Oct 04

Creepshow Returns…and Promises to Be the Scariest in Montana!


The Cutler Brother’s Creepshow is back for its 5th year and it promises to be the scariest yet! This year’s Creepshow is themed around the idea of “The Purge.” All crime is legal for one day a year and the audience will find themselves stuck in that day. The show will be formatted as a stage show as well as a haunted house with an interactive feel.

Audience members will be introduced to the story of “The Purge” and hurled into the chaos as they are stalked and chased by murderers, drug addicts, and far worse criminals. All shows will take place at the Cutler Brother’s Theatre in Deer Lodge from October 27th – Halloween night. Three shows will take place each evening at 7:00 pm, 8:30 pm, and 10:00 pm. Reservations will only be taken at the door the night of each Purge and plenty of space is available as the Creepshow can “purge” up to 125 individuals at a time. The show lasts approximately 40 minutes.

Creepshow began in 2012 when the Cutler brothers decided to put on an October-scare fest. The first two years took place at the brother’s theatre with the themes of an insane asylum and then a nuclear waste spill. In 2014 the production company moved their annual Creepshow to the Old Montana Prison. The Creepshow employed the scare-tactics of nearly 40 individuals and while at the Old Prison the themes consisted of Killer Clowns and last year’s infamous cannibalistic tribe with hints of “The Green Inferno.”

“Moving back to the theatre has its perks and its upside,” said the show’s director Kelly Cutler. He added, “It’s a smaller space which allows us to have more control and a lot of people don’t know about some of our nooks and crannies like the theatre’s basement. Plus we can heat the whole facility.”

Matthew Cutler, this year’s author of the Creepshow, stated, “It’s going to be a lot different from year’s past. It’s half a stage show and half a haunted house.” Jim K. Tilley, long time Cutler brother actor, added, “After the initial meetings for this year’s show I left with chills. They have some really amazing ideas to entertain people this October.” Matthew Cutler concluded, “We thought “The Purge” would be a good theme since this is an actual election year and everybody can relate.”

Creepshow tickets are $10 for general admission and $15 for front row seats which comes with a free Cutler Brother’s Creepshow T-shirt. Tickets will be sold out of the brother’s theatre up to ½ hour prior to show time on the nights of the show. Audience members are asked to leave cell phones and electronic devices outside the theatre and to come with an open mind ready to be chilled.

Sep 14

Live Comedy at Cutler Bros. in September


Live Comedy in the month of September will be presented by Cutler Brothers Productions in Deer Lodge every Friday evening beginning at 8:00 pm. The Cutler Brother’s improv team “Das Froot” will kick the comedy month off this Friday, September 16th followed by the roast of Deer Lodge native and CPA Michael Blakeley next Friday, September 23rd. The September comedy month will end on the 30th with another round of “Das Froot” improvisation.

“Das Froot” is the brainchild of Cutler Brothers Productions and has been performing together for over eight years. The team consists of anywhere between four and twelve members and they have performed for numerous events across Montana including Chamber of Commerce banquets, the PO National Convention, the Museum and Arts Foundation dinner, and countless comedy festivals. The “Das Froot” resume spans from church functions to late night bar comedy.

Two members of the “Das Froot” improv team have studied improvisational comedy in the subject’s capital of Chicago. Kelly Cutler attended the 2nd City Training Center and was accepted into notorious school’s Conservatory. The 2nd City Conservatory has seen the likes of Steve Carrell, Tina Fey, Amy Poeler, Chris Farley, Tim Meadows, and countless others who have also played on Saturday Night Live. The other “Das Froot” member with Chicago credits is Kyle Gillette. Gillette attended Chicago’s other notorious comedy school Improv Olympic in the 90’s.

“Das Froot” improv takes on the Chicago-styled long form of improv but also mixes in the gamey “Whose Line is it Anyway” short form. The troupe performs games and scenes that are one hundred percent made-up on the spot in front of their audiences based off the audience suggestions. This style of improv is ubiquitous to the Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles comedy scenes.

