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Auditions: NUNCRACKERS

The Village Players of Mukwonago are proud to present NUNCRACKERS.

Synopsis:

The Nunsense Christmas Musical, NUNCRACKERS, takes place in real time in the basement of Mount Saint Helen’s Convent. It is the first TV Special being taped in the Cable Access TV Studio built by Reverend Mother with part of the prize money won earlier by Sister Mary Paul (aka Amnesia). A live camera with two television monitors is used to create an actual TV Studio feeling for the audience.

The cast consists of Reverend Mother Regina, Sister Mary Hubert, Sister Robert Anne, Sister Mary Paul (Amnesia) and Father Virgil Manly Trott (Sister Leo’s brother). In addition there are two young boys and two young girls (Mount Saint Helen’s students).

The show is the annual Christmas program put on at Mount Saint Helen’s. Opening with the rousing Christmas Time Is Nunsense Time, we are introduced to the cast and are given a brief update of what’s been happening in the past with everyone. We soon discover that we are to be treated to an original ballet based on the “Nutcracker” featuring Sister Mary Leo as the Sugar Plum Fairy. Unfortunately before Sister Leo makes her grand entrance she is hit in the shin by one of the children’s batons. What to do? The show will have to proceed without the ballet until Reverend Mother can figure out how to salvage it. Sr. Amnesia holds a “Secret Santa” drawing to fill the time while Sr. Leo is being taken care of. Amusing items are given to audience members whose seat numbers are drawn as everyone joins in singing We Wish You a Merry Christmas. The students present their version of I’m Santa’s Little Teapot, after which Sister Mary Annette makes a surprise appearance singing the Twelve Days Prior to Christmas.

As if there isn’t already enough to deal with, word comes that the gifts under the convent Christmas tree have been stolen. Reverend Mother goes to investigate, leaving Father Virgil to entertain the audience with a touching ballad he wrote for his sister (Sister Mary Leo) called The Christmas Box. He then introduces Sister Amnesia who sings her latest country hit, Santa Ain’t Comin’ to Our House. Reverend Mother tells tales of her years in the circus remembering one winter storm when they were trapped in a hotel with Sophie Tucker. This is followed by Reverend Mother’s song An Old Time Carnival Christmas. Meanwhile, the cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, who was supposed to appear, doesn’t show up and so Father Virgil is forced to impersonate her demonstrating some Christmas cooking including instructions on making a fruitcake…the gift that lasts a lifetime. However, there seems to be an abundance of rum in the recipe leaving Father Virgil quite soused. Reverend Mother thinks she has a solution to the ballet problem (not realizing that Father Virgil has come upon the same solution) and the ballet goes forward. It is then we realize both Father Virgil and Reverend Mother appear as Sugar Plum Fairies and the first act ends with the “dueling” Sugar Plum Fairies in a hilarious ballet spoof.

After visiting with the audience the cast takes their places as the “camera rolls” and Act Two begins with Three Hundred and Sixty-Four Days, a song about last minute shopping woes. This is followed by the “Living Nativity Scene” featuring the students and Sister Robert Anne singing a beautiful ballad, Jesus Was Born in Brooklyn as she recalls the time her father returned home on Christmas Eve. The popular carol, O Come All Ye Faithful is woven throughout the song. Behind the scenes the Sisters are trying to find out what happened to all the missing gifts. But on stage the program proceeds. Sister Mary Hubert and Reverend Mother sing a duet, In the Convent (It’s a Wonderful, Nun-derful Life). The Saint Andrews Sisters, of Hoboken present We Three Kings of Orient Are Us! This is followed by Mother Superior’s introduction of the “Catholic Home Shopping Service” in which she offers some very unusual items for Christmas. When Reverend Mother is summoned upstairs to talk to the police about the stolen presents, Sister Robert Anne sings her ‘big number’ All I Want for Christmas. There is a “sing-along” based on the titles of 25 popular Christmas carols that everyone knows. As the evening moves toward the finale we discover that the gifts in the convent weren’t stolen at all…Sister Mary Amnesia had given them to a poor family. Realizing how selfish they had been, Sister Hubert leads a hand-clapping, foot-stomping, gospel song entitled It’s Better to Give Than to Receive.

The show includes some traditional carols in the overture and as underscoring, plus some Christmas Carol spoofs including Here We Come-a-Waffle-ing and The Holly and the Ivory.

Of course, the show is filled with the traditional “Nunsense-sense of humor” and one-liners that have made the three previous NUNSENSE shows so popular.

AUDITION INFORMATION:

When: October 23rd & October 24th from 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Where: Hillside Community Church

Please come prepared to sing 32 bars (measures). You may be asked to read from the script.

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The Wizard of Oz

The Village Players of Mukwonago & St. James’ Catholic Church Theatrical Ministry 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.

Performances will be held at
St. James Activity Center
830 E. Veterans Way, Mukwonago

Friday, May 12 & 19
Shows include Fried Fish Dinner
Doors Open – 6 pm
Dinner – 6:30 pm
Show – 7:30 pm

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

Saturday, May 13 & 20
Doors Open – 7 pm
Show – 7:30 pm

Sunday, May 21
Doors Open – 1:30 pm
Show – 2 pm
Tickets: $15 – Adults
$12 – Seniors & Students

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

Or Online at: Ticket River

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

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

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.

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/

 

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)

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

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