We Like It Where?
Book by Corrie Beula Kovacs & Stephen Kovacs
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Kovacs
Summer 2019 World Premiere
Celebrating ordinary people doing extraordinary things!
We Like It Where? is based on the true “mouse that roared” story of the town of Winneconne’s brief secession from Wisconsin.
When they are inadvertently left off the state highway map in 1967, the residents of Winneconne, Wisconsin, decide to petition the governor for help. However, he’s not interested in solving their problem, so they take matters into their own hands. What begins as a contest in the local paper to “Put Winneconne Back on the Map” becomes a national story. With the help of two Winneconnians working in Washington, D.C., they concoct a publicity stunt to secede from the state of Wisconsin.
The husband and wife writing team has been hard at work creating energetic musical numbers to accompany Winneconne’s hilarious historic event. “Perhaps our most rewarding research has been done with the two living characters from our show, Jan and Russ Meerdink of Neenah,” says Beula Kovacs. “They’ve provided us with a first-person look at the events that took place more than 50 years ago.”
About the Writers
About the Writers
15 years ago, Corrie was a performing intern at Northern Sky Theater (then American Folklore Theatre). Inspired by the company’s Wisconsin-themed original productions, she found an article in the library about a forgotten story in Wisconsin history: the secession of Winneconne in 1967. It seemed like a perfect idea for a show! She tucked the article away in a binder, where it stayed through numerous moves to New Jersey, all over New York City, back to New Jersey and, eventually, to Wisconsin. When she and her husband, Steve, opened Show How, LLC, a theatre arts training company, they decided to try their hands at writing a musical. Corrie retrieved that long-forgotten article, and so began the journey of bringing We Like It Where? to the stage.
Corrie and Steve were immediately drawn to the true story of seemingly ordinary people doing extraordinary things. The message of the story is one that they share with their theatre community everyday: that we are all capable of more than we think we can do. This idea lives in the very creation of the show, as the book is the first writing effort for the couple and the music and lyrics are the first that Steve has ever written! Collaboration is also central to the story and is reflected in the contributions and guidance of Richard Carsey, a Broadway music supervisor, Molly Rhode, Northern Sky Theater’s Associate Artistic Director, and the Northern Sky company members who have given their time and talents to the development of this show.
Steve has a music education degree from The Miami University and twelve years’ experience in public education. Corrie has a degree in Musical Theatre from Millikin University and a wide variety of professional performing credits.
Cast of Characters
Cast of Characters
C.O. Rogers (Printer and Publisher of the Winneconne News)………………..Alex Campea
Vera Kitchen (Arrowhead Restaurant Owner and Winneconne Chamber of Commerce President)………………..Lachrisa Grandberry
James Coughlin (Winneconne Village President)………………..Bill Theisen*
William Schlapman (Case Manufacturing Co. President)………………..Fred ‘Doc’ Heide
Warren P. Knowles (Governor of Wisconsin)………………..Doug Mancheski*
Dottie Knowles (First Lady of Wisconsin)………………..Corrie Beula Kovacs
Paul Hassett (Chief of Staff to the Governor)………………..Isaiah Spetz
Jan Badtke (Former Winneconne resident living in Washington, D.C.)………………..Emily Brandt
Kay Klipstine (Jan’s roommate and best friend)………………..Jamie Mercado
Russell Meerdink (Jan’s boyfriend and former Winneconne resident)………………..Isaiah Spetz
While this musical is based on actual events of the secession of Winneconne in 1967, certain characters, characterizations, incidents, locations and dialogue were fictionalized or invented for purposes of dramatization. The intent has been to honor and celebrate this story of a little village doing more than anyone thought was possible.
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.