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When you decide to take a trip to Fish Creek, what do you picture? A laid-back atmosphere? One-of-a-kind restaurants and shops? How about a land filled with natural mystique and peppered with Door County theater experiences?

You would be correct on all accounts! Although our humble community is a beautiful and serene place to get away from all of life’s noise, it also happens to be a fantastic location to immerse yourself in outstanding performances both casual and classy.

1. Northern Sky Theater


Northern Sky’s 2019 Summer Season, which runs June 12 through August 24, features three fantastic shows playing in repertory. Each year over 35,000 devoted patrons enjoy a cozy night of comedy and musical theater under the stars at the Northern Sky Amphitheater in glorious Peninsula State Park. Check out the great shows they're running this summer and fall:
 

We Like It Where? 

Based on the true “mouse that roared” story of the town of Winneconne’s brief secession from Wisconsin.

When they are inadvertently left off the state highway map in 1967, the residents of Winneconne, Wisconsin decide to petition the governor for help. However, he’s not interested in solving their problem, so they take matters into their own hands. What begins as a contest in the local paper to “Put Winneconne Back on the Map” becomes a national story. With the help of two Winneconnians working in Washington, D.C., they concoct a publicity stunt to secede from the state of Wisconsin.
 

Dairy Heirs 

Home grown, hearty, plenty sweet, with a side of tongue in cheek.

Elsie Frederiks is a passionate farmer, continuing in her family’s long tradition. But when her father passes away unexpectedly, estranged older brother Gabe returns to Wisconsin from Los Angeles with his own ideas about what to do with the family business. As the siblings wrestle with the fate of the farm, so do their partners, neighbors, two wannabe identical twin farmhands, and one extraordinary cow. Dairy Heirs untangles the question of what family tradition means to people with different dreams and where — and with whom — one finds “home sweet home.”
 

Windjammers 

The show made its maiden voyage on the Peninsula State Park Amphitheater stage summer 2013. Inspired by tales and tunes of 19th century Great Lakes sailors, Robin Share and Clay Zambo made their Northern Sky (then AFT) writing debut. Lake Michigan, 1876. A coming of age tale of courage and adventure amid high waves, fresh air, legend, and song.

Windjammers was developed in partnership with the Academy for New Musical Theatre (ANMT) in Los Angeles. After initially penning a musical review, Share and Zambo expanded the piece into a book musical with an original story and all new music set on Lake Michigan in 1876. “It’s exciting to have a piece written specifically for our audience based on such a rich lode of material,” said Jeff Herbst.
 

New this fall!
 

The 2019 fall season will play indoors at the new Northern Sky Creative Campus August 30th through October 26th featuring the world premiere musical comedy, Dad’s Season Tickets, by Matt Zembrowski.

Dad's Season Tickets

A musical celebration of family, folly and the Green Bay Packers.

When Frank’s three grown daughters learn that one of them will inherit his treasured Packer season tickets, old rivalries are rekindled as the sisters try to prove who is most deserving. Set in 1996, as the Packers march inevitably toward football’s ultimate prize, the sparring siblings learn that theirs is a bond not easily broken. Family isn’t everything; it’s the only thing!

Featuring a Green Bay Packers friendly schedule with no Sunday shows and 3:00pm matinees on weeknight games (Sept. 5 & 26, Oct. 14).

 

2. Peninsula Players Theater

Few places can combine thrilling entertainment, indulgent architecture, and breathtaking natural landscape the way Peninsula Players does. The “theatre in a garden” opened its first show in 1935, performing in front of a small audience sporting a young cast of enthusiastic actors/actresses.

Today, the Peninsula Players Theatre has grown to put on five terrific shows a year and boasts a variety of amenities, including:

  • An inviting beer garden & canteen
  • Interpretive discussions before/after shows
  • Picnic area with brilliant sunset views

The picturesque atmosphere along the shores of Green Bay is truly magical throughout their performance season, which runs annually from June to October. For those who have never been, you may want to consider making this the year you change that!
 

A Trick of the Light

June 18 – July 7

Eddie discovers an astonishing skill – he can become invisible!

Eddie, a middle-aged guy living a pretty normal life, has just discovered he has the ability to vanish at will. Really! Completely invisible! And he has no idea where it came from. What should he do about it? Or should he do anything about it – he doesn’t know. Those who see him vanish are impressed, but of course it must be a trick- hey, can he do any others? His good friends Marty and Darrell want to help but really are at as much of a loss as Eddie. And to his bafflement, he can’t vanish at all in front of his wife, Beth, so she doesn’t believe him. With his life somewhat in chaos, he agrees to consult a young, somewhat unorthodox counselor, who may have answers – but who may also have a few questions; because life, after all, is never tidy.

Peninsula Players is proud to present the world premiere of this delightful comedy with a big heart! Playing fast and loose with time, place, and imagination, A TRICK OF THE LIGHT hilariously explores the ordinariness of the extraordinary and exactly what constitutes a life well lived.

