MPOH 2022-23 Season Program

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Welcome to the 2022-23 season of the Mineral Point Opera House!

The Opera House has been in the business of entertaining for more than a century. When Mayor J.P. Parmley addressed the crowd during the building’s dedication on Feb. 15, 1915, he coined a simple phrase that would shape our identity and form our mission throughout the decades that followed:

A Theatre For All The People.

In the years since Mayor Parmley’s speech, the Opera House has always lived up to its charge.

Early on, the theatre hosted vaudeville acts and traveling Broadway plays. Motion pictures were in their infancy, and the Opera House wasted no time in adding that medium to its entertainment portfolio. The theatre has adapted its offerings to include comedy, dance, high school performances, and more. In doing so, it has provided generations of audiences with countless treasured moments.

As the upcoming season takes shape, we find ourselves continuing to cope with an ongoing pandemic. Simply put, we could not have made it through the past two years without the generous support of the Opera House community. We have listed these donors on pages 20-21 of this program. You have kept us in pursuit of our goal of entertaining Mineral Point, and we are eternally grateful.

We invite you to peruse our upcoming season’s choices and offerings, and we ask that you support the Opera House in any way you can, whether it’s by joining the Friends of the MPOH (see page 18 for details), attending a show, or volunteering to help during one of our events.

We certainly hope that you are as excited about our upcoming season as we are. Let’s take this opportunity to work together and make the future of the Mineral Point Opera House spectacular.

Sincerely, Bill Webb, President

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Board Officers Board Members At Large Bill Webb – President Nicole Bujewski Monica Dunn – Vice President Daniel Libby Amanda Kammen – Secretary Ashley McHugh Liz Heimerl – Treasurer Mike Mitchell Lauren Powers “On the cover: Dar Williams plays at the Mineral Point Opera House on October 29, 2021. Photo credit: Leslie Damaso. All other photos provided by the artists. 2022 SEPTEMBER 8 Albert Cummings 7:30 pm OCTOBER 13 The Lowest Pair 8:00 pm 14 The Whiskey Belles 8:00 pm NOVEMBER 3-6 Driftless Film Festival TBA 12 Dom Flemons 7:30 pm DECEMBER 9-11 The Drowsy Chaperone—presented by MPHS TBA 17 The Sapsuckers 7:30 pm 2023 JANUARY 13 The Michael Mikrut Band 8:00 pm MARCH 4 Gaines & Wagoner 8:00 pm 12 Irish Comedy Tour 6:00 pm 25 Ken Killian’s Classic Big Band 7:30 pm STAY TUNED! More programming will be added to the Opera House’s schedule throughout the year. Stay up to date with the latest show information by following us on Facebook, signing up for our newsletter, and checking out the website regularly. We have so many exciting events in the works ranging from live shows to community events to movies. We look forward to seeing you at the Opera House! To purchase tickets, go to: TICKETS.MPOH.ORG @mpoperahouse


Dedicated in 1915 as the “Theater for All the People,” the description still holds true for the Mineral Point Opera House. Claude and Stark, an influential Madison architectural firm, designed the original vaudeville house, which, in its early days, attracted nationally acclaimed touring artists who presented first-class entertainment to an enthusiastic and prosperous community. With a balcony and two boxes, the auditorium originally seated over 700 spectators who were treated to live drama, comedy, grand opera, and symphonic music.

As movies gained prominence as entertainment, the community spent their weekends in the theater enjoying first-run movies through the years. A local group of talented actors, directors, and entertainers formed The Shake Rag Players who delighted local audiences for decades. John F. Kennedy spoke from the stage during his 60’s campaign and John Kerry was here more recently. High school musicals still grace the stage each year - the young performer’s signatures can be seen immortalized on the walls of the stage left entrance. Local non-profits use the theater for events, lyceums, and several weddings have taken place on the stage.

The many years of enjoyment and use took a toll on the theater, and updates, repairs, and safety features became necessary. In 2008, a non-profit group was established and a campaign to restore the Opera House was created as a collaborative endeavor involving many community members. A fundraising campaign was launched, producing a large gift from a generous local donor and a matching grant from the Jeffris Family Foundation. The community and the City of Mineral Point pitched in and the necessary funds were raised!

Under the leadership of Phil Mrozinski, who served as a longtime volunteer and theater manager, and a group of dedicated local residents, a comprehensive restoration plan was developed. Strang Architects, Madison, Wisconsin was hired to plan and oversee the 2.5 million dollar restoration. J. Daniels Construction of Madison served as the building team.

