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Spring 2024 Events

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Unless noted otherwise, please use the Contact Form on this website or call the Playhouse at (231) 894-0119 for additional information

Gentle Yoga

Yoga Guide
Weekly Schedule

»9:30 AM Mondays
Hannah Avdek

 

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.

Cancellation policy: Gentle Yoga will be cancelled on any days when Whitehall schools are closed due to weather

 

Gentle Yoga

Our 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

Cindy Beth Davis-Dykema Hannah Jurcich
Cindy Beth
Davis-Dykema
Hannah Avdek

 

»Hannah Avdek continues her 9:30 AM Monday session all summer long and she will offer outdoor options starting in June.

»Cindy Beth will suspend Wednesday classes for the summer, returning on Wednesday, September 4. She will be offering yoga on the beach in Pentwater starting in July five days a week.

Follow the Yoga in White Lake Facebook page to stay up to date with our growing yoga community.

 

 

 

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June

Monday-Friday
Jun 17-22

Rehearsals
10:00 AM to 2:15 PM

Afternoon Workshops
2:30 to 3:15 PM

Workshop Cost
$150

$25 deposit due at registration

$125 balance due by 5/7

Use the "Buy Tickets" button to register

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Summer Musical Play Camp—Jack in the Beanstalk

Jack and the BeanstalkThe White Lake Youth Theatre (WLYT) welcomes the Missoula Children's Theatre (MCT) back to The Playhouse at White Lake for a one-week Summer Musical Play Camp featuring the beloved story of Jack and the Beanstalk. This program is open to actors ages 5-15 and partial scholarships are available. This program is also WLACE eligible. Please use the Contact Us form on this website to ask Cindy Beth to about scholarships. Use the Buy Tickets button to the left to register.

How will the fairytale of Jack and the Beanstalk unfold in this one-week Summer Musical Play Camp?

Read more about this exciting WYT opportunity

Credits for this production:

  • Adapted by Jim Caron
  • Additional Dialogue by Michelle Nigh
  • Music by Michael McGill
  • Additional Lyrics by Michelle Nigh
  • Original Staging by Jim Caron
  • Arranged by Michael McGill

 

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Past Events
January

Wed, Jan 3
6:30 PM

Playreading Night at The Playhouse

The White Lake Dramatic Club invites you to participate in a reading of Del Martin's Elephant/Man which will be performed April 25, 26, and 27.

If you wish to participate please RSVP to Beth Beaman, Managing Director, by using the Contact Form on this website.

 

 

 

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February

Fri, Feb 2
6:30 PM

Tickets:
$20 advance purchase
$25 day of show

 

Max and RuthRuth & Max Bloomquist

West Michigan musical icons Ruth and Max Bloomquist celebrate 45 years of performing their style of Acoustic Americana, with roots in Folk, Bluegrass, and traditional Country music.

Ruth is well known for her songwriting as well as her striking alto voice. She was a winner of Merlefest’s Chris Austin Song Writing competition in 2003 with her gospel number, By The River. The pair's 2010 CD release, Turn Back a Page, reached No. 5 on the Folk DJ Airplay Chart with 4 songs in the top 100 for that year.

A YouTube video featuring Michigan Girl, a track from that CD, has been viewed over 395,000 times. A live CD was released in 2012 and a Christmas EP in 2015. The couple released their sixth full length CD, On A Canvas Painted Blue, in October 2017.  

First Fridays Michigan Music Series

 

Catch them at your favorite hometown venue, the historic Playhouse at White Lake, for the kickoff of the Winter First Fridays Michigan Music Series.

 

 

 

 

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Tue, Feb 6
6:30 PM

 

White Lake Dramatic Club

Playreading Night at The Playhouse

WLDC Playreading

 

 

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Sat/Sun
Feb 17 & 18
1:00 to 3:30 PM

Elephant/Man Auditions

The White Lake Dramatic Club will be holding auditions for the premier performance at The Playhouse of Elephant/Man (follow the link for a story summary), a new adaptation by Stage Plays.

Auditions are open to actors age 18+ with any level of experience from zero experience to years of experience. Volunteer opportunities will also be available to everyone who auditions and are interested. We want to grow the White Lake Dramatic Club!

Please complete and submit the online application form before coming to audition. The form will open in a new window.

