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Spring 2020 Events

January • February • March • April • May • June • Past Events

Unless noted otherwise, call the Playhouse at (231) 894-0119 for additional information.

January

Saturday, January 25

7:30 pm

Tickets: $10 + $2 Convenience Fee

 

Comedy Night with David Dyer

The Citizen's Supporting White Lake Fire
are bringing laughs to the waterlogged and freezing cold White Lake Area

Featuring comedian David Dyer, with Matt Lauria, and hosted by Pete McCarthy.

David DyerDavid Dyer’s interesting and sometimes twisted take on life will make you say, “Hey, that happened to me, too” even if it didn’t … it’s weird, I know.  You’re sure to walk out of his show feeling better about yourself or sorry for him … he’s fine with it either way.

David Dyer has been performing stand-up at clubs and corporate events for over twenty years.  He’s worked with some of the best comics in the industry including Mike Birbiglia, Jim Breuer, and Lewis Black.  He’s been a contributing writer to NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and ABC’s Politically Incorrect.  He’s a regular on the nationally syndicated Bob and Tom Show and frequently guest hosts multiple radio shows for Cumulus Broadcasting in Grand Rapids.  You can also read David’s articles on the satirical news website AbsrdComedy.

Matt Lauria has been ineffective at everything from relationships and productivity but particularly at writing witty comedy bios. These failures not only make for an evening of incredible entertainment, but also leave audience members feeling as if they’ve accomplished more in their lifetime.

February

Saturday, February 1

7:30 pm

Tickets: $10 (plus $1 ticket fee)

About the movie:
With onscreen lyrics
Drama/Musical.
106 min.
PG rating >

The Greatest Showman
Sing-a-Long Movie Night

The Friends of the Playhouse present this special Sing-a-Long screening, featuring subtitles for all of the songs (as if you don't have them memorized already). All proceeds benefit the Playhouse!

The Greatest ShowmanHugh Jackman returns to his musical roots in a holiday biopic that tells the story of American showman P.T. Barnum. Sacked from a conventional job, Jackman’s family man Barnum devises a new idea for making a living. Along with a company of extraordinary individuals he recruits from all walks of life, Barnum creates a showcase of talent that eventually becomes the traveling Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Highlighting the notion that what makes every person and their story different is what makes them all unique and special, Barnum becomes one of the first pioneers of the concept and universal appeal of “show business.”

You are invited, even encouraged, to come in costume!

Saturday, February 8

10:00 to 11: 30 am

Session Fee:
$20/session
$55 for all 3 sessions

Yoga Onstage-Aware in FebruaryYoga Onstage February

Ages 6-16 welcome; those 10 and under should have an adult accompany them

Cindy Beth Davis-Dykema, a certified yoga teacher with nearly a decade of training and experience, offers the second of the three yoga sessions onstage at The Playhouse.

THINGS TO CONSIDER
Dress comfortably to move and wear layers, as body temperatures can change throughout your practice. Bring a water bottle and yoga or exercise mat, along with any props you may like to use. A limited number of props and mats will be available to borrow or purchase onsite at each class.

Recommended: two pillows and a blanket are the ultimate in comfort for the final few restorative poses at the end of our practice, although not absolutely needed.

Please arrive at least fifteen to twenty minutes early to sign your participation waiver and get yourself set up onstage. If you choose the 3-class option at your first session, you can sign in at that class for the entire series and simply arrive and set up immediately.

Read more …

This unique opportunity to practice yoga onstage at The Playhouse at White Lake will be a partial fundraiser for both White Lake Youth Theater and Kalon Arts and Yoga Company.

Saturday, February 29

7:30 pm

Tickets:
$15 in Advance/
$20 the Day of and at the Door

the KreellersThe Kreellers
With Special Guest Scott Sheldon

The Kreellers are a high energy Celtic Rock group hailing from Detroit, Michigan. This five-piece powerhouse has been unstoppable, performing over 100 shows in 2009, recording the music for Fuji’s Enviromax Battery ad campaign, and writing and recording new tunes for their upcoming CD. Still steeped in traditional Irish sound, the band’s mix of rock, funk, and even punk elements has created a sound that has won over fans, critics, and even skeptics throughout the North and Midwest and has made them one of the most sought after Celtic acts in the region.

