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Gentle Yoga

Yoga Guide
Weekly Schedule

»9:30 AM Mondays
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.

 

Gentle Yoga in a Cozy Community

Return to Gentle YogaOur yoga sessions welcome yogis of all levels, and are completely beginner friendly! Class is $10 and students should arrive early for their first session to sign in and set up in the glass-encased lobby. Bring a water bottle (a water filling station is available onsite) and your mat and any props you may like, as none are available onsite.

Our yoga instructors are

Erin Vorgias Hannah Jurcich
Erin Vorgias Hannah Jurcich

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April

Monday - Friday
April 3 - 7
12 PM to 3 PM

Workshop: $150

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Spring Break Day Camp for the Arts

Spring Break Day CampFairy tales take life onstage through music, acting, and dance during this weeklong Spring Break Dragonfly Day Camp at The Playhouse. Kids will be grouped for performance fun welcoming ages 8 - 13 for skill building in acting, dance, visual arts, and silk dying.

This week long, five afternoon session runs 12 noon to 3 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. The camp ends with a presentation for families and friends at 2:15 PM on the final day, Friday, April 7.

Homeschool stipends DO qualify for this program, and all ages of kids can look forward to a week of fun and creativity, social development, and team building on the Playhouse stage

Cost is $150 for the week, and can be made in two payments, a $50 deposit and $100 final payment. Limited spaces are available, so sign your kiddo up to reserve their space today.

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Tues/Thurs
April 11 & 13
4 - 6 PM

WLYT LogoWLYT Summer Play Auditions

The White Lake Youth Theatre invites all students ages 8 through 18 to audition for our Summer Theatre Festival Play.

Actors ages 8 to 10 are welcome from 4:00 - 4:45 PM and can attend either or both dates. Actors ages 10 (by rehearsal start date) to 18 are invited for either, or both full sessions. No experience necessary.

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Come dressed in comfortable clothing and ready to move and have fun. Check back by April 1 to fill out the Google form application before auditioning. While the play has yet to be announced, the White Lake Youth Theatre summer schedule will run as follows:

 

 

 

  • WLYT Summer Play Auditions: April 11 & 13 (students can attend either or both)
  • WLYT Summer Rehearsals: June 12- July 30 (detailed schedule tba)
  • WLYT Summer Play Performance Dates: July 28, 29 and 30 (times tba)

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Thursday, April 20
7:00 PM

Tickets: $20

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Nomads Grass Bash

Sponsored by New Standard Cannabis

Nomads Grass BashNomads is a collection of West Michigan players who just recently formed to share their love of bluegrass and Aamericana. The group consists of RJ Nordlund on lead vocal and acoustic guitar, Nate Wagner (Big Dudee Roo) on banjo and vocals, Rich King (Oat Bran Boys) on upright and vocals, Scott Nesbit (FAN Club) on mandolin and vocals, and Justin Wierenga on dobro and lead acoustic guitar. 

Joining Nomads will be guests Karen & Eric Smith, Tommy Foster, Eric Engblade, Mark Lavengood, and more.

 

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May

Friday, May 5

Doors at 6:30 PM
Curtain at 7:30 PM

Tickets:
$20
OR
$10 if you sign up for the Improv Workshop (next event)

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the ACWL—Nuveen Center Presents

Liz AllenTonight I'm My Mother
a Night of Improv with Liz Allen

Tonight I'm My Mother is a one-woman show and dark comedy written and performed by Liz Allen, a Chicago improv luminary. 

Through portrayal of her mother, Liz explores the eternal mother/daughter dynamic on a personal level.

 

This show is intended for mature audiences

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Saturday, May 6

10 AM to 12 Noon

Workshop Fee: $20

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the ACWL—Nuveen Center Presents

An Improv Workshop: Having Fun While Collaborating

Liz Allen CollaboratingThe art form of improv—collaborating spontaneously with others—does not need to be a stressful experience. Improv can be enjoyable and fulfilling, but it requires letting go of the worries of being wrong or having lackluster ideas.

We’ll demonstrate that there are no wrong choices or lackluster ideas, there’s only lackluster support. And, we’ll demonstrate that improv thrives in an environment of acceptance and encouragement. We’ll foster an atmosphere of trust among the group. Once trust is in place, fun begins to happen. We’ll focus on the tenets of improv, leading us to silliness, unexpected discoveries and poignancy together, without the worries of being wrong or lackluster. We’ll have fun while creating something new together, on the fly.

Anyone 16 and over is welcome no matter experience level.

