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Spring 2014 Events

February • March • April • May • June

Unless noted otherwise, call the Playhouse at the number above for additional information.
Ticket information will be posted towards the end of the fall season.

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Sunday, February 16

2:00 pm

$5 suggested donation

LOLLaugh Out Loud (LOL)

Improvisation Performance to Benefit Nuveen & Howmet Playhouse!

at the Book Nook & Java Shop

Nuveen Theatre Workshop students will present an afternoon of family-friendly improv comedy to raise funds for the purchase of a video camera and digital piano to be used by the youth theatre programs of the Nuveen Community Center for the Arts and the Howmet Playhouse.

February 22

9:00 am to Noon

Spring CleaningSpring Clean Up!

Bring your gloves and elbow grease and join us for a fun morning of cleaning and friendship. Breakfast food and beverages will be provided. Invite a friend and help us put a shine on our wonderful Playhouse. Contact Beth Beaman, Managing Director, via this website for more information.


Sunday, March 2

2:00 & 4:00 pm

Tickets: TBD

ACWL LogoPeter & the Wolf

Presented by France School of Dance and ACWL Youth Strings Program

Invite the whole family to this magical telling of the classic tale through music and dance. Narrated by Bryan Engler. Call the Arts Council for more information at (231) 894-2524.

Friday, March 7

Meet Beth at 7:00 pm

Coffee, Cocoa, Cookies and Chat with Bethany Beaman, the new Managing Director of the Howmet Playhouse

Concert at 7:30 pm

$10 adults,
$5 students

Made in Michigan Music

1st Fridays LogoThree-Way Street
with Snider & Smith

Three-Way Street, a popular West Michigan Folk/Indie/Rock band, is known for high energy, live performances that have earned them a loyal following in the short time they have worked together. Three Way StreetLed by Andrea Mathews' powerful vocals, the driving rhythm section of Bradley Rose and Jeffrey Baldus combined with the sweet melodies of Chris Brock on lead guitar make theirs a performance not to be missed. Andrea has taken the Howmet Playhouse stage as both a musician and as an actor in many theatre productions including, most recently, Leaving Iowa, last summer.

The SmithsSnider & Smith, the husband and wife duo of Karin & Eric Smith, who are widely known in the area, will grace the Howmet stage with their smooth harmonies, unique covers, and memorable original songs. Their easy banter and sound have drawn large audiences to various venues and the Howmet is pleased to welcome them to the First Friday’s Concert Series.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

7:00 pm

$10 adults
$5 students

Music for MealsMusic for Meals presents
A Night at the 'Met

Join the Educkators and guests for a special evening of entertainment to help raise money for the White Lake Food Pantry. Tickets are available now at the City of Whitehall and will be available at the door. Checks should be made payable to Lebanon Lutheran Church.

Friday, April 4

7:30 pm

$10 adults,
$5 students

Made in Michigan Music

1st Fridays LogoStella!
with special guests Elaina Burress and Friends

First Fridays in April is all about Michigan women as we welcome Stella! to the Playhouse stage, along with opening act Elaina Burress and Friends. All powerhouse female musicians, this will be a night of “sinfully good” music.

SStella!tella!! is a four-piece, all-women, American roots band from southeast Michigan and has been referred to as a singer-songwriter super group with three-part vocal harmonies and four songwriter voices. Featuring Michigan musicians Jo Serrapere, Jen Sygit (no stranger to the Playhouse stage), Diana Ladio, and Laura Ann Bates, these ladies have an impressive collective resume of musical credits, including Serrapere’s two appearances on A Prairie Home Companion.

They are a near-religious experience. Hearing them perform in an intimate setting is like going to an Appalachian mountain church and hollering hallelujah with a Bible in one hand and a bottle of hooch in the other. They’re that sinfully good. ~Karen Koski, syndicated music writer (Billboard), house concert host

Elaina BurressElaina Burress first appeared on the Playhouse stage with national recording artist Meg Hutchinson in 2012, and has since moved into a blossoming songwriting and music career as a student at Interlochen Arts Academy. A contemporary acoustic artist reminiscent of Ingrid Michaelson and Cat Power, Elaina accompanies herself with her guitar or celebrated yellow uke, and toured last summer as a part of Academy Four, a powerhouse group of her classmates from Interlochen. She released her first album, Paper Love, in 2013. Elaina will be joined by some musicians friends as the opening act for Stella!.