The master plan outlined necessary updates to lighting, electrical, HVAC, fire safety, flooring, accessibility, seating, and more. This team looked to the staff of Conrad Schmitt Studios to design the Opera House’s new decorative scheme. Color design renderings and onsite samples of tones and finishes, offering a glimpse of the new decorative scheme were executed and approved. Studio artists replicated lost ornamental plaster, and carefully decorated the historic architectural elements of the House. In the past 10 years a new projection, light, and sound system have been added.

The restoration has breathed new life into the Opera House as an enthusiastic community witnessed this magnificent old theater return to its original grandeur. The theater is supported by the attendees and community and is run as a non-profit organization with a governing board and a theater manager.

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September 8, 7:30 PM

For someone with the kind of background Albert Cummings has, that kind of confidence in his music says it all. This is a singer and guitarist who has played with many of the greatest players of the modern era and received the kind of awards and recognition that few others do. Raised in Massachusetts and self-taught on the banjo, it was a 1987 concert by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble that opened Cummings to a new world of modern blues and inspired him to take up the guitar. It didn’t take long from there for him to find his way to the front of the pack. Albert Cummings’ very first album From The Heart (2003) was produced by Double Trouble’s Chris Layton and

Tommy Shannon and included the group’s Reese Wynans on keyboards.

From that first album, the burgeoning blues world of the 2000s opened its doors for Albert Cummings. He recorded several albums for Blind Pig Records, and on 2012’s No Regrets the guitarist extended the boundaries outside the blues world to include country and rock influences like he hadn’t before. It was obvious that the musician did not want to limit himself in any way, and saw a wider possibility for where his music could go. With its release on Cummings’ own indie label imprint, Ivy Music, Ten is a full realization of that possibility.

October 13, 8:00 PM

Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee are two kindred spirits who first met on the banks of the Mississippi while touring the Midwest festival circuit. Born and raised in Arkansas, Winter found herself drawn to the evergreens and damp air of the Pacific Northwest, as well as the boundless music scene of Olympia, Washington. She released three solo records on Olympia-based indie label, K Records, and performed in ramblin’ folk bands and anarchic punk bands before serendipitously meeting Palmer T. Lee in 2013. Lee had built his first banjo when he was 19 from pieces he inherited and began cutting his teeth fronting Minneapolis string bands before convincing Winter that they should form a banjo duo. Now, as The Lowest Pair, they have recorded and released five albums together, relentlessly toured North America, and ventured to the UK twice, playing over 500 live shows over the past five years.

After releasing solo albums via Conor Oberst’s Team Love Records in 2018, Winter and Lee began working on The Lowest Pair’s forthcoming 10song set, The Perfect Plan. As a songwriting team, the duo tends to see artistic sparks all around them — in poems, people, ideas, experiences – and throughout the process of writing these new songs, they felt the need to push their creative limits. They turned to producer Mike Mogis of Bright Eyes who took them to ARC Studios in Omaha, Nebraska, and set them in a soundscape backed by a slate of session players that lifts the album from simple folk into spirited Americana and beyond. Clawhammer banjo and acoustic guitar still hold the heart of The Lowest Pair, but the fleshed-out sound of The Perfect Plan leans gently into Winter’s punk past, as well as the sonic playground of her mind, to set the band down a new path on their musical journey. “The

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Three Chords and the Truth! The Whiskey Belles are a traditional country and Americana trio based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin who serve up their own recipe for Roots Country Music, born of gin halls and juke joints – Hank Williams’ passion, Carter family harmonies, with a little Hee Haw mixed in for good measure. The Belles are widely known for captivating shows featuring their own take on classic and obscure vintage-country, Americana, folk-revival and roots-country tunes, with their own witty originals sprinkled in. They’ve been compared with the Pistol Annies, Dixie Chicks, and Trio (Dolly Parton, Emmy Lou Harris & Linda Ronstadt). The Belles have personalities as big as the Texan skyline - they have a great time on stage, and love to share the fun with their audience.

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Show opener Myles Wangerin is a Wisconsin-based singer/songwriter who has been involved with music from a very young age. His early influences consisted of James Taylor, Keith Urban, John Mayer, Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, and The Eagles. Now, called “The Workingman’s Musician” by 30West Magazine, he has just released his first album Wasting Time And Wasting It Well , full of his original material. Myles has played with names like Ryan McIntyre, Nora Collins, Brecken Miles, and The Band Crossfire. You can find Myles performing regularly around southern Wisconsin, playing a range of music from Merle Haggard to Tom Petty, George Strait to Jason Isbell.


