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Thunder Bay Theatre announces fall 2016 season

Season Announcement September 21, 2016

Thunder Bay Theatre has announced a fall lineup that will close 2016 on a high note. The three show season includes The Marvelous Wonderettes, Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music. Thunder Bay Theatre welcomes a Core Company this season that totals eleven and features faces old and new.

The Marvelous Wonderettes: This off-Broadway hit takes you to the 1958 Springfield High School prom where we meet Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy, and Suzy, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts! As we learn about their lives and loves, the girls serenade us with classic ‘50s hits including “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “Stupid Cupid,” and “Lipstick on Your Collar.”  Featuring over 30 classic ’50s and ’60s hits,  The Marvelous Wonderettes runs September 30-October 16.

Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap: A group of strangers is stranded in a boarding house during a snow storm, one of whom is a murderer. The suspects include the newly married couple who run the house, and the suspicions in their minds nearly wreck their perfect marriage. The others include a cast of colorful characters. Into their midst comes a policeman, traveling on skis. To get to the rationale of the murderer’s pattern, the policeman probes the background of everyone present, and rattles a lot of skeletons.  The Mousetrap runs October 28–November 13.

Rodger and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music: When a postulant proves too high-spirited for the religious life, she is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval Captain. Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the stern Captain, and they marry. Upon returning from their honeymoon they discover that Austria has been invaded by the Nazis. Cast is from the local high school. Sound of Music runs November 25December 11.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for teens 13-17 and $8 for children 12 and under with group discounts available. There is an Opening Night Reception held at Thunder Bay Winery immediately following the opening night performance, and a talkback after the first Thursday performance of each run. Evening performances are at 7:30 pm and Sunday afternoon matinees are at 2:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased by calling 989-354-2267 or visiting www.thunderbaytheatre.com. If using PayPal or email, please make sure to specify name, phone number, date, and number of tickets needed.

Thunder Bay Theatre is also producing two special events this season. The first is Fast Water Over Slippery Rocks, a one man show written and performed by Northern Michigan artist Allan J. Grund. The second is a “Not So Late Night” Cabaret hosted by The Alpena Golf Club. Both of these events are one night only, and are being offered on Sunday, October 9, and Sunday, October 16 at 7:00 pm.

Fast Water Over Slippery Rocks: Also known as The Courtship of Ethel McKinley. The story of a young man in love before, during and after the Vietnam War, written and performed by Al Grund. Join Thunder Bay Theatre for this special Lake Huron Discovery Tour event. One man. One show. Ninety minutes. Love. War. Fly Fishing. Tickets for this show are $15 and seating is general admission.

“Not So Late Night” Cabaret: Join the Core Company at The Alpena Golf Club Banquet Room for an evening of extra entertainment.  Talented professionals and local community members use their many musical talents deep into the evening utilizing the musical theatre, pop, rock, and country canon. Tickets for this event are $10 at the door and the kitchen plans to stay open late.

Thunder Bay Theatre is located in downtown Alpena, within walking distance from the NOAA Marine Sanctuary and many high quality restaurants.