Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016
Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror is a 1922 German Expressionist horror film directed by F. W. Murnau. It was an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula, resulting in a court ruling that ordered all copies of the film be destroyed. Thankfully, a few prints of Nosferatu survived, and the film came to be regarded as an influential masterpiece of silent cinema.The film was released in the United States on June 3, 1929, seven years after its original premiere in Germany, where it instantly became a hit success.
This silent horror film tells the story of the mysterious Count Orlok (Max Schreck) who summons Thomas Hutter (Gustav von Wangenheim) to his remote Transylvanian castle in the mountains. The eerie Orlok seeks to buy a house near Hutter and his wife, Ellen (Greta Schroeder). After Orlok reveals his vampire nature, Hutter struggles to escape the castle, knowing that Ellen is in grave danger. Meanwhile Orlok's servant, Knock (Alexander Granach), prepares for his master to arrive at his new home.
The movie website "Rotten Tomatoes" ranks Nosferatu as the second best horror film of all time.
Staff organist at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor, Fr Andrew Rogers returns to HIT to accompany this classic silent horror flick. A great way to "Get Your Halloween On!"
Superior Horns & Blue Ice 2016
Friday, Sep. 30, 2016
Saturday, Oct. 01, 2016
The Superior Horns & Blue Ice
Local super group blew away the audience at their premier 2015 performances on the Historic Ironwood Theatre stage. Now they're set to do it again in the fall of 2016.
Bringing together members of the Lowell Street Band, the Keweenaw Rhythm and Blues Band, the Gogebic Range Band, local school band directors, and top young musicians from the area, this group will bring an exciting concert line-up to the stage of the Historic Ironwood Theatre on Friday September 30 and Saturday October 1st.
The performance will feature the music of Blood, Sweat & Tears, Chicago, Steely Dan, The Blues Brothers, Van Morrison, Chuck Mangione, Aretha Franklin, Bobby Darin, Stan Kenton, Frank Sinatra and Etta James.
Saxophones: Barb Ahnen, Chris Bergquist, Sheri Holms, and Allen Gabka
Trombones: Rob Ahnen, Savannah Dahl, Jesika Cane, and Jennifer Wanink
Trumpets: Steve Boyd, Larry Gabka, Madeline Gabka, Myron Re, Jacob Schmeltzer
Bass: Matt Clausen
Drums: John Grewe, Faith Grewe
Guitar: Troy Puisto
Keys: Peter Grewe
Vocals: Tammy Grewe, Kevin Maki, Debbie Maki, Peter Grewe, Bob Michaels, Kate Averitt, Larry Holcomb, Sue Pallin, and Janie Williams
Quite a line-up - these players and singers represent many of the finest musicians in the area so we look forward to being wowed. Tower of Power - eat your hearts out!
Friday ON-LINE ticket sales now closed but plenty of tickets available at the door.
Garland City Consort
Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016
The Garland City Consort is a new orchestra recently formed in the Ashland area to provide performances of wonderful baroque music throughout northern Wisconsin and Michigan’s western UP.
The name "consort" is a late renaissance to early baroque term, meaning a "…random assemblage of instruments." The newly formed group is composed of musicians who range in age from teens to seniors.
According to founder Andrew McInnes, The Consort will provide something different for area music lovers. "What we want to accomplish with The Consort is to have a standing group, as in physically standing, focused on baroque music and playing during the summer," he said.
McInnes said that The Consort would provide a very different experience for audiences. "We are reading from scores, we are standing, performing in a circle”. A total of about 25 musicians are involved in the consort. "One of the most important things I want to do is to build musicianship," explained McInnes, “to get very skilled players, experienced players together with young players."
Announcing the concert recently, HIT Managing Director Bruce Greenhill said he was delighted that HIT was providing an early performance opportunity for the fledgling group. He went on to explain that “…it will be a free concert, but donations are always appreciated”. The Consort plans to turn over all donations received to the theatre. “So come on out and encourage this new “local” group of musicians, enjoy some wonderful baroque music, and support the theatre at the same time” he said.
Tim Mesun & Friends 2016
Saturday, Jul. 30, 2016
Keyboardist Tim Mesun, of Ironwood Township, will perform his 16th benefit concert for area charities on Saturday, July 30th at 7:30 PM here at the Historic Ironwood Theatre. Tim recently earned his Associates Degree in Liberal Arts from Gogebic Community College, where he graduated with high honors (3.98 GPA) as a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Starting in the fall of 2016, he will continue his musical performance education at NMU.
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. Tim performs Barton organ preludes before most shows at the HIT, and recently accompanied a silent movie for the first time - a wonderful presentation of Buster Keaton's "The Navigator".
Joining Tim for the sixth 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 Veronica Weaver who has been singing since grade school in her school choir. In the spring of eighth grade she participated in the Mid-State Tennessee Choir and made fourth chair for sopranos. She auditioned and was accepted into the Vanderbilt Blair Concert Choir in her freshman year of high school and that spring traveled to perform at the International Bach Music Festival in Portland Oregon. She participated in local plays and musicals from seventh grade through high school, and has participated in her church choir through high school and college.
Veronica traveled to Murray, KY to join the Murray State Traveling Concert Choir and to major in vocal music performance. After returning home to MI to major in Forestry, she was instrumental in starting the G.C.C. Sampson Sound Choir. In the fall of 2015 she participated in the Historic Ironwood Theatre's HIT Idol vocal contest where she was named one of two winners in the adult category. For the past six years Veronica has sung at the annual Ontonagon Christmas Concert fundraiser. She recently graduated from G.C.C. with her Associates Degree in Forestry.
Veronica plans to continue to be involved in music and performing arts in some capacity throughout her life, as it is one of her great joys!
Tim, Paul, and Veronica 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) and proceeds will benefit the theatre's Barton Organ fund.
PFCT Presents Robin Hood
Saturday, Jul. 09, 2016
Tear down Sherwood Forest to build a mall? Not if the merry band & other citizens of the forest have a say! The heaty laughter of Robin Hood and his Merry Band will sweep through the trees of Sherwood Forest (temporarily transplanted to the stage of the Historic Ironwood Theatre) on July 9th as up to 70 local children take the stage along with two professional actors in Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre’s (PFCT) original musical production of “Robin Hood”.
The cast of characters includes: Robin, Marian, Friar Tuck, Little John, Will Scarlet, Cook Henny, Robin's Mother & the rest of the Merry Band, the Deputies, the Gnomes, the Faeries, the Tutors, Prince John, and the Sheriff's Daughters. The roles of The Sheriff of Nottingham & Flora Queen of the Faeries will be played by the PFCT director/actors.
With original script and music by Daniel Nordquist, “Robin Hood,” continues PFCT's tradition of presenting classic tales as you’ve never seen. Though set traditionally in the 12th century, complete with Faeries and Gnomes, Prairie Fire’s version features the Sheriff of Nottingham as a man ahead of his time…way ahead…eight centuries ahead, in fact. He is a visionary, and in his vision he sees the trees of Sherwood Forest gone, and in their place stand “Sherwood Theme Park” and “The Mall of Nottingham.” In his way stands the environmentally conscious outlaw, Robin Hood.
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 Tuesday, July 5, 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.
Rehearsals Due to the short, July 4th holiday week, some actors will rehearse on Tuesday afternoon, following auditions. For the remainder of the week, rehearsals will be held from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, with performances scheduled for Saturday July 9 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 Sheriff of Nottingham & Flora Queen of the Faeries .
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!!!"
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