LMBFs Targets Historic Rivaly in ‘Franksmoke’

It's not exactly “Gunsmoke," but let's just say Marshal Dillon needs to keep the peace with the 124-year rivalry between Marinette and Menominee.

Diamonds and Gold and Frankly Green Bay present Let Me Be Frank Productions' all-new comedy musical “Franksmoke."

Since 1894, the Marinette Marines and the Menominee Maroons have fought on the gridiron in the nation's 3rd longest interstate rivalry. And, do you remember when the legal drinking age in Wisconsin was 18? Everyone from the U.P. would sneak into Wisconsin to have some libations if they were under 21. One of those bars was Lolli's Pub in Marinette; they booked the best bands around with Gerry Cain and Friends being regulars. Well, our bar host Kitty is holding the championship dart match between the Menominee team, sponsored by Lloyd Flanders and the Marinette team, sponsored by Lauerman's. The Menominee team (including Festus and Tom) will do anything to win the State Dart Tournament. They'll even try to rig the outcome by sending in an underage spy!

While trying to get a bullseye, the Menominee folks prefer to listen to older country music. Across the bridge in Marinette, the progressive Wisconsinites are digging the newer county tunes while they play. It's not only a Menominee and Marinette feud but also a Reba vs. Loretta Lynn feud. Will the Marinette team prevail with the nearsighted father and son team of Frank and Blake? Kasey, the bartender with child, has some advice for the teams. Will it help? It's a battle of wits and skill — who will become the Dart Champions of the Twin Cities of da U.P.?

“Franksmoke" runs at the Meyer Theatre June 8 through June 23 on Thursday – Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. Additional matinee performances will take place at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 21 and Saturday, June 23. For tickets go to ticketstaronline.com or call (920) 494-3401. An encore presentation of “Franksmoke" will be shared on Wednesday, June 27 at the Capitol Civic Centre in Manitowoc at 7:30 p.m. For tickets to the Capitol Civic Centre performance, visit cccshows.org or call (920) 683-2184.

Cast includes Blake Hermans, Frank Hermans, Amy Riemer as Kitty, Kasey Schumacher as the bartender with child, Lisa Borley as the underage patron, Tom Verbrick, Michael O'Malley as Festus and Pat Hibbard as Marshal Dillon. Band includes Tony Pilz, keyboards; Adam Cain, percussion; Dennis Panneck, guitars; and Pat Hibbard, bass.

Song selections:

“How Was I To Know" — Reba McEntire

“Cowboy Casanova" — Carrie Underwood

“I'll Name The Dogs" — Blake Shelton

“How Far Do You Wanna Go" — Gloriana

“Let's Make Love" — Tim McGraw and Faith Hill

“She Got The Goldmine" — Jerry Reed

“Kiss an Angel Good Morning" — Charlie Pride

“Friends In Low Places" — Garth Brooks

“Ruby" — Kenny Rogers

“One's On The Way" — Loretta Lynn

“She's In Love With the Boy" — Trisha Yearwood

“Days Go By" — Keith Urban

“I Want Crazy" — Hunter Hayes

“Mama Tried" — Merle Haggard

“Country Girl" (Shake It For Me) — Luke Bryan

“White Liar" — Miranda Lambert

“You Are My Sunshine" — Morgane Stapleton with Chris Stapleton

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