Ironwood Theatre - Ironwood Michigan

Theatre Location

113 E. Aurora Street
Ironwood, MI 49938
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Theatre Office

Wed, Thur, & Fri:
Noon - 4:30pm
Tel: 906-932-0618
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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.

Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs

Art Works National Endowment for the Arts

Past Events

The Slaughterhouse

Show Dates:

Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015
Friday, Oct. 30, 2015

The Slaughterhouse

A Frightening Halloween Tour through the Basements of the Historic Ironwood Theatre and Downtown Art Place.  Be ready for a scare at the Historic Ironwood Theatre…

The Slaughter House tour has been created for mature audiences and is not appropriate for young children.
Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult*     

Come if you dare… you might be next

Admission: $5

Thursday, October 29th 5-10 pm
Friday, October 30th 5pm - 12 pm

On Thusday, Tim Mesun entertains on the Barton Organ while you wait in the auditorium for your scary tour to begin.
On Friday, view Harold Lloyd's Haunted Spooks whileyou wait for your tour to begin.

Strobe lights, water vapor, and other stage effects will be used during the tour. Persons with health issues affected by any of the above should not take part in the tour. The intent of the tour is to scare!  H.I.T., the Ironwood Carnegie Library, and the Awkward Stage Drama Club are not responsible for any trauma that is induced by this exciting scary event.

Carnival games and crafts in the lobby for younger children:
25 cents per time per activity.
5-8pm both days.


Mary Poppins

Show Dates:

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015
Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015
Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015


Mary Poppins - Disney & Cameron Mackintosh's Broadway Musical!
Based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film
Original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman.
Book by Julian Fellowes
New Songs and Additional Music and Lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe
Co-Created by Cameron Mackintosh

This magical family musical is based on the series of children’s books by P.L. Travers and the 1964 Walt Disney film starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. The stage play is a fusion of various elements from the books and movie. Some elements from the books that were not included in the film are included in the musical while others were removed.  Produced by Walt Disney Theatrical, the original West End (London) production opened in December 2004 and the Broadway production opened in November 2006.  This  local production is a cooperative effort between Theatre North and The Historic Ironwood Theatre.

For those who don't know the story: George and Winifred live at Number 17, Cherry Tree Lane with their misbehaved children, whose latest nanny has just quit in a fit. Enter Mary Poppins, the “practically perfect” nanny who teaches with magic ("Spit-spot!"), and bonds with the children like no other nanny before. When Mary suddenly leaves the position, Winifred hires George’s childhood nanny to take on the job, sending George and the children fleeing from the house.  Thankfully, Mary returns and becomes more valuable than ever. With patience, kindness, and a little bit of magic, Mary and her friend Bert help the family set things right - maybe more right than they’d ever been.

Theatre North and The Historic Ironwood Theatre are proud to join forces to present an evening of music and magic!

Please note that all tickets are RESERVED SEATING.  There will be no general admission tickets, nor student tickets for this production, and the balcony will be closed. Seats are available on the lower level only. Tickets issued resulting from on-line purchases will be allocated on the "Best Availiable" basis at the discretion of our box office staff.  Of course you can always stop in to the box office to choose your preferred seats. Or you can call the box office and discuss your options.  You can print a seating chart HERE for reference during your conversation with our friendly and knowledgable staff.

The Superior Horns & Blue Ice

Show Dates:

Friday, Oct. 02, 2015
Saturday, Oct. 03, 2015

The Superior Horns & Blue Ice

New local super group blew away the audience at their Friday night performance on the Historic Ironwood Theatre stage. Now they're set to do it again.

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 October 2nd and Saturday October 3rd.

The classic rock/ blues/ jazz line-up will perform music by Steely Dan, The Blues Brothers, Van Morrison, Stevie Wonder, Blood Sweat and Tears, and the Phil Collins Big Band.

Saxophones: Barb Ahnen, Chris Bergquist, Sheri Holms, and Allen Gabka
Trombones: Rob Ahnen, Steve Boniface, Nikki Lekies, and Savannah Dahl
Trumpets: Steve Boyd, Larry Gabka, Madeline Gabka, Myron Re
Rhythm: Nick Wolfe, Matt Clausen, John Grewe,
Guitar: Keith Cannon
Keys: Peter Grewe, Mary Anne Boniface
Vocals: Tammy Grewe, Kevin Maki, Debbie Maki, and Ron Niemi.

