Stitch, Bitch n’ Die, by Joseph Scrimshaw, an adult-themed comedy murder mystery, is being produced by Portage Area Community Theatre and directed by Bob Viking. This dinner theater production is being held at the banquet facility at Northwoods Inc., two miles south of Portage on Hwy 51S.

Stitch, Bitch n’ Die celebrates and pokes fun at the crafting arts and takes place at K.U.I (Knitting Under the Influence), a combination yarn store and wine bar. Lucy, the store owner, and her caustic knitting friends, find a fresh target for their bitching when a smug screen writer arrives to interview them about his new “knitting-inspired” murder mystery screen play. But life quickly imitates art when the lights go out and…

Come and celebrate the love this Valentine’s Day weekend with Merlot Melodies: A Love Story in Six Rounds, a free show at 205 Vino. The show dates are Friday, Feb. 13th and Feb 14th starting at 7 pm. Our cast will share their talent and their voices with you in this fun-filled, musical romp through some known and lesser-known songs taken from the Broadway’s stage. As Gomez Addams says, ‘Let’s not talk about anything but love!’

Cast is: Ann Feutz Ahles, Ashley Kaplewski, Nick Kaplewiski, Alec Parsons, Lyndsey Garske, Elisa Sternberg, Kelly Sternberg, Aaron Schaefer, Leslie Nevens, Joelle Wendlandt, John Ribar, Jayne Dalton, Sam Clemmons, and Justin Yonkie.

Directed, Produced, and Created by Ann Feutz Ahles and Ashley Kaplewski

Musical Director: Britton Rea

Donations to PACT are greatly appreciated.

PACT is set for another spring dinner show:

Stitch, Bitch N’ Die is an adult-themed murder mystery comedy set in the basement of a knitting store where a group meets every week to drink lots of wine, and “Stitch N’ bitch”. One night, however, someone is murdered. In comes the detective to sort it all out and along the way, wine drinking and deception follows. Please note that some adult language and situations are part of this show.

This fast paced adult dinner show will be presented at Northwoods Inc banquet facility in Portage. The 7 show dates are Thursday-Sunday April 23-26, and Friday-Sunday May 1-3. Tickets for the dinner and show are $25 and will be on sale soon. PACT’s two previous dinner shows, the comedy “Drinking Habits”, and murder-mystery “Alibi’s”, were sold out. For questions, contact Director Bob Viking at 608-742-3009.

Stitch, Bitch N’ Die is presented by authority of playwright author Joseph Scrimshaw, Los Angeles Cal.



Lucy – Joanne Finn (Baraboo)
Joy – Joy Ribar (Montello)
Rose – Doreen Viking (Portage)


Detective Rank – Greg Frank (Arlington)
Richard – Eric Weiss (Portage)
Daniel – Justin Yonkie (Portage)

Production Staff

Director – Bob Viking (Portage)
Producer – Bev Choutka (Portage)

Assistants to the Producer and Director:

Char Reckling
Jayne Dalton
John Ribar
Tim Prochnow

PACT’s new spring comedy murder mystery Dinner Theatre show is ready to go.

‘Stitch, Bitch, and Die” is an adult comedy murder mystery written by Joseph Scrimshaw. The show is about a ladies knitting group, 3 ladies, a gay man, a male reporter, a misdirected male detective, and a murder. Cast is for 3 adult women and 3 adult men. Some adult language is used. Knitting is not required but the actors will attempt to do it in a comedy style.

Auditions are Monday and Tuesday January 5th and 6th at the Portage Library, from 5:30-7:30. Come whenever you can during these time periods. Anyone wanting a partial script to review can call Director Bob Viking at 608-335-3009.

The 7 show dates will be Thursday-Sunday April 23-26, and Friday-Sunday May 1-3. The show will be held at Northwoods Banquet center in Portage, as is now becoming an annual tradition.

Portage Area Community Theatre (PACT) is pleased to announce the cast for its upcoming fall production of Oklahoma, perhaps the most famous of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musicals. It is set in the territory of Oklahoma in 1906 when it’s about to become a state of the Union. Some of the well-known songs are: “Oh What a Beautiful Morning”, “Oklahoma”, and “People Will Say We’re in Love”.

The director team consists of Stephen Murray of Sun Prairie, formerly of Chicago, Marion Hendrickson of Arlington, and Michelle Pare of Lodi. They have chosen the following people in lead roles: Mark Lefeber as Curly, Doreen Viking as Laurey, Leslie Nevens as Aunt Eller, Greg Frank as Jud, Sam Clemmons as Will, and Olivia Fuqua as Ado Annie. Others in the cast are: Eric Weiss, Elizabeth Ziehmke, Britton Rea, Brian Conners, John Ribar, John Lehman, Lisa Clemmons, Joann Finn, Loretta Smith, Jenna Schatzman, Heidi Boaz, Anna Davidson, and Joseph Clemmons.

The production of Oklahoma will be staged at the Portage Center for the Arts on November 13-16 and again November 20-23. Keep an eye our website for ticket information and other news about the show!

The following are members and positions for the PACT Board of Directors 2014-15

Title Name
President Sheril Lannoye
Vice President Ann Ahles
Secretary Greg Frank
Treasurer Eric Weiss
Membership Jayne Dalton
Web Manager John Ribar
Youth Representative    Sam Clemmons

Additional members of the Board At Large:
      Shelly Pare, Tim Procknow, Bob Viking

Unfortunately, some lowlife has decided to make the PACT website the target of multiple Malware attacks. This means that they somehow got onto the site, and changed our webpages so that they might cause you trouble.

Google noticed this first, and you may have seen the red warning screen they posted. While I appreciated this (as a protection for you), I was not prepared for the amount of work it would take to make things right.

We are completely rebuilding the website so there will no longer be a chance of these malicious attacks. It will take some time to bring everything back up to par, but it will be better and safer. In the meantime, come and see a show with us – the Box Office is open!

John Ribar, the PACT Web Geek