HILLSDALE COUNTY'S COMMUNITY THEATRE
PREVIOUSLY THIS SEASON

SAUKSECONDS SEASON


The Lifespan of a Fact

By Jeremy Kareken
​& David Murrell and Gordon Farrell


Directed by Janet Meyer-Jackman


Jim Fingal is a fresh-out-of-Harvard fact checker for a prominent but sinking New York magazine. John D’Agata is a talented writer with a transcendent essay about the suicide of a teenage boy—an essay that could save the magazine from collapse. When Jim is assigned to fact check D’Agata’s essay, the two come head to head in a comedic yet gripping battle over facts versus truth.​ This production contains strong language. 


This production is sponsored by Hillsdale Hospital. 

SPECIAL EVENT


Plays-in-Development

"Nothing Gold" by Trey Everett

"Holidays" by Romney Humphrey

"Sweet Life" by Savannah Bruton


Directors TBA


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 'Pay What You Can' event. 


This production is sponsored by State Farm Agent Jason Adcock, Gossage Eye Institute & Optical, Don Toffolo of Edward Jones and Country Carpets. Plays-in-Development is also supported by a grant from the Walmart Foundation. 

SUMMER FAMILY FUN SHOW


Tinker Bell

By Patrick Flynn


Directed by Tim Ambrose

Stage Management by Mary Davis


​Cast: Belle Ambrose, Jonathon Comikey, Allie Davis, Olivia Dube, Brent Falke, Sadie Falke, Agnes Hutchinson, Finn Keef, Lucy Micun, Alaina Phillips, Hannah Sim, Grace Teachout

Everyone thinks they know Peter Pan. But until you have heard Tinker Bell’s side of the story, you really have not heard it at all. When all the fairies in Neverland start dying, Tinker Bell comes to London to find a friend. There she meets a young boy named Peter Pan who has just run away from his family so he can be a little boy forever and have fun. When Tink takes Peter to Neverland, all sorts of wonderful and amazing things happen: flowers grow, animals appear and pirates arrive. But as Peter brings more Lost Boys and the Darling children back to her island, Tink finds she doesn’t like sharing her friend with anyone else. Especially that Wendy girl. This fresh and intensely theatrical adaptation of the classic story emphasizes play and fun as well as the complicated nature of friendship. A new, twinkling light shines on all the characters you love as J.M. Barrie’s story is reborn from this feisty fairy’s point of view.​


This production is sponsored by Southern Michigan Bank & Trust.

MAINSTAGE SEASON


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Book by David Greig

Music by Marc Shaiman

Lyrics by Scott Wittman & Marc Shaiman

Based on the novel by Roald Dahl

Songs from the Motion Picture by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newly


Directed by Trinity Bird

​Musical Direction by Kristi Gautsche

Choreography by Sarah Kilgore

Vocal Coaching by Gay Shaw

​Stage Mangement by Mandee Howard


The world-famous Willy Wonka is opening the gates to his mysterious factory…but only to a lucky few. Young Charlie Bucket and four other golden ticket winners will embark on a life-changing journey through Wonka’s world of pure imagination including chocolate waterfalls, nutty squirrels and the great glass elevator, all to be revealed by Wonka's army of curious Oompa-Loompas.

This production is sponsored by County National Bank. The 2024 Orchestra Sponsor is Moore Insurance Services. 

MAINSTAGE SEASON


Anastasia: The Musical

Book by Terrence McNally

Music by Stephen Flaherty

Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens

Inspired by the Twentieth Century Fox Motion Picture by special arrangement with Buena Vista Theatrical.


Directed by Trinity Bird

​Musical Direction by Kristi Gautsche


From Tony winners Terrence McNally, Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, creators of such Broadway classics as Ragtime and Once On This Island, this dazzling show transports its audience from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing con man and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love and family.

This production is sponsored by the Jonesville Rotary Club. The 2024 Orchestra Sponsor is Moore Insurance Services. 

MAINSTAGE SEASON


A Christmas Carol

Adapted by Trinity Bird

from the novel by Charles Dickens


Director TBA


Once upon a time there was a boy named Ebenezer. Although his youth was filled with friendship, love and happiness, life experience has taken its toll. This man is know known simply as "Scrooge." What happens one night when old friends remind Scrooge what it feels like to be happy. Can Scrooge help another boy, called Tim, from having the same fate? This special adaptation of A Christmas Carol was adapted specifically from The Sauk. 


This production is sponsored by The Udder Side.

SPECIAL EVENT


Much Ado
About Nothing

by William Shakespeare

presented by the
Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company


Count Claudio falls in love with Hero, the daughter of his host. Hero's cousin Beatrice (a confirmed spinster) and Benedict (an eternal bachelor) are each duped into believing the other is in love with them. Claudio is deceived by a malicious plot and denounces Hero as unchaste before they marry. She faints and is believed dead, but recovers to be proved innocent by a chance discovery. Benedict wins Beatrice’s love defending her cousin’s honour, and to his surprise, Claudio is reunited with Hero, who he believed dead.


This production is sponsored by CASA of Hillsdale.