Jun 10

“To Kill A Mockingbird” Opens Friday

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Cutler Brothers Productions in Deer Lodge will produce Harper Lee’s classic drama “To Kill a Mockingbird” at their theatre this June. “To Kill a Mockingbird” is the second show of the Cutler Brother’s 2015 summer theatre season. The theatre family decided to produce the intense drama after “Of Mice and Men” proved to be a crowd favorite in 2014.

“To Kill a Mockingbird” takes place in 1935 in Maycomb, Alabama. It is the dramatic story of Atticus Finch (Kelly Cutler), a southern defense attorney, and his two children Scout (Taylor Stevenson) and Jem (Ben Logan). Atticus is faced with the challenge of defending Tom Robinson (Marquis Archuleta) who is a black man being accused of attacking Mayella Ewell (Sarah Tilley), a white woman. Atticus not only goes to head with Mayella’s father Bob Ewell (Cody Root) but he lacks support from the entire county of Maycomb. Needless to say Mr. Finch loses the case to Maycomb’s prosecutor Mr. Gilmer (Jim Cameron) and the story continues to unravel in the most mysterious and heart wrenching ways.

Other cast members include Scott Grazier as the Judge, Alex Becker as Dill, Candice O’Brien as Miss Stephanie, and Rex Kendall as the infamous Boo Radley, the character most commonly attributed to the likes of Robert Duvall. Butte’s very own Cheri Taylor will play Mrs. Dubose and Anaconda’s Gwen Walker will make an appearance as the Reverend. Gwen was last seen on the Cutler stage in “Of Thee I Sing” back in 2008. Cutler Brother’s theatre intern Heather Bach will play Calpurnia and Carrissa Lund will play the motherly Miss Maudie.

The play version of “To Kill a Mockingbird” is very similar to what audiences have seen on the big screen. Some characters are adapted and others are deleted but the meat and potatoes are all still prevalent. The show’s director, Kelly Cutler, said “To Kill a Mockingbird is so much more real on the live stage than on the screen, folks will feel the emotion.” He concluded, “Everyone deserves to see this play. It speaks to so many problems we are dealing with even in today’s society.”

“To Kill a Mockingbird” will run at the Cutler Theatre from June 12th – June 28th, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $15 general admission and may be pre-reserved at Cutler Bros. Box Office (406) 846-4096. For more information visit cutlerbros.com.

May 26

Mary Poppins Kicks Off Summer Season 2015

Mary-Poppins Kicks Off Summer Season 2015

 

A friend invited me to a production of Mary Poppins, at the Cutler Brothers Theatre in Deer Lodge. Expecting to be stiff (I have very long legs), sore (theatre seats can be uncomfortable) and possibly bored (what entertained me at five may not cut it today), I packed a bottle of Excedrin into my purse before journeying over the mountain from Helena to Deer Lodge. My worries subsided when I entered the theatre and was immediately struck with a sense of old world, ambience.

This sense of place and time was hastened by the age old ritual of listening to the orchestra warm up. The orchestra was one of the first clues that I was in for an experience beyond my expectations of a mildly entertaining play put on by a small town community theater group. They proved to be a genius ensemble of various instruments, played by local and symphony musicians. Their music evoked a panoply of emotions that took my heart on a journey through the streets of London in centuries past.

A Step in Time, one of my favorite scenes, filled the theatre with gypsy rhythms and counter tiempos, foot stomping, audience clapping, chimney sweepers and harmonization that, virtually, erupted in a crowd pleasing joy. At other times Celtic sounds embodied feelings of tenderness and the meaning of family, love, honorable work, and the difference between the value and worth of a six pence. The Cutler Brothers production of Mary Poppins is overwhelming. The unexpected creativity is magical as the audience is transported to an indescribable place. Picture Brigadoon, set in London, England, chock full of magical stage illusions that left me needing Mary Poppins’ admonition to young Michael Banks, “Close your mouth, you are not a codfish!” You may want to pack a few Kleenex, as tears may flow, not from sadness but from your heart exploding as you experience something magnificent with all your senses! Think of times when you had “a spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings.”

That is the wave the play takes you on. (I was reminded of little Oksana Bayul, the 16 year old Ukranian orphan who skated her heart out in Lillihammer and won the Olympic Gold medal, or that feeling you get when you see the school marching band play their hearts out on the Fourth of July.) I am not affiliated with the theater in any way, but feel I must get this secret out. Treat yourself to an amazing journey and see Mary Poppins Friday and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday Matinees at 2:00 p.m. Call: (406) 846-4096 for reservations, as the shows sell out quickly.

