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The story of us

About Us

Established in 1985.

Muskegon Civic Theatre is a consolidation of the former Civic Opera Association, Port City Playhouse and Muskegon Youth Theatre. The combined history of these theatre groups has spanned decades of service in the greater Muskegon area. Our predecessors include the Little Theatre of Muskegon and the Greater Muskegon Civic Theatre in addition to our named parent organizations. We are governed by a Board of Directors, and we operate under an approved set of Bylaws, policies and procedures.

Muskegon Civic Theatre is the only community theatre in Muskegon County.

Our organization utilizes volunteers in all aspects of the performing arts. During the course of a production season, we utilize the contributions of up to 350 volunteers, which equates to approximately 30,000 hours of volunteer time. For every actor that you see on stage, there are numerous technicians behind the scenes supporting them!

We are always seeking people who want to experience the joy of community theatre. Please feel free to visit our volunteer page or call: (231)722.3852

Our History

Community theatre in Muskegon – a Heritage of 76 Years! Muskegon Civic Theatre, since 1985 and still going strong!

1935-1940

 

Little Theatre of Muskegon

1950-1958

 

Greater Muskegon Civic Theatre

In August 1950, a church building on Sanford Street was purchased by the Greater Muskegon Civic Theatre and became the home for its productions.

1951-1983

Civic Opera Association

Civic Opera Association was founded in 1961, when it opened with a production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Mikado,” COA concentrated on musicals, most of them expansive. The company performed in a variety of venues, including the Central Campus auditorium at Muskegon High School and the Michigan theater which would become the Frauenthal.

1961-1983

 

Port City Playhouse

Port City Playhouse got rolling in 1961 in an old church building (the former Greater Muskegon Civic Theatre) on Sanford Street, across the street from where the Muskegon High School Big Reds play football at Hackley Stadium. Starting with a production of playwright Noel Coward’s ghostly comedy of manners, “Blithe Spirit,” Port City Playhouse operated until 1983.

1981-1984

 

Muskegon Youth Theatre

Established by Janet Smith as a division of Civic Opera Association

1985 and Still Going Strong!

 

Muskegon Civic Theatre

Formed in 1985, MCT is a merger of three former Muskegon entities: Port City Playhouse, Civic Opera Association and Muskegon Youth Theater.  MCT’s inaugural show was “The Man Who Came to Dinner,”

 

Each of these organizations has brought its own heritage and talent to many area stages and to many community audiences over the years. They have improved and contributed to the quality of life in Muskegon.

April 1985, marked the beginning of a new era for community theatre in Muskegon. The merger of Civic Opera Association, Port City Playhouse, and Muskegon Youth Theater produced a stronger, more viable theatre organization, Muskegon Civic Theatre.

MCT’s inaugural production was The Man Who Came to Dinner by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, presented on the Frauenthal Theater Stage. Our large musical productions continue to appear on the Frauenthal stage, our smaller productions appear in the Beardsley Theater, and in January 2010, we introduced a black box theater setting.

Muskegon Civic Theatre is a registered 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, is governed by a Board of Directors and operates under an approved set of Bylaws, policies, and procedures.

MCT Show History

Most of MCT’s shows are performed at the Beardsley Theater MCT’s largest productions and Black Box productions are mounted inside the
Frauenthal Theater itself.

1985-1986

The Man Who Came to Dinner

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat

A Streetcar Named Desire

Androcles and the Lion

You Can’t Take It with You

1986-1987

My Fair Lady

Li’l Red

Bus Stop

Jesus Christ Superstar

1987-1988

Babes in Arms

Tintypes

Crimes of the Heart

Tissue*

West Side Story

1988-1989

Silver Linings*

Shenandoah

The Diary of Anne Frank

The Real Inspector Hound

Purlie

1989-1990

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

Arsenic and Old Lace

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

The Gin Game

1990-1991

Barnum

Steel Magnolias

Inherit the Wind

Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?

1991-1992

The Boys Next Door*

The 1940’s Radio Hour

Harvey

Driving Miss Daisy

Bubbling Brown Sugar

1992-1993

Tomfoolery

Rumors

Love Letters*

On Borrowed Time

Oklahoma!

1993-1994

The Taffetas

Twelve Angry Men

Run for Your Wife

Oliver!

