Connection Theater Company of Wentzville
Wentzville Parks & Recreation's Connection Theater Company of Wentzville (CTCW) was founded on the idea of "connections." We are driven by the hope of connecting Wentzville's residents, young and old, actors new and experienced and all people to the special world of theater. Our company offers opportunities through classes, camps and productions for all ages that teach and develop the valuable skills of performing arts.
Abigail Ayers is a Recreation Coordinator of youth activities for Wentzville Parks and Recreation. She became involved with the Connection Theater Company of Wentzville (CTCW) when Kris, Alison and Cameron contacted the City of Wentzville about the importance of theater in our community. Since the beginning of CTCW, Abigail has enjoyed learning about the complex and wonderful world of theater. The same way she has built connections with new colleagues in performing arts, it is the hope of CTCW that we can foster such connections for our Wentzville residents as well. Excited for the journey ahead, Abigail and CTCW are eager to offer classes, camps and productions for our community and expand the influence of theater.
Kris Schmidt is excited to share her passion of performing arts to Wentzville and surrounding communities. Her love of performing started when she was a child. Focusing mainly on vocal performance through high school, she expanded her skills to the stage while attending Southeast Missouri State University. She was an active member of the theatre department and performed at Six Flags St. Louis during her college years. Kris took a hiatus from the stage to pursue a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree from Washington University and to start a family. She is a proud wife and mother to 3 amazing children and works as an Occupational Therapist in the Wentzville School District. For the past 10 years, she has been back in the wonderful world of theatre. Performing on stage and assisting on the technical side with various local theatre companies. She is thrilled to be a part of Connection Theatre Company of Wentzville (CTCW) and hopes to connect/bring together people living in and around our great city to experience the excitement of performing arts.
Alison Dueker is excited to be part of the CTCW family! She has performed in many local community theater productions as an actress and choreographer. Originally from the Kansas City area, her passion in theater is choreography and as a former cheerleader, dancer, dance teacher and Zumba instructor, she enjoys bringing different stories to life through dancing and gymnastics. She is a three-time Arts for Life Best Performance Award nominee and looks forward to bringing live theater to the Wentzville community. Alison holds a Bachelor of Business from Western Illinois University and resides in Wentzville with her loving and supportive husband and their amazing son.
Cameron Bopp is excited to be working with great people to create the amazing Connection Theater Company of Wentzville that offers opportunities for so many people in the area. Cameron‘s passion for musical theater started in elementary school and has not stopped since. He has been involved in numerous productions in the St. Louis Metro area not only as a performer but as a choreographer, set designer, lighting designer and director. Cameron cannot wait to see all the amazing things that Connection Theatre Company of Wentzville will be able to accomplish in the future.
Maria Romine is a professional actress, director, singer and fight choreographer. In the St. Charles area, you can find her performing in Swords and Roses Adventure Comedy show and at ComedySportz St. Louis. Maria teaches stage combat at Swords and Roses Academy for Stage Combat. As a member of the Crossroads Arts Council, Maria is also passionate about cultivating opportunities to grow the arts in our community for local artists. At Wentzville Parks and Recreation, you can find Maria teaching Wentzville residents about the basics of theater, improv and leading audition workshops.
Madison Sportsman is a 2011 graduate of Pattonville High School in Maryland Heights, Missouri. Maddie was actively involved in both her school where she sang under the direction of Melynda Lamb and at her church, where she played bass and was a vocalist for five years under the direction of Mark Gray. Maddie holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Missouri State University and is currently teaching elementary music in Wentzville. She performed all four years in the top choir at MSU, the Missouri State University Concert Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Guy Webb then Dr. Cameron LaBarr. She completed her vocal training at MSU with Dr. Laurine St Pierre and performed her Senior Recital in the Spring of 2015. In addition to her singing, Maddie plays the violin, piano, and guitar, performing actively around St. Louis. Maddie has been the music director for one theatrical production, has one musical theatre summer camp under her belt, and can't wait to be a part of even more with Connection Theatre Company of Wentzville!
Upcoming Shows, Productions, Camps & Programs
Teen Talent: Teens from around the Wentzville area preform at one of Wentzville Parks & Recreation's many events. To learn more about the events and download an application, please click here!
Youth Improv: The CTCW is proud to offer a class where participants will learn the basics of improv from CTCW's own Maria Romine. Skills learned in improv will help participants build their confidence, think on the spot, develop their teamwork skills and should be a foundation of every performer's background in the arts. Upon completion of the course, students will have the opportunity to perform their improv skills live. Click here to register!
Audition Prep Course: Rock your upcoming audition! Join CTCW's own Maria Romine as she lends her support and advice based on her 24 years of experience in the world of theater and television. Participants will learn how to be prepared for "cold reads," monologues, songs and the etiquette involved in auditioning. Click here to register!
Check back for more information regarding future productions!