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.

Godspell Rocked!

Godspell was a great success – five well-attended shows, with smiles and cheers all around. Our assistant director Pat Hitt received this very kind note:

Pat, I can’t tell you just how much I loved the show…It brings tears to me even as I remember it..And I could have stayed all night and if my schedule would have allowed, I would have come every time.
I felt like the apostles at the table..I just did not want to have to say goodbye and leave…It was so much more than a musical or drama…everyone really carried the story so well..and embodied the joy and loss, strength and weakness, sensitivity and fragility and the love and humanness of relationships…and Jesus, well he had the ability to draw us close to him much like I imagine the real Jesus did!
I haven’t even mentioned yet how great was the humor, the singing and the storytelling…and the band was really rockin’. What else is so great was that Godspell brought people together from all over, from all walks of life, musicians, teachers, children , students.. all together working to make something really memorable and beautiful. “We can build a Beautiful City.” You did build a beautiful city. Please pass my comments along. THANK YOU THANK YOU.
Maria Tyksinski

See what you missed! Make sure you don’t miss the next show!

Godspell

Mukwonago Village Players are proud to present the 2012 revised version of Godspell by Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebelak. One of the biggest off-Broadway and Broadway successes of all time, Godspell is based primarily on the Gospel According to St. Matthew. Featuring a sparkling, seminal score by Stephen Schwartz, Godspell boasts a string of recognizable songs, led by the international hit, “Day By Day.” The show opened 5/17/71 Off-Broadway and transferred to Broadway in 1976. It ran for 2,124 performance off-Broadway and 527 on Broadway.

As the cast of actor/clowns makes it way through “Prepare Ye The Way Of The Lord,” “Save The People,” “Learn Your Lessons Well,” “Bless the Lord,” “All For The Best,” “All Good Gifts,” “Turn Back, O Man” and “By My Side,” we, as audience members get to see the parables of Jesus Christ come humanly and hearteningly to life. The show also touchingly presents the story of Jesus’ last moments beginning with the Last Supper. The main story of Godspell is portrayed in the show’s subtext–in the way the players interact with their leader, coming together to create a loving community.

Location
St. James Catholic Parish
830 County Road NN East
Mukwonago, Wisconsin 53149

Times
Fri, May 9, 6:30 PM – Fish Dinner
Sat, May 10, 7:30 PM
Fri, May 16, 6:30 PM – Fish Dinner
Sat, May 17, 7:30 PM
Sun, May 18, 2:00 PM

Prices
For the Dinner Shows (Friday May 9 and Friday May 16)
Adults $30
Students (25 & under w/ school ID) $27
Seniors (60+) $27

Show Only
Adults $15
Students (25 &under w/ school ID) $12
Seniors (60+) $12

Tickets are available online


or at these locations:

St. James Parish Office (map)
830 County Road NN E
Mukwonago, WI 53149
Hours: Mon-Fri 8am – 4pm

Miller Pharmacy (map)
801 North Rochester Street
Mukwonago, WI 53149
(262) 363-4001
Hours: Sun 9am-1pm; Mon-Fri 8:30am-8pm; Sat 9am-4pm

Espresso Love Coffee (map)
105 North Rochester Street (HWY 83)
Mukwonago, WI 53149
(262) 363-2558
Hours: Mon-Thur 6am-6pm; Fri 6am-5pm; Sat 6:30am-4pm; Sun 7am-4pm

Shanahan’s Coffee House (map)
920 Greenwald Ct Mukwonago, WI 53149
(262) 363-3992
Hours: Mon-Fri 6am-5pm; Sat 7am-3pm; Sun 7am-2pm

 

 

Godspell Cast Announced

The Mukwonago Village Players are pleased to announce their cast for their 2014 spring production of GODSPELL. The cast includes Adam LaMarr (Muskego), Brad Pradarelli (Muskego), Kevin Koehne (Mukwonago), Trent Smith (Mukwonago), Thomas Sullivan (East Troy), Kendra Gabriel, (Burlington) Connie Gehl (Mukwonago), Jessica Mayer (Mukwonago), Nicole Morley (Muskego) and Heather Whitten (Burlington). The production is being directed by Marsha Grutzmacher.

For more details see Godspell.

39 Steps

Mukwonago Village Players are proud to present The 39 Steps – a comedy which is a Hitchcock spoof of the classic book and movie of the same name. The 39 Steps is a melodrama adapted from the 1915 novel by John Buchan and the 1935 film by Alfred Hitchcock.

The original concept and production of a four-actor version of the story was by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon. Patrick Barlow rewrote this adaptation in 2005. The play’s concept calls for the entirety of the 1935 adventure film The 39 Steps to be performed with a cast of only four or five. One actor plays the hero, Richard Hannay, an actress (or sometimes actor) plays the two – three women with whom he has romantic entanglements, and two other actors play every other character in the show: heroes, villains, men, women, children and even the occasional inanimate object. This often requires lightning fast quick-changes and occasionally for them to play multiple characters at once. Thus the film’s serious spy story is played mainly for laughs, and the script is full of allusions to (and puns on the titles of) other Alfred Hitchcock films, including Strangers on a Train, Rear Window, Psycho, Vertigo and North by Northwest.

Location
Ivan’s On The Square (map)
2087 Division St
East Troy, WI
Phone: (262) 642-7107

Performances
* Friday February 21, 7:30pm
* Saturday February 22, 7:30pm
* Friday February 28, 7:30pm
* Saturday March 1, 7:30pm
* Sunday March 2, 2:00pm

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. Purchase tickets at the door, by calling 262-470-4786 or in person at any of these fine local businesses

Miller Pharmacy (map)
801 North Rochester Street
Mukwonago, WI 53149
(262) 363-4001
Hours: Sun 9am-1pm; Mon-Fri 8:30am-8pm; Sat 9am-4pm

Espresso Love Coffee (map)
105 North Rochester Street (HWY 83)
Mukwonago, WI 53149
(262) 363-2558
Hours: Mon-Thur 6am-6pm; Fri 6am-5pm; Sat 6:30am-4pm; Sun 7am-4pm

Shanahan’s Coffee House (map)
920 Greenwald Ct Mukwonago, WI 53149
(262) 363-3992
Hours: Mon-Fri 6am-5pm; Sat 7am-3pm; Sun 7am-2pm

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