Chairman and Membership
Ed Slivken, a retired CPA, came to the Villages initially on a part-time basis in 2009 and became a full-time resident in 2011. He began his professional career in public accounting, where he was a partner in one of the largest regional CPA firms in the U.S. He left public accounting in 1980 and moved into the private sector where he served as controller, CFO, and/or VP Finance for several airlines, a large full-service truck leasing company, and a multi-location heavy truck dealership group. Although his performing experience had ended 50 years ago in high school, throughout his life he continued to enjoy the theater and all types of music. As a CPA he helped start-up and organize a successful dinner theater, still going strong forty years later. After becoming a full-time resident in The Villages, he rekindled his active interest in the performing arts. He has been, and continues to be, involved with a number of groups including The Villages Musical Theater, Inc., The Villages Theatre Company, The Villages Pop Chorus, Smash Productions, and others. Besides appearing on stage in several productions, he has hauled equipment, worked backstage, ran sound and lights, and served as Stage Manager.
Bruce was an attorney in his former life in the Cleveland, Ohio area before coming to The Villages to live.
He has been very involved in various musical organizations and productions here. He is an active performer with both "Music in Motion" and "Dance Fusion" dance groups.
He has produced several seasonal revues for the Fourth of July and
"Yule Sing" for the holiday season.
Bruce has appeared on the Savannah stage as Lazar Wolff in "Fiddler on the Roof" and also had roles in "Crazy for You", "Promises, Promises", "Thoroughly Modern Millie" and "South Pacific"
One of his most favorite activities is performing swing dancing at various venues with his favorite partner, his wife, Lynne.
Janet is a National Credit Manager from upstate New York. Her theatrical credentials are extensive at both the professional and charitable levels. Her performances include all 3 Village Squares, The Savannah Center and other Village Entertainment venues along with neighboring communities. Janet has also served as Vocal Director for 7 musical productions. She has had character roles in numerous Villages musical productions including Annie Get Your Gun, How To Succeed in Business, 42nd Street (Adelaide),White Christmas, Music Man, Crazy for You (Mother), Hairspray, Starry 2,3,4,5 and 8, “The Music of Disney”and numerous other book and non-book productions. In the last several years Janet has performed in shows such as “Sweeney Todd”, “My Fair Lady”, “Carousel”, “ Hooray Hollywood/Hello Broadway”, “The Producers” “The Honeymooners”, “Rhapsody in Rhythm: Gershwin & Porter”, “Grease” and “The Sound of Music”.
Board Member and
Bill Krone is the retired Principal of Williamsville North High School, a large suburban high school of approximately 1500 outside of Buffalo, New York. Bill takes pride that North was, and still is, well regarded not only for its strong academic and athletic programs, but as well for its outstanding music and musical theatre programs. As Principal, Bill was directly involved in the production of 13 musicals including West Side Story, 42nd Street, and Peter Pan, flying rig and all.
At Williamsville North, he began a program of dance instruction taught by a professional choreographer as part of physical education class to teach tap, jazz and ballet to interested students for preparation for performance in the school’s musicals. This unique and popular program still exists today.
Since coming to the Villages, Bill has appeared in nineteen Broadway book musicals, including eleven performances for the Villages Musical Theatre Company. Those included appearing as Charlie Davenport in “Annie Get Your Gun”, Billy Flynn in “Chicago”, Jigger Cragin in “Carousel”, Lank Hawkins in "Crazy For You", Franz Liebkind in "The Producers", Msr. D'Arque in "Beauty and the Beast", and will play Tevye in our upcoming production of "Fiddler on the Roof", his second time playing the role on stage here in The Villages.
Roles with other Villages performing companies have included Julian Marsh in “42nd Street” , Cliff in "Cabaret" Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof”, and Ed Norton in "The Honeymooners" He has performed with KC Productions, Smash Productions, Dance Fusion and Broadway Bound Players.
Bill served as membership chairman for four years and also maintains the VMT webpage
Bill and his wife Martie are the parents of four children, including triplets and an older daughter and have lived in the Villages since 2006. They have a summer home on Conesus Lake in upstate New York.