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Spring 2016 Events

March • April • May • June

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

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Saturday, March 5

7:00 pm

$10 adults
$5 students

Music for MealsMusic for Meals Presents A Night at the 'Met

Join the Educkators and guests for a special evening of entertainment to help raise money for the White Lake Food Pantry. Tickets will be available at the City of Whitehall and also will be available at the door. Checks should be made payable to Lebanon Lutheran Church.

Killer Blues
This special evening is funded in part by the the Killer Blues Headstone project,
Fetch Brewing Co., and Ice Box Brand ice cream bars.

Friday, March 11

7:30 pm

$17 adults
$12 students

The Outside Track

Scots, Irish, and Cape Breton Fusion of Songs, Tunes, and Stepdance

The OUtside TrackThe Outside Track formed when they were all students at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in Limerick, and are quickly earning themselves a reputation as one of the most exciting new bands on the traditional music scene. With a truly diverse line-up, from Scotland, England, Ireland, and Canada, they combine music from all their different cultures to form a distinct and dynamic musical sound. Flute, harp, fiddle, guitar, accordion, and vocals combine in expressive, energetic arrangements that deliver traditional music with a modern twist. Song repertoire encompasses both classic ballads and contemporary songwriting, combining the tradition with fresh new material. Five-part harmony singing sits alongside sparkling new instrumental sets.

The Outside Track boasts an award-winning line-up of Ailie Robertson on clarsach (BBC Radio Scotland Young Trad finalist 2007), Norah Rendell on vocals and flute (Canadian Trad Singer of the Year nominee 2008), Fiona Black on accordion (FAME academy bursary recipient 2007), Alan Jordan on guitar, and Sarah-Jane Summers on fiddles (standard and hardanger).

Since meeting in Limerick in 2005, their sound has developed into a unique sonic fusion of harp, guitar, and accordion bass accompaniment coupled with intricate interplay between fiddle, flute, and harmony vocals. These “inspired arrangements” draw on diverse material from classic ballads, new songs, self-penned originals and traditional instrumentals from their native countries.

Watch a music video of the Outside Track …

Saturday, March 19

7:30 pm

$10 adults
$5 students

Tickets available at Whitehall City Hall or at the door

Ben Bedford in Concert
with Special Guests Karen and Eric Smith

Bed Bedford, Photo Courtesy of Kari BedfordBen Bedford delivers intriguing sketches of America, its individuals, their victories and their struggles. Poignant, but never sentimental, Bedford's portrait-like songs capture the vitality of his characters and draw the listener deep into the narratives. With three albums to his credit, his latest album, The Pilot and the Flying Machine, is set to release soon. Often drawing upon history, Bedford's songs have a strong sense of time and place. The songs are rich in sensory detail which allows the listener to hear, see and feel each narrative. "Ben Bedford has proven himself to be a truly inspired and talented storyteller … ." according to Arthur Wood (Maverick).

Karen and Eric SmithKaren & Eric Smith, who are widely known in the area, will grace the Howmet stage with their smooth harmonies, unique covers, and memorable original songs. They have been busy working on a new album that scheduled for a 2016 release date. Their easy banter and sound have drawn large audiences to various venues and the Howmet is pleased to welcome them back to the Howmet Playhouse stage.

Saturday, March 26

7:00 pm


Casablanca Movie PosterCarmichael Heating and Air Conditioning Presents Free Family Movie Night

Casablanca (1942)

One of the most memorable of all film experiences, Casablanca is a true Hollywood legend. All the elements of the production—story, cast, photography, direction, and music—are woven expertly together to create a motion picture monument. Wartime refugees gather in Morocco to obtain scarce exit visas to Lisbon. The final airport sequence is an event not to be forgotten.


Saturday, April 9

7:00 pm

Carmichael Heating and Air Conditioning Presents Free Family Movie Night

Matilda Movie PosterMatilda (1996)

Based on the book Matilda, by British children's author Roald Dahl, this film moves the setting from the U.K. to the U.S.; otherwise it follows the original closely. Matilda Wormwood (Mara Wilson) is an extremely curious and intelligent little girl who is very different from her low-brow, mainstream parents (Danny DeVito and real-life wife Rhea Perlman), who quite cruelly ignore her. As she grows older, she begins to discover that she has telekinetic powers. Not until a teacher shows her kindness for the first time does she realize that she can use those powers to do something about her sufferings and help her friends as well. Villains from the awful Miss Trunchbull (Pam Ferris), headmistress of her miserable school Crunchem Hall, to her parents and older brother begin to feel her ire. Look for Paul Reubens (aka Pee Wee Herman) in a small part as an FBI agent investigating Matilda's shady father.

Saturday, April 23

7:30 pm

$10 adults
$5 students

Tickets are available at Whitehall City Hall and at the door

Neil JacobsNeil Jacobs

Neil Jacobs is truly a masterful performer on the 12 string acoustic guitar. His own captivating style of playing has been described as "mesmerizing" by the St. Louis Riverfront Times and as "the rockin'est since early Leo Kottke" by the Austin Chronicle. Neil covers the world vibe with music as diverse as Gypsy, World, Balkan Folk, Jazz, Classical, and Modern Fingerstyle, while transforming his 12-string acoustic guitar into his own personal orchestra. Neil draws inspiration from his world travels and experiences, and shares his fascinating stories with his audience.

