angels,
Sing in exultation;
Sing, all ye citizens
of heaven above!
Glory to God, In the highest;


Yea, Lord, we greet Thee,
Born this happy morning;
Jesus, to Thee be glory given;
Word of the Father,
Now in flesh appearing.



Masters In This Hall
Arr. Parker/Shaw

Laudate Dominum by W.A. Mozart
Emily Wicker, soloist

Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella arr. John Rutter


Christmas Overture
by S. Coleridge–Taylor


Messiah by G.F. Handel (selections)

Recitative–Thus Saith the Lord
Aria–But Who May Abide the Day of His Coming?
Lukas Nederloe, soloist (Saturday)
Dylan Woodman, soloist (Sunday)
Chorus–And He Shall Purify
Recitative–Behold, a virgin shall conceive
Air–O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings To Zion
Anika Philips, soloist


Luke 2: 8–16

Angels from the Realms of Glory,
Arr. Dan Forrest

Hark the Herald Angels Sing

by Felix Mendelssohn
Arr. Sir David Willcocks


Hark the Herald Angels Sing!
by Felix Mendelssohn
Arr. Sir David Wilcocks

Hark! the herald angels sing,
"Glory to the newborn King:
peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!"
Joyful, all ye nations, rise,
Join the triumph of the skies;
with th'angelic hosts proclaim,
"Christ is born in Bethlehem!"

Hark! the herald angels sing,
"Glory to the newborn King"

Christ, by highest heaven adored,
Christ, the everlasting Lord,
late in time behold him come,
offspring of the Virgin's womb:
veiled in flesh the Godhead see;
hail th'incarnate Deity,
pleased with us in flesh to dwell,
Jesus, our Immanuel.


Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings,
risen with healing in his wings.
Mild he lays his glory by,
born that we no more may die,
born to raise us from the earth,
born to give us second birth.



Silent Night
Arr. Peter Anglea

Hallelujah Chorus by G.F. Handel

Concert Choir

Conductor: James Wilson
Pianist: Judy Stafslien

Carley Clover
Sydney Ellis
Hailey Fernandez
Spencer Fletcher
Skye Hermsen
Gabriella Kuehn
Lauren Larson
Miranda Lee
Adrienne Moder
AJ Murphy
Sophia Niblock
Greta Schwandt
Amber Stemper
Kieran Sween
Lydia Tully
Ellyn Werner

Mackensy Benish
Madalaine Brown
Adeline Cramer
Grace Elton
Grace Jacobson
Rebekah Knudson
Kylie Krahn
Gwen Mahoney
Malia Meyer
Anika Philips
Alanna Sawall
Anastasia Sieren
Annie Voss
Emily Zeller

Xavier Carnicom
Tanner Groshek
Tom Hartl
Angel Hernandez
Kayden Kloehn
August Knaus
Jeremiah Robinson
Gabriel Rombalski
Josh Sobotta
Max Steiner

Noah Blackburn
David Dewey
Kael Larson
Levi Magnuson
Lukas Nederloe
Dylan Woodman
Lou Xiong

9th Street Singers

Conductor: James Wilson
Pianist: David Richardson

Sophia Niblock
Greta Schwandt
Kieran Sween
Lydia Tully
Ellyn Werner

Yassia Felts
Grace Jacobson
Anika Philips
Anastasia Sieren
Sydney Thornton

Tanner Groshek
Tom Hartl
Angel Hernandez
Kayden Kloehn
Jeremiah Robinson

David Dewey
Lukas Nederloe
Dylan Woodman
Lou Xiong

Viterbo Choral Arts

Conductor: James Wilson
Pianist: Mary Ellen Haupert

Abisola Clare Adelakun
Alli Austin
Arielle Baker
Alyssa Balboa
Linda Bechly
Ann Boland
Caitlin Caliri
Michelle Edge
Darlene Ehler
Margo Erickson
Amber Fannin
Kristine Starkey–Gasch
Nancy Heerans-Knudson
Taneea Henderson
Denise Keenan
Marilyn Lee
Linda Lieb
Gwendolyn Mahoney
Nancy Misch
Jackie Morris
Caitlin Osborn
Elaine Remus
Jean Saladino
Sue Strehl
Kerry Sullivan-Flock
Joan Waniger
Emily Wicker
Kiera Wylesky
Sanna Yoder

Anastasia Sieren
Barb Anderson-Smith
Rhiannon Baasch
Madeline Beuning
Susan Browning
Jennifer Burch
Isabelle Carr
Claire DeJong
Eowyn Earle
Megan Grinde
Sharon Hampson
Ann Hanson
Kazu Kitano
Lindsay Koza
Val Krage
Margy Krogman
Kathleen LeMere
Rosalind Laraway
Brittany Massengale-Houin
Bethany Mestelle
Sheila Momont
Esther Pearson
Lora Pechacek
Bethany Pertzsch
Katie Preusser
Jill Schams
Lizzy Sharon
Carol Smith
Nancy Zadow

David Caliri
Chris Dresen
Jim Gallagher
Dale Groshek
Clayton Hanson
Carol Hines
Mary Jaeger
Ralph Knudson
Eric Kraemer
Joe Kruse
Dennis Pedrick
Jeremiah Robinson
Pete Rydberg
Bradley Weber

Scott Bradford
Ron Chaney
Michael DeYoe
Dana Fischer
Gerard Glab
Stefen Gleissberg
Cameron Houin
Edward Noelke
Joe Thiesen
Ezra Wall
Rick Waniger
Kyle Wynos


Concert Master: Kristina Guillion

Violin I
Kristina Guillion
Michelle Elliott
Brad Lebakken
Marianne Buchanan

Violin II
Margit Speckeen
Linda Lebakken
Cassie Davis
Maddisen Larsen*

Busya Lugovier
Melissa Roby
Beth Becker

Derek Clark
Monika Sutherland
Randy Mastin

Troy Birdsong

Alyssa Gaines
Brianne Snitker

Mary Beth Hensel
Mariah Forster Olson

Mike Chesher
Dan Sheridan

Jeffrey Copp

Jeff Krauklis
John Cord

French Horn
Thomas Hunt
Damian Combs

Mark Lakmann
Mark Pomplun

Elinor Niemisto

Tammy Fisher

*Indicates Viterbo student


Ellyn Werner

Production Team

Production Manager:
Jason Underferth

Technical Director:
Madi Bollinger

Special Thanks

Jennifer Burch
Mary Ellen Haupert
Greta Schwandt
Viterbo Fine Arts Center staff

Gundersen Hotel and Suites
Lukasek Family Endowment Fund
Altra Financial Advisors
Viterbo Fine Arts Center
900 Viterbo Drive
La Crosse, WI 54601
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