Manly Musical Comedy Promises to Charm Your Wool Socks Off

Maine premiere of Guys on Ice, January 29-February 15

Bangor, ME – Penobscot Theatre Company is combatting Mother Nature with a tried-and-true remedy for subzero temperatures: laughter. Guys on Ice will have its Maine premiere at the Bangor Opera House, January 29 through February 15. Dominick Varney, who has delighted the theatre’s audiences in many comedic roles, will direct this heartwarming, manly musical, starring Ben Layman, Matt Madore, and Scott Raymond Johnson.

Audiences will join two long-time pals in their home away from home, a ramshackle ice-fishing shanty, as they plot to appear on a popular cable TV fishing show; scramble to protect their beer from Ernie the Moocher; and pass the time swapping jokes, playing cards, talking about women – and occasionally breaking into song and dance. The production, which premiered in Wisconsin, gained national applause through a run on National Public Radio. With such unlikely yet irresistible crowd-pleasers as “Ode to a Snowmobile Suit” the appeal of this fish tale cannot be exaggerated!

The design team includes Chez Cherry (scenic), Scout Hough (lighting), Kevin Koski (costumes), Brandie Rita (sound), and Meredith Perry (properties). Larrance Fingerhut is music director.

Preceding the first public preview, Penobscot Theatre Company is proud to offer a complimentary performance of Guys on Ice, especially for our neighbors affected by the recent mill closure in Bucksport. The special performance is scheduled for Wednesday, January 28, at 7:00 pm, at the Bangor Opera House. This offer is available exclusively to former mill workers and their families. To reserve seats, eligible parties must email and provide their names and the number of seats they wish to claim. “Understanding our limits in mitigating the serious challenges at hand,” said Producing Artistic Director Bari Newport, “we hope a night on the town will succeed in lifting spirits and lightening hearts.”

Guys on Ice is produced in partnership with Groth & Associates, Getchell Brothers Ice, and Wells Fargo Advisors. The theatre gratefully acknowledges the generous support provided throughout the season by the following sponsors: The Bangor Daily News, Blueberry Broadcasting, Canyon Networks, The Charles Inn, Darling’s, The Maine Arts Commission, The Maine Edge, Downtown with Rich Kimball, ZONE Radio, and WLBZ Channel 2.

To purchase tickets or for more details, call the Box Office at (207) 942-3333 or go online at



Amy Roeder

About Amy Roeder

Director of Education – Amy Roeder is pleased to be joining the staff at PTC. Amy received her BFA in theatre from the University of Evansville and her Master of Fine Arts in acting from The University of Georgia. She recently relocated to Bangor from Chicago where she taught and performed with famed comedy institution The Second City. Local audiences may have seen her onstage with Improv Acadia in Bar Harbor where she has been a company member since 2005. Amy has performed all over the country including at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Cincinnati’s Playhouse in the Park and with the Improv Asylum in Boston. In addition to teaching acting and improvisation classes all over the world, Amy is also designs and facilitates workshops in improvisational techniques for businesses. Amy hates writing in the third person.