Board Members

Meet our Board and Artistic Director. They’re the great group of people that keep the cogs turning in this machine. If you have any questions or would like to get in contact, please email any member of the board.

Blanche Rever
President
blanche.rever@speedingtheatre.org
blanche

I was bitten by the acting bug when I was in the 8th grade. I was in drama all thru high school and for 2 years was the President of our thespian class.  We won many competitions.  I am a past President and Treasurer of the Health Underwriters Association in Ventura California.  While living in California I was able to work as an “Extra” on some major TV shows.  It was a fun experience and I will always remember that time fondly.  It gave me a new respect for people in show business.

I have been involved with Speeding Theatre for the past 3 years, when my youngest granddaughter went to school full time and freed up my mornings. One of the best things I did for myself was to join Speeding Theatre. I have met some wonderful, talented people and have had so much fun interacting with them and doing outreach shows. Our workshops are always a fun non judgmental learning adventure. Doing the Fringe Festival 2 years ago was a challenging and exciting wonderful experience.

Marian Michaels
Vice President
marian.michaels@speedingtheatre.org
marion

I have been a proud member of SAG-AFTRA for many years. You can see me in my latest work in the web series, “Sistah Did What?”. You may also watch the web series on YouTube.I moved to Las Vegas in the summer of 2012 and am so happy that I have found a home with the Speeding Theatre-Over 55. I enjoy sharing my talent with the community through our outreach, plays, fundraisers and other programs we’re involved in. My hope for the future is that we continue to grow as a professional theater group that Seniors can be proud of and to reach a greater audience proving that senior theatre can be viable and exciting as well.

Louise Rauckhorst
Secretary
louise.rauckhorst@speedingtheatre.org
louise

After a lengthy career as a registered nurse and university educator, I have enjoyed getting back into the fun of performing that I enjoyed so much in high school. Soon after moving to the Las Vegas area in 2003, I had the privilege of participating in the UNLV Senior Adult Theatre Program, along with my husband, until the program was discontinued. We have both been happily involved with The Speeding Theatre—Over 55 (TST>55) since its inception in 2011. My vision for TST>55 is that it will:

  1. Continue to attract talented seniors (actors, singers, dancers, magicians—performers of all kinds—as well as individuals willing and able to handle all the technical and backstage aspects of mounting theatrical productions
  2. Become an ever more vibrant, creative force in community theatre in the Las Vegas Valley
  3. Above all, that we continue to have great fun sharing our talents whatever they may be.
Carmen Apelgren
Music Director
carmen.apelgren@speedingtheatre.org
blanche

A native of Gladstone Michigan, Carmen relocated first to the east coast where she resided until 1984. She moved to Los Angeles where she continued to perform and choreographed numerous staff shows a the Braille Institute in Los Angeles with her troupe of tap dancers. She moved to Las Vegas in 2014

Carmen is a graduate of Michigan State University with a BFA in Theatre. A mixed genre artist, she has been a professional singer, tap dancer, jazz dancer, choreographer, songwriter, playwright and actor. She has performed in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Princeton, Japan, and Haiti.

Carmen studied voice for 10 years with Dr. David Fairchild in New York City. She has been a cabaret singer for 40 years with her one-woman show. Her last show at the M-Bar in LA was mostly her own original songs about her life as a visually impaired woman in show business.

Carmen has been with the Speeding Theatere since March 2016 and has been the Musical Director since January 2017. “I love working with the Speeding Theatre over 55. We get to try some very creative things and we love to perform all over Las Vegas for wonderful senior audiences. Carmen says.”

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