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Help Needed

Dear Fine Arts Families and Local Theatre Supporters,

For years, the MHS costume shop has fallen into disarray due to changeover in directors and lack of a sustainable organizational system. Sadly, the costume shop evolved into a frustrating collection of cumbersome bins, overstuffed immovable racks, and a host of other impractical organizational schemes. To say the students who work on costume crew have been overwhelmed the last few years is an understatement.
When I took over drama last year, I resolved to remedy this problem, and thanks to the help of some our renovation construction workers, we have a chance to finally reinvent and reorganize the costume shop after decades to make it a user-friendly place that better serves our high school drama/musical events, our community theatre groups, and other school groups interested in performing staged events. To that end, we are looking for TEN adult volunteers and up to TEN students to spend a day with the Drama Department on Saturday, Sept. 22nd from 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM to tackle the biggest job of sorting the hugely jumbled collection of hats, shoes, dresses, coats, scarves, gloves, ties, etc. into categories. The job will be a dusty one, but when done, we’ll have gone through our entire inventory to finally get items where they belong in a tidier, cleaner system of organization.  
SIGNUP LINK #1 for the Sept. 22nd MHS Costume Shop Sorting Party: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0449ADA922A1FB6-mhscostume
                                       AND/OR
We’re also looking for the help of FOUR to SIX adults and up to FOUR students who are handy with power tools and construction for a different volunteer day, Saturday, October 6 from 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM. On this day, the goal is to build a large sturdy wall shelf (approx. 25′ long x 8′ high with 4-6 levels) for our many clear tupperware bins, and to construct 2-3 simple but functional fitting rooms for students to try on costumes. I would ask for the help of two volunteers who could visit with me at least a week in advance of this day to help design the wall shelf so I know what to buy from the lumber yard.
SIGNUP LINK #2 for the Oct. 6th MHS Costume Shop Construction Crew: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0449ADA922A1FB6-mhscostume1
This is a once-in-many-decades chance for us to give our school and community a costume shop that is the envy of other Division 1 school drama departments and empowers those who use it to bolster their productions. If you could see the look on our students’ faces already when they see the vision of the new costume shop starting to take shape, it’s really satisfying. I hope you will consider joining us if your schedule allows.  Lunch will be served on both days.
Thank you humbly for your support of our fine arts programs,
Julie Hanisch
MHS Drama Director and PAC Manager
262-363-6200
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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!

Godspell

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.

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

Times
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

Prices
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

 

 

Godspell Cast Announced

The Mukwonago Village Players are pleased to announce their cast for their 2014 spring production of GODSPELL. The cast includes Adam LaMarr (Muskego), Brad Pradarelli (Muskego), Kevin Koehne (Mukwonago), Trent Smith (Mukwonago), Thomas Sullivan (East Troy), Kendra Gabriel, (Burlington) Connie Gehl (Mukwonago), Jessica Mayer (Mukwonago), Nicole Morley (Muskego) and Heather Whitten (Burlington). The production is being directed by Marsha Grutzmacher.

For more details see Godspell.

Godspell Auditions

GodSpellThe Mukwonago Village Players, in concert with St James Theatrical Ministry and Grace Notes Orchestra will hold auditions for its upcoming production of “Godspell” on Monday, March 3rd and Tuesday March 4th. Anyone in their late teens and up are invited to come to audition at St. James Parish Center, located at 830 Hwy NN East, Mukwonago. Auditions will be held in room 11 from 6:30pm until 9.

“Godspell” is a fun, modern-day retelling of the New Testament parables from “The Gospel According to Matthew.” Director Marsha Grutzmacher is looking for an ensemble cast to help explain to the audience parables through song and dance, comedy and mime. “This show is a wonderful opportunity for a cast of actors to come together and create joyous, compelling and exciting theater.” “Godspell” features a sparkling rock gospel score, and is at times comedic and at times sentimental.

Auditions will consist of a 32-bar musical selection and one-minute comedic monolog. Please bring a printed piano accompaniment in the correct key or an accompaniment CD without vocals. A pianist will be available at auditions. No a cappella, please.

“Godspell” performances will on May 9, 10, 16, 17 and 18 at St. James Activity Center.

For more information call (262)470-4786.

It’s A Wonderful Life

Bailey Family Card

Mukwonago Village Players is proud to present “It’s a Wonderful Life” – the saga of George Bailey, the Everyman from the small town of Bedford Falls, whose dreams of escape and adventure have been quashed by family obligation and civic duty, whose guardian angel has to descend on Christmas Eve to save him from despair and to remind him, by showing him what the world would have been like had he never been born, that his has been, after all, a wonderful life.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for children and seniors. Tickets can be purchased online at TicketRiver. Or,  purchase tickets in person at the high school on the day of the show or any of these fine local businesses. (Note that online tickets are ‘closed’ starting on the Thursday before that weekend’s shows).

