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By Staff | Mar 27, 2012

HOLY WHA!!! The Yoopers are back!

“Escanaba” is back on the Main Street stage…re-creating the eve of deer hunting season on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

The show was first produced by Emmetsburg Main Street Community Theatre in 2007. It was a big hit…so much so, that theatre goers asked that the show be repeated.

“Escanaba in da Moonlight” opened last weekend, with additional shows this Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m.

The cast is back from five years ago (all but one) and doing a super job on stage. Brent McAllister is Albert Soady. Brian Garrels is Reuben Soady. Kirk Haack is Remnar Soady. Ron Eichmeier is Ranger Tom Treado. Mary Moser is Wolf Moon Dance Soady. And, Rich Hall took over the part of The Jimmer. What a talented cast!

Albert Soady:?”and if you’re looking for heaven, it’s north of the bridge.”

The set is a typical hunters’ man cave — the Soady deer camp, established 1922. The Soady men have their traditions and superstitions about opening day of deer season. When the sweet sap whiskey turns to maple syrup, Reuben fails to bring the traditional pasties, and strange lights ignite the sky, you know this will not be a normal opening day.

The premise of the show revolves around Reuben, who is “without venison” and is in danger of becoming the oldest Soady to never bag a buck.

With Remnar planning to hunt the ridge and Albert planning to hunt the swamp, where will Reuben hunt??Suggestion:?He could hunt along U.S.-41:?”Deer love the highway. I hit one just last week.”

Reuben’s wife, Wolf Moon Dance, provides a spiritual remedy for the hunters that is most certain to help Reuben bag a buck.

Ranger Tom transferred up to the UP from Detroit. He comes into camp, boasting that he has “seen the light.” In fact, it was a UFO that had taken The?Jimmer and he came back a completely different person. One by one, Reuben, The Jimmer and Ranger Tom all get possessed by spirits. And, the audience experiences the consequences of a “bear walk.”

The show is full of belches and belly laughs as the men re-late the hunting history of Soady family.

The set is great, the sound, lights and special effects are realistic, and the costumes are authentic. You really have to see it to believe it.

There was a good amount of camouflage and hunters’ orange that came through the door last weekend. Theatre-goers are invited to wear camo and/or orange to be entered in a drawing at intermission.

This is a funny, funny play. Call 712/852-3485 to reserve your seat.

Remember what Great-Grandpa Alphonse Soady says:?”All good things come to those who shoot straight.”