From youth roles at Corn Stock to high school and college productions, Nicki Haschke has been involved in the theater for most of her life. In 1992, she became officially employed at Peoria Players Theatre, where her days as business administrator are filled with long-term planning, grant-writing, play selection and box office duties. Though it’s “so hard to choose,” some of her favorite Peoria Players productions include Cats, Ragtime and Evita. But her love for music extends beyond the stage—outside of work she spends much of her free time attending concerts and listening to a wide variety of music. Her passion for theater stems from the belief that it can foster “a creative outlet in a safe environment,” where passionate people can come together to make great things happen.
1} What is your motto? Treat others the way you would like to be treated.
2} What’s your favorite aspect of central Illinois? All the many and varied activities this area has to offer: arts, shops, restaurants, concerts, sports. There is always something fun to do here.
3} What is your favorite childhood memory? Going to the Heart of Illinois Fair. My parents lived on the street behind Expo Gardens, so the fair was “in our backyard.” The HOI Fair will always have a special place in my heart.
4} What’s your favorite treat? Anything from Schlotzsky’s Deli. How I wish it would return to Peoria!
5} How about your favorite retreat? Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah. Anyone who is an animal lover needs to visit Best Friends.
6} What was your first car? Eighteen years ago, I bought my beloved Buick Reatta which I still have to this day and drive quite often.
7} What’s your favorite film? Rain Man.
8} What do you love most about being over 40? I will actually celebrate my 40th birthday this September, and I have learned to enjoy the simple things in life. Cherish your family and friends, and appreciate and be grateful for what you have.
9} What’s some of the best advice you’ve been given? Tough times never last, tough people do.
10} What’s next? Already planning for Peoria Players’ 100th season, which will happen in just six short years! a&s