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      January 4, 2012        


      Contact: Holly Feldman, Manager of Marketing and Audience Development

      (920) 854-6117




Guys On Ice Sets Up Shanty at Third Avenue Playhouse

Statewide Singing Sportsmen Tour to make a brief stop in Sturgeon Bay

Third Avenue Playhouse opened its doors on October 26, 2000 with one of American Folklore Theatre's hit shows, Guys on Ice.  Now, the two organizations are teaming up again to bring this celebrated show back to the Third Avenue Playhouse stage.  Join everyone's favorite ice fishermen as they set up shanty at TAP for just three performances January 9 - 11.


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, 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.


AFT favorite, Doug Mancheski, returns as Marvin, a role that has defined his work at AFT. He fits into the role like a pair of comfortable old gloves. He knows - and obviously loves - the material, and takes fresh chances with each production. His Elvis-inspired "I Am the King" is still a highlight. Steve Koehler and Lee Becker will be playing Lloyd and Ernie the Moocher (respectively) for the show's 3-performance run at TAP.


Performances are January 9th, 10th & 11th at 7:30 PM. Tickets for Guys on Ice are $20 for adults and $12 for children under 12. Tickets are on sale now at the Third Avenue Playhouse box office, located at 239 N. Third Avenue in Sturgeon Bay, (920) 743-1760.  Box office hours are 10:00 am - 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday, as well as one hour prior to all performances.  Off-hours tickets are also available at the Dancing Bear or Java on Jefferson. For more information about Guys on Ice and other events at TAP, visit www.thirdavenueplayhouse.com. For more information about American Folklore Theatre, visit www.folkloretheatre.com.

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 at the Door Community Auditorium 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.
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Steve Koehler, Lee Becker, and Doug Mancheski in Guys On Ice. Photo by Len Villano.