Steve Wilson is our Board President and a founding member. TABS was founded at Steve’s dining room table. His first show was South Pacific and he acted as the musical director. Steve found his theater passion within music and vocal education of our cast. He is instrumental in the annual madrigals and operates in the orchestra pit during other shows. Steve is also the acting director of the metroeastcommunitychorale.org.
Robert and Maryann Hopwood are founding members of Take A Bow Showcase. They are instrumental in all aspects of every production that TABS produces. Maryann is our acting Artistic Director and Robert is the go to guy for everthing TABS needs. He is frequently seen holding power tools, at the sewing machine, paint splattered, wiring up our sound, and building our sets.
Chasity Cueto has been singing since she could talk. Her angelic voice is often heard at Mass as a cantor, at weddings and funerals, and singing the National Anthem for conventions and assemblies. She is available to sing at any special event you might have. Chasity is currently a stay at home mom. She loves to read, sing, play board games and RPGs, cook, and cuddle with her furry babies (a 110 pound Rottweiler and a 10 pound cat). Chasity also cherishes her time with her husband and three beautiful kids. Her two daughters adore participating in the Rising Stars, and her son and husband enjoy their places in the audience. She also utilizes her B.A. in English and Secondary Education and her M. Ed. in Guidance and Counseling in a variety of ways, helping out family and friends, and volunteering in both her church and school communities. Chasity relishes the opportunities to sing and act with others. She can always be seen performing in the spring Broadway review shows with TABS. She dabbles in many areas, helping out where needed most for each show, usually taking care of the supporting details. She looks forward to many more shows to come in the future!
Karen Riesenberger is a founding board member of Take A Bow Showcase. She has been a Belleville resident since 1983 when she married her best friend and true love, Robert. Family is a huge part of Karen’s life and loves spending time with her children, grandchildren and great granddaughter. Karen has been interested in music all her life and has been singing alto in the St. Mary Catholic Church choir for over 20 years. Her past productions include The Wedding Singer, Inspecting Carol, South Pacific, Legally Blonde, Christmas Madrigals and Broadway revues. In recent years, she has been seen managing volunteers, concessions and box office plus much more. Karen admits that theater has been extremely rewarding and filled with personal growth. She contributes her success to the love, support and encouragement of her amazing family and friends. Several of Karen’s family has also been seen on and off stage in support of Take A Bow Showcase. Most recently, Karen has been on hiatus due to the loss of her husband, Robert.
In Loving Memory, Bob Riesenberger was a native of Belleville and a founding board member of the Take A Bow Showcase. He has been involved in music since he started singing on his mother’s knee almost as soon as he could talk. He has been in chorus in grade school, concert choir at Belleville Township High School. He has been involved in music ministry with St. Mary Catholic Church for over 20 years. Past productions include The Wedding Singer, Inspecting Carol, South Pacific, Christmas Madrigals and Broadway revues. Bob is the proud parent of three wonderful children, grandfather of five and great grandfather of one granddaughter, Hannah, who he never got to meet. In his professional life, he was known as Dr. Bob or Dr. Riesenberger. He earned his Doctor of Chiropractic from Logan College in 1969. His office was located in south St. Louis where he practiced for over 40 years serving the community. Bob spent his entire life helping others until 2016 when he was stricken with stage four kidney cancer which took his life July 2016. He spent his life as a caretaker to all who knew him. He devoted his life to God, family friends and his patients. He will remain in our hearts forever.
Kevin J Bowman currently serves as the Director of Production and Artist Services for the St Louis Fringe Festival. Most recently he served as Production Manager for Max and Louie's production of "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill." His professional production credits involve work with UMSL, Upstream Theater, New Music Circle, and the many companies participating in STL Fringe. He has been involved with TABS since their second production including roles on stage as well as many production roles including directing the regional premiere of "Captain Louie" in 2013. http://www.kevinjbowman.com
Sara Gottman, Development Coordinator Sara holds a BM in vocal performance from Millikin University and an MM in vocal performance from Washington University, where she also served as adjunct faculty for a time. She has performed musically throughout the Midwest including appearances in Minneapolis, Chicago, St. Louis (including performing in the world premiere of Family Dynamics. The Funeral by local artists Allyson Ditchy and William Lenihan), and at the Southern Illinois Music Festival in Carbondale, Illinois. Equally a fan of straight plays, Ms. Gottman has been involved both onstage and off with a variety of programs from local community theater to likely her favorite project, 24-hour play festivals, including 24/6 presented by Immediacy Theater Project and current projects with Prime. Now lovingly known as "Bad Cop," Sara has been with TABS since she was invited in as a guest vocal coach for Legally Blonde, and she later began helping as co-music director and working to develop the Take a Bow Rising Stars.