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Maxinkuckee Players to Undertake First Operetta

The Maxinkuckee Players production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will take to the stage in six performances beginning Friday, July 26 at the Culver Community High School Auditorium.

Maxinkuckee Players member Brian Liechty explained that Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is based on the biblical story of Joseph and his coat of many colors. He is sold to be a slave, but because of his ability to interpret dreams, he becomes the right hand man of Pharaoh and saves Egypt from famine.

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Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat to be Presented Next Week

The Maxinkuckee Players production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will take to the stage in six performances beginning Friday, July 26 at the Culver Community High School Auditorium.

Maxinkuckee Players member, Becky Liechty, explained that Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is based on the biblical story of Joseph and his coat of many colors. He is sold to be a slave, but because of his ability to interpret dreams, he becomes the right hand man of Pharaoh and saves Egypt from famine.

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The Cast is Set for Maxinkuckee Players Summer Production

The cast has been set for the Maxinkuckee Players summer production of Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Zachary West of Argos has been cast as Joseph and Kathy Overmyer of Bremen is the narrator. The brothers will be played by Brian Liechty, Tom Boys, Eric Burch, Grant Ringenberg and Kevin Mallory from Plymouth; Brad Foster and Tony Hutchinson from Bremen; Doug Nielson of North Judson; Phillip McFarland of Knox; Austin Saenz of Tippecanoe; and Caleb Dehning of Culver.

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Auditions Set for Saturday for Maxinkuckee Players Summer Production

joseph and the technicolor dreamcoatDo you think you have what it takes to wear a coat of many colors?

Auditions for the Maxinkuckee Players Production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat are tomorrow (Saturday) at the Culver High School Auditorium from 8:00-11:00 a.m., 12:00-3:00 p.m. and 4:00-7:00 p.m. CT.

When you audition, you will be asked to sing a song of your choice and you will read from the script.

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Maxinkuckee Players Announce Summer Production

The Maxinkuckee Players summer production will be Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Show dates are July 26, July 28, July 31 and Aug. 2-4.

Open auditions will be held Saturday, April 20 at the Culver High School Auditorium from 8–11 a.m., 12–3 p.m. and 4–7 p.m. CT. If you are interested in auditioning, you will be asked to sing a song of your choice, but not necessarily from the musical. A pianist and CD player will be available for you to sing along or you may sing A Capella.

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Maxinkuckee Players to Select Summer Production

The Maxinkuckee Players will be voting this Sunday on this summer’s annual production.

They will be selecting one musical from the following five choices: Sound of Music, Cinderella, My Fair Lady, Oliver, or Willy Wonka.

The members will be meeting at 2:30 p.m. ET to make the selection and will have a call out for a selection of a director for the summer production. The musical will take to the stage in six performances in late July and early August.

Maxinkuckee Players To Wrap Up Show This Weekend

Four performances down, two to go – the Maxinkuckee Players will wrap up their live performances of Crazy For You this weekend in the Culver High School auditorium. The musical production, featuring a lot of George Gershwin music, is a romantic comedy musical set in the 1930s.

According to Players member Gregg Underwood, the production also features something unique: open-curtain scene changes. He says between scenes, the props and scenes are changed around in full view of the audience, fully choreographed as much as the production itself.

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Maxinkuckee Players Gearing Up For Opening Night

The Maxinkuckee Players will be taking on one of their biggest challenges yet as they prepare for their opening night of Crazy For You at Culver High School. Three of the Players were in the WKVI studios yesterday to talk about the musical play, and Gregg Underwood – who will be playing Bobby Child and Bela Zangler in the play – says it’s a tough show, but they’re ready.

“This is probably one of the biggest challenges that the Players have taken on,” said Underwood. “Lot of choreography, lot of dancing, and we were able to recruit some really talented younger individuals this year that have just stepped up to the plate and are just knocking it out of the park.”

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Maxinkuckee Players to Hold Auditions Today

The Maxinkuckee Players will hold auditions today for their summer production of “Crazy For You.” The audition times are from 9 a.m. to noon, 1 – 4 p.m., and 6 – 8 p.m. ET at the Culver High School Auditorium.

Gregg Underwood, a member of the Maxinkuckee Players, explained what the director will expect to hear from you when you audition.

“They can bring a song of their choice to sign with the piano or A Capella. Be prepared to read from a script given to you and perform a short dance combination,” Underwood said.

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Morning Show Staff Welcomes Visitors to the WKVI Studios!

Pulaski Extension Chord members, Jodie Schlatter (L) and E. Anne Ketchen provided musical entertainment and information during their visit

We had three great guests this morning in the WKVI Studios.