1994-1995

Forever Plaid

The Cemetery Club

A Raisin in the Sun

Guys and Dolls

1995-1996

Taking My Turn

Out of Order

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Rags

1996-1997

Rodgers & Hart

Wait Until Dark

Fences

Damn Yankees

1997-1998

Look Homeward, Angel

Leader of the Pack

Born Yesterday

The Music Man

1998-1999

Moon Over Buffalo

Two by Two

Do Not Go Gentle

Li’l Abner

1999-2000

Plaza Suite

Ain’t Misbehavin’

Anne of the Thousand Days

Jesus Christ Superstar

2000-2001

Sylvia

Tapestry

A Few Good Men

Kiss Me, Kate

2001-2002

They’re Playing Our Song

Marvin’s Room

Miss Evers’ Boys

Annie Get Your Gun

2002-2003

Quilters

Inspecting Carol

Anatomy of a Murder

Peter Pan

2003-2004

G.I. Jukebox

The Foreigner

To Kill a Mockingbird

The King and I

2004-2005

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change

Angel Street

Beau Jest

Gypsy

2005-2006

Sophisticated Ladies

Art*

The Diary of Anne Frank (Kesselman)

Blithe Spirit

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

2006-2007

Chapter Two

Seussical

The Miracle Worker

Brigadoon

2007-2008

Crowns

Chicks & Ducks (The Duck Variations)*

The Last Night of Ballyhoo

Deathtrap

The Wizard of Oz

2008-2009

Noises Off

Side by Side by Sondheim

The Lion in Winter

Thoroughly Modern Millie

2009-2010

Social Security

Nuncrackers

Rabbit Hole*

Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution

The Sound of Music

2010-2011

Something’s Afoot

The Dining Room

Always…Patsy Cline*

The Piano Lesson

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat

2011-2012

Hairspray

Doubt

Proof*

Lend Me a Tenor

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

2012-2013

Dial M for Murder

Forever Plaid presents Plaid Tidings

Leaving Iowa

Crimes of the Heart

The Music Man

2013-2014

The Great American Trailer Park Musical

The Game’s Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays

Time Stands Still*

The Dixie Swim Club

Legally Blonde the Musical

2014-2015

            Working

            A Christmas Story

            Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks*

            Other Desert Cities

            Peter Pan

2015-2016

            Moonlight and Magnolias

            Accomplice

            The Fantasticks

            To Kill a Mockingbird

            Into the Woods

2016-2017

            A Murder is Announced

            Hands on a Hardbody

            The Drawer Boy

            I Hate Hamlet

            Mary Poppins

2017-2018

My Way

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Guys on Ice

A Rasin in the Sun

Monty Python’s Spamalot

Port City Playhouse & Civic Opera Association Show History

These productions either took place at Port City Playhouse (now the MCT Scene Shop), at Muskegon High School, or at the Frauenthal Theater.

Port City Playhouse

Port City Playhouse got rolling in 1961 in an old church building (the former Greater Muskegon Civic Theatre) on Sanford Street, across the street from where the Muskegon High School Big Reds play football at Hackley Stadium. Starting with a production of playwright Noel Coward’s ghostly comedy of manners, “Blithe Spirit,” Port City Playhouse operated until 1983.

1961

Blithe Spirit

 

1964

Death of a Salesman

Come Blow Your Horn

Under The Gaslight

The Bad Seed

Little Women

 

1965

Auntie Mame

No Time for Sergeants

Life With Father

 

1966

Mary, Mary

Family Portrait

Once Upon A Mattress

Oliver!

Night is My Enemy

 

1967

A Streetcar Named Desire

Barefoot

The Odd Couple

 

1968

A Man for All Seasons

Gypsy

Amhal and the Night Visitors

 

1969

Never Too Late

Love Rides the Rails

A Girl Could Get Lucky

Snow White

Don’t Drink the Water

The Chalk Garden

 

1970

Apple Tree

Macbeth

Cactus Flower

Impossible Years

Wait Until Dark

 

1971

The Hobbit

Ten Little Indians

Hello, Dolly!

