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Gentle Yoga

Yoga Guide
Weekly Schedule

Gentle Yoga classes for the spring will end June 17. Yoga will then be on hold for the Summer Theatre Festival, and will return after Labor Day.

»9:30 AM Wednesdays
Hannah Jurcich

»9:30 AM Fridays
Erin Vorgias

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. A portion of the proceeds benefit the White Lake Youth Theatre.

Arrive early to sign in and settle in on your first session.

VaccineYou must bring your vaccine card noting that you have been vaccinated and have also received the booster shot to your first practice.

maskPlease mask on your way in and out of the venue



Gentle Yoga in a Cozy Community

Gentle YogaGentle Yoga in Cozy Community welcomes fully vaccinated students four times a week

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 (shots plus booster) 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.

Instructors are Erin Vorgias and Hannah Jurcich

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Past Events

Thursday, January 6
(this performance was cancelled due to the weather)

Friday, January 7
7 PM

Saturday, January 8
2 PM






A Murder Mystery Presented by the White Lake Youth Theatre

The Palace TheatreThe 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).

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Saturday, January 29

11:45 AM




Peek Behind the Scenes Presentation

The Playhouse at White Lake presents Saturday arts education classes in the fall, winter and spring.

Arts EducationJoin us for a very informal, behind the scenes look at what our students have been learning these last four weeks during the Winter Session. Meet the teachers and see the kids!

Onstage lineup

  • Creative Drama with Andrea (5-8 yo)
  • Creative Movement with Hannah (5-12 yo)
  • Let’s Make a Scene with Katie (9-12)
  • Character Development with Sonnet Quinn (12-18)
  • Clarinet with Aubrey MacIntosh

The Winter Session of Performing Arts classes will end with this mini presentation of all classes.

If your student is involved in one of the classes or if you have a child who has been wanting to learn more, join us for this informal look behind the scenes to experience the playfulness and fun of Saturdays at the Playhouse.

Registration OPEN NOW for the Spring session which begins on February 19

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Saturday, January 29

2 PM

Admission is only $1, or you can bring an item to contribute to the White Lake Food Bank.


Family Friendly Movie Night—WALL•E

Wall•EIn the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind. WALL-E, short for Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-class, is the last robot left on Earth. He spends his days tidying up the planet, one piece of garbage at a time. But during 700 years, WALL-E has developed a personality, and he's more than a little lonely. Then he spots EVE, a sleek and shapely probe sent back to Earth on a scanning mission. Smitten WALL-E embarks on his greatest adventure yet when he follows EVE across the galaxy.

Rated G, this is the first Pixar film to be nominated for 6 Academy Awards.
Run time: 1 hour 38 minutes.

Family Friendly Film Series Sponsored by Carmichael Heating and Air Conditioning

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Saturday, February 26

2 PM

Admission is only $1, or you can bring an item to contribute to the White Lake Food Bank.


Family Friendly Movie Night—Queen of Katwe

Queen of KatweLiving in Katwe, a slum in Kampala, Uganda, is a constant struggle for 10-year-old Phiona, her mother Nakku Harriet, and her younger family members. She and her younger brother help their mother sell maize in the market. She also helps care for her baby brother. Her world changes the day she meets Robert Katende at a missionary program. Katende coaches soccer and teaches children to play chess at a local center. Curious, Phiona visits the center, learns the game, and becomes fascinated with it. She becomes a top player in the group under Katende's guidance.

In 2012, a book was published about Mutesi titled The Queen of Katwe: A Story of Life, Chess, and One Extraordinary Girl's Dream of Becoming a Grandmaster and authored by Tim Crothers. Walt Disney Pictures optioned the rights to the book that same year with this film being released in 2016. Watch the movie trailer.

Family Friendly Film Series Sponsored by Carmichael Heating and Air Conditioning

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Tuesday, March 8

7:30 pm

$29 in advance/
$34 at the door



We Banjo 3

We Banjo 3Debuting in the U.S. in 2012, We Banjo 3 has since emerged as fast-rising touring darlings in the country that two of the members now call home. The Galway, Ireland, and Nashville-based quartet—comprised of two sets of brothers, Enda & Fergal Scahill and Martin & David Howley—continually push musical boundaries while maintaining an unwavering devotion to the essential audience experience. WB3 seamlessly converge the shared and varied traditions of Americana, Bluegrass, and Celtic music with popsensible songcraft to create a truly unique and gratifying signature sound.

