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Audition Notice: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas

IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS tells the story of two showbiz buddies putting on a show in a picturesque Vermont inn, and finding their perfect mates in the bargain.  Full of dancing, romance, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written, including “Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep,” “Happy Holiday,” “Sisters,” “Blue Skies,” and the unforgettable title song, IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS promises to be a merry and bright experience for the entire family!

The New York Times claims “this cozy trip down memory lane should be put on your wish list.”  And, the New York Daily News hailed IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS as “a holiday card come to life.”

In a nutshell

WHO: The Village Players with Grace Notes Orchestra

WHAT: Auditions

WHEN: Mon. Sept.14th and Wed. Sept.16th, 6pm to 9pm

WHERE: Mukwonago High School Auditorium (Map)

All roles are open. A reading from the script will be required. Bring sheet music of your choice for your singing audition. An accompanist will be provided. Strong dancers and actors who are non-singers are also needed. Experience is helpful but not required. Auditions are open to adults, older teens, and girls ages 9 to 12.

CHARACTERS (Download):

  • Bob Wallace – late 20’s to mid 30’s, a superb singer with a crooning style who moves well. (Played by Bing Crosby in the movie)
  • Phil Davis – late 20’s to mid 30’s, strong jazz and tap-dancing needed – a song-and-dance comic performer. (Played by Danny Kaye in the movie)
  • Betty Haynes – mid to late 20’s, a female singer of quiet beauty and charm who must move well. (Played by Rosemary Clooney in the movie)
  • Judy Haynes – early 20’s, strong jazz and tap-dancing needed – a major song-and-dance performer. (Played by Vera Ellen in the movie)
  • General Henry Waverly – late 50’s to mid 60’s, with the exception of one line, a non-singing role.
  • Martha Watson – late 40’s to mid 60’s, a winning, appealing character-comedienne
  • Susan Waverly – 9 years old, she must have an excellent belt voice and be able to move well.
  • Ralph Sheldrake – mid to late 30’s
  • Rita – mid 20’s to early 30’s
  • Rhoda – mid 20’s to early 30’s
  • Ezekiel Foster – mid 40’s to late 50’s
  • Mike – mid 20’s to late 30’s
  • Tessie
  • Jimmy
  • Cigarette Girl
  • Snoring Man
  • Mrs. Snoring Man
  • Train Conductor
  • Dance Captain
  • Seamstress
  • Assistant Seamstress
  • Ed Sullivan Announcer
  • Regency Room Announcer – offstage voice
  • Sheldrake’s Secretary – offstage voice
  • ‘Jimmy’s Back Room’ Clubgoers
  • Train Passengers
  • Inn Guests / Patrons of the Regency Room
  • Chorus

For more information, please contact the White Christmas hotline at (262)470-3940, or email WhiteXmas2015@gmail.com.

Audition Notice: The Butler Did It

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The East Troy Lions Public Library, in collaboration with the Mukwonago Village Players, will be holding auditions for its second annual fall production, The Butler Did It, by Todd Wallinger. Auditions will be held at 7 pm on Tuesday, August 4, and Wednesday, August 5 at the East Troy Lions Public Library at 3094 Graydon Avenue in East Troy.

A cast of four adult males and five adult females is needed for this comedy murder mystery. No preparation is required for auditions. The performances will be held at Ivan’s Backstage in East Troy.

For additional information, contact the director, Mary Hubbard Nugent, at 262-470-8570.

In a nutshell

  • When: Tuesday, August 4 and Wednesday, August 5 at 7 pm
  • Where: East Troy Lions Public Library, 3094 Graydon Ave., East Troy, WI 53210
  • Roles: 4 adult males, 5 adult females
  • No preparation necessary
  • For additional information, please contact director, Mary Hubbard Nugent at 262-470-8570

About the play

What do you get when you have a very proper butler, a fiery Cockney maid, the World’s Greatest Mystery Author Edwina Corry, and a household of feisty dowagers, chatty priests, and jet-setting youngsters?

A darkly comic murder mystery, that’s what.

From the very start of Edwina’s investigation into the murder of an eavesdropping neighbor boy, the evidence is stacked against the very proper butler, Jenkins. Of course, when it’s discovered he’s in possession of the murder weapon, Jenkins is tied to a chair to await the police. The only problem? Jenkins didn’t do it! He has just half an hour to prove it — all the while still tied to the chair!