The comedy tour’s 2nd Friday in Deer Lodge will place local CPA Michael Blakeley on the hot seat. The “Das Froot” improv team and friends of Blakeley will roast the tax man as well as each other. Members of the roast panel include mayor Zane Cozby, journalist Rex Kendall, Matt and Kelly Cutler, Jim Cameron, Tina Saville, and city councilmen Terry Jennings and Kyler Noel. Roasts are a Comedy Central staple and Blakeley’s roast will be the Cutler Brother’s 8th of all time.

Tickets to the September comedy nights are $7 for the improv shows on the 16th and 30th and $10 for the Roast of Michael Blakeley on the 23rd. All shows begin at 8:00 pm and tickets will be available for purchase at the door at Cutler Bros. Theatre in Deer Lodge. For further questions, info, or directions visit cutlerbros.com or call the box office at (406) 846-4096. A no-host bar and concessions will be available for all performances.

Aug 10

Comedy Night 33 Slated for Friday, August 19th


As “Jesus Christ Superstar” prepares for its final weekend run in Deer Lodge, Cutler Bros. Productions have begun rehearsals for the final show of 2016 in Comedy Night 33. The entertainment company generally produces three or four of the SNL-styled comedy shows per year and their summer rendition will commence on Friday, August 19th at 8:00 pm.

Comedy Night is a Deer Lodge staple that began in 2003 and has run successfully now for fourteen years. The show consists of a special guest host, who in the past has seen the likes of Deer Lodge mayors, doctors, and bankers, an array of comedic sketches, and a musical guest. Comedy Night is given a PG-13 rating by Cutler Bros. Productions and takes on the structure and themes of Saturday Night Live in New York.

The 33rd Comedy Night’s guest host will be Deer Lodge native and past city figurehead Daryle Barton. “I’ve seen multiple Comedy Nights and I love them,” stated Barton. Barton, who is married and is the father of two high school daughters, went on to show his support for the Deer Lodge production company and their valiant efforts to bring tourism and quality entertainment to the small town.

Comedy Night 33 will see several familiar faces in the cast including Kelly and Matt Cutler, Jim and Theresa Cameron, Zane Cozby, Stuart Jewell, Kyler Noel, Kyle Gillette, Rex Kendall, Jenn Logan, Tina Saville, and Annmarie Downey. Anaconda-native and the voice of Butte-radio Carin Sullivan will also join the cast. Dane Thompson, the young actor going into his freshman year of high school at PCHS, will make his Comedy Night debut after the writers realized they needed a youthful face in the cast.

Sketches for this comedy night will poke fun at several current events and themes. Skits include spoofs on the summer Olympics and “Gladiator,” a sketch about “What Men Actually Think,” a basketball coach that only gives pep talks stolen from famous movies, and much more including the beloved Comedy Night News. The musical guest will be 7th Passing who are currently concluding their work on “Jesus Christ Superstar.”

Comedy Night 33 will take place on the Cutler Bros. Main Stage in Deer Lodge. Tickets are $10 – $15 and reservations are highly recommended to be made at (406) 846-4096. For more information call the number or visit cutlerbros.com.

Jul 25

Jesus Christ Superstar Opens Friday


The final production of the Cutler Brother’s 2016 summer theatre season, “Jesus Christ Superstar,” will run on the brother’s main stage in Deer Lodge July 29th through August 14th. “Jesus Christ Superstar” is a rock opera written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. Webber has many other explosive credits including “Phantom of the Opera” and “Cats.”

“Jesus Christ Superstar” is a rock concert meshed with a Broadway musical that tells the story of the Passion through the eyes of Judas Iscariot (Mattthew Cutler). Throughout the play Judas attempts to warn Jesus (Blake Erickson) about the risks of preaching out against the Sanhedrin and the high priest’s dogma. High priest Caiaphas (Candace O’Brien) and high priest Annas (Josh Pentland) look to put an end to Jesus’ discourse as he begins to draw more and more followers and attention. Jesus’ biggest supporters include Simon Peter (Marquis Archuleta) and Mary Magdalene (Tiana Albery).

