Bravo (and Brava) to You! – Next Act Theatre

Bravo (and Brava) to You!

Bravo (and Brava) to You!

By Jane Flieller, Development Director

Bravo Emcee Doug Jarecki

Saturday, March 13, 2021 marked Next Act Theatre’s first virtual fundraising event: Bravo, Next Act 2021. While things went relatively smoothly (a bit of a false start until our connectivity improved made for a heart-stopping few minutes), we very much look forward to an in-person event next spring!

A big shout out and thank you to our wonderful emcee, Doug Jarecki; performers Bree Beelow, David Cecsarini, Marcee Doherty-Elst and Adam Qutaishat; Mohammad ElBsat and Rick Pendzich for the hilarious video, Mrs. Krinklerapper Goes To Next Act; technical support: Mike Van Dreser and Creativeland; the Next Act Theatre staff; our Board of Directors; and, my fantastic Bravo Committee: Terri Alioto, Libby Amato, Cathy Jakicic, Annie Jurczyk and A.J. Magoon. We are also very grateful to our Bravo Sponsors: CliftonLarsonAllen/Mike Burzynski, Lois Cecsarini, Annie Jurczyk Realtor, and Judy Keyes, who offered the $5,000 match for support of our new internship program. There are many moving parts to any event; virtual being no exception – so, many thanks to all who helped put it together and get it on the air!

But of course, there’d be no event if nobody came! So the biggest thank you goes to you: our patrons. From ordering meals from our Restaurant Partners (Amilinda, Bunzel’s and Firefly Tosa) and picking up cocktail pails from Next Act before the event, to navigating your way through registration, online auctions and entertainment, we have you to account for the event more than doubling its goal! So, give yourself a round of applause!!

From every auction item or wine pull purchased to donations toward our newly created Inclusion, Equality and Opportunity Internship Program, we did what we set out to do. We raised funds to produce four exciting productions next season, provide a performing home for other local companies such as Renaissance Theaterworks and offer tuition-free arts education programming for teens. Bravo and brava to all of you!

We hope you enjoyed Bravo, Next Act 2021, from the pre-event Happy Hour – a Q & A with Next Act favorites David Cecsarini, Michael Cotey Marti Gobel and Malkia Stampley – through the musical entertainment and Jarecki’s lively auctioneering, and finally, to the Last Call package. The list below recognizes those who generously donated goods and services to our auctions. It’s a particularly difficult time for many and we can’t thank everyone enough for their support. Be sure to check out these businesses and help them the way they helped us!

1st and Bowl
2894 On Main:
Home of Espresso Alley
Abbondanza Soap Co.
Libby Amato
American Players Theatre
Bader Philanthropies
Beans & Barley
Birch Creek
Music Performance Center
Faye Bonini of Luna Blue Tarot Talk
David Bonofiglio
Braise Restaurant
and Culinary School
Bronze Optical
Brook Park: For Designers Only
Bublr Bikes
Café Corazon
Cielito Lindo
Colectivo Coffee
Community Bark Bay View

Bree Beelow singing “What Baking Can Do” from WAITRESS

Creatively Yours
DeLind Fine Arts Appraisals, LLC
Discovery World Milwaukee
EAA Aviation Museum
Embodied Heart Healing Arts
Karen Estrada Massage Therapy
Executive Limousine Service
Michael Feker of Il Mito Restaurant
First Stage Children’s Theater
Chris & Jane Flieller
Florentine Opera
Forward Theater
Friends of Next Act Theatre
German Fest

Green Bay Packers
Gyro Palace
Hammered Fig
Harley Davidson
Historic Tours Milwaukee
InkLink Books
Italian Community Center

Marcee Doherty-Elst singing “Worst Pies in London” from SWEENEY TODD

Cathy Jakicic
The Jewelry Center
Jewish Museum Milwaukee
Annie Jurczyk
K. Korth Design
Kendra Scott Jewelry
Kenosha Public Museums
Dennis Kois Sr.
Lakefront Brewery
Las Fajitas
Mac’s PET DEPOT Barkery
A.J. Magoon
John Menzel
Milwaukee Admirals
Milwaukee Art Museum
Milwaukee Chamber Theatre
Milwaukee Food and City Tours
Milwaukee Irish Fest
presented by CelticMKE
Milwaukee Kayak Company
Milwaukee Opera Theatre
Milwaukee Public Museum
Milwaukee Repertory Theater
Milwaukee World Festival
MobCraft Brewery
Neroli Salon & Spa
Next Act Theatre
Northpoint Lighthouse

Outpost Natural Foods
Polish Center of WI/Polish Fest
Renaissance Theaterworks
Sean Rierdon
Riverfront Pizzeria Bar and Grill
SALA – Modern Sicilian Dining
Sauced: A Pizzeria
Screaming Tuna
South Shore Gallery and Framing
Chase Stoeger of Real Men Crochet
Stone Creek Coffee
Sweet Diner
Roberta Tessen
Theater Red
Jim Toth
Ultimate Confections
Usinger’s Famous Sausage
Voyageur Book Shop
Waukesha Civic Theatre
Wisconsin Athletic Club
Wisconsin Club
Wisconsin State Fair
Your Millennial Granny
(Caroline Norton)
Veronica Zahn & Matt Norby
ZaRoni’s Pizza

David Cecsarini singing Alan Sherman’s “Hungarian Goulash”