Dairymen The Moo-sical opens at Stevens Point Area High School on May 30 for four performances of the new musical comedy written by two sisters from rural Wisconsin.
Directed by Paul Marzalkowski and Melanie Wiltse, the cast features experienced local talent from the Central Wisconsin area, a variety of music genres, and guaranteed laughs. Dairymen The Moo-sical premiered in Kewaskum in May of 2013 and had another successful run in Stoughton in November.
Agriculture meets theater in this heartwarming, funny and poignant story of two dairy-farming families negotiating life's ups and downs. The lead character, a 92-year-old dairyman is played by Mike Peplinski, a real-life retired dairyman, well-known in the local community. He seasons the story with memories, wit and wisdom that spans nearly a century and give us a glimpse into the past. His wife Mary is also in the cast.
"You don't have to know anything about farming to love this show." says Brenda Strack, book writer. The score, written by Melanie Wiltse of Rudolph, includes "Ya' Gotta Love Cows", "Topside of the Turf", "Big Shotz Blues" "Field of Stars", and "Dairymen's Quar-teat," among many others. This show features members of several fine local choral groups playing leading roles and three new musical numbers will be part of this production.
Musical Direction by Sharon Gilbert and Doris Blanche. Cast includes: Mike and Mary Peplinski, Amanda David, Josh Geise, John White, Dave Deckleman, Nancy and Pat Keller, Bob Prosch, Lee Bartz, Jacki Stroik, Anne Helmke, Jo Sieser, Ronda Wadina, Bonnie Beverstock, Jack Edgerton, Wendy Minch and Emma Kroening. This cast will also be performing Dairymen during Farm Technology Days, Aug. 10-14.
The SPASH High School FFA Chapter is assisting with hosting the production and a portion of ticket sales will go to the Chapter. Performances will be held at the Stevens Point Area High School Theater, 1201 North Point Drive, Stevens Point.
Performances of Dairymen The Moo-sical:
May 30, 7:30 p.m.
May 31, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
June 1 2 p.m.
Seats are $15;. $13 for seniors and students
Reserve seats at 715-570-1157 or buy tickets at the door.
The show website is www.dairymenthemoosical.com