LMBF’s ‘The Hodag & Scooby Dude’

Baumeister Sodas and Diamonds and Gold present Let Me Be Frank Productions' all-new comedy musical, “The Hodag & Scooby Dude” this July and August. Zoinks! The Scooby Dude and the Gang are back to solve another mystery — this time at the Hodag Festival in Rhinelander.

A wrong turn lands rock enthusiasts Bill and Ted at the Hodag Country Festival instead of the Cadott Rock Fest. They can't stand country music, but the beer is cold and readily available, so they stick around. Sherriff Smith, head of Hodag Country Festival security, lets them in on the rumblings of recent Hodag sightings. What is a Hodag? The Hodag is a legendary creature form Paul Bunyan lore. It's said to have the head of a frog, the grinning face of an elephant, thick short legs set off by huge claws and the back of a dinosaur. Its tail has spears on the end and it smells of buzzard and skunk.

The monster sightings have skyrocketed in the past three years according to Rynder Rhinelander, owner of Rhinelander beer. Interestingly enough, beer sales have also gone through the roof in the past three years. Coincidence? Don't be so sure.

Sherriff Smith enlists the help of Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and Scooby Dude to help solve the mystery of the Hodag.

Is the Hodag real, or just an urban legend designed to attract tourists to the country festival? Can Scooby Dude and the gang find the culprit? You'll have to check out the show to find out.

“The Hodag & Scooby Dude” features country hits of decades past and present! Every artist on the set list has performed at the Hodag Country Festival, meaning every song in this show has been featured at the festival. You'll be tapping your toes and singing along to artists such as Reba, Blake Shelton, Toby Keith, Glen Campbell, Clint Black, Faith Hill and Eric Church!

“The Hodag & Scooby Dude” opens Friday, July 19thwith a benefit show supporting On Broadway. For Friday evening's performance, $10 of every ticket goes to this deserving organization in our community. “The Hodag & Scooby Dude” then runs Thursday-Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. July 19 through August 17. Matinee performances will take place on Thursday, August 15 and Saturday, August 20 at 1 p.m. at the Meyer Theatre. Tickets are available at meyertheatre.org or by calling Ticketstar at 920-494-3401.

Cast: Frank Hermans as Fred, Amy Riemer as Daphne, Lisa Borley as Velma, Michael O'Malley as Shaggy, Tom Verbrick as Scooby Dude, Pat Hibbard as Sherriff Smith, Sarah Hibbard as Rynder Rhinelander, Blake Hermans as Ted and Zach Hibbard as Bill

Band: Dennis Panneck (guitars), Pat Hibbard (bass), Jeff Arnold (keyboards), Adam Cain (drums).

Song Selections

“Scooby Doo Theme Song” - Let Me Be Frank Band

“Hicktown” - Jason Aldean

“God Bless Texas” - Little Texas

“Nothin' but the Taillights” - Clint Black

“Gentle on My Mind” - Glen Campbell

“Giddy on Up” - Laura Bell Bundy

“The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia” — Reba McEntire

“Ride” - Martina McBride

“Red Solo Cup” - Toby Keith

“Creepin'” - Eric Church

“Chicken Fried” - Zac Brown Band

“Boys 'Round Here” - Blake Shelton

“If I Die Young” - The Band Perry

“Road Less Traveled” - Lauren Alaina

“How Do I Live” - LeAnn Rimes

“The Way You Love Me” - Faith Hill

“Mama He's Crazy” - The Judds

“Wanted” - Hunter Hayes

“Honey (Open That Door)” - Ricky Skaggs

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