Saturday, November 12, 2016

Final Figures for 2016 ....2017 Preview!

           Thanks to the efforts of over 200 volunteers, loyal patrons, and sponsors, Heart-A-Rama 2016 raised $91,570.02. $82,413 was presented to Karla Lodholtz, Vice President of the American Heart Association-Wisconsin Affiliate. The remainder stays in Manitowoc County to support local heart health needs and  for education.

            Producers and directors have begun plans for Heart-A-Rama 2017 celebrating the organization’s 47th year of bringing fund-raising fun to the Lakeshore. Producers Bev Denor and Brad Zimmermann promise a variety show reflecting the year’s theme, “Jitters”.  Directors Bev Denor, Lisa Novachek, Ellen Peronto, Jim Pautz and Brad Zimmermann have assembled a collection of skits and musical numbers highlighting comical worries and phobias such as night terrors, fear of millennials, and anxiety over finding the perfect (pri)mate.  Heart-A-Rama 47 will be presented at the J.E. Hamilton Community House in Two Rivers on April 27,28, 29 and May 4, 5 and 6 2017. 

            General chairpersons, Tom Bartelme, Diane Hansen and Karen Schweitzer-Olson are happy to announce the following additions and changes to the organization’s planning team: Juliet Kosarzycki and Kelsi Kaminski, advertising; Katie Eichmann, choreographer; Barb Bundy-Jost, program design; Stephanie Carpenter, theme logo design; Charles Allger and James Gordon, production assistants.  Art students, under the advisorship of Assistant Art Professor Erin LaBonte, will handle all set painting needs.

Monday, October 3, 2016

2017...It's Happening!

HAR 2017 is well on it's way.  What, you thought Diane, Tom and Karen, our business team, along with the creative team of Bev and Brad have just been sitting around eating heart dogs and popcorn, and drinking beer?!  Wrong.  The five of us, along with James who happily wears his "Trainee" badge to all meetings, have been hard at work.

An amusing little comment was overheard at back of house during last year's show.  The silly speaker announced that all it takes to bring our event together are a few mentions of Mirro, a couple seagull jokes and a quick reference to Fleet Farm. Although we found the comment entertaining, we realized that many people don't know what happens behind the scenes from May -April.

So, from time to time, we'll update you on what's happening.

 Two weeks after one show closes, meetings begin for the next year and then everyone gets busy.

Here's what what we've been doing...

  • Post mortem on the 2016 show
  • Producers selected theme and designed the show
  • Directors met and determined who would write what sketches
  • In progress - script writing.  Scripts will be complete by the end of October.
  • Confirmed return of committee chairs
  • Vacant positions filled
  •         Pianist....Connie Dorner
  •         Choreographer...Katie Shaw Eichmann
  •         Advertising chair...Juliet Kasarzycki, co-chair TBD       
  •         Program design...Barb Bundy-Jost
  •         Toilet seat design...MaryAnn Knier
  •         Logo design...Stephanie Carpenter
  • Met with Erin LaBonte from SLC to discuss SLC students as set painters
  • Contacted and set meeting time with shirt logo designer
  • Set meeting with Karla, AHA rep to discuss financing for mic replacement
  • Costumes arranged in their new storage spot at LaDeDa Books & Beans
  • Completed financial records for 2016...totals announcement coming soon
  • Set production calendar for 2017
  • Updated chair contact list
  • And many more odds and ends......

So, raise your hand if you have time to spare and we can surely put you to work.  The coming months are going to be busy.

Oh, I almost forgot.  You probably want to know the theme, right? JITTERS. (Not the shirt logo...just a place holder until the logo has been designed.)  We'll be writing about things that make us nervous, paranoid, and uncomfortable.  There will be a skit about a phobia support group, and another about a young lady who fears she will never experience the boom boom wompa wompa at any time in her life.  We're also toying with something about the "older" generation fearing that millennials  will not be ready to run the world.

Remember, click  on the Cast/Crew tab at the blot top for a list of important dates.

