Ironwood Theatre - Ironwood Michigan

Theatre Location

113 E. Aurora Street
Ironwood, MI 49938
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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)

Upcoming Events

Bonus Silent Movie Screenings

Show Times:
Friday, Oct. 24, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Cost:
Free - Donations Appreciated!

Free Barton Organ Workshop and Bonus Silent Movie!

Movie buffs are invited to a special free night of entertainment on Friday October 24th, when Michigan Theatre staff organist Andrew Rogers will accompany a couple of “shorts” -  including the 7½ minute Tom & Jerry cartoon,  Dr Jekyll & Mr Mouse and Buster Keaton's 21-minute silent movie The Haunted House.

Buster Keaton is a bank teller who becomes involved in a hold-up, counterfeiters, and a theatrical troupe posing as spooks in a haunted house. One of the more memorable sequences of the film involves bank teller Buster spilling glue all over his counter, reminiscent of a scene in his first film The Butcher Boy.  The film ends with a famous sequence of Keaton ascending to heaven, and then descending to Hades.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Mouse - 1947 American one-reel animated cartoon and the 30th Tom and Jerry short, is a parody of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and was directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera.  It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Short Subject: Cartoons in 1947, but lost to Warner Bros. Tweetie Pie, ending Hanna-Barbera's streak of four consecutive wins.

Rogers will also conduct an informal workshop and discussion on the practice of scoring silent films. So if you’ve ever wondered if scores were originally provided as part of the distribution of silent movies, or about the decisions that go into developing a silent movie score, and the different styles of accompaniment, come along and be entertained and informed by Andrew Rogers at this rare peek into the world of silent movies. He might even throw in a short concert!

This free, bonus evening of education and entertainment is partially underwritten by a grant from the Xcel Energy Foundation.


Phantom of the Opera

Show Times:
Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Cost:
Limited Reserved Seating: $17 in advance / $20 at door
Adult General Admission: $12 in advance / $15 at door
Student General Admission: $5

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Lon Chaney in Phantom of the Opera

Phantom PosterThe Phantom of the Opera is a 1925 American silent horror film adaptation of Gaston Leroux's 1910 novel Le Fantôme de l'Opéra. It was directed by Rupert Julian and starred Lon Chaney, Sr in the title role of the deformed Phantom who haunts the Paris Opera House, causing murder and mayhem as he attempts to make the woman he loves a star. The movie remains most famous for Chaney's ghastly, self-devised make-up, which was kept a studio secret until the film's premiere. A rare opportunity to experience this classic silent movie, accompanied by Andrew Rogers on our Barton organ. This 1929 restored version of the 1925 classic includes scenes that were cut from the original. Watch our website for information about bonus screenings and workshops on Friday 24th.   

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.


Insane Asylum

Show Times:
Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 at 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Friday, Oct. 31, 2014 at 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Cost:
Adults $5 Children & Students $3.

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Insane Asylum - a Halloween Haunted House - presented by the Awkward Stage Drama Club
The members of the Awkward Stage Drama Club (ASDC), in cooperation with the Ironwood Carnegie Library, Historic Ironwood Theatre (HIT), and Downtown Art Place (DAP) are thrilled to announce they will present a Halloween Haunted House on Thursday October 30th and Friday October 31st. The Insane Asylum event will lead participants on a scary tour of the basements of the Theatre and adjoining Downtown Art Place.

Announcing the event, club spokesperson and event coordinator Ethan Puisto explained how excited he was to be part of the team that is breathing life into the event. “It is so great to see so many people working together – teenage club members, parents, teachers and volunteers, and staff from the library, HIT and DAP are all contributing”. “We’ve got people working on sets, costumes, sound effects, lighting, stage effects, and make-up – it’s going to be awesome – and scary!” said Puisto.

The Insane Asylum will be open on Thursday October 30th from 5pm to 8pm and on Friday October 31st from 5pm to 11pm.  Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students.

Carnival games and crafts for younger children will be available from 5pm to 8pm on both nights.

Underwriting support for the Insane Asylum is provided by State Farm’s Neighborhood Assist grant program.


4th Annual HIT Idol - 2014!

Show Times:
Friday, Nov. 07, 2014 at 7:00pm
Cost:
General Admissison: $10 Adults $5 Students

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Back by popular demand - this vocal competition features performances by local young people, aged 11 - 29. Participants compete in three different age groups:
* Youth in grades 5 thru 8
* High school aged youth
* Young adults (17 - 29)
Auditions: were conducted over the weekend of Friday, Saturday & Sunday October 3-5, 2014. Of some 70 young vocalists who tried out, 44 were selected.
Rehearsals: Contestants selected to be part of the two-day show have been rehearsing (a lot!) and are getting ready to put on a first-class show!
Performance: Each contestant will present one song for the panel of expert judges. Six winners (2 in each age category) will be announced at the beginning of Saturday's performance by American Idol Season 10 finalist, Naima Adedapo.
Special Group Numbers: the entire cast of contestants will perform a couple of special group numbers, and last year's winners will return for a special performance!