Class minimum: 10
Class maximum: 20

About the Instructor
For the past 30 years, Liz Allen has coached, directed and performed improv at The iO Chicago Theater and The Second City Chicago. In 1995, her improv troupe Frank Booth performed the first-ever longform improv show at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Liz was iO’s Training Center Director for 3 years, and she coached the long running house teams Valhalla, Fatty Four Eyes, and Mission Improvable, founders of the Westside Comedy Theater in Los Angeles.

  • In 1999, 2000, a nd2001 Liz won iO Theater’s Coach of the Year Award, which was renamed the Liz Allen Excellence in Teaching Award.
  • In 2004, Liz directed a year long mainstage revue for The Second City at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas, the first-ever improv on The Strip, receiving an A- from the LV Review-Journal.

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June

Friday, June 16
7:30 PM

Tickets:
$25 advance purchase
$30 day of show

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The Moxie Strings—Their Farewell Tour

A Playhouse Summer Kickoff Celebration

The Moxie StringsHailed by The Grand Rapids Press as “top-notch, instrumental wizardry,” The Moxie Strings offer listeners the unique opportunity to experience some of the world’s best-known instruments through an electric, innovative lens. Diana Ladio and Alison Lynn hold Bachelor of Music degrees in music performance and music education, which have given each the technical foundation to explore the limits of her instrument and helped the group build a reputation for musical excellence. Alison performs on a newly-invented, electric cello, and Diana on a contemporary
5-string violin. Both use a variety of audio effects pedals. The Moxie Strings compose the majority of their pieces and arrange melodies from many countries, resulting in a genre-blurring blend of ear-catching, mainstream melodies and foot-stomping, rock-influenced rhythms. The band’s polished, high-energy show continues to redefine strings’ role in contemporary music, and offers audience members a diverse, fun, musical experience.

Soon after forming in 2007, The Moxie Stringswere inspired not only to perform, but also to teach. Having made the exploratory journey from classical music to a world of eclecticism and music creativity, the band has now dedicated their careers to helping young musicians make this life-changing and transformative transition. Moxie clinics focus on musical self-discovery and the importance of incorporating socially and culturally relevant genres of music in the music classroom. They have taught clinics in over 200 schools throughout the US, and also present on their research and methodologies to teachers at many music education professional development conferences. During most clinics, The Moxie Strings perform for students on electric instruments, teach music by ear, and introduce non-classical playing styles. The group has researched and created an innovative sequence of activities designed to introduce improvisation to classically trained musicians, which they employ at every clinic. The Moxie Strings deliver their message in a fun, accessible way, and stand before students as the illustration of the many opportunities that music holds.

The Billboard-chart topping instrumental duo released their first live album in July. It is the band's fifth full-length album and features six original songs, two traditional fiddle tunes, and four cover songs including Eurythmics’ Sweet Dreams and Nirvana’s Smells like Teen Spirit. It has often been said that the magic of The Moxie Strings is in their live show, and the two are thrilled to have an album that captures all the exciting, heartwarming, virtuosic, and humorous moments that make up their one-of-a-kind experience. The band prides themselves on pushing the creative limits of 5-string violin and electric cello, and this album is their best example yet.

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Past Events
January

Friday, January 6
7:30 PM

Tickets:
$20 advance purchase
$25 day of show

First Fridays Michigan Music SeriesJoshua Davis

Joshua Davis was raised in the Folk Tradition: The Music, The Social Movements, The Land

Joshua DavisSpeaking or singing, the voice of Joshua Davis is a disarming instrument: weathered and warm, as capable of conjuring confessional intimacy on a global stage as it is of making a small room, well off the beaten path, resonate with startling urgency and power. Couple it with an earnest poetic sensibility, a boundless work ethic, and an uncanny gift for connecting with audiences spanning generations, and it’s no wonder that Davis is now poised at the brink of the sort of widespread recognition that typically passes right over such a humble troubadour.

Over the past twenty years, Michigan-based Davis has honed an impressive range of skills—songwriter, bandleader, guitarist, and vocalist among them—in the most honest possible fashion: night after night, song after song, show after show Davis simply delivered every performance as though his life depended on it. Investing himself in the American musical diaspora, he has explored the common thread connecting folk, blues, jazz, ragtime, and country forms—discovering his personal perspective as a composer in the process.

“My sound is rooted in the folk tradition,” Davis explains, “but it’s not folk music. Terms like Americana, roots rock, and heartland rock come up, but there’s so much more to it than that. I’m not a purist: I play with that American folk lineage, I play with those metaphors.” His versatility and ravenous musical curiosity has resulted in a divergent and fervent output. Since his appearance as a finalist on Season 8 of NBC’s The Voice, Davis has been churning out an album a year and has plans to continue to do so. His sensibilities shine brightest on his latest trio of solo releases, each a thoughtful dispatch on life, love, change, and growth.

