The Christmas Schooner


This critically acclaimed holiday treat tells the true story of a Michigan shipping captain who braves the deadly winter weather to bring Christmas trees to homesick German American families in turn-of-the-century Chicago. His voyages become a yearly tradition despite his wife’s misgivings-until a fateful voyage makes her realize the true importance of his mission.

A timely and stirring tale of love and loss, the musical reminds us of tradition, family, and responsibility.



Karl Stossel, age 9 – Luke Gotwald

Gustav Stossel – William R. Kohler

Alma Stossel – Diane Sciarra

Peter Stossel – Wally Waldhart

Rudy/Man 1 – Rusty Melberg

Oskar/Man 2 – Tyler Maxon

Steve/ Man 3 – Kyle Schwanke

Hans/ Officer Wells/ Man 4 – Jim Wucherer

Karl Stossel, age 15/ Young Man  – Tadeo Maier

Enid/ Woman 1 – Katy Ries

Martha/ Kate/ Woman 2 – Lindsay Rick

Olive/ Rose/ Woman 3 – Kari Fabian

Mary Claire Daugherty, age 10/ Young Girl – Andi Roehl

Young Girl – Danica Hansen

Production Staff

Director: Joe Feustel

Musical Director/ Pianist: Sandra Kasten

Stage Manager: Stephanie Gibson

Managing Director: Dennis W. Gleason

Set Design: Joe Feustel

Drops Painted by: Bernard J. Markevitch

Costume Design: Don Nicklaus, Beverly Dulmes

Light Design: Pat Smith

Sound Design: Gary Kaiser

Make-Up: Christy Zimmermann

Properties: Jackie Blindauer

Master Painter: Melissa O’Connell