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Jan. 25 Audition For Main Street Musical

By Staff | Jan 13, 2009

Remember when Main Street Community Theatre staged the play “Escanaba In Da Moonlight”??Well, here’s a musical with the same flavor:?“Don’t Hug Me”?(a love story with singing’ and stuff).

Auditions for “Don’t Hug Me” will be Sunday, Jan. 25, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the performance center at 19th and Lake Streets. Those who cannot attend auditions can call 712-480-3766 to set up an audition time.

The cast calls for three men (one youngish and two indeterminate), and two women (one youngish and one who’s not telling). All must be able to sing.

Several scripts are available at Emmetsburg Public Library.

“If you liked ‘Escanaba,’ then you’ll like this show,” says director Jackie VanOosbree.

“Don’t Hug Me” is a national award-winning musical comedy that takes place in a colorful, rustic northwoods bar in tiny Bunyan Bay, Minnesota. It’s the coldest, most bone-chilling day of the year and cantankerous bar owner Gunner Johnson is ready to sell the business and move to sunny Florida. Clara, his wife and former Winter Carnival Bunyan Queen, is perfectly content staying right where she is. Bernice Lundstrom, the pretty waitress, wants to pursue a singing career. Her fiancé, Kanute Gunderson, wants her to stay home. It’s a battle of wills that tests their relationships and when a fast-talking salesman, Aarvid Gisselsen, promises to bring romance into their lives through the ‘magic’ of karaoke, all heck breaks loose.

“Don’t Hug Me” was originally produced for the stage by Dan Hirsch at The Whitehouse Theatre in Los Angeles in November 2003 to rave reviews and sold-out houses. Originally slated for a six week run, “Don’t Hug Me” was extended by popular demand and was the longest running musical comedy in Los Angeles when it closed after six smash hit months. “Don’t Hug Me” has played in more than 65 cities around the U.S. and Canada.

The award-winning musical received four Artistic Director Achievement Awards in Los Angeles, and also received top honors in The Robert J. Pickering Award for Playwriting Excellence as well as the McLaren Memorial Comedy Play Writing Competition.

The musical will be presented on the Main Street stage March 27, 28 and 29, and April 3, 4 and 5. Rehearsals begin Monday, Feb. 2.