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For immediate release: Friday, November 3, 2011


Contacts: Holly Feldman, AFT, 920.854.6117 x104

Robert Chappell, Overture Center, 608.258.4438



American Folklore Theatre Brings

Guys On Ice to Overture Center's Playhouse

Wisconsin's most beloved musical returns to Madison as part of AFT's  

Singing Sportsmen Tour


Facts: Wisconsin born and based musical Guys On Ice, produced and presented by Door County's famed American Folklore Theatre, will take up residence in The Playhouse at Overture Center for the Arts TUE, NOV 29 through SUN, DEC 18.






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More: Join Marvin and Lloyd, fishing buddies and homegrown philosophers, for one more historic day in the shanty when American Folklore Theatre returns to Madison with that fan favorite Guys On Ice.


American Folklore Theatre, based in Door County, Wisconsin, produces original plays and musicals, including the well-known and much-loved Lumberjacks in Love, Cheeseheads - The Musical, and Guys & Does.


This charming play tells the story of two ice fishing buddies from Northern Wisconsin who talk and sing about life, love, and the one that got away. From their ice-fishing shanty, long-time pals Lloyd and Marvin keep warm with a mutual appreciation for good bait, cold beer, and the Green Bay Packers. As Marvin anxiously awaits his opportunity to appear on a cable TV fishing show and share secrets of his life on da' lake, Lloyd ponders a recent squabble with his wife concerning plans to spend their anniversary at Lambeau Field. Both pals scramble to protect their cold ones from fellow angler, Ernie the Moocher.


Sold-out houses from Wisconsin to Oregon to New York have embarked on this whirlwind ice-fishing tale, gaining wisdom about everything from the attributes of a snowmobile suit to romancing the checkout girl at the local grocery store. With songs such as "The Wishing Hole" and "Fish is the Miracle Food", Guys on Ice isn't just a musical - it's a journey through the secret culture of Northeastern Wisconsin ice fishermen.  Anyone who has ever been curious about those little plywood shanties sitting on lake ice and what goes on inside them should find all questions answered with this heartwarming and witty musical comedy.  Written by Fred Alley with music by James Kaplan, Guys on Ice settles into The Playhouse on Tuesday, November 29th and runs through Sunday, December 18th. The show hasn't been seen in Madison since 2008 and returns as part of AFT's statewide Singing Sportsmen Tour featuring both Guys On Ice and Guys & Does.


AFT favorites Doug Mancheski, Steve Koehler, and Lee Becker will be playing Marvin, Lloyd, and Ernie the Moocher (respectively) for the show's 3-week run at The Playhouse.


Guys On Ice features a "Packer Friendly" schedule to allow "'da guys" and patrons to catch the game. Tickets are $35, $30 for seniors and $20 for students, available at the Overture Center ticket office, by phone at 608.258.4141 or online at 



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Steve Koehler and Doug Mancheski in Guys On Ice. Photo by Len Villano
Steve Koehler and Doug Mancheski in Guys On Ice. Photo by Len Villano.
Doug Mancheski in Guys On Ice.
Photo by Len Villano.