Purchase a $28.00 coupon code that your recipient can use for any production in the 2019 season, at either the Snug or Riverbank Theatre. After your purchase, you will receive an email confirmation with a unique coupon code that you can provide the recipient. Once they receive the coupon code from you, they can pick the show, date, time and seat they prefer, whenever it's convenient for them. Coupon codes are redeemable online or by calling 810-278-1749. Coupon codes are valid in the 2019 season only for productions with a ticket price of $28.00.
Come out and see the Riverbank Performing Arts Academy students in their summer camp performance, “Rock Around the 50’s”! Get ready to rock around the clock with songs and interesting fun facts from the era of sock hops, Elvis and doo-wop. All tickets $5.00. The performance is at Riverbank Theatre. Performances Friday, August 23 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, August 24 at 12:00 and 1:30 pm
A Touching, Totally Irresistable Story.
Winner of the 1988 Pulitzer Prize and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Play. Set in mid-century Atlanta, Driving Miss Daisy tells the story of an elderly Jewish matron, Daisy Werthan, and her chauffeur, Hoke Coleburn. At first, Daisy is none too happy about being forced to rely on a black man to get from one place to the next. Gradually, however, Hoke wins her over, and during the 25-year span of the play, the two develop a deep-rooted affection. This masterpiece is a delicate depiction of racial tensions, the passage of time, and the experience of aging. By Alfred Uhry.
A Rousing, Sure-Fire Comedy.
Annie Oakley, the best shot around, manages to support her family by selling the game she hunts. When she's discovered by Buffalo Bill, he persuades this novel sharpshooter to join his Wild West Show. It only takes one glance for her to fall head over heels for dashing shooting ace Frank Butler, who headlines the show. She soon eclipses Butler as the main attraction which, while good for business, is bad for romance. The rousing, sure-fire finale really hits the mark in a testament to the power of female ingenuity. Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin. Original book by Herbert and Dorothy Fields. Revised by Peter Stone
A Holiday Classic for the Whole Family.
Based on the beloved 1946 film, this play introduces George Bailey who is wrestling with midlife disappointments and feeling like a failure. When George wishes he had never been born, an angel is sent from Heaven to make the wish come true. He shows George what life would have been like if he had never existed and helps him to realize how many lives he has touched, how many people he has helped, and that he has been a success, after all. A wonderful holiday classic for the whole family. By Philip Grecian. Based on the film by Frank Capra.
Come out and see the Riverbank Performing Arts Academy students in their summer camp performance, “Rock Around the 50’s”! Get ready to rock around the clock with songs and interesting fun facts from the era of sock hops, Elvis and doo-wop. All tickets $5.00. The performance is at Riverbank Theatre. Performances Friday, August 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, August 17 at 12:00 and 1:30 pm
It’s the One that You Want!
It’s 1959, and Rydell High’s senior class is in rare form. The too-cool-for-school “T-Birds” are acting tough and their gum-snapping, chain-smoking “Pink Ladies” are looking hot in bobby sox. At the heart of the story is the romance between greaser Danny and innocent Sandy who had a secret summer romance, but now peer-pressure and cliques make their love a bit more complicated. Enjoy favorite songs like "Summer Nights," "Greased Lightnin'", "We Go Together", and "You're the One That I Want" while watching Danny try to keep his “cool” and still get the girl. By Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey
The Hilarious Almost True Story of the Making of Gone with the Wind.
Hollywood 1939: legendary producer David O. Selznick stopped production on his most anticipated movie, Gone with the Wind. Determined to produce a rewrite in five days, he engages the reluctant ace script doctor Ben Hecht (perhaps the only person in America who has not read the novel) and the movie’s new director Victor Fleming, poached from the set of The Wizard of Oz, where he’d been squabbling with Munchkins and coming to blows with Judy Garland. His reputation on the line, and with nothing but a stockpile of peanuts and bananas to sustain them, Selznick locks himself and his two collaborators in an office, and a hilarious marathon writing session ensues. A can’t miss comedy. By Ron Hutchinson
A Mega-Musical Guaranteed to Lift Your Spirits!
