TBT company, shows lined up for fall season

The return of numerous performers and production team members from seasons past bodes well for the fall at Thunder Bay Theatre. With three shows on the playbill, the TBT company is hard at work getting ready for next week’s opening of “Songs for a New World.”

According to TBT Artistic Director Jeffrey Mindock, this fall’s full company includes seven performers, three administrators and six production team members.

“Our entire production staff are names and faces that the community will remember,” Mindock said. “We have returning performers in Adrian Rochelle, Erica Werner, Corey Keller, Travis Welch and Ben Ford, so lots of familiar faces.”

Mindock is pleased that so many talented people are opting to return to TBT for additional seasons.

“We are starting to build that network of artists who feel Alpena is a second home,” he said. “We want to reward and embrace them for the commitment they have made to Alpena and Thunder Bay Theatre.”

This year has turned out to be a very positive one for the theater, which celebrates its 50th anniversary today with a special event at Art in the Loft. During this year, TBT not only continued to stage high quality shows, but it also posted positive numbers in terms of the bottom line and reintroduced a highly successful touring educational program to area schools.

“The year 2017 had the potential to be an organization changing year for us, and it has certainly been that with the introduction of the spring educational tour,” Mindock said. “Thunder Bay Theatre had its first fiscally positive season in a decade, and each show of the summer season, including our Late Night Cabarets, over sold our projections.”

He said with those successes, the theater is poised to end 2017 on a high note and continue forward with its planned growth and development.

“The organization is in a place we haven’t been in for a very long time,” he said.

The fall season opens with “Songs for a New World,” a musical written in the 1990s and set on the deck of a ship. At the end of October, TBT turns to Shakespeare with a unique twist on “Hamlet.” The season ends with a TBT-Alpena High School Masquers Club collaboration on the classic, “Meet Me in St. Louis.” Dates for the three shows are:

“Songs for a New World” – Sept. 29-Oct. 15

∫ William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” – Oct. 27-Nov. 12

“Meet Me in St. Louis” – Nov. 24-Dec. 10

Mindock is enthused about the fall season, although he noted that not all the selections are as well known as in seasons past. Still, he hopes that won’t keep patrons away.

“The shows we’ve chosen for this fall season are not as familiar as some shows in the recent past, but they are just as exciting and worth putting on your calendar,” he said.

For information on season passes or individual tickets, call the TBT box office at 354-2267. Additional information also is available at the theater website, www.thundertheatre.com.