At 40, show goes on for Lakeland Players

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Todd Mishler | October 8, 2013

ELKHORN — Steve and Joan Hay's story is an example of life imitating art. And like the characters they played, not everything went as they would have scripted it.

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The current Delavan residents met during auditions for the 1983 production of “My Fair Lady,” where he played Henry Higgins and she the role of Eliza Doolittle.

“I liked her a lot right off the bat … I'm not sure she noticed me at first, but we played well off each other,” Steve said of that maiden stage voyage. “She was so pretty and had a great voice.”

“I didn't really see him at first,” Joan said with a chuckle. “But I had been involved in classes in high school and did some theater in Milwaukee. When I moved here, I had to do something. So I tried out for 'My Fair Lady,' and I got the part!”

They were married two years later and have been frequent show participants, ardent supporters of and big hits with Lakeland Players Ltd. ever since.

Walworth County theatergoers are glad, and they will help celebrate as the organization kicks off its 40th anniversary season later this month nears the 150-production plateau.

This season's schedule at the Sprague Theatre in downtown Elkhorn opens with “The Rocky Horror Show,” which the theater group did in 2008-'09, and includes “Sweet Charity” (1989-'90).

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