Scott Sheldon

 

Singer/songwriter Scott Sheldon hails from Muskegon and has been compared to Gordon Lightfoot among others.  He mixes Irish, Scottish and French songs with his own compositions including the tongue-in-cheek “Turtle Fence Song” about the turtle fence along US-31 in Muskegon.

March

Saturday, March 7

7:30 pm

Tickets: $10 (plus $1 ticket fee)

About the movie:
With onscreen lyrics
Drama/Musical
134 min.
PG-13 rating

 

Bohemian Rhapsody
Sing-a-Long Movie Night

The Friends of the Playhouse invite you to join us for a foot-stomping celebration and sing-along with last year’s Best Picture nominee. All proceeds benefit the Playhouse!

Bohemian RhapsodyFreddie defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers. The film traces the rise of the band through their iconic songs, their near-implosion as Mercury’s lifestyle spirals out of control, and their triumphant reunion on the eve of Live Aid, where Mercury, facing a life-threatening illness, leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. Stars Golden Globe® winner Rami Malek!

You are invited, even encouraged, to come in costume!

Saturday, March 14

10:00 to 11: 30 am

Session Fee:
$20/session
$55 for all 3 sessions

Yoga Onstage-Mindful Flow MarchYoga Onstage March

Ages 6-16 welcome; those 10 and under should have an adult accompany them

Cindy Beth Davis-Dykema, a certified yoga teacher with nearly a decade of training and experience, offers the third of the three yoga sessions onstage at The Playhouse.

THINGS TO CONSIDER
Dress comfortably to move and wear layers, as body temperatures can change throughout your practice. Bring a water bottle and yoga or exercise mat, along with any props you may like to use. A limited number of props and mats will be available to borrow or purchase onsite at each class.

Recommended: two pillows and a blanket are the ultimate in comfort for the final few restorative poses at the end of our practice, although not absolutely needed.

Please arrive at least fifteen to twenty minutes early to sign your participation waiver and get yourself set up onstage. If you choose the 3-class option at your first session, you can sign in at that class for the entire series and simply arrive and set up immediately.

Read more …

This unique opportunity to practice yoga onstage at The Playhouse at White Lake will be a partial fundraiser for both White Lake Youth Theater and Kalon Arts and Yoga Company.

Saturday, March 21

7:30 pm

Tickets:
$20 in Advance
$25 Day of Show

Aoife Scott
with Special Guest Ben Bedford

Aoife ScottThe Playhouse proudly welcomes Michigan Irish Music Festival headliner, Aoife Scott! Born into the legendary Black Family, Aoife is steadily rising to the top of the traditional and folk music scene, and has long enjoyed success as an established artist in her own right. Fragile and ethereal one minute, and strong and vibrant the next, her dynamic and profound vocals explore the emotional depths of her lyrics, leaving the audience entranced. Aoife has a unique sound, her music has a broad creative scope but is largely influenced by her own roots in folk and traditional Irish music.

Recent accolades include being named Best Folk Act at the Irish Post Music Awards (IRE), beating stiff competition in the category with the legendary Christy Moore, Dublin folk band Lankum as well as Limerick singer Emma Langford. She also claimed the award of Emerging Artist of the Year at the Live Ireland Awards (US) in June 2018. In 2019, her most recent song The December Letter” won Single of the Year at the ALSR Celtic Music Awards (US) and was the most played Christmas song on RTE Radio 1 for December 2018.

“A Fiery Passionate Young Talent Springing from a Fine Musical Family” — HOTPRESS

Her career successes have seen Aoife and her cousins, Róisín O & Danny O Reilly from The Coronas, release their single Grace which hit straight into the number 1 slot on iTunes in Ireland. This performance gained half a million views on YouTube with their performance from Kilmainham Gaol as part of Centenary on RTE1.

Aoife’s single All Along the Wild Atlantic Way also hit the number 1 slot, knocking Ed Sheeran off the top spot and was named Song of the Year at the Irish Folk Music Awards in 2017.

