25 Things: 'Submarine Races "Manty"'

Kasey Schumacher

kasey schumacher | social cues | march 2018

As you may know, I usually live-tweet one performance of each of our Let Me Be Frank shows. The first show of our 2018 season (“Submarine Races 'Manty'") took place from February 2-24 and was a ton of fun! However, the show took place in the 1940s and I was on stage for almost the entire show, which did not leave a lot of opportunities to inconspicuously tweet! In order to not be one of those stereotypical millennials on their phone all the time, I decided to do something a tad different this time around and just share the fun facts of the show our audience usually doesn't know!

25. The subs Frank had us taste test in the second act were actually some super healthy 7-grain bread. We each got a little scrap each night.

24. The giant sub prop Frank and Michael unveiled has been used twice before in previous shows. It was the pickle in our “Bond Pickle" show in the summer of 2017 AND it was a sausage in the “CSI Kewaunee" show in 2013! With a coat of paint and some reconstructing, it can become something entirely new.

23. My costume had a “Rosie" (as in Rosie the Riveter) nametag already sewn onto it when I got it.

22. The music in this show was particularly challenging for not only the vocalists (those harmonies were often quite difficult!) but also for the band, because it's not what we are usually accustomed to playing.

21. Frank was seriously playing the harmonica during this show. That was 100 percent real.

20. Tony however was not playing the trumpet at the beginning of “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" — sorry to disappoint you. Tony showing off his acting chops again!

19. As cast members we choreograph all of the dance numbers in the show.

18. Lisa was tasked with choreographing “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy."

17. I tackled the dance for “In the Mood."

16. Amy had “Movin' on Over" (the show's closer!) for her dance number.

15. The most difficult words for our cast to pronounce correctly from the script were Balao (buh-lau) and Worchester (wooster).

14. This is the most deliberately costumed look our band has had in several shows! They each had full-blown costumes.

13. We hadn't done a show with music this far back in history since the summer of 2013.

12. The sub sandwich and submarine boat designs on the big chalkboard were drawn by our light designer, Tracey! She's a woman of many, MANY skills!

11. Not surprising, “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" and “In the Mood" were the most difficult songs to learn.

10. Amy kept water in her prop flask (I promise it was just water!).

9. There was nothing inside of the thermos I played with in my lunchbox prop at the beginning of the show. In fact, I accidentally broke it one night trying to get it open. Oops.

8. Amy purchased an actual Life magazine from 1940 and we read it during the show. The articles were fascinating! We all took turns looking at it when the scene wasn't focused on us.

7. Only two people in the show wore wigs — Amy and David!

6. The saw prop was an actual functioning saw. It was extremely heavy and extremely sharp. Lisa once accidentally dragged her hand across it when she was moving and she had a serious scratch. Thank goodness it wasn't worse!

5. Due to a prior commitment, I had to miss one of our performances! On Saturday, February 10 I wasn't in the show! Kelly Gusloff was a rockstar and took my place for one night. And she did a fantastic job (not like anyone was surprised by that!).

4. There's a part in the show where Pat asked me if I “remember this move?" and he'd do some pose. He changed it every single night and it made me crack up each time. I looked forward to that part in that show so much.

3. The “nuts" and “bolts" on the workbench table were also very real and very heavy (and also quite expensive!).

2. Michael's bendy dance moves in the last dance number were created entirely by him. He was just told to “do some dancing on his own" because we had an uneven amount of guys and girls — and he didn't get paired up with anyone. He ended up stealing the scene with his moves!

1. The blueprints that Pat looks at and Lisa brings out at the end of the show were a lighting design map for another theater.

Kasey Schumacher is the marketing director for Let Me Be Frank Productions by day and a performer for the troupe by night. When she isn't updating Facebook or singing a 1970s classic, she enjoys running, cooking, questioning final rose picks on 'The Bachelor" and planning overly extravagant trips to Disney.

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