AFT's 2011 Summer Season, which runs June 15 through August 27, features a trio of fantastic shows playing in repertory. Each year over 35,000 devoted patrons enjoy a cozy night of comedy and musical theater under the stars at the AFT Amphitheatre in glorious Peninsula State Park Amphitheater, Fish Creek, Wi.
Original Musical Comedies to Delight the Whole Family – AFT is a unique and wonder-filled theatre experience, one where even getting to your seat is a joy.
Music by Paul Libman
Lyrics & Book by Dave Hudson
From the imaginative minds behind the AFT classics Cheeseheads and Muskie Love comes a story of hope, love, and laughter that blossoms in a family cherry orchard in Door County. Bing! The Cherry Musical marks the fifth world premiere of a Paul Libman/Dave Hudson musical at AFT. With songs like “Cherry Pit Spit” and “Summer in the Door” you can be sure the local flavor always so lovingly captured by Dave and Paul is in full abundance. While set in the here-and-now, Bing! is another classic-inspired work by this prolific creative team, as they loosely draw on Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard for inspiration. The acres of glorious orchards have been in the family for generations. With uncertainty looming, the survival of the family farm is in doubt. Selling could end so many worries, but also a way of life. Ruby Christiansen and her daughter Anna return to familiar friends and the home they love to face the past and determine their future. MORE INFORMATION
Book and Lyrics by
Frederick Heide & Lee Becker
Music by Paul Libman
The Deer Hunting Musical that promises
more bang for your buck...
A wacky and wonderful excursion into the world of Wisconsin deer-hunting. Join Fritz and Duane as they travel Up Nort’ to get away from it all, and wind up crossing paths with a magical talking deer!
Join mill-worker Fritz Dingleheimer as he once again heads Up Nort’ for that much-needed break in his routine. Puzzling over what to get his wife of 30 years for Christmas, and numbed by the mindless repetition of his job at the Nekoosa paper mill, this “Wizard of Whitetails” can’t wait to drink in the peace and quiet and beer found in the northern pines.
It would all be perfect, except this time around his only companion is local oddball, Duane Puddles. A non-hunter whose primary skills seem to be talking and knitting, Duane is dating Fritz’s daughter, Susie, who’s arranged for him to go with her father so the two men can “bond.” Duane plans to marry Susie, and hopes to impress Fritz and gain his blessing on this trip. Fritz isn’t so sure. MORE INFORMATION
Book and Lyrics by Fred Alley
Music by James Kaplan
Story by Fred Alley and James Kaplan
Lumberjacks in Love returned in 2008 to the AFT stage for the first time since 2005 after overwhelming requests from AFT fans. Four burly lumberjacks live in a state of manly bliss at the Haywire Lumber Camp in Northern Wisconsin – until an encounter with a plucky mail order bride interrupts life as they know it. The result is big belly laughs and beautiful music. Lumberjacks is one of AFT’s all-time box office hits and celebrates a world where bath time is once a month and the blast of a dinner bell brings the boys running. Lumberjacks in Love is a must-see for any AFT fan! Lumberjacks, which premiered in 1994, is one of the earliest and most successful collaborations between the classic AFT writing team of Fred Alley and James Kaplan. MORE INFORMATION