Mamma Mia! will be the season opener for 2020-21. It has already been recommended by the committee and approved by the board. When the attempt to obtain the rights for the current season failed due to the intended dates already having been taken by Old Creamery, the committee and board chose the “early bird gets the worm” path and secured the licensing a year in advance for next season.
The musical comedy employs ABBA hits in telling the tale of a young woman’s search for her father as her wedding approaches. It has been immensely popular at all theater levels and also as a movie. Production is by special arrangement with Music Theatre International. Music and lyrics are by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus with book by Catherine Johnson.
Matt Poling will direct with the assistance of Kent Lewis. Scott Teater will be music director and Bobbi Huebner, choreographer.
The musical is scheduled for three weekends: September 25-28, October 2-4, and October 8-11.
Funds are being raised for flat roof and gutter replacement at the Players Workshop. Cost of the project will be $20,000 with the low bid having come from Armour Roofing. Garage sale and artwork raffles have provided a foundation for the Roofing Fund but much more is needed. Contributions will be accepted by Chris Parry, Mary Krohlow and Mary Fox.
Honorary Supporting Cast
Thus far for the 2019-20 season includes contributors at the Supporting Actor level: Kenneth McNeil, KILJ, Kadie & Evan Johannson, Fred & Martha Wetzel, Christopher & Christa Parry, Mary Fox, and Kevin & Jayne Gobble. At the Stage Crew level are: Jane Gustafson, Libba Flores in memory of Dr. & Mrs. Friday, A Next Degree Communication Company, Gloria Warner, Barbara Drozdz in memory of Jim Drozdz, Carol Reed in memory of Lewis H. Reed, and John Toney. At the Usher level: Lois A. Close, John & Lisa Pomberg, Donna & Jan Logan, and Char James in memory of Don Hillard.
"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" Cast
Players Workshop of Burlington opens the Christmas season with the classic Christmas comedy The Best Christmas Pageant Ever on Dec. 6, 2019. Written by Barbara Robinson, this beloved story shows what can happen when the annual church Christmas pageant goes awry.
The usual director, Mrs. Armstrong, breaks a leg, and Grace Bradley, a church member and mother of two, is “persuaded” to take on the production. Things become more complicated when those “awful Herdman kids,” possibly “the most inventively awful kids in history”, hear that there are “treats” at Sunday School, and show up in time to bully the other kids into allowing them to have all the main pageant roles as the Holy Family, the Wisemen, and the Angel of the Lord. Mayhem ensues as the Herdman’s, having never heard the Christmas story before, put their own “spin” on the production.
Director Libba Flores is pleased to announce the following cast for The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: Grace Bradley is played by Melissa Harvey (Mediapolis); her husband, Bob Bradley is played by Kyle Keever; Beth Bradley, the narrator of the story, will be played by Kayleigh Hartman, and her kid brother Charles will be Derrik Martin of West Burlington.
Those “awful Herman kids” are played by Thaddeus Maxwell (Ralph), Simi Khinda (Imogene), Jayden Cooper (Leroy), Anneliese Lachnitt (Claude), Luke Puryear (Ollie), and Aurora Critser (Gladys).
Pat Curtis plays the bed-ridden Mrs. Armstrong, Abi Ritter plays Beth’s best friend Alice Wendleken, Matthew Harvey is Rev. Hopkins, and Eric Puryear and Duane Hartman are the firemen. The pageant shepherds are Zoey Ryan, and Denmark’s Terrence Warth and Gianni Bagby.
Other members of the “Angel Choir,” (the other pageant kids) are Elaine Guyten, Addison Blein, Isabella Amenell, Judith Mansheim, Izabella Eloisa, Claire King, Maggie McKee, Emaleigh Pappalardo, Hailey Walz, Florrah Mehaffy-Whitehead, Brynn Wynn Mehaffy, Becca Burns, Madi Kennedy, Regina Critser, Ivy Shaefer (Mt. Pleasant), Amelis and Arabella Vanway (New London).
The rest of the “church ladies” are played by Linda Giffin, Jean Ballinger, Annie Kepner, and Amy Unglaub. (Unless otherwise noted, all actors are from Burlington.)
Director Flores is assisted by Carol Hinkle, and Mary Fox is producing the show.