FISH CREEK, WISC.: Northern Sky Theater, which produces musicals from June to December, has announced its 2016 summer season. It will include four musical comedies, including a world premiere by local writer and composer Matt Zembrowski, and three returning works.
“It’s rare that we are able to run four shows in the summer,” said artistic director Jeffrey Herbst in a statement. “We typically run just three shows, but we felt it was important to bring both of our new shows back to the stage since they were so well received this past summer.”
Zembrowski’s show, Doctor! Doctor!, a tribute to Door County residents, is about a retiring small-town physician who recruits his big-city nephew to take over his practice.
The season will also see reprise performances of the popular 2015 musicals When Butter Churns to Gold and No Bones About It. The former—a melodrama written by Peter Welkin, Ron Barnett, and Randi Wolfe—takes place in the mid-1800s, where an orphaned Wisconsin farm girl must save her family farm from the villainous Friedrich von Fouler.
No Bones About It, from Dave Hudson and Paul Libman, takes Romeo and Juliet and sets it in the world of competitive barbecue, with two rib-eating families gunning for the top prize.
The Northern Sky hit Lumberjacks in Love, by Fred Alley and James Kaplan, will also return for its 10th production at the theatre. It takes place in a lumber camp in Northern Wisconsin, where the lives of four lumberjacks are disrupted by the arrival of a mail-order bride.