Jodie Schlatter and E. Anne Ketchen, two members of the Pulaski County Extension Chords, were in the studio to talk about the group and their performance this Saturday. The Pulaski County Extension Chords will present “Life is a Highway” on Saturday, April 28th, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. ET at the Winamac High School Socialtorium. Ticket price is $6.00 and can be purchased from the members of the Pulaski County Extension Chords or they can be purchased at the door. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. ET. If you would like to get your tickets ahead of time, call Jodie Schlatter at (219) 204-0966 or Pam Rausch at (574) 946-3858. Continue reading

Maxinkuckee Players Production to Open Friday

The sets are made, the actors and actresses have rehearsed their parts, and it’s a about curtain time for the first performance of the summer musical Nunsense – The Mega Musical as presented by the Maxinkuckee Players.

The show’s Director, Becky Liechty, had erlier said the performances this year will come with a larger cast and more music than the original production presented at Culver a few years ago.

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Auditions for ‘Nunsense: The Mega-Musical’ Scheduled for May 7th

Auditions for the Maxinkuckee Players 2011 production of “Nunsense: The Mega-Musical” are set for Saturday, May 7th in Culver. Three sessions: 9:00 a.m. to Noon, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., and 5:00-9:00 p.m. ET are scheduled at the Culver High School choir room.

There are two female lead roles in the show, six secondary roles for either male or females and a number of people are needed for the chorus. There is a lot of singing and according to the Director, Becky Liechty, “reasonable” dancing for all. You can call Becky at (574) 941-2343 or reach her at bliechty@embarqmail,com if you have questions or need additional details.

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Piano Players Needed for Summer Production of ‘Nunsense-The Mega Musical’

The Maxinkuckee Players are looking for more than singers and dancers for their 2011 summer production of Nunsense-The Mega Musical. Director Becky Liechty says the group is looking for two piano players as well. Call her at (574) 941-2343 for information.

Auditions for roles are scheduled for Saturday, May 7th in the choir room at the Culver High School. There are acting and singing roles for about half-a-dozen adults and roles for many chorus members. Ms. Liechty says a lot of singing and “reasonable” dancing is required by the entire cast. Unfortunately, the show does not have parts for younger children.

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Maxinkuckee Players 2011 Summer Production and Road Schedule Announced

The Maxinkuckee Players 2011 production is Nunsense-The Mega-Musical and it will be performed on the stage of the North Judson-San Pierre High School auditorium for two performances, Saturday and Sunday, August 13th and 14th. This will be the first Maxinkuckee Players performance on a Starke County stage.

After nearly 30 years of shows on the high school auditorium stage in Culver, this year the Players will present their shows in Argos, in Bremen and in Culver as well as in North Judson. Summer construction work at the Culver site lead to the road production schedule. Some years ago, the annual show was moved to Argos due to construction work at the Culver auditorium.

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Maxinkuckee Players to Choose a Different Summer Production; Location

The Maxinkuckee Players have announced that plans for the 2011 summer production will be changed due to construction at the Culver High School Auditorium, the usual venue.

In an announcement this week, Players president Mike Overmyer said the group will choose a different play, with a smaller cast, that can be more conveniently rehearsed and staged at another, still unannounced, location. Earlier, the musical Crazy For You had been selected and was announced for presentation in late July.

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2011 Maxinkuckee Players Summer Production Chosen

The Maxinkuckee Players have announced that its 2011 summer production will be Crazy for You.  It ran for 1.622 performances on Broadway and won the 1992 Tony Award for Best Musical.  Crazy for You is a high energy  comedy which includes mistaken identity, plot twists and classic Gershwin music such as “I Got Rhythm”, “Embraceable You” and “Someone to Watch Over Me”.

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Week in Review for December 6th-10th, 2010

Here is just some of the news that made the news in the Kankakee Valley this week.

Diana Jedynak, 67, died of fire related injuries after her home caught fire early Monday morning in Washington Township. Indiana State Fire Marshal, Fred Sumpter, said the investigation into the cause of the fire was postponed due to the weather conditions and the integrity of the structure.

Northwest Indiana Forum, Inc.

The Northwest Indiana Forum’s Board of Directors have voted to acknowldge the organization’s service territory to extend beyond Lake, Porter, LaPorte and Starke Counties to include Newton, Jasper and Pulaski Counties.

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Maxinkuckee Players Looking to 2011

The Maxinkuckee Players are already making plans for the 2011 summer presentation.  A meeting is scheduled in Culver early next month to elect officers.

If you have a suggestion for a possible musical production for the Players 2011 season you may contact Charlie Weaver at 574-772-5000 in Knox,  who is a member of the selection committee. That committee will make several suggestions to the Players members who, in  turn, will  make the final selection at a meeting in January or early February.
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