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Audition Notice: The Wizard of Oz

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The Village Players of Mukwonago & St. James’ Catholic Church Theatrical Miinisty are proud to present THE WIZARD OF OZ.

Synopsis:

Dorothy Gale, a young girl living on a Kansas farm with her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry, dreams of escaping her mundane life (“Over The Rainbow“). The family’s mean neighbor, Miss Gulch, threatens to impound Dorothy’s cherished dog, Toto, so Dorothy and Toto run away. They meet up with kindly Professor Marvel, who subtly convinces Dorothy to return home. Suddenly a cyclone hits, and Dorothy and Toto, seeking shelter in the house, are transported to the Land of Oz.

In Oz, Dorothy is greeted by Glinda, the Good Witch of the North. Apparently, Dorothy’s house has landed upon – and fatally stricken – the Wicked Witch of the East. The Munchkins, now freed from the Wicked Witch of the East, celebrate and hail Dorothy as their new heroine (“Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead/Munchkin Musical Sequence”). The celebration is interrupted as the Wicked Witch of the West suddenly appears, seeking vengeance. Unable to reclaim her sister’s shoes, which are now on Dorothy’s feet, the Witch vows to return and quickly vanishes. Dorothy, seeking a way back home to Kansas, sets off to see the Wizard of Oz (“Follow the Yellow Brick Road”).

Along the way, Dorothy meets three new friends, each of whom lacks a crucial characteristic: The Scarecrow (“If I Only Had A Brain”) The Tinman (“If I Only Had A Heart”) and the Lion (“If I Only Had The Nerve”). Together, the four new companions make their way towards Oz (“We’re Off To See The Wizard”). The Witch attempts to sedate the travelers with a poisonous field of poppies, but Glinda reverses the spell with healing snowflakes (“Poppies/Optimistic Voices”).

The travelers, arriving at the Emerald City, are delayed by a stubborn Gatekeeper, but Dorothy’s tears convince him to relent and let them in (“Merry Old Land Of Oz”). As the group awaits its audience with the Wizard, the Lion boasts he is “King Of The Forest.” Finally, they meet the imposing and irritable Wizard, who demands the broomstick of the Wicked Witch of the West.

The four friends travel deep into the haunted forest. Suddenly, they encounter jitterbugs, who make them dance until they collapse from exhaustion (“Jitterbug”). The Wicked Witch’s flying monkeys swoop down, capturing Dorothy and Toto. At the castle, the Witch vows to take Dorothy’s life. Meanwhile, the Lion, Scarecrow, and Tinman infiltrate the castle disguised as Winkie guards. The foursome and Toto are reunited, but the Wicked Witch interferes, threatening the Scarecrow with fire. Dorothy, dousing the flames with a bucket of water, accidentally strikes the Witch, who smoulders and melts into nothing (“Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead – Reprise”). The four friends, triumphant, take the Witch’s broom back to the Wizard.

The Wizard remains imperious and imposing, but Toto pulls aside a curtain to reveal a meek and ordinary man speaking into a microphone. The Wizard, revealed to be a “humbug,” nonetheless grants each traveler’s request, giving the Scarecrow, the Tinman, and the Lion each a token of his newly-acquired ability. The Wizard offers to take Dorothy back to Kansas in his hot-air balloon, but the balloon accidentally takes off, and Dorothy is left alone and crestfallen. Glinda appears and explains that Dorothy has always had the power to return home. All she has to do is close her eyes, tap her heels together three times, and repeat to herself, “There’s no place like home.”

Back in Kansas, Dorothy awakens, confused, with a bump on her head. Reunited with all her loved ones, and relieved to learn the storm has left Miss Gulch incapacitated by a broken leg, Dorothy shares the tale of her miraculous journey, celebrating the joy and healing power of home.

AUDITION INFORMATION:

When: March 13th & 14th from 6:30pm to 7:30pm (Child Auditions) / 7:30pm to 9:00pm (Adult Auditions)

Where: Hillside Community Church, S93 W30580 County Road NN, Mukwonago, WI 53149

Please come prepared to sing 16 bars (measures). You may be asked to read from the script.

