STAGE-M dinner theatre tickets on sale
BIG RAPIDS — Among many talented arts groups participating in the Festival of the Arts this year, STAGE-M will perform “Return to the Forbidden Planet” as a dinner theater event.
The production, a rock ‘n’ roll musical, is based on the 1950s science fiction film “The Forbidden Planet,” and on Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” Along with a chicken carbonara, pork tenderloin or vegetable lasagna dinner, it will feature a cash bar.
“It’s really fun. It has a lot of music from the ’50s and ’60s eras and it’s kind of sci-fi,” said STAGE-M member and publicity coordinator Jeanene Westgate. “It reminds me of Star Trek a little bit.”
Directed by Jim Rumpf, “Return to the Forbidden Planet,” will be performed as part of the Big Rapids Festival of the Arts at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18, Friday, Feb. 19 and Saturday, Feb. 20, and at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 21, at CK’s Place, 11515 Northland Drive.
“We picked this show because it’s fun, lighthearted and our director has wanted to do this performance for a while,” Westgate added.
The play also is a milestone for three specific STAGE-M actors. It will be the first time family members Deb, Sarah and Andy Kirby share the stage. Deb’s granddaughter, Addy, also will be a part of the show helping with special effects.
“I couldn’t be prouder or more excited,” said Deb. “Although I’ve personally been involved in community theater in Canadian Lakes for almost 20 years, it’s so much fun to actually work beside my children in this show and see their talents unfold.”
She said she is enjoying preparing for the show alongside her fellow space cadets, Sarah and Allison LeVeque, who dance and sing “doo-wop” style background vocals through the musical.
“I think people will find that the biggest draw to this show is the music,” Deb added. “It’s all from the ’50s and ’60s, so the audience will know every song and enjoy how it plays out with the storyline.”
Tickets for the production are $30 for adults and $23 for students for non-members. For members, tickets are $15. They are on sale until Friday, Feb. 12, and are available at Patterson’s Flowers, Great Lakes Books and Supply, The Old Pioneer Store and Emporium, and by calling (231) 592-8499.