State Street Theater presents… “Drinking Habits”

Photo courtesy of Sue Loose The cast of “Drinking Habits” pose during a recent rehearsal. Showtime will be at 7 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday, with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. on Sunday at State Street Theater Co.

NEW ULM — Silliness, secrets and plot twists are promised this coming Friday, Saturday and Sunday as the State Street Theater Company presents Tom Smith’s “Drinking Habits”.

Showtime will be 7 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday, with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. on Sunday. General admission seating is $12.50 in advance or $15 at the door, with the Sunday matinee featuring a senior discount admission of $12.50.

Tickets are available in advance until Friday at the Chamber of Commerce, Hy-Vee, or online at https://sstc_drinkinghabits.eventbrite.com.

In this hilarious farce where accusations, mistaken identities and romances run wild, two nuns at the Sisters of Perpetual Sewing have been secretly making wine to keep the convent’s doors open. Little do the nuns know that two reporters and former fiancees, Paul and Sally, are hot on their trail.

Paul and Sally go undercover as a priest and a nun, but their presence, and the addition of a new nun, creates paranoia throughout the convent that spies have been sent from Rome to shut them down. Wine and secrets are inevitably spilled as everyone attempts to save the convent and reconnect with lost loves.

Photo courtesy of Sue Loose Tyler Brigger and Lauren Curtis exchange lines and smiles in a recent rehearsal for “Drinking Habits.”

Wendy Tuttle, the play’s director, said that she is excited to see some new faces on board for this play.

“Part of what I’m excited about is there are some new faces to the usual suspects that are in the shows, one of which was in the first middle school play that District 88 did [Tyler Brigger],” Tuttle said. “He was in that one and has moved back into town recently and I’m so happy for that. And then Lauren [Curtis] has never been on stage before, so it’s really nice and they’re doing a very good job. … The story line is fun and it’s sweet and everybody should leave the theater feeling better than they did when they came in, and that’s always a plus.”

Curtis plays the role of Sally, while Brigger takes on the role of Paul.

Tuttle said how glad she was to not only have such a great cast but also a great crew.

“There are people involved that are so remarkable,” Tuttle said. “A show can’t go on without good backstage support, and I am so fortunate to have amazing people to do backstage work.”

Photos courtesy of Sue Loose Marie Guggisberg and Tom Kaehler rehearse in the left photo, while Vickie Tambornino, Jennifer Duetz and Michelle Gag rehearse on the right for SSTC’s “Drinking Habits”. Tickets are on sale now online or can be purchased at the door.

Tuttle listed Jay Tambornino, Carolyn Todd, Jerilyn Kjellberg and Tom and Deb Kaehler as “amazing” members of the backstage crew.

“And then there’s three women who, all they have to do is stand next to each other on stage and it’s hysterical because they have such good charisma, and that’s Vickie [Tambornino], Marie [Guggisberg] and Michelle [Gag],” Tuttle said.

With a great cast, crew and story to tell, Tuttle said that the play should be a lot of fun for pretty much all ages.

“It is a show, except for maybe the very young, because there is a lot of physicality to it, that I really think anybody maybe 9-10 and above would enjoy it,” Tuttle said. “My grandchildren are coming and they’re really excited.”

Cast of “Drinking Habits”

Photos courtesy of Sue Loose Marie Guggisberg and Tom Kaehler rehearse in the left photo, while Vickie Tambornino, Jennifer Duetz and Michelle Gag rehearse on the right for SSTC’s “Drinking Habits”. Tickets are on sale now online or can be purchased at the door.

Sister Philamena …………………….. Michelle Gag

Sister Augusta ………………………… Vickie Tambornino

George ……………………………………. Michael Koester

Mother Superior ………………………. Marie Guggisberg

Paul ………………………………………… Tyler Brigger

Sally ………………………………………… Lauren Curtis

Sister Mary Catherine ………………. Jennifer Deutz

Father Chenille ………………………… Tom Kaehler

Production Crew

Director …………………………………….. Wendy Tuttle

Assistant Director/Stage Manager … Jerilyn Kjellberg

Producer ……………………………………. Brenda Nielsen

Set Construction ………………… Tom and Deb Kaehler

Costumes ………………………………….. Carolyn Todd

If you go…

WHEN: April 5-April 7. Friday and Saturday showings at 7 p.m., Sunday matinee showing at 2 p.m.

WHERE: State Street Theater Co., 1 North State Street, New Ulm, MN

TICKETS: General admission seating is $12.50 in advance or $15 at the door, with the Sunday matinee featuring a senior discount admission of $12.50.

Tickets are available in advance until Friday at the Chamber of Commerce, Hy-Vee, or online at https://sstc_drinkinghabits.eventbrite.com.

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