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Diamonds and Gold and the Capitol Civic Centre are excited to announce that the Let Me Be Frank players are returning to the Capitol with the all-new musical comedy,

“Sputnik Manitowoc!”


In 1962, 13 pounds of Sputnik fell on 8th Street in Manitowoc. That fact is true, but the Let Me Be Frank players will share a made-up story about espionage and intrigue in this all-new and incredibly funny show.

As a JFK doppelgänger, the Mayor of Manitowoc, “DFK,” and his Marilyn Monroeish secretary try to convince Russian proteges Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale that Manitowoc should keep the space gem. It is Boris and Natasha’s hope that they can come to a peaceful negotiation for the return of Sputnik 4 without any funny business—good luck with that, especially with officers Toody and Muldoon in charge of the exchange. The music of the early 1960s (featured in this production) was out of this world, and the Cold War was too.

As the Capitol returns to delivering the joy of live performance our goal is to assure patrons, volunteers, and staff with a sense of safety while attending or working at an event at the newly renovated theater. To that end, we have established updated guidelines as we welcome you back to the Capitol.

At the Performance:

  • We will follow a socially distanced seating chart to ensure all groups of people are a minimum of 6 feet from another group. Additionally, no group will need to cross in front of another group to enter or depart their seat row. Beyond that, we are encouraging and supporting social distancing of a minimum of 6 feet throughout the theater, lobbies, and other areas.
  • We will cap our seating capacity at 250 for every event.
  • All volunteers and staff will be required to have their temperatures checked as they arrive, and will wear face coverings while in the building.
  • Face masks are mandatory for all patrons while inside the Capitol Civic Centre. Masks may be removed while enjoying beverages from our bar, but are required while not drinking. We will have masks on hand for those who may need one.
  • Hand sanitizer stations have been dispersed throughout public and backstage areas of the Capitol.
  • Tickets will no longer be touched by our volunteers. Ticket barcodes will be scanned and volunteers will look at patron’s tickets to assist with seating.
  • We have invested in additional cleaning products to ensure highly touched surfaces are frequently cleaned and that the theater and all public spaces are disinfected between events.
  • For most events, there will be no intermission or a shortened intermission. We encourage guests to stay in their seats if possible to avoid crowding in the lobby and restroom areas.
  • Coat check is closed. Feel free to place your coat on the vacant seat next to you.
  • At this time, all artist meet-and-greets and merchandise sales are discontinued.


  • Capitol bartenders will wear face masks and gloves.
  • One bar staff member will handle all serving while the other will handle all cash and credit transactions.
  • There will be designated order stations, along with floor decals placed to ensure 6 feet distance is maintained between patrons.


  • The Capitol will encourage social distancing at our restroom locations. Floor decals will indicate 6’ distancing as well as how line should form.
  • Cleaning staff will frequently address restroom areas during the show.
  • Keep in mind there is a second suite of restrooms on the second level (access via the grand staircase or elevator). We encourage you to take advantage of these additional facilities.

How can you help?

  • If you are feeling sick, or are experiencing any symptoms, please stay home. During this time, we’ll happily refund your ticket. Please contact the box office to discuss refund options.
  • Thank you for your consideration for other guests, volunteers, and staff. Thank you for maintaining social distancing and for disposing of any trash when exiting the theatre.

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Tickets are $30 (plus tax and fees)

“Act Two” renovations are complete; the Capitol features all-new theatre seating, two new bars, and improved accommodations.


The cast:  Frank Hermans (DFK John Kenndy, Mayor of Manitowoc), Pat Hibbard (Boris Badenov), Amy Riemer (Natasha Fatale), Lisa Borley (Marilyn Monroeish), Tom Verbrick (Car 54 Toody policeman), Paul Evansen (Car 54 Muldoon policeman)

The band: Dennis Panneck (guitars), Tony Pilz (keyboards), Adam Cain (drums).

Song selection:

If I Were a Rich Man — Fiddler on the Roof
North to Alaska — Johnny Horton
Bring it on Home to Me — Morgan James (Sam Cooke)
Stand By Me — Skylar Grey cover (Ben E. King)
Tell Him — The Exciters
Town Without Pity — Mandy Barnett (Gene Pitney)
Gone — Joey Heatherton (Ferlin Husky)
You Send Me – Aretha Franklin (Sam Cooke)
The Wanderer – Dion

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