October 16th – 19th and 23rd – 25th
Directed by Jeff Watton
Lucy Seward is a blossoming young woman, engaged to be married, but is deathly ill with an anemia that resembles that of her recently deceased friend. Her loving father and doctor is desperate for a solution that eludes his science and invites his old friend and colleague, Professor Van Helsing, to investigate. Van Helsing, assisted by Lucy’s fiancé, uncover the work of a vampire and track him to a newly arrived neighbor, the charming Count Dracula, from the continent. Outwitting a 500 year old occultist and bringing about his demise in time to save Lucy’s life sets the stage for this thrilling drama.
December 11th – 14th and 18th – 21st
Directed by Karen Mazzoline
Based on the popular Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie, Annie (the Broadway musical) opened in 1977 and ran for nearly six years, setting a record for the Alvin Thea-tre (now the Neil Simon Theatre). Annie won seven Tony Awards including Best Musi-cal, Best Score, and Best Book with “Tomorrow” and “Hard Knock Life” as its most popu-lar musical numbers. It has spawned numerous productions in many countries, as well as national tours, and continues to thrill audiences today with Annie’s spunk and zest for life.
Set in the 1930’s, Annie is about an eleven year-old girl living in a New York City orphanage, but believes that her parents are still out there. Annie gets a chance of a lifetime to spend the Christmas holiday in the mansion of Oliver Warbucks, a self-made billionaire. It is not long after that Annie has an effect on everyone at the mansion (including Mr. Warbucks). Given the opportunity to be adopted, Annie instead seeks Oliver’s help to find her parents. With a rich reward offered, a sneaky plot to get the money is hatched by Miss Hannigan (the charge of the orphanage), Rooster (her con artist brother), and Lily St. Regis (Rooster’s girlfriend).
Arsenic and Old Lace
April 23rd – 26th & 30th and May 1st – 2nd
Directed by Susan Mead
Arsenic and Old Lace was written in 1939 by Joseph Kesserlring. Ever since watching Carry Grant in Frank Capra’s 1944 adaptation, I have been in love with this show. The dialog and stage movement create a form of wittiness that will tickle your sense of humor. The show starts during a ‘normal’ tea conversation with a reverend and takes a serious turn just before Act 2. As the blood pressure rises, so does the absurdity.
Love, Sex and the IRS
April 24 -27 & May 1-3
Directed by Tracy Ulrich and Jerry Christin
The spring show will be the comedy Love, Sex and the IRS. Jon Trachtman and Leslie Arthur are out-of-work musicians who room together in New York City. To save money, Jon has been filing tax returns listing the pair as married, until the IRS informs the “couple” they’re going to be investigated. The cross-dressing and mistaken identity antics begin and add to the hilarity.
Jack and the Amazing Multi-Colored Beanstalk
March 6-9 & 13-15
Directed by Karen Mazzoline
This season’s Children’s Production is Jack and the Amazing Multi-Colored Beanstalk, a classic play gets a new twist, with evil giants, princesses in distress and much more.
December 12-15 & 19-21
Directed by Aleta Watton
This winter was the perfect setting for Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. This is a classic style musical was based on the Parmount Pictures 1954 film of the same name. The plot follows the adventures of Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, two iconic song and dance men who follow a sister act to Vermont, only to discover that the nearly-bankrupt lodge they were to perform at is owned by their for-mer commanding general.
Sherlock’s Last Case
October 17-20 and 24-26 2013
Directed by Nathan Edwards
The fall show will be Sherlock’s Last Case, written by Charles Maro-witz. This pro-duction has been labeled as having “more twists and turns than a corkscrew.” The sleuth of 221B Baker Street, after defeating his archnemesis Dr. James Moriarty, now has to deal with Simeon Moriarty, the son of his deceased enemy, and Liza, Simeon’s twin sister.