Monday, April 14

4:00 - 7:00 pm

Download the audition form.

WLYT LogoWLYT Auditions

Auditions for the WLYT summer production of East of the Sun, West of the Moon will be held today. The play tells the story of Karen, a young girl battling supernatural forces to free a young man from a terrible spell. Karen is on a quest into the dark Scandinavian wilderness, populated by magical trolls, mysterious hags and talking gargoyles. Without hesitation, she embarks upon a brave quest, eager to save a young man from the curse of the Troll Queen that makes him "a bear by day and a man by night." Humor, heroic adventure and lyrical movement accentuate this epic adaptation of the girl achieving adulthood. Performances will be July 24-26.

Wednesday, April 16
5:00 - 9:00 pm

Thursday, April 17
4:30 - 8:00 pm

Nuveen Center logoNuveen Center Auditions

The Nuveen Theatre Workshop will be holding auditions for their summer production of A Four Letter Word (that changed the world). Audtions are open for students ages K-12. Performance dates will be June 12, 13, and 14. Visit the Nuveen Theatre Workshop website for details regarding the times for each age group and to download audition guidelines and forms. For further information you should call the Nuveen Center at (231) 894-2787.

Friday, April 18

7:30 - 9:00 pm

$12 in advance,
$15 day of the show

Tickets may be purchased via Brown Paper Tickets online or at City Hall

Cash Bar

Paul HoffmanGold Coast Entertainment presents

An Evening with Paul Hoffman of Greensky Bluegrass with special guest Joe Sturgill

The Howmet Playhouse is pleased to welcome to its stage Paul Hoffman, founding member, singer, songwriter, and mandolin player for the award winning folk/americana outfit Greensky Bluegrass, and his special guest, Joe Sturgill, singer, songwriter, and guitarist with Four Finger Five. Representatives from the The Noah Project will be on hand serving beverages for purchase. Proceeds will go to benefit their No Kill animal shelter based in West Michigan.

Monday, April 21

4:00 - 7:00 pm

Download the audition form.

WLYT LogoWLYT Auditions #2

A second round of auditions for the WLYT summer production of East of the Sun, West of the Moon will be held today. The play tells the story of Karen, a young girl battling supernatural forces to free a young man from a terrible spell. Karen is on a quest into the dark Scandinavian wilderness, populated by magical trolls, mysterious hags and talking gargoyles. Without hesitation, she embarks upon a brave quest, eager to save a young man from the curse of the Troll Queen that makes him "a bear by day and a man by night." Humor, heroic adventure and lyrical movement accentuate this epic adaptation of the girl achieving adulthood. Performances will be July 24-26.

Friday, May 2

7:30 pm

$10 adults,
$5 students

Made in Michigan Music

1st Fridays LogoThe Karisa Wilson Band
with special guest Kelsey Rottiers

Grand Rapids powerhouse musician Karisa Wilson will appear with her band, the Karisa Wilson Band, for our last First Fridays concert, with special guest and opening act Kelsey Rottiers of Kelsey Rottiers and the Rising Tide.

Karisa WilsonKarisa Wilson, now an accomplished vocalist and guitarist, started her musical journey as a classical violinist. Her style is eclectic Americana—a blend of jazz, blues, and folk—and Karisa was recognized in 2008 at the annual WYCE Jammie Awards as "Best New Artist", and won the coveted "Album of the Year". She has shared the stage with national artists Sam Phillips, Billy Bob Thornton, Talib Kweli, Tim Reynolds, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, The Subdudes and many others. She has performed and recorded with national artist Brian VanderArk (The Verve Pipe), and has often been a featured artist in the Meijer Garden's Tuesday Summer Concert series.Kelsey Rottiers

Sometimes uplifting, sometimes heartbreaking, always fresh and real, singer/songwriter Kelsey Rottiers’ all-original music tackles concepts from Forgiveness to Sex Trafficking. Whether it’s the catchy “Red Wonder Boots,” the furious “Bear Hope,” or any of her dozens of other tracks, Kelsey Rottiers' songs fuse folk and indie substance with a pop simplicity that will linger in your mind like a brilliant sunset.

