The 2020 Summer Season
From Our House to Yours Summer Theatre
Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday
from July 16 through August 22
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From Our House to Yours is made possible by a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs
Back to Back to Back: Three One-Act Plays
July 16, 17, 18
The setting is a large tent, where two flower show exhibitors have sought refuge from a sudden rainfall. She (Ms. Joslyn) is visibly annoyed at the curt treatment that the judges have given her Little Soldier and makes no bones about it. He (Mr. Wasserman) is equally dismayed by the fate of his Little Tanya, but is too soft-spoken and retiring to vent his anger. They both agree that if the judges are getting soaked it serves them right, but Mr. Wasserman's attempts at friendly conversation are confounded by Ms. Joslyn's close-mouthed surliness. But gradually it develops that (a) they happen to admire each other's creations (unlike the judges) and (b) they are near neighbors—all of which leads in time to the realization that if it proved possible to combine the color of his Little Tanya with the texture of her Little Soldier a new strain of flower would result which even the most obtuse of judges would be dazzled by. Quivering with anticipation they prepare to leave, as the sun comes out, and the prospect of future glory sends them resolutely back to their test beds and potting sheds.
In this unusual piece, a hit at the Actors Theatre of Louisville Shorts Festival, a kindergarten teacher is obsessed with telling us, her students, the truth about the world and what our lives will be like as we grow up and why our parents and the school administrators don't want us to know. Although funny, Chicks is a poignant portrait of a teacher trying to give her life meaning.
In Alan Zweibel’s short play Happy, a baseball fan makes a pilgrimage to the home of a former baseball star who is now a janitor in Delray Beach, Florida, and asks him to sign a very special ball. After a fair amount of humor and misunderstanding, the power of baseball to bond fathers, sons, and men emerges.
Mind the Gap
July 23, 24, 25
In this story, a 42-year-old mother exposes her own bias through memories, some lighthearted and some tragic, that she shares with her teenage daughters. The play emphasis generational blindness—the idea that “unseen” things we are surrounded by as young adults can dictate how we react in the future. Did events of the 1980s and 1990s shape women into a stereotype unrecognizable by the young adults of society today? Are “kids these days” able to take off those blinders and have generational vision? This one-hour production written by the mother and daughter team of Kimberly, Sky, and Jacy Harsch invites you to be the judge.
White Lake Youth Theatre Presents
July 30, 31, August 1, at 7:00 pm
White Lake Youth Theatre has been providing arts education through the Playhouse since 1973. This season, we're taking the drama outdoors with an eleven person cast ages 12-18, in a safe and spacious outdoor setting.
Oslo Rogers has a very fun mum called Ruthy, and lives in a very fun town called Mellingong. But now a very unfun problem (called a big approaching storm) is forcing everyone to head for The Clondike, the big town hall on the hill. And they can only take a few important things each: ‘love luggage’, Ruthy calls it. And she’s a milk-lady, and owns a milk-float, and those can hold lots of love luggage … if you pack them right. So Oslo sets out to help the people of Mellingong, and to discover the things they love the most—the things you would save from a storm.
We will be closing down Slocum Street to allow for social distance seating. We ask that you wear a mask to keep your friends and neighbors healthy.
Donations may be made online or at the event. Proceeds will support The White Lake Youth Theatre Program of the Playhouse.
The WLYT production is underwritten by
Back to Back: Two One-Act Plays
August 6, 7, 8
Violet is starting to forget, but she’s got a long life to remember before she does. There are rights to wrong and ends to tie up; a life well lived is never neat. Generations younger, Bertie is at the beginning with no idea what lies ahead. She’s looking or something to point her in the right direction.
Clear Glass Marbles
This short, 10-minute play was originally part of a full-length show called Talking With …. Marbles is the story of the last days in Laurie’s mother’s life spent cherishing her family, studying French, and learning to let go.
August 13, 14, 15
Two strangers, a man and a woman, board a San Francisco BART train at 4:30 am. They're alone in the car, each is married, both are doing the New York Times crossword. She's an organized, sensible psychologist. He's a free-spirited, unemployed ad exec. She is a crossword pro, he always quits. When he tosses his puzzle away, she snaps, "Crosswords are a metaphor for life, those who finish, succeed, those who don't, fail." Now he vows to finish. Why? He's a competitor and she happens to be lovely. This starts an eighty-minute ride described by critics as "Hilarious," "Witty," "Romantic," "Poignant," and "Wonderfully entertaining." Two opposites in an enclosed space, attacking each other's values but also being swayed and intrigued by them. They each have serious life problems that the other helps solve. Their trip is filled with unpredictable, but believable, surprises, even a passionate kissing embrace or two. As the train ride ends, it's obvious each of them has been changed for the better.
A Live Community Concert
7:00 PM, August 22
Rain Date: August 23 at the same time
This end-of-summer concert is presented in partnership with Muskegon Civic Theatre and is free and open to the community. We will be closing down Slocum Street to allow for social distance seating. We ask that you wear a mask to keep your friends and neighbors healthy. The evening will include Songs of Summer, music from the Great American Songbook, and a celebration of James Taylor.
Musical guests include: Max and Ruth Bloomquist, Karen and Eric Smith, Mike Snell and Renee Cherry, Regina Schlaff, Kyle Schlaff, Tom Clock, Diane Van Wesep, Janie Glerum, Ashley Erdman, Reuben Crosby, Jamelle Sargent, David Riegler, Caro Arana, and Andrea Holmes.
Donations may be made online or at the event. Proceeds will support both the Muskegon Civic Theatre and The Playhouse.
Summer Breeze is underwritten by the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce
The Playhouse at White Lake is a year-round venue. Be sure to visit the EVENTS menu for our complete schedule of plays, music, movies, and more.