A Christmas Carol
By Charles Dickens
Nineteenth-century London comes to life and recaptures for audiences the spirit of an old-fashioned Christmas with this timeless Dickens classic and all the favorite characters—Tiny Tim and the Cratchit family, Jacob Marley, the Ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet-to-come—and everyone's favorite curmudgeon, Ebenezer Scrooge
December 5-7, 12-14 at 8 p.m.
December 8 and 15 at 3 p.m.
Sponsored by County National Bank.
Lord of the Flies
Adapted by Nigel Williams
from the novel by William Golding
Based on the celebrated novel, this violent tale of the breakdown of civilized behavior in a setting of isolation and fear highlights the contrast between cooperation and competition. The story is set against the background of some type of nuclear war and a plane crash that forces a group of British boys to cope with the human need for society and the animal need for survival. While protecting themselves from the outward threat of the beast, they discover that the real threat is their own primitive impulses.
October 10-12, 17-19 at 8 p.m.
October 13 and 20 at 3 p.m.
Sponsored by Southern Michigan Bank & Trust.
The Laramie Project
By Moisés Kaufman
& Members of the Tectonic Theatre Project
In October 1998, a twenty-one-year-old student at the University of Wyoming was kidnapped, severely beaten, and left tied to a fence in the middle of the prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming. His name was Matthew Shepard, and he was the victim of this assault because he was gay. Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project made six trips to Laramie over the course of a year and a half, in the aftermath of the beating and during the trial of the two young men accused of killing Shepard. THE LARAMIE PROJECT is a breathtaking collage of these interviews that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable.
Please note: This production contains strong language.
March 28-30 at 8 p.m.
March 31 at 3 p.m.
Sponsored by Mark & Susan Pedrick.
A Night of Improv Comedy
For the sixth consecutive year, The Sauk celebrates Jonesville's "Riverfest" with An Evening of Improv Comedy starring GoProv, a professional improvisational comedy troupe from Indiana. Everything is made up on the spot with the suggestions of audience members. We guarantee you will laugh! All tickets are $10. Tickets are available in advance at www.thesauk.org, during Riverfest or at the door.
May 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Sponsored by Drews Place Assisted Living Communities.
The 39 Steps
By Patrick Barlow
Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! This two-time Tony® and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a ridiculously talented cast of four), an onstage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers, and some good old-fashioned romance!
September 5-7 at 8 p.m.
September 8 at 3 p.m.
Sponsored by Flagstar Bank.
By William Shakespeare
The Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company will visit The Sauk for the third year in a row with their production of Twelfth Night. The play tells of twins, Viola and Sebastian, who are separated by a shipwreck. Viola, played by Mayberry, disguises herself as a boy and becomes a messenger for Duke Orsino. But Olivia, the object of the Duke's affection, is more interested in the messenger than the message, so Viola has to fend off Olivia to win the Duke for herself.
November 2 at 8 p.m.
Sponsored by B's Shop & Fly.
Music and Lyrics by
Benny Andersson & Bjorn Ulvaeus
and some songs with Stif Anderson
Book by Catherine Johnson
ABBA's hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman's search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you'll never forget!
August 8-10, 15-17 at 8 p.m.
August 11 and 18 at 3 p.m.
Sponsored by Olivia's Chop House.
An evening of short plays by various authors
An annual Sauk tradition, SAUK SHORTS will feature 12 short plays all in one evening. The plays will make you laugh, touch your heart and entertain you with their originality. This year's selections including Avocado Toast by Ken Levine, Been There, Done That by Paul Bowman, Dynamite & Sassy Pants by Laurie Allen, For Whom the Yell Tolls by James C. Ferguson, Funeral Parlor by Christopher Durang, Just Desserts by David MacGregor, Santa Doesn't Live Here Anymore by Patrick Gabridge, Stuck by Scott Mullen, The Naked Man on The Couch by Richard Davis, Jr. and So You Want to Be An Actor? by The Sauk's own Bud Vear. Grand Rapids-based playwright G.M. (Bud) Thompson will contribute Selling It and a brand new play. SAUK SHORTS is perhaps the most unique and original production in any Sauk season.
Please note: This production includes adult themes and language.
April 25-27 at 8 p.m.
April 28 at 3 p.m.
Sponsored by Nash Drugs, Inc.
Previously this season...
Beauty and the Beast
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman & Tim Rice
Book by Linda Woolverton
This classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.
June 6-8, 13-15 at 8 p.m.
June 9 and 16 at 3 p.m.
Sponsored by The Udder Side & Jonesville Lumber.
On Pine Knoll Street
The Sauk is one of six community theatres across the country that have been selected to produce a new play as part of the American Association of Community Theatre NewPlaysFest. In 2019, we will hold a week-long workshop and two public readings of the play as part of our annual Plays-in-Development series. Then, in February 2020, we will present the world premiere of On Pine Knoll Street.
Thelma is a colorful and quick-witted 87-year old woman battling with her memory. Her devoted daughter, Marilyn, with whom she now lives, is trying to make the best of the situation. Curtis, her neighbor, is a writer and stay-at-home father of a special-needs child. His wife, Kristie, struggles to balance family and work. When Marilyn asks Curtis to care for her mother and her beloved cats while she is at the beach, a friendship is set into motion that tethers two families. Set in a small town in North Carolina, On Pine Knoll Street is an intimate look at the joy and fragility of life, the meaning of home, and the things we do for love. Contains adult language.
June 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m.