You may listen to tracks for both groups on their websites by following the links above.

Saturday, May 3

7:30 pm

Dors Open at 6:30 pm

Tickets: $15

Cash Bar

KIllerBlues7th Annual White Lake Blues Fest

Fundraiser for Killer Blues

Join KillerBlues for the 7th Annual White Lake Blues Fest! Headliner: Barrelhouse Chuck with Hank Mowery, Troy Wheeler Creative StudiosAmaro & Friends. Acoustic opener: Jimmy Stagger.

Sponsored by Wheeler Creative Studios. Serving Founders Beer.

Thursday, May 8

1:00 pm at the Playhouse

7:00 pm at the hearing Wellness Center

Free, and open to the public

Hearing Loop LogoHearing Loop System Workshop

To recognize May as Better Hearing and Speech month, the Hearing Wellness Center is hosting a workshop to demonstrate how a hearing loop can assist people in the community that are hard of hearing. The hands-on workshop will demonstrate how hearing loops and other assistive listening devices can help people who are hard of hearing in their day to day lives. The 97-year old Howmet Playhouse, a recipient of a donated inLOOP hearing loop system from the Hearing Wellness Center, is pleased to be able to provide device-free listening support. Refreshments will be served.

Saturday, May 10

7:00 pm

$5 suggested donation

momA Mother's Day Celebration:
A Variety Show for the Whole Family

Join us for a wonderful evening of music, spoken word, and song to help celebrate that very important woman in all of our lives, Mom. A fun and uplifting event featuring several well-known performers including Andrea Mathews, Karin and Eric Smith, Katie Beaman, Kim Harsch, Natalie Carmolli, Diane VanWessep, Roger Squiers, Bryan Engler, Reachin' Out Quartet, Debra Freeberg, Martha Viars, and The Oatbran Boys with Sky and Jacy Harsch.

Wednesday, May 14

7:00 pm

Tickets: FREE


John BraceyBuilding Community Through the Arts

ACWL LogoCome join us for a presentation by John Bracey, Executive Director of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, as he discusses the important role that the arts play in building a strong economy and a strong community. Read John's Bio.

Presented in partnership with the Arts Council of White Lake.

Friday, May 30

7:30 pm

$15 (for this event only)

You may also register for the entire guitar fest online and gain admission to all events with one fee. Visit the White Lake Guitar Fest website for full details.

Grand Rapids Guitar QuartetGrand Rapids Guitar Quartet in Concert

The Grand Rapids Guitar Quartet is comprised of four award winning guitarists who currently make their homes in the West Michigan area, Andrew Bergeron, David Martin, Brian Morris, and Michael Stockdale. For the past five years they have received an overwhelmingly positive response from audiences at their sold out performances at colleges, universities, art centers, chamber music series, and community concert series. They present a program of a variety of transcriptions of masterworks, Latin music and original compositions, along with entertaining, informative and often humorous explanations. This concert will be the official kickoff to a wonderful weekend in the White Lake area for guitarists of all skill levels. Packed full with performances, workshops, give aways, and vendors, the third annual White Lake Guitar Fest, May 30-31 in Montague, promises to provide something for everyone.

Thursday, June 5
5:00 to 8:00 pm

$15 in advance
$20 at the gate
Kids 7 and under free

Price covers admission and food. Beverages sold separately

towlTaste of White Lake—2014

A Fundraiser for the Howmet Playhouse

Come join us for a community of flavors at the 6th 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.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, June 12, 13, and 14
7:30 pm

$6.00 general admission

Available at the Nuveen Center, Whitehall City Hall, the Book Nook and Java Shop, Pitkin’s and at the door.

Nuveen LogoNuveen Theatre Workshop presents

A Four Letter Word (that changed the world)

Which word could it be? HELP? HOPE? LOVE? HAIR? (Answer: none of the above.) Over 40 students will take the stage to answer that question as they share a variety of talents with the White Lake community. A Four Letter Word (that changed the world), directed by Alice Gambel, is a production dedicated to this single unusual but insightful four letter word. However, to discover the mystery word and the theme of our show, you will have to attend the performance. We promise you won’t be disappointed.

