What’s hot on the region’s stages
It may be wintry outside, but Northern Michigan theatre stages are warming up with several exciting performance choices in coming months, from professional presentations to community theatre to student performances.
The Williamsburg Showcase Dinner Theater, located on M-72 just east of US-31 in Acme, hosts a performing troupe led by veteran entertainer Dominic Fortuna. Celebrate an Up North Christmas with family and friends on Dec. 9-11, 16-18 and 23. Matinees are slated for 2 p.m. on Dec. 11 and 18.
Catering by Kelly’s provides a three-course meal, with your choice of four entrees, while the audience is being entertained with sounds of the holidays by singers/dancers/instrumentalists. For more information, contact the Williamsburg at (231) 938-2181 or go to cateringbykellys.com.
At the Crooked Tree Arts Center, Paul Keller and his Mini Big Band will perform at 8 p.m. on Jan. 7. Tickets are $20 for members, $30 for non-members.
A four-part harmony group, Metro Jazz Voices, will take the stage at 8 p.m. on Feb. 4. Tickets are $15 for members, $25 for nonmembers. To buy tickets for either performance, go to crookedtree.org or call the box office at (231) 347-4337.
The Lowe Family Christmas Spectacular is at 7 p.m. on Dec. 19. The nine Lowes perform an amazing array of tunes from Broadway, Irish, Jazz, bluegrass, gospel, six-part harmony and more. Tickets are $30 for adults and $12.50 for students.
On Jan. 13 the Moscow Festival Ballet will perform the classic Cinderella at 7:30 p.m. A company of 50 dancers will perform this masterpiece ballet. It’s an enchanting fairy tale for the entire family. Tickets are $38 for adults and $12.50 for students. Contact the Opera House at (231) 627-5432 or (231) 627-5841 or order online at theoperahouse.org.
The Cadillac Footliters will present The Diaries of Adam and Eve at the Cadillac High School auditorium on Jan 6-7 and 13-14 at 7:30 p.m. Written by Mark Twain, the story follows Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, with each puzzling over the other and their purpose in life.
At 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 3-4 and 10-11, On Golden Pond will be performed. It’s the story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who return to their summer home On Golden Pond for the 44th year. Tickets for both shows are $10 at the door for adults. To purchase them, go to cadillacfootliters.com or call the box office at (231) 775-7336.
The Manistee Civic Players will present the holiday masterpiece A Christmas Carol on Dec. 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee performance on Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. Performed at the historic Ramsdell Theatre, the musical is based on the Dickens’ classic of the same name. Tickets are $20.
The Civic Players will follow that with The Dining Room on March 9-11 and 16-18. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets for both shows are available at ramsdell-theatre.org or by calling the box office at (231) 723-9948.
Tchaikovsky’s classic The Nutcracker returns to Corson Auditorium for four performances on Dec. 8-10. Show time is 7:30 each night with a matinee performance on Dec. 10. Tickets are $23 for adults, $20 for seniors and $9 for students.
On Feb. 2-4, Servant of Two Masters will be performed. Tickets go on sale Jan. 2 and are priced at $9 for adults, $6 for seniors and students.
The Harvey Theatre will host Shakespeare’s drama Julius Caesar at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 23 and 24. A matinee will be performed at 2 p.m. on Feb. 25. Tickets go on sale Jan. 24 and are priced at $9 for adults, $6 for seniors and students.
The popular Arts Academy Winter Dance Concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. on March 9 and at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on March 10 in Corson Auditorium. Tickets are priced at $9 for adults, $6 for seniors and students.
Interlochen also hosts a number of student productions and presentations during the coming months. For details and ticket information, go to Interlochen’s website at interlochen.org.
TC OPERA HOUSE
Swing Shift and the Stars will rock the Opera House on Dec. 16. Judy Harrison directs the dynamic dance-off that raises money for area non-profits. Tickets start at $20.
The Sleeping Bear, a film shot primarily in the Traverse City region, will have its world premiere on Dec. 29. Tickets are $10.
A number of musical acts will also take the stage at the Opera House during the winter. For information on any Opera House production, go to cityoperahouse.org.
OLD TOWN PLAYHOUSE
Made famous by the award-winning film, starring Henry Fonda, Katherine Hepburn and Jane Fonda, Ernest Thompson’s On Golden Pond explores the fragility of families and relationships. The Civic Players will perform it on Jan. 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28 at 8 p.m. There’s a 2 p.m. matinee on Jan. 22. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children.
The entrancing musical Doctor Doolittle will be staged on March 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23 and 24 at 8 p.m. Matinees are set for March 11 and 18 at 3 p.m. Tickets go on sale Jan. 16. For more information, go to oldtownplayhouse.com.
Also, the playhouse will host workshops, classes and other activities. For information, contact Mychelle Hopkins, Education Director at 947-2210.