Nunsense is a hilarious talent show staged by five survivors at the Little Sisters of Hoboken nunnery, the rest of the sisterhood having succumbed to botulism after being accidentally poisoned by the convent cook, Sister Julia, Child of God. The remaining "Little Hobos" parade their talents at a variety show in order to raise money to bury the rest of their dearly departed. By Dan Goggin
Come out for a super special Riverbank Performing Arts Academy production featuring our advanced students. This is a perfect opportunity to introduce children to the world of theater as the show runs for only 35 minutes and features a storyline kids of all ages will enjoy. Based on Arnold Lobel's well-loved books, this whimsical show follows two great friends – the cheerful, popular Frog, and the rather grumpy Toad – through four fun-filled seasons. March 8-10. All tickets: $5.00.
A Deviously Delicious Rock Comedy Smash Musical!
Little Shop of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for over 30 years. Meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names "Audrey II", after his coworker crush. However, this is no ordinary plant. It’s a pushy, R & B singing monster that feeds on blood and is intent on global domination! As grim as that sounds, lively doo-wop music, reminiscent of the Motown era, coupled with a truly humorous script results in a wickedly fun show. Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Music by Alan Menken, Based on the film by Roger Corman, Screenplay by Charles Griffith
It's Love, But Not Quite.
Playful and surreal experiences are commonplace in the world of Almost, Maine, where the citizens of Almost - not organized enough for a town, too populated for a wilderness - experience the life-altering power of the human heart. Propelled by the mystical energy of the aurora borealis, Almost, Maine is a series of loosely connected tales about love featuring some of the most humorous, plain-spoken, thoughtful, and sincere characters you'll ever meet. By John Cariani
Ready for some live music at Riverbank Theatre? The Minneapolis-based indie pop band, Yam Haus, will be here for one night only, following the release of their debut album in June 2018. The band’s love for punchy pop, old-school rock and roll, sensitive folk, and the beat of hip-hop inspired their first album, and we cannot get enough!. These guys are a MUST SEE and will leave you smiling and dancing in this special, stripped down set at Riverbank Theatre. Learn and listen at https://www.yamhaus.com/
Purchase a Season Package today and get $3 off per ticket. For only $200.00, you will receive a coupon code that can be redeemed for one ticket to each play and musical in the 2019 season. Enter code at check out when booking your seats for each show. (8 shows total. 2019 Season Package Events include:
- Almost, Maine - The Snug
- Little Shop of Horrors - Riverbank
- Nunsense - Riverbank
- Moonlight & Magnolias - The Snug
- Grease, the Musical - Riverbank
- Driving Miss Daisy - The Snug
- Annie Get Your Gun - Riverbank
- It's a Wonderful Life - Riverbank
The benefits of being a season ticket holder include flexible booking and exchanges, advance notice of special events during the season, and a free coffee or water at each show. *Valid for the 2019 season only. Good for one performance of each production in the season. Discount only offered through January 23, 2019.
Ring in the New Year with a smile. Comedians Kevin Kramis and Bill Hildebrandt will be in the Riverbank house with their hilarious brand of humor Dec. 31 at 9 pm. Beer and wine service will be available in the lobby. Call the box office for special rates on overnight and dinner packages with Inn on Water Street for an extra special New Year's Eve! Show only - $25 per ticket.
You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out Kid!
Our final production in the 2018 season is based off the classic 1983 movie, and comes to hilarious life in this contemporary musical with all the flash and flair of Broadway! A Christmas Story chronicles young and bespectacled Ralphie Parker as he schemes his way toward the holiday gift of his dreams, and an official Red Ryder® BB gun. An infamous leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a maniacal department store Santa, and a triple-dog dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the distractions that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas wish.
Book by Joseph Robinette, Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
A Comedy by Jeff Daniels.
