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7:51 PM, Sep. 13, 2013  |  Comments
Let Me Be Frank Productions' new show opens Friday at the Meyer Theatre in Green Bay.
Let Me Be Frank Productions' new show opens Friday at the Meyer Theatre in Green Bay.
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Let Me be Frank mounts a sequel

"My Big Fat Pulaski Wedding - The Honeymoon is Over" is Let Me Be Frank Productions' first sequel.

In the past, the local theater group has done shows with similar references but never a continuation of a story.

This story takes place three years into Frank and Amy's marriage. Amy is expecting again and Frank wants to throw a surprise, three-year anniversary party. Pat has quit drinking, Frank and Amy had baby Harrison, and the Swamps - where Frank and Amy got married - is going to be torn down to become the Pulaski Polka Days grounds.

The musical brings back memories of The Swamps in Pulaski, a popular wedding hall in the 1960s. Songs are from the '60s and '70s by artists such as The Carpenters, Lou Christie, Three Dog Night, Tom Jones and Aretha Franklin.

The show runs Friday through Oct. 12 at the Meyer Theatre in Green Bay. Showtime is 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, with matinees at 1 p.m. Oct. 3 and Oct. 12. Tickets are $29 and can be purchased through Ticket Star at (920) 494-3401 or ticketstaronline.com.

Allouez band strikes up new season

"Comedy, Tragedy and a Twist" is the theme of the first concert of the 2013-2014 season by the Allouez Village Band at 7 p.m. Monday at the Meyer Theatre in Green Bay. Doors for the free concert open at 6 p.m.

This marks 32 seasons for the 80-member all-volunteer band, which offers free concerts at the Meyer the third Monday of each month September through December and February through May.

The concert will feature two local vocalists, Kelly and David Gusloff. Kelly has performed in many local productions, including Let Me Be Frank Productions. David is the Performing Arts Coordinator at The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Center, where he shares his passion of theater, music and dance to children. His work also includes Let Me Be Frank Productions and this past summer "Les Miserables" at the St. Norbert College Summer Music Theatre.

The couple will sing two selections together, "Comedy Tonight" from Stephen Sondheim's musical comedy "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" and "The Prayer," made famous by singers Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli. David will reprise "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables" from his performance in "Les Miserables."

Other band selections will include "Salute to Bob Hope," "Selections from Hairspray," "A Symphony of Sit-Coms," "A Salute to Spike Jones," "Adagio for Strings" and "Nimrod from Enigma Variations."

For more information, see the band's website at www.allouezband.org.

Evergreen Theatre to hold auditions

Evergreen Theatre is holding auditions for two productions.

"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" auditions will be held 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Creations Galore, 3164 Coronet Way, Ashwaubenon. This show will be double cast with ages 6-25 preferred.

"White Christmas" auditions will be held 6:30 to 9 p.m. Sept. 23 and 24 at Creations Galore.

Gallery presents the 'Milwaukeeists'

"Milwaukeeists: 1996-2003," is on dislpay through Oct. 3 at the Lawton Gallery at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in Theatre Hall, 2420 Nicolet Drive.

The "Milwaukeeists" exhibition explores the alternative artistic culture in Milwaukee during the eight-year period referenced in the show's title. The exhibition includes paintings, photographs, installations, films and ephemera from the period, during which national attention was focused on Milwaukee's art scene. The show, which will be accompanied by a catalog, explores the rise of a scene and its lasting impact.

"This exhibit serves as a fascinating snapshot that preserves the flavor of this period as it charts the networks of artists who all decided to take the creation and presentation of culture into their own hands, and founded their own venues and institutions with which to do this," said Lawton Gallery Curator Stephen Perkins. "While this kind of history is not particular to Milwaukee, this exhibition illustrates how a series of particularly fecund solutions were hatched up by the city's artists, within a larger environment that they found was conducive to experimentation, coupled with a do-it-yourself spirit that propelled them forward."

In association with the exhibit, the Green Bay Film Society will present "Milwaukeeists Onscreen," a film and video program curated by Carl Bogner and Ben Balcom, at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Neville Public Museum of Brown County, 210 Museum Place, Green Bay. Admission to the film is free for Brown County residents.

Located in Room 230 of Theatre Hall, the Lawton Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday during fall and spring semesters. All gallery events are free.

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