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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!

Play On logo

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.

 

January Meeting & 2016 Elections

Check out Facebook Event for more information!

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

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