Girl

Charlie’s Aunt

Plaza

Child’s Play

 

1972

Spofford

Forty Carats

You Know I Can’t Hear You When The Water’s Running

My Daughter, Your Son

 

1973

Babes In Arms

Butterflies Are Free

The Robe

Stop the World

Dames at Sea

Little Women

Goodbye Charlie

See How They Run

 

1974

The Unsinkable Molly Brown

I Never Sang for My Father

Lily, the Felon’s Daughter

Arsenic and Old Lace

You Can’t Take It With You

 

1975

Beauty and the Beast

Kiss Me, Kate

Dracula

The Man Who Came to Dinner

Blazing Guns at Roaring Gulch

Everybody Loves Opal

Who Killed Santa Claus

 

1976

Guys and Dolls

Girls in 509

Prisoner

The Mouse That Roars

Pools Paradise

Night Watch

 

1977

Funny Girl

Anastasia

Sunshine Boys

Norman, Is That You?

Last of the Red Hot Lovers

Silver Whistle

 

1978

Applause

Cat

I Do, I Do

 

1979

Family Portrait

The Wizard of Oz

Cuckoo

No Sex Please; We’re British

 

1980

Annie Get Your Gun

Runner

Vanities

Biggest Their in Town

 

1981

Carnival

Invitation to a Murder

Roomies

Two by Two

On Golden Pond

 

1982

Dames At Sea

Love Rides the Rails (or Will the Mail Train Run Tonight)

 

1983

The Odd Couple

Civic Opera Association

Civic Opera Association was founded in 1961, when it opened with a production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Mikado,” COA concentrated on musicals, most of them expansive. The company performed in a variety of venues, including the Central Campus auditorium at Muskegon High School and the Michigan theater which would become the Frauenthal.

 

1951

The Mikado

The Red Mill

 

1952

The Chocolate Soldier

 

1953

Sweethearts

 

1954

Rose Marie

 

1955

Kiss Me, Kate

Festival of Comedies

 

1956

Carousel

Festival of Comedies

Smokey Mountain

 

1957

Annie Get Your Gun

HMS Pinafore

 

1958

The King and I

Damn Yankees

 

1959

Showboat

Guys and Dolls

 

1960

Desert Song

South Pacific

 

1961

Naughty Marietta

Oklahoma!

 

1962

Where’s Charlie?

The Music Man

 

1963

Little Mary Sunshine

The Student Prince

 

1964

Wonderful Town

Of Thee I Sing

 

1965

My Fair Lady

The Sound of Music

 

1966

Camelot

How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

 

1967

Brigadoon

Half a Sixpence

 

1968

Most Happy Fella

Finigan’s Rainbow

 

1969

Kismet

Flower Drum Song

 

1970

Mame

Oliver!

 

1971

Hello, Dolly!

West Side Story

 

1972

Fiddler on the Roof

Cabaret

 

1973

Man of La Mancha

Promises, Promises

 

1974

Carousel

No, No, Nanette

 

1975

The King and I

Sugar

 

1976

1776

There’s No Business Like Showbusiness

Gypsy

 

1977

The Merry Widow

Fiddler on the Roof

The Sound of Music

 

1978

South Pacific

The Best of COA

New Moon

Amahl and the Night Visitors

 

1979

The Wizard of Oz

The Best of COA Past Present Future

Showboat

 

1980

The Unsinkable Molly Brown

The Pajama Game

Broadway Memories

 

1981

Camelot

Gifts of Broadway

The Music Man

 

1982

Kismet

Double Feature

Can Can

 

1983

Chicago

Grease

Amahl and the Night Visitors

 

1984

A Little Night Music

Annie

Theatre Staff

Muskegon Civic Theatre is the only full-time, non-profit, community theater organization in Muskegon, Oceana, and Ottawa counties with local support and resident participation. We are always looking for people who want to experience the joy of community theatre!

Jason Bertoia

Jason Bertoia

Managing Director

 

Kirk Wahamaki

Kirk Wahamaki

Artistic Director

 

Lauren Mixter

Lauren Mixter

Administrator of Education

Theatre Board

 Andrew Zahrt

Andrew Zahrt

President

 

Carol Moore

Carol Moore

Vice President

 

Heidi Sunderhaft Christiansen

Heidi Sunderhaft Christiansen

Board Member

 

William Iddings

William Iddings

Secretary

 

Lieschen Montgomery

Lieschen Montgomery

Board Member

 

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