AFT Announces Fall Show Guys & Does

American Folklore Theatre (AFT) takes aim for hilarity with Guys & Does, the world premiere deer hunting musical that opens Friday, September 4 at the Ephraim Village Hall.

Guys & Does is a whimsical excursion into the wonderful world of Wisconsin deer hunting. It tells the story of Fritz Dingleheimer, a paper-mill worker who can’t wait to escape his dull daily routine on a hunting trip in the northern pines. But his trip turns less than peaceful when he finds himself traveling with Duane Puddles, a local oddball with a penchant for emotional knitting and over-sharing. Duane wants to marry Fritz’s daughter, Susie, and hopes to gain his blessing on the trip. Along the way, the two hunters encounter a magical talking deer, and tuneful hilarity ensues.

The book and lyrics for Guys & Does were created by Frederick “Doc” Heide and Lee Becker, who created the blockbuster AFT hits Packer Fans from Outer Space and Belgians in Heaven. Paul Libman, composer of AFT favorites Cabin with a View, Muskie Love, Main-Travelled Roads, and this year’s summer smash hit, Cheeseheads the Musical, supplies the music for the show.

The show features a trio of cast members, with Heide taking on the role of Fritz, and Becker assuming the role of Duane. Doug Mancheski is cast in the dual roles of a Texas big-game hunter and the talking deer he’s hunting. AFT Artistic Director Jeffrey Herbst directs the show, with sets by James Maronek and costumes by Neen Rock.

Guys & Does will continue on the Ephraim Village Hall stage through October 24. Performances take place Monday through Saturday at 7:30 pm, with an additional matinee performance on Saturdays at 4:30 pm.

Tickets are $21 for adults and $11 for children ages 12 and under. Adult matinee tickets are $18. Tickets can be purchased at the AFT office, located at the Green Gables shops in north Ephraim, via phone, or online at Any remaining tickets will be sold at the Ephraim Village Hall beginning 45 minutes prior to each show.

For more information or for tickets, call 920.854.6117.