Welcome to Indian Valley Theatre

Laughing until you cry. . . crying because it’s all you can do. . . tapping your feet and singing from your seat. . . What is this? Broadway, off broadway, off-off broadway? Actually, it’s how volunteer community actors from Indian Valley Theatre have been thrilling audiences from Sandwich and area towns for more than three decades – and the kind of shtick they do best.

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Special Fundraising Effort We are looking to add mobile ticket scanners to our ticketing program. This will allow our patrons to use their mobile phones to show their tickets versus printing them out and cut down on box office lines. It will also allow us to track our patrons better and cut down on fraudulent tickets. We are hoping to have them in place and the ushers trained by July when our Season opens for the year.

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Don’t Hug Me

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It’s Fargo meets The Music Man (without the blood or the trombones).

Oh, for cryin’ in yer snow shoes! It’s the coldest day of the year in Bunyan Bay when a slick karaoke salesman arrives at the bar and turns the locals’ lives upside down. With its over the top songs and crazy characters, this Minnesota love story with singin’ and stuff will have you laughing until the spring thaw!

Don’t Hug Me takes place in Bunyan Bay, Minnesota. Cantankerous bar owner, Gunner Johnson, wants to sell the business and move to Florida. Clara, his wife and former Winter Carnival Bunyan Queen, wants to stay. Bernice Lundstrom, the pretty waitress, wants to pursue a singing career. Her fiance, Kanute Gunderson, wants her to stay home. It’s a battle of wills, and when a fast-talking salesman, Aarvid Gisselsen, promises to bring romance into their lives through the ‘magic’ of karaoke, all heck breaks loose!

Featuring the songs, “I’m a Walleye Woman in a Crappie Town,” “My Smorgasbord of Love,” “Upside Down in My Pickup Truck,” and “I Wanna Go to the Mall of America.”

“A hokey jokey karaoke crowd pleaser!” – Los Angeles Times
“A loopy Valentine!” – Back Stage West
Performances: Friday, February 24 at 7:30pm, Saturday, February 25 at 7:30pm, Sunday, February 26 at 2:00pm
Venue: Sandwich Opera House

Jen Ketchum as Clara Johnson
Brad Shortridge as Gunner Johnson
Kari Frantzen as Bernice Lundstrom
Darren Whaley as Aarvjd Gisselsen
Brian Pross as Kanute Gunderson
William Wille as Radio Announcer

Sharon Pagoria and Matt Johnson  –  Directors
Christine Johnson  –  Stage Manager
CarLeigh Plant  –  Choreographer
Patrick Stinson and Matt Frantzen  –  Lights and Sound
Tony Pagoria. –  Sets
Meredith Eskoff  –  Box Office Manager
Deb Matthews  –  Music
Wille Family –  House Manager

By Phil Olson and Paul Olson, Samuel French
Book and Lyrics by Phil Olson
Music by Paul Olson

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Historic Sandwich Opera House
140 E Railroad St, Sandwich, IL 60548

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