Once a year, the Driftless Film Festival brings together the best of new independent cinema with the landscape, artistic energy, and local atmosphere of Southwest Wisconsin.

Founded in 2009 by filmmakers Darren Burrows and Nicholas Langholff, the film festival was born of a love for independent films, an appreciation of the unusual region, and the joy of spending a weekend immersed in the charm of Mineral Point’s galleries, shops, restaurants, and bars. It is this delightful marriage of place and cinematic story that is the core of the film festival’s vision today.

This year’s festival will run from Thursday, Nov. 3, until Sunday, Nov. 6. Films and showtimes will be announced soon and festival passes and tickets will go on sale in October 2022. Stay tuned for details!

3-6, TBD



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GRAMMY Award Winner, Two-Time EMMY Nominee, 2020 U.S. Artists Fellow

Dom Flemons is originally from Phoenix, Arizona and currently lives in the Chicago area with his family. He has branded the moniker The American Songster® since his repertoire of music covers over 100 years of early American popular music.

Flemons is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, actor, slam poet, music scholar, historian, and record collector. He is considered an expert player on the banjo, guitar, harmonica, jug, percussion, quills, fife, and rhythm bones. Flemons was selected for the prestigious 2020 United States Artists Fellowship Award for the Traditional Arts category which was generously supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

In 2020, Dom Flemons re-issued his album titled Prospect Hill: “The American Songster Omnibus on Omnivore Recordings. The two CD album features three parts: the original Prospect Hill album, the 2015 EP What Got Over, and The Drum Major Instinct which includes twelve previously unissued instrumental tracks.

In 2018, Flemons released a solo album titled Dom

Flemons Presents Black Cowboys on Smithsonian Folkways and received a GRAMMY Nomination for “Best Folk Album” at the 61st GRAMMY Awards. This recording is part of the African American Legacy Recordings series, co-produced with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. The Black Cowboys album peaked at #4 and has spent over 55 weeks on the BILLBOARD Bluegrass Charts and Flemons was nominated for “Artist of The Year” at the International Folk Music Awards, “Best Acoustic Album” at the Blues Music Awards, and “Best Folk Album” at the Liberia Awards.

Flemons had his major solo debut on the Grand Ole Opry, on a night with Carrie Underwood and Old Crow Medicine Show, and was included in the American Currents

Class of 2018 exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame Exhibit alongside Reba McEntire, Jeannie Seely, Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Kane Brown, Dan Auerbach, Dan + Shay, John Prine and more.

Flemons currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Steve Martin Banjo Prize, Music Maker Relief Foundation and is a Governor on the Board of Directors for Washington, D.C Chapter of the Recording Academy.


December 12, 7:30 pm

Official Showcase Artists, SXSW ~ Nominated Best Country Band, Wisconsin Area Music Industry Assn.

The Sapsuckers write and perform original country music that blends humor, heartache, and honkytonk.

Featuring lead vocalist Nikki Grossman (fiddle, vocals, guitar) and anchored in the songwriting team of Grossman and Joe Hart (guitar, vocals, mandolin), the band’s style ranges from hillbilly roots to Nashville pop, while their engaging performance style has earned a growing fanbase in the Midwest and beyond.

Formed as an acoustic duo in 2013, the couple began performing with a backing band in 2019, and will perform with the full band on the Opera House stage.

Their fourth studio album will be released in 2022. Recorded at Native Sound Recordings in Saint Louis and co-produced by Ryan Koenig (Pokey La Farge,

Rum Drum Ramblers), the new record features the expanded lineup of the band.

The duo has recorded three albums: Don’t Think About Tomorrow Tonight (2018) was launched at an official SXSW showcase, where they earned a standing ovation, as well as numerous Midwest tour dates. The album was co-produced by John Wood (Richard and Linda Thompson, Cat Stevens, Incredible String Band). The Sapsucker’s video for the song “Fools Were Made to be Broken” was premiered by Radio Heartland on Minnesota Public Radio, The Current. Ocooch Mountain Home (2015), received high praise from the likes of fROOTS, Bluegrass Today, and Country Music People UK. Speaking of Music (2013) captures the old-timey roots of the band.

