113 E. Aurora Street
Ironwood, MI 49938
Map & Directions
Wed, Thur, & Fri:
Noon - 4:30pm
109 E. Aurora Street
Ironwood, MI 49938
(Two doors west of the main theatre entrance)
Operation of the Historic Ironwood Theatre is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Committed to Kids
The Theatre’s current Board and Management has a very clear commitment to providing area youth with numerous opportunities to engage in the performing arts. That commitment is based on two basic premises. First, today’s youngsters are tomorrow’s performers and patrons; and second, it is simply the right thing to do! At a time when local schools have cut their theatre programs, the importance of this organization’s efforts to engage youth cannot be overstated. Among the many youth programs offered at the Historical Ironwood Theatre (H.I.T.) are:
Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre (PFCT): Generously supported by Gogebic Range United Way, PFCT provides an early summer, one week drama “day camp”, at no cost to the participants. Up to 70 local children are cast in an original musical theatre production based on well-known children’s stories. At the end of a week of rehearsals they offer two shows to the public. In 2011 the show was Wizard of Oz; in 2013 it was Tom Sawyer; in late June 2014, Alice in Wonderland was presented.
Hit Idol Based on the successful television show American Idol ® this local pop vocal contest begins with auditions in early October, followed by a two-night show in early-mid November. Contestants perform in one of three categories (Youth; High School; and Young Adult). Night one sees all the finalists performing their solos, along with a couple of group numbers and a special performance by the previous year’s winners. Night two involves announcement of the six winners (two in each age category), followed by a concert by a recent American Idol ® finalist, with local kids singing back-up on a few numbers. American Idol ® finalists who have performed on the Ironwood stage with local youth include Matt Giraud; Amanda Overmyer; and Casey Abrams, Naima Adedapo, James Durbin, and Jessica Meuse. 2014 headliner Naima Adedapo was so impressed by the program she invited the winners to perform with her the following year at Milwaukee's SummerFest, billed as the world's largest music festival.
American Idol ® Season 10 Finalist, Casey Abrams (front row, center) poses
with local HIT Idol performers
Youth Drama Club Formed in mid 2013, the drama club is a cooperative effort by the Ironwood Carnegie Library and Historic Ironwood Theatre. The club began as an after-school meeting of high school students at the library. At first the group simply talked about theatre and read some plays, but it quickly grew into something much more substantial. At a special morning matinee in early December 2013, a group of 30 high school students from four areas schools presented three, one-act plays to a near full-house of 600+ excited K-8th graders from throughout the region. Auditions for a full length play Rumbo! were held in mid-December, performance rights secured, and rehearsals took place throughout January and early February prior to two (2) mid-February evening performances for the public. By any measure the production was a smash hit!
The Theatre is also used by a number of schools for band and choir concerts. A local dance studio, Ironwood Dance Co, annually presents a three-night dance recital.
Newsbreak! Thanks to incredible support from local community members who accepted the challenge to cast FaceBook votes for a grant submitted on the club's behalf, $25,000 from a State Farm grant is on it's way! Please click here to view the kids' reponse to the news they were one of 40 grant winners selected from the thousands of applications submitted.