The Creative Team
“I wired the money, plus I bought a package for the Manor Hotel at Celebrity Center in Hollywood! I was on my way! ”
– Cathy Schekelberg, Squeeze My Cans
Writer and Performer
OK, quick story: In 3rd grade, I wrote in my journal, “I want to be an actress who never gets a divorce.” Maybe I should’ve been more specific.
From my early days as a GoGo dancer at family parties to eventually working 1-900 #’s, I loved performing and I did it all – as long as it was legal. I sang at clubs, on cruise ships, (I was even a singing wench), and did lots of theater in Chicago. I did impersonations of Dolly Parton, Madonna, and Marilyn Monroe, all at the same time, and was Pepper the Clown on WGN’s Bozo Show! I didn’t want fame, I just wanted success and found it in voice-over work. I had campaigns that ran for years; Sears, Kohl’s, Applebees, SC Johnson, and feminine hygiene ads which paid out big time! And then I got lost for a while… a really long while…
So fast forward to my freedom and getting back to what I love, the STAGE. In recent years I’ve had the glorious good fortune to play Madame Thenardier in Les Miz, Violet/ Zuzu in It’s a Wonderful Life, and Sue Ellen in Honky Tonk Angels at Sierra Repertory Theatre in Sonora. I performed as Veronica in God of Carnage at American Stage in St. Pete, FL (right next to Clearwater where I spent many of those lost years). But, it was doing spoken word in LA and Chicago at such venues as Write Club, Spark off Rose, and Louder then a Mom where Squeeze My Cans was conceived. There are many wonderful people I need to thank, but this bio’s a tad long. You know who you are and please know that I love you!
Oh, and I had a baby, raised her myself, and never got married. So, I guess I underestimated the wisdom of my 3rd grade self.
Producer and Director
Brett Newton Design, Inc.
Publicity Creative & Media Graphic Design