Grossman and Hart live with their daughter on a rural homestead in Southwestern Wisconsin. Frequently on the road, they work with steady bands based in St. Louis and Minneapolis.

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January 13, 2023, 8 pm

The musicians in The Michael Mikrut Band grew up in southwest Wisconsin and bonded over their shared passion for music. Each member brings a unique musical aesthetic to the band and over the years they have grown comfortable playing different genres. They play in all areas of Wisconsin

and love to hit the road. Over the next five years, their goal is to log thousands of gigs — with occasional festival appearances — in cities across the country. Their set list will prominently feature country but will also dive into favorites from classic rock to their very own originals.


March 4, 8 pm

Based in Madison, WI, the award-winning husband and wife duo of MaryGaines (cello, guitar, bass, vocals) and Chris Wagoner (violin, mandolins, lapsteel, ukulele, guitar, accordion, vocals) play an eclectic mix of Americana — original and classic tunes ranging from folk to jazz, bluegrass to blues, honky-tonk and a little singersongwriter on the side.

Chris Wagoner and Mary Gaines have been indemand private instructors, session musicians, and performers in the Midwest for over three decades with tours spanning the US and Europe. Together and separately, they are founding members of several of Wisconsin’s favorite musical groups, past and present: Harmonious Wail, The Common Faces, The Bob Westfall Band, The Moon Gypsies, The Stellanovas, and Graminy.

Gaines and Wagoner have been the recipients of several WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) nominations and awards over the years for their work with Harmonious Wail and The Common Faces, and several recent MAMAs (Madison Area

Music Awards) for String Player of the Year (Violin and Cello), Specialty Instrument (Lapsteel), Best Male and Female Vocalist, and a Lifetime Career Achievement Award. as well as session work on numerous recordings that have received MAMAs for Album of the Year (Harmonious Wail, Graminy, Beth Kille, Mark Croft, The Moon Gypsies).

From 2015-2017, Gaines and Wagoner recorded incidental music for the award-winning PBS and BBC series “American Epic” with producer, Duke Erikson. Distributed by BBC and PBS and released in June 2017, the series shines a light on the evolution of roots music in America. Artists on the soundtrack include Taj Majal, Jack White, Elton John, Los Lobos, Beck, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Stephen Stills, Steve Martin, and Edie Brickell, American Epic won the Discovery Award and Audience Award at the Calgary Film Festival, the Foxtel Audience Award at the Sydney Film Festival, Best Overall Picture in the Tryon International Film Festival and was nominated for Outstanding Music Direction at the Primetime Emmy Awards.

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The Irish Comedy Tour takes the party atmosphere of a Dublin pub and combines it with a boisterous, belly-laugh band of hooligans. The group’s comedians and musicians, whose ancestors hail from the Emerald Isle, include Detroit native Derek Richards; Washington D.C.born Patrick Garrity; Ohio’s Michael Malone; Nova Scotia’s Damon Leibert; and from Inchicore, a suburb of Dublin, Ireland Derrick Keane.

Audiences howl at Richards’ tales about his child-free existence, living in Las Vegas, and his blue-collar upbringing. He has appeared on Amazon Prime, The Bob & Tom Show, SiriusXM, and The Weather Channel’s Top 10. He just released his fourth album, Double Down, available on iTunes, Spotify, and Soundcloud.

Leibert’s unique and energetic style of fiddle playing lies somewhere between the driving dance beat of Cape Breton, and the lyrical music of Ireland. His power-packed performance adds an incredible dimension to the show.

Keane, originally from Inchicore, Derrick first

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distinguished himself musically when the duo in which he sang and played swept the All Ireland Talent Competition. His band, Inchicore, sets the gold standard for the Irish music scene in New England and across North America. His brilliant voice and razor-sharp wit make him a huge hit on the tour.

Garrity is known for his constant road schedule appropriately dubbed, The Never-Ending Tour. This 20-year comedy veteran brings his hilarious observations and impressions to the stage. He’s a favorite from coast to coast and across the border in Canada.

And finally, Malone, with his blistering humor that focuses on breaking down the idiotic ways we deal with life, death, love, and grief. An absolute hammer of a comedian seen on Fox, Comedy Central, Showtime, and HULU. Watch his special, Laugh After Death.

Don’t miss these hilarious Irish American comedians as they tear apart as well as validate all of the Irish myths and stereotypes.


