Directors Sought for Village Players’ Spring 2016 Production


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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


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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.


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, and at St. James Parish Office and Miller Pharmacy.

For more information, please call (262) 470-4786 or visit the MVP Facebook page,


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, 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. (

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 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.


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 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!


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.

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

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

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




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