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Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: ‘A Frank's Christmas: Schroeder's Christmas' Scheduled in Four Cities

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) - Let Me Be Frank Productions will open its 19th original “A Frank’s Christmas” Nov. 30 at the Meyer Theatre before taking the show on the road at bit. Info: letmebefranks.com.

This year’s comedy musical is titled “Schroeder’s Christmas.”

According to a press release: The story goes back to the 1930s at Schroeder’s Department Store in Two Rivers.

From the troupe: “It’s the most wonderful time of the year – unless you’re the Schroeder brothers. The band of brothers and owners of the store, Neil, Hillary and Gary Schroeder, have fallen on hard times as they try to keep their family business thriving. Times have gotten so tough that they’re even requiring their employees Lisa, Amy and newbie, Sarah to work on Christmas Eve. Maybe a salesman by the name of Clarence Jingle will be the answer to their prayers. Clarence is trying to sell the store employees on a newfangled toy called a “slinky” – apparently, it’s going to be all the rage and might help Schroeder’s keep their doors open for years to come.

“To make matters worse, a venture capitalist from Younkers, Damien Krumpas, has plans of his own to infiltrate and destroy Schroeder’s. He has some rather interesting business practices for the Schroeder’s to test out in their store. Will he ruin Christmas for the brothers and the city of Trivers… er, we mean Two Rivers?”

Performances at the Meyer Theatre run Nov. 30 to Dec. 23 at 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, with 1 p.m. shows Dec. 6, 7, 13, 15 and 22. Info: ticketstaronline.com. Two performances will be fundraisers for local organizations – Nov. 30 for Cerebral Palsy Inc. and Dec. 6 for the Meyer Theatre Foundation.

Additional performances:

+ Algoma Performing Arts Center, Algoma Middle School, 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. Info: algomapac.com.

+ Engler Center for the Performing Arts, Chilton High School, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17. Info: englercenter.com.

+ Capitol Civic Centre, Manitowoc, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28. Info: cccshows.org .

The cast is Frank Hermans as Clarence Jingle; Amy Riemer, Lisa Borley and Sarah Hibbard as Schroeder employees; Pat Hibbard and Damien Krumpas; Tom Verbrick as Hillary; Michael O’Malley as Gary; and Blake Hermans and Neil. In the band are Dennis Panneck, guitars; Adam Cain, drums; Tony Pilz, keyboards; and Pat Hibbard, bass.

Songs include “Zat You Santa Claus?” (Louis Armstrong), “Baby It’s Cold Outside” (Dean Martin), “Let It Snow” (Frank Sinatra), “We Wish You the Merriest” (Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby), “O Holy Night” (Leontyne Price), “Carol of the Drum (Little Drummer Boy)” (Trapp Family Singers), “Winter Wonderland” (Andrews Sisters) and “Jingle Bells (I Like a Sleigh Ride)” (Peggy Lee).

Contact me at warren.gerds@wearegreenbay.com. Watch for my on-air Critic at Large editions on WFRV-TV at 6:20 a.m. Sundays.


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