March 25, 7:30 pm

The Ken Kilian Saxtet played its first gig in June of 1983. It has been and continues to be a great musical ride! Over the years they have enjoyed performing for thousands of fans of live music, and that trend is going stronger than ever! They’ve played for just about every event you can imagine with all different sizes of groups.

These groups play music that harkens back to an era when songs had beautiful melodies and great lyrics. Their music library has over 1500 titles in many different styles; Classic Big Band Swing,

elegant Viennese Waltzes, tantalizing tangos, ebullient blues, jumpin’ jazz, chic cha-cha’s, rhythmic rhumbas, fine foxtrots, salsas, romantic waltzes, beautiful ballads, bossa novas, raucous rock, and modern jump swing to name a few.

The Classic Big Band is a true Big Band with five saxophones, six to eight brass, a full rhythm section, and a featured vocalist. This group is the premier flagship band of Ken Kilian Musical Services. This remarkable Big Band delivers the fullness and swingin’ sound that the music of the Big Band era so rightfully deserves.


More programming will be added to the Opera House’s schedule throughout the year. Stay up to date with the latest show information by following us on Facebook, signing up for our e-newsletter, and checking out the website regularly. We have so many exciting events in the works!

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ith your help, we can continue to maintain and vitalize the Mineral Point Opera House, a historic theater gem and an important social and cultural center in the Driftless Area of Southwest Wisconsin. Friends of MPOH invite you to be a part of the preservation of our past and our vision for the future by enhancing the quality of music, theatre, and film in historic Mineral Point.


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Recognition in season . . . playbill & lobby display

Admission to VIP pre-show/ . . . post-show donor receptions and opportunities to meet guest artists (select shows)

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Become A Friend!

When you join the Friends of MPOH , your support ensures the success of this beautiful facility through programming and continued maintenance. If not for the support of our members the continued operation of the theatre would simply not be possible.

Member Benefits

As a small gesture of thanks, members at all levels get the first chance at the best seats for all of our performances (two weeks ahead of the general public, member tickets go on sale.) When new shows are added to the season schedule, members continue to receive early ticket-buying privileges.

MPOH is a 501(c)(3)

organization. All donations are tax-deductible.


The Mineral Point Opera House survives and thrives on the efforts of its many dedicated supporters. Volunteering is just one of many ways you can support the Opera House. Volunteers help run the concessions stand, usher shows, run lights, raise money, and more. The benefits of volunteering include the opportunity to attend shows for free, learn more about historic Mineral Point, and meet new people With your help, we can continue to offer a diverse range of programming. We would love to have you join our dedicated team!


A donation to the Mineral Point Opera House brings quality entertainment to southwest Wisconsin and helps to preserve a historic building in the heart of the downtown Mineral Point. The Opera House operates to serve the local community by providing diverse programming and making the space available for community events. Your gift ensures programming is regularly offered in the theater, which preserves the historic building for generations to come.

The Mineral Point Opera House is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. All donations are tax deductible.


Join the Friends of the MPOH Program for a variety of benefits and support quality programming. For more information, see page 18 or visit friends.mpoh. org.


Events at the Opera House are always open for sponsorship from businesses. If your business is a proud supporter of community events that bring new and return visitors to Mineral Point, consider sponsoring an upcoming event. For more information about this opportunity, please reach out to




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The Opera House is available for your next event! The venue is available to rent for wedding ceremonies, private movie parties, lectures, dance recitals, recording sessions, and more. As a wedding ceremony location, it can offer historic charm, ample seating, and a liquor license for cocktail hour. Or have an idea for a show? The Mineral Point Opera House will consider requests to rent the theater for original performances or concerts. The theater can seat over 380 people and has quality sound, lighting, and presentation capabilities.

We would love to help you curate a memorable event! Please reach out to us for more information at 608-987-3501 or email

MPOH Policies

• Box office hours are every Thursday and Friday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and one hour prior to showtime.

• Doors generally open one hour before showtime.

• Guided tours are available by advance appointment.

• Parents should exercise discretion in deciding which events are appropriate for children (aisle seats are recommended). Regardless of age, a seat must be purchased for everyone attending an event, unless otherwise noted.

• Programs and events are subject to change without notice. Patrons arriving late will be seated at a suitable pause in the performance.

• Concessions are sold on the first floor during all shows. During select shows, a limited concessions booth will be available on the second door mezzanine.

• Please refrain from cell phone and camera use.

• All ticket sales are final. If you are unable to attend an event, a ticket credit can be issued for use on future events.

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