frank hermans—rolling frankstone—july 2020
Yay, Green Bay! We are back after a three-month layoff! We are just thrilled to bring you our newest musical comedy, “The Frankstones!”
Diamonds and Gold along with the Meyer Theatre present Let Me Be Frank Productions' all-new comedy musical, "The Frankstones." Let Me Be Frank Productions make their return to the Meyer Theatre with a benefit for the Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau. For the opening night performance of "The Frankstones," $10 of every sold ticket goes to this valuable organization in Northeast Wisconsin.
That being said, here's the story of "The Frankstones.”
Mr. Slate calls Fred and Barney to his office and announces his retirement. He tells the boys that one of them will be his replacement at the quarry and will become the Grand Poobah of the Loyal Order of the Water Buffalo Lodge. The boys misunderstand and think they are both being promoted. Meanwhile, a cotillion is set up for the entertainment for the big event – Mr. Slate's retirement party. Also, there is a conflict with Pebbles, Bam Bam, and Rock Hardley. Pebbles is a senior at Prince-stone University who happens to be interning at the William Morestone agency and is in charge of hiring entertainment acts. Bam Bam is sick of his job of flipping burgers at Bronto-King. He assumes he and his band are shoo-ins for the party since Pebbles is his girlfriend. There is tension because Pebbles is smitten with a rock star Rock Hardly. Hilarity ensues.
With all this 'stone-age culture' swimming around in the brain, we felt was about time Let Me Be Franks did their own version of the Flintstones, or in this case, “The Frankstones.”
So how do you Frankenize the Flintstones? Well you take the Flintstones, call it the Frankstones, change Barney Rubble's name to Barney Trubble, and instead of Stoney Curtis (Tony Curtis) as an added character, you bring in Rock Hardly, a famous rock star. Get it? Well—you will. From the minds of Frank Hermans and Pat Hibbard, we bring you our own creation of the famous cartoon from the early 1960s.
So if you are doing a musical comedy about the Flintstones, you should pick songs that a caveman would understand right? Like songs with titles that include rock, stone, and fire in them, and voila—you are on the cover of the “Rolling Stone,” or Franklystone Green Bay (pun intended).
Frank Hermans says, “I thought Fred Flintstone was just like my dad. They kinda looked alike, same hair and voice and he yelled a lot and went to moose lodge meetings a lot (aka the bars). My favorite episode is the one where Fred does something that causes him to feel embarrassed and when he does the deed he becomes a miniature version of himself while saying, 'Metamorpho!' I still say this every time I do something that maybe I should not have done or said something I shouldn't have—Metamorpho! And I just loved the Harvey Korman voiced character, The Great Gazoo, and his famous name for Fred and Barney: “Dumb Dumbs.”
Pat Hibbard adds, “The Flintstones was a twisted version of The Honeymooner's. Two married couples that are best friends, getting into trouble, creating schemes and occasionally, however briefly, turning on each other. One of my favorite things about the Flintstones was the way they mixed modern culture and entertainment icons with Stone Age stuff. Like, the home dishwasher was courtesy of the trunk of a wooly mammoth or they have cars, but they are foot operated. I also really liked the crazy guest stars like Stoney Curtis, Ann Margrock, Ed Sullystone, and Rock Quarry. In our show, we have a fictional pop sensation, Rock Hardly. Also, in our story we're touching on all of that and taking some liberties by adding grown up versions of Pebbles and Bamm Bamm. Oh, and don't forget the Grand Poobah of the Loyal Order of the Water Buffalo.”
Cast: Frank Hermans (Fred), Pat Hibbard (Barney), Amy Riemer (Wilma), Lisa Borley (Betty), Tom Verbrick (Mr. Slate), Sarah Hibbard (Pebbles), Blake Hermans (Rock Hardly), Zach Hibbard (Bam- Bam), Dennis Pannek (Guitars and Caveman #1), Jeff Arnold (Keyboards and Caveman #2), Adam Cain (Drums and Caveman #3)
Enjoy “The Frankstones” at the historic Meyer Theatre! The show opens Friday July 31 and runs thru Saturday August 15. The Meyer Theatre and, in conjunction with PMI, have created a safe and secure environment for everyone to enjoy. Gone is the greeting at the end of the show, which we all will deeply miss. In place is six-foot social distancing at all restrooms, ticketing, beverage purchasing, and seating. At the end of the show, Frank will ask the furthest back rows to exit first, just like in church. Our goal is to make you forget the trials and tribulations of the day-to-day grind, put a smile on your face, and have you singing the songs as you are exiting the beautiful Meyer Theatre.
Enjoy “The Frankstones” on various dates from July 31 through August 15. Other 7:30 p.m. shows are as follows: August 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, and Saturday, August 15. Three matinee performances will take place at 1 p.m. on August 8, 13, and 15, respectively.
The Meyer Theatre's capacity of 1,000 will be reduced to 25 percent of capacity and seats will be sold strategically to allow for social distancing. In addition, hand-sanitizing stations will be available throughout the theatre along with other social distancing guidelines. The theatre will be sanitized after every show. Tickets for “The Frankstones” can be purchased online at MeyerTheatre.org or at the Meyer Theatre Box Office starting on the day of the show, 90 minutes before start time. To ensure the safety of our patrons and cast, the Meyer Theatre is implementing new seating arrangements and social distancing standards. The Meyer Theatre has a seating capacity of 1000 patrons, which now will be cut down to 250 per performance. Households will be allowed to sit next to each other, but as a whole, there will be socially distanced seating by seats and row spacing. Bathrooms and concessions will be marked for social distancing, and the Meyer Theatre will be thoroughly cleaned after every performance. Our customary receiving line after the show will be canceled for the time being. We want to make your experience at the Meyer Theatre, and with Let Me Be Frank Productions is a fun, but safe, adventure. For tickets, please go to meyertheatre.org to reserve your tickets or purchase at the door of the Meyer Theatre. Doors will open 90 minutes prior to a performance solely for ticketing purposes.
Papa Was a Rolling Stone-The Temptations
Jailhouse Rock-Elvis Presley
The Cover of the Rolling Stone-Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show
Walk the Dinosaur-Was Not Was
I Love Rock n Roll-Joan Jett
Stone in Love-The Stylistics
Rock Me Baby-Tina Turner
Stone in Love-Journey
Rock with You-Michael Jackson
(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone-The Monkees
Light My Fire-Rhetta Hughes
Rock Me Amadeus-Falco
Rock On-Michael Damian
Rock & Roll Fantasy-Bad Company
Rock Steady-The Whispers
So You Want to be a Rock & Roll Star-Tom Petty
Life is a Rock (But the Radio Rolled Me)-Reunion