SPECIAL EVENT


Pigeon Creek Shakespeare:
The Merry Wives of Windsor

By William Shakespeare


November 12 at 7:30 p.m.


The Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company is Michigan's only year-round, professional touring Shakespeare Company. Each November, they visit The Sauk. This season's selection is the hilarious The Merry Wives of Windsor. Sir John Falstaff plans to hustle his way to comfortable retirement by seducing the wives of two wealthy men. But it’s the women of Windsor who pull the strings in this story. Join us for this one-night-only production featuring a gender-swapped cast of Pigeon Creek professionals.


This production is sponsored by The Grate Haus. 

MAINSTAGE SEASON


Cheaper By The Dozen

Dramatized By Christopher Sergel

from the novel by Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr. and Ernestine Glbreth Carey


February 3-5, 10-12 at 8 p.m.

February 6 and 13 at 3 p.m.


Suppose you're an attractive high-school girl and you're not only a member of a large and unique family but your father is, in fact, one of the great pioneers of industrial efficiency. Then suppose he decides, for no apparent reason, to apply his unorthodox methods to you and to the rest of your big family. The results are terribly embarrassing, funny and—it must be admitted—extremely effective! While the situations are often uproarious, there's a serious reason. Dad has a heart condition that he's keeping secret.


This production is sponsored by JJ Life Coaching and Jonesville Lumber. 

MAINSTAGE SEASON


The Secret Garden

Book and Lyrics by Marsha Norman, Music by Lucy Simon

Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett


June 9-11, 16-18 at 8 p.m.

June 12 and 19 at 3 p.m.


This enchanting classic of children's literature is reimagined in brilliant musical style. Orphaned in India, 11-year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald and his disabled son Colin. The estate's many wonders include a magic garden which beckons the children with haunting melodies and the "Dreamers," spirits from Mary's past who guide her through her new life, dramatizing The Secret Garden's compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal.


This production is sponsored by the Jonesville Rotary Club.

The 2022 orchestra sponsor is Moore Insurance Services. 

MAINSTAGE SEASON


Steel Magnolias

By Robert Harling 


October 13-15, 20-22 at 8 p.m.

October 16 and 23 at 3 p.m.


The action is set in Truvy's beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are "anybody" come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle (who is not sure whether or not she is still married), the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town's rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, ("I'm not crazy, I've just been in a bad mood for forty years"); an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M'Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry a "good ole boy." 

This production is sponsored by Olivia's Chop House and Saucy Dog BBQ. 

SPECIAL EVENT


Plays-in-Development


'Living' & 'The Challenge' - July 1 at 7:30 p.m.

'A Shore of Abundance' - July 2 at 7:30 p.m.


The Sauk is dedicated to the development of new theatrical works. Each year, we present staged readings of new plays still in the process of being written. After the readings, we invite the audience to respond to what they have heard. When they can, the playwrights attend these readings and join the discussion. These works may include adult themes and/or strong language. This is a free event. Tickets are not sold in advance.


This production is sponsored by Gossage Eye Institute and Optical,

Country Carpets, Drews Place Assisted Living Communities and Don Toffolo of Edward Jones. The production of work by local playwrights is supported by a grant from the Walmart Foundation. 

SAUKSECONDS SEASON


Sauk Shorts

featuring short plays by T. James Belich, Trinity Bird,

Mark Cornell, Don Goodrum, Sarah Gray, Stephen Kaplan,

G.M. (Bud) Thompson, Robert Weibezahl and Keith Whalen


April 21-23 at 8 p.m.

April 24 at 3 p.m.


An annual Sauk tradition, Sauk Shorts is a celebration of short plays. Each play tells a complete story in 8-15 minutes. The plays will make you laugh, touch your heart and entertain you with their originality. This year's plays include world premiere works by Sarah Gray of Jonesville, Trinity Bird of Quincy and G.M. (Bud) Thompson of Grand Rapids. Perhaps the most unique and original production in any Sauk season, Sauk Shorts guarantees something for everyone.

This production is sponsored by Sandi Miller. The production of work by local playwrights is supported by a grant from the Walmart Foundation. 

SPECIAL EVENT


The 24-Hour Theatre Project

featuring new short plays by MJ Dulmage, Sarah Gray, Scott Mullen,

G.M. (Bud) Thompson and Matthew Weaver. 


May 7 at 8 p.m.


