Tim Mesun & Friends 2015
Thursday, Jul. 30, 2015 at 7:30 pm
Donation - $5.00 minumum suggested. No advance ticket sales for this event. Entry by donation at the door
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!
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015 at 7:30pm
Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015 at 7:30pm
Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015 at 2:00 pm
Reserved Seating Only: Adults $15. Students $5 (limited availibility)
Mary Poppins - The Broadway Musical!
This magical family musical is based on the series of children’s books by P.L. Travers and the 1964 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 were restored 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 with a fit. Enter Mary Poppins, the “practically perfect” nanny who teaches with magic and bonds with the children as no other nanny has. When Mary suddenly leaves the position, and Winifred hires George’s childhood nanny to take on the job, sending George and the children fleeing from the house, Mary 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 before.
Hitchcock's "The Lodger"
Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015 at 7:30 pm
Released in 1927, The Lodger is the last of Alfred Hitchcock' silent movies. Though he made several films prior to The Lodger, Hitchcock once stated that he considered this his first true suspense film. It is also the first Hitchcock film in which the director makes one of his trademark cameo appearances.
A serial killer known as "The Avenger" is on the loose in London, murdering blonde women. A mysterious man arrives at the house of Mr. and Mrs. Bunting looking for a room to rent. The Bunting's daughter is a blonde model and is seeing one of the detectives assigned to the case. The detective becomes jealous of the lodger and begins to suspect he may be the avenger.
And a little movie-making trivia: For the opening scene, where the Avenger's murder victim faces the camera and screams, Hitchcock filmed the scene by having the actress lie down on a large sheet of glass, with her golden hair spread out around her head. He then lit the actress from underneath the sheet of glass, and filmed her with a camera mounted on its side, with the lens pointed at a downward angle. This gave the appearance that the actress's hair (with its golden curls, so important to the murderer) was ringed in a halo of light.
Staff organist at both the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor and the Detroit Fox, Fr Andrew Rogers returns to HIT to accompany this classic silent horror flick. A great way to "Get Your Halloween On!"