Prairie Mountain Players celebrates with a musical in Choteau

BINGO, A MUSICAL EVENING OF ENTERTAINMENT  —  Cast members of “Bingo, the Winning Musical” rehearse at the Roxy Theatre in Choteau last week for the Prairie Mountain Players’ production of the comedy March 15-18 at the Roxy Theatre. Pictured, from left, are: Cody Weisner, Deb Renteria, Teslie Weisner, Janet Henning, Jerri Morris and Troy Gomes. Not pictured are Pam Andersen, a member of the cast, and piano accompanists Sandie Hodgskiss (doubling as director) and Lisa Sinton.  Photo courtesy of Choteau Acantha photo by Madison Martinsen





Prairie Mountain Players will be celebrating their 25th anniversary with a wonderful new show, Bingo, the Winning Musical. The curtain will rise at the historic Roxy Theatre, 25 N. Main Choteau.

Although set in Hamerin County, Fla., it could be anywhere Small Town, USA.

Our story opens with the worst storm in 15 years and the mayor has ordered people to stay home. In spite of this, three bingo obsessed women won’t let anything get in the way of the big game.

The festivities begin with an introduction by bingo hall manager, Minnie Martinelli (Jerri Morris) and her sidekick/bingo caller/excon/grease monkey, Sam Wonnietski (Troy Gomes).

The three bingo amigos, bossy tough broad Vern (Janet Henning), neurotic superstitious Patsy(Cody Weisner), and ditzy bombshell Honey (Debra Renteria) are  fanatically devoted to the game.

The play is interspersed with flashbacks from 15 years ago when a fourth member of the group, Bernice Boodalay (Pam Andersen) had a falling out with Vern over the rightful ownership of a winning bingo card.

The bingo balls are flying when a mysterious young newcomer appears by the name of Alison (Tessa Weisner). She, unaware of bingo etiquette, sits at the table next to Vern. Vern and the girls grudgingly accept her and give her a crash course on the game.

The musical, penned by Michael Heitzman, Ilene Reid and David Holcenburg, encourages audience members to play three games of bingo with the actors as a part of the play.

Theatre goers will experience the thrill and excitement of potentially winning a bingo.

The fun and games begin at the Roxy on March 15; Saturday, March 16; Sunday, March 17; and Monday, March 18 at 7 p.m.

There will be a special matinee presented at 2 p.m., March 17 with cake being served afterwards at Bridges Coffeehouse next to the Roxy.

In honor of the Prairie Mountain Players 25 years of fun, show goers will enjoy a display of pictures and memorabilia from the past.

Characters from the past will emcee the shows and a slide show, highlighting past performances, will be shown. P.M.P. is a non-profit organization that utilizes local talent to showcase its productions.

A portion of the profits will be donated to a local charity.

Tickets are on sale at the Choteau Drug or at the door before the shows. Call for prices.

There will be no reserved seating. For more information, call (406) 466-2840.