Summer Theatre Festival closing with a bunch of bits

WHITEHALL — Audiences will have plenty to choose from when the 2018 Howmet Playhouse Summer Theatre Festival closes with a selection of short comedies and dramas.
“Summer Shorts,” which will run at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16-18 at Whitehall High School, 3100 White Lake Drive, will offer 11 different plays at each performance:
• “Closing Costs”
• “There’s No Here, Here”
• “Dissonance”l
• “Life Time”
• “Rules of Comedy”
• “Asking for It”
• “The Appointment”
• “You Have Arrived”
• “Arabian Nights”
• “Life Comes to the Old Maid”
• “Happy”
“Summer Shorts” has a quartet of directors: Erin Mickelson (“The Appointment” and “Dissonance”), Justin Sternburgh (“Life Time,” “Rules of Comedy” and “Arabian Nights”) , Sarah Sternburgh (“There’s No Here, Here,” “You Have Arrived” and “Life Comes to the Old Maid”) and Diane Van Wesep (“Closing Costs,” “Asking for It” and “Happy”).
Mickelson, the Sternburghs and Van Wesep also will appear in several of the plays they are not directing. In addition, actors Dave Riegler and Mike Hassett will each perform in four of the shows.
This season’s festival has been mounted at Whitehall High School instead of Howmet Playhouse, 304 S. Mears in downtown Whitehall.
The reason is that the 102-year-old playhouse is undergoing a $3.7-million renovation. The playhouse is scheduled to reopen this fall.
The 2018 productions are not being presented in a traditional proscenium setting, a configuration in which the action is on stage and audiences are seated in the auditorium in front of the stage.
Instead, the shows are staged in the Black Box format: Audiences and performers both are on the stage, with patrons seated on three sides of the acting area. Seating capacity varies from 150-160. Howmet Playhouse seats around 400.
“Summer Shorts” is being sponsored by Carmichael Heating & Air Conditioning. The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs has been a sponsor for the entire season.
Tickets for “Summer Shorts” are $21 for adults and $17 for students.
They are on sale at Whitehall City Hall, by calling (231) 894-4048; and online at howmetplayhouse.org



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