Five brand new short plays will be cast, written, designed and rehearsed in a 24-hour time period. Join us for the world premiere performances of these five new works. This is a Pay What You (Generously) Can Fundraiser for The Sauk. No tickets are sold in advance. The box office will open at 7 p.m. and seating is general admission. 


This production is sponsored by Key Realty and Hillsdale Brewing Company. The production of work by local playwrights is supported by a grant from the Walmart Foundation. 

SAUKSECONDS SEASON


Desert Song

A World Premiere by Mark Cornell 


September 8-10 at 8 p.m.

September 11 at 3 p.m.


Desert Song is about a young, struggling musician who seeks out the reclusive muse for one of the most famous love songs ever written, an early seventies tune called “The Ballad of Eliza.” It’s a song that he has loved all his life. This muse, a woman now in her sixties, has long retreated from public view, and lives as a simple maid. Set in the sparse lodgings at Ghost Ranch, a remote retreat in Northern New Mexico, the play explores the elusive and magical nature of inspiration. ​This production contains strong language, stage blood and self harm. 


This production is sponsored by Playford Real Estate. 

SAUKSECONDS SEASON


Tony N' Tina's Wedding

By Artificial Intelligence

Conceived by Nancy Cassaro


March 24-26, March 31, April 1,2 at 7:30 p.m.

March 27 and April 3 at 3 p.m.

Performances at Johnny T's Bistro, Hillsdale


Audience members are the guests at the nuptial celebration of Tony Nunzio and Valentina Vitale in all its tacky and hilarious glory. Following the church service is a reception where the audience joins the wedding party and their bickering families for a pasta dinner, champagne toasts, wedding cake and dancing to a live band. One of the longest running shows in Off Broadway history, this delightful evening gives new meaning to the phrase "And now for something completely different!" This production includes strong language, drug use and adult themes. 


This production is sponsored by County National Bank.

The 2022 orchestra sponsor is Moore Insurance Services. 

SPECIAL EVENT


A Night of Improv Comedy

Featuring GoProv


May 21 at 7:30 p.m.


An annual Sauk tradition, join us for a night of laughs as GoProv, a professional improv comedy troupe from Indiana, visits The Sauk. Every situation is made up on the spot with simple suggestions from the audience. There are no rehearsals, no second chances and no mistakes. This is an audience favorite event each year!


This production is sponsored by Ramshackle Brewing Company. 

MAINSTAGE SEASON


The Nutcracker

By June Walker Rogers 


December 1-3, 8-10 at 8 p.m.

December 4 and 11 at 3 p.m.


The legend of THE NUTCRACKER is now a captivating play. At a gala Christmas Eve party, Clara's godfather presents her with an amazing Nutcracker in the form of a wooden soldier. Too excited to sleep, she suddenly finds the Nutcracker brought to life. He tells her he is a prince under the wicked enchantment of the Mouse King, and she joins him in a series of adventures in strange lands as he seeks to regain his throne. When she wakes, she finds the Nutcracker gone. Was it a dream or not? Then her godfather returns with his nephew—who just happens to look exactly like the prince!

This production is sponsored by Fifth Third Bank. 

MAINSTAGE SEASON


How to Eat Fried Worms

By Thomas Rockwell, based on his novel


July 15 and 22 at 10 a.m.

July 16, 17, 23, 24 at 3 p.m.

​July 16 and 23 at 7 p.m.


People are always daring Billy to do zany things. But Billy may have bitten off more than he can chew when he takes his friend Alan's bet that Billy can't eat fifteen worms in fifteen days. If Billy wins, Alan has to fork over fifty dollars. Billy wants the money to buy a used minibike, so he's ready to dig in. The play is based on the award-winning children's novel of the same name. 


This production is sponsored by Southern Michigan Bank & Trust. 

MAINSTAGE SEASON


Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella

Music by Richard Rodgers, Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

New Book by Douglas Carter Beane. Original book by Oscar Hammerstein II


August 11-13, 18-10 at 8 p.m.

August 14 and 21 at 3 p.m.


Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella is the new Broadway adaptation of the classic musical. This contemporary take on the classic tale features Rodgers & Hammerstein's most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It's Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” alongside an up-to-date, hilarious and romantic libretto by Tony Award nominee Douglas Carter Beane.

This production is sponsored by The Udder Side.

The 2022 orchestra sponsor is Moore Insurance Services.

HILLSDALE COUNTY'S COMMUNITY THEATRE