Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Two troupes add to summer theatergoing fare

Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Two troupes add to summer theatergoing fare

<p class="MsoNormal">Musical, melodrama join ongoing shows.</p>

PHOTO: Peninsula Players Theatre's production of the musical, "Sunday in the Park with George," revolves around a famous painting by Georges Seurat, "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte." Art Institute of Chicago

GREEN BAY, WISC. (WFRV) - Two area community theaters are opening shows, joining the abundant long-running productions available to theatergoers in the region in the week ahead.

Here is an overview of the scene:

Starting tonight, Thursday, Aug. 8, is Peter Quince Performing Company's production of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying." Performances of the musical comedy are at the University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc. Everything involved in the production is done by youth ages 12 to 23. The unique troupe is in its 45th year. Info: www.pqpc.org.

A comic melodrama is in store for Abrams Spotlight Productions, starting a two-week run Friday, Aug. 9, at The Byng Community Theater in Abrams. Oddball characters in a zany plot are part of "The Saga of the Prospector's Daughter or She was Only a Miner's Minor." Info: www.abramsspotlightproductions.com.

Ongoing productions

- Let Me Be Frank Productions' new take on Green Bay Packers co-founder Curly Lambeau in "Packers Heritage Trail: Through Curly's Eyes," continues at the Meyer Theatre in downtown Green Bay. Troupe namesake Frank Hermans reports that Jerry Zucker, movie director of "Airplane" and the "Naked Gun" series, caught a performance and told him he liked comedy, timing and period settings. "He also commented on our voices and said that he would never have expected this type of talent in Green Bay," Hermans said. Info: www.letmebefranks.com. See review and a feature with Hermans on this site.

- At Appleton, Attic Theatre is into its final show of the season. It's "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," a musical comedy spoofing the corporate world. Info: www.attictheatreinc.com. Watch for my review Friday, Aug. 9, on this site.

- Door Shakespeare near Baileys Harbor in Door County offers contrasting William Shakespeare plays, the comedy romp "Love's Labour's Lost" and the mad and murderous "Macbeth." Alternating performances continue to Aug. 17. Info: www.doorshakespeare.com. See my reviews on this site.

- At American Folklore Theatre in Door County's Peninsula State Park near Fish Creek, three musical comedies continue. "Loose Lips Sink Ships" is a lively look at women shipbuilders in Sturgeon Bay during World War II. "Muskie Love" is the story of budding romance between couples and in love with Wisconsin's outdoors, fishing and the Green Bay Packers. "Windjammers" takes audiences back to adventures in sailing on the Great Lakes in 1871. See my review of "Windjammers" is on this site. AFT's shows run until Aug 24: Info: www.folkloretheatre.com.

- Peninsula Players Theatre is in the final performances of the engaging Pulitzer Prize-winning musical about artist Georges Seurat, "Sunday in the Park with George." See my review on this site. Starting Wednesday, Aug. 14, is the comic whodunit, "The Game's Afoot." Info: www.peninsulaplayers.com.

- Sturgeon Bay's Stage Door Theatre Company is running "Greater Tuna," a comedy with two actors playing 20 oddball Texas characters. Performances are in Studio Theatre of Third Avenue Playhouse. Info: www.thirdavenueplayhouse.com. See my review on this site.

On the concert scene

- Friday and Saturday night concerts highlight the three-day 35th annual Shawano Folk Music Festival in and around the Mielke Arts Center. Info: www.shawanofestival.com.

 - Birch Creek Music Performance Center near Egg Harbor in Door County continues its Big Band Jazz series. Info: www.birchcreek.org/concerts/.

- Door Community Auditorium's lineup for the week ahead includes country music star Kathy Mattea on Sunday, Aug. 11, along with concerts in the big Peninsula Music Festival. Info: www.dcauditorium.org.

Please email me at warren.gerds@wearegreenbay.com.

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