Shawano County Arts Council

Box in the Woods
Shawano County Arts Fair
Shawano Folk Music Festival


On January 14, 1968, Vince Lombardi of the Green Bay Packers coached his last game in Super Bowl II at the Miami Orange Bowl. The Packers defeated the Oakland Raiders 33 to 14 as Green Bay dominated the second half of the game. Lombardi quit coaching the Packers after that game and became their general manager the following year. Then, he broke the hearts of all Packer fans everywhere when he accepted the positions of Head Coach and General Manager for the Washington Redskins in 1969. Lombardi died of colon cancer in September of 1970, just before the start of the football season. He was fifty-seven years old.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the last game Lombardi coached for the Green Bay Packers, the Shawano County Arts Council will be presenting a reprise of the play “Lombardi” by Eric Simonson for three performances, January 26, 27 and 28, 2018.

The play is based on the book “When Pride Still Mattered – A life of Vince Lombardi” by David Maraniss.

The play is a study of the human side of one of the most memorable and quoted (sometimes in error) personalities of all time. Most of the play takes place somewhere in the middle of the 1965 National Football League season, the first of three consecutive championship years for the Packers. A young reporter from Look Magazine, who also narrates the story, is sent to do an article about the legendary Lombardi. Throughout there is a generational struggle between the reporter and the coach, almost a father-son conflict. The frustrated and at times melancholy Marie Lombardi and three of Lombardi’s best players, Dave Robinson, Paul Hornung and Jim Taylor, try to mediate the dispute.

For the Friday and Saturday evening shows, we will be offering dinner performances. Seating capacity for the dinner will be limited to 48 each night. Seating will commence at 5:00 p.m. Dinner at 5:30 p.m. and the play will start at 7:00 p.m. There will also be general seating available these nights with tickets at $12.00 for adults and $7.00 for students.

Tickets for the dinner and the play will be $40.00 per person. Entrée options will include Sliced Roast Beef (Choice top round of beef, slow roasted for extra tenderness, finished with a rich mushroom sauce and mashed potatoes), Cornish Game Hen (Seasoned and baked to a tender perfection, served with mashed potatoes and supreme gravy.), or Pasta Primavera (a vegetarian delight with fresh vegetables). Meals include fresh garden salad with two choices of dressing, warm French baguette rolls and butter. Also included will be a ticket for dessert cupcakes at intermission.

There will be no dinner for the Sunday matinee, which will start at 2:00 p.m. All tickets for the Sunday performance will be general seating.

Dinner tickets must be reserved by Saturday January 20th. For reservations, please call 715-526-2525 and specify what day you will be attending. Please leave your telephone number with the service so the theater may call you back to take your order and number of people in your party.

Lombardi is directed by Tom Madsen and assisted by Early Fuller; the cast is made up of veteran community theater performers.

Ralph Beversdorf returns as the title character, Vince Lombardi, while Geoff Madsen also returns as the reporter, Michael McCormick.

Jodi Angeli plays Marie Lombardi and the cast is rounded out with Lloyd Frieson as Dave Robinson, Dave Stuewer as Paul Hornung and Dave Woosencraft as Jim Taylor.

The original Broadway production of LOMBARDI was produced by Fran Kirmser and Tony Ponturo in association with the National Football League.

Church Basement Ladies
April 26-29 and May 3-6

Audition dates are Jan 12, 6-8 pm and Jan 13, 1-3pm. Production dates are April 26-29 and May 3-6. People should prepare a short song of their choice to sing, as it is a musical. I will have some parts from the show for them to read at auditions too. There will not be much dancing in the show though, just general movement. 😊

Short synopsis: CBL opened at the Plymouth Playhouse in Plymouth MN in 2005. It is based on the best-selling book “Growing Up Lutheran” by Janet Letnes Martin and Suzann Nelson.

Set in 1964-68, the play takes place in the basement kitchen of the East Cornucopia Lutheran Church, MN. The play takes a playful and sentimental look at the typical happenings in a Lutheran Church, as well as some of their Norwegian customs. Everyone can identify with these characters and the funny and touching issues they deal with.

Characters include:
Vivian- approx 60-70 and the matriarch of the kitchen. She runs the kitchen and her decisions are final, does not like change or the city.

Mavis- late 50s, a farmers wife and natural hard worker, a no-nonsense person, loved by all and knows the genealogy of everyone in town.

Karin- mid 40s, a fabulous cook, very stylish but yet conservative. Second in command in the kitchen.

Signe- 19-20 years old, Karin’s daughter. Spunky but respectful, just started college at the University of MN. Brings an air of the “newer” thinking coming about in 1964 while still holding to her conservative roots.

Pastor Gunderson- mid 40s and has just married a young woman from “the cities”. He comes from a family of pastors, and his favorite place in the church is the kitchen.

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