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Gleeful audiences flocked to see this show in Chicago (where it became that city’s longest running show), in Philadelphia (where it broke attendance records during its two runs) and in cities across the country. Focusing on eight children during their Catholic elementary and high school education in the 1950s, it captures the funniest aspects of youthful growing pains and the trying moments of adolescence. Every number tickles the funny bone of anyone who ever went to school, public or private. It is a delightful musical for schools.


Eddie Ryan – Ryan Madala-Klug

Sister Monica Marie – Patricia Scholz

Becky Bakowski – Kerrylynn Kraemer-Curtiss

Sister Helen – June Kramer

Father O’Reilly – Don Held

Virginia Lear – Sandra L. Kasten

Felix Lindor – Tony Brown

Mike Depki – Mike Q. Hanlon

Nancy Ralansky – Marla Gavin

Mary Kenny – Jo Ann Kudirko

Louie Schlang – Kevin Delray

Sister Lee – Jean Deltgen Enking

Sister Melanie – Anna Giese

Production Staff

Director: Ralph Maffongelli

Musical Director: Benjamin Horvat

Technical Director: Marty Kooi

Stage Manager: Peter Moody, Assistant: Gregory M. Blindauer

Set Design: Marty Kooi

Costume Design: Benjamin J. Gartmann

Light Design: Don Zastrow, Assistant: Neil Roehrborn

Sound Design: Todd Jaeger

Properties: Karen Held

Make-up Design: Lynn Rybicki



Conductor/keyboard:  Benjamin Horvat

Drums: Karen Sunmark

Reeds: Curt Hancock, Rick Tietjen, Shari Wittkopf

Trumpets: Barry Bortz, Rob Cook, Tom Engman, Glen Harkins

Bass: Jesse Brunette, Marcel Gordon