Directors Sought for Village Players’ Spring 2016 Production

logo-origThe Village Players of Mukwonago are looking for directors for the spring 2016 production in Mukwonago.   The production will be in collaboration with the St. James Ministry on April 22, 23, 29 and May 1.  Auditions will be the week of March 1. The production will be performed in a school gymnasium with a small stage, which has thrusts available for added space.  The plays should be family-friendly.  The Village Players will consider musicals, as well as comedies and dramas.

Interested directors should submit plays that they would prefer to direct by July 22, 2015 to Mary Nugent. In addition, directors are asked to attend a Village Players meeting on July 29, 2015.  Please contact Mary at 262-470-8570 for details of the submission process.

The Village Players produce other plays throughout the year. Anyone interested in directing other show are encouraged to contact Mary for additional information.

Cheaper by the Dozen

cheaperThe Mukwonago Village Players & St. James’ Theatrical Ministry are pleased to present Cheaper by the Dozen on April 17, 18, 24 and 25 at 7:30 pm and April 26 at 2:00 pm, at St. James Parish Center, HWY NN, Mukwonago.

Cheaper by the Dozen, adapted by Christopher Sergel from the book by Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey follows the hilarious highs – and lows – of family life when one of the great pioneers of industrial efficiency decides to apply his unorthodox methods to his very large and unique family. Hijinks and heartwarming family hilarity ensue when Dad’s methods encounter a hiccup, namely his teenaged daughter, Anne.

CAST

Mr. Gilbreth and Mrs. Gilbreth are played by Tim West and Laura Larson of East Troy and Mukwonago, respectively. Their eldest daughter Ann is played by Kadee Jankowsky of Mukwonago. Their other daughters, Ernestine, Martha, Lillian Eleanor and Jackie are played by Sarah Werth  (East Troy), Jamie Watkins (Mukwonago), Abby Williamson (Mukwonago), Grace Prochnow (Mukwonago) and Izzy Snyder (Waukesha). Their sons,  Frank, Jr., Bill and Dan are played by Thomas Sullivan (East Troy), Ryan Knudsen (East Troy) and Jackson Baumann (North Prairie). Mrs. Fitzgerald is played by Doris Gitzlaff (Eagle) and Miss Brill is played by Marsha Grutzmacher (Mukwonago). Dr. Burton is played by Carl Rosine (Mukwonago) and Larry is played by Vince Kornkven (Mukwonago), while Joe Scales is played by Brody Jones (Big Bend).

Tickets are available online at https://ticketriver.com/event/15242, and at St. James Parish Office and Miller Pharmacy.

For more information, please call (262) 470-4786 or visit the MVP Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/groups/69988439399/

 

Auditions for Spring Show!

**AUDITION NOTICE** The Mukwonago Village Players in collaboration with St. James Theater Ministry of Mukwonago will be holding auditions for their spring production of CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN. Auditions will be held on March 3 and 4 at 7 pm at St James Parish Center on HWY NN in Mukwonago. No preparation is needed. A cast of 3 adult women, 2 adult men and 11 youths (10 – 20) will be needed for the production.

Performances are April 17 & 18 and 24-26 at St. James Parish Center in Mukwonago.

For additional information, please call the director, Mary Nugent at 262-470-8570.

The Gifts of Christmas

The Mukwonago Village Players & Mukwonago High School Theater Department present “The Gifts of Christmas” on December 12, 13, 19 & 20 at 7:30 pm and December 21 at 2:00 pm at the Mukwonago High School.

The Gift of the Magi,” written by Jon Jory, tells the classic O. Henry story of a young couple who are short of money, but not love,  and are determined to buy each other a Christmas gift.  “Soapy Smith’s Christmas Wish,” written by Thomas Hischak, and based on O. Henry’s “The Cop and the Anthem,” finds down-on-his-luck Soapy attempting – by any means possible – to spend the holidays in the relative warmth of the local jail. Woven throughout is the touching story, “The Christmas Thing,” by Kevin Koehne, which follows a family through three generations of Christmas celebrations.

Tickets are available online at https://www.ticketriver.com/event/13097, and at Miller’s Pharmacy and Expresso Love. For more information, please call (262) 470-4786.

