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Spring 2011 Events

January • February • March • April • May • June

Unless noted otherwise, call the Playhouse at the number above for additional information.

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January

Thursday January 6

Cartoons at 6:45 pm

Movie at 7:00 pm

Concessions will be available for a nominal fee.

Funny Face

The HarborLight Movie Series, in conjunction with the Arts Council of White Lake and the White Lake Community Library, presents the 1957 romantic comedy Funny Face starring Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire.

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Tuesday January 11

7:30 pm

Admission is a free will donation.

Concessions will be available for a nominal fee.

MichCanSka logoMichCanSka Adventures presents

The Greatest Adventure

Join us for the screening of the new documentary, The Greatest Adventure, a chronicle of a 4,000 mile snowmobile trek from the UP to Tok, Alaska, that raised over $100,000 for diabetes research.

All proceeds go to sustain MichCanSka operations and the Diabetes Research Institute.

February

Thursday February 3

Cartoons at 6:45 pm

Movie at 7:00 pm

Concessions will be available for a nominal fee.

Moonstruck

The HarborLight Movie Series, in conjunction with the Arts Council of White Lake and the White Lake Community Library, presents another romantic comedy, this one from 1987. It is Moonstruck and stars Cher and Nicholas Cage.

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Saturday February 26

7:30 pm

Tickets: $10

Tickets are on sale at City Hall.

Tickets may also be purchased the night of the performance at the door.

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Hank and the Hawktones
Featuring Junior Valentine

Hank and the HawktobnesCome enjoy some hot, down-home blues on a cold winter night with Hank and the Hawktones, featuring Junior Valentine. While West Michigan-based, the Hawktones and Valentine have both toured with national groups—Buddy Guy, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Little Charlie & the Nightcats, Maurice John Vaughn, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, The Iguanas, Roomful of Blues, Heart, Cheap Trick, Lynard Skynard, and Little Richard—and are sure to please with blues harmonica and guitar.

This concert is part of the White Lake Area Chamber's Hot Chili for a Cool City II event.

March

Thursday March 3

Cartoons at 6:45 pm

Movie at 7:00 pm

Concessions will be available for a nominal fee.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

The HarborLight Movie Series, in conjunction with the Arts Council of White Lake and the White Lake Community Library, presents Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the movie that popularized the phrase "We are not alone". The movie was nominated for 9 Oscars and stars Richard Dreyfuss. Can you hum the five musical notes that seem to haunt Dreyfuss throughout the film?

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Friday March 4

7:30 pm

Tickets:
Adult $10
Student with ID $5

An Dro

An DroAn Dro wowed us during the 2010 summer fine arts festival so we decided to bring them back. The group performs traditional acoustic music with a creative twist. The band’s sound is built on a foundation of Celtic tunes, but while that may be the starting point, it’s not where the journey ends. At an An Dro performance, you’ll hear traditional Irish melodies, medieval French songs, Breton ballads, Scandinavian refrains, Appalachian influences, Latin rhythms, and African drums, all injected with an improvisational flair that at times resembles jazz.

This First Friday event was made possible through the generosity of the Lipka’s Old Fashioned Soda Fountain.

April

Friday April 1

7:30 pm

Tickets:
Adult $10
Student with ID $5

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Free Wheelin

Free WheelinFree Wheelin has been together for over 25 years and has opened for such names as the Nitty Gritty Dirt band, Doc Wattson, Ralph Stanley, Vasser Clements, The Reno brothers, and more! Its NASCAR Bluegrass with four old guys playing way too fast. Members include Marc Conley (banjo), Dan Seabolt (fiddle), Dave Seabolt (guitar), and Scott "Buck" Robinson, the mild mannered Mad Man, on the dog house base!

This First Friday event was made possible through the generosity of the Lipka’s Old Fashioned Soda Fountain.

Thursday April 7

Cartoons at 6:45 pm

Movie at 7:00 pm

Concessions will be available for a nominal fee.

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

The HarborLight Movie Series, in conjunction with the Arts Council of White Lake and the White Lake Community Library, presents Stanley Kramer's 1967 film, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, starring Spencer Tracy, Katherine Hepburn, and Sidney Poitier.

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Tuesday April 19

7:00 pm

Tickets:
Adult $10
Student with ID $5

Ben Bedford in concert

A 95th Anniversary Celebration Event

Ben BedfordThe Howmet Playhouse is pleased to once again present Ben Bedford, who appeared with his wife Kari on our stage in April 2010. Ben’s powerful folk music draws on both modern and historical stories of America. With an understated intensity, he delivers intriguing sketches of America, its individuals, their victories, and their struggles. Poignant, but never sentimental, Bedford’s portrait-like songs capture the vitality of his characters and draw the listener deep into the narratives. In July of 2010, Ben was named one of the “50 most significant Folk singer-songwriters of the past 50 years” by Rich Warren of WFMT Chicago. Join us to celebrate 95 years of the Howmet Playhouse with Ben’s great stories and music!

Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Montague-Whitehall

May

Thursday May 5

Cartoons at 6:45 pm

Movie at 7:00 pm

Concessions will be available for a nominal fee.

The Sting

The HarborLight Movie Series, in conjunction with the Arts Council of White Lake and the White Lake Community Library, presents George Roy Hill's 1973 film, The Sting, starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford.

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Friday May 6

7:30 pm

Tickets:
Adult $10
Student with ID $5

Max and Ruth Bloomquist

Ruth and Max BloomquistThe Howmet Playhouse is thrilled that Max and Ruth Bloomquist will be returning to our stage; they last appeared here during the Spring 2010 season. A Michigan-loving band the Bloomquists are always a favorite. They charm their audiences playing acoustic Americana music with roots in folk, bluegrass, and traditional country.

Katie Beaman

Katie BeamanA fan of all genres of music, Katie Beaman finds herself most at home when she has a guitar in her hands and a tune on her lips. She has been playing and singing since she was nine. Her favorite musicians are The Beatles, Bob Dylan, James Taylor, and Mumford & Sons, and their influence is definitely apparent in the musical style of this 16-year-old Whitehall native. She has been working on several original songs that are soulful and honest, reflecting the tone of the groups that inspire her most. A junior at Whitehall High School, Katie plans to pursue music as a career. The Playhouse is pleased to give her the opportunity to open for Max and Ruth.

This First Friday event was made possible through the generosity of the Lipka’s Old Fashioned Soda Fountain.

Saturday May 14

7:00 pm

Tickets: $15

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4th Annual White Lake Blues Fest

Killer Blues logoJoin us for this exciting event, the 4th Annual White Lake Blues Fest, hosted by KillerBlues. Featured performers will include featuring the West Michigan-based Vincent Hayes Project and Chicago’s Keith Scott. This benefit will raise funds for the Killer Blues Headstone Project.

Great food and libations will be served

Friday May 27

7:30 pm

Tickets: $5

Coffee and other concessions will be available for purchase

Andrea MathewsAcoustic Café Night

All proceeds benefit the White Lake Youth Theatre program

Dave ZagarLooking for something to do on Friday? Join us for the first Acoustic Café Night at the Howmet Playhouse.

Katie BeamanCome enjoy a small coffeehouse feel at the Playhouse while enjoying the acoustic music of local musicians Andrea Mathews, Dave Zagar, and Katie Beaman.

June

Thursday, June 2

5:00 to 8:00 pm

Tickets:
$18 in advance
$20 at the gate
Kids 5 and under free

Price covers admission and food. Beverages sold separately

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A Fundraiser for the Howmet Playhouse

Come join us for a community of flavors at the 3rd Annual Taste of White Lake, the largest annual fundraiser for the Playhouse. A mix of local businesses will join forces to provide an evening of fun, great food, Michigan beer & wine, live music, and a silent auction, all benefiting the Playhouse. Don't miss out on this delicious event.

Visit the Taste of White Lake website for complete details including the list of participating vendors and our event sponsors.

Monday June 6

7:30 pm

Tickets: free will donation

Monies collected will be used to purchase a spotlight for the Playhouse

Are You Ready for Abstract Theatre?

Nuveen logoThe Nuveen Community Center for the Arts recently offered a theatre workshop that gave eight adults the chance to be bitten by the acting bug. With Alice Gambel donating her time as director, the one-act abstract play, The Interview by Jean-Claude Van Itallie, was pieced together over the winter and will be performed for the public. The play itself will last 35 minutes with a short discussion following. About half of the actors have never performed on stage before and we hope you will support the following actors in their endeavor to bring a unique piece of theatre to the White Lake public: Cindy Beth Davis-Dykema, Lyndon Mair, Brenden Gibbs, Kim Patterson, Janelle Mair, Ross Currie, Katie Trzaska, and Beth Pickard. Mark this date on your calendar—this is one hour of theatre you’ve never experienced before!

Thursday, Friday, Saturday
June 16, 17, 18

7:30 pm

Tickets: $7

Willy Wonka Jr.

A Nuveen Communty Center for the Arts Production

The Nuveen Community Center for the Arts presents its production of Willy Wonka Jr, a musical for the entire family.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Nuveen Center, 8697 Ferry St., Montague, or at Whitehall City Hall, 405 E. Colby St., Whitehall. Tickets may also be purchased at the door on the night of performance. It is recommended that you purchase tickets ahead of time since this is a popular show. Group Discounts are available through the Nuveen only. Call 231-894-ARTS (2787) for more information.

Saturday June 25

7:30 pm

Tickets: tba

Fogged Clarity Presents

Foggged Clarity CoverAn Evening with the Clarity

Fogged Clarity presents An Evening With The Clarity at the Playhouse as a fundraiser to support their West Michigan Arts Review. The benefit will feature live performances by a variety of the finest musicians and poets including John Hemingway, the Great Unknown, Singing in the Abbey, Michael Tyrell, and Fred Thomas.