 

Sincerely,

Lisa Swanson

May 26

Rising Star Academy Summer Theatre Camp 2015

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Cutler Brothers Productions of Deer Lodge and Rising Star Academy will jointly produce the theatre’s 2015 Summer Theatre Camp for children ages 2nd grade – 8th grade.

This will be the production company’s fifth theater camp for youth. The camp begins Monday, June 8, and runs through Friday, June 19, with all classes being conducted at Cutler Brothers Theatre.

Cutler Brothers strives for the best in its camp counselors bringing in talents from all over the state including University of Montana theatre students, actors seen on Fort Peck and MCT stages, as well as favorites to the local stage. This year’s counselors include Cody Root, a University of Montana acting major who was last seen as the character of Bert in Cutler Brother’s “Mary Poppins.”

Campers can expect to learn stage craft, singing, comedy, dance, and much more as they produce their own musical in Disney’s “The Aristocats – Kids.” “The Aristocats” brings all facets of theatre into one dancing-singing-comedic bundle.

Theatre Camp will run Mondays to Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Campers will need to pack a lunch each day.

Performances of “The Aristocats” will take place Thursday, June 18, at 7 p.m. and Saturday June 20 at 2 p.m.

The cost is $200 fee per camper and a limited amount of scholarships are available.

To register 406-846-4096 or show up at 9:30 a.m. on the initial Monday of camp. Details: cutlerbros.com.

Apr 13

Western Montana Comedy Show Hits Cutler Bros. Theater

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Cutler Brothers Productions in Deer Lodge will host the Western Montana Comedy Show on Friday, April 17th at 9:00 pm. The show will take place at Cutler Bros. Theatre on Main Street and a no-host bar will be available prior to and after the comedy show.

Comedians from all over the state will grace the Cutler Brother’s stage and deliver their well-polished stand-up comedy routines which have been rehearsed all over the Midwest and in Canada. Comedians include Montana’s very own Zack Jarvis, Rochelle Cote and Nico Rivera as well as California native Matthew Cuddleup Kettlehake. The evening will be hosted by Missoula’s very own Brian Kuntz.

“I’ve seen most of these guys perform once or twice before,” said Cutler Brother’s owner Kelly Cutler. “They really have some comedy chops and I see them quickly making their way up the stand-up food chain.”

Tickets for the Western Montana Comedy Show are $10 and may be purchased at the door or reserved by calling the Cutler Brother’s Box Office at (406) 846-4096. For more information visit cutlerbros.com.

Feb 09

Valentine’s Day Comedy Night 28!

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Cutler Bros. Productions will give their gift of laughter this Valentine’s Day as they present their 28th Comedy Night in the series on February 14th at 9:00 pm. This will be the Cutler Bros.’ 4th Valentine’s Day performance in a row as the theater plans to make the lover’s holiday an annual event such as their Christmas Comedy Night.

The Valentine’s Day Comedy Night takes on the normal form of the Cutler Brother’s comedy show. It is styled like that of Saturday Night Live and the sketches focus primarily on stories of the heart. Skits this Valentine’s Day include spoofs on “Friday the 13th,” “The Feral King,” and “Old Boyfriends.” Kelly Cutler and Zane Cozby will revive their roles from the hit drama “Of Mice and Men” which they performed in June of last year.

Other cast members include Butte’s own Carin Sullivan, Matthew Cutler, Rex Kendall, Jim and Theresa Cameron, Jim Tilley, Jenn Logan, Annmarie Downey, Martin Reap, Tina Saville, and Kyle Gillette. Hosting the evening’s events will be Deer Lodge assistant football coach Corey Freeman. “It’s crazy to see the behind the scenes stuff after attending comedy night for years,” said Freeman. “The cast comes in, laughs like crazy, and then rehearsal is over,” he added.

The Valentine’s Day Comedy Night will be Cutler Bros. grand reopening. The production company has undergone a major rearranging and the theater looks completely different. “We encourage people to come check out our new facility on Valentine’s Day,” said the show’s director Kelly Cutler. He added, “We’ve made a lot of changes to make our performances more enjoyable and comfortable for our audiences.”

Tickets for Cutler Bros. Valentine’s Day show are $15 and may be purchased at the door or by calling Muriuh’s restaurant at 846-4181. Tickets may also be reserved by calling Cutler Bros. Box Office at 846-3543. The Valentine’s show will take place at Cutler Bros. Theater in Deer Lodge. For more information please visit cutlerbros.com.

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