Aoife releases her first single from the upcoming album this October with an Irish Tour, and full album release of her album HomeBird is due January 2020.

Ben Bedford (photo by Kari Bedford)"Ben Bedford has proven himself to be a truly inspired and talented storyteller …” according to Arthur Wood (Maverick). Bedford establishes himself as a songwriter in the tradition of musical icons ranging from Bill Morrissey to Woody Guthrie, casting individual people in the theater of the American landscape. A true son of the heartland, Bedford dips into the deep inkwell of classic American literature and writes with the ‘old soul’ quality of his literary idols, such as John Steinbeck and Toni Morrison.

Saturday, March 28

7:30pm

Tickets:
$20 in Advance
$25 Day of Show

 

The Insiders: Tom Petty Tribute Band

Tlm Petty Tribute BandClose your eyes and you won’t know the difference. Open them and you still might be fooled. The Insiders present the premier Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers experience. With 6 veteran musicians and decades of combined stage and touring experience, The Insiders are genuinely running down the dream.

It all starts with front man Max Lockwood. “I grew up listening to Tom. My mom would play Tom Petty’s Greatest Hits while she worked out. I’d sit at the top of the stairs and listen to those songs—it was my most requested CD at the age of 6.” In high school, Lockwood’s band Big Dudee Roo started covering Mary Jane’s Last Dance at their frequent shows in West Michigan.  “Tom was part of the great American landscape to me—a legend by the time I was musically conscious. We got a great crowd reaction with Petty tunes, and people frequently commented that I sounded authentically ‘Petty’.”

Nothing has changed with time. After the passing of Tom Petty in October of 2017 Lockwood organized the band by pulling together some of his favorite musicians for a benefit concert. After a sold-out show that raised thousands for a local domestic violence shelter The Insiders decided they wouldn’t back down. “We try to honor what Mr. Petty and the Heartbreakers have done for rock and roll each night. We’re fans of the music foremost. These songs are woven into the fabric of the American identity.” They’ve found no shortage of demand, selling out shows everywhere they go in the first year of the band’s existence. Local Spins’ John Sinkevics had this to say: “The Insiders set the bar at a new level for Tom Petty tributes.”

April

Saturday, April 4

7:30 pm

Tickets: $10 (plus $1 ticket fee)

About the movie:
With onscreen lyrics
Musical
175 min.
G rating

 

The Sound of Music
Sing-a-Long Movie Night

The Friends of the Playhouse invite you to “start at the very beginning (a very good place to start) …”. All proceeds benefit the Playhouse!

Sound of MusicWe love all our Playhouse sing-alongs, but singing along with the Sound of Music is truly something special. You get to see the classic movie on the big screen, with helpful subtitles to help you sing every one of the wonderful Rodgers and Hammerstein songs.

A tuneful, heartwarming story, it is based on the real life story of the Von Trapp Family singers, one of the world's best-known concert groups in the era immediately preceding World War II. Julie Andrews plays the role of Maria, the tomboyish postulant at an Austrian abbey who becomes a governess in the home of a widowed naval captain with seven children, and brings a new love of life and music into the home.

You are invited, even encouraged, to come in costume!

Sunday, April 19

7:30 pm

Tickets: $15 (plus $3 ticketing fee)

Shane Hennessey in Concert

Presented by Michigan Irish Music Festival

Shane HennessyShane Hennessy is an Irish virtuoso guitarist, songwriter, and composer. Coming from a background in Irish traditional music, Shane has been captivating audiences globally for the past few years, with sellout solo tours in Europe, Russia, and the United States under his belt, as well as regular appearances at major international music festivals.

Described by legendary guitarist Tommy Emmanuel as “a brilliant entertainer and an amazing musician who transcends the guitar the same way Muhammed Ali transcended boxing”, Shane has developed an unmistakably unique voice on the guitar, blending his native Irish music with elements of jazz, country, blues, funk, classical, soul, world, and hip-hop, both vocally and instrumentally. His live shows are known for their energy and variety. “[A]nything from Bach to Beyoncé!; Irish Music Magazine have called him “one of the most exciting live performers of his generation”.