Director

The play will be directed by Beth Pierson

Performances

  • Friday, Saturday, Sunday, April 25, 26, and 27 at 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, 2:00 PM matinee

Rehearsals

Time 6:30 to 9:30 PM

Dates

  • March 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28
  • April 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18,
  • Tech 22, 23, 24

Performance dates as follows: April 25, 26 and 27 at 7:30 PM, with an additional 2 PM matinee on Saturday, April 26.

 

 

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March

Fri, Mar 1

6:30 PM

Tickets:
$20 advance
$25 day of show

 

 

Grace TheisenGrace Theisen

Grace Theisen is a queer Americana artist originally from Kalamazoo, Michigan. After graduating from Hope College in 2014 with a double major in Gender Studies and Psychology, Grace moved to Nashville, Tennessee, 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.

In 2019, Grace moved back to Kalamazoo to pursue music full-time. Since then she has created quite the buzz. 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 of 2022, she released her 3rd EP, Dance With The Shadows. 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. She was also named by Revue Magazine as one of the “Top 10 Bands Heating Up The Summer.”

In the fall of 2022, Grace teamed up with world renowned percussionist Carolyn Koebel, violinist Cori Somers, guitarist Adam Main, and bassist Sarah Fuerst to bring her songs to the stage with a powerful presence.

Grace kicked off 2023 with a splash making her debut performance at the 2023 WYCE Jammie Awards. Grace was nominated for several awards including artist of the year. Her Master of Fire music video was nominated as a finalist in the Toronto Women's Film Fest and was shown at the 2023 Hell's Half Mile Film & Music Festival.

This summer she and her band played several huge Michigan venues and festivals including: Kalamazoo Pride, Frederik Meijer Gardens, Local Spins Fest, Bliss, Buttermilk Jamboree, Dunesville, and Earthwork Harvest Gathering Music Festival.

Grace's newest single and music video, Honey's Dripping, which highlights and celebrates queer love, is now out on all platforms. She is also one-third of the band, The Rebel Eves, an Americana trio featuring herself and 2 other Michigan natives, Katie Pederson and Jilian Linklater.

First Fridays Michigan Music Series

 

Catch Grace Theisen with her full band at your favorite hometown venue, the historic Playhouse at White Lake, for another of the beloved First Fridays Michigan Music series.

 

 

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Sat, Mar 2

10:00 am- 12:00 pm

Fee: $20

Click the Buy Tickets button to register your children

 

Kid's Musical Theatre Dance Workshop with Samantha Farrar

WLYT Dance WorkshopStudents ages 5-14 will break into smaller age groups to explore the magic of movement in our enchanting musical theater dance workshop for kids. Creativity will be unleashed through rhythmic expression, as we learn fundamental dance techniques, and set the stage for a dazzling performance. Join us for a toe-tapping, twirl-filled adventure where young performers can dance their way into the spotlight with a final presentation for family and friends at the end of the session around 11:50 AM.

Samanth FarrarTaught by Samantha Farrar, who originally hails from Newcastle, England, but has been living the Michigan life since 2015. Having trained from a young age, Sam is currently teaching at Spotlight Dance Academy in Spring Lake. Since moving to Michigan, she has been involved in a plethora of Musical Theatre programs, including Whitehall Schools, Arts Council of White Lake, Spring Lake Middle School, Artios Academies of West Michigan, and Central Park Players. Sam is excited to once again be dancing with the wonderful people at The Playhouse, where she has previously choreographed and taught.

 

Bring on the dancing

A note to parents/caregivers:

  • Please students well prior to help give them energy
  • Please pack a water bottle and snacks, if needed
  • Please have students dress comfortably to move and in layers for changing temperatures
  • Tell the kids to come ready to make new friends and have a GREAT TIME!

Click the "Buy Tickets" button to the left to register your children

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Fri, Mar 8

6:30 PM

Individual Tickets:
$15 for adults
$10 for kids

 

 

Family of Four Pass:
$45 (2 adults, 2 kids, same family)

 

Puppy Pals LIVE

as seen on America's Got Talent

The Puppy Pals LIVEPuppy Pals LIVE Dog Show is a hilarious presentation for the whole family and the dog lover in all of us, the spectacle stars being mostly rescued dogs. From shelters to showbiz, these pooches perform spectacular stunts and breathtaking feats. Wesley Williams leads the puppies and audience through challenging and comical tricks as they show everyone who is really boss.

