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Beer, fish and friends — ‘Guys on Ice’ opens Jan. 13

Two guys, a bucket of beer, a pail of bait and all of Sturgeon Bay covered in ice — “Now dats heaven!”

Thingamajig Theater Company’s production of “Guys on Ice” opens Jan. 13 at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts.

Tim Moore and Brooks Lindner star as Marvin and Lloyd in this hysterical musical about two buddies out for a day of ice fishing in their little fishing shanty. They spend their day talking about da Green Bay Packers, hiding beer from Ernie da Moocher — played by Robin Hebert — waiting for “da guy from the TV” to interview them for da fishing show and singing songs about their fish, their beer, the women in their lives and how the women in their lives are like their fish and their beer.

The “Guys on Ice” cast — Moore, Lindner and Hebert — bring full comedic charm to the stage with their Wisconsin accents, the love they have for their snowmobile suits and their simple philosophies of life: “If hell is all flames, heaven must be cold, like Wisconsin. So there must be ice fishing in heaven.”

Brooks Lindner will be gracing the Breaks Black Box Stage at the Center for the Arts for the first time this January. Lindner is one of Pagosa’s favorite musicians and can be frequently seen playing music at Kip’s Bar and Grill or around town with is band Ebenezer and the Crooked Hookers. Robin Hebert is the morning voice of KWUF and has been in many of Thingamajig Theatre productions including “Sylvia,” A Year with Frog and Toad,” “Lion in Winter” and most recently starred in the one man show “SantaLand Diaries.“ Tim Moore is Thingamajig Theater Company’s artistic director and has played in five of the Company’s seven productions. Sue Anderson returns as the music director and accompanies the men on the piano as they sing an “Ode to Snowmobile Suits” and “12 Beers in a 12 Pack.”

“Guys on Ice” is simple, straightforward and possesses a sweet charm. The abundant humor is just this side of being corny. However, the heart of the story is about true friendship. The original music is melodic and catchy. It is a show that all ages can enjoy, and a perfect show for a long awaited date with the kind of man who, in most cases, would rather be sitting outside in the cold with a beer than inside a theatre with a glass of wine. Bring him to the theater to hang out with the “Guys on Ice” and hear a great fishing story. We promise to have beer.

“Guys on Ice” opens Jan. 13 at 6 p.m. with the Champagne Opening. Tickets to the Champagne Opening are $25 in advance or $30 at the door and include hors d’oeuvres, a glass of champagne and a free “Come Again” ticket. The show runs Jan. 13-29, with shows on Fridays at 7 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m., Saturday the 14th and 28th at 7 p.m. and Saturday the 21st at 2 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.pagosacenter.org or by calling 731-SHOW (7469). Thingamajig’s entire 2012 season is sponsored by Citizen’s Bank. “Guys on Ice” is sponsored by the Pagosa Springs SUN.

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