Here's a little FYI for you:  this blog has 52 posts and 22858 views.  That's an average of 439 views per post.  People are clearly keeping an eye on what we're doing.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

What's Cookin' at Heart-A-Rama

As always, Fred, Sue and their crew of dedicated volunteers will be on hand at Heart-A-Rama ready to fill your tummies before the show.

Here's what they will be serving on all show nights - April 27, 28, 29 and May 4, 5 and 6... 

Hearty burger (brat patty and burger combo)
Ham and cheese sub
Turkey sub
Fatso sub (baloney, salami, cheese)
Turkey on whole wheat with mozzarella
Pulled pork sandwiches

For even  more can add coleslaw, "Pat"tato salad and a pickle 
to any sandwich!

And there's more...
We've got an endless supply of popcorn for you.....
Barkers selling heart dogs at intermission

...and if you're real good...
there could be some chocolate!

Please join us and laugh yourself silly for a good cause.

Doors open at 6:30
Toilet seat auction beings at 7:10-ish
Show starts at 7:30

Monday, April 11, 2016

Heart-A-Rama 2016...Get Your Tickets Now!

Oh oh, looks like Karla (Regional Vice-President of the American Heart Association-Wisconsin Affiliate) is in trouble!  Appendicitis? Belly ache?  Why the elfish grin, Tom (Tom Bartelme, HAR general co-chair)?  And of course, that is a Shirley Temple in Diane's glass (Diane Hansen, HAR general co-chair), right?  You decide.  

But peeps, I'm warning you, tickets for HAR 2016, From the Cutting Room Floor are going fast.  If you haven't gotten yours yet, this little preview might get you rushing out the door......

      In what world will you find  Ms. Sputnik, a tiara adorned stress therapist, displaced seagulls and disgruntled citizens joining forces to inspire, inform and entertain?  On the Lakeshore, that combination of colorfully obtuse characters can only mean one thing, Heart-A-Rama, the wacky annual fund-raising event pulsating with volunteer energy is surely imminent.

         From the Cutting Room Floor, hits the stage at the C.E. Hamilton Community House in Two Rivers on April 28, 29, 30 and May 5, 6, and 7. Heart-a-Rama (HAR) 2016 marks the 46th consecutive year of fund-raising  fun for the American Heart Association-Wisconsin Affiliate.  Beginning  as a two-night event born from the imaginations of a northside Manitowoc neighborhood group dedicated to community service and volunteerism,  the group’s current organizational  teams are keeping the beat steady and strong.   HAR 2015 raised over $91,000, 10% of which remained in Manitowoc County with the rest donated to the AHA-Wisconsin Affiliate.

            Hours of frenzied activity fill the weeks leading up to the show.  Casts learn song and dance routines, carpenters and artists wield their respective tools to create sets, props and the iconic “Best Seat in the House” toilet seat to be auctioned each night before the show opens.  Well over 200 volunteers step up each year to wait tables, hawk candy, shirts and paper, set and program lights and sound, gather and sew costumes and ready the myriad of components needed to create the high octane infused atmosphere greeting patrons on each of six show nights.  “We’re busy now,” commented co-producer/director, Brad Zimmermann, “but what people don’t realize is that within a month of closing HAR 2016, we will be back at work planning and writing next year’s show.”

            The show’s early formula of olio acts and old-fashioned melodramas complete with damsels in distress and mustachioed twirling villains has evolved into a classic variety show format.  “Recently, we have committed to including  an educational skit and a celebratory skit in each show.  We also like to experiment a bit each year, and surprise audiences with something a bit outside our norm.” explained co-producer/director, Bev Denor.  

     The wildly popular Heart-A-Rama News featuring ace reporter, Tom Brokeheart returns this year, along with another show staple, a game show parody.  Of course, local facts, fads and foibles will have their moments on stage as well. Lisa Novachek, director of “What’s Your Beef” a radio talk show parody, grew up listening to local radio, and has been kicking around the idea of a skit based on some of the listener call-in program for many years.  HAR audiences will have a chance to see and hear from some of my favorite "characters" that have become local legends to those who tune in each day," Lisa said.

Sponsors and guest contributors galore – Holy Family Memorial, Aurora, Inman’s Jewelers and the Monday Night Quilt Mafia – just to name a few – offer their support and special talents to the on-going success of this  Lakeshore charity/entertainment event.

