The Whitefish Theater Company is celebrating 44 years of quality community theatre, world musicals and more, beginning its 2022-2023 season. With 15 shows, the season of WTC is varied, inspiring and one for all to enjoy.
“We are very excited to announce our new season,” said Executive Director Jennifer Esbrook. “After a spectacular return to the stage last year, we can’t wait to thrill, surprise and delight you with a wide range of live theater and musicals at the O’Shaughnessy Center.”
“The upcoming season of WTC has been great fun to put together,” said artistic director Kim Krueger. “Our main stage season is a combination of classics and new plays including an exciting musical, beloved holiday shows, dramatic comedies, comedies and a family-friendly double feature.”
“Our musical series brings together a tremendous ensemble cast of award-winning, talented… Add to that four thought provoking Black Curtain dramas, this season promises something interesting and entertaining for all.”
Whitefish Theater Company’s 2022-2023 Season
• 10 and 11 September: “Laughing at God” (Black Curtain Theatre) – As Woody Allen famously quipped, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plan.” Such is the inspiration for the comedy ‘Making God Laugh’ which follows a holiday family of over 30 years.
• September 24: Shayna Steel (music) – After spending nearly a decade on Broadway and as a background vocalist for artists such as Bette Midler, Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, Moby, and Steely Dan, Steele released three critically acclaimed albums of her own. Showcasing supreme soulful energy and backed by a five-piece band featuring R&B, and jazz and blues, knockout vocals.
• October 20-23 and October 27-30: “Sweeney Todd” (Musical Theatre) – The musical, with lyrics and score by eight-time Tony Award winner Stephen Sondheim, has enthralled audiences around the world with its murderous melodies and a haunting tale of love, revenge and hilarious devastation. “Sweeney Todd” tells the story of a skilled barber as he returns to London to seek revenge on the corrupt judge who ruined his life.
• November 10: WÖR (music) – With his finely textured arrangements, WÖR infuses new energy into 18th-century melodies, shining an inventive spotlight – with a modern twist – on Belgian classics like his saxophone, violin, bagpipes, accordion And with guitar.
• November 19 and 20: “Church and State” (Black Curtain Theatre) – Three days before his bid for re-election – and in the wake of another school shooting – U.S. Sen. Charles Whitmore has a life-changing crisis of faith, which prompted an off-the-shelf on Twitter. The off-the-cuff comment has triggered the savvy blogger who sends her entire campaign into a tailspin. A timely and fast-paced story, “Church and Kingdom” is simultaneously funny, heartwarming and uplifting.
• December 8-11 and December 16-18: “little Women” (Mainstage Theatre) — In Kate Hamill’s brilliant adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel “Little Woman,” Jo March is ambitious, stubborn, and longs for the day she’ll be a great American novelist, as the country is torn by civil war Is. , Written with a contemporary flair, this holiday tale is about the sisters of March, destined for four dreamy little women.
• January 21 and 22: “Collected Stories”(Black Curtain Theatre) – Schoolgirl Lisa Morrison is thrilled to be under the tutelage of her literary idol, Ruth Steiner. But as Lisa’s career begins to flourish and Ruth begins to fade, can the tenuous relationship between Mentor and Manti survive ambition, rivalry, and eventual betrayal and what, if anything, can the art turn off-the-shelf. is limit.
• February 3: Ceferin (music) – soulful vocalist Lamia Naki, who sings in Arabic, Persian, Spanish and French, and composer Nat Hulskamp, who plays flamenco guitar and oud, joined by acclaimed bassist Damien Erskine, Persian master percussionist Bobak Salehi and flamenco dancer . Manuel Gutierrez. The result is a vibrant and rich musical journey across the Mediterranean and Middle East.
• February 23-26 and March 3-5: “The Velveteen Rabbit and Bedtime Stories (As Our Dad Told) (Who Messed Them Up)” Mainstage Theatre) – Two family-friendly plays shown together. “The Velveteen Rabbit” is a touching story about the transformative power of love. “Bedtime Stories (As Told by Our Dad) (Who Messed Them Up)” It’s dad’s turn to tell his three playful kids their bedtime stories, but when he’s vague on details, the classics get creative go.
• March 9: accent (music) – In the increasingly popular world of a cappella singing groups, Accent has carved out a niche for itself. The group debuted in 2011 and has since released four albums, toured the world, and built up a huge fan base.
• April 6-8 and 12-15: “Evelyn in Purgatory” (mainstage theatre) – When complaints are filed against teachers in New York public schools, they are sent to a reappraisal center, where they have to wait for their case to be reviewed – usually for months, Sometimes for more than a year. Evelyn Reid ends up in the “Rubber Room”, where she encounters a group of teachers, some guilty, some not, who have long lost any hope of returning to class. A touching and funny play, “Evelyn in Purgatory” is a “breakfast club for teachers”.
• April 22: black market trust (music) – Hailing from Los Angeles, this charismatic pop/vocal jazz band combines the sounds of renowned American crooners and vocal groups with the energy of gypsy jazz guitarist Jongo Reinhardt. These five world-class musicians include material from the Great American Songbook – from Sinatra to the Beach Boys to the Beatles. Add a dash of Rat Pack-style comedy and gain a reputation as one of the premier live acts.
• May 6 and 7: “The Harry and Sam Dialogues” (Black Curtain Theatre) – Two blue-collar friends like to spend time asking each other awkward questions: Why is life like a ding dong? Where do sandwiches come from? Why is reincarnation named after a flower? Their dialogue initially sounds like a Monty Python skit, but soon deepens as the men try to understand what everything means. A clever comedy about life and the big questions.
• 26-29 May and 2 June – “Suite Surrender” (Mainstage Theatre) – It’s 1942 and two of Hollywood’s biggest divas have descended upon the luxurious Palm Beach Royale Hotel to perform at the USO benefit. Complication One: There is a mythical ongoing feud between two women that turns violent when they approach each other. Complication 2: Both the actors were booked in the same Presidential Suite. A hilarious romp and a true love note to the classic dramas of the ’30s and ’40s.
All shows are at the WTC’s O’Shaughnessy Center in Whitefish. Currently, Season Passes and Build-Your-Own-Season Passes are offering 10% to 15% discounts on regular ticket prices, via the brochure order form on the website, and call the box office at 406-862-5371. Available by, or visiting the office at 1 Central Ave. Box office hours are Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Individual tickets for all shows can also be purchased from August 13 at www.whitefishtheatreco.org.