Brilliantly commanded instruments—banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, and percussion—effortlessly elevate lead singer David Howley’s propulsive voice. Live on stage, their songs carry the listener along until, at the perfect moment, the band crescendos into catchy choruses with pitch perfect harmonies. We Banjo 3 deliver their music with such palpable rapport, stunning precision, and infectious energy, it’s impossible to pigeonhole what kind of listener might suddenly consider themselves a WB3 fan. With recent stunning performances at such broad ranging festivals Merlefest, BottleRock, Summercamp, ROMP, Wintergrass and others, enthusiasts of almost every genre of music are taking notice.

Actor/comedian and musician Steve Martin says of the band, "We Banjo 3 … are making waves … here in America. They are playing the banjo in a style that I didn’t even know could be played like that.”

Northwest Cultural Blog said, "There are few adjectives left to describe the authenticity and the electrifying experience you get when you first see/hear We Banjo 3 live on stage … It’s the incorporation of each and every one of its members, their individual charisma, their energy, their passion and their very soul, that makes them one of the greatest live musical acts the world has to offer today."

Photo courtesy of Seth-Lockard-Photography

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Saturday, March 26

2 PM

Admission is only $1, or you can bring an item to contribute to the White Lake Food Bank.


Family Friendly Movie Night—The Quiet Man (1952)

The Quiet ManDirected by John Ford, The Quiet Man tells the story of Sean Thornton (John Wayne) who has returned from America to reclaim his homestead and escape his past. Sean's eye is caught by Mary Kate Danaher (Maureen O'Hara), a beautiful but poor maiden, and younger sister of ill-tempered "Red" Will Danaher (Victor McLagen. The riotous relationship that forms between Sean and Mary Kate, punctuated by Will's pugnacious attempts to keep them apart, form the main plot, with Sean's past as the dark undercurrent.

Family Friendly Film Series Sponsored by Carmichael Heating and Air Conditioning

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Saturday, April 2

Doors Open at 6: 30 PM
7:00 PM


Tickets already purchased will be refunded

Sallie Ann Company in Concert

Sallie Ann CompanyGather 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, and even crack some jokes! 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!

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Saturday, April 9

7:30 PM

$25 in Advance
$30 Day of Show



Mountain Heart

Mountain HeartMountain Heart is the band that has been fearlessly revolutionizing the way acoustic music can be presented and played. The band’s name has been synonymous with cutting-edge excellence in acoustic music circles since the group’s creation. Widely known throughout the music industry for continually redefining the boundaries of acoustic music, the band has gained legions of loyal fans both as a result of their superlative musicianship and just as notably, their incendiary live performances. Mountain Heart and members of the band have been nominated for Grammy’s, ACM, and CMA awards. The band has also been nominated for and won multiple IBMA’s. They have appeared on the revered stage of the Grand Ole Opry in excess of 130 times, and have shared the stage with acts ranging from Lynyrd Skynyrd, Montgomery Gentry, Merle Haggard, George Jones and Brad Paisley to Alison Krauss, Tony Rice, The Avett Brothers, Yonder Mountain Stringband, The Punch Brothers, Levon Helm, John Fogerty and many more.

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Saturday, April 16

2 PM

$5 Kids
$8 Adults
$25 Families (up to six members of the same family)


WLYT Talent ShowA Day of Talent (Show!)

The arts leadership branch of the Playhouse, the White Lake Youth Theatre Council, is hosting their first-ever talent show. Open to all members of our community, this event is meant to offer an afternoon of fun and excitement while displaying the many talents of individuals and groups in our area.

This community-centered afternoon will also feature an Earth Day-Inspired Recycled Fashion Show by our local chapter of Girl Scouts to kick off the show.

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Saturday, April 23

7:00 PM doors open
7:30 PM show start

Tickets: $20
General Admission



Clean Comedy timeClean Comedy Time Showcase

Come laugh with Maher Matta, David Steves, Rebecca Conception, Aaron Sorrels, and Brian Atkinson. Your Clean Comedy Time Comics are:

Maher Matta Maher has performed at comedy clubs and venues across the country. His style revolves around story telling about his childhood, marriage, kids, and observations on day-to-day life. With a diverse sense of humor, Maher’s comedy appeals to all audiences and comedic tastes. Maher’s comedy special, Personally Speaking, ranked number four with Dry Bar Comedy’s “Top Ten Specials for 2021.” Maher’s natural delivery and timing makes him a comedian you don’t want to miss.

David Steves David is a high energy, good natured divorcee who brings light and humor to his single-dad life. As a Veteran of the US Army, David finds humor can keep engagement high even in the toughest of times. With a unique relatability, even as a late-bloomer in the comedy community, David relies on his personal stories from childhood, deployments, and raising two amazing daughters. David has featured at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, performed at LaughFest, and is a co-host of the Good Vs. Evil Podcast.

