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.
Tim Mesun & Friends 2017
Saturday, Aug. 05, 2017
Keyboardist Tim Mesun, of Ironwood Township, will perform his 17th benefit concert for area charities on Saturday, August 5th at 7:30 PM here at the Historic Ironwood Theatre. Tim earned his Associates Degree in Liberal Arts from Gogebic Community College. He is continuing his musical performance education at NMU, where he has been a member of the University Choir, the Arts Chorale, the Jazz Band, and the Jazz Combo. He made the fall of 2016 and winter 2017 Dean's List at NMU. Tim also won the 2017 Northern Stars Talent Show. We are thrilled that while he is home from Marquette for the summer he will perform for us here at HIT.
Tim has frequently been involved with local theatre, including as a band member and rehearsal pianist for Theatre North's various musical productions. He has also created original music for a number of shows. Prior to taking up residence in Marquette, Tim performed Barton organ preludes before most shows at the HIT. He also accompanied a silent movie, playing an original score he developed for the film - a wonderful presentation of Buster Keaton's "The Navigator".
Joining Tim for the seventh consecutive year is Paul Butcher on trumpet and accordion. The director of Jazz Studies at Florida Southern College, Paul has a long and varied career as a musician in classical, jazz, R&B, and reggae groups. He has performed principal trumpet in touring Broadway shows, and been a featured soloist on Baroque piccolo trumpet. He has worked in Nashville as a recording studio musician, and performed with major artists such as Ray Charles and Henry Mancini. Paul has performed on television shows including The Dove Awards show, The Original Amateur Hour with Willard Scott, Muppet Special and Music City Live. Paul teaches here in Ironwood during the summers, and has been Tim's jazz instructor since 2006.
Tim's other guest performer will be Vivian Gammill. Viv is a past winner of HIT Idol and was a foundation member of the Awkward Stage Drama Club. She recently graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles CA and is home in Ironwood for the summer, planning her next move.
Tim, Paul, and Viv will perform works from a variety of musical genres including jazz, pop, and blues.
Admission is by donation at the door (suggested minimum $5.00). Thanks to Tim's generosity all proceeds will benefit the theatre's Barton Organ fund.
Saturday, Jul. 29, 2017
TrueGrass! is a new bluegrass band in the old style, covering material by the classic artists of old with reverence, but also adapting modern material and originals to the bluegrass idiom. In TrueGrass! Tom Draughon brings together a formidable array of players as part of an upcoming multimedia theatre show about the rural roots and history of bluegrass, (still a work in progress), and also as a touring concert band.
Tom has graced the HIT stage in the past with Indian Summer, Take 3 and others. In a TrueGrass! concert, he is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, primarily playing Doc Watson style guitar and fronting lead vocals. The band also features the talents of Jed Malischke on banjo and dobro; Bruce Qualey on bass; and fiddler Liesel Wilson. And they ALL sing!
If you like American roots Southern Appalachian and Bluegrass music, you will love TrueGrass!
Here's a sample for your listening pleasure...
Brown Bag Concerts - Free!
Thursday, Jul. 20, 2017
Friday, Jul. 21, 2017
Start your Festival Ironwood activities a little earlier in the day. Grab a sandwich or other bite to eat from one of Ironwood's downtown eateries and bring it to the theatre for a free lunch time concert - and free lemonade.
Thursday noon July 20 enjoy "The Troubadours" featuring Don Dugan and Bob Michaels, playing a little folk, a little blues, a little soft rock, and a little bit more! Don and Bob dedicate this performance to the memoryof their friend, Al Rice.
Friday noon July 21 enjoy Ethan Puisto and The Drape featuring Devin Kelly on guitar, Cole Clements on drums, and Ethan Puisto on guitar and vocals. Come on out to support this new local band of talented young musicians, playing a high energy mix of rock, pop, and alternative music. The music is free and so is the lemonade! What's not to love?
Saturday, Jul. 08, 2017
Floydian Slip is a band thatmust be heard - and experienced - to be believed. With nearly 100 original songs and a repertoire of hundreds of others, each Floydian Slip show is a unique experience, showcasing tight grooves, conscious lyrics, and extended jams. Combining the eclectic guitar of Andy Noyes, the hypnotic rhythms of drummer Jeff Kriner, the razor-sharp playing of guitarist and singer Olaf Kirsten, and the bone-shaking lines of bassist Scott McCafferty, Floydian Slip blend a sharp pop sensibility with serious improvisational abilities. From pop to funk, rock to reggae, and dub to jazzy blues, these guys will carry you and your dancing feet away to a better place! Heading out to see Floydian Slip play is more than just going out to hear a band - it’s a commitment to join the players on a musical journey.
DOORS & KELLY'S BAR OPEN 6:30 pm; SHOWTIME 7:30 pm
Please note: Ticket prices shown are for advance purchase only. Additional $2.00 for tickets purchased at the door.
PFCT Presents Snow White
Saturday, Jul. 01, 2017
“DOOBADOOBADOOBADOOBA, OH YEAH!!!”
Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs are coming to Ironwood in a show that promises to be fun for old and young alike. Snow White continues the Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre (PFCT) tradition of retelling the classics with a twist. Snow White is saved by the Prince, but not with a kiss! There is a great deal of music, including production numbers featuring The Townspeople and a lot of movement highlighted by the Queen’s Spellbinders and the Forest Creatures.
With original script and music by Daniel Nordquist, up to 70 local young people are needed to play the roles of Snow White, The Prince, The Seven Dwarfs, The Mirror, The Ravens, The Spellbinders, The Forest Creatures and the Townspeople. Two professional actors from Prairie Fire will direct the show and will also portray the Huntsman and the Evil Queen.
Participation Information If you, or your son, daughter, grandson, granddaughter, niece, nephew, or young neighbor or friend are between 7 and 18, and would like to be part of this exciting production, read on...
Auditions will be held on Monday, June 26, starting at 9:00 am. The audition process lasts up to two hours and all those auditioning are required to be in attendance for its entirety. Auditions are open to anyone age 7 - 18 No preparation or experience is necessary for the audition. Roles are available for singers, nonsingers, dancers, nondancers and anyone with enthusiasm for theatre!
Rehearsals Some actors may be required to start rehearsing following auditions. For the remainder of the week (Tuesday through Friday), rehearsals will be held from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, with performances scheduled for Saturday July 1 at 2:00pm and 6:00 pm. Two professional actor/directors from Prairie Fire’s staff will direct the production and play the roles of The Huntsman and the Evil Queen.
Thanks to generous sponsorship by Gogebic Range United Way, there is no charge to children to participate in this exciting week-long program.
Prairie Fire Children's Theatre "Catch the Fire!!!"