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Godspell comes to Milliken Auditorium at the Dennos Museum Center for long weekends this July. Pat Gallagher, who has directed many of Traverse City Central High Schools most memorable productions, will be staging this rousing musical Thursdays through Saturdays from June 30 through July 23. During August, improvisational theatre takes over the Milliken stage with a high energy troupe of professional alums from Detroit and Chicago present Auditions Tonight. For more information, call 231-995-1553.
Theatre heads outdoors when Riverside Shakespeare performs Much Ado About Nothing on the weekends of July 23-24 and 30-31 near the Boardman River in scenic Hannah Park next to the Grand Traverse Heritage Center. Bring a lawn chair and a picnic and enjoy the bard along the Boardman.
Old Town Playhouse just ended its mainstage season but will present a rousing encore extravaganza at the 2005 Black & White Gala. OTPs top performers will do what they do best, singing and dancing in a high energy cabaret performance during the Playhouses annual fundraiser to be held Saturday, June 18, at the City Opera House. For more information, call 231-947-2210.
The OTP stage shifts to family fare throughout the summer with several productions by the Traverse City Youth Theatre, the educational arm of Old Town Playhouse. The ambitious slate includes: Romeo and Juliet on June 12, Sinbad on June 17-18, Jungle Book on July July 22-23, The Insanity of Mary Girard (for teens and adults) on August 5-6 and the Magical Land of Oz on August 27. TCCT goes on the road with the Adventures of Pinocchio at Elk Rapids High School on July 23-24, Spirit of Hispania at St. Michaels Church in Suttons Bay on August 6, The Enchanted Forest at the Grand Traverse Heritage Center on July 16 and the Pied Piper of Hamelin at Hannah Park on August 7.
The Leelanau Players are at home onstage at the Northport Community Arts Center on July 29-31 and August 5-7 when they perform the musical, The Boyfriend. For information, call 231-386-5001.
At Interlochen Center for the Arts, its summer arts camp students will be presenting several productions including the musicals Rags: An American Musical on August 4-7 and Godspell on August 4-6, as well s The Government Inspector on July 29-31 and August 2-3 and Metamorphoses, based on The Metamorphoses of Ovid, on July 15-16 and August 5-6.
The Lakeside Shakespeare Ensemble performs Twelfth Night, or What You Will, and The Tragedy of Julius Caesar in Elberta Park in Benzie County in a series of eight evening performances from Aug. 3-12.
Tiny Beaver Island may have the biggest theatre news this summer. Emerald Isle Repertory Theatre will launch its inaugural season of live professional theatre. I Love You, Youre Perfect, Now Change kicks off the slate with shows running June 17-September 28. Steel Magnolias runs August 19-September 18 while Beaver Islands Morman history is highlighted in Wives of an American King running July 12-September 2. All performances are at the Parish Hall Theatre. You can find specific show dates on the troupes website www.eirtheatre.org
Historic Bay View will be presenting the play The Fourposter on July 14-16 and the opera La Bohème on August 11-13, both at Voorhies Hall while the musical The Secret Garden takes center stage on July 28-30 at John M. Hall Auditorium. For more information, call 231-347-6225.
Little Traverse Civic Theatre located at the Crooked Tree Arts Center near downtown Petoskey is presenting Shakespeares Twelfth Night on the weekends of July 21-24 and 28-31. Improv is held every second Sunday. For information, call 231-348-1850.
The Ramsdell Theatre opened the comedy Crenshaw Family Reunion in early June, final performances are on June 9-11. My Fair Lady lights up the stage August 5-6 and 11-13. This beautifully restored 1903 theatre is worth a stop whether or not a production is underway. Informal, guided tours are available throughout the summer, providing a wonderful look at its Victorian murals and detailing as well as a great peek backstage. Call 231-723-7188.
Mackinaw Crossings is home to Live at the Mack entertainment at the Mackinaw Theatre. Reflections Musical Revue features a high energy troupe performing tunes from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. Celebrity entertainers take to the stage on July 23 with Buddy Jewell and August 19-20 with Charo. For information, call 877-43-STAGE.
The historic Cheboygan Opera House will host the Northland Players in the youth theatre production Robin and the Hoover Hollow Hood on June 25-26 and the grown-up USO Canteen: Where the Boys Go on August 18. The Bayview Opera is onstage at the Opera House with La Bohème on August 13-14. For information, call 231-627-5841 or 800-357-9408.
Looking ahead to fall, look for Old Town Playhouse to open its new season with The Diary of Anne Franke running September 16-October 1 followed by Dont Dress for Dinner on October 7-22 and Beauty and the Beast on November 4-26. The City Opera House will be hosting film actor Jeff Daniels performing a one man show during its annual Recherche benefit in October while Interlochen is slated to present In the Mood, a 1940s Musical Revue on October 18 and A Christmas Carol on November 29.