Old Town Playhouse
Old Town Playhouse opened its 46th season with The Diary of Anne Frank running September 16 October 1 on the mainstage followed by the studio production of Dont Dress for Dinner October 7-22 and the major Disney musical, Beauty and the Beast, November 4-26.
The new year opens with Anatomy of a Murder January 13-28 and an original work, The Fallen, in the studio February 10-25. The cult musical The Rocky Horror Show is showcased March 3-25, followed by an evening of classic one acts in the studio April 7-22, and the season finale the Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 on May 5-21, 2006.
Season tickets for the five mainstage and one studio show are on sale for $80. Tickets for individual shows go on sale approximately 10 days prior to opening night. Box office phone is 231-947-2443. For more information or to order season tickets, call 231-947-2210 or visit www.oldtownplayhouse.com.
The Playhouse is also home to the Traverse City Youth Theatre. The youth theatre program will run an ambitious slate of classes, school visits, enrichment activities and public performances.
Look for Mid-Life Dracula on November 14-15 and the Snow Queen during the weekend of December 9-11. The school touring production DUI = DIA begins visiting schools in November.
The Leelanau Players will begin rehearsing for their annual December production soon. The title hasnt been announced yet, but watch for an announcement soon. Many of the Leelanau thespians are also favorite performers at Old Town Playhouse and other local stages.
At Interlochen Center for the Arts, professional troupes will stage In the Mood, a 1940s Musical Revue on October 18 and A Christmas Carol on November 29. For more information visit Interlochen.org or call the box office to order tickets at
231-276-7440 or 800-681-5920.
Emerald Isle Repertory Theatre continues its inaugural season of live professional theatre on Beaver Island. I Love You, Youre Perfect, Now Change and Steel Magnolias run through September 19 at the Parish Hall Theatre. You can find specific show dates on the troupes website www.eirtheatre.org or call 877-616-2289.
Ross Stoakes Theatre
Little Traverse Civic Theatre performs in the Ross Stoakes Theatre at the Crooked Tree Arts Center near downtown Petoskey. Their upcoming slate includes the childrens theatre production of Junglebook on October 20-23, an encore production of The Christmas Schooner running December 8-18 and You Cant Take It With You running May 11-21. Improv is held every second Sunday. For information, call 231-348-1850.
The Manistee Civic Players perform at the historic Ramsdell Theatre. Watch for the mainstage comedy Absurd Person Singular October 21-29 followed by Anne of Green Gables running December 2-10.
If youre in the area, a visit to this beautifully restored 1903 theatre is worth a stop whether or not a production is underway. Informal, guided tours can be arranged. A peek indoors promises Victorian murals and detailing as well as a 1950s painting of Ramsdell summer theatre alumn Todd Jones, today well known as actor James Earl Jones. Call 231-723-7188.
Like the Ramsdell Theatre, the historic Cheboygan Opera House is a star in its own right. It is definitely worth a visit to admire one of the few surviving City Opera Houses in the state of Michigan. For information on hours and upcoming performances, call 231-627-5841 or 800-357-9408.
Mackinaw Crossings is home to Live at the Mack entertainment at the Mackinaw Theatre. Reflections Musical Revue continues through September features a high energy troupe performing tunes from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. The Golden Dragon Acrobats perform September 20-October 3 followed by Elvis/Elvis October 4-9 and A Grand Tribute to the Rat Pack October 11-23. For information, call 877-43-STAGE or visit www.mackinawtheatre.com.