Full of surprises and laugh-out-loud canine comedy this performance appeals to children of all ages. This is not only a show but a family fun experience. In every performance, the audience is invited to take part in the show and maybe even step up on the stage.

The Puppy Pals LIVE show is full of surprises and laugh-out-loud canine comedy that appeals to children of all ages

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Monday-Friday
Mar 25-30

Youngest Actors
4:00 to 6:00 PM

Oldest Actors, Title Roles
6:15 to 8:15 PM

Workshop Cost
$175

$25 deposit due at registration

$150 balance due by 3/15

 

King Arthur's QuestSpring Musical Play Camp—King Arthur's Quest

The White Lake Youth Theatre (WLYT) welcomes the Missoula Children's Theatre (MCT) back to The Playhouse at White Lake for a one-week Spring Musical Play Camp featuring the beloved story of King Arthur's Quest. This program is open to actors ages 5-15 and partial scholarships are available.  This program is also WLACE eligible.  Please use the Contact Us form on this website to ask Cindy Beth to ask about scholarships. Use the Buy Tickets button to the left to register.

How will King Arthur's Quest magic happen in this one-week Spring Musical Play Camp?

The Missoula Children's Theatre tour team arrives in our little town for seven days with their “little red truck” loaded full with everything we'll need for King Arthur's Quest, including the set, lights, costumes, props and make-up, really everything it takes to put on a play. The team will hold an open audition and cast up to 60 local students to perform in this production at the end of the week. The show is rehearsed throughout the week after-school and a public performance will be presented at the end of the week to show off the unbelievable results of this one-week long unique, educational theatre experience.

Missoula Children's TheatreMCT’s mission is the development of life skills in children through participation in the performing arts, which marries nicely with our similar White Lake Youth Theatre mission: to cultivate a compassionate community of youth artists through education and access to the arts. 

Register today by clicking on the "Buy Tickets" button to the left to secure your student's space as all kids in the workshop will perform.

Payment Options

  • Pay in Full $175
  • or Pay a $256 deposit then pay the balance of $150 by 3/15/2024

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Saturday, March 30
12 noon to -1:00 PM

donations always accepted

 

King Arthur's QuestKing Arthur's Quest—the Musical

The Spring Musical Play Camp concludes with a one hour musical that will wow and bring wonder to audiences of all ages. After just just five short camp days, our talented cast has learned everything to present for you a musical play of King Arthur's Quest.

Appropriate for all ages, and at no cost to attend, this one hour production will be the perfect way to introduce young audiences to the wonder of theatre. King Arthur's Quest was adapted by Michael McGill Music with lyrics by Michael McGill.

King Arthur, of legend and song, strode across Medieval England with courage and confidence—or did he? What if the troubles of his kingdom threatened to overwhelm him? Watch the Damsels in Distress sound the warning of trouble. Witness the Lady of the Lake as she produces the sword in the stone. Hide with the Camelotians when the Ghost of Arthur’s father visits the castle. See the Giant tower over the questing knights. Cheer for the King when he makes friends with the terrible dragon. Listen in as Morgan Le Fey and Mordred propose a better plan. Join the Knights and Squires of the Round Table as they try to do the right thing. Hope for the best outcome as your favorite characters of Camelot—Arthur, Guinevere, Merlin, Taliesin, the Raven, and Lancelot—wrestle with the challenges faced by their people. Follow the original twist on this familiar story as it weaves its way through a landscape full of surprises.

 

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April

Fri, Apr 5
6:30

Tickets:
$20 in advance
$25 day of show

Jen SygitJen Sygit Trio

Sometimes traditional, sometimes contemporary, always imbued with a raw honesty, Lansing based Independent Music Award winning songwriter Jen Sygit wields a rare and powerful talent that seems equally comfortable performing ethereal folk tunes, crooning sultry swing numbers, or soulfully belting gritty alt country ballads. An accomplished multi-instrumentalist who isn’t afraid to test boundaries and cross genres, Jen’s eclectic musical style draws the listener in and holds them captivated. Her poignant lyrics tinged with a delicate melancholy, reveal an oft-overlooked beauty to life’s mundane struggles while offering the occasional glimpse into the plight of a modern day troubadour.

