WTC brings old favorites to stage for anniversary season

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In celebration of their 40th anniversary, the Whitefish Theatre Company has announced its 2018-2019 season line-up.

“This 40th anniversary season is fantastic and fun,” said Artistic Director Kim Krueger.

Whitefish Theatre Company’s 2018-2019 season is as follows:

• Every Brilliant Thing: Sept. 22-23

A moving play about a girl that starts a list of things worth living for to ease her mother’s depression.

• Matt Andersen: Sept. 28

A Nova Scotia-based singer-songwriter who will once again grace the stage with his giant soul-filled voice and powerful blues performance. With two European Blues Awards, a JUNO nomination for Roots Album of the Year, and a Best Solo Performer Award at the Memphis Blues Challenge, Andersen is “the kind of guy who can captivate a room with just an acoustic guitar and that big, comforting voice.”

• Kettlehouse: Oct. 18-21 and 25-27

A new comedy that is having its world premiere with WTC. For the past 34 years, Miles Kettlehouse’s divorced parents have been living under the same roof, loathing each other and refusing to talk. As a result, Miles’ life has been reduced to being a back-channel negotiator for her emotionally stunted parents, cramping both her home and love life. Written by award-winning playwright Robert Caisley.

• Emi Sunshine: Nov. 2

A 14-year-old prodigy from East Tennessee that has captured the nation’s attention and enchanted hearts-a-many with her musical wizardry.

• Trying: Nov. 10-11

Based on the real-life experiences of playwright Joanna McClelland Glass, an inexperienced but fearless 25-year old writer named Sara Schorr has been hired to help put the brilliant but irascible Judge Francis Biddle’s affairs in order as his health is failing.

• The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: Dec. 6-9 and 14-16

When the six Herdman kids — considered the terror of teachers, parents, and students alike — manage to snatch the major roles in the holiday show, everyone is convinced that this holiday show will be the worst Christmas pageant ever.

• Ripcord: Jan. 26-27

Cantankerous Abby is forced to share her quarters at the Bristol Place Senior Living Facility with new-arrival Marilyn, a fiercely cheerful new roomie who wants the bed next to the window.

• Letters Aloud: FAME: Feb. 8

Letters Aloud, a Seattle-based acting troupe, has created a truly innovative show titled “Fame” that brings to life personal letters of the famous and infamous, complete with live music and photos, for a joyful and often hilarious look at the very human condition of celebrity and the lessons it teaches.

• Mamma Mia!: Feb. 21-24 and March 1-3

The timeless hits of ABBA tell the unforgettable story of a young woman’s search for her father on the eve of her wedding. Called “the sunniest of all musicals,” over 60 million people around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make Tony-Award winning “Mamma Mia!” the ultimate feel-good musical.

• Vitaly: March 9

Vitaly is a master illusionist who is bringing his show “An Evening Of Wonders” to the stage. Hailed as one of the most unique and innovative illusionists in the world, Vitaly makes paintbrushes paint on their own, photographs literally come to life right before your eyes, and volunteers from the audience see their faces vanish from their own driver’s licenses.

• Women Of The World: March 22

Women Of The World is an award-winning a cappella quartet that performs folk and traditional music, often with a contemporary twist, in 31 of the world’s languages. Hailing from Italy, Japan, Haiti, and India, Women of the World has collaborated with African vocal icon Angelique Kidjo and Grammy Award-winning vocalist Bobby McFerrin.

• Alice In Wonderland: April 11-14 and 18-20

Join Alice on her adventures as she sees a cat disappear, takes advice from a caterpillar, tries to solve the Mad Hatter’s riddles, and avoids the commands of the Queen of Hearts. In a place where everyone and everything keep getting “curiouser and curiouser,” this beloved, timeless story by Lewis Carroll celebrates the pluck and intelligence of a young girl, as well as the powerful wonder of imagination.

• The Sweet Remains: April 25

The Sweet Remains is an acoustic folk-rock trio headed by three gifted and charismatic singer-songwriters. Their songs easily appeal to fans of modern folk-rockers like Wilco, Jason Mraz, Ray Lamontagne, and John Mayer. However, it is their lush three-part, honey harmonies that distinguish The Sweet Remains from the throngs of guitar-toting troubadours.

• The Christians: May 4 and 5

Today should be day of celebration for Pastor Paul as he presides over his congregation of thousands in a church filled with classrooms for Sunday School, a coffee shop in the lobby, and a parking lot big enough to get lost in it. But when the beloved minister steps up to the pulpit to share a reconsidered version of his beliefs, his stunning revelation leaves the entire church community rocked to its core.

• I Hate Hamlet: May 30-31, June 1-2 and 7-9

Aspiring actor Andrew Rally has just landed the role of a lifetime playing Hamlet onstage. There is just one problem: He hates Hamlet. As fate would have it, Andrew’s new Manhattan residence is the former apartment of the brilliant actor John Barrymore, whose portrayal of Hamlet was legendary.

All shows are at the WTC’s O’Shaughnessy Center in Whitefish. Currently, Season Passes and Build-Your-Own-Season Passes, offering 10 percent to 15 percent discounts off regular ticket prices, are available by calling the box office at 406-862-5371, ordering through the brochure order form that is on the website, or visiting 1 Central Avenue in Whitefish. Box office hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Individual tickets for all shows can also be purchased at www.whitefishtheatreco.org.

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