Joshua has graced The Playhouse stage with many musical projects including Steppin' In It, Shout Sister Shout, and as his solo project, and we're honored to have him back to kickstart the return to our wildly popular, Playhouse First Fridays Michigan Music series in 2023.

 

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Thursday, January 19
7:00 PM

Tickets: $20

 

Thirsty ThursdaysNorth Grove BrewersNorth Grove Brewers &
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The Bootstrap Boys -
Country Music for People

Sponsored by Shepherd & Shepherd Law

The Bootstrap BoysThe Bootstrap Boys are a twangy Americana band from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Their newest project, their third full-length studio album, titled Hungry & Sober, is slated for release in early 2023. Recorded in Wimberley, Texas, at the formerly Austin-based Yellow DOG Studios and produced by David Percefull, this 10 song collection is a proper representation of the Northern Michigan flavored stylings of frontman and songwriter-in-chief Jake Stilson. Described by Percefull himself as sounding like “Colter Wall meets the Dead”, their signature mix of traditional Michigan-ish country, heavily influenced by rural church music and Christian bluegrass, and heady country rock like New Riders of the Purple Sage, The Byrds, and the Grateful Dead.

The Bootstrap Boys are Jake (acoustic guitar, vox), Nick (electric guitar, bgv), Jonny (bass), and Jeff (drums, bgv). They travel the country in their vintage Chevy Coachman RV, affectionately dubbed The Delta Dawn 2.

Existing in the same world that Waylon inhabited: unfiltered and tangible country rock that has attitude yet keeps your foot tapping. Glide Magazine, September 2021

 

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Saturday, January 28,
2:00 PM

Tickets:
$7 solo
$20 family of four
  (individual prices apply to each additional guest)

 

Improv Afternoon
Fundraiser for White Lake Youth Theatre Council

Improv AfternoonThe White Lake Youth Theatre Council (WLYTC) invites our community to come out for an entertaining afternoon of Improvisation performance at their first ever improv show. The Playhouse will be filled with laughter, alongside delicious baked goods as the WLYTC will also be hosting a bake sale.

The event is a fundraiser for a future community event, the Cupid's Balls, being hosted February 11 with sessions available both families and for teenagers. 

The event is estimated to run an hour and a half. Audience participation is allowed and encouraged—but only if you want!

 

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February

Friday, February 3
7:30 PM

Tickets:
$20 advance purchase
$25 day of show

First Fridays Michigan Music SeriesDrew Nelson and Highway 2

Michigan-born Navy veteran Drew Nelson is a storytelling songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. A fly fisherman and world traveler, he writes as a witness to the lives and journeys of those he has met along the way, mixing Americana and roots-rock with traditional folk styles. Drew has toured across North America and Europe, performing solo and opening for popular rock artists like Melissa Etheridge and Edwin McCain as well as esteemed folk singers like Josh White Jr. and John Gorka. 

Drew NelsonHe first met John Gorka in 2006, when Drew performed as part of Falcon Ridge Folk Festival’s prestigious songwriting contest. John found him backstage after his performance and told him how much his songs moved him. Since then, Drew has shared the stage with John several times, including at such big events as the Kerrville Folk Festival.

John Gorka says “Drew Nelson is one of my favorite new artists. His songs sound like the rest of us feel … dazed, angry, amazed, and climbing.”

When Drew is not on the road, he enjoys reading, rooting for the Detroit Tigers, doing hot yoga, and working as an amateur luthier, building guitars and octave mandolins.

 

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Thursday, February 16
7:00 PM

Tickets: $20

 

Thirsty ThursdaysNorth Grove BrewersNorth Grove Brewers &
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Grace Theisen Band

Sponsored by White Lake Family Dentistry

Grace TheisenGrace Theisen is an Americana/Blues artist originally from Kalamazoo, Michigan. Her love for music started in her childhood living room, harmonizing to folk and blues songs with her family. Inspired by a variety of artists from bluegrass/folk singers like Patty Griffin and Alison Krauss, to pop artists like Billy Joel and The Beatles, to blues artists ranging from B.B. King to Bonnie Raitt.

After graduating from Hope College in 2014 with a double major in Gender Studies and Psychology, Grace moved to Nashville, TN, from 2015-2018 to run her nonprofit, Songs Against Slavery, full-time. Their mission was to raise awareness and fight sex trafficking in the U.S. through benefit concerts. They ended up raising over $375,000 to aid in the fight. In that time, she opened for Emmylou Harris, played the infamous Bluebird Cafe, participated in songwriter rounds at The Listening Room and opened for Matthew Perryman Jones at The Nashville City Winery. She recently moved back to Kalamazoo to pursue music full-time.

