Musical comedy about ice fishing comes to the Ross Center
Published 12:00 pm Thursday, February 13, 2014
Two ice-fishing buddies sing about ice fishing in the freezing cold in the Albert Lea Community Theatre play “Guys on Ice.”
Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. today at the Marion Ross Performing Arts Center. The show runs until Feb. 22.
“Guys on Ice” is a musical comedy that tells the story of two ice-fishing buddies from Wisconsin who talk and sing about life, love and the one that got away. The show features the songs “De Wishing Hole,” “Ode to a Snowmobile Suit”and “Fish is de Miracle Food.”
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“It has been really fun,” director Jerry Girton said. “It is a really funny show, and I think the audience will really be able to relate.”
The 90-minute show features locals Mike Compton, Jason Howland and Brian Mattson. Girton directed and Lora Virgil provided musical direction.
Girton has enjoyed directing the play, which features live music. Rehearsals began in January but were slowed due to weather conditions.
Girton said the cast has had fun with the show. Howland, a Minnesota Vikings fan, played Marvin, who is a hard-core Green Bay Packers fan.
“That was really out of character for him,” Girton said. “We had fun with it, though.”
The show features serious musical numbers like singing about the beauty of a frozen lake.
The musical comedy begins tonight at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults and $10 for students.
Tickets are available at 1-877-730-3144, www.actonbroadway.com or at the box office. Tickets are also available at the Albert Lea Convention and Visitors Bureau.
What: “Guys on Ice”
When: 7:30 p.m. Feb 13-15, 2 p.m. Feb. 16, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19-22
Where: Marion Ross Performing Arts Center
How much: $18 for adults, $10 for students
Lloyd: Mike Compton of Austin
Marvin: Jason Howland of Albert Lea
Ernie: Brian Mattson of Albert Lea
Director: Jerry Girton
Music director: Lora Virgil
Set designer/builder: Steve Kinney
Lighting designer: Dietrich Poppen
Stage manager: Kris Bartley
Production manager: Kathy Brekke
Costume/props: Kristan Dye, Raquel Hellman
Sound/light board operator: Crystal Schatz
Assistant stage manager: Palmer Godlewski
Videographer: Dan Borland
Box office manager: Sue Tripp
Assisted by: Neil and Barb Lang
Box office volunteers: Sue Tripp, Mary Ellen Johnson, Carol Frydenlund, ShirleyEnderson, Marlys Broberg, Karen Olsen, June Etienne, Jane Buege, Jan Zehnder, Joann Schwartz, Donna Widenhoefer, Cindy Fjermestad and Arline Richter
Playbill editors: Jason Howland and Tony Segura
Publicity: Dan Borland, Gayle Brownlow, Jason Howland, Mary Ellen Johnson, Crystal Schatz and Tony Segura
Building manager: Neil Lang