2005-2006 Season


Our Novice Mystery Production of 
Reunion with Death
by William C. Steward and Barbara Stopp Vance
Directors- Saba Ahmed & Heather Phipps
Producer - Larry A Brechner                      Asst Producer - Carol Lynn Brechner 

Sep 22 & 23, 2005 7pm 
$5 all Tickets

The Munster Theatre Company of Munster High School is pleased to present its first production of the season, the Woody Allen comedy Reunion with Death  Produced by Larry A Brechner and Assistant Produced Carol Lynn Brechner, this full-length, student directed production will feature the solo  directing debut of Munster High School seniors Saba Ahmed and Heather Phipps. The Novice production features the talents of twelve Freshman and Sophomore actors (or Juniors or Seniors who have never been on stage before).  

At the 20th reunion for Union High class of 1985, everyone is dressed to kill, and the night seems to be off to a good start. 

Kathryn Wadas      Pat Pohrte       Olivia Enger
Kenn O'Drobinak                                         Janelle Boudreau

However, as in every class reunion, each graduate tries to outdo his or her classmates in accomplishments and social status, though none is quite as pretentious as the pretty, popular, and conniving Valerie Chalmers (Janelle Boudreau). This natural competition runs haywire, when shockingly, the head cheerleader is found murdered. Amanda Fitzimmons (Olivia Enger), class valedictorian and an accomplished writer, works with high school dropout and local police officer, Buzz Davis (Pat Pohrte), to question the suspects and solve the mystery. But who would go so far as to murder? Is it Jeff (Doug Johnson), high school nerd turned into a successful and affluent businessman? Or could it be Janet (Kathryn Wadas), the local reporter always on the prowl for big news? Or perhaps Principal Jacobs (Kenn O'Drobinak) did the deed, wanting to conceal a past relationship. Find out how it all went down in this murder mystery thriller.

Reunion with Death will run Thursday and Friday, September 22 & 23 at 7pm in the Munster Auditorium. Tickets are $4 at the door are available at the Auditorium Box Office on performance nights or by calling: (219) 836-3200 x245 or my email MunAud Box Office.


A Fall Musical presentation of

Produced and Directed by                             Musical Direction by 
Larry A Brechner                                        Dr. Timothy Bartlett
Assistant Director-Carol Lynn Brechner 

Pippin cast
The cast of Pippin

November 10-12, 2005 7pm
(Nov 13  Sunday Matinee at 2pm)

Tickets are only $6 in advance 
$7 at the door
Student/Senior are only $5
         Leading Player & Pippin
Leading Player & Pippin

The Munster Theatre Company (the Performing Arts Department of Munster High School) is pleased to present the musical fable PIPPIN, by the composer of the current Broadway hit Wicked, Stephen Schwartz.  The Production and Directing Staff include: Larry A Brechner, Producer/Director; Dr. Timothy Bartlett Music/Orchestra Director; and Carol Lynn Brechner, Assistant Director. The Munster Theatre Company production of PIPPIN will feature an ensemble of cast nearly thirty veterans and newcomers in its version including: Bryn Carter as Leading Player, Mike Konopasek and Mike Hughes as Pippin, Ryan Blanchard as Charles, Danielle Tromouliaris as Fastrada, Jessica Conger as Berthe, Heather Phipps as Catherine, and Matthew Tepperman as Lewis

Pippin Cast
Charles                    Pippin                      Fastrada           Lewis 

PIPPIN begins with a troupe of players appearing on stage guided by the Leading Player, as they endeavor to retell the medieval legend of Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne’s son Pippin.  He has returned from his university studies at Padua and begins his search for the meaning and truth for his “extraordinary” life.  The Leading Player and troupe guide Pippin though various life experiences (war, love, politics, revolution) with him finding none of these completely satisfying. He final lands dejected with the widow Catherine, a plain, ordinary woman with a small boy and a large estate, who out of pity takes him in. Pippin reluctantly at first becomes a part of the daily routine, and is finally drawn together in a classic musical theater love song.  Pippin, feels trapped by this simple, ordinary existence and realizing that this is all his life will be, runs away.  Now facing the entire troupe of actors, he is tempted to do the extraordinary Grande Finale for real satisfying Pippin’s desire for complete fulfillment.