As always, tickets are going fast but some are still available at the Manitowoc Piggly Wiggly and at Inman’s Jewelers in Two Rivers.   Doors open at 6:30.  Food is available for purchase before the show courtesy of Fred Schnell and his culinary crew. 

Keep up to date on the latest HAR announcement on this site and on the HAr Facebook page.

Friday, February 26, 2016

And Your 2016 HAR Cast is.........

No mistakes here folks....your HAR 2016 directors have selected the winningest cast ever for "From the Cutting Room Floor".

Here's who you'll see singing, dancing and being silly for a great cause.  HAR virgins indicated by *

Charles Allger
Tom Bartelme
Kelly Becker
Bob Brey
Greg Buckley
Lisa Burgarino
Jerri Burkart
Donald Davis*
James Gordon
Mark Gordon*
Mary Hamachek*
Paul Hacker
Madeline Ann Hansen
Philip Hoff
Emily Knier
Kate Kauboddy*
Joy Krejcarek
Kim Kuehnl
Laurie Magyar
Lisa Novachek
Gary Moore
Bobbie Novak*
Jim Pautz
Ellen Peronto
Joey Putman
Greg Rysticken*
Ellan Schmieder
Fred Schnell
Nancy Siebert
Jen Taubenheim
Joe Wiesner
Ann Wolf
Greg Wolf
Terry York
Brad Zimmermann

Congratulations and THANK YOU to everyone who auditioned. 
  Heartfelt  HUGS to those who work their magic behind the scenes.

Monday, February 15, 2016

The Line-Up

HAR 2016
From the Cutting Room Floor

Act I

Opening....Another Op’n Another show

You gotta Have Heart

Come On and Heal with Me

Toots ‘n Advertising 

Right Bus to the Wrong Place

What’s Your Beef?

Miss Sputnik, Bernie and the Beer


Act II

 Musical Opening number

Beat that Stress

HAR news

50/50 raffle

Wheel of Fortune

 Piece of My Heart

Heart of My Heart

Monday, February 1, 2016

2016 audition date change

Due to the predicted snowstorm, Heart-A-Rama auditions scheduled for Tuesday, February 2 have been rescheduled for 7:00, Monday, February 8th at the Capitol Civic Centre.  Those unable to attend the audition can contact Bev Denor by Friday, February 5 at or call her at LaDeDa Books & Beans (682.7040) during regular business hours to schedule an alternative audition time. 

Friday, January 15, 2016

Audition Time!

Oh boy...time to pack your gig bag and make-up kit and join the HAR circus.  Make your family, friends and neighbors green with envy when you tell them you get to play a depressed seagull, a crazed Alice in wonderland, a middle age virgin, or a furry critter of some ilk.

That's right, auditions are coming up.  Here's the scoop:

Auditions for Heart-A-Rama 2016

1:00 Sunday, January 31

6:30 Tuesday, February 2 

in the Mertens Family Lobby/ Kadow Movie Museum at the Capitol Civic Centre.  Anyone 21 or older is welcome to audition. Those auditioning will be asked to read from a provided script and sing a song a capella.  Auditionees are asked to bring a list of scheduling conflicts for March and April.  Those cast must be available for all scheduled rehearsals, dress rehearsals on April 24 and 25, and all performance.

Heart-A-Rama 2016, “From the Cutting Room Floor”, will take place at the J.E.Hamilton House in Two Rivers April 28-30 and May 5-7.  Directors Bev Denor, Brad Zimmerman, Lisa Novachek, Ellen Peronto and Jim Pautz have cleaned their “creative attics” and written skits using ideas they have been stockpiling for several years. UW-Manitowoc music major, Sam Oswald, is the new pianist.  Oswald has appeared in high school productions, and has provided music for mystery dinner theatre events sponsored by the Office of Continuing Education at UW-Manitowoc.

 Heart-A-Rama 2015 raised over $91,000, bringing the organization’s total fund-raising efforts to over 2.5 million.

All the latest Heart-A-Rama news and information can be found at and on Facebook