October 18-21 & 25-27
Directed by Jamie Platte & Jennifer Brabant
Frankenstein, by Victor Gialanella, is an adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic story of man and monster. In the mid 1800’s in Geneva, Switzerland, Dr. Victor Frankenstein, a young scientist builds a creature from body parts collected in local cemeteries. When, during an electrical storm, he is able to bring his creation to life, the Dr.’s science experiment begins to go horribly wrong. Although early on the creature is only interested in life and why he has it, evil men destroy his hopes of normalcy. Doctor Frankenstein watches his life, and the lives of those he loves, fall apart as he is pursued by the creature. All are affected by the Doctor’s desire to play god, and Doctor Frankenstein’s own morals come into question. Neither creature nor creator is free from guilt or the responsibility of the crimes committed.
A Christmas Carol
December 13-16 & 20-22
Directed by Patrick Richmond
From the pages of Charles Dickens a classic Christmas story is retold. A Christmas Carol is a journey of one misery old Ebenezer Scrooge. On Christmas Eve he is visited by his old business partner Jacob Marley who has ”much” to say. Scrooge was informed to expect the visit of three spirits, each revealing the wrong doings of his life and what will happen if he continues in his evil ways. He is racked with fear and remorse and sets out on Christmas day to bless with his newfound generosity all those whom he has neglected and abused.
A Little Princess
March 7-10 & 14-16
Directed by Tonda Richey
Sara, who has spent her whole life in India with her father, arrives at Miss Minchin’s Seminary for Young Ladies. Although Sara is an intelligent child, she knows not too much about the real world when she enters Miss Minchin’s school. Having spent a carefree time in India, it is at the Seminary where she learns that the difference between rich and poor people is reality and not just a story from a book. Her life there brings jealousy from the other children and hostility from Miss Minchin. There are many turns and surprises as she grows up, and the audience will delight in the wonders of the ending.
Ten Times Two
Show Dates Oct. 6-9 & 13-15
Directed By Susan Brown
When an evildoer cursed with immortality falls for a barmaid in 1399, it is the start of a romantic pursuit spanning the Middle Ages to Modern times. But in order to win the heart of his reincarnating beloved, the villain must learn to become a human being.
Amahl and the Night Visitors
Show Dates Dec. 8-11 & 15-17
Directed by Peter Sims
Somewhere in the world lives a crippled little shepherd called Amahl, with his mother, an impoverished widow. Nothing is left to them of the little they ever had, and they are now faced with hunger and cold in their empty house.
Three Wise Men, on their way to Bethlehem, stop at the hut and ask to be taken in for the night. Amahl and his mother welcome them and their Page as well as they can, and are much astonished at the splendor of their robes and the wealth of gifts they are carrying with them. When Amahl’s mother realizes that the Three Kings are looking for a newborn babe and that the expensive gifts are all destined for him, she becomes bitter and envious. She cannot understand why at least some of these gifts could not be given to her own child, who is so poor and sickly. Under cover of darkness, while the Three Kings are asleep, she steals some of the gold from them – and is caught red-handed. When she explains to the Three Kings that she needs the gold to feed her starving child, she is readily forgiven. With great tenderness they try to explain to her who this newborn child is and how much he needs the love of every human being to build his coming kingdom. Touched by their words, the poor widow not only gives back the stolen gold, but wishes she could add a gift of her own. Little Amahl comes to her rescue. He impulsively hands the Three Kings his wooden crutch, his most precious possession, and in so doing he is miraculously cured of his lameness.
As dawn appears in the sky, the Three Kings prepare to resume their journey. Amahl begs his mother to let him join them, and he is finally allowed to follow the Kings to Bethlehem to adore and give thanks to the Christ Child.
Show Dates: March 8-11 & 15-17
Directed By Tonda Richey
Pinocchio tells the tale of a poor carpenter, Geppetto, who has no wife and no child. He carves himself a puppet boy out of wood and calls him Pinocchio. Pinocchio, like other children, has a lot of lessons to learn in life. When he disobeys his father and runs away, he has a series of adventures which teach him these lessons, the most famous being that he shouldn’t tell lies. When Pinocchio lies, his nose grows longer. Eventually, Pinocchio and Geppetto are reunited inside a big fish that has swallowed them both up. Once home, Pinocchio promises to be good and he becomes a real boy and a real son.