HIT Idol 2014 is proudly sponsored in part by:

 

* Indianhead Mountain Ski Patrol
* Midland Services Cenex
* The Ironwood-Hurley Rotary Club


Naima Adedapo

Show Times:
Saturday, Nov. 08, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Cost:
Reserved Seating: $25, General Admission: $15 Adults, $5 Students

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American Idol Season 10 Finalist, the multi-talented Naima Adedapo will bring her exciting show to the Ironwood stage as part of HIT Idol 2014. Her sweetness, youthful energy and unique beauty combine to provide Naima's remarkable stage presence! Since her appearances on Idol, and the national attention she garned,  Naima spent the past year or more on a roll-up-your-sleeves journey into the discovery of her own personal artistry. She exudes the determination of a woman on a mission.

The Chicago-born, and now Milwaukee-resident performer has been singing since she was 13, but Naima's first love was dance. As a dance major she earned her bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin, Peck School of the Arts, Milwaukee. For more than four years she performed with Milwaukee's Ko-Thi African Dance Company.

Named after a ballad composed by John Coltrane in 1959, Naima knew at an early age that performing and expressing herself through music and dance was her calling. As the daughter of renowned Milwaukee area Jazz vocalist Adekola Adedapo, and the great-granddaughter of actress Gladys Williams (who shared the stage with Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, and Ossie Davis in the 1940s), there was no way for Naima not to be bitten by the entertainment bug. She grew up in Chicago but at age 10 Naima moved to Milwaukee with her mom and younger brother after their parents' separation. She spent her childhood around the music scene in and out of Jazz clubs with her mom all the while being influenced at a young age by the Motown music of The Temptations, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, and later India Arie.

Naima's involvement in Milwaukee Public Theater includes dancing, teaching, and acting. She appeared in a number of theatrical performances including the lead in For Colored Girls, West Side Story, and Crowns, among others. Since the age of 13 she taught dance to youth for a variety of community outreach centers and schools all over Milwaukee.

Following her time on American Idol and the fame she garnered as a result of that national TV exposure, Naima did the usual round of TV shows and live appearances. Once she'd met her contractual obligations, she spent the next year out of the spotlight, completely concentrating on song-writing, vocal coaching, and honing her unique sound. She made frequent trips between Milwaukee and Nashville where she immersed herself in music genres and the work of artists to whom she had not been previously exposed. "People have this huge misconception of Nashville. No, I am not doing a country record," she laughs. "Nashville has one of the most diverse, eclectic music scenes I have ever experienced."

Wanting to make music with a message, Naima drew inspiration from some of her own hard lessons and struggles, as well as the empowerment from realizing she had within her the strength to successfully come out the other side. According to Naima, "...it all started coming together for me personally and artistically. It was enlightening. I felt like my soul was being fed for the first time, and I was performing and writing songs that represented what I was about. It started flowing naturally. This new music is part of the fabric of who I am."  The results of those revelations have spawned such tunes as the crowd-favorites, "Beautifully Made" that talks about loving who you are and how you were made, as well as, "Diary of a City Girl," written with renowned singer/ songwriter Phil Vassar that echoes a young girl's love of being raised in a big city.

Naima's sound has a pop vibe with soul sensibilities mixed with a powerful, smoky, soulful vocal delivery that is uniquely her own. Her live performances showcase a voice that is not only powerful, but also has great range. Naima Adedapo is an entertainer whose vibrant love of people and connecting with them from the stage shines through with the fun, energetic performance of a seasoned pro. Performing with Naima will be an experience our local HIT Idol finalists will not soon forget! And neither will those lucky enough be in the audience. So mark your calendar - and get your tickets NOW!.


Warren Nelson & Friends

Show Times:
Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 at 7:30 pm
Cost:
Limited Reserved Seating: $17 in advance / $20 at door
Adult General Admission: $12 in advance / $15 at door
Student General Admission: $5

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Warren Nelson - Songwriter, Musician, Entertainer, Poet, Historian, Radio Host and a Tent-show "Man of the Cloth" with a 40+ year show business career returns to the Ironwood stage.  A Fairmont, Minnesota native, Warren was the founder of Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua (BTC) where, beginning in the late 70s, he led a team of talented musicians, actors, researchers and technicians in the creation of numerous large-scale, historical musicals.

Playing with his friends, Otis McLennon, and Jack Gunderson and son, Rowan Nelson-Ferris, his performance at the Ironwood Theatre will perhaps be a little smaller in scale than some of his BTC extravaganzas, but it will be no less musically brilliant!  These are some outstanding musicians - the program of original and contemproray music, featuring exceptional vocals and intrumentals is bound to delight audience members of all ages. So call a friend or two, (or six) then book your tickets for what promises to be a memorable evening at the Historic Ironwood Theatre.  

DOORS & KELLY'S BAR OPEN 6:30 pm;  BARTON ORGAN PRELUDE 6:45 pm;  SHOWTIME 7:30 pm