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 currently seeking a sponsor.


Sauk Shorts

featuring short plays by Bruce Crews, Sarah Gray, Scott Mullen, G.M. (Bud) Thompson, Bud Vear, Robert Weibezahl, Jacob Weldon and the ten-minute musical "Bittersweet Lullaby" featuring a book by Will Lacker and music and lyrics by Dylan Glatthorn

Directed by Andy Anderson, Trinity Bird, Savannah Bruton, Bruce Crews, Sarah Gray, Josh Hall, Josh Lightner, Connor Slatick and Bud Vear

An annual Sauk tradition, Sauk Shorts is a celebration of short plays. The plays will make you laugh, touch your heart and entertain you with their originality. This season's selections include six plays by local writers, a world premiere by G.M. (Bud) Thompson and our first-ever ten-minute musical.

This production is sponsored by Sandi Miller.


The Last Lifeboat

By Luke Yankee

Directed by Bruce Crews

J. Bruce Ismay was an upper-crust Englishman who always did what was expected of him. He went to the best schools, married the right society girl (even though he was in love with someone else) and vowed to his staunch, unfeeling father on his deathbed that he would take over the family shipping business and build the biggest, most opulent ship the world had ever seen: the RMS Titanic. What an accomplishment! We all know the story of how the ship sank…or do we? Ismay saved as many people as he could on that fateful night, and finally, with no women and children in sight, he stepped into the last lifeboat…and was branded a coward and a traitor forever. The world needed a scapegoat for the sinking of the Titanic and Ismay became the perfect target. THE LAST LIFEBOAT is the story of the Titanic that has never been told. This epic tale explores not only the tragedy itself, but the sensationalized trials and aftermath of the night that changed the world forever.

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


Criminal Mischief

By William Cameron

Directed by Trinity Bird

Freddy’s in love with Angie and she’s in love with him. The problem? Angie’s married to Spencer, Freddy’s older brother. This sets off a series of comical yet criminal misadventures, putting the whole family in the sights of Detective Lieutenant Alice Ford, who’s got issues of her own. Criminal Mischief takes a humorous look at love and sex, family and forgiveness, crime and punishment. This production contains some minor adult language.

This production is sponsored by Jason Adcock, State Farm Agent. 


Tinker Bell

By Patrick Flynn

Directed by Tim Ambrose

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.


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

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 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.


Icarus and

Pandora and

the Sickle Moon

Two Greek Plays by Jessica Chipman

Directed by Trinity Bird

Icarus follows inventor and architect Daedalus, who commits a crime in Athens and is banished to Crete to serve King Minos. Determined to right the wrong of his crime, Daedalus becomes a father to Icarus. Complicating things further, Icarus falls in love with Ariadne, the daughter of Minos. After adventures involving sea god Poseidon, the Labyrinth, the slaying of the minotaur, and a broken heart, Daedalus and Icarus find themselves in a locked tower, surrounded by Minos' ships. In Act Two, Pandora, the first woman created by Greek gods, has opened a box releasing all the evils of humanity. She can't undo the deed so she decides her penance must be to observe the evil play out in the world. She serves as the audience's narrator in this tragic fairy tale told out of time and place.

This production is sponsored by Drumhiller Farms and The Grate Haus.