When the Soady clan reunites for the opening day of deer season at the family's Upper Peninsula camp, 35-year-old Reuben Soady brings with him the infamous reputation of being the oldest Soady in the history of the Soadys never to bag a buck. In a hunting story to beat all hunting stories, ESCANABA IN DA MOONLIGHT spins a hilarious tale of humor, horror and heart as Reuben goes to any and all lengths to remove himself from the wrong end of the family record book. Meet the cast!
The same cast from Hometown Holiday: A Radio Show presents a night of Jazz in Manhattan Meets the Motor City. Transfer hits like Boy From New York City, Ray’s Rockhouse, and Tuxedo Junction will be featured, all accompanied by Trio Reenactment, who will also be presenting music from their latest release called Motor City Shakedown - jazz arrangements of tunes made popular by Michigan artists: MC5, White Stripes, Bob Seger, and Ted Nugent. It’s an event you won’t want to miss - two concerts for the price of one in a night of Jazz that will leave you wanting more!
Saturday, October 6 at 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Special Event Ticket Price: $20.00
Get your deerstalker cap on – the play’s afoot!
From the mastermind of mayhem, Ken Ludwig, comes a fast-paced comedy about everyone’s favorite detective solving his most notorious case. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson must crack the mystery of “The Hound of the Baskervilles” before a family curse dooms its newest heir. Cast List: Brian Wyzgowski (Sherlock Holmes), Samuel Wright (Dr. Watson), Eric Niece (Actor 1), Jeffrey Smyk (Actor 2), Katy Nelson (Actress 1)
Come out to see Riverbank Performing Arts Academy's Summer Theatre Camp students in 101 Dalmatians. They've been rehearsing all week to bring these lovable characters to life!
Based on the classic animated film, Disney's 101 Dalmatians KIDS is a fur-raising adventure featuring Cruella De Vil, Disney's most outrageous villain, and 101 of the most adorable heroes to set their paws onstage. With a high-spirited score and lovable characters, this stage adaptation is certain to charm and delight all audiences.
3 Showtimes: 1:00, 2:30 and 4:00 p.m.
All tickets: $5.00
Appearing at Riverbank Theatre
A Laugh-Filled Look at Friendship
Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids, and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina's Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other's lives.
A Comedy by James Hope Wooten
A Musical Spectacular!
Winner of 6 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie takes you back to the height of the Jazz Age in New York City, when "moderns," were bobbing their hair, raising their hemlines, entering the workforce and rewriting the rules of love. Filled with frisky flappers, dashing leading men and a dragon lady of a villainess that audiences will love to hate, this show is a perfectly constructed evening of madcap merriment.
Lyrics by Dick Scanlan. Music by Jeanine Tesori. Book by Richard Henry Morris and Dick Scanlan. VIEW THE CAST LIST!
Broadway Actor and Playwright, James Hindman, who brought Popcorn Falls to the Snug stage last year is back with What Doesn’t Kill You. Directed by two time Tony Award winner, Christian Borle, this play is about one man’s awakening after a near-death experience. The story involves a heart attack, an obsession with Cher and, oh yeah, a trip to a concentration camp. So yes, It’s a comedy!
Two strangers board a train at 4:30 a.m. She’s an organized, sensible psychologist. He’s a free-spirited, unemployed ad exec. During the eighty-minute ride, the two opposites attack each other’s values but at the same time are swayed and intrigued by them, and they each have serious life problems that the other helps solve. As the train ride ends, it’s obvious each of them has been changed for the better.
Presented by GEM Theatrics, the husband-and-wife acting team based out of Grand Rapids who brought My Dearest Friend, Love Letters, and Chapatti to the Snug stage.
Broadway is coming back to Water Street!
Remember the Broadway team that brought Popcorn Falls to our Snug stage last year? Well, James Hindman and Tom Souhrada are back to workshop the show for its New York debut and they are bringing their two-time Tony Award winning Director, Christian Borle, with them! Join us Memorial Day weekend for this benefit production - all proceeds will go to Riverbank Stage Festival & Performing Arts Academy.
