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Summer Season to Feature Cheeseheads, the Musical; Sunsets & S'mores; and Muskie Love

Critically acclaimed American Folklore Theatre in Door County has announced its 2009 summer season, which will run from June 17 until August 29. This summer, AFT's stage in the pines of Peninsula State Park will host three original shows: a world premiere musical (Cheeseheads, the Musical), a new birthday concert for Peninsula State Park (Sunsets & S'mores), and a
revival of an AFT audience favorite (Muskie Love).

Cheeseheads, the Musical tells the story of-nope, not the Packers!-a group of workers at Schnaybel's Famous Cheese Factory in Sheboygan who buy lottery tickets to help take their minds off the difficulties they face at work. The factory's founder has passed away, and tough economic times have sparked rumors that the factory may be shut down. Life goes on for these
lovable characters as they dream about the magic they could make with their lottery money if they won.

Cheeseheads was written by AFT's veteran team of Dave Hudson and Paul Libman, authors of A Cabin with a View, Muskie Love, and Main-Travelled Roads and winners of the prestigious Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theatre. Cheeseheads, the Musical is a touching and joyful Wisconsin gouda luck fable, sure to delight families and fans of all ages. It will play on Mondays and Thursdays at 8PM, Wednesdays at 6PM, and Saturdays at 8:30PM.

Also this summer, the only thing better than singing songs with family and friends around the campfire will be singing campfire songs with the AFT family. Peninsula State Park turns 100 years old this year, and with Sunsets & S'mores, AFT will help one of Door County's best-loved landmarks celebrate. Sparkling folksongs, amusing cast member reflections, hilarious camping tales, and a very funny song about a skunk encounter combine in this summer-long birthday party.

Coauthored by Doc Heide and Lee Becker (authors of the blockbusters Belgians in Heaven and Packer Fans from Outer Space) and new AFT music director Matt Zembrowski, Sunsets & S'mores will be sure to delight both old and new fans.   Sunsets & S'mores will play on Tuesdays at 8PM and Saturdays at 6PM.

Rounding out the season's lineup will be AFT fan favorite Muskie Love, also coauthored by Dave Hudson and Paul Libman and previously seen on the AFT stage in 2005 and 2006. Muskie Love tells the tale of Ben and Bea, rival fishing guides who are both single-and intend to stay that way. Through the playful scheming of Bea's Uncle Roy (helped along by his daughter, Sarah, and her boyfriend, Claude), Ben and Bea are soon lured into a romantic trap. Despite their sworn hatred of each other, the couple find themselves inexplicably drawn together. Throw in a feckless Fish and Game Warden, DNR Doug, an ever-present Wisconsin love of the Packers, a few jokes from Roy, and a wonderful blend of tuneful songs, and you've got Muskie Love, a sure crowd-pleaser. This laugh-a-minute fish tale is a comic, contemporary take on Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, set on the shores of Green Bay. Muskie Love will play on Wednesdays at 8:30PM and Fridays at 8PM.

This year's cast will feature AFT veterans Doug Mancheski, Lee Becker, Doc Heide, Jeff Herbst, Chase Stoeger, Molly Rhode, Emily Myre and Dan Klarer, as well as newcomers Music Director Matt Zembrowski and Door County folksinger Katie Dahl.

Tickets will cost $18 for adults, $8 for teens, and $5 for children. All prices include sales tax. Tickets will go on sale April 15 in the AFT box office at the Green Gables shops in north Ephraim, via phone at (920) 854-6117, and online at ww.FolkloreTheatre.com. All summer performances take place under the stars in the stunning amphitheatre at Peninsula State Park.

Audience members should also stay tuned for information about AFT's fall production of another world premiere, Guys & Does, a deer hunting musical by Heide and Becker, with music by Paul Libman, which will play at Ephraim Village Hall from September 4 through October 24.

As always I welcome your feedback, suggestions, and opinions.  I look forward to seeing each of you at the park this summer.

Until Then,
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M. Kaye Christman
Cheeseheads, the Musical
A Modern Day Dairy-tale!
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Music by
Paul Libman

Book & Lyrics by
Dave Hudson


The most magical thing about the lottery is pondering what you'd do if you won...At Schnaybel's Famous Cheese, the lotto is just the ticket to help the workers take their minds off how things are in Sheboygan. Their beloved founder has passed away and there are rumors the factory may shut down. With typical Wisconsin good humor, the workers carry on while keeping their fingers crossed that something better will come their way...A touching and joyful Wisconsin musical gouda luck fable!

