Opening day of the deer season is almost here and the Soady family meets at the deer camp and hilarity ensues! Pictured are: Steve Kemp, Lane Zaffke (standing), Mark Schroeder, Tyler Engen, Rachel Storlie, and David Storlie.
Opening day of the deer season is almost here and the Soady family meets at the deer camp and hilarity ensues! Pictured are: Steve Kemp, Lane Zaffke (standing), Mark Schroeder, Tyler Engen, Rachel Storlie, and David Storlie.
"Ya gotta remember, dis time o' year, da DNR is more powerful den God," candidly remarks character Albert Soady in the comedy, Escanaba in da Moonlight.

What would be more appropriate for an autumn Ye Olde Opera House production than one about deer hunting and the antics that go on at a deer camp when one hunter is thought to maybe be cursed!

Escanaba in da Moonlight is a play written by actor, Jeff Daniels that tells the story of the Soady family as they reunite at the family camp for the opening day of deer season. Reuben Soady brings with him the infamous reputation (or curse) of being the oldest Soady never to have bagged a buck. Escanaba in da Moonlight is the ultimate hunting story that tells a hilarious tale as Reuben goes to all lengths to remove himself from this curse.

"Even though the show takes place in Michigan, there is something sort of Minnesotan about the characters," commented director, Sarah Schroeder. "The accent is a little different, but people in this area will really relate. The characters play euchre, drink beer and whiskey, hunt, and argue about everything. What more could you ask for?"

The small cast has been practicing for the last month. "It is a show with all men except for a couple of lines from Wolf Moon Dance. It has been fun to hang out with the guys; we don't say we are going to play practice, we say we are going to deer camp," she added with a chuckle.

Cast members include: Steve Kemp as Albert Soady, Tyler Engen as Reuben Soady, Mark Schroeder as Remnar Soady, David Storlie as Jimmer, Lane Zaffke as Tom T. Treado, Rachel Storlie as Wolf Moon Dance, and Kemp is also the producer.

"I had to learn a little about guns and hunting, which I knew nothing about previously," said Schroeder. "Getting the accent right has been a challenge. Think part Spring Grove accent, add a dash of Canadian.