Unless noted otherwise, call the Playhouse at (231) 894-0119 for additional information.
Irish Christmas in America
Celebrating 16 years, Holidays with an Irish Twist
The Irish Christmas in America show brings a fascinating performance of music, song, dance, and stories of seasonal Irish traditions.
Produced by Sligo fiddler Oisín Mac Diarmada, the hugely popular Irish Christmas in America show features top Irish music in an engaging performance rich in humour and boundless energy. Following the cancellation of the 2020 tour due to COVID-19, the 2021 tour features special guest singer Niamh Farrell, a Sligo vocalist who has toured with UK singer/songwriting star David Gray. Niamh teams up with legendary West Kerry singer Séamus Begley, famous for his charming wit and stunning voice.
This family-friendly performance features lively instrumental tunes on fiddle, flute, uilleann pipes and harp, along with thrilling Irish old-style dancing from Samantha Harvey. In addition, evocative photographic images provide a backdrop to some of the rich historical traditions of Ireland. Take a memorable glimpse into the enchanting spirit of Christmas, as the finest traditional artists from Ireland, bring you on a fun-filled start to the holiday season of 2021.
The holiday show was first conceived in 2005 with past tours featuring such stellar guest vocalists as Séamus & Méabh Begley, Teresa Horgan, Lumiere (Pauline Scanlon & Eilis Kennedy), Karan Casey, Cara Dillon, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Cathie Ryan and Michael Londra. Mac Diarmada enthuses about the program as a way to bring traditional and often unknown Irish customs to the States. “One of the most heartfelt themes of Irish Christmas is emigration,” says Mac Diarmada. “Music was a way that people stayed close to home.”
Follow this link to see them on YouTube.
Sallie Ann Company Presents
Christmas in the Country
Gather round for some tunes and rustle up some friends for a knee-slappin', toe-tappin’ good time! We'll enjoy classic country, bluegrass and rockabilly favorites, crack some jokes, and then celebrate with a special guest dressed in red and white!
Sallie Ann Company is a homegrown, family-friendly band from West Michigan and is led by Sallie Ann on guitar and lead vocals. She has been playing guitar and singing for as long as she can remember, bringing a wide variety of music to the group. Bob Kary holds down the rhythm and has been drumming for 45 years, having played with a diverse range of bands in West Michigan and Southern California. John Visser is a multi-instrumentalist playing banjo, lap steel, guitar, and mandolin as well as providing harmony and lead vocals. Sallie Ann Company will also be joined by bassist Luke Lenhart, a local favorite. The show is sure to be chock full of music and laughter, bringing joy to your holiday season.
See y'all there!
Saturday, January 8
A Murder Mystery Presented by the White Lake Youth Theatre
The Night I Died at The Palace Theatre
Directed by Alexxander Evergreen
The Palace Theatre actors are just getting ready to rehearse the final scene for their latest production, "I Ain't Got No Body," when they run into a snag. The director who wrote the play is found dead onstage. Lois is shocked into an allergy attack! Ava faints! Luther orders a pizza! There's a lot of disbelief among the troupe until it becomes quite evident that Dexter Allan has, indeed, shuffled off this mortal coil. Not only that, he owed several of the actors a lot of money. "I know you can't take it with you," Gordon moans, "but apparently you can take somebody else's!" And then Frances dies! Only she doesn't really die. And then the pizza kid shows up. Only he really isn't the pizza kid. The one thing they all are sure of is their director is dead … or is he? Timothy accuses Gordon! Glenda accuses Dana! Luther can't figure out where his pizza is. And baby-faced detective Jimmy Todd has to put together all the clues. Maybe, thinks Jimmy, there are clues in the play they are producing. After all, Dexter wrote it. Was he trying to leave a hint? Or was he murdered for what was in that missing final scene? Clues intermingle with unveiled threats as cast member turns against cast member. Who heard Dexter's final words? Who kept threatening him for all to hear? And just when is Luther going to get his pizza anyway?