Join in the fun as the two actors portray over 20 characters in this fast-paced comedy farce that celebrates small town can-do spirit!
Photo Gallery from the 2017 Production
A Celebration of the Human Spirit.
The haunting story of the great ship Titanic is transformed into a riveting musical by composer and lyricist Maury Yeston (Nine, Grand Hotel). With a book by Peter Stone, the tale weaves together the hopes and dreams of rich and poor, heroes and cowards, lovers and foes in a celebration of the human spirit.
The original Broadway production won five Tony Awards in 1997, including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, Best Orchestrations and Best Scenic Design. With its attention to detail and scope, Titanic is pleasing to both history buffs and musical lovers alike.
This Ensemble Version embraces the original Broadway production while using a smaller cast and live orchestra to explore the immensity of the disaster and the impact on the survivors and victims. Meet the Cast!
Deviled Eggs and Houseguests Stink after 3 Days...
The Nerd follows the hilarious dilemma of budding architect, Willum Cubbert, who is visited by a man he's never met, but who saved his life in Vietnam. Delight soon fades as it becomes apparent that Willum’s visitor is a hopeless “nerd” - a bumbling oaf with no social skills, little intelligence, and less tact who decides to outstay his welcome with a vengeance! Written by Larry Shue. Directed by Brittany Smith. Meet the Cast! Read the EncoreMichigan.com review!
Rescue chronicles over 150 years of lifesaving on the Great Lakes, featuring dramatic interviews, rare archival footage and captivating live storytelling by famous historian and shipwreck diver Ric Mixter. This program is set to a live soundtrack by Dan Hall, whose haunting ballads and contemporary style helped to sell out last year’s program, Storm. From the worst open-water disaster to the most celebrated lifesavers, Rescue is a concert for the entire family.
March 24 at 7:30 p.m. and March 25 at 3:00 p.m. at Riverbank Theatre
Oh the Thinks You Can Think!
The whimsical world of Dr. Seuss springs to life in this imagination-infused musical! Horton the Elephant discovers a dust speck is actually an entire planet, Gertrude McFuzz wishes she had a flashier feathered tail, and Jojo the Who thinks too many thinks. The Cat in the Hat is your magical master of ceremonies in this sensational smorgasbord of Seuss tales.
Music by Stephen Flaherty, Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, Book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.
Based on the works of Dr. Seuss.
Run time of 1 hour and 45 minutes, so you can get the kids to bed by 9:30!
Cat in the Hat - Xavier Bush
Jojo - Brian Martin and Connor Martin
Horton - Aaron Smith
Gertrude McFuzz- Brittany Smith
Mayzie LaBird- Amanda Rae Evans
Sour Kangaroo- Anita Newby
The Bird Girls- Cora Brown, Audrey Lovy, Luciana Piazza
Mayor - Zachary Parkhurst
Mrs. Mayor - Carrie Muesling
The Wickersham Brothers - Noah Carlson, Ian Francis, Mark Hinton
Judge Yertle the Turtle - Alan Collard
Jungle Creatures - Ethan Dunsmore, Autumn Lynch, and Diana Turner
Vlad Vladikoff - Alan Collard
The Whos - Eryn Collard, Madelyn Collard, Andy Hincherick, Luke Hincherick, Avery Martin, Sami Skrocki, Emma Terhune, Abi Turner, Hannah Turner
Read the EncoreMichigan.com review!
Naughty and Nice Collide at the Annual Christmas Pageant.
In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant are faced with casting the Herdman kids - probably the most inventively awful kids in history. None of the Herdmans have ever heard the Christmas story before, and their interpretation has everybody up in arms. But what results is the best (and most unusual) Christmas pageant ever seen!
