2015-2016 Season
including the WWTC season


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Our Novice Production of
the Don Zolidis comedy
THE ELECTION
          Directors- Elliott Fus & David Green                   Producers - Dr. Larry A Brechner  & Carol Lynn Brechner 
Assistant Director - Alex Raycroft                   Underscore Music -
                                                      

Thursday - Saturday - Sep 24-26, 2015   7pm  - $5 all Tickets
 

 

The Munster Theatre Company of Munster High School is pleased to present its first production of the season, with Don Zolidis comedy, The Election.

Produced by Larry  & Carol Lynn Brechner, this full-length, student directed production will feature Munster High School students Elliott Fus & David Green, and Alex Raycroft as Assistant Director.

 The Novice production features the talents of new freshman and sophomore actors (or juniors or seniors who have never been on stage before).

"The Election" cast

 

 

 

 

 

 

After Presley High School’s current student body president, is forced to step down due to improper conduct, Mark Davenport (Nick Heppner-Lundin) runs against Christy Martin (Kaitlyn McHale) for the acclaimed office.  Mark starts off the race far ahead of Christy Martin, an unattractive nerd who wants to get rid of all sports and force everyone in the school to become a vegetarian.

 

 

 

 

"Up the Down Staircase" cast

 

However, after mysterious donors give Christy a nearly unlimited budget, Mark has to make a deal with the shady Gary McMaster (Evan Dong) to be able to catch up with his nerdy opponent.

"The Election" cast

 

 

Also working with his slick campaign manager is Mark's friend Gary McMaster (Richard Caraher), who hires an even more attractive girlfriend, and finally learning how to give “good” speeches and win debates, Mark’s ratings start to rise again in the last week before the election. 

"The Election" cast

 

 

Kyli (Alexandra Shinkan) brings this high school election into a televised debate further creating more drama when Christy’s brutal campaign tactics and new stunning good-looks creates a whole new race.

 

 

"The Election" cast

 

 

 

 

With a supporting cast of over thirty, this comedy takes a not so serious look at the high school election process, and how fast things can change.

 

 

"The Election" cast

 

The Election will run Thursday through Saturday, September 24, 25, 26 at 7pm in the Munster Auditorium.
Tickets are $5 at the door and are available at the Auditorium Box Office on performance nights
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Our Fall Musical presentation
WORKING Pippin
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From the Book by 
Studs Terkel

 Adapted by
Stephen Schwartz & Nina Faso

Songs by
Susan Birkenhead, Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant,
Mary Rodgers, Stephen Schwartz, & James Taylor

Produced and Directed by                                           Musical Direction by 
   Dr. Larry A Brechner & Carol Lynn Brechner                           William Woods                    
Student Director- Camille Jancosek
  

November 19-22, 2015 at 7pm
(Nov 22  Sunday Matinee at 2pm)

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The Munster Theatre Company (the Performing Arts Department of Munster High School) is pleased to present the musical, WORKING.  


The Production and Directing Staff include:
Larry A Brechner
, Producer/Director;
William Woods
Music/Orchestra Director;
Carol Lynn Brechner
, Co-Director, Camille Jancosek, Student Director.

"WORKING" cast

 

Based on Studs Terkel’s best-selling book of the same name, featuring interviews with American workers, WORKING paints a vivid portrait of the men and women the world so often takes for granted: the laborer, the schoolteacher, the parking lot attendant, the waitress, the millworker, the mason, the trucker, the fireman, the housewife, just to name a few. WORKING is presented through a series of twenty-eight vignettes, presented both as songs and monologues that takes the audience of a unique journey through a typical workday.

"WORKING" cast

 

WORKING celebrates the hopes, dreams, joys and concerns of the average working American and the everyday lives of these “common” men and women. WORKING is a compelling and moving musical that will surprise and inspire anyone who has ever punched a time clock or worked for a living. It’s a highly original look at the American landscape that’s simply impossible to forge

 

"WORKING" cast

 
 

WORKING, will  run Thursday, November 19; Friday, November 20; Saturday, November 21 at 7pm, and Sunday, November 22 at 2pm in Munster Auditorium. Adult tickets are $7 (senior and student tickets $5).  Tickets are available at the Auditorium Box Office on performance nights.

November 20-23, 2014 7pm
(Nov 24  Sunday Matinee at 2pm)

Adult tickets are $7 (senior and student tickets $5)
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Our Winter Comedy

Too Fabulous to Fail

Produced  by                                                    Directed by 
Dr. Larry A Brechner & Carol Lynn Brechner        Camille Jancosek & Jamie McDowell
                                                                                                Assistant Director  Elliott Fus                     
                                           
February 4-6, 2016 at 7pm
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The Munster Theatre Company of Munster High School is pleased to present its winter production of the Don Zolodis comedy,
To Fabulous To Fail.

