About – The Playsical Players: For Actors & Singers in Grades 3-5

Founded in 2014, the Playsical Players proudly provides theater classes for students of Waubesa Intermediate School in McFarland, Wisconsin. Classes are held after school in the multipurpose room.

We hold four sessions per year with at least 12 classes per session.

Each session culminates in a musical production with sets, props, and costumes, featuring the entire class in an ensemble cast.

Our mission

Our mission at Playsical is provide children with a safe, supportive environment in which their individuality is celebrated. Each Playsical Player learns about acting and performing on stage but more important is the special, one-on-one attention we give teach student.

We encourage children to “try” and if what they try to do doesn’t work out the way they hoped, we celebrate the attempt. Failure is NOT a concept we acknowledge.

Parents report children who become Playsical Players not only have a great time, but also they emerge from the program with more self-confidence and an enhanced sense of self. More important than adults being proud of them is the fact that they are proud of themselves.

Our founder

Playsical was founded in 2014 by Kristin (Stanke) Erickson, an award-winning entrepreneur who has performed on stage since the age of 6.

Kristin has been an actor, singer, host, moderator on television and radio. She’s performed with Madison Opera (25 years), American Jazz Express (8 years), and ErickSongs duo with Jim Erickson (1985 to present). She has also written lyrics, jingles for corporate entities and has written numerous children’s plays for the Playsical Players.


Addy Award for best vocal performance of the year for a Pizza Pit commercial – TV and radio (with Jim Erickson) 1999; one of five individuals/groups chosen to write and arrange a new national song which was used by the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile from 2000-2018; wrote and performed original lyrics and music for a TV and radio campaign for The University Bookstore, 2005.

Acting/Promotional Appearances

Co-host of the National Easter Seals Telethon on live TV 2002-2007; Fox-TV; guest co-host of the “Boo & Petie, Too” show on WTDY-AM 2004-2009; Athena Award Winner – runner up, 2004; MATC Distinguished Alumni – one of 12 individuals chosen to appear on a calendar promoting the college’s anniversary, 2006; March of Dimes Celebrity Ambassador for Meriter Hospital NICU Grand Reopening (with Suzy Favor Hamilton and Bo Ryan), 2006; National multi-page ad campaign for Lands’ End with Erickson Publishing (her company), 2003; Annual host of Madison Symphony Orchestra League silent auction and fashion show 2002-2006; Annual host and commentator of Madison Museum of Contemporary Art luncheon fashion show; host of numerous stages located at both the annual Kids’ Expo and the annual Women’s Expo (both which she created) and host and moderator of live performances with celebrities including Rosanne Cash, Deidre Hall, Jenny McCarthy, Ivana Trump and Debbie Reynolds, 1994-2008.


Kristin has also received numerous additional awards for work/philanthropic campaigns she completed, both personally and through Erickson Company, the publishing company she founded in 1992 and sold in 2009. She is now the president of WordsStock, LLC, a company which focuses on writing, editing, marketing and promoting for niche markets. She is also a literary agent who represents a select group of writers and is the co-author of the forthcoming book “143 Reasons Mister Rogers Still Matters.”