Ticket Prices: $40, $43 & $46
Show Times: 8PM Tuesday – Saturday and 7:30PM on Sunday except July 7th at 4PM


A Murder is Announced

July 10 – July 28

A gripping whodunit from the Queen of Crime!

An unusual announcement in a small-town newspaper advertisement reads: “A murder is announced and will take place on Friday, October 13th, at Little Paddocks – at 6:30 p.m.” Is it a joke? A party invitation? Unable to resist, a group of curious villagers gathers at Miss Blacklock’s Victorian house at the appointed time. Suddenly, the lights go out, a gun is fired and they become witnesses to a murder. The victim is an unexpected and unknown visitor. What follows is a classic Christie puzzle of mixed motives, concealed identities, a second death, and a determined Inspector grimly following the twists and turns. Fortunately, Miss Marple is on hand to unravel a complex series of relationships and events. With some risk to herself, she embarks on finding the solution and faces a dramatic confrontation with a killer. Miss Marple makes her Peninsula Players debut as she searches for a killer.

Ticket Prices: $40, $43 & $46
Show Times: 8PM Tuesday – Saturday and 7:30PM on Sunday except July 28th at 4PM


Ghost the Musical

July 31 – August 18

A timeless fantasy about the power of love.

This musical adaptation of the 1990 Academy Award-winning film follows the love story of Sam and Molly. Their romance takes a shocking turn after Sam’s untimely death. Trapped between two worlds, Sam refuses to leave Molly when he learns she is in grave danger. In an attempt to communicate with her, Sam enlists the help of a storefront psychic, Ode Mae Brown, to hilarious and harrowing effect. This romantic fantasy-thriller about the power of love features a score by Grammy Award-winning songwriters Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard and includes the Righteous Brother’s classic “Unchained Melody.”

Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, and Whoopi Goldberg's performances made Ghost one of the most memorable cinematic experience of all time. See Sam and Molly’s romance come alive onstage in a smart, funny, suspenseful, and very romantic musical love story.

Composers and co-lyricists are Grammy Award-winning songwriters and producers. Glen Ballard has produced and written songs for Alanis Morissette, Michael Jackson, Aerosmith, Dave Matthews, Christina Aguilera, Dave Stewart, of Eurythmics fame, and produced and written for Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty, Katy Perry, and Bon Jovi. Together these tremendous musical talents have sold a quarter-billion albums. Get ready to fall in love all over again — with a big heart and even bigger laughs. This gem of a musical is out of this world!

Ticket Prices: $43, $46 & $49
Show Times: 8PM Tuesday – Saturday and 7:30PM on Sunday except August 18th at 4PM


Silent Sky

August 21 – September 1

The touching human story behind an important scientific discovery.

With warm-hearted wit and infectious joy, Silent Sky tells the riveting true story of Henrietta Swan Leavitt, a pioneering scientist in an age when women couldn’t even vote. Henrietta and her coworkers at Harvard Observatory in 1893 are human “computers,” and much more than mere data entry clerks. They were the woman who measured the stars. As an amateur astronomer, Henrietta is not allowed to touch a telescope, yet she makes significant observations on the universe and influences the work of Edwin Hubble, among others. Over a century later, these ground-breaking discoveries about the universe are still vital today. If you liked the movie Hidden Figures, you wouldn’t want to miss this “luminously beautiful play” that will change how you look at both the heavens and the earth.

Ticket Prices: $40, $43 & $46
Show Times: 8PM Tuesday – Saturday and 7:30PM on Sunday except September 1st at 4PM


George Washington's Teeth

September 4 – October 20

False teeth, false history and genuine laughter.

This zany new comedy follows the exploits of the struggling New Bunion Historical Society as its members battle the city council to keep the doors open and prevent being banished to the basement of the town’s senior center. With time running out to renew their lease, the Society’s three female members must find creative ways to snare new associates and lure visitors to their sleepy New England town. When a set of George Washington’s dentures turns up in the hands of an unexpected rival, the ladies brace themselves for all-out war. Heartfelt and some-what historic, this new madcap comedy proves that our differences don’t divide us, they make us strong.

Ticket Prices: $40, $43 & $46
Show Times: 7PM Tuesday – Sunday except September 8, September 29 and October 20th at 3PM

 

 

3. Skyway Drive In Theatre

Today’s drive-in experience at Skyway Drive In operates in much the same fashion with only certain aspects updated as better audio/visual technology has become available. There’s nothing else quite like it! Simply pull up next to the speaker post, grab your favorite refreshments from the snack bar, and travel back in time.

Entry gate opens 8:00pm and closes about 10 minutes after the start of the second show. Double Feature - Pay for one and you can stay for both! Open rain or shine.

Which Door County Theater Experience Will You Attend?

With so many incredible options…how do you choose just one? The good news is you don’t have to! Come enjoy as many relaxing stage performances as you like on your next visit to Fish Creek.

For more helpful tips on things to do, places to eat, and where to stay, request your free 2019 Activity Guide today!

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