Mondays & Thursdays @ 8PM
Wednesdays @ 6PM & Saturdays @ 8:30PM
AFT Amphitheatre - Peninsula State Park, Fish Creek, WI

 
Sunsets & S'mores
Peninsula State Park Celebrates its 100th Birthday!
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Created by

Frederick Heide,
Lee Becker

and Matt Zembrowski

A Centennial Celebration for Peninsula State Park! Sparkling folksongs, great ol' sing-a-longs, hilarious camping tales, and fascinating historical tidbits combine in this summer-long birthday party for our favorite state park. Plus audience member stories, too!

June 23 - August 29
Tuesdays @ 8PM & Saturdays @ 6PM

 
Muskie Love
Angling for Love and Laughs
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Music by
Paul Libman
Book & Lyrics by
 Dave Hudson


Ben and Bea are rival fishing guides, both avowedly single-and happy that way. Through the playful scheming of Bea's Uncle Roy (helped along by his daughter, Sarah, and her boyfriend, Claude), Ben and Bea are soon lured into a romantic trap. Despite their sworn hatred of each other, the couple finds themselves inexplicably drawn together. Throw in a feckless Fish and Game Warden, (DNR Doug), the ever-present Wisconsin love of the Packers (including an ode to Brett Favre), a few jokes from Roy, and a wonderful blend of tuneful songs - and you've got Muskie Love, a sure crowd-pleaser. This laugh-a-minute fish tale is a comic, contemporary take on Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, set on the shores of Green Bay, Wisconsin.

June 17 - August 28
Wednesdays @ 8:30PM & Fridays @ 8PM

 
GUYS & DOES - Coming This Fall!
The Deerhunting Musical
Guys & Does LogoBook & Lyrics by Frederick Heide
and Lee Becker
Music by Paul Libman

A wacky and wonderful excursion into the world of Wisconsin deer-hunting.  Join Fritz and Duane as they travel Up Nort' to get away from it all, and wind up crossing paths with a magical talking deer!

EPHRAIM VILLAGE HALL, 9996 Water Street, Ephraim, WI
September 4 - October 24

Monday through Saturday @ 7:30PM
Saturday Matinee @ 4:30PM
 
2009 "Curtain Call" Fundraising Events
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Lewis & Burroughs
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Sunday, July 12, 7:30 pm
AFT is thrilled to have Eric Lewis and Tommy Burroughs in concert at the Peninsula School of Art. For those of you who have been to our benefits before featuring Eric and Tommy, you know this is a not-to-be-missed event. There is always a surprise. Refreshments served. At Peninsula School of Art - $30

Highland Road in Concert
Sunday, September 27, 7 pm
If you haven't heard this relatively new combo, you are in for a real treat. Andy Coulson, Tad Gilster, Rick Gordon, Tony Gebauer, and guest, Phil Passen (hammered dulcimer) will entertain you with their wonderful instrumentals and vocals in Vail Hall.
At Bjorklunden Lodge - $30
 
2009 Creative Kids Day - Two Sessions!
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On July 17, 2009 kids will have a chance to look behind the scenes of a professional theater at American Folklore Theatre's Creative Kids Day in Peninsula State Park. This annual "casting call for creative kids" provides an opportunity for children ages 5-16 to spend a few hours with AFT company members and volunteers. Participants will spend the day playing theater games, joining in on cast singalongs, and sneaking a rare peek inside the AFT dressing room.
Creative Kids Day will take place on and around the AFT stage in Peninsula State Park on July 17. There are two sessions: 9:30AM-Noon and 1-3:30PM. Admission to the event is $20 per child, or a maximum of $50 for 3 siblings or more.
To register or get more information, please call the AFT office at (920) 854-6117.             

New Shuttle Transportation Service in 2009

Beginning this summer season, AFT will provide golf cart transportation from the parking lot to the theatre for our patrons who have difficulty walking the distance.  Service is available up to 10 minutes prior to showtime. Please meet at the parking lot steps.

And as always, handicapped parking and seating is available.  Handicapped signs at amphitheater entrance indicate designated parking area.  To reserve a backstage handicapped parking spot, please contact the AFT office during business hours prior to the show. Seating is limited.

Sound enhancement devices are also available at the Concession Stand to assist hearing impaired individuals.  They can be checked out by leaving your driver's license with staff.
American Folklore Theatre is a non-profit professional theatre organization that produces original musical shows in repertory from June through August.  AFT continues its performances into the fall with shows in Door County town halls September through October and over the Christmas holidays.  American Folklore Theatre is a member of Theatre Wisconsin and the Theatre Communications Group (TCG), organizations that promote non-profit theatre groups.  For more information on American Folklore Theatre, please call the AFT office at (920) 854-6117 or visit the AFT website at www.FolkloreTheatre.com.