FORT ATKINSON, WI–A simple suggestion became complicated after a local woman agreed to a proposal of marriage. A priest agreed to officiate, a date was chosen, a venue selected, and a list of friends to invite was compiled. Immediate family and close friends greeted the happy news with great enthusiasm, followed instantly by a long list of vexing queries. The couple knew the when and where, but had given no thought to details and were unable to answer most of the questions posed. Dress, rings, music, incense, flowers, invitations, cake, caterer, menu, tables, candles, chairs, linens, drinks, tents, lights, rooms, band, website, registry and transportation were mysteries.
After focusing on a few details, like the cake, the couple solicited assistance from seasoned theater professional Aimee Hanyzewski to sort out the rest. An MFA graduate of Northwestern University, Aimee is a freelance scenic and lighting designer who is resident lighting designer at Edgewood College in Madison and previously had held the same position at Roosevelt University in Chicago. She has worked with the Milwaukee Repertory Theater in the Stackner Cabaret on The Devil’s Music, Liberace, Debbie and Doyle
, Ain’t Misbehavin’, From My Hometown, Fire on the Bayou, Grafton City Blues and others. She also designed the lighting for Venus in Fur and The Year of Magically Thinking in the Stiemke Studio. Further in the past, she had worked with In Tandem, Next Act, Forward, and Oak Park Festival Theatres. After moving to Fort Atkinson, Aimee initiated and organized chamber music at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, a series of quarterly chamber orchestra concerts which are open to the public free of charge. She is also active in Fort Atkinson’s multiple community theater companies. In short, Aimee is used to working with inexperienced actors, limited resources and tight deadlines.
With Aimee’s direction, the couple is confident that if they manage to show up to the church on time, their guests will be fine.