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

Location
Mukwonago High School (map)
605 West School Road
Mukwonago, Wisconsin 53149

Performances
Friday, December 6 –  7:30pm
Saturday, December 7 – 7:30pm
Friday, December 13 – 7:30pm
Saturday, December 14 – 7:30pm
Sunday, December 15 – 2:00pm

“It’s a Wonderful Life” Auditions

Mukwonago Village Players is proud to announce our Christmas show for 2013 is It’s a Wonderful Life – the saga of George Bailey, the Everyman from the small town of Bedford Falls, whose dreams of escape and adventure have been quashed by family obligation and civic duty, whose guardian angel has to descend on Christmas Eve to save him from despair and to remind him, by showing him what the world would have been like had he never been born, that his has been, after all, a wonderful life.

Auditions will be held Monday, October 14th and Tuesday, October 15th (both days at 6:30 PM) at Mukwonago High School, 605 West School Road, Mukwonago, WI 53149-1192 (approximately 1/2 mile west of STH 83 on CTH NN).

All roles are available. Casting is open and while experience is welcome, it is not required.

Rehearsals start October 21st.

The show will be presented December 6,7,13,14, and 15 at Mukwonago High School.

Pat Hitt is directing. For more information please contact Pat at HittPhotos@aol.com

“Nunsense: A Musical Comedy” by Dan Goggin

The Mukwonage Village Players are proud to present “Nunsense: A Musical Comedy” by Dan Goggin

Nunsense begins when the Little Sisters of Hoboken discover that their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, has accidentally poisoned 52 of the sisters, and they are in dire need of funds for the burials. The sisters decide that the best way to raise the money is to put on a variety show, so they take over the school auditorium, which is currently set up for the eighth grade production of “Grease.” Here we meet Reverend Mother Mary Regina, a former circus performer; Sister Mary Hubert, the Mistress of Novices; a streetwise nun from Brooklyn named Sister Robert Anne; Sister Mary Leo, a novice who is a wannabe ballerina; and the delightfully wacky Sister Mary Amnesia, the nun who lost her memory when a crucifix fell on her head. Featuring star turns,tap and ballet dancing, an audience quiz, and comic surprises, this show has become an international phenomenon. With more than 5000 productions worldwide, it has been translated into 21 languages.?

Please Note:

  • Includes some language and adult themes. Not recommended for children under age 12.
  • Tickets prices for the Friday, April 19th and 26th shows includes one Baked Fish dinner per ticket purchased.
  • The Saturday, April 20th and 27th shows includes one Lasagna dinner per ticket purchased.
  • Sunday, April 21st ticket price is for the show only.  No meal will be provided prior to the show’s start.

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

Times
Fri, Apr 19, 5:30 PM: Cocktails served from 5:30-6pm. Dinner served at 6pm with show to follow. Includes one Baked Fish dinner per ticket purchased
Sat, Apr 20, 5:30 PM: Cocktails served from 5:30-6pm. Dinner served at 6pm with show to follow. Includes one Lasagna dinner per ticket purchased
Sun, Apr 21, 2:00 PM (no meal)
Fri, Apr 26, 5:30 PM: Cocktails served from 5:30-6pm. Dinner served at 6pm with show to follow. Includes one Baked Fish dinner per ticket purchased.
Sat, Apr 27, 5:30 PM: Cocktails served from 5:30-6pm. Dinner served at 6pm with show to follow. Includes one Lasagna dinner per ticket purchased.

Prices
For the Dinner Shows
Adults $25
Students (25 &und w/ school ID) $22
Seniors (60+) $22

For the Sunday April 21 Show
Adults $15
Students (25 &und w/ school ID) $12
Seniors (60+) $12

Tickets can be purchased online at TicketRiver

Nunsense Auditions

Mukwonago Village Players are holding auditions for its next show Nunsense: A Musical Comedy, by Dan Goggin!

Audition Information:
Dates
Mon, January 21 at 7pm and Tues, January
22 at 7pm
Location
St. James Parish Center
Room 11
830 Cty Rd NN East
Mukwonago, WI 53149

PERFORMANCES: April 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28
REHEARSALS: Begin February 25th, Mon-Th 6:30-9:00. ALL scheduling conflicts need to be presented at the time of audition.

Casting Notes: 5 Nuns! (Female)

Prepare a song (approx 32 bars) to sing, and bring sheet music. Accompanist provided.

Contact Pat Hitt with any questions at HittPhotos@aol.com

NOTE: We are also looking for a choreographer and music director.

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