Additional spots may be added. If you’d prefer a private audition, please contact the director Pat Hitt at 262-470-4786.

Sign up for your audition time: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b48a5a72ea2f49-thewizard

Audition Form: 2017-wizard-of-oz-audition-form

PRODUCTION STAFF NEEDED!

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The Village Players are seeking a Vocal Director & Choreographer for our upcoming Spring production of The Wizard of Oz.  If interested, please contact the director Pat Hitt at 262-470-4786.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

13567505_1246569502034672_8008636634057772325_nIn this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids–probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem – and the fun – when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on!

This delightful comedy is adapted from the best-selling Young Adult book, and has become a holiday staple for groups across the United States! Features plenty of great roles for children and adults, a few favorite Christmas Carols, and a lot of laughs!

REVIEWS:

“An American classic.” – McCall’s Magazine

“One of the best Christmas stories ever – and certainly one of the funniest.” – The Seattle Times

Where: Mukwonago High School Center

When: Friday, December 9th; Saturday, December 10th; Friday, December 16th; Saturday, December 17th at 7:30pm & Sunday, December 18th at 2:00pm

Ticket Prices: Adults = $15 / Students & Seniors = $12

http://www.ticketriver.com/event/21655#/tickets/general/27906

Audition Notice: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!

13567505_1246569502034672_8008636634057772325_nIn this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids–probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem – and the fun – when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on!

This delightful comedy is adapted from the best-selling Young Adult book, and has become a holiday staple for groups across the United States! Features plenty of great roles for children and adults, a few favorite Christmas Carols, and a lot of laughs!

REVIEWS:

“An American classic.” – McCall’s Magazine

“One of the best Christmas stories ever – and certainly one of the funniest.” – The Seattle Times

The script calls for 4 males & 6 females along with 8 boys and 9 girls (ages 6 to 13). We are also planning on having the “baby angel” chorus, and possibly other shepherds, so there will be many children involved. Audition dates are Tuesday, October 11th and Thursday, October 13th.

For more information, please email mvp.bcpe2016@gmail.com or call our BCPE hotline at 262-470-4786.

Director Needed for Christmas 2016

Director Sought for Village Players’ Christmas 2016 Production

The Village Players are looking for a director for their Christmas 2016 production in Mukwonago.   The production will be in collaboration with the Mukwonago High School Drama Department on December 9, 10, 16, 17 & 18.  Auditions will be October 11 & 12 at Mukwonago High School. Interested directors should contact Marsha at 262-470-4786. Anyone interested in directing this or any other shows are encouraged to contact Marsha for additional information.

Play On!

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A collaboration with St. James Theatrical Ministry and The Village Players

This 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 Act III 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 of a thoroughly hilarious romp. Even the sound effects reap their share of laughter.

Directed by Pam Beck-Danovich

Cast: Kadee Jankowski, Pamela Jones, Thomas Jones, Kevin Koehne, Vince Kornkven, Bonnie Rohn, Gary Rohn, Kasara Sinkula, Deanna Strasse, & Sheri Watkins

Friday, April 22 & 29
Shows include Fried Fish Dinner
Doors Open – 6 pm
Dinner – 6:30 pm
Show – 7:30 pm

Tickets: $25 – Adults
$22 – Seniors & Students

Saturday, April 23 & 30
Doors Open – 7 pm
Show – 7:30 pm

Sunday, May 1
Doors Open – 1:30 pm
Show – 2 pm
Tickets: $15 – Adults
$12 – Seniors & Students

Performances will be held at
St. James Activity Center
830 County Road NN East, Mukwonago

Tickets available at:
St. James Parish Office, Miller Pharmacy,
Espresso Love Coffee & Shanahan’s Coffeehouse

Or Online at: Ticket River

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.

 

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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.

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