By Barbara Robinson
Directed by Aaron Dennis Smith
Appearing at Riverbank Theatre | All tickets: $26.00
Beth Bradley - Grace Barker
Mother (Grace Bradley) - Tracey Larson
Father (Bob Bradley) - Brian Ross
Charlie Bradley - Gabriel Stephens
Alice Wendleken - Addison Berg
Ralph - Vincent Oldford
Imogene - Elissa Cyphers
Leroy - Vincent Schweihofer
Claude - Chris Larson
Ollie - Noah Ross
Gladys - Eryn Collard
Mrs. Armstrong - Erin Getzin
Mrs. McCarthy - Pat Francesconi
Mrs. Slocum - Heidi Jones
Mrs. Clark - Kim Bertolini
Reverend Hopkins - Alan Collard
Fireman - Patrick Phelan
Maxine - Elizabeth Angell
Elmer Hopkins - Michael Decker
Hobie - Dylan Davenport
David - Dane Kieninger
Doris - Isabella Giacona
Beverly - Madelyn Collard
Janet - Grace Marrs
Ramona - Molly Beaker
Shirley - Avery Martin
Juanita - Trinity Jones
Francis - Emma Terhune
Shepherds - Jacob Furtah, Isaac Cyphers
Baby Angels - Noah Phelan, Chloe Kieninger, Clara Ross
Generously Sponsored By
They're back! After a sold out run last year, The Michigan Caroling Company brings you the new 2017 version of their Hometown Holiday Christmas Radio Show. Filled with more songs, holiday quizzes, humor, and of course, audience participation. This year's version of the show is sure to have you laughing, guessing and singing along. Come join the fun and celebrate the season with us! It will definitely put you in the Holiday Spirit.
Check out one of last year's sponsor jingles featured in the show!
Come out and see the students from Riverbank Theatre Performing Arts Academy's Fall Musical Theatre Workshop in Magic Tree House: Pirates Past Noon! This 30-minute production is all about the adventures of two siblings, Jack and Annie, who go on an adventure to an exotic island with pirates. While there, the two discover the power of friendship and the simple pleasures in everyday life.
Saturday, November 11 at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
You'll laugh your moon off!
In this spectacular comedy, a husband and wife acting team struggle to perform two plays, Cyrano de Bergerac and Private Lives, while dealing with family crises and the possibility of a Hollywood director's visit. With a plethora of pratfalls, slamming doors, and backstage shenanigans, Moon over Buffalo is a fast-paced screwball comedy all audiences can enjoy!
By Ken Ludwig
Appearing at The Snug Theatre | All tickets: $26.00
Read the EncoreMichigan.com review!
Storm is one-part history lesson and one-part rock concert recounting the famous shipwrecks of the Great Lakes. The show fuses actual eyewitness interviews, spellbinding underwater video, and contemporary music that creates a unforgettable history lesson. Storm remembers the terrifying gales, and the survivals of sailors who were caught in the tempest. Over 300 years of exploration and navigation are unveiled to the audience, from French fur trading ships to modern cement boats that currently ply the lakes.
Ric Mixter hosts Storm, transporting the audience back to the age of sail and steam. Dan Hall provides the melody, with lyrics derived from historical accounts of survivors. Dan’s songs are as powerful as the massive modern freighters he heralds in “Thousand Foot Keel”, and his amazing voice provides requiem for those lost to the lakes.
Ric Mixter has been featured on the History and Discovery channels as an expert on Great Lakes storms. He has produced over 30 programs for PBS and tours the Midwest as one of the most popular shipwreck lecturers. Ric has visited over 100 shipwrecks, from German U-Boats to 150 year old schooners. He’s traveled thousands of miles to record wrecks in the ocean and on the lakes and he’s one of the few to actually visit the Edmund Fitzgerald.
Storm merges the unique on-stage personas of Hall and Mixter, utilizing a giant video screen to share archived imagery during the songs and stories.
With an estimated 5,000 shipwrecks on the lakes, Storm will always be a new experience. Ric says "Storm will be customized to the St. Clair River area, showcasing local history in addition to the big stories."
Learn more at http://www.lakefury.com/storm-tour/
Riverbank Theatre - $20.00
Saturday, October 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 8 at 3:00 p.m.