2014-2015 Season
including the WWTC season


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Our Novice Production of
Bel Kaufman's

"Up the Down Staircase" logo
          Directors- Laurel Demkovich & Maddie O'Dea                   Producers - Dr. Larry A Brechner  & Carol Lynn Brechner 
Assistant Director - Ethan Courtney                   Underscore Music - Rohah Chatterjee
                                                      

Thursday & Friday - Oct 9 & 10, 2014   7pm  - $5 all Tickets
 

 

The Munster Theatre Company of Munster High School is pleased to present its first production of the season, with Bel Kaufman's, Up the Down Staircase.  Based on her own experiences as a young,  inner city school teacher.

Produced by Larry  & Carol Lynn Brechner, this full-length, student directed production will feature Munster High School seniors, Laurel Demkovich and  Maddie O'Dea, and Ethan Courtney 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).

"Up the Down Staircase" cast

 

 

 

 

It is a bittersweet  drama about Sylvia Barrett (Alyssa DeJoan), an idealistic, first-year English language teacher at an inner-city high school, who hopes to nurture her students' interest in classic literature (especially Chaucer and writing).

 

 

 

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Sylvia quickly becomes discouraged during her first year of teaching, frustrated by layers of bureaucracy.

 

She is befriended by Beatrice Schachter (Alex Raycroft), another teacher, who is a little older and more experienced than Sylvia. Beatrice is energetic, enthusiastic also becoming Sylvia's mentor.

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Sylvia reaches out to encourage Joe Ferone (Alex Ramirez) a hostile, yet handsome young man with a high I.Q., who is failing almost every subject. He has a rough home life, so he does not trust or believe anyone - especially adults.

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 J. J. McCabe (Antoine VanDyke), the dean in charge of discipline,  is a complex person who comes across as strong and sometimes angry, though he actually cares quite a lot for his teachers and students.

He has little tolerance for the violation of rules and Joe often finds himself at odds with McCabe.

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Paul Barringer (David Green) is a young English teacher who is very much admired by the female students at the school especially Alice Blake (Mariah Villaroman) a romantic, sensitive student who develops a huge crush on Mr. Barringer.

 

Paul feels teaching is only temporary. He actually hopes to be a writer and will leave teaching as soon as he is "discovered" as an author.

 

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Sylvia exchanges letters with her best friend back home, Ellen (Taylor Merkel), who offers advice and support to her frustrated friend.

 

 

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Sylvia quickly becomes discouraged during her first year of teaching, frustrated by  (the name of the novel refers to an infraction for which one of her students is punished for going Up the Down Staircase), the indifference of her students, and the incompetence of many of her colleagues. She decides to leave the public school system to work in a smaller private setting.

 

She finds the bureaucracy to leave is almost as difficult as staying.

 

But will she change her mind?
Has she actually made a difference and indeed, touched the lives of her students?

 

"Up the Down Staircase" cast

 

Up the Down Staircase will run Thursday and Friday October 9 & 10 at 7pm in the Munster Auditorium.
Tickets are $5 at the door and are available at the Auditorium Box Office on performance nights
or by calling:
 (219) 838-2235 or by email
apkinser@munaud.org

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           Our Fall Musical presentation Pippin
The Secret Garden

Based of the Novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Produced and Directed by                                           Musical Direction by 
   Dr. Larry A Brechner & Carol Lynn Brechner                           William Woods                    
                                           
                          Student Director/Choreographer- Laurel Demkovich
Assistant Student Director/ Choreographer-Lane Terry                                  Assistant Student Director-Claire LeMonnier

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

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Orphaned in India after a cholera epidemic kills her parents, 11 year-old Mary Lennox (Chloe Jancosek) returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive, hunch-backed widower uncle Archibald Craven (Casey Terry).

 

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Archibald is still overcome by grief over the death of his wife Lily (Peyton Tinder), Rose’s sister and Mary’s aunt, who appears along with many of the people from Mary’s past as “dreamers” throughout the musical.

 

 

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The management of Archibald’s manor house is largely left to his brother, Dr. Neville Craven (Thomas Speranza), who has left his practice to care for Archibald and his bedridden 10-year old son.

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After Archibald meets Mary for the first time and along with Dr Craven, they both see a strong resemblance to Lily in Mary, especially when she asks for “a bit of earth” to plant her own garden.

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Chambermaid, Martha (Allison Hemingway) brings some cheer into the sour disposition of Mary, and encourages her to get outdoors.

 

Mary discovers Ben Weatherstaff (Rohan Chatterjee), the old gardener and Dickon (Drew Adams), Martha’s brother, who befriends Mary in his outdoor world. 

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While wandering the manor an night, Mary discovers the bedridden Colin (Ani Arzumanian), and after a testy first meeting, encourages him to join her in the outdoors.

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Mary discovers the estate's many wonders that include Lily’s neglected magic garden, locked since her death.

Mary finds the key and door to the garden and along with Dickon and Ben, the garden beckons them inside. They decide to secretly restore it to its former glory.

 

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Lily comes to Colin in a dream and encourages him to come to the garden in hopes of restoring him to health and Archibald to find peace.

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As Lily’s garden is restored, Colin likewise seems to be restored to health.

 

 

With its haunting melodies and the "Dreamers", spirits from Mary's past who guide her through her new life, dramatizing The Secret Garden's compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal.

"The Secret Garden" cast

 
 
 

The Secret Garden, will enchant audiences.  It run Thursday, November 20; Friday, November 21; Saturday, November 22 at 7pm, and Sunday, November 23 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 or in advance by calling: (219) 836-2235, by email at MunAud Box Office.

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 Play

Mystery Farce presentation
       Fred Carmichael's

TBA

Done To Death

Produced  by                                                    Directed by 
            Dr. Larry A Brechner & Carol Lynn Brechner                               
                                           
February 5-7, 2015 at 7pm
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Our Winter Play will run Thursday, Friday, and Saturday February 5, 6, and 7, 2015 at 7pm in the Munster Auditorium. All Tickets are $5 at the door and are available at the Auditorium Box Office on performance nights or by calling: (219) 838-2235 or visit our web site at www.munaud.org  

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

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Wilbur Wright Theatre Company
presents

TBA

February 19, 20, 21, 2015 at 7pm
 

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Our Spring Musical
Fiddler on the Roof
Fiddler on the Roof
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      Produced and Directed by                                     Musical Direction by
Dr. Larry A Brechner  & Carol Lynn Brechner                        William Woods             

Student Choreographer/Director - Laurel Demkovich       Asst Student Director - Maddie O'Dea

April 30, May 1-3, 2015 7pm 
(2pm on Sunday, May 3)

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Our Spring Musical will run Thursday, April 30;  Friday, May 1; Saturday, May 2 at 7pm, and Sunday, May 3 at 2pm in Munster Auditorium. Tickets are $7 (senior and student tickets are $5). Tickets are available at the Auditorium Box Office on performance nights or in advance by calling:  (219) 838-2235, by email at  
MunAud Box Office   (
apkinser@munaud.org)

 

April 30, May 1-2, 2015 at 7pm 
(2pm on Sunday, May 3)

Adult tickets are $7
(senior and student tickets $5)

 

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