20 Things: 'Girls on Ice'

Kasey Schumacher

kasey schumacher | social cues | april 2019

My behind-the-scenes facts are back! I decided to do a little inside scoop about our “Girls on Ice” show that took place March 14-17 at the Backstage at the Meyer Theatre. We chose to give a nod to our past and do a weekend of Frank's Dinner Theatre with a brand new musical comedy. Enjoy a few things you may not have known about “Girls on Ice.”

20. We learned that this show was going to happen about eight months prior to the show! I was in a meeting with Frank and some folks from the Meyer and it was brought up. Frank had me text Kelly, Lisa and Amy during the meeting to see if they were available for the date we were throwing around.

19. We were able to suggest some of our favorite songs we've each done before to create the set-list for this show! The songs you heard were all some of our top choices.

18. The last time all four girls (Kelly, Lisa, Amy and myself) did a show together was “My Twin Bridge Summer” in the summer of 2017.

17. In the show, us girls were having a 10-year college reunion. But in real life, Kelly and I went to St. Norbert College at the same time. She was a senior when I was a freshman.

16. Many of the set pieces and props come from our own homes! It was a joint effort to decorate our she-shed.

15. My character was loosely based off of Sandra Bullock's character in “Miss Congeniality.”

14. The fancy purple couch was last used in “Something Stinks in Kaukauna” last spring!

13. We were going to wear authentic ice fishing gear during the second act but quickly realized we'd get way too hot in all of that clothing.

12. Because the size of the stage was smaller, we weren't planning on having any choreography in this show. However, during rehearsals, Lisa and I started randomly remembering a dance we did to Kelly's song and voila, we added an abbreviated version of a dance.

11. I had the most modern song in the entire show. My song “Walking on Broken Glass” is actually from 1992 so we did '60s, '70s, '80s and technically '90s music in this show!

10. It was Kelly's idea to bring along a baby doll and put the baby in a little carrier and sing her songs while rocking her baby. The first time she did it, we all cracked up because it looked SO realistic. The baby doll actually has a name (I'm not kidding) and it's called “Baby Barb.”

9. Amy's fantastic black fur hat was found on Amazon. We seriously find 90 percent of our costumes on Amazon.

8. The Girls on Ice handshake we did toward the end of the show started out completely as a joke during rehearsals and ended up sticking.

7. Frank decked out in his snow gear was sweating buckets by the time he made it off stage!

6. Many aspects of our personal lives were put into the show. Almost everyone mentioned their jobs, parents, husbands or children by name – except me! My character didn't exactly replicate my real life. I even had my maiden name in this show! It was kind of fun to say “Kasey Corrado” again.

5. Since it was a dinner show, our back-stage area was actually very close to the kitchen! It was a tight squeeze back there but the entire Backstage staff was so friendly, flexible and accommodating!

4. When we started rehearsing with costumes, I noticed I was having a harder time hearing but just during the second act. I'm embarrassed to admit it took me a while to realize my big knit hat covering my ears muffled the sound! Captain Obvious over here!

3. I LOVE doing shows as the four of us girls. Amy, Lisa, Kelly and I get along so well and while we have very different voices individually, it's amazing to sing in four-part harmony together. We hope you enjoy hearing it as much as we enjoy doing it.

2. I heard a rumor that there might be a sequel to “Girls on Ice” – stay tuned!

1. This is not the only dinner theatre show this year! Come back to the Backstage at the Meyer for “Brent the Musical” (November 14-17). Tickets are on sale now and are sure to sell out quickly. This show features Frank, Pat, Amy, Lisa and Michael O'Malley along with the best band in the land!

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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