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. 



"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. 


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. 


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. 


A Christmas Carol

Adapted by Trinity Bird

from the novel by Charles Dickens

Director TBA

Once there was a boy named Ebenezer. Although his youth was filled with many challenges, he was happy. Until life got in the way. Now, this man is known simply as "Scrooge." What happens one night when shadows of past, present and future remind Scrooge what it feels like to be happy. Can Scrooge keep another boy from having the same fate? This special adaptation of A Christmas Carol was written specifically for The Sauk. 

This production is sponsored by The Udder Side.


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.