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The 2008 Summer Theatre Festival

Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday
in July and August

All Shows Begin at 7:30 pm (Unless otherwise noted)
Sunday matinees begin at 3 pm

The Summer Theatre Festival Cast           Download a copy of the Summer Theatre Festival Poster


The Fantasticks 

by  Harvey Schmidt & Tom Jones
Directed by Sheila Kulp Wahamaki

July 3, 4, 5 & 6, Thursday through Sunday

Opening the playhouse season this year the Festival Players and Muskegon Community College’s Overbrook Theatre present the world’s longest running musical. This light, romantic musical tells the story of two fathers who put up a wall between their houses to ensure that their children fall in love and includes wonderful songs like, Try to Remember.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)

by Adam Long, Daniel Singer & Jess Winfield
Directed by Kevin Wurz

July 10, 11, 12 & 13, Thursday through Sunday
Encore 2nd Week! July 17, 18 & 19, Thursday through Saturday

A wildly funny romp through all 37 of the Bard’s plays in one evening! Our most requested play returns to the playhouse stage with festival players Jeremy Meier and Brandon Zale, directed by Kevin Wurz. If you like Monty Python and love (or hate!) Shakespeare, this is the show for you. Not for the faint of heart or those with motion sickness. Can they do it all in 90 minutes? Join us and see.

As You Like It and Richard III

by William Shakespeare

As You Like It: July 24 & 26, Thursday & Saturday
Richard III: July 25 & 27, Friday & Sunday

The Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company returns to the playhouse with one weekend of two shows presented in repertory. The romantic comedy of mistaken identities will play on Thursday and Saturday, contrasting with the jealousy and ambition of one of England’s most ruthless monarchs on Friday and Sunday. See one cast tackle two of Shakespeare’s great plays in one weekend, featuring PCS regulars Katherine Mayberry and Scott Lange.

White Lake Youth Theatre Presents

The Jungle Book

by Rudyard Kipling, adapted by Joseph Robinette
Directed by Kate Briggs

July 31, August 1 & 2, Thursday through Saturday

The White Lake Youth Theatre tradition continues at the playhouse as the students perform Kipling’s classic story of Mowgli, the Indian boy, raised by caring wolves, befriended by Bagheera, the Panther, and Baloo, the Bear; threatened by Shere Kahn, the evil tiger. Young audiences will delight in the portrayal of the animals and the fast paced action, older children will be fascinated by the character relations and the story itself; just great family entertainment.

Star Spangled Girl

by Neil Simon
Directed by Tom Harryman

August 7, 8, 9 & 10, Thursday through Sunday

The “Red and Blue” states collide in this romantic tale by America’s master comic playwright. All-American Sophie moves in next to Andy and Norman, radicals barely getting by publishing their magazine “Fallout.” It’s love at first “smell(?)” Will true love conquer politics? Featuring Andrea Matthews (Lend Me a Tenor from the 2007 Summer Season) and directed by Tom Harryman.

The Foreigner

by Larry Shue
Directed by Kevin Wurz

August 14, 15, 16 & 17 Thursday through Sunday
Encore 2nd Week! August 21, 22 & 23, Thursday through Saturday

This multi-award winning comedy will be the final season show for the Festival Players with Brandon Zale, Jackie Cody, Terry Ireland, Tom Harryman and a rare stage appearance by director Kevin Wurz! In a fishing lodge in rural Georgia, two Englishmen encounter assorted secrets, scandals and the KKK! All this drama because the locals think Charlie is a foreigner & doesn’t speak English. Also a playhouse debut of West Michigan’s Judy Johnson as Betty.

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