Pippin & Catherine
Pippin                                        Catherine

The original 1972 Broadway production was directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse, and starred Ben Vereen, as the enigmatic Leading Player, winning Tony awards for both. The composer/lyrist, Stephen Schwartz, is best known for his work on Godspell, Working, The Magic Show, The Baker’s Wife, Children of Eden, Prince of Egypt , Pocahontas and most recently for his current Broadway hit Wicked.

Berthe & Pippin      Charles & Pippin
                    Berthe                                      Pippin                                           Charles                      Pippin       

Pippin will run Thursday, November 10; Friday, November 11; Saturday, November 12 at 7pm, and Sunday, November 13 at 2pm in Munster Auditorium. Tickets are $6 in advance or $7 at the door (senior and student tickets $5) and are available at the Auditorium Box Office on performance nights or in advance by calling: (219) 836-3200 x245, by email at MunAud Box Office or auditorium@iname.com.


Our Student-Directed Winter Play of
the Fred Carmichael mystery-farce
       Produced by Larry A Brechner                Directed by Danielle Troumouliaris

February 9-11 2006 at 7pm
All Tickets $5

The Munster Theatre Company of Munster High School is pleased to present its winter production, of the Fred Carmichael mystery, Exit the Body .  Produced by Larry A Brechner, this full-length, student-directed production will feature the solo directing debut of Munster High School  Danielle Troumouliaris with Joel Schneider serving as Assistant Director.

Mystery writer Crane Hammond (Saba Ahmed) along with her secretary Katie Bixley (Alyssa Spungen) rent a New England vacation home to work from real estate agent Helen O’Toole (Jessica Conger).  Unknown to them is that the house is the rendezvous point for some jewel thieves. The naïve and ditsy house maid Jenny (Samantha Skrobot) and petty jewel thief Randolph (Ryan Blanchard) arrive before everyone else. 

Cast of Exit the Body
  Ryan Blanchard             Samantha Skrobot       
Alyssa Sprungen       Saba Ahmed    

Cast of Exit the Body
Alyssa Sprungen        Samantha Skrobot           Saba Ahmed

The focal point of the set is the closet which opens into a living room and a library. A body found in the closet promptly disappears only to be succeeded by another. 

The hi-jinks continue in a search for the jewels in the house with an ensemble of characters featuring theater company veterans: Julianne Watterson, Pat Pohrte, Russell Gonzales, Matt Tepperman, and Mike Konopasek.


Exit the Body will run Thursday, Friday, and Saturday February 9, 10, and 11 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) 836-3200 x245 or visit our web site at www.munaud.org  

Exit the Body
 Ryan Blanchard                                                       Samantha Skrobot 

Exit the Body
Alyssa Sprungen                                                                      Saba Ahmed    

Tickets are available at the Auditorium Box Office on performance nights or by calling: 
(219) 836-3200 x245
or my email:  
MunAud Box Office


Wilbur Wright Theatre Company
Roald Dahl's whimsical tale of the eccentric Willy Wonka in
    Charlie and the 
       Produced and Directed by Carol Lynn Brechner

Charlie cast
February 23, 24, & 25, 2006 at 7pm


Meredith Willson's Classic Musical

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Produced and Directed by Larry A Brechner      Musical Direction by Dr Timothy Bartlett
Assistant Director -Carol Lynn Brechner       Accompanist - William Woods        


May 3-6, 2006 7pm 
(2pm on May 7)

Advance Tickets :
$7 Adult  ($8 at door)
$5 Student/Sr Citizen ($6 at door)

The Munster Theatre Company (the Performing Arts Department of Munster High School) is pleased to present The Music Man.  The Production and Directing Staff include: Larry A Brechner, Producer/Director; Dr. Timothy Bartlett, Music/Orchestra Director; Carol Lynn Brechner, Assistant Director; William Woods, Accompanist.  