This comedy-filled mystery is brought to you by White Lake Youth Theatre's oldest actors, our high school team of performers, and is sponsored by the White Lake Area Women (Making a Difference).
9:30 AM Monday & Friday
9:30 AM Wednesdays
Class fee is $10 and may be paid by cash, check, PayPal or Venmo to the teacher guiding each session, with no advance registration required.
Arrive early to sign in and settle in on your first session.
Gentle Yoga in a Cozy Community
Treat yourself to a luxurious hour of breath work, mindful movement and guided imagery for deep relaxation in our White Lake Cozy Community. Warm up the body with deliciously stretchy movement on the spine designed to build flexibility and shake out excess energy, then enter into a fully balanced, mobility minded practice before eventually settling into deep restoration at the conclusion of our sessions.
Welcoming fully vaccinated students, this class will combine functional movement, traditional Hatha, slow Vinyasa, Yin and Restorative postures to leave you feeling both accomplished and relaxed. By request, our Gentle Yoga series has been designed to create a Cozy Community amid the continued pandemic by providing a certain level of comfort for interested students in knowing that those practicing around them are protected, and in doing so, adding an additional layer of ease for those who have been hesitant to return to an in-studio, in-person practice.
For your first session, please bring proof of vaccination, and wear your mask indoors until seated at your mat. You only need to show proof of vaccination once. All levels appropriate. Feel free to wear layers for comfort. Please bring your mat and any props you like, as none will be available on site. Bring blocks, bolster, blankets or anything else you may like to create a supreme level of comfort and relaxation.
Tuesday, September 14
6:00 to 8:00 pm
White Lake Youth Theatre Auditions
The Night I Died at The Palace Theatre
Auditions will be held for the fall production of The Night I Died at The Palace Theatre
Sunday, September 26
1:00 to 3:00 pm
The Playhouse's 105th Birthday Open House
by invitation only
Donors and supporters are encouraged to join The Friends of The Playhouse and Playhouse leadership to celebrate our 105th anniversary and the (hopefully successful!) completion of our $50,000 Fundraiser Match campaign. Live music and handcrafted sweet treats will be served in the lobby for an afternoon of socializing and good company as we celebrate our past and more importantly, the future 105 years of the Playhouse.
Saturday, October 16
12:00 to 3:00 pm
Cartoonversation- Let's Rescue Childhood!
Free Books—Popcorn—Ice Cream …
Looking for a way to talk with kids about school safety, diversity, bullying, social media, and more? If so, then join us to become a part of Cartoonversation 2021. Law enforcement, fire departments, education, and families will come together to laugh, listen, and build stronger communities! Everyone involved is there for one reason: to rescue childhood.
The event is free, and partners will be giving away free Cartoonversation Read-Along books to kids and families. We will also be promoting Fire Safety Month with fun interactive stations:
Cartoonversation Leaders will be presenting Cartoonversations to kids and families:
»Each VIP ticket will include choice seats in the theatre, signed cast photo, a bag of magic themed items, and one paid admission to the American Museum of Magic in Marshall, Michigan
Magician Jeffrey Alan and the Best of His Friends
Come enjoy an evening with nationally acclaimed magician Jeffrey Alan at The Playhouse.
Since his first public show as a pre-teen, Jeffrey has entertained audiences across the country, earning him acclaim as one of the nation's favorite magicians. He was named “Muskegon, Michigan’s Foremost Magician” by business leaders, as Muskegon Chronicle reviews applauded his mastery of magic on the stage. He has performed on television, in Las Vegas, and on occasion with radio simulcast.
Jeff is currently on the board of Directors for the American Museum of Magic in Marshall, Michigan, and on the board of Trustees for the International Brotherhood of Magicians (I.B.M.). He is also the current (I.B.M.) Territorial Vice President (TVP) of Michigan and International coordinator of all TVPs worldwide.
Jeffrey Alan and the Best of His Friends will include the magic of Jeffrey as well as some of his favorite magician friends, who will also be performing their best magic effects at The Playhouse. His assistant, Angeline, is an integral part of the show, and they know you'll be amazed and entertained by this evening of illusion and mystery.
