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Welcome to our hometown theatre, the Historic Howmet Playhouse, presenting fine arts and entertainment to the greater West Michigan area since 1916.

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The Times, They are a-changin

Just like the lyrics from the 1964 song by Bob Dylan, the time has come for our beloved theatre to have a new name. Since opening in 1916, the theatre has had many different names including Whitehall’s Community Theatre, the Nufer-Adams Theatre, in the ‘50s and early ‘60s it was known simply as The Playhouse. Following the last renovation in 1973, the theatre was re-named the Howmet Playhouse in recognition of Howmet Corporation’s financial support of the community’s fundraising campaign.

After months of construction, we will re-open the theatre with a new name: The Playhouse at White Lake. The original architects embraced the craftsman style and we are carrying on that feel both inside and out. The color schemes are warm, traditional craftsman colors that reflect the time in which the playhouse was built.

We have chosen to incorporate the dragonfly, a well-known symbol in the arts and crafts movement, into the logo. The dragonfly, in almost every part of the world, symbolizes change that has its source in mental and emotional maturity and the understanding of the deeper meaning of life. We strive to present music and plays that expand our view of the world and brings us closer together as a community. The fact that we can enjoy beautiful White Lake just outside our doors and the abundance of dragonflies along her shores was just one more reason to adopt the symbol.

We look forward to welcoming you to The Playhouse at White Lake.

Renovation ProgressThe Playhouse Back in the Day

The Howmet Playhouse is a lovely little theater.
Its design was simple and functional from the beginning. … Given an investment of time, money and love, the Playhouse at White Lake will continue as a viable performance venue for a second hundred years.

Read All Updates (most recent update posted March 1, 2019)

View the Capital Campaign Donors List

If you would like to support the capital improvements at the Playhouse, your contribution may be tax deductible. You may send a check directly to: Howmet Playhouse, 405 E Colby, Whitehall, Michigan, 49461, or give online directly to our fund at the Community Foundation for Muskegon County; be sure to select the Howmet Playhouse Capital Non-Endowed Fund.

Part of the White Lake Community

The Playhouse is an integral part of the White Lake Community. Why? View the video celebrating the centennial of the Playhouse.