Fairly new to the Michigan Music Scene, she has created quite the buzz since moving back. Grace won Cari Cole’s Best New Artist of 2021 and was named “Artist To Watch” by Michigan’s Local Spins media outlet in January of 2022. In March, she released her 3rd EP, Dance With The Shadows. This record was produced by Jake Rye of the Social Recording Company and is a mix of Americana, Blues and Pop. From that EP, the Down To The River Official Music Video won Best Americana Video & The Audience Choice Award at the 2022 Michigan Music Video Awards. Behind the Rain was picked up by one of Spotify's official playlists, Home At Last.

This past July, She was just named by Revue as one of the “Top 10 Bands Heating Up The Summer.” Just this past year alone, she and her band have already played some of Michigan’s hottest venues including Bell’s Eccentric Café, The Crofoot, The Ark, Grand Rapids Listening Room, The Livery, and 20 Front Street.

This summer they played in multiple Michigan festivals, and made their debut on the mainstage at the inaugural Sounds of the Zoo Festival this past October. She is currently on tour around Michigan promoting her new single, Master of Fire, and is partnering with Michigan Reproductive Freedom for All to raise awareness about reproductive rights.

 

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Saturday, February 25
6:00 PM

Tickets:
$20 in advance
$25 at the door

 


The Gnarly Heifer Goes to The Playhouse

Gnarly Heifer logoCome Celebrate Their One Year Anniversary

Join the Gnarly Heifer and raise a glass to help them celebrate their One Year Anniversary. Owners Kara & Mike Smith and crew will be sharing tastes of their incredible catering menu: Smoked BBQ pork sliders, Smoked Mac & Cheese, green beans and bacon, smoked wings, jalapeno maple bacon cornbread and more.

The fabulous FAN Club (Tommy Foster, Justin Avdek, and Scott Nesbitt) will be playing tunes, and there will be door prizes. Fetch is brewing up a very special beer, The Gnarly Heiferweizen, that will be on tap for the night. The Playhouse will also have domestic beers, wine, seltzers, soft drinks and more available for purchase.

Come out for a great evening of food, music and fun and to wish The Gnarly Heifer all the best.

 

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March

Friday, March 3
7:30 PM

Tickets:
$20 advance purchase
$25 day of show

 

First Fridays Michigan Music SeriesLocal Love on the Lakeshore Double-Bill

Truck Driver Bingo &
The Smokin' Dobroleles

Forged in friendship and family, the West Michigan-based band The Smokin’ Dobroleles has the uncanny ability to feed off each other and their audience to create the perfect mix of medicine to cure what ails you. The Smokin melodic tremolo and solid chops of Mike Renna’s resonator ukulele and songwriting skills blend perfectly with Abe Kurzer’s soulful dobro and their vocal harmonies create a singular sound that will have your whole body swaying. Rounding out this eclectic crew and sure to have you smiling, we have Brandon Tabor holding down the low end on upright bass and the well seasoned, fearless timekeeper, John Ellsworth, on all things drums and percussion.

Smokin DobrolelesBecause each musician has their own musical influences that span genres across the wide tapestry of music including bluegrass, folk, country, jazz, rock, reggae, hip-hop, and blues, the group likewise expresses themselves in a cornucopia of style and sound that is uniquely Smokin’-Dobrolelesque.

The band pulls from a long history together and a deep repertoire of original and cover songs, all with that Smokin’ Dobro flavor.  Their albums, Take Two and Pass (2018), and The Smokin’ Dobroleles (2021), take you on a journey through these various artistic influences. Their songs take on a life of their own when performed live and no two shows are ever the same. That explains why they’ve developed a following over the years while sharing the stage and opening for bands like Michael Cleveland & the Flamekeeper, Full Cord, ClusterPuck, Native Howl, and Fauxgrass, and playing festivals including: Shorts Fest, Michigan Glass Project, Tamarack Music Fest, Noreast’r Music Festival, Hippiefest, Tie-Dye Festival, FarmFest, and Forest Trail Music Festival.

 

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Thursday, March 16
7:00 PM

Tickets: $20

 

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Jesse Ray & The Carolina Catfish

Sponsored by Tri County Feed

Jesse RayJesse was 12 when he picked up guitar after his "Gumpy" bought his first 6 string. Jesse then began playing open mic nights with his mama at his side to gain him entry into the bars. In 2013 Jesse Ray formed Jesse Ray and The Carolina Catfish, a high energy rock n roll, blues, and rockabilly 2-piece band.

While Jesse likes to let his music do the talking you might be interested in this April 2022 article from the Revue West Michigan.

 

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