As the play rocks on Jesus is placed under the microscope of ridicule and is eventually arrested under the counts of blasphemy and treachery by the temple guards. He is brought before the high priests before being sent to the next in line to Caesar, Pontius Pilate (Kelly Cutler). All the while Jesus’ mother Mary (Muriah Alexander Buck) watches with impending anxiety the beating and eventual crucifixion of her son.

“Jesus Christ Superstar” is a 1970’s rock opera that is sung-through with no spoken dialogue. The play has heavy and dark themes not recommended for young children and the weak of stomach. Many films have been made implementing the musical’s soundtrack and the play opened on Broadway on October 12th of 1971 directed by Tom O’Horgan.

The rock opera is supplemented with an eight-piece orchestra including electric guitars, synthesizers, violins, and an extensive drum set. “The orchestra is phenomenal,” said the show’s director Kelly Cutler. He went on, “I would recommend everyone to learn a little about the Passion before attending the show and expect a roller coaster ride of emotions and a rock concert feel.”

The rock opera plays in Deer Lodge on Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 pm and Sunday afternoons at 2:00 pm for the next three weeks. Reservations are highly recommended as the theatre space is limited and they may be made by calling the box office at (406) 846-4096. For questions, directions, or more information call the number above or visit cutlerbros.com. Tickets are $15 for the evening showings and $20 for the Sunday matinees.

Jul 07

Noises Off Opens this Friday


Michael Frayn’s zany, backwards, and upside down 3 act comedy “Noises Off” will continue the Cutler Brother’s Summer Theatre Season in Deer Lodge beginning this Friday, July 8th. “Noises Off” was written by Frayn in 1982 after he attended a Broadway play and found the backstage antics more entertaining than what was actually happening on stage. The show recently opened again on Broadway last December at the American Airlines Theatre in New York.

“Noises Off” is exactly as the title suggests; a play about putting on a play and what actually happens behind the scenes. Act One takes the audience through the Weston Super Mare dress rehearsal where Lloyd the director (Kelly Cutler) is manically trying to keep his acting staff focused. Garry (Zane Cozby) wastes everybody’s time by asking bizarre questions while his stage lover Brooke (Annmarie Downey) can’t seem to keep her contacts in her eyes.


By the time two other actors, Freddy (Stuart Jewell) and Belinda (Carin Sullivan), make their stage entrances the dress rehearsal has seen several miscues, blood, and broken set doors which are fixed by the set designer Tim (Marquis Archuleta). The drama intensifies when the cast realizes that Garry and an older actress named Dotty (Cheri Taylor) have a “thing” together and the stage manager Poppy (Tina Saville) tries to explain to Lloyd the director that she is pregnant with his baby. To top it all off the company’s veteran actor Selsdon (Kyle Gillette) is drunk at rehearsal.

The play continues through Act Two where the audience is taken on a sneak peak of what “behind the scenes” of theatre truly looks like. The entire set is flipped and the craziness continues to ensue. By the time Act Three rolls around the cast relationships are tarnished and little effort goes into the performance. Selsdon continues to drink but this time with the entire cast joining him. The set falls apart and the cast blames it all on their director.



Kelly Cutler, the company’s actual director, said “My brother and I saw Noises Off earlier this year in New York City. And then again when Carroll College put it on.” He continued, “As soon as I saw the first scene I knew it was something our audiences would love. We have some solid comedians here and they can pull off crazy.”

“Noises Off” runs July 8th – 24th with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $15 – $20 and may be purchased by calling the Cutler Bros. Box Office at (406) 846-4096 or at cutlerbros.com. All showings of “Noises Off” will be on the Cutler Brother’s Main Stage at 301 Main in Deer Lodge.

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