In 2019, Shane was a firm favorite on the festival scene in the United States, appearing at prestigious roots festivals such as MerleFest (Wilkesboro, NC) and Appaloosa (Front Royal, VA), as well as numerous Irish and Celtic Festivals including Milwaukee Irish Fest (WI), Kansas City Irish Fest (MO), Irish Fest Chicago (IL), Michigan Irish Music Fest (Muskegon, MI), and many more.

Shane has released two albums of original music: Zephyrus (2015), and Marrakech (2017). A third album is due for release in early 2020. He has also worked with Riverdance composer and Grammy winner Bill Whelan, and in 2017 he sold out a solo show in Ireland’s National Concert Hall for the release of Marrakech.

“His musicianship is equally varied with an ability to move between styles and genres with ease, very much in keeping with guitar heroes like Davy Graham or Eric Clapton.” – Irish Music Magazine, June 2018

Friday, April 24

7:30 pm

Tickets:
$18 in advance
$25 Day of and at Door
Plus $3 ticketing fee

Gruvia Presents: organissimo

organissimoYou might notice of something different at an organissimo performance. The audience isn't the typical homogenous "jazz" audience. You'll see a healthy mix of people from all walks of life; young and old, black and white, from hippies to corporate professionals and everything in between. organissimo's music skirts over fences and satisfies a diverse range of tastes. You're as likely to see people dancing as a group of folks intently listening.

As American cultural critic Elvis Mitchell wrote after witnessing a show at Baker's Keyboard Lounge, "The group's toned, muscular playing keeps the crowd rapt, a condition noticeable by the fact that almost no one is talking."

organissimo formed in November of 2000 with the goal of bringing jazz back to the people. organissimo's sound is instantly identifiable yet constantly evolving, infusing elements of funk, gospel, blues, progressive rock, and Latin rhythms into a solid foundation of jazz. Shifting meters, deep grooves, melodic finesse and tight ensemble interplay are hallmarks of the organissimo sound.

May

May 2

7:30 PM
pre-concert discussion at 7:00 PM

Tickets:
$11 in advance,
$15 at the door

children under 18 accompanied by an adult are free

Piano and Two handsShoreline Community Orchestra

presents Rhapsody in Blue and Ellington, Too

The Shoreline Community Orchestra returns to the Playhouse for its spring concert themed Rhapsody in Blue and Ellington, Too. Join us for an exciting evening of symphonic jazz!  Conductor Dr. John Blakemore will lead the orchestra and piano soloist, Audra Erb, in the performance of Rhapsody in Blue, as well as Duke Ellington’s Three Black Kings. An additional treat on this evening of jazz will be the orchestra’s performance of Andrew Grant Still’s Afro-American Symphony.

Preceding the concert, conductor Dr. John Blakemore will discuss the music, composers, and the connections between their lives and their creative inspirations.  Don’t miss this energetic and informative discussion!

Saturday, May 9

Doors open 6:30 pm
Showtime 8:00 pm

General Admission Tickets: $40

 

Gruvia Productions Presents

The Verve PipeThe Verve Pipe

With a reputation for spectacular live performances, the multi-platinum alternative rock band The Verve Pipe are recognized worldwide for their radio hits Photograph, Hero, Happiness Is, Never Let You Down, and the #1 smash single The Freshmen.

In addition to their success on radio, TV and film, sold-out concert dates throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Australia, features in Rolling Stone, Interview Magazine and many more, and videos on MTV and VH1, the band has made numerous television appearances, including The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and Late Night With David Letterman.’

Between recording rock albums, including the most recent release Parachute, and their first-ever live album Villains – Live & Acoustic, featuring an acoustic reimagining of their platinum debut album Villains, The Verve Pipe expanded their repertoire to include writing and recording A Family Album, their critically acclaimed introduction to the world of children’s music, as well as their follow up family oriented release, Are We There Yet?.

With a new lineup and a renewed energy and focus, lead singer/principal songwriter and founder Brian Vander Ark and the band continue to deliver original music that is distinguished by innovative arrangements, soul-searching lyrics and layered vocals.

