Shawano County Arts Council

Box in the Woods
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Shawano Folk Music Festival

Church Basement Ladies

Coming to the Mielke Theatre
April 27-28 and May 4-5 at 7:00 pm

April 29 and May 6 at 2:00 pm

Come and see what the ladies from East Cornucopia Lutheran Church of the Prairie are cooking up!  Tickets on sale now at the Shawano Chamber of Commerce or B&H Footwear in Clintonville.  You can also order tickets online – click on Buy Tickets on the main page.  Or call 715-526-2525 to reserve yours today!

Set in 1964-68, the play takes place in the basement kitchen of the East Cornucopia Lutheran Church of the Prairie in Minnesota. The play takes a playful and sentimental look at the typical happenings in a Lutheran Church, as well as some of their Norwegian customs. Everyone can identify with these characters and the funny and touching issues they deal with.

Church Basement Ladies opened at the Plymouth Playhouse in Plymouth MN in 2005. It is based on the best-selling book “Growing Up Lutheran” by Janet Letnes Martin and Suzann Nelson.

Characters include:
Vivian- approx 60-70 and the matriarch of the kitchen. She runs the kitchen and her decisions are final, does not like change or the city.

Mavis- late 50s, a farmers wife and natural hard worker, a no-nonsense person, loved by all and knows the genealogy of everyone in town.

Karin- mid 40s, a fabulous cook, very stylish but yet conservative. Second in command in the kitchen.

Signe- 19-20 years old, Karin’s daughter. Spunky but respectful, just started college at the University of MN. Brings an air of the “newer” thinking coming about in 1964 while still holding to her conservative roots.

Pastor Gunderson- mid 40s and has just married a young woman from “the cities”. He comes from a family of pastors, and his favorite place in the church is the kitchen.


Auditions for Annie!

May 1st and 2nd – 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Annie! will be produced July 12th – 15th and 19th – 22nd.

If you’ve ever thought about auditioning for a musical but hesitated, this is the year to give it a try!  The Box in the Wood Theater Guild is putting on the much-anticipated Annie this summer! We will need many actors for a variety of roles in different age groups!  Char Stuewer is directing, and Jen Green is the Music Director.

Auditions will be held on May 1 & 2, from 6:30-8:30 at the Mielke Arts Center (N5649 Airport Road, Shawano.  You may drive up to the building.)  Call back auditions, if necessary, will be on Thursday, May 3.    

Girls who have the maturity level to follow directions well, learn choreography, and can be quiet and sit still, may audition as orphans.  (Approximate ages 8 – 18)   Besides the role of Annie, there will be 6 orphans with speaking parts, plus an ensemble of orphans to include in song and dance numbers.  If you are interested in auditioning for the role of Annie, we ask that you sing the song “Maybe” from Annie.  (See below for more audition requirements.)

We will also need a multitude of older teen and adult actors for great featured roles, as well as some fun ensemble parts.  We will be able to include some boys in ensemble roles as well.

Whether you’re a seasoned performer or you just love to sing and want to get your feet wet in theater, we would love to have you audition for Annie!

As mentioned above, those auditioning for the role of Annie will be asked to sing the song “Maybe” from Annie.  EVERYONE ELSE:  Please prepare an upbeat song selection (no longer than 2 minutes long) from a musical.  It may be from Annie, but it doesn’t need to be.

Besides performing their musical selection, everyone will be asked to do a reading from the script while in the audition.  Also, please wear comfortable clothes and shoes because you may be asked to perform in a dance routine

Additionally, we have a challenging set to create.  If you are handy and/or artistic we can use your help!


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