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Permanent Staff

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Samantha Hoppe (she/her/hers) has been working with KFAD since 2019, filling multiple roles throughout the year. She has choreographed, directed, and music directed for several shows including, Lion King Jr., Seussical: The Musical, and more. Outside of KFAD, Sam is a teacher at Edgerton High School specializing in Psychology, Sociology, and History. She received her degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Sam is also a trained dancer, having spent almost 20 years studying tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical/contemporary, hip-hop, African, modern, and pointe. She has performed in musicals around the state, in roles such as Sour Kangaroo in "Seussical: The Musical," Rusty in "Footloose," and many ensemble roles. In addition to performing, Sam has choreographed and directed several musicals for KFAD and high schools around the state. Serving as KFAD's Executive Director, Samantha hopes to help the organization grow by providing more opportunities for kids to learn how to use their voice on the stage of life!

Samantha Hoppe
Executive Direct
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Elaine has been sewing costumes for KFAD since the spring of 2000. She enjoys the challenges and costume research involved with each play. She also enjoys working with the kids and watching their performing skills develop over their years in KFAD. Her hobbies (besides sewing), include camping, kayaking, gardening, hiking, and traveling, along with lots of different types of crafting.

Elaine Hilmer

Seasonal & Production Staff

Lucy Parlapiano
Summer Camp & Library Workshops

Lucy (she/her/hers) has previously directed at various locations in Rockford, IL. Lucy assistant directed KFAD's production of Seussical and Lion King Jr. In addition, she has been involved with summer camp and outreach programs.

Brooklyn Westbury 
Summer Camp
Acting Instructor

Brooklyn Westbury (she/her/hers) is a current senior at Beloit Memorial High School. She has participated in 9 theatrical productions with The School District of Beloit since 5th grade, acting onstage and helping with behind the scenes work. Brooklyn helped with hair and makeup for KFAD’s production of The Lion King Jr. which led her to joining the production team for Beauty and the Beast Jr. She is also scheduled to be involved in Summer Camps.

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Robert Strader 
Summer Camp
Dance Instructor

Bio Coming Soon!

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Autumn Lloyd 
Summer Camp
Music Instructor

Bio Coming Soon!

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