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Fall 2015 Events

September • October • November • December

Unless noted otherwise, call the Playhouse at the number above for additional information.

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Saturday, September 26

7:30 pm

Tickets: $15

West Shore Chorus Presents
a Barbershop Collage of Love, Peace, and Harmonies

20000 Leagues Poster Time for fall and the wonderful vocal harmonies of the West Shore Chorus. The West Shore Chorus is a nonprofit, community service organization of Sweet Adelines International, comprised of women who like to sing acapella music, barbershop style. Members live in Fruitport, Grand Haven, Muskegon, North Muskegon, Norton Shores, Spring Lake, and Twin Lake. This special performance features special musical guests Cereal City Chords, GR Chorus Ensemble, Percolate, and Wind Chime.


October 6 - 9

Rehearsals 4:00-8:15 pm


Missoula Children's Theatre Workshop
Discover Aladdin at the Howmet

Monsters Inc. PosterStudents in Kindergarten through 6th grade are invited to take part in a week-long after-school theatre workshop that will have them auditioning on Monday and performing on the Howmet Playhouse stage by Saturday. This workshop, led by professionals from the Misssoula Children's Theatre from Montana, provides performing arts education specially designed for young students as they prepare Aladdin for two public performances. Read more …

A collaboration with the Nuveen Center

Saturday October 10

3:00, 5:00 pm

Tickets: $5

Discover Aladdin at the Howmet Playhouse

Music and Lyrics by Michael McGill

Monsters Inc. PosterFor Aladdin it’s not easy to find a magic lamp but it’s even harder to get a date! It’s a swirling sandstorm of famous Arabian Tales from Ali Baba to Scheherazade, and even Sinbad the Sailor, as Aladdin journeys to find a magic lamp in a Cave of (not-so-great) Wonders. Along his way Aladdin seeks answers and advice from wise Genies, a powerful Sultan, and his own Mother to find a way to meet the Princess. However, even with the lamp in hand, Aladdin will have to learn that it takes more than a wish to make a good impression. Full of memorable characters, from lost Penguins to talking Palm Trees, this is an adventure worthy of 1001 laughs. With great parts for boys and girls, this production comes complete with fun songs, colorful sets, and fabulous costumes.

A collaboration of the Nuveen Community Center for the Arts and the Misssoula Children's Theatre

Wednesday October 14

7:30 pm

Donations Accepted at the Door

The Howmet Playhouse Proudly Presents
I Want To Be An Astronaut

A Documentary Film by David Ruck

AstronautBlair Mason has wanted to be an astronaut since he was three years old. Now, at 17, that dream has become a vision for "moving humanity beyond Earth." But what does it take to be an astronaut? And, more importantly, what are we doing now as a nation to keep the dreams of young people like Blair within the realm of possibility? I Want to be an Astronaut examines the current state of America's space program: where we've been, where we are, and where we might be headed. The film is a powerful and emotional ride that explores the human side of space exploration, and the realities that need to be in place so that our nation has a program for the "Blair's" of the world to aspire to.

Sponsored in part by the Alcoa Foundation


November 5, 6, 7

7:30 pm

Nov 7th Matinee at 2:00 pm

Kalon Arts and Yoga Presents

Wiley and the Hairy Man

by Suzan Zeder

Jumanji PosterSet deep within the mysterious Tombigbee Swamp in the backcountry of Alabama and Mississippi, Wiley and the Hairy Man centers around a young fatherless boy, his conjure-woman mother, his faithful dog, and the Hairy Man who haunts Wiley's days and dreams. Through rhythm and rhyme, a creative chorus creates the mystery of the swamp. The magic of this play is not fairy dust, it is soil—the magic of survival, the magic of the earth and the mud of the swamp. In an exciting duel of wits, Wiley learns to rely upon his own resources and conquers two villains: the Hairy Man and his own fear.


Friday, December 4

7:00 pm

Doors open at 6:30 pm


Elf Movie PosterBuddy was a baby in an orphanage who stowed away in Santa's sack and ended up at the North Pole. Later, as an adult human who happened to be raised by elves, Santa allows him to go to New York City to find his birth father, Walter Hobbs. Hobbs, on Santa's naughty list for being a heartless jerk, had no idea that Buddy was even born. Buddy, meanwhile, experiences the delights of New York City (and human culture) as only an elf can. When Walter's relationship with Buddy interferes with his job, he is forced to reevaluate his priorities.

Get into the holiday spirit with your family and friends by joining us for a family-friendly holiday movie night presented by New Beginnings Church. The evening event includes free popcorn, candy, and treats. For more information, call the New Beginnings Church at (231) 894-9661 or the Playhouse at (231) 894-0119.

Saturday December 12

7:30 pm

Tickets: $12

Holiday Concert: Ruth & Max Bloomquist and Friends

Ruth & MaxWest Michigan music legends Ruth & Max Bloomquist will return to the Howmet Playhouse for their fifth annual holiday concert. Playing a blend of your favorite Ruth & Max tunes and traditional folk Christmas music, this evening is sure to lift your holiday spirits!

Blue HorizonJoining Max & Ruth is Blue Horizon with Lee Murdock. Lee Murdock’s acclaimed Christmas Ship Concert invokes Michigan in a holiday concert about the Christmas tree ships which marked the coming of winter in the tall ships and lumberjack era. He will be joined by his band, Blue Horizon, and the holiday music speaks to the ageless joys of being together, or being apart from family during the holidays.

Sunday December 20

3 pm

Tickets: $15

Three Men and a Tenor: Music for the Holidays

3 Men and a TenorThree Men and a Tenor are thrilled to return to the Playhouse following the success of last spring's show. This time around the group will be singing all things Holidays to warm up audiences and set the spirit of the season aglow. The group has performed on stages with The Beach Boys, Lee Greenwood, Chuck Berry, and Dionne Warwick, and were featured in a national PBS-TV special, Three Men and a Tenor-In Concert in cities like Minneapolis, Boston, Miami, Las Vegas and Nashville. 3MT twice toured Germany to entertain the troops and their families at over 15 different U.S. Military Bases, and sang at the bedsides at Landstuhl hospital for the wounded soldiers who had just arrived off the front lines of battle from Iraq and Afghanistan for medical treatments. The 3MT visit was the perfect medicine to put a smile on the faces of our soldiers and helped heal through music and humor. With over 2,500 performances in the group's 22-year history and twice voted "The Best Entertainment in Michigan" by the Michigan Meetings and Event Planners, Three Men and a Tenor is a polished group of showmen, with a flair for fun and family that brings audiences to their feet!