SUMMER FAMILY FUN SHOW


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.

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


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.

SAUKSECONDS SEASON


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.

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. 

TEEN THEATRE PROJECT


Mockingbird

Adapted by Julie Jensen

From the National Book Award-winning novel by Kathryn Erskine


Directed by Trinity Bird

Stage Management by Mandee Leigh Howard

Produced by the Cast


Cast: Parker Falke, Ellie Gray, Jacob Gray, Alex Guest, Sierra Kibert, Atticus Maas, Whittaker Maas, Lorelei Stemme, Ford Swihart


Caitlin is an 11-year-old girl on the autism spectrum. Not all things make sense to her. Emotions are mysterious and voices are almost always too loud. Suddenly, she must grapple with the unthinkable: a mass shooting has taken her brother away. She struggles to understand empathy, what facial expressions mean and why a drawing might have more than one color. We see the world from Caitlin’s point of view. We struggle as she does. We also take comfort in the times when she finds a friend, draws a multicolored mockingbird and can finally cry for her brother.


Run Time: TBD

This production is sponsored by Playford Real Estate.

SAUKSECONDS SEASON


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, Connor Slatick*, Bud Vear and Jennifer Wagler


Cast: Matthew Akers*, Andy Anderson, Trinity Bird, Travis Blatchley, Isaiah Brown, Meaghan Bryant, Erin Brzozowski, Shannon Chen, Brent Falke, Parker Falke, Sadie Falke, Morgan Francis, Ellie Gray, Gianna Green, Nathan Johnson, Patricia Jordon, Michael Krebill, Josh Lightner, Denise McCosh, Lucy Micon, Sandi Miller, Kiralyn Brakel Nelson, Nate Nelson, Mike Sutton, Allie Tappen, Danielle Allore Taylor*, Tiffany Thatcher, Bud Vear, Jeff Webb, Dez Webster*, Jacob Weldon


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.


​Run Time: TBA


This production is sponsored by Sandi Miller.

SPECIAL EVENT


The 24-Hour
Theatre Project


featuring new plays by MJ Dulmage, Sarah Gray, Scott Mullen, G.M. (Bud) Thompson and Matthew Weaver


This annual event brings together playwrights, directors and actors to create, rehearse and perform five new short plays in just 24-hours. The process begins when a theme is given to the writers. Then, actors are given one-minute to audition. Writers then choose who they want to write for and have until 7 a.m. to complete their writing. At 7 a.m., directors receive their scripts. Actors arrive at 8 a.m. and rehearsals begin. The public performance of the fully-staged production is at 8 p.m. This is the most unique and exciting event in our season. 


This production is sponsored by State Farm Agent Jason Adcock and Drews Place Assisted Living Communities. 

HILLSDALE COUNTY'S COMMUNITY THEATRE

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

Titles and Authors TBA


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. 

PREVIOUSLY THIS SEASON

MAINSTAGE SEASON


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.