First Fridays Michigan Music Series

 

Catch Jen and her trio here at your favorite hometown venue, the historic Playhouse at White Lake, for another of the beloved First Fridays Michigan Music series.

 

 

 

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Saturday, April 20

  • 12:00-1:30: The Foursome
  • 1:30-3:30: 'Til Beth Do Us Part
  • 3:30-4:30: Nunsense! The Musical

Sunday, April 21

  • 2:00-3:00: The Foursome
  • 3:00-4:30: 'Til Beth Do Us Part
  • 4:30-5:30: Nunsense! The Musical

Summer Theatre Festival Auditions

The Playhouse at White Lake will be holding auditions for the 2024 Summer Theatre Festival Auditions for our paid acting company positions according to the schedule noted on the left. You do not need to attend both days but you may if you wish.

Please complete this Audition Form online to indicate which shows you plan to audition for; upload a resume and headshot if you have them.

Arrive 10 minutes before the posted audition time, please.

Download the show descriptions*

Download the script for Nunsense!*

Download the script for The Foursome*

Download the script for Til Beth Do Us Part*

Perusal scripts are also available for pickup at Whitehall City Hall Monday through Friday from
9 AM to 5 PM.

*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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Apr 25, 26 & 27
7:30 PM

April 27
2:00 PM

 

The Elephant ManWhite Lake Dramatic Club
Presents the World Premier

Elephant/Man

by Del Martin

The White Lake Dramatic Club (WLDC) of The Playhouse at White Lake is honored to have been chosen as the world premier location for a new adaptation by Stage Plays of The Elephant Man. The story of Joseph Merrick (a.k.a. The Elephant Man) comes to life in this highly theatrical retelling featuring an ensemble of performers that share the role of Merrick. Whether on a bare stage or with an elaborate set, this adaptable play shines the spotlight on the vivid inner life of Joseph Merrick, and his relationship with the good Dr. Treves. This classic story of the ultimate outcast feels as fresh and as relevant as ever.

Purchase your tickets now so you can see the large and all local cast perform Elephant/Man for the first time ever on the historic 107 year old Playhouse stage.

White Lake Dramatic ClubThe WLDC is the volunteer-run community theatre housed at The Playhouse at White Lake. Formed in 1915 and instrumental in the building of The Playhouse the following year, the WLDC is growing. We invite anyone who wishes to dive into LIVE theatre to join us. Learn more …

 

 

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May

Friday, May 24
7:30 pm

Tickets:
$20 in advance
$25 day of show

 

Gordon Lightfoot TributeGordon Lightfoot Tribute
presented by Tom DiMenna

Get your friends together to experience a nostalgic night of Gordon Lightfoot's classic tunes, performed by Maine-based singer/songwriter Tom DiMenna. Tom will be joined with accompaniment, bringing to life the classic Lightfoot toe-tappers that we all know and love. DiMenna's impressive vocal range and guitar style have been perfected over decades of stage performances. He has been entertaining audiences with his tribute show up and down the Maine Coast and now he is coming to to Michigan. This is your chance to see what all the buzz is about.

The legend lives on with Gordon Lightfoot Tribute, featuring Tom DiMenna.

"Go See Tom!" -Aimsel Ponti, Portland Press Herald

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Friday, May 31

7:00 to 8:30 PM

ACWL LogoThe ACWL presents

Improv(e) Your Life

Who is ready for improv? This summer we have not just one, but two professional improvisers coming to the White Lake area. Kevin Reome and Dee Ryan will perform an improvised show, Improv(e) Your Life, as well as lead two improv workshops earlier in the day. And there's a twist for the performance: students in the Intermediate Improv Class will join Kevin and Dee on stage for the first half of the show!

Visit the ACWL website to learn more about this event and to register.

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June

Wednesday, June 12

10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Volunteer Training2024 Volunteer Training

The Playhouse at White Lake invites you to become a volunteer

Take a tour of the theatre and then train with us in an informal setting as you choose the areas that you would like to volunteer. Ticketing? Ushering? Concessions?

Breakfast bites accompany this relaxed chance to come together and learn ticketing, ushering, and concessions. Please RSVP using the Contact Form on this website if you are interested. Then complete the online Playhouse Volunteer Survey. We will be hosting more trainings soon—including in the evening.

We would love to have you join the Playhouse team

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