Cheeseheads, Mark Twain and Ghosts Take the Stage at AFT

American Folklore Theatre’s season is officially underway in their outdoor Amphitheatre in Peninsula State Park. Embarking upon the 20th season of “theatre under the stars,” the stage will host Cheeseheads, the Musical, Life on the Mississippi and Bone Dance.

Life on the Mississippi will take audiences on a journey with young Samuel Clemens as he leaves his home in Hannibal, Missouri to be a cub pilot on a Mississippi steamboat in 1858. Clemens navigates his way through steamboat piloting, love and romance, and unforeseen challenges on the way to becoming the writer, Mark Twain.

Cheeseheads, the Musical, billed as a “modern day dairy-tale with a lotto heart,” revolves around the lives of fellow workers at Schnaybel’s Famous Cheese, a family-owned factory set in Sheboygan, WI. Their beloved founder has passed away and there are rumors the factory may be shut down. With typical Wisconsin good humor, the workers carry on while keeping their fingers crossed that something better will come their way.

Bone Dance is a funny and frightening musical carnival of mystical ghost stories gathered from campfires around the world. Originally presented in 1995, Bone Dance played to record crowds at Peninsula State Park. Ralph Lee, master puppet designer from New York, has augmented his creations from the 2005 production with new creatures as the ghosts, goblins, and skeletons repossess the AFT Amphitheatre.

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Tickets are $18 for adults, $8 for teens, and $5 for children. Tickets are available at the AFT box office at the Green Gables shops in north Ephraim, via phone at 920.854.6117, online at, and at the entrance to the theatre in Peninsula State Park.