'A MAGICAL CHRISTMAS' CAST

Al Schmitz

Al is so grateful to be back for her 16th show with PAE! She has a passion for working with children and is currently the Kids’ Club Team Lead at the Wisconsin Athletic Club. The Coldest Winter is her favorite number and she hopes you get swept away by all of the magic in the show tonight!

Andrew Hoepfner

This is Andrew’s second show with PAE. He is a junior at St. Mary’s Springs Academy in Fond du Lac. He enjoys baking and creating art in many different platforms. His favorite song in the show would definitely be Mr. Heatmiser. He wants to thank his family for being so supportive. Happy holidays and enjoy the show!

Ashley Hernandez

Ashley is excited to be returning for her 2nd PAE Christmas show! A lover of the arts, Ashley gets involved however she can.  She currently serves on PAE’s board in addition to performing, and has held roles such as performer, choreographer, stage manager, and volunteer coordinator with FDLCT. Ashley is grateful for the support of her family and friends and hopes everyone enjoys the show!

Brady Degroot

Brady hopes to warm your winter with his enthusiasm for his first winter PAE experience! After his first PAE summer show of Body Movin’ he jumped at the opportunity to work with the group again. He wants to thank his family, his boyfriend James, and his friend Hilary for all of their support! Enjoy a MAGICAL CHRISTMAS!

Emma Holzmann

Emma Holzmann is thrilled to be back for her fourth show with PAE! She is a junior at St. Mary's Springs High School. She would like to thank the incredible cast, crew, band, and her family of course for being extremely supportive throughout this amazing experience. She hopes you enjoy the show and feel “The Spirit of Christmas.”

Hilary Mayer

Hilary is grateful to be back for her 11th show with Pankratz Arts Exchange. She currently is the Program Director for the Shore Guppies, serves as Vice Chair for PAE’s Board and is an avid musician and painter. This January, Hilary will perform the role of Katherine in TYA’s production of Newsies. She wants to thank YOU for supporting your local arts and hopes you enjoy the show!

Jules Clementi

Jules is so ecstatic to be a part of this beautiful cast of talented beings. It has been a hot minute since Jules has graced the stage, and this is the first time she has performed here in Elkhart Lake with the Pankratz organization. She would like to thank her taxi service, Sami Inc. and her loving boyfriend Camron for his continuous support. Enjoy the show!

Samantha Grebe

This is Samantha’s second show with PAE and she is thrilled to back! PAE gives her the opportunity to be surrounded by a wonderful cast and directors that continue to inspire and teach her more about music and the arts. Samantha wants to thank her family and friends for always supporting her...and to everyone for coming out to see the show. Enjoy!! 

Sam Gretz

Sam is super pumped to be back for her second Christmas show with PAE! She currently works as a Special Education Aide at Lincoln High School & was last seen on stage in the production of Rocky Horror at UW Manitowoc. She hopes you have a happy holiday and that you enjoy the show!

Ava Schueller

Kiel, WI

Avery Fieber

Plymouth, WI

Bella Schrage

Kiel, WI

Brianna Schueller

Kiel, WI

Emilee Wirtz

Kiel, WI

Logan Winter

Kiel, WI

Michael Stephan

Plymouth, WI

Sophie Skrepenski

Kiel, WI

MEET THE CREATIVE TEAM

Nicole Solis

Nicole  Solis holds a BA in dance and a BS in nursing. She has artistic  directed and choreographed nearly 15 themed music revue shows since  founding PAE in 2011. She currently teaches Modern and Hip Hop at  Wempner's School of Dance and will soon take the stage as a cell block  tango dancer in GDCT's production of Chicago-The Musical this January.  She thanks all patrons and sponsors for your continued support! We  couldn't serve our mission without YOU. HAPPY HOLIDAYS! 

Jess Schrage

This is Jess’ second Christmas show as the kids’ director for PAE and is happy and grateful for this opportunity. Jess was choreographer for Kiel Area Youth Theatre the past three summers, and she also currently serves on the KAYT board. It has been a privilege to work with this great group of kiddos. All of them have had previous experience performing, having been in the most recent KAYT production, Willy Wonka Jr. Each of these kids has something special to bring to the stage, and their joy is apparent. The kids have also had so much fun rehearsing with the adult cast, who were excellent role models that helped to guide them along the way. Thank you PAE, parents, cast and crew, and patrons of the arts, and have a very Merry Christmas! 

Kevin Flood

This is Kevin’s second Christmas season as music director, and he can’t wait to share the show with you! Kevin recently music directed PAE’s Body Movin’ summer revue, as well as last year’s Christmas at the Movies: The Sequel, both here at VicVill. Thanks to friends and family for an endless supply of  love and support, kudos to the cast and band for making this season as  magical as can be, and a huge shoutout to Nicole for always pushing  artistic boundaries and having faith every step of the way. Enjoy the show!