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50th Anniversary Season

Our 2017-2018 Season
 Friday/Saturday performance
start at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday Matinee at 2:30 p.m.

 

Escanaba in da Moonlight production credits below

The first day of deer hunting season may be a rite of passage for many hunters across the Midwest, but nowhere more so than in the small Michigan town of Escanaba -- or so this comedy would have you believe. Rueben Soady (Daniel Alward), eldest son of Albert Soady (Doug Ballard), has been ostracized by the men in his family for his annual inability to "bag a buck." Rueben's venison envy reaches a fever pitch on the eve of hunting season, when he joins his father Albert and his brother Remnar (Joshua Lincoln) at the family cabin for their yearly, alcohol-soaked ritual of tall tales and one-upmanship. Rueben is determined to make this year different, however, whether by means of ingesting a heady, Native American good-luck potion, compliments of his wife Wolf Moon Dance (Megan Fillhart) or by dousing himself in porcupine urine in order to attract a stag or two. Other worldly forces conspire to keep the Soady men from achieving their goals and soon after they set up camp, they're plagued by blinding lights and hallucinogenic visions, imparted to them -- presumably -- by UFOs and "da" Jimmer (Stephen Todd) is living proof that they do exist!  When a babbling, traumatized DNR park ranger (Will Harrison) arrives on their doorstep, the Soadys know that their evening is about to become stranger still, and Rueben's hopes of living down his reputation as a "buckless" man are all but dashed. Come join us and be prepared to laugh the night away!

 

Directed by Angie Ballard

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   Show dates:
Sept 22, 23 & 24 and Sept 29, 30 & Oct 1
Nunsense production credits below

The Little Sisters of Hoboken suffered a calamity when Sister Julia, Child of God served rancid potato soup to the convent and the sisters died instantly of botulism. Five sisters were saved as they were away at retreat, but returned to find their cohorts face down in their soup. They buried the sisters, then Mother Superior used the remaining funds to buy a new big screen HD TV for the convent. It was subsequently discovered that four more sisters still need to be buried.

To raise the remaining funds, the surviving sisters decided to put on a fund-raising talent show. So the fun begins as one dances, another does a puppet act, still another displays her country-western singing talents, and so on. All ends well when Sister Amnesia remembers who she is with a startling revelation.

Directed by Claudia MacLoughlin

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   Show Dates:
November 3, 4, 5
November 10, 11, 12, 2017
  Merry Christmas George Bailey production credits below
 
The show, based on the movie "It's a Wonderful Life" and adapted from the original Lux Radio Broadcast of the story, puts the audience in an old-time radio studio with heartwarming and humorous results. Director Dennis Razze has deftly balanced the familiar story and the idea of a live radio station broadcast.


Directed by Roger Allman
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   Show Dates:
December 8, 9, 10
December 15, 16, 17 2017
  The Diary of Anne Frank production credits below

The Diary of Anne Frank is one of the most famous and haunting stories to emerge from the 20th Century. The memoirs of this young Jewish girl, forced to hide for nearly two years to escape Nazi persecution, are an essential part of how we remember one of the darkest periods of our human history. Wendy Kesselman’s adaptation of the original, Pulitzer Prize award-winning script by Goodrich and Hackett draws from previously unpublished parts of Anne Frank’s real-life diary, allowing the audience to experience Anne in a way that breathes life into this passionate, complex young woman, allowing us to share her relatable experience of adolescence as a familiarly modern teenager. For nearly two years, Anne, her father, mother, and sister, joined with the Van Daan family, to hide in a secret annex space above her father’s former office in Amsterdam, as the Nazis deported the Jews of Holland to their deaths. In her secret attic, Anne comes of age: she laughs, plays, fights with her mother, and falls in love for the first time. In spite of her oppressive circumstances and the horrors that surround her, Anne’s spirit transcends, as she voices her belief, “in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.” Anne’s dynamism, her luminous spirit, and her story of resilience continue to resonate deeply, making her story as vital today as when her diary first was published.

 

Directed by Dawn Daniels
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   Show Dates:
March 2, 3, 4, 2018
March 9, 10, 11 2018
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat production credits below

Sha la la Joseph you’re doing fine! You and your dreamcoat ahead of your time! One of the most enduring shows of all time, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, eleven brothers and the coat of many colors.

Told entirely through song with the help of a main character Narrator, the musical follows preferred son Joseph. After being sold into slavery by his brothers, he ingratiates himself with Egyptian noble Potiphar, but ends up in jail after refusing the amorous advances of Potiphar’s wife. While imprisoned, Joseph discovers his ability to interpret dreams, and he soon finds himself in front of the mighty but troubled, Elvis-inspired, Pharaoh. Joseph’s solution to Egypt’s famine elevates him to Pharaoh’s right hand man and reunites him with his family.

The magical musical is full of catchy songs in a variety of styles, from a parody of French ballads (“Those Canaan Days”), to country-western (“One More Angel in Heaven”) and calypso (“Benjamin Calypso”), along with the unforgettable classics “Any Dream Will Do” and “Close Every Door.”

Directed by Laurie Harrison

  Show Dates:
May 11, 12, 13,
May 18, 19, 20, 2018
  "Escanaba in da Moonlight" is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.  
  "Nunsense" is presented by Samuel French, Inc. 235 Park Avenue South 5th Floor New York, NY 10003  
  Merry Christmas George Bailey is held by Roger Allman of the Gratiot County Players  
  "The Diary of Anne Frank" is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.  
  "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" is presented by The Musical Company 214 Sullivan St, Ste 4
New York, NY 10012-1354 USA