Rebecca Concepcion Rebecca Concepcion has been a stand up comedian for the past 10 years, and runs a twice-monthly comedy showcase in Detroit. She’s a proud graduate of the Second City Detroit training program, and loves coffee, travel, reading, and her daughter, in that order.

Aaron Sorrels Known as the unemployed alcoholic, Aaron helps people laugh while sharing his story of recovery, faith, and finding purpose. He is the cofounder and cohost of Clean Comedy Time, the cohost of the Well MetaVersed Podcast, and the world creator of the soapstone comedy club in Horizon Worlds (the metaverse).

Brian Atkinson Brian Atkinson is a comedian, all-around nice guy, and a horrible person. His good guy persona often gives way to surprising twists that will keep you laughing. Brian is the cofounder and cohost of Clean Comedy Time. Brian Atkinson makes jokes, but only the finest artisan, hand-crafted, farm-to-table-saw jokes.

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May 7

3:00 to 6:00 pm

Cost: $25

Ages 16 to Adult

Acting Audition Workshop with Natalie

Summer Theatre FestivalRegister Online

Spend three hours honing your audition skills with fellow actors of every experience level, under the guidance of longtime director, Natalie Carmolli. In this workshop, you'll learn:

  • Practical aspects of attending an audition, what to do and what NOT to do
  • Useful tools that will help you stand out when auditioning with monologues, and with scene partners
  • Plus, we'll practice using those tools as we learn about them, using scenes from popular plays in a mock audition setting

Then, please plan to come back and join us May 22 and 23, at auditions for our paid Summer Theatre Festival acting positions for The Playhouse.

Partial scholarships are available for this workshop, so PLEASE don't let financing stop you from being involved. WE WANT YOU to audition and to feel confident when you do, so it benefits us for you to attend this workshop. To submit your request for a partial scholarchips please use the Contact Us form on this website.

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Friday, May 20

7:30 PM Performance
7:00 PM Doors open

$15 in advance and
$20 at the door




Michigan Mandolin Orchestra

Michigan Mandolin OrchestraThe Michigan Mandolin Orchestra, based in Grand Rapids, is lead by Michigan’s mandoliner Brian Oberlin and was founded in 2019. The 14 member, community orchestra boasts 1st and 2nd mandolins, mandola and octave mandolins, mandocellos, guitars and contrabass. They will play an incredible line-up of music spanning the repertoire of concert music eras, Italian and English folk, and rock music. Yes, ROCK music.    

As all good mandolin orchestras go, a hefty helping of Italian light classical and folk music is served with Nostalgia di Mandolini, Funiculi Funicula, Sorriso di Bambola, and Suite Marinaresca. A set of O’Carolan tunes are played in medley and the Orchestra will rock out with Led Zepplin’s Kashmir. The contemporary music of brilliant composers Igor Stravinsky and Dmitri Shostakovich will be heard with Concerto in D for Strings and the Allegretto Polka from the ballet, The Golden Age, respectively. Small ensembles and solo pieces are common at an MMO concert so expect to hear these chamber jewels.  A highlight for the MMO and their audience will be the appearance of guest conductor and Michigan luminary, David Bass.

This concert was underwritten by Judy Stojak of Raymond James & Associates

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Sunday, May 22
12 PM – 6 PM (Day 1)

Monday, May 23, 2022 AT
5 PM – 9 PM (Day 2)

Summer Theatre Festival Auditions

AuditionsActors—experienced and amateur—come and audition for paid, professional acting opportunities in the 2022 Playhouse Summer Theatre Festival. You never know what may happen, and we'd LOVE to expand our acting company to include some new faces and welcome back those familiar friends of years past. Auditions will be over two days. To learn more download the information sheet (schedule, show information, etc.)*

Next follow the link to complete the audition application form online.

And, finally, follow this link to The Playhouse shared drive. From that drive you will be able to view the individual scripts for Escanaba in Love, Moon Over Buffalo, Red, and The Outsider. To view any script double-click on the script title to open the file. Once the file is open, you may print or download it.*

*Click on the link to view the file, it will open as a PDF.

* Adobe Reader is required to open and view PDF documents. Depending upon your browser, the downloaded document will either open in a new window or be downloaded directly to your computer. You may then print it and/or save it to your computer.

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Saturday, June 4

7:30 pm

$20 in advance and
$25 at the door


An Evening with John Gorka

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. 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.

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