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40 years and counting

January 15, 2008 - Diane Speer
The folks at Thunder Bay Theatre aren’t making too big of a deal about it, but this year marks the theater’s 40th anniversary. Comedies, murder-mysteries, dramas and musicals — over the past 40 years, TBT has done it all. Originally started in 1967 when Alpena Community College began a Thunder Bay Summer Theatre program with Keith Titus as producer, TBT was established 10 years later as a non-profit corporation. It hasn’t always been easy from a financial standpoint. There were times when TBT’s board of directors considered closing the doors, but one way or another, always managed to stay open. Today, TBT remains a vibrant cultural gem unique to a community of its size. In order to keep on keeping on, the theater relies on financial support from local community residents and businesses, but also on attendance to its shows — which is, after all, its whole purpose for being. Artistic Director Mark Butterfuss, along with TBT’s board, has lined up a fun spring 2008 season. Things kick off next week with a murder mystery, “The Politics of Murder” (Jan. 24-Feb. 9). Other shows are Neil Simon’s comedy, “Rumors” (Feb. 21-March 8); another comedy called “Moonlight & Magnolias” about the making of the movie, “Gone With the Wind” (March 13-29); and the two-person musical, “Always...Patsy Cline” (April 3-26). You can show your support of this long-standing arts organization by attending one or all of these upcoming productions! Call the box office at 354-2267.


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