Frankly Green Bay and Diamonds and Gold present Let Me Be Frank Productions' 19th all-original Christmas comedy musical, “Schroeder's Christmas.” This year we go back to the 1930s at Schroeder's Department store in Two Rivers. It's the most wonderful time of the year — unless you're the Schroeder brothers. The band of brothers and owners of the store, Neil, Hillary and Gary Schroeder, have fallen on hard times as they try to keep their family business thriving. Times have gotten so tough that they're even requiring their employees Lisa, Amy and newbie Sarah to work on Christmas Eve! Maybe a salesman by the name of Clarence Jingle will be the answer to their prayers. Clarence is trying to sell the store employees on a newfangled toy called a “slinky” — apparently, it's going to be all the rage and might help Schroeder's keep their doors open for years to come.
To make matters worse, a venture capitalist from Younkers, Damien Krumpas, has plans of his own to infiltrate and destroy Schroeder's. He has some rather interesting business practices for the Schroeders to test out in their store. Will he ruin Christmas for the brothers and the city of Trivers … er, we mean Two Rivers? You'll have to see for yourself. One thing is for sure though; you'll love the classic holiday tunes, the hilarious cast of characters and the heartwarming tale in this family-friendly show!
The show runs November 30 through December 23, Tuesday-Saturday evenings at the Meyer Theatre (8 p.m.). Matinees are December 6, 7, 13, 15 & 22 at 1 p.m. Tickets available through ticketstaronline.com or by calling (920) 494-3401.
Two performances will be fundraiser shows for local organizations. On opening night (Friday, November 30), $10 of every ticket sold will benefit CP. On Thursday, December 6, $10 of every ticket sold will benefit the Meyer Theatre.
Out of Town Performances:
Algoma PAC, Algoma Middle School, Saturday, December 1 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets at algomapac.com or by calling (920) 487-7001.
The Engler Center, Chilton High School, Monday, December 17 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets at englercenter.com or by calling 1-866-967-8167.
Capitol Civic Centre, Manitowoc, Friday, December 28 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets at cccshows.org or by calling (920) 683-2184.
Cast:Frank Hermans, Clarence Jingle; Amy Riemer, Lisa Borley and Sarah Hibbard as Schroeder employees; Pat Hibbard, Damien Krumpas; Tom Verbrick, Hillary; Michael O'Malley, Gary; Blake Hermans, Neil. Band: Dennis Panneck, guitars; Adam Cain, drums; Tony Pilz, keyboards; Pat Hibbard, bass.
Zat You Santa Claus? — Louis Armstrong
Baby Please Come Home — Gaspard Royant
Happy Holidays — Andy Williams
Sleigh Ride —Johnny Mathis
How Great Thou Art - Tony Fontane
Baby it's Cold Outside — Dean Martin
Let it Snow — Frank Sinatra
All I Want for Christmas — Nat King Cole
It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas — Bing Crosby
We Wish You the Merriest — Frank Sinatra & Bing Crosby
The Christmas Song — Nat King Cole
O Holy Night — Leontyne Price
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas — Ella Fitzgerald
I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm — Kay Starr
What Are You Doing New Year's Eve — Ella Fitzgerald
Carol of the Drum (Little Drummer Boy) -Trapp Family Singers
Silver Bells — Doris Day
Winter Wonderland — Andrews Sisters
Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer — Ella Fitzgerald
Jingle Bells (I Like a Sleigh Ride) — Peggy Lee