A Little Night Music
Show Dates: April 26-29 and May 3-5 (with two performances on the 5th)
Co Directed By Gary Albert & Peter Sims
Collaboration with the Northern Michigan Chorale
In collaboration with the Northern Michigan Chorale for this spring production, LTCT brings one of Stephen Sondheim’s most lush scores, including Send in the Clowns, to local audiences for the first time. In turn-of-the-century Sweden, middle-aged Fredrik Egerman brings his 18-year-old bride Anne to a play starring his former mistress, the famous actress Desiree Armfeldt. Soon enough, Fredrik and Desiree resume their romance, incurring the wrath of Desiree’s current lover, the pompous Count Carl-Magnus. The situation culminates in a weekend at the Armfeldt country estate, with Fredrik, Anne, Desiree and the Count in attendance, as well as Fredrik’s son Henrik (who is hopelessly in love with Anne), Desiree’s illegitimate daughter Frederika, Desiree’s wise mother Madame Armfeldt, the Count’s wife Charlotte, and the Egerman’s lusty maid Petra. There, under the summer night, new love is illuminated and all is set right.
Escanaba in Da Moonlight
Show dates: October 14-17 and 21-23
Directed By: Tracy Ulrich – Mentoring Director: Susan Brown
Jeff Daniel’s hilariously twisted comedy about five Yoopers – residents of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula – and their escapades at a ramshackle deer camp on the eve of the Opening Day of the 1989 hunting season.
Reuben Soady goes to the hunting camp cottage, otherwise known as deer camp, with his father Albert, brother Remnar and Jimmy “the Jimmer” Negamanee from Menominee. If Reuben, now 42, doesn’t manage to shoot a buck by the end of the season, he will become the oldest Soady in recorded history not to have achieved this task, a taboo that leads people in the community to believe he is jinxed.
Reuben breaks with tradition, taking advice from his Native American wife, Wolf Moon Dance, who offers him spiritual remedies involving a drink made with moose testicles, and porcupine urine to protect him from evil spirits.
At various times, Reuben, Jimmer, and ranger Tom all get possessed by spirits. Eventually, Reuben runs out into the cold wearing only his long underwear and a hat, and finds himself face-to-face with his dead great-grandfather Alphonse, who guides him to shooting a buck sent for him by the spirits. Reuben returns triumphantly.
Show dates: February 10-13 and 17-19
Co-Directed By: Jennifer Brabant and Jamie Platte
Sabrina Fairchild is the daughter of a chauffeur to the wealthy Larrabee family, who live in a mansion on the North Shore of Long Island. Returning from a stay in Paris after working as the private secretary, she presents herself as a young woman of beauty, charm, incredible sophistication and zest for living, She proclaims her desire “to do everything and see everything, sense everything; to know that life is an enormous experience and must be used.
Although she once had a crush on David Larrabee, the young playboy of the family, and returns to America with a wealthy French suitor in tow, she finds herself drawn to Linus Larrabee, whose intelligence, lack of sentimentality, and knowledge of the world stimulates her. When it’s revealed that Sabrina’s father has amassed a fortune on the stock market over the past decades, she is able to woo and win Linus as her financial, as well as intellectual, equal.
Alice in Wonderland
Show dates: March 10-13 and 17-19
Directed By: Tonda Richey
Michele L. Vacca’s adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” brings all of the well known characters from the children’s story to life on stage. Watch as Alice makes her way through Wonderland where she meets the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, Cheshire Cat, the Queen of Hearts and all the other characters in this delightful comedy. At the end of the play Alice may question if her adventures were imagination or real…but we know better, don’t we!
Show dates: May 5-8 and 12-14
Directed By: Gary Albert
Six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser.
THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE is a hilarious tale of overachievers’ angst chronicling the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. The show’s Tony Award winning creative team has created the unlikeliest of hit musicals about the unlikeliest of heroes: a quirky yet charming cast of outsiders for whom a spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time.
Brush off your dictionary and join us for a d-e-l-i-g-h-t-f-u-l Tony-Award winning musical romp that is a perfect show for visitors to Emmet County! Six misfit adolescents compete for the coveted first prize in the annual spelling Bee, run by three quirky adults. C-h-a-r-m-i-n-g, toe tapping, r-o-l-l-i-c-k-i-n-g and full of giggles galore! Who knows? YOU may be invited onstage!
