UW-WC presents "Don't Hug Me!"

Musical comedy opens February 28th
By UW-Washington County

UW-Washington County will present Don’t Hug Me! on Friday and Saturday evenings, February 28-March 1 and March 7-8  at 7:30pm in the campus theatre. Written by Phil Olson, the engaging musical comedy is directed and produced by Brad Ford, UW-WC Communications and Theatre Professor. David Gasperetti is the Assistant Director and Set Designer.

Don’t Hug Me! is set in a small bar in Paul Bunyan Bay, Minnesota, up near Canada. It’s the coldest day of the year and cantankerous bar owner, Gunner Johnson (played by Patrick McDonough, Port Washington) wants to sell his bar nicknamed, "The Bunyan," and move to Florida. Clara, his wife and former Winter Carnival Bunyan Queen (played by Danielle Rogne, West Bend) wants to stay. The pretty waitress, Bernice Lundstrom (played by Melissa Hammen, West Bend) wants to pursue a singing career. Her fiancé, Kanute Gunderson, (played by Zack Janz, Allenton) wants her to stay home. It’s a battle of wills, and when a fast talking salesman, Aarvid Gisselsen (played by Christophe Jenkins, West Bend) promises to bring more romance into their lives through the “magic” of karaoke, chaos breaks loose!

Assisting in the production are Elna Hickson (Pianist), Tom Utschig (Music Director), Lisa Kazen (Choreographer), David Triick  (Lighting), Michelle Nobbe and Sandra Retzlaff (Wardrobe). Crew members include: Benjamin Gerard, Amanda Lehnerz, April Reinicke, Scarlett Spagna and David Triick.  Acknowledgements to: Game Room Gear, Jeff’s Spirits on Main, Pillars Pub, Mike Schraufnagel, Katie Schraufnagel, Brian Becker, Roxanne Schrank, Gabe Kempf, Jessica Mounts and Diane Weyer.

For ticket reservations, phone 262-335-5208 or email: wsh-tickets@uwc.edu  Tickets are $13 adults and $10 for seniors (over 62) or youth (under 18). UW-Washington County is located at 400 University Drive in West Bend. The theatre is located on the second floor of campus. A creative and colorful artwork display in UW-WC’s art gallery, crafted by the clients at the Threshold will be open during all performances. Free parking is available.                                                                 


Who:   UW-WC presents spring musical comedy production

What:  Don’t Hug Me!

When: Friday and Saturday, February 28-March 1 and March 7-8, 7:30pm (4 performances)

Where: Campus Theatre, 400 University Drive, West Bend

How:   Reserve tickets by phone: 262-335-5208 or email: wsh-tickets@uwc.edu



Sue Bausch