Ironwood Theatre - Ironwood Michigan

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113 E. Aurora Street
Ironwood, MI 49938
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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.

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Upcoming Events

Show People

Show Times:
Saturday, Jun. 25, 2016 at 7:30 pm
General Admission: $10 Adults $5 Students

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Show People
Released the year after the breakthrough talking picture The Jazz Singer, Show People is a 1928 silent comedy starring Marion Davies which takes a lighthearted look at Hollywood at the end of the silent film era. Davies plays a newcomer to Hollywood who wants to make her mark in drama. William Haines, a kindly slapstick comedian, takes her under his wing and her career begins to take off, but she soon outgrows him. Will her emerging ego destroy her career or will she realize who her real friends are?

Show People includes notable cameo appearances by many of the film personalities of the day, including stars Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, William S. Hart, and John Gilbert. In 2003, Show People was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

What better way to celebrate the Ironwood Theatre's 88th birthday than by watching a "culturally and historically significant" silent film, accompanied on Ironwood's Barton, named " organ of exceptional historic and musical merit." (American Theatre Organ Society, 2002).  And though organist Andrew Rogers may not (yet!) be historically significant, his experience as staff organist at Ann Arbor's Michigan Theatre ensures this will be an evening to be remembered.

PFCT Presents Robin Hood

Show Times:
Saturday, Jul. 09, 2016 at 2:00pm and 6:00pm
General Admission $5 all seats, all ages

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.

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 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!!!"

Tim Mesun & Friends 2016

Show Times:
Saturday, Jul. 30, 2016 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 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, blues, and classical. Admission is by donation at the door (suggested minimum $5.00)  and proceeds will benefit the theatre's Barton Organ fund.

Garland City Consort

Show Times:
Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016 at 7:30pm
Free! Donations Appreciated.

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.


Superior Horns & Blue Ice 2016

Show Times:
Friday, Sep. 30, 2016 at 7:30pm
Saturday, Oct. 01, 2016 at 7:30pm
General Admission: $15 Adults $5 Students

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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 classic rock/ blues/ jazz line-up will perform music by Steely Dan, The Blues Brothers, Van Morrison, Stevie Wonder, Blood Sweat and Tears, Chuck Mangione, 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!