The Verve Pipe perform both rock and kids shows throughout North America, including notable appearances at Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits Festival, Lincoln Center, Hangout Music Festival, SummerStage in Central Park, and many more.

June

Friday, June 5

7:30 pm

Tickets:
$20 in advance
$25 Day of and at the Door

John Gorka in Concert

John GorkaYou won’t want to miss this evening with world-renowned contemporary American folk singer-songwriter John Gorka. With his soulful baritone voice and rich multi-faceted songs full of depth, beauty and emotion, Gorka has been filling concert venues throughout the United States and Europe for well over two decades. Rolling Stone magazine called him "the preeminent male singer-songwriter of what has been dubbed the New Folk Movement.” In addition to his 11 critically acclaimed albums, John released a collector’s edition box featuring a hi-definition DVD and companion CD called The Gypsy Life. Windham Hill also released a collection of John’s greatest hits from the label called Pure John Gorka. In 2010, he also released an album with his friends and Red House label-mates Lucy Kaplansky and Eliza Gilkyson under the name Red Horse. Getting high praise from critics and fans alike, it landed on the Billboard Folk Charts and was one of the most played albums on folk radio. Many well-known artists have recorded and/or performed John Gorka songs, including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Nanci Griffith, Mary Black, and Maura O’Connell. John has graced the stage of Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, etown, and has appeared on CNN. His new song Where No Monuments Stand is featured in the upcoming documentary Every War Has Two Losers, about activist and Oregon Poet Laureate William Stafford (1914-1993).

Past Events

Saturday, January 4

Doors open at 7:00 pm
Movie begins at 8:00

Tickets $15

The Friends of the Playhouse Presents

Rocky Horror Picture ShowThe Rocky Horror Picture Show

The Friends of the Playhouse is presenting The Rocky Horror Picture Show as a fundraiser for the theatre. The movie is a parody tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the 1930s through to the early 1960s.

The film stars Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, and Barry Bostwick. The story centers on a young engaged couple whose car breaks down in the rain near a castle where they seek a telephone to call for help. The castle or country home is occupied by strangers in elaborate costumes celebrating an annual convention. They discover the head of the house is Dr. Frank N. Furter, an apparently mad scientist who actually is an alien transvestite who creates a living muscle man in his laboratory. The couple are seduced separately by the mad scientist and eventually released by the servants who take control.

A Shadow Cast will lead movie goers in song and dance. Guests are encouraged to dress up as their favorite characters.

Prop bags will be available for purchase. No outside props permitted.

January 11

10:00 to 11: 30 am

Session Fee:
$20/session
$55 for all 3 sessions

Yoga Onstage-Gentle January

Yoga OnstageAges 6-16 welcome; those 10 and under should have an adult accompany them

Cindy Beth Davis-Dykema, a certified yoga teacher with nearly a decade of training and experience, will guide a 90 minute yoga session on the second Saturdays of January through March. These classes are designed to meet all levels and will allow for a primer to practice skills like gentleness, deep breathing, and meditative movement. Whether completely new or seasoned to a yoga practice, you’ll be met with warmth and understanding at these sessions.

For the January session, we will practice both three-part breathing and the audible exhale. Our essential oil for this session (which you can choose to opt out of any day) will be a blend of organic apricot, lavender and peppermint oils.

THINGS TO CONSIDER
Dress comfortably to move and wear layers, as body temperatures can change throughout your practice. Bring a water bottle and yoga or exercise mat, along with any props you may like to use. A limited number of props and mats will be available to borrow or purchase onsite at each class.

Recommended: two pillows and a blanket are the ultimate in comfort for the final few restorative poses at the end of our practice, although not absolutely needed.

Please arrive at least fifteen to twenty minutes early to sign your participation waiver and get yourself set up onstage. If you choose the 3-class option at your first session, you can sign in at that class for the entire series and simply arrive and set up immediately.

Read more …

This unique opportunity to practice yoga onstage at The Playhouse at White Lake will be a partial fundraiser for both White Lake Youth Theater and Kalon Arts and Yoga Company.