If you're planning to attend Wisconsin Farm Technology Days Aug. 12-14 in Stevens Point, you won't want to miss the encore performances of "Dairymen the Moo-sical."
The homespun, Wisconsin musical will be performed Aug. 11-14 at 7:30 each evening in Stevens Point. Previous performances were held last May in Stevens Point, in Stoughton last October and in Kewaskum in May 2013.
The August performances will be held at Sentry's world-class facility located at 1800 North Point Drive, in Stevens Point
The two Wisconsin sisters who created the musical comedy – Brenda Strack from Kewaskum and Melanie Wiltse of Stevens Point – are putting the final touches on the summer production.
Wiltse, who wrote the score and is directing the play, says because there are no evening activities during Farm Technology Days, she is hopeful many farm show visitors will come to see the show in the air-conditioned theater, relax and enjoy a few laughs.
They will be promoting the show at Farm Technology Days. The cast of the show will present a preview in the Family Living Tent on Wednesday Aug. 13 at 1 p.m. and on Thursday Aug. 14 at 10:30 a.m..
"We will be doing a few scenes from the show in the Family Living Tent during the day to boost interest in the show," Wiltse says.
During the past 15 months, the sisters have made some changes to the show.
"We have put three new songs into this show," Wiltse says. "One of them showcases the women singing about the relationship between men and tractors. The second features the men singing about the importance of duct tape and WD40 as life tools. The third is a duet between the young lovers about their destiny as dairy farmers. We will see how they play to the crowd before we decide if they will remain in the future script."
Agriculture meets theater in this heartwarming, funny and poignant story of two dairy-farming families negotiating life's ups and downs. The lead character, a 92-year-old dairyman, is played by Mike Peplinski, a real-life retired dairyman. He seasons the story with memories, wit and wisdom that give us a glimpse into the past.
"You don't have to know anything about farming to love this show, although agricultural people will find it especially appealing," says Brenda Strack, book writer.
Tickets for the show are $15.
"We are working with the Stevens Point FFA who is selling tickets as a fundraiser. They will receive a portion of all ticket sales," Wiltse says.
To reserve tickets, call 715- 498-2339 or visit www.cwtickes.com. Tickets may also be purchased at the door or at Wisconsin Farm Technology Days.