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Mukwonago Area Heart of the Arts

Seeking 2019 Spring Production Director

The Village Players of Mukwonago are looking for directors for the spring 2019 production in Mukwonago. The production will be in collaboration with the St. James Theatrical Ministry. 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 contact Marsha at 262-470-4786. Anyone interested in directing this or any other shows are encouraged to contact Marsha for additional information.

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You Can’t Take It With You

The Village Players of Mukwonago & St. James’ Catholic Church Theatrical Ministry are proud to present YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU.

Or Online at: Ticket River

PRODUCTION STAFF NEEDED!

The Village Players are seeking a Vocal Director & Choreographer for our upcoming Christmas 2018 production of SCROOGE the musical.  If interested, please contact the director Pat Hitt at 262-363-4049.

NUNCRACKERS

The Village Players of Mukwonago are proud to present NUNCRACKERS.

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 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.

Where: Mukwonago High School Center

When: Friday, December 8th; Saturday, December 9th; Friday, December 15th; Saturday, December 16th at 7:30pm & Sunday, December 17th at 2:00pm

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

Tickets available at:
Miller Pharmacy,
Espresso Love Coffee & Shanahan’s Coffeehouse

Or online at Ticket River

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.

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