Produced by Larry A Brechner and Carol Lynn Brechner, this full-length, student-directed production will feature co-directors Camille Jancosek and Jamie McDowell.

 

"Too Fabuloous To Fail" cast

 

It's a tale as old as time: an aspiring actress from a small town in Iowa, Carly Jackson (Peyton Tinder) arrives in New York City to pursue her goal of performing on Broadway.

 

"Too Fabuloous To Fail" cast

 

 

 Arriving in The Big Apple, Carly find she is always spontaneously breaking out in song.

"Too Fabuloous To Fail" cast

 

 

Along the way, however, she somehow finds herself temping at a financial firm meeting her new best friend Anna (Ani Arzumanian).

Carly finds new friends there but also finds herself in a particular situation when she begins to fall for her boss, Spencer (Matt Nahnsen), and begins chasing after the man of her dreams.

Anna wishes that she would come back to reality and go for another temp. Anna is into Sam (James Han), another temp.

"Too Fabuloous To Fail" cast

 

The one person in Carly’s corner is the over paranoid temp Sam, but  does Sam have something to hide as well?

"Too Fabuloous To Fail" cast

 

While Carly tries more and more to have Spencer’s heart, but she gets deeper into trouble.

Doesn’t she know temps don’t date bosses?

 

With wild plot twists, peppered with her own music along the way, To Fabulous To Fail will bring a comic twist to the classic girl comes to New York story.

"Too Fabuloous To Fail" cast

 

 

Too Fabulous To Fail will run Thursday, Friday, and Saturday February 4, 5, and 6, 2016 at 7pm in the Munster Auditorium. All Tickets are $5 at the door and are available at the Auditorium Box Office on performance nights. Visit our web site at www.munaud.org  

Tickets are available at the Auditorium Box Office on performance nights.
(219) 838-2235 or by email:  MunAud Box Office

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Wilbur Wright Theatre Company
presents the Laurie Bryant Comedy

Ransom
Produced by Margaret Matanic               Directed by Chloe Jancosek
     Assistant Directors - Ally Shinkan & Kalie Miles

February 18, 19, 20, 2016 at 7pm
 

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Our Spring Musical
Rodgers & Hammerstein's
  CINDERELLA

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               Produced and Directed by                                         Musical Direction by
Dr. Larry A Brechner  & Carol Lynn Brechner                          William Woods   
          

Student Director- Ally Shinkan      Choreographer-Lane Terry    Assistant Student Director- David Green

May 5-6, 2016 7pm 
May 7 at 8:30pm
(2pm on Sunday, May 8)

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 The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn with the Rodgers & Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm and elegance. Cinderella was one of their last collaborations together prior to Oscar Hammerstein’s death, and their first written directly for the then new medium of television. They sought to humanize the tale by making the Godmother a real person who just happens to do magic, and have a more familial relationship between the King, Queen and Prince.

 

The Munster Theatre Company (part of Munster High School’s Performing Arts) is pleased to present the all-time favorite musical, Cinderella, a wonderful Rogers and Hammerstein musical based on the classic fairy tale love story. 
 

The Production and Directing Staff include:
Larry A Brechner
, Producer/Director;
William Woods
Music/Orchestra Director;
Carol Lynn Brechner
, Co-Director,
Ally Shinkan
, Student Director,
Lane Terry,
Choreographer.
 

 

 

MTC's "Cinderella" cast

 

The production’s over 60-member cast includes both Theatre Company veterans and newcomers. The story begins with the announcement by the palace Herald (Elliot Fus & Ricky Caraher) that a ball is being given for the Prince (Trey DeLuna), by the King (Jonathan Neeley) and Queen (Alex Bleza). Elsewhere in the kingdom, Cinderella (Anna Bilse) works like a virtual slave for her Stepmother (Alyssa DeJoan), and her two stepsisters Joy (Camille Jancosek) and Portia (Claire LeMonnier).  Excluded by her Stepmother and stepsisters from attending the ball, a surprise visit from her Godmother (Alex Raycroft), who is carried away by Cinderella’s wish to attend the ball, makes it happen.  Upon meeting the Cinderella, the Prince finally has found his love just as the clock strikes midnight.  After a hopeless search, the Prince finds his lost love, Cinderella, in a true fairy tale musical theater finale.

 

 

 

The story begins with the public announcement in song by the palace Herald that "The Prince is Giving a Ball."

Back at the palace, the Prince laments in song, "The Loneliness of the Evening" (originally written for South Pacific) about his own loneliness and isolation.

The Queen is planning the ball in hopes of finding a suitable companion for her son the Prince.

