AFT Culminates New Musical Workshop with Gala

On Friday, July 25, AFT fans and supporters gathered at Cyndy Stiehl’s home in Ephraim for a gala entitled "A Cheesy Affair," which featured a reading of Cheeseheads: The Musical, the newest dramatic effort by blockbuster writing duo Dave Hudson and Paul Libman.

The sold-out event gave people the opportunity to be the first to preview this exciting new play-in-process. In addition to the reading, guests enjoyed a lavish, cheese-inspired buffet. Hudson and Libman added to the excitement of the gala by offering personalized musical voice mail message recordings for an additional donation.

Hudson and Libman, who also collaborated to create AFT hits Muskie Love, Main-Travelled Roads, and A Cabin with a View, joined 12 AFT company members (including actors, directors, musicians, technicians, and a stage manager) to mount a reading of the play-in-process, which tells the story of a group of Sheboygan cheese factory employees who win the lottery.

The reading at Stiehl’s home marked the end of a week-long workshop for the show, during which actors logged 30 hours of rehearsal and performance time in addition to their typical performance schedule. Hudson and Libman spent over 50 hours on revisions during the week in addition to the 30 hours spent in the rehearsal hall.

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