20 Things: ‘Little Chutes and Ladders’

Kasey Schumacher

kasey schumacher | social cues | july 2019

I was thrilled to be back on the Meyer Theatre stage for “Little Chutes and Ladders" last month. I had so much fun being a part of this kickoff-to-summer show with the Let Me Be Frank Productions crew. Since I was in the show, I was privy to all of the behind-the-scenes facts – and now I can share them with you! Enjoy a few things you may not have known about Little Chutes and Ladders.

20. Michael wore a pair of wooden clogs in the second act. They were actually owned by Frank, and he's had them for years. They have windmills intricately painted on them and are incredibly uncomfortable for dancing, but look great!

19. The first song I sing in the show was “Shop Around" by Captain and Tennille. This song was previously done in a show back in 2013 called “My Big Fat Pulaski Wedding 2" and Frank's mom sang it! It was only my second show with LMBF and I fell in love with the song. It's always been on my bucket list to sing too, and I was so excited they let me add it to the set list!

18. Amy's dress in the first act could not have been more perfect for this show. It even had little birds printed on it that looked like The Partridge Family logo. However, she's owned it for years too and it was being stored in Frank and Amy's basement!

17. Sarah bought a beautiful and LONG blonde wig for this show and braided the wig herself to give it that Dutch look. It was amazing!

16. The family band's instruments are real – not just props. They weren't plugged in or anything, but the keys, guitar and drums have all been played before (some in old LMBF shows). Blake actually knows how to play the guitar, but Michael and Lisa were more so miming the drums and piano playing.

15. Blake's guitar had an interesting looking strap on it. After closer review, I realized it has the cartoon faces of the Beatles on it.

14. I choreographed the opening dance number, “I Woke Up in Love This Morning" featuring Blake.

13. Sarah choreographed her own featured song, “Stoned Love" for the ladies.

12. Amy did the groovy dance for “Thunder and Lightning" that closed the show.

11. Lisa was assigned the choreography for “Domino" – the Frank song that closed the first act.

10. I clearly am not very good at accents and looked up several YouTube videos to try to learn how to do my accent better. I'm not confident it did any good.

9. In honor of singing “Desperado" (one of my favorite songs of ALL TIME!), I watched the episode of Seinfeld where that one character is obsessed with the song. It's season 8, episode 7 if you're curious.

8. Tom's character (Reuben Kinkaid) was inspired by Chris Farley.

7. Amy's mom, Bev, made all eight of the maroon vests that were worn in this show. Bev Riemer is so talented and we appreciate her so much!

6. “I Think I Love You" is probably one of my top favorite songs I've ever gotten to sing backup for in an LMBF show. I've loved the song for years and it makes me happy whenever I hear it.

5. Frank had wanted to do a Partridge Family themed show for quite some time! I can't even imagine all of the ideas of future shows he has stored in his head.

4. The maroon pants that the family band wore (plus the actual band!) were all women's pants we found for $13 a piece. Apparently, they were very comfortable!

3. “Stoned Love" was by far the most difficult song for me to learn. The Supremes have a knack for having backup vocals that have zero patterns or consistency!

2. I sang the Karen Carpenter song “Only Yesterday" in this show and now it will be added to the lineup of songs I do as Karen Carpenter in our Frank's Tribute shows. I'd honestly never heard the song before we started doing this show. I told my mom that I'd been assigned the song, and she started singing it word for word, flawlessly.

1. I didn't know windmill cookies actually existed. Frank bought a few packages and it blew my mind they were actually real!

Kasey Schumacher is the marketing director for Let Me Be Frank Productions by day and a performer for the troupe by night. When she isn't updating Facebook or singing a 1970s classic, she enjoys running, cooking, questioning final rose picks on 'The Bachelor” and planning overly extravagant trips to Disney.

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