Cast of The Velveteen Rabbit 2019


The cast of The Velveteen Rabbit. The Playhouse will host auditions for the Summer Theatre Festival and Youth Theatre.

WHITEHALL – The Playhouse at White Lake has announced one of its longest and most varied Summer Theatre Festivals of the past decade.

On July 9, The Playhouse will open to in-person entertainment without any public event restrictions for a full, eight-weeks of entertainment. Every weekend between July 9- Aug. 29, the Summer Theatre Festival will offer high-quality performances on the Playhouse stage, in-person and without mask or distancing requirements.

Opening with a weekend of comedy and mystery from Central Michigan University, The Playhouse offers laughter with “Summer Shorts’’ and amazement by the world- renowned Philip Huber Marionette’s “Suspended Animation.”

Avid theatre lovers will appreciate the challenge and intrigue of the critically-acclaimed White Rabbit Red Rabbit, featuring a different actor each night, and those who love history and humor will find it all with the First Ladies of Tea for Three: Lady Bird, Pat and Betty.

Finally, the hit musical The Last Five Years ingeniously chronicles the five-year life of a marriage, from meeting to break-up and from break-up to meeting. This modern musical play will be staged by Muskegon born, now New York City-based Artistic Director Isaac Bush and tickets are already going quickly for this sure-to-sell-out-show.

Along with the annual White Lake Youth Theatre production in late July comes an additional Theatre for Young Audiences with If Only the Lonely Were Home & The Least Lonely Sing-Along Ever, which encourages families to dress in their jammies, bring lovies and blankets and prepare for a one-act play inside before a sing-along outdoors in the courtyard.

Acting auditions for that production will be Tuesday and Thursday, June 1 & 3, from 4-5:30 p.m. and are open to all youth actors ages six-18, with priority placement for the younger students.

In addition to extending their traditional season length, the Playhouse is adding a matinee, to many performances to allow patrons the chance to leave their evenings free for traditional summer activities. Discounted flex-pass season tickets and individual tickets are available at

For more information on White Lake Youth Theatre opportunities and audition processes, join the Playhouse mailing list at its website, or e-mail Arts Education Director Cindy Beth Davis-Dykema at Production details, dates, and tickets can be found at the Playhouse website, or by following on Facebook and Instagram.

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