Between planning three events for next week-end and directing rehearsals for the organization’s first production of the season, the Eau Claire Children’s Theatre’s executive director hasn’t had a lot of time to reflect on what it means to “turn 30.” But that’s the anniversary ECCT is celebrating this season — with Wayne Marek at the helm since it started in 1988. “You don’t realize it has been 30 years,” he said.
As an Altoona High School English teacher, Kim Butnick doesn’t have a lot of time to pursue her community theater passion. But when she hears a Neil Simon play is being done, she does her very best to be there. “Neil Simon was able to capture the essence of humans, and that is what draws me toward him and his writing,” Butnick said.”Anytime someone said they were doing a Neil Simon show, I wanted to be in that show. I wanted to try and take what he wrote and put