Saturday, June 21

7:00 pm

$15 for adults
$10 for students


Bob Milne ChautauquaAn Evening with Bob Milne

Bob Milne is considered to be the best ragtime/boogie-woogie pianist in the world. He was filmed and documented for future generations in 2004 during three days of interviews at the Library of Congress, and was declared a "National Treasure" at the conclusion. Mr. Milne, an active "Musical Ambassador" for the United States, has performed numerous times in Japan, including the Okinawan Islands and Hokkaido. He has also performed in this capacity for members of the Swiss Parliament at the U.S. Embassy in Berne.

Bob Milne Grand HotelMr. Milne's natural ability to hear and play music goes back to his early childhood. He makes the statement, "I knew how to play a piano long before I ever started. Just push down the notes you hear and the instrument will play itself. Can't everyone do this?" He considers either looking at music or practicing to be "cheating." A French horn player in High School, he went to the prestigious Eastman School of Music at the age of 17, and then became assistant First Horn in the Rochester Philharmonic at age 19. After symphony concerts the students all went and hung out in local places. When the piano player didn't show up at a sing-a-long saloon one night, Mr. Milne "filled in." They hired him on the spot. He continued playing the horn until age 21, then became a full time piano player in the Detroit area, playing seven nights a week for twenty five years. A comment often heard following one of his performances is, "unbelievable."

Bob Milne LOCBob Milne teaches music history at various universities around the country, and is also the founder and director of the Frankenmuth Ragtime Festival in Michigan. His courses in the Lifelong Learning program at Florida/Atlantic University every winter are among the most popular in the curriculum. Mr. Milne has been averaging somewhere in the area of 250 performances per year. He is highly sought after for both his incredible piano playing and easy going, modest presentations. He claims, "If I have been given any ability at all, it is my duty to honor it by trying to improve that ability every time I perform." The list of music festivals he's appeared at is extensive. They include the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival (Sedalia, Missouri), the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Eau Claire Ragtime Festival, Sacramento Ragtime Festive, plus many others.

Monday, June 23

7 to 10 pm

The course begins on June 23rd and will run 3 weeks. Days of week will be determined by participant availability.

Course Fee: $100

Contact or call the Managing Director to register

Theater Lighting & Sound Fundamentals

This course will be offered 3-4 evenings per week for three weeks beginning on June 23rd and running through the first summer season show, Motherhood Out Loud. It is open to ages 14-Adult.

The Learning Objectives:

  • To develop the organizational skills involved in preparing lighting and sound for theater productions
  • To become knowledgeable about the theatre facility at the Howmet Playhouse and beyond
  • To learn lighting and sound terminology
  • To become knowledgeable about the customary activities of a theater electrician sound operator during a production
  • To gain experience in hanging lights, setting up sound equipment, programming lighting boards and operating sound boards
  • To demonstrate professional work standards in rigging lighting and sound through practical crew work

Class description:

This class teaches the fundamentals for two very important positions on a stage crew: stage electrician and sound operator. Taught by designer and events professional Clyde Sheets, students in this three week class can develop the skills necessary to work on crews in their high school theater classes, begin work in professional theater and go on to further their training at the Community College or University level. Each student will spend the 1st week in the Howmet Playhouse learning the skills needed to set up lights and sound for an up coming production. Week two will have the students working as load in crew for a Playhouse show and week three students will become the running crew for lighting and sound of that weeks show. Throughout their training students will handle and operate equipment, be introduced to the different jobs in technical theater work, learn the theater "chain of command" and be introduced to the professional expectations and etiquette of live event production.

Thursday, June 26

7 pm

Free Will Donation

Renovation Youth Choir

Renovation Youth Choir logoThe Renovation Youth Choir, from University City United Methodist Church in Charlotte, N.C., will perform at the Playhouse while on its midwest tour. This youth choir is comprised of 22 members from the sixth through twelth grades. Their repertoire covers a variety of music, including hymns and contemporary Christian pieces, in which they sing a capella or accompanied by guitar or keyboard. Soloists, skits, and small ensembles are also featured. The concert is free and open to the public although donations will be accepted.

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