The Stage Right Bar and Concession stand will be open for this event and this production is a collaboration between The Playhouse and the presenting artist.
Saturday, November 13
12:30 to 3:00 pm
Free to Be
Yoga, Writing and Wellness Workshop
This entirely FREE, community-style workshop for allies and LGBTQ+ members will encourage exploration and discovery, as we spend 2.5 hours in good company, investigating the permission that we each possess, and the opportunities we give ourselves to be freely and fully who we are. This gentle yoga and self inquiry workshop is meant to open up our minds, hearts, and bodies to the truth of who we are and how we want to show up for our lives. Make new friends as you join other 15-24 year olds to spend time together as we examine FREEDOM AND PERMISSION, to be ourselves, and to celebrate the most authentic versions of ourselves.
What one can expect: This FREE workshop is led by two certified yoga instructors, Carrie VanDuinen and Cindy Beth Davis-Dykema. Thirty minutes of spinal and floor work in gentle yoga will be followed by guided, individual journaling and a guided group discussion, led by Carrie and Cindy Beth. No experience is required or necessary for the movement or writing portions of the workshop. All materials are provided, and each registrant gets snacks and drinks and goes home with their own Young: Equal t-shirt, and their own new journal, carrying the experience of the workshop.
Young: Equal is a new nonprofit promoting self-acceptance, community, and love for all LGBTQ+ members. Formed to support this community, board members all across the nation are bringing LGBTQ+ celebration and programming to towns all over America in both in-person and virtual formats. You can learn more about the organization, donate to the cause, or share the event at the Young: Equal website. To register for the workshop visit the registration page.
5:00 to 7:00 pm
Holiday Walk Cartoon Night
Cartoon Entertainment & Refreshments
Join us during the White Lake Area Annual Holiday Walk for cozy holiday cartoons on the big screen, featuring Merten’s Farm cookies and hot cocoa, all free of charge as we celebrate the holidays with our community. From 5:00 to 7:00 PM, the Playhouse at White Lake will host an evening of classic Christmas and holiday themed cartoons, with live music in the lobby where guests can gather and warm up while shopping local that evening.
Playhouse merchandise and gift certificates will be available for unique gifts for loved ones, and registration will be underway for our 5 to 18 year old Winter Performing Arts Classes (starting January 8), for those who wish to gift the experience of fine arts education in lieu of material items this year.
Finally, Take-and-Decorate Holiday cookie kits prepared by Merten's Farms will be ready for you and your family to decorate for teachers, friends, and family as gifts with less effort but excellent demonstration, for those who are short on time.
Grab a cup of cocoa and take a seat inside our warm and welcoming 105 year old, newly renovated $4 million theater, and make the Playhouse a new part of your annual Holiday Walk tradition while classic holiday cartoons entertain!
All ages welcome. Happy holidays one and all!
7:30 pm (showtime)
General Admission Tickets:
»The VIP ticket ($50) will include a poster, light appetizers, and a meet and greet with Larry McCray at 7 PM
Killer Blues Presents
International and legendary blues guitarist Larry McCray has been thrilling audiences for 25 years. McCray is a Michigan-based singer, guitarist, bandleader, songwriter, and heir apparent to a lineage that includes personal influences and heroes such as B.B. King, Freddie King, Albert King, all of whom he has had the chance to meet and play with.
Larry McCray will be supported by the Jon Archambault Band. Archambault spent ten years as the lead guitarist for Mojo and the Boogie Men who made it to the IBC finals in their first try.
The North Grove Killers from the White Lake area are 5 musicians with a passion for putting on one hell of a show. Comprised of RJ Norland (vocals and guitar) Craig Smith (vocals and guitar), Scott Nesbit (guitar), Rich King (bass), and John Smit (drums), the band draws on their differing backgrounds to create a unique and cohesive sound that blends the blues with touches of country,folk and rock & roll.
Fundraiser for the Killer Blues Headstone Project which exists to provide headstones for blues musicians lying in unmarked graves