When you’re not out ice fishing, the second best thing to do is attend an ice fishing musical theater production, right?

The comedy Guys on Ice by Fred Alley and Frederick Heide, with music by James Kaplan, is a glimpse into the life of two long-time friends and ice fishermen as they discuss and sing about life, love, and the one that got away.

The Riverside Theater in Iowa City, which featured the performance earlier in 2012, called it “a manly musical” in which two friends from northern Wisconsin, Lloyd and Marvin, “pass the time by fishing, swapping jokes, playing cards, talking about their romantic problems–and occasionally breaking into song and dance about snowmobile suits, beer, and fish.”

The pair is anxiously awaiting their opportunity to appear on a TV fishing show, while they work to protect their beer from the dreaded Ernie the Moocher.

Song titles include “Ode to a Snowmobile Suit,” “Fish is de Miracle Food,” and “The Wishing Hole.” John Watkins, who played Lloyd in the 2012 performance at Riverside Theater, said the the show has an incredible cult following. “It’s a terrifically written show with fabulous music, a big heart, sidesplitting humor grounded in Ernie, Marvin and Lloyd’s candid simplicity…” The musical has been performed on numerous stages across the country since 1998.

The play will appear in the following locations this year:

  • St. Croix Off-Broadway Dinner Theatre, Hudson, Wisconsin until January 5, 2013
  • Chippewa Valley Cultural Association at the Heyde Center for the Arts January 4 to 6, 2013
  • Lucille Ball Little Theatre in Jamestown, New York January 25 to February 3, 2013

For inquiries on getting the musical performed at a theater near you and other plays from the makers of Guys on Ice, such as Lumberjacks in Love, visit the Guys on Ice website.

Image from Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources via the flickr Creative Commons

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