 

MTC's "Cinderella" cast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meanwhile, Cinderella is treated as a virtual slave by her Stepmother, and her stepsisters Portia and Joy.

MTC's "Cinderella" cast

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stepmother tells Joy and Portia that they are going to the ball, and if they don't marry the prince, they both will have to marry someone.

MTC's "Cinderella" cast

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back at the place, The King and Prince discuss that they are a little less thrilled about the ball being planned by the Queen , but agree not to let her know how they feel.

MTC's "Cinderella" cast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Queen pretends not to have overheard the King and Prince, and is touched that they both want to please her by going through with the ball.

 

The King and Queen remember their own simple love for each other in the touching song, "Boys and Girls."

MTC's "Cinderella" cast

 

 

 

 

With the Stepmother, Joy, and Portia departing to the ball, Cinderella imagines what it would be like at the ball.

 

Her Godmother stops by to check on Cinderella in the song "Fol-Del- Rol."

MTC's "Cinderella" cast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cinderella officially wishes to go the ball in the song "Impossible," and her Godmother is so overwhelmed by Cinderella's wish...

MTC's "Cinderella" cast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

...that she makes Cinderella's impossible wish, Possible!

MTC's "Cinderella" cast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cinderella arrives at the ball and immediately captures the Prince's attention.  They sing "Ten Minutes Ago" of how fast they were drawn together.

MTC's "Cinderella" cast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Having been passed over by the Prince for the new girl at the ball, Joy and Portia sing "The Stepsister's Lament."

MTC's "Cinderella" cast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leaving the ballroom for the privacy of the garden, the Prince professes his love for this girl, in the song, "Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful," and Cinderella likewise returns her love for the Prince.

MTC's "Cinderella" cast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just as the Prince asks his new love her name, the clock strikes midnight and Cinderella flees leaving behind a single glass slipper.

 

 

MTC's "Cinderella" cast

 

 

 

 

 

The next morning after the ball, Cinderella tells her stepsisters and Stepmother what she imagined what the Prince, the ball, and the whole evening was like.  They are transported by her magical description in the song, "A Lovely Night" until...

 

 

MTC's "Cinderella" cast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

...her Stepmother scolds her for such saying such rubbish - how could Cinderella possibly know!

 

 

 

 

MTC's "Cinderella" cast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meanwhile, the Queen tries to comfort her son the Prince in his quest to find the girl from the ball, and points out she may not ever be found in a reprise of the song, "Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful."

 

 

 

 

 

MTC's "Cinderella" cast

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the whole kingdom has been searched for the girl form the ball, the Prince comes across a maiden in the royal gardens, and in a chance moment tries on the slipper - and it fits finding his love, Cinderella.

 

 

 

 

 

MTC's "Cinderella" cast

 

The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn with the Rodgers & Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm and elegance. Cinderella was one of their last collaborations together prior to Oscar Hammerstein’s death, and their first written directly for the then new medium of television. They sought to humanize the tale by making the Godmother a real person who just happens to do magic, and have a more familial relationship between the King, Queen and Prince.

Originally presented live on CBS television on March 31, 1957 starring Julie Andrews, and featuring Howard Lindsey as the King, Kaye Ballard and Alice Ghostley as the stepsisters. The live broadcast was the most widely viewed program in the history of the medium at that time with over 107 million viewers.

With color television coming into common use, CBS remade Cinderella in 1965 starring a seventeen-year-old Lesley Ann Warren. The song “Loneliness of the Evening” (originally written but not used for South Pacific) was added for the Prince, played by General Hospital’s Stuart Damon (Dr. Alan Quartermaine). The all-star cast featured Ginger Rogers, Walter Pidgeon, Celeste Holm, Jo Ann Fleet, and Pat Carroll was no less successful in transporting a new generation to the miraculous kingdom of where dreams really do come true.

Disney/ABC commissioned a second remake in 1997 for television, starring Brandy as Cinderella, Whitney Houston as her Godmother, Bernadette Peters as the Stepmother, Victor Garber and Whoopi Goldberg as the King & Queen, Jason Alexander as the Herald, and Paolo Montalban as the Prince. This production also added songs for Peters and Houston, and reworked the 40-year-old script.  An updated version with a new adaptation of Hammerstein’s book by Douglas Carter Beane ran on Broadway for two years from 2013-2015.

 

CINDERELLA will run Thursday, May 5;  Friday, May 6; Saturday, May 7 at 8:30pm, and Sunday, May 8 at 2pm in Munster Auditorium.
All Tickets are $5). Tickets are available at the Auditorium Box Office on performance nights.  
(219) 838-2235, by email at  
 

 

May 5-6, 2016 7pm 
May 7 at 8:30pm
(2pm on Sunday, May 8)

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