‘Bridesmaid’ to provide hilarious turn on weddings

The Mielke Arts Center is surrounded by melting snow drifts, just like every building in the area, and beyond. Water is always running off the roof by the stage entrance so we make a quick duck inside. This is one of the projects we hope the county will put on their list regarding the building. Meanwhile, we cope with it and carry an umbrella!

The Box in the Wood Theatre Guild is presenting a springtime treat, “Always a Bridesmaid,” written by the team of Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten. Our directors are Miriam Nelson and Early Fuller. Show dates are April 26-28 and May 3-5. Curtain goes up at 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sundays.

It’s a comedy about four friends promising in high school, to be in each other’s wedding, no matter what. Well, one of the group, Monette, has made the trip down the aisle several times, Charlie has never married, Deedra is married but finds out her husband is “fooling around,” and Libby Ruth is happily married and thinks all her friends should be the same. The plot opens 30 years after high school, with the ladies preparing for Monette’s big day (again). Lots of laughs when plans go wrong, tempers flare, and their friendship gets put to the test.

The talented cast is made up of Kimberly Timm, Mary Madsen, Kristine Spiegel, Marla Etten, Emma Etten and Lois Anderson.

General seating tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for youth and can be bought at the box office or reserved by calling 715-526-2525, after April 1st. Ticket outlets are at the Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce, 1263 S. Main St., Shawano; and the Wittenberg Enterprise & Birnamwood News, 600 S. Webb St., Wittenberg. Tickets are also available online at www.brownpapertickets.com.

Looking ahead, our summer show this year is “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka” and our fall comedy is “Love, Sex, and the IRS.”

Happy Easter to all!

Ann Van Grinsven is vice president of the Box in the Wood Theatre Guild.