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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               November 19, 2012  


          Contact: Holly Feldman, Manager of Marketing and Audience Development

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American Folklore Theatre Announces 2013 Season


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Facebook this: Critically acclaimed American Folklore Theatre in Door County announces 2013 season!


Facts:   Critically acclaimed American Folklore Theatre (AFT) in Door County has announced its 2013 Summer and Fall Seasons, which will run from June 12 until August 24 at the Amphitheatre in Peninsula State Park and will move indoors to Door Community Auditorium in the fall.


More:    Summer Season to feature World Premiere Windjammers, in rotating repertory with AFT favorites Loose Lips Sink Ships and Muskie Love.

              Fall Season to debut Victory Farm for the first time at the Door Community Auditorium.


Release: American Folklore Theatre (AFT) has announced its line up for the 2013 Summer and Fall Seasons in Door County, Wisconsin.


"This is by far the earliest we have ever had the privilege of announcing our season, " said Artistic Director Jeffrey Herbst. "Because AFT creates new musicals year after year, our workshop process can sometimes take us well into January before we can officially put a show on the docket for that summer."  


Windjammers makes its maiden voyage on the Peninsula State Park Amphitheatre stage this summer.  Inspired by tales and tunes of 19th century Great Lakes sailors, Robin Share and Clay Zambo make their AFT writing debut with a coming-of-age story of courage and adventure amid high waves, fresh air, legend, and song.


Windjammers was developed in partnership with the Academy for New Musical Theatre (ANMT) in Los Angeles. After initially penning a musical review, Share and Zambo expanded the piece into a book musical with an original story and all new music set on Lake Michigan in 1876. "It's exciting to have a piece written specifically for our audience based on such a rich lode of material," said Herbst.

Last seen on the AFT stage in 2006, Loose Lips Sink Ships returns to the shores of the Door Peninsula with Roxie and Anne, two hometown women who trade their regular lives for welding torches in 1942 to help the war effort in the shipyards. This show has been called "a love letter to 'The Greatest Generation'." Loose Lips Sink Ships recognizes and pays tribute to their sacrifice, their willingness to work for the greater good, their love for this country and, most importantly, their courage. Loose Lips Sink Ships premiered in 2001 with book and lyrics by Jacinda Duffin and Laurie Flanigan-Hegge, and music by James Kaplan. 


Playing in repertory with Windjammers and Loose Lips Sink Ships will be the fan-favorite Muskie Love.

Created in 2004 and last seen on the AFT stage in 2009, Muskie Love was the first collaboration by the now veteran writing team of Dave Hudson and Paul Libman. Muskie Love is set in Door County and follows the exploits of Ben and Bea, rival fishing guides, both avowedly single-and happy that way. Or so they think.


Hudson and Libman, who have now debuted more than five shows for AFT and have two Richard Rogers Awards to their credit, are planning an all-new song for the show this summer.  


"Fans who have seen the show know that one song has changed over the years," said Hudson. "It started as a tribute to good old number 4, when he was still with us, then it turned into 'Packer Girl'."  


As for the newest incarnation of the song, Hudson had this to say, "That remains a mystery. Will Sarah be carin' for Aaron?  Will she delve into matters twelve?  Will she double-check her heart? Like the Packers, this song is still a bit of a wild card at the moment."


American Folklore Theatre's Summer Season runs from June 12th - August 24th at the Amphitheater in Peninsula State Park. There is no park sticker required to attend performances in the State Park.  


Also this season, AFT will reprise their 2012 World Premiere, Victory Farm, at the Door Community Auditorium this fall.  

"The buzz was tremendous all summer long," commented Holly Feldman, Manager of Marketing and Audience Development. "We've heard from many people who were unable to join us saying they would like a chance to see the show, as well as from countless fans who would like to see it again." 


Victory Farm is a story of "family, forgiveness, and the fruits of our labor" set in Door County during World War II. The music is written by award-winning composer James Valcq, best known for the worldwide success of The Spitfire Grill written with AFT co-founder Fred Alley. The book and lyrics for Victory Farm were conceived and written by Emilie Coulson and Katie Dahl.


The performance schedule and casting will be announced early in 2013.


Tickets for both the summer and fall season will go on sale April 15th in the AFT box office at the Green Gables shops in north Ephraim, via phone at (920) 854-6117, and online at 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 and town halls September through October and over the Christmas holiday.    


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