About the Creators

Joel Kopischke (playwright & lyricist)

Joel is ecstatic and grateful for the reception Dairy Heirs received last summer and is so happy to be back, he made a CD of the show to share with everyone (available at the merch booth!). Joel has been performing professionally for over 40 years, having fun on stage, TV, radio, and film. He has performed at TAP, Camp David, Door County Auditorium (as Sheriff Joe in Northern Sky’s Spitfire Grill), Skylight Music Theatre, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, First Stage Milwaukee, Milwaukee Opera Theatre, Melody Top, and Off-Broadway. He can be seen this fall in Tomfoolery at Third Avenue Playhouse. Joel has two humorous holiday CDs I Got Yule, Babe and Ground Control to Santa Claus, heard on XM Radio, DirecTV, and Doctor Demento. Love to Ro and Anne. www.joelvoice.com

Alissa Rhode (composer & orchestrator)

Alissa always enjoys playing in the woods. Past Northern Sky productions include Dairy Heirs, Naked Radio, Lumberjacks in Love, Victory Farm, Home for the Holidays, When Butter Churns to Gold, No Bones About It, Life on the Mississippi, Bone Dance, Cheeseheads, and Muskie Love. Other Wisconsin credits include Door Shakespeare, Third Avenue Playhouse, Milwaukee Opera Theatre, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, First Stage, Children’s Theater of Madison, and Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua. She is a proud member of ASCAP. As the composer of Dairy Heirs, she encourages you to take home the live soundtrack CD now available online!

Click here to read an interview with Alissa about the creation of the show!

Eva Nimmer (playwright)

Eva is so proud to see Dairy Heirs onstage again this summer, after an incredible experience adding it to the Northern Sky Theater canon of original musicals last year with her collaborators Joel Kopischke and Alissa Rhode. Eva spent six summers as a performer with Northern Sky, appearing in Dairy Heirs, Lumberjacks in Love, Victory Farm, Oklahoma in Wisconsin, Doctor! Doctor!, No Bones About It, Strings Attached, Packer Fans from Outer Space and Windjammers. Other Wisconsin theater credits include: Milwaukee Chamber Theater, Next Act Theater, Milwaukee Opera Theatre, Children’s Theatre of Madison, and Four Seasons Theatre. She is grateful to her family, friends, and colleagues for their support, as well as the amazing Northern Sky fans and patrons who make this such a special place!

Original Northern Sky Theatre Cast

Above, left to right: Chase Stoeger as TJ Blatschke, Molly Rhode* as Linda Gustafsson, Eva Nimmer as Elsie Fredericks, Doug Clemons as Gabe Frederiks, Lachrisa Grandberry as Rita Spicer, and Alex Campea as JT Blatschke. Northern Sky Theatre, 2018.

At right: Corrie Beula Kovacs performed the role of Elsie Fredericks for the 2019 season.

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

All photos on this website are from the Northern Sky Theatre's 2018 and 2019 productions.