Whitefish Theatre Company, celebrating 38 years of quality community theatre, world music and more, is proud to introduce its 2016-2017 season. “Our season this year highlights WTC as a place for the community to interACT” says Executive Director Gayle MacLaren. “Each year, WTC strives to engage our community with fun, relevant, and thought-provoking productions and concerts. Whether you are involved with WTC as an actor, volunteer, sponsor, donor, or patron, WTC invites you to interact with us for a spectacular line-up this year.” The 2016-2017 season, showcasing eight very different theatre selections and five diverse music concerts is varied, captivating, and inspiring, offering entertainment for all to enjoy.
“We are extremely excited about our upcoming season that truly has something to please every palate,” says Artistic Director Jesse DeVine. “Our year-long season has it all, including iconic classics like “A Christmas Story”, “The Neverending Story”, and “On Golden Pond”, paradigm shifting shows like The Kinsey Sicks, a dragapella barbershop quartet, and world-class music like Niyaz, who have been called an evolutionary force in Middle Eastern music. Add in a music tribute show of Always ABBA, who will have us dancing in our seats, and a cabaret-style production of the Broadway hit musical “Cabaret” and we promise something fun and entertaining for everyone to enjoy.”
WTC opens its season on September 24 and 25 with a Black Curtain production of “Marjorie Prime”. It’s the age of artificial intelligence and 85 year-old Marjorie Prime has a handsome new companion programmed to feed the story of her life back to her. What will she remember – and what will she forget – in this provocative drama that explores the mysteries of human identity and the limits – if any – of what technology can replace. WTC’s music series begins on October 5th with Hot Club of San Francisco, an award-winning gypsy jazz ensemble. Performing in the Hot Club tradition of Django Reinhart, HCSF presents “Cinema Vivant”, a magical evening of 3 vintage silent films that are brought to life as superb musicians match every movement on screen with a blend of Spanish guitar, jazz rhythms, and fast swing. The diverse fall schedule continues on October 20-23 and 27-29 with “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)[Revised]”. Celebrating the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, this family-friendly, lightening-speed jambalaya will cover 37 of the Bard’s comedies, histories, and tragedies in an irreverent, over-the-top romp. Finally, as the temperatures start to cool, the heat will be rising at the O’Shaughnessy Center on November 11 as WTC hosts The Kinsey Sicks, America’s favorite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet. The Kinsey Sicks, who have had an extended run in Vegas, an Off-Broadway show, and two feature films, will perform their show “Chicks with Shticks” that includes their award-winning a cappella singing, sharp satire, and over-the-top drag. Said to be “taking the cabaret world by storm” by the New York Times, the show will be the perfect place to be after shopping ‘Ladies Night Out’ in Whitefish.
The winter season begins with the ever-popular, family-friendly show of “A Christmas Story” on December 1-4, 9-11, and 16-18. Based on the beloved 1983 film, this feel-good holiday play follows Ralphie and his search for the perfect Christmas gift – a Red Ryder Carbine-Action Range Model Air Rifle. All of the elements from the classic movie are here, including a kooky leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, and a triple-dog dare to lick a freezing flagpole. WTC is then thrilled to kick off the New Year with Always ABBA, an all-star Canadian tribute band that will bring timeless and transcendent ABBA to life on stage on January 27. With magnificent harmonies, authentic costumes, and plenty of sing-a-long moments, Always ABBA will have you dancing in your seat to favorite ABBA hits, including “Dancing Queen”, “Mamma Mia”, “Take a Chance On Me”, and many more. Finally, three fantastic shows round out the winter months. The popular all-kids production of “The Neverending Story” will be performed on February 23-26 and March 3-5. Adapted from the 1979 novel and 1984 film, young and old alike will delight in the fantasy tale of Bastian Balthazar Bux whose belief in a magical land and story, and eventually in himself, saves everything. Next up, WTC is delighted to showcase Niyaz, a spellbinding Middle Eastern fusion ensemble who performs on March 10. Niyaz blends medieval Sufi poetry and folk songs from Turkey, India, and their native Iran with traditional acoustic instruments and modern electronic rhythms. The result is a mesmerizing folktronica, a distinctly 21st century global trance sound that crosses stylistic, cultural, and generational boundaries. On March 25-26, WTC will then present “Love Song”, an offbeat comedy that is our second Black Curtain production. This sweet play follows Beane, an eccentric outsider who has trouble relating to family and friends. Following a burglary at his apartment, however, Beane falls in love with Molly, his assailant, and suddenly sees the power of love in all its forms.
Spring brings four lively and engaging shows to end our diverse season. All audiences will enjoy the heartwarming story of “On Golden Pond” with shows on April 13-16 and 20-22. Lovable curmudgeon Norman and his spirted wife Ethel have returned to their summer lake home in Maine when their vacation is interrupted by their estranged daughter, her uptight fiancé, and his rebellious teenage son. An unlikely friendship develops, however, between Norman and the boy, bringing together generations and lessons learned from each other. On April 28th, WTC is then excited to host Mary Kaye, a western singer/songwriter who is the winner of the 2016 Wrangler Award for Outstanding Original Western Composition. With a voice that ranges from expressively wistful to all-out powerful, Mary Kaye mixed upbeat two-stepping songs, swing tunes, and ballads of love and loss that blend splendidly with her colorful tales of the West. WTC will then present its final Black Curtain theatre production on May 6-7 with “Luna Gale”. A compelling portrait of flawed people making impossible choices, the story follows Caroline, a veteran social worker who thinks she has a typical case on her hand when she meets two young drug addicts accused of neglecting their baby. But when she places the infant in the care of the baby’s grandmother, a family conflict is sparked that exposes a shadowy past and forces Caroline to make a risky decision with potentially disastrous consequences. Finally, WTC’s 38th season comes to a close with a cabaret-style show of Broadway hit “Cabaret” on June 1-4 and 8-11. It’s 1931 in Germany and the seedy Kit Kat Club is a place a decadent celebration, even as the outside world falls apart with Hitler’s rise. Led by the dazzling Emcee, “Cabaret” follows the interlocking stories of cabaret singer Sally Bowles, American journalist Cliff Bradshaw, and the citizens of Berlin as they are caught up in a changing society. This intoxicating show features well-known classics of the musical stage such as “Money”, “Tomorrow Belongs To Me”, and of course, “Cabaret”.
All shows are at the WTC’s O’Shaughnessy Center in Whitefish. Currently, Season Passes and Build-Your-Own-Season Passes, offering 10% to 12% discounts off regular ticket prices, are available by calling the box office at 406-862-5371, ordering through the brochure order form, or visiting us at 1 Central Avenue in Whitefish. Box office hours are Monday through Friday, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. during the summer and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. beginning August 24th. After August 24th, individual tickets for all shows can also be purchased on at www.whitefishtheatreco.org. Please visit our website to view the season brochure online or call the box office to order a brochure.