Quite a line-up - these players represent many of the finest musicians in the area so we look forward to being wowed. Tower of Power - eat your hearts out!

Tim Mesun & Friends 2015

Show Dates:

Thursday, Jul. 30, 2015

Keyboardist Tim Mesun, of Ironwood Township, will perform his 15th benefit concert for area charities on Thursday, July 30th at 7:30 PM here at the Historic Ironwood Theatre. Tim, who recently graduated with a 3.98 GPA from Gogebic Community College with an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts, 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, most recently for the theatre's The Way We Worked (TWWW) movie series, and before the Chamber Singers concert which was part of TWWW closing ceremony.

Joining Tim for the fifth consecutive year is Paul Butcher on trumpet and accordion. The director of Jazz Studies at Florida Southern College, Paul has had a long and varied career as a musician in Jazz, R&B, and Reggae bands, has performed principal trumpet in touring Broadway shows, and performed on Baroque piccolo trumpet. He also worked in Nashville at recording studios, where he worked with 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 performers are Wakefield sisters Megan and Madeline Gabka.

Megan was the principal oboist with the Chequamegon Symphony Orchestra before going away to college to continue her studies in music performance. Megan played in the WSMA State Honors Band, the MSBOA State Honors Orchestra, and the U.P. Honors Band. She was also a member of her High School choir and performed in HIT Idol for three years. Currently, Megan is a student at Michigan State University where she is a member of the Concert Band and is principal oboe in their Concert Orchestra. Megan’s contribution to the benefit concert will include oboe and vocals.

Madeline is a multi-year HIT Idol Participant - in 2014 she was accompanied on piano by Tim.

An accomplished multi-instrumentalist, Madeline has played in the U.P Honors band for three years, participated in the All-State MSBOA Honors band, and was selected for the WSMA All-State Jazz ensemble for two consecutive years. She has been in solo and ensemble for both MSBOA and WSMA for several years, and at this years’ State competition, she received an exemplary soloist award for outstanding musical achievement. Madeline plans to continue her studies in music, by double majoring in college for trumpet performance and music education. Madeline's contribution to the benefit concert will include horns and vocals.

The quartet will perform works from a variety of musical genres including blues, jazz and classical. Admission is $5.00 at the door, and proceeds will go to the H.O.P.E. animal shelter.

Join Tim Mesun, Paul Butcher and special guests Megan and Madeline Gabka for a great evening's entertainment!

Natalie Mae w/special guests Billy King & Mark Palms

Show Dates:

Sunday, Jul. 19, 2015

Natalie Mae
Michigan-born,  but now a resident of New Orleans, this gifted singer-song-writer and multi-intrumentalist will bring her unique style to the Ironwood stage for a special Sunday evening performance.

Natalie Mae is a northern-born singer/songwriter who since childhood honed her musical talents. Her parents, music teachers and numerous folk musicians  instilled in her the passion and love for music at a young age, encouraging her to learn multiple instruments and to take songwriting seriously. She started playing piano at the age of five and by high school was playing the guitar, banjo and bass.  Her experience listening to her parents' traditional folk band The Raisin Pickers, can be heard in her use of traditional story lines and simple melodies. She received a B.M. in Music Industry Studies  from Loyola University in New Orleans, and now offers a new and unique blend of folk/roots music.  Her voice carries each melody with power and ease.  Noted midwest "folkie" Dick Siegel described Natalie Mae's songwriting as "inventive, detailed, emotionally straightforward, poetic and plainspoken."  Using her talents with all her instruments, including the ukulele, her songs tell stories of desired love, dying love, and forgotten love.

Natalie Mae's shows include an entertaining mix of tunes inspired by Dinah Washington, Hank Williams, Bob Wills, and Patty Griffin. Every show highlights her variety of talents as both songwriter and performer.

Billy King
Billy KingBilly King is a singer/songwriter/music lover who grew up, lived on, and helped run his family's organic farm in Michigan, Frog Holler. He very much enjoyed his life of homesteading, homeschooling, and lots of home recording. Thanks to his Dad, a songwriter and music lover himself, Billy got started at a very young age and has never stopped. He's been lucky enough to play at some great venues and festivals throughout the state.


Mark PalmsMark Palms
Mark Palms (banjo, guitar, vocals) a self-taught musician who chases the heritage of mountain music by studying banjo knee-to-knee with old-time legends and sharing what he's learned with audiences and students.

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