Aug 10

Comedy Night 33 Slated for Friday, August 19th

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

Jun 15

Funny Stalk Official Premiere Scheduled for June 18th

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The new Cutler Bros. Productions comedy website Funny Stalk will be officially launched during Territorial Days on Saturday, June 18th.  Cutler Bros. Theatre will be hosting an all-day open house displaying the latest works from the comedy channel, including several clips from the LA Comedy Fest film nominee “The Cottonwood City Project” and the latest comedic sensation “The Adventures of Pete and Kit” which is the first comedy of its kind!  There will also be a live stream of the territorial days parade, and many other events throughout the day.

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“Funny Stalk was created as avenue for us to distribute our films and multimedia productions directly to our audience instead of waiting to go through the festivals and standard distribution routes,” stated co-founder Kelly Cutler.

“We’ve now completed 4 full-length feature films the past 10 years, worked different festivals, negotiated with different distributors, talked to several different agents, and have learned through these experiences that the best method is to have our content immediately available to our audience instead of having it sit on a shelf waiting for a major distribution deal that will take forever and probably never happen,” said executive producer Patrick Cutler.

“Thinking one of our independent films would somehow get a good distribution deal was always one big pipe dream, while Funny Stalk IS the pipe that will stream all our content out to the masses,” exclaimed Matthew Cutler, visionary editor and cinematographer.

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“Oh it’s gonna be so cool.  Some of these videos we’re doing are so funny, there’s just nothing like it out there right now,” re-hashed Jameson Tilley, longtime veteran Cutler Bros. actor and stalwart of the Montana theatrical scene.

“Back in December, when the film was completed (The Adventures of Pete and Kit) I said two words to these guys:  YouTube Now,” said Rex Kendall, lead star of Funny Stalk’s latest comedy.

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“We’re looking at a revival of our reality series Theater Impossible, bringing back some of our old classic comedies we created as kids, weekly new genre material based on current events, we have a lot of stuff in the works right now, it’s gonna great when we’re fully up and running,” Kelly Cutler said.

“By January, I expect us to have more views than Funny or Die…that’s where I’m setting the bar,” re-iterated Patrick Cutler.

“Life’s a stage you know, and you’re either on it or not….and I just thank god every day for Cutler Bros. Productions, otherwise I’d probably be dead right now,” said an emotional Jameson Tilley.

“I don’t know if this is going to be good or not, but I just told them, when you’re done, clean it up!” stated a fired-up Al Cutler.

Jun 02

Damn Yankees Set to Hit the Stage!

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“Damn Yankees,” the Bob Fosse-infused dance musical, will bring a new meaning to 1950’s American baseball on the Cutler Bros. stage in Deer Lodge this coming June. “Damn Yankees” is a musical comedy with book by George Abbott and Douglass Wallop and music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross. The story is a modern retelling of the Faust legend set during the 1950s in Washington, D.C., during a time when the New York Yankees dominated Major League Baseball.

The musical begins with old Joe Boyd (Rex Kendall) screaming at the television set as his beloved Washington Senators are once again about to lose. His humble wife, Meg (Marin Sewell), stands idly by sewing and talking to herself. Once Meg is far from earshot Joe is presented with a proposition from Mr. Applegate (Timiki Salinas), who happens to be the devil. Joe agrees to put his soul on the line for a chance to play for the Washington Senators and is instantly transformed into 22-year old baseball phenome Joe Hardy (Blake Erickson).

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Young Joe is presented with many obstacles including making the team with Coach Van Buren (Kyle Gillette) and becoming homesick for his wife who believes he has “gone away on business.” To distract Young Joe from his wife Mr. Appelgate provides him with the seductress Lola (Mariann Cameron). Her key job is to sidetrack Joe until midnight on the twenty fourth of September when his soul becomes the property of Mr. Applegate. Luckily Joe had implemented an “escape clause” and dodges eternal damnation in the nick of time as he runs home to his wife.

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“Damn Yankees” is the 2nd show of the Cutler Brother’s 2016 Summer Theatre Season and runs Fridays – Sundays, June 10th – July 3rd. Several University of Montana vocal and dance majors will take parts in the show including Marin Sewell, Annmarie Downey, and Marquis Archuleta. Timiki Salinas joins the Montana cast from Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh where he studies theatre. Brent Volf, who currently teaches in eastern Montana and has performed in New York and Italy, will take the task of musical director for the show. Volf will be complimented with an eight piece orchestra coming from all corners of the state.

Friday and Saturday performances of “Damn Yankees” begin at 7:30 pm and tickets are $15. Sunday matinees begin at 2:00 pm and tickets are $20. For reservations, questions, or directions call the box office at (406) 846-4096 or visit cutlerbros.com.

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