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CMN’s Fall Theatre Production Showcases Two Short Plays


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The College of Menominee Nation (CMN) invites the public to view two short plays staged on separate nights on the College’s Keshena campus and at the Norbert Hill Center in Oneida. This production will mark the eleventh time CMN has collaborated with the Oneida Nation Arts Program to bring live theater to both the Menominee and Oneida communities.


The first play, “N.A.P.S.: The Native American Paranormal Society”, is set at the Broken Creek Bingo Hall where a group of investigators are trying to debunk alleged paranormal activity for their television show. It was written by decorated Assiniboine playwright, William S. Yellowrobe, Jr., and the show questions the wisdom and rationale of those investigating the spirit world.


The second play, “Shinnob Jep”, is set at a humorous game of Jeopardy where all of the categories tie to Anishinaabe and/or American Indian culture. It was written by the late Fond du Lac tribal member, Jim Northrup. Jim passed in August, and this production attempts to honor his memory and share his humor.


Additionally, this production will feature an original scripted role of a Master of Ceremonies who will introduce the plays and entertain the audience during the set changes.


CMN students and alumni involved in the productions include the following: Daphne Allery, Melissa Besaw, Jessica Buettner, Moneejon Chevalier, Maria Frechette, Lloyd Frieson, Jamie Funmaker, Tonia Haack, Sabrina Hemken, Dorian LaTender-Lyons, Christa Lyons, Nathaniel Madsen, Debra Mcpherson, Doris Menore, Brian Moreno, Kasey Paiser, Linda Pamonicutt, Elizabeth Rice, AnnMarie Spice, Jordynne Waupekenay, and Kayshia Wayka.


Showings both evenings begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. The Wednesday, Dec. 7, production is in the CMN Cultural Learning Center, N172 State Hwy. 47/55 in Keshena. On Friday, Dec. 9, the production is in the auditorium of the Norbert Hill Center, N7210 Seminary Road in Oneida.


The show is directed by CMN faculty member Ryan Winn. This is a one hour production.