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Audition Notice: Play On!

The St. James Theatrical Ministry & The Village Players will be holding auditions for their 2016 Spring Production of Play On!

PLAY ON! is the hilarious story of a theater group trying desperately to put on a play in spite of maddening interference from a haughty author who keeps revising the script. Act I is a rehearsal of the dreadful show, Act II is the near disastrous dress rehearsal, and the final act is the actual performance in which anything that can go wrong does. When the author decides to give a speech on the state of the modern theatre during the curtain calls, the audience is treated to a madcap climax to a thoroughly hilarious romp. Even the sound effects reap their share of laughter.

CHARACTERS
AGGIE MANVILLE – a stage manager and prompter.
GERALDINE “GERRY” DUNBAR – a community theatre director.
HENRY BENISH (“Lord Dudley”) – a Character Actor.
POLLY BENISH (“Lady Margaret”) – a Character Actress.
MARLA “SMITTY” SMITH (“Doris the maid”) – a supporting player.
SAUL WATSON (“Doctor Rex Forbes”) – a Villain.
BILLY CAREWE (“Stephen Sellers”) -a Juvenile.
VIOLET IMBRY (“Diana Lassiter”) – an Ingénue.
LOUISE PEARY – a sound-and-lighting-and-scenic technician.
PHYLLIS MONTAGUE – a novice playwright in the community.

In a nutshell
WHO: The Village Players & St. James Theatrical Ministry
WHAT: Auditions
WHEN: Tues. March 1st & Weds. March 2nd from 7pm to 9pm
WHERE: St. James Parish Center in Mukwonago.

All roles are open for actors age 18 and up. Readings will be from the script.
Performance Dates: April 22, 23, 29, 30 & May 1 at St. James Parish Center in Mukwonago.

For additional information, please call the director, Pam Beck-Danovich at 262-325-0540.

 

January Meeting & 2016 Elections

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IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS

The10472260_1097013466990277_3577707645266627832_o Village Players, Grace Notes Orchestra & MHS Drama proudly present: IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS

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, 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 WHITE CHRISTMAS as “a holiday card come to life.”

Performances are:
Friday, December 11th @ 7:30pm
Saturday, December 12th @ 7:30pm
Friday, December 18th @ 7:30pm
Saturday, December 19th @ 2:00pm & 7:30pm

Tickets are:
Adult = $17.00
Senior (60+) / Child (12 & Under) = $13.00

Tickets may be purchased in person at:
Espresso Love Coffee – Mukwonago, WI
Miller Pharmacy – Mukwonago, WI
Mukwonago Chamber of Commerce

or online:
https://ticketriver.com/event/17659

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

**IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS is presented through special arrangement with R & H Theatricals: www.rnh.com.

Welcome October with great theatre!

butlerThere are only two opportunities left to check out the darkly comic ‘whodunit,’ The Butler Did It! at Ivan’s Backstage in East Troy, WI on Friday, October 2 and Saturday October 3 at 7:30 PM. The reviews are in and it is a night you won’t soon forget – not only that, but proceeds go to benefit the East Troy Library. For more information, and to check out the pictures from last week’s show, visit Facebook.

Cast and Crew

Director: Mary Hubbard Nugent

Cast: Tim West, Becky Tidberg, Tanner Patton, Dan Hanson, Doris Gitzlaff, Pam Jones, Laura Larson, John Danovich and Sheri Watkins

Crew: Jamie & Jenna Watkins

About the Show

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!

Presented by the Friends of East Troy Lions Public Library and directed by the Village Players’ own Mary Hubbard Nugent, this murder mystery, steeped in wry British humor, will perform at Ivan’s Backstage in East Troy on Friday October 2, and Saturday, October 3 at 7:30 PM.

Save the Date with the Village Players

 

There’s a lot going on with the Village Players – a new newsletter (sign up here), a new look to the website, and most importantly, shows!

Auditions

white-christmas-logoIrving Berlin’s White Christmas, the Musical

September 14 and 16, 6-9 PM at the Mukwonago High School

Audition prep, cast descriptions and more.


 

Shows

The Butler Did It, by  Todd Wallinger

butlerWhat 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!

Presented by the Friends of East Troy Lions Public Library and directed by the Village Players’ own Mary Hubbard Nugent, this darkly comic murder mystery, set in the British countryside, will perform at Ivan’s Backstage in East Troy on Friday, September 25 (7PM), Saturday, September 26 (7PM), Sunday, September 27 (2PM), Friday October 2 (7PM), and Saturday, October 5 (7PM).


 

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, the Musical

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.”

Show Dates: December 11, 12, 18 & 19

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.

Performance Dates: December 11, 12, 18 and 19

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

butler

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.

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