Wait Until Dark
Show dates: October 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24
Directed By: Jennifer Brabant
The mystery thriller’s heroine is Susy Hendrix, a blind Greenwich Village housewife who becomes the target of three thugs searching for the heroin hidden in a doll, which her husband transported from Canada as a favor to a woman who since has been murdered. The trio tries to convince Susy her spouse has been implicated in the crime and the only way to protect him is to surrender the doll. More murder and mayhem ensue when she refuses, with the stage lights turned off for the final scene when Suzy levels the playing field by plunging her apartment into total darkness.
The Christmas Schooner
Show dates: December 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 18, 20
Directed By: Gary Albert with musical director, Peter Sims
This critically acclaimed holiday treat tells the true story of a Michigan shipping captain who braves the deadly winter weather to bring Christmas trees to homesick German American families in turn-of-the-century Chicago. His voyages become a yearly tradition despite his wife’s misgivings – until a fateful voyage makes her realise the true importance of his mission. With its powerful story and exquisite score, The Christmas Schooner is family entertainment at its best: hearty and wholesome.
Charlotte’s Web (Children’s Show)
Show dates: January 21 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30
Directed By: Tonda Richey
This loving story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little grey spider named Charlotte. Wilbur has a problem: how to avoid winding up as pork chops! Charlotte, a fine writer and true friend, hits on a plan to fool Farmer Zuckerman — she will create a “miracle.” Spinning the words “Some Pig” in her web, Charlotte weaves a solution which not only makes Wilbur a prize pig, but ensures his place on the farm forever. This treasured tale, featuring mad-cap and endearing farm animals, explores bravery, selfless love, and the true meaning of friendship.
Show dates: May 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15
Called the funniest farce ever written, NOISES OFF involves a cast of itinerant actors rehearsing a British flop called NOTHING ON. The audience is “treated” to a final dress rehearsal of Act One during which it becomes obvious that there are more dramas going on backstage than in the play. Next the set turns around and the audience gets to view the backstage antics of the actors. Finally, we see the same Act One performed after the troupe has been on the road for weeks and the back-stage dramas have now moved onstage.
I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change
May 7 – 10 & 14 – 17
Directed By: Sulane Hamilton
This celebration of the mating game takes on the truths and myths behind that contemporary conundrum known as ‘the relationship’. Act I explores the journey from dating and waiting to love and marriage, while Act II reveals the agonies and triumphs of in’laws and newborns, trips in the family car and pick-up techniques of the geriatric set. It is billed as an hilarious musical revue.
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)
March 5 – 8 & 12 – 15
Directed By: Mandy Robinson
The Today Show says, “If you like Shakespeare, you’ll like this show. If you hate Shakespeare, you’ll LOVE this show!” Three actors parody all of Shakespeare’s play in two acts, beginning with “Romeo and Juliet” and ending with “Hamlet”. While scripted, there is room for improvisation, audience interaction, and even audience participation.
The Phantom Tollbooth
January 29 – February 1 & February 6 – 8
Directed By: Sabra Hayden
Milo doesn’t think there’s anything good to do or anything worth learning until, one day, he ventures through a phantom tollbooth and sets off on a magical adventure through the Land of Wisdom. There, the squabbling rulers, King Azaz of Dictionopolis and Mathmagician of Digitopolis have banished the princesses, Rhyme and Reason to the Castle in the Air. Milo must traverse the kingdoms, using his understanding of words and numbers to rescue them and restore peace. Milo ultimately comes to realize that knowledge can be a powerful ally and that boredom is never a threat as long as you are willing to learn and use your imagination. Phantom Toll Booth is a show performed by children for the enjoyment of people of all ages.
October 9 – 12 & 16 -19
Directed By: Susan Brown
“Two-thirds a thriller and one-third a devilishly clever comedy ” is how one reviewer has described Levin’s Deathtrap. A once successful writer of Broadway thrillers, Sidney Bruhl, whose recent shows have been flops, receives a potentially wonderful script from one of the students in a seminar he is conducting. Prepared to go to any lengths to improve his fortune, Sidney and his wife devise a plan to offer a collaboration with the student, who readily accepts. From there the twists and turns of the script will keep the audience enthralled until the final moments of the play.