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Mukwonago Area Heart of the Arts

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

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

 

 

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