Lombardi Lore in Store as Peninsula Players Theatre Announces Fall Saturday Seminar Series

Posted on 07. Sep, 2012 by in On Stage & Screen

Peninsula Players’ popular series of free public seminars continues for its seventh fall season. Free seminars, providing inside looks at topics related to “Lombardi,” will be held on select Saturdays from 2:30 to 4 pm in the rehearsal hall this fall.

Neil Friedman is Coach Vince Lombardi in the northeast Wisconsin professional premier of Eric Simonson’s “Lombardi” on stage at Peninsula Players Theatre, America’s Oldest Professional Resident Summer Theatre, from Sept. 5 through Oct. 14, 2012. Also pictured at left is Matthew Brumlow, who plays a reporter sent to write a story on Coach Lombardi, in the Players’ production. For more information or to reserve tickets, phone the Peninsula Players box office at 920.868.3287 or visit www.peninsulaplayers.com

The first fall seminar, Saturday, Sept. 15 features Players’ veteran Neil Friedman discussing the research required to portray legendary Packers coach Vince Lombardi, in the Players’ hit fall show “Lombardi” by Eric Simonson. Lombardi’s daughter, Susan, expressed that she loved Friedman in his role as her father and that he and the production were better than the Broadway version that played a remarkable eight months in 2010 and 2011. Friedman will also talk about preparing to do Shakespearean and other roles.

Peninsula Players Theatre is committed to providing educational programming for the community.  The Players has a long history of educational initiatives including an intern program that dates back to the founding days of the Players in the 1930s. The theater continues to offer theater tours and post-show discussions as listed in the program and Website.  Reservations for free seminars and tours and tickets to “Lombardi” may be made by contacting the box office at 920.868.3287.

The Players’ fall seminar calendar includes:

Sept 15           2:30p.m.          Actors’ Research from Shakespeare to Lombardi with Players actor Neil Friedman, discussing the research required to portray iconic characters.

Sept 22           2:30p.m.          TBA

Sept 29           2:30p.m.         The Original Golden Girl with Mary Jane Sorgel, who will discuss her own history with Vince Lombardi and the Packers as the original ‘Golden Girl.’

Peninsula Players is America’s oldest professional resident summer theater and is unique in the country for its diverse productions, continuing loyalty to a resident company, and its beautiful setting of 16 wooded acres along the cedar-lined shores of Green Bay.  In the past 77 years, the theater has become a Door County landmark and its cornerstone arts institution, attracting audience members from throughout Wisconsin and across the country. 

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