This special evening is funded in part by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Michigan Humanities Council.

Neil also lead a workshop at the Nuveen Center at 3:00 pm as part of the White Lake Guitar Fest.

Friday, April 29 &
Saturday, April 30

8:00 pm

Doors Open at 7:00 pm

Tickets are General Admission:

$20 for each show or $35 for a Two-Day Package

Echoes of Pink FloydEchoes of Pink Floyd  — 2 Nights!

After selling out their last two performances at the Howmet Playhouse, Echoes of Pink Floyd returns for a spectacular weekend with two different shows, stunning light and laser effects, and a powerful lineup of musicians ready to deliver a rousing performance of classic hits and rarities, as well as a featured performance of The Dark Side Of Oz.

Come experience a rare live performance of Pink Floyd classics by Michigan's own Echoes of Pink Floyd, including their World-Class Laser-Light Show.

Fetch BrewingYou do not want to miss this concert weekend, especially in such a unique setting!

Beer & Wine sales featuring FETCH Brewery.


Saturday, May 7

7:30 pm

Doors Open at 6:30 pm

Tickets: $20 plus $3 processing fee


Killer Bues9th Annual White Lake Blues Fest

Killer Blues presents the Joe Moss Band with Slyde Malone.

Joe Moss Band


Fundraiser for the Killer Blues Headstone Project which exists to provide headstones for blues musicians lying in unmarked gravesSlyde Malone

Saturday, May 21

7:00 pm

Carmichael Heating and Air Conditioning Presents Free Family Movie Night

Mary Poppins PosterMary Poppins (1964)

The Travers children get the attention of their all-business father by bedevilling every new nanny in the Banks household. When Mr. Banks advertises conventionally for another nanny, the kids compose their own ad, asking for someone with a little kindness and imagination. Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews in her screen debut) answers the children's ad by arriving at the Banks home from the skies, parachuting downward with her umbrella. She immediately endears herself to the children. The next day they meet Mary's old chum Bert (Dick Van Dyke), currently employed as a sidewalk artist. Mary, Bert, and the children hop into one of Bert's chalk drawings and learn the nonsense song "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" in a cartoon countryside. Mr. Banks is pleased that his children are behaving better, but he's not happy with their fantastic stories. To show the children what the real world is like, he takes them to his bank. A series of disasters follow which result in his being fired from his job. Mary Poppins' role in all this leads to some moments when it is possible to fear that all her good work will be undone, but like the magical being she is, all her "mistakes" lead to a happy result by the end of the film.


Thursday, June 2

5:00 to 8:00 pm

$15 in advance
$20 at the gate
Kids age 7 and under get in FREE!

Taste of White Lake Logo8th Annual Taste of White Lake

Come join us for a community of flavors at the 8th annual Taste of White Lake, a Michigan-themed street fair. An eclectic mix of local businesses will again join forces to provide an evening of fun offering great food, Michigan beers & wines, live music, art, and silent auctions, all benefitting Howmet Playhouse. Don't miss out on this delicious event! Read more …

Thursday, Friday, Saturday,
June 16, 17 & 18

7:30 pm

Pre-sale Tickets: $6
Pre-sale tickets available at:
Nuveen Center (106 E. Colby St., Whitehall) and Whitehall City Hall (405 E. Colby St.)

Tickets at the door: $8

Nuveen Theatre Workshop presents

Junie B Jones the Musical logoJunie B. Jones, The Musical

Sneak a peak into the "Top Secret Personal Beeswax Journal" of the outspoken and loveable Junie B. Jones. Created by Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich, the team that brought you Dear Edwina, comes Junie B. Jones The Musical, a delightful adaptation of four of Barbara Park's best-selling books brought to life in a genuinely comical, and not strictly-for-kids musical developed by TheatreworksUSA. Awaken a young person's desire to read with the sassy little diva Junie B. Jones and her adventures in first grade.

Fun for the entire family. This special show sponsored by the Arts Council of White Lake's Nuveen Theatre Workshop, involves the collaboration of talented youth from all over the White Lake Area and beyond. The corporate sponsor for this production is Carmichael Heating and Air-Conditioning.

Arts Council of White Lake Nuveen logo Carmichael Heating and Air Conditioning logo


Thursday, June 23

7:30 pm

Tickets: $17 plus $2 processing fee

AmaryllisAmaryllis—40th Anniversary Celebration

Ruth & Max Bloomquist and Steve Reeths will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of their band, Amaryllis. Their blend of original songs and old favorites, captivating vocal harmonies and outstanding musicianship has endeared them to the hearts of fans from the Midwest to New York to Montana to Louisiana. A unique blend of folk, bluegrass, and country accompanied by guitars, bass, banjo & mandolin.

Saturday, June 25

7:30 pm

Doors Open at 6:30 pm

$18 adults
$15 students
plus $2 processing fee

Tickets are also available at Whitehall City Hall and at the door

An Evening with Bob Milne

Bob MilneBob Milne returns for a third time to the Howmet Playhouse. He is considered the world's best ragtime and boogie-woogie piano player. His high energy performances are infused with humor and a little bit of history. Wowing audiences all around the globe, this self-taught piano player was deemed a "national treasure" by the Library of Congress. His unassuming manner combined with incredible skill make this a performance not to miss!