The Music Man cast

Clare McCulloch   Heather Phipps   Ryan Blanchard   Mike Konopasek    Saba Ahmed    
Teddy Niemec                                                                   


"I'd better hear some by George tootin' or else!"
Marian            Harold       Mayor Shinn         Mrs. Shinn      

"Professor" Harold Hill  (Ryan Blanchard) has developed a reputation among traveling salesmen and none of it good. In order to sell his band instruments and uniforms he promises to form a local student band. After he gets paid it's away - and - no band. He is concentrating this time on River City, Iowa. To focus attention on the need for a boys' band he attacks the town's new pool hall as a sign of depravity creeping into the community. His argument is convincing, but it turns out the pool hall is owned by Mayor Shinn (Mike Konopasek) who orders the school board to check out Harold's credentials.

When they approach him he turns them into a barber-shop quartet and disappears.  An old friend Marcellus, (Matt Tepperman) has warned him about Marian (Heather Phipps), the town librarian and music teacher. To Harold this is an old problem, but his advances are met with a brick wall. Later at the Fourth of July celebration Harold takes advantage
of a disrupting prank to the mayor's wife Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn (Saba Ahmed), to move in and sell his band idea.


The Mayor continues to push for proper credentials, but Harold is slippery. Marian's research pays off, but she withholds the evidence when she discovers Harold is helping her brother, Winthrop (Teddy Niemec), to cure his speech impediment, and Mrs. Paroo (Clare McCulloch) Marian's and Winthrop's mother, has already fallen under Harold's spell .With the exception of the Mayor, the town is now under Harold's spell. Even Marian is coming around. The band instruments have arrived, but it takes a little longer for the uniforms and instruction books.

Winthrop plays his cornet
Mrs. Paroo          Marian           Winthrop           Harold

Marian & Harold - "'Til There was You"
Marian & Harold

Future band members have been busily working on Harold's "Think System" of musicianship, and Harold has just met Marian at the footbridge. She confesses that she has known he was a fake since the third day he was in town.

  "Gary, Indiana" 
Mrs. Paroo          Marian           Winthrop           Harold

Now it's Harold who is off balance. The uniforms arrive but so does Charlie Cowell (Scott Goodwin), the anvil salesman, Harold's arch enemy. Marian tries to prevent Charlie from getting to the Mayor, but is unsuccessful. She wants to warn Harold, but Charlie reaches him first. He still has time to run, but can't. He's hooked on Marian.

The angry town, hearing that he's a fake, drags Harold to the ice cream social where everyone has gathered. The talk is ugly, but Marian speaks out in his defense. She's a good salesman herself, but there's a pay-off. The band arrives in assorted, unaltered, uniforms. Harold is handed a baton. "Think, men, think" is his command. At the drop of his arm comes the "Minuet in G" as it has never been "played" before. But each struggling note is music to each parent's ears. Harold has his band at last - and a truly loving librarian besides.

The Music Man features memorable songs:
Seventy Six Trombones
Till There Was You
Goodnight My Someone
The Wells Fargo Wagon
Gary, Indiana
and many more

“An extraordinary warm-hearted,
funny and captivating musical…
as American as apple pie rooted in a wholesome
comic tradition”

Mayor & Mrs. Shinn
Mayor and Mrs. Shinn

The show will run Thursday - Saturday May 4-6;at 7pm, and Sunday, May 7 at 2pm in Munster Auditorium. Tickets are $7 in advance or $8 at the door (Student & Senior tickets are $5) and are available at the Auditorium Box Office on performance nights or in advance by calling: 
(219) 836-3200 x245
, by email at
MunAud Box Office or auditorium@iname.com  


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