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.

May 19

Rising Star Academy Theatre Camp Sign-ups

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Rising Star Academy Theatre Camp
Grades 3rd – 9th
Two week day camp
Registration 3:00 June 3rd at Cutler Bros. Theatre
Followed by FREE pizza party and movie screening of Bye Bye Birdie Tuition includes T-shirts and FREE admission to Damn Yankees musical at Cutler Bros. Theatre. Picnic and Pool party!
Final Showcase Musical: Two performances of “Bye Bye Birdie”

Click Here to Download Application

2106 Rising Stars Academy Brochure

Call 846-4096 for any questions

Apr 21

On Golden Pond kicks off the Summer Season

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“On Golden Pond,” the Hepburn and Fonda beloved classic, will kick off the Cutler Brother’s 2016 summer theatre season on Friday, April 29th in Deer Lodge. The stage version of this well-known story was written by Ernest Thompson and opened its first Broadway production on February 28th, 1979 at the New Apollo Theatre. It won several Drama Desk Awards as well as a Tony in the category of Best Actress.

“On Golden Pond” follows Ethel and Norman Thayer Jr., an elderly couple who insist they are “middle-aged,” at their rustic summer cabin on Golden Pond. The sarcastic and quick-witted duo have been married for 48 years and their exploits are like clockwork. When the Thayer’s favorite postal worker Charlie comes to their doorstep by boat they are overjoyed to reunite. Charlie’s cheery and nervous personality quickly erodes to melancholy nature when he hears the news that the Thayer’s forty two year old daughter Chelsea is engaged to her new boyfriend Bill. Chelsea has been Charlie’s crush since they were in middle school.

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The adventures at Golden Pond continue when Chelsea and Bill show up and reveal that they brought a guest with them; Bill’s smart-mouthed, “midget” son Billy Ray. When Chelsea asks her elderly parents if they will watch the rebel 13-year old for a month, Norman is understandably reserved. Despite the initial reaction from Norman, the incongruent couple become good friends and even better fishing buddies.

“On Golden Pond” is a sentimental roller coaster throughout. Embedded in the Thayer sarcasm are the deep sub plots of a daughter beckoning her father’s approval and a 79-year old man that feels useless through his own self-pity. Kyle Gillette, a recognizable face to the Deer Lodge stage, plays Norman Thayer Jr. while Cutler Bros. rookie Sally Bridgham takes on the demanding role of Ethel. Rounding out the cast are Deer Lodge favorites Jenn Logan as Chelsea, Jim Tilley as Bill, and Stuart Jewell as Charlie. Dane Thompson, an 8th grader at EF Duvall in Deer Lodge, will show his cool side as Billy Ray.

Cutler Brothers Productions will present “On Golden Pond” Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm, April 29th – May 8th. Tickets are $15-$20 and reservations are recommended, especially on the Mother’s Day performance. Reservations may be made by calling the Box Office at (406) 846-4096 or at cutlerbros.com.

Mar 29

Lukas Seely April Fool’s Day Show

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April Fool’s Day, this Friday April 1st, Cutler Brothers Productions will host Los Angeles-based comedian Lukas Seely and friends on their Deer Lodge stage. Seely performed on the Cutler Bros. stage nearly two years ago and is returning by popular demand. The stand-up comedy show will begin at 8:00 pm.

Lukas Seely started comedy back in his hometown of Billings, MT before relocating to Seattle, WA in 2004. Lukas soon became a crowd favorite in the Seattle Comedy scene and had since moved to Los Angeles, California where he regularly performs at The Hollywood Improv, The Comedy Store and many other venues.

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Seely was nominated as an Emerging Comic in the New York Underground Comedy Festival and recently opened for Bill Burr on the “Billy Red State Tour.” Lukas has also worked with such names as Dane Cook, Damon Wayans, Russell Peters, Sarah Silverman, Ron White, Greg Giraldo, and Daniel Tosh to name a few. Most recently Lukas performed as the Goofy Weather Man during the 49rs official 2015 NFL season.

The April Fool’s Day comedy show will note the 6th time Cutler Bros. Productions have produced live stand-up comedians from across the nation. The company has since brought to town “Comedy Central’s” Kevin Shea, New York-based comedian Thomas Dale, several contestants from the “Big Sky Comedy Festival,” and Theo Vonn, who currently has his own “Netflix” special. Accompanying Mr. Seely for the April 1st show will be Will Thomas and Phillip Tilley.

Tickets to the April Fool’s Day comedy show are $15 and may be reserved by calling the Cutler Bros. Box Office at (406) 846-4096 or may be purchased at the door. For more information call the number above or visit cutlerbros.com.

Mar 10

St. Patrick’s Day Comedy Night

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Cutler Brothers Productions of Deer Lodge will present their first ever St. Paddy’s Day comedy sketch show on Thursday, March 17th at 7:00 pm. The comedy show will be in the brother’s usual SNL-styled sketch format with St. Patrick-themed skits, a special guest host, and a musical guest.

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Hosting the St. Paddy’s comedy performance will be Deer Lodge native Freddy Grunhuvd. Freddy is only the 5th female to host a Cutler Brother’s Comedy Night in the past 13 years. The comedy night core cast remains relatively the same with the addition of former hosts Ron Snow and Kyler Noll. Both men are making their 2nd debut on the Comedy Night stage.

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Sketches for St. Paddy’s Day will be appropriately themed towards the holiday. Audience members will be entertained by Jim G. Tilley in a skit titled “The Leprechaun.” Another sketch called “Pinch for a Pinch” explores the long running St. Patrick’s tradition of pinching those not wearing the color green.

 

 

Other sketches for this 1st time performance include a spoof on Loony Tunes, an out of hand Inspirational Speaker, and a true-life exaggeration of buying a car at Dee Motors of Anaconda.

“We’ve always talked about doing a Comedy Night on St. Patrick’s Day,” said the show’s cofounder Kelly Cutler. He added, “It’s a fun holiday and that is the intention of Comedy Night. Fun.” Long time cast member and Montana State Prison employee Jim Cameron also spoke, “The Cutler Brothers said they’d do the show if 10 or more cast members jumped on board. Nearly every single one of us did. We enjoy bringing laughter to people.”
The St. Paddy’s Day Comedy Show will take place at Cutler Bros. Theatre in Deer Lodge. Tickets are $20 and include two drink tokens. Advanced reservations are highly recommended and may be made by calling the Cutler Bros. Box Office at (406) 846-4096. Visit cutlerbros.com for more information.

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