“The Gift of the Magi” and “Soapy Smith’s Christmas Wish” are produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc. (www.playscripts.com)

Mukwonago Village Players Cast Christmas Show

The Mukwonago Village Players are pleased to announce that rehearsals are in process for their annual Christmas show. This year’s  production is “The Gifts of Christmas” featuring two one act plays by O’Henry.

In Soapy Smith’s Christmas Wish,  Soapy Smith, a former Wall Street broker is broke and  forced to live on the streets.  In the story-within-a-story,  Soapy plans to get sent to prison in order to survive the cold winter months.  He sets out committing one small crime after another so he might earn a short prison sentence, but try as he might, he can’t get arrested.  What is the world coming to?! The cast includes Dan Williamson, Bill Hitt, Gail Boenning, Thomas Sullivan, Sheri Watkins, Jenna Watkins, Jessica Mayer, Steven Kornkven, Olivia Millard, Kendall Behl, Lilly Karrol, Anna Williamson, Lydia Williamson, and Kevin Koehne.  The production is being directed by Marsha Gruetzmacher.

The play will be presented at Mukwonago High School on December 12, 13, 19, and 20 at 7:30 and 2 pm on December 21.  Tickets are available on line as well as Miller’s Pharmacy and Expresso Love.

For additional information, contact the Village Players at 262-470-4786.

Auditions for Christmas Show!

**AUDITION NOTICE** On October 13 and 14, at 6:30, the Mukwonago Village players, in association with the Mukwonago High School Theater Department will be holding auditions for “The Gifts of Christmas.” This year’s Christmas show is a compilation of 2 one-act plays, “The Gift of the Magi” and “Soapy Smith’s Christmas Wish,” each based off an O. Henry short story An original play, written by MVP’s own Kevin Koehne, will tie the shows together. Auditions will be held at the Mukwonago High School and are open to those from 9 to 92. No preparation necessary. Questions? Please call (262) 470-4786.

Cast Announced for Autumn Comedy Murder Mystery

The East Troy Lions Public Library in collaboration with the Mukwonago Village Players is pleased to announce the cast for their production of Murder by the Book.  The cast includes Pat Hitt (Mukwonago), Kevin Koehne (Mukwonago), John Gregoles (Lake Geneva), Dan Hansen (Elkhorn), Sheri Watkins (Mukwonago), Becky Tidberg (Elkhorn), Connie Gehl (Mukwonago), Sondra Gesselle (Walworth) Christine Danovich (Delavan) and Mina Miller (Mukwonago). The production is being directed by Mary Hubbard Nugent of East Troy.  A group of authors meet on a deserted island to choose the best and worst written mysteries of the previous year.  Murder and mayhem follow as authors are systematically eliminated – sprinkled with plenty of humor and familiar quotes from the authors’ writing.   

          The production will be presented at Ivan’s Back Stage in East Troy.  Performances will be at 7:30 pm on September 27 and October 3 and 4. There will be 2 pm matinees on September 28 and October 5.  Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the East Troy Lions Public Library or Ivan’s on the Square. Seating is limited; advance purchases are recommended.   

Audition – MURDER BY THE BOOK by Craig Sodaro

So, do you like a good mystery?  Do you find yourself drawn to the classic writers such as Edgar Allen Poe, Agatha Christie, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Emily Dickinson and Louisa Mae Alcott? Then I have a show for you! MURDER BY THE BOOK by Craig Sodaro.

The plot is similar to Agatha Christie’s TEN LITTLE INDIANS.  A group of writers are gathered on an island, isolated from the rest of the world. One by one they are eliminated – each in a manner consistent with their writings. The script is full of literary quotes from their works. Of course, there is a twist at the end.  And it is a comedy!!!! The show is about 90 minutes in length.

This production is a collaboration of the East Troy Public Library and the Mukwonago Village Players.   The show is being directed by Mary Hubbard Nugent.

AUDITIONS
Auditions will be held August 5 and 6 at 7 pm at the East Troy Library. If you are interested, but cannot make those dates, please contact the director.

REHEARSALS

Rehearsal will not begin until the week of August 17.

Rehearsals will be at the East Troy Library and Ivan’s.

For the first few weeks, rehearsals will be twice a week (it is a 90 minute).

PERFORMANCES

Performances will be Back Stage at Ivan’s in East Troy.

Production dates are September 27 and 28, and October 3, 4, and 5.

If you have any questions, please call the director at 262-470-8570.

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