• the-rough-and-tumbleThe Rough and Tumble used to say they were from Nashville, TN.  That was before April 2015 when 5 year members Mallory Graham and Scott Tyler quit their day jobs, sold everything they owned, and gave their thirty day notice on their rental house to trade in for a life permanently on the road.  With their sixteen foot camper and their 97 pound dog, Butter, they have been touring nationwide.  Don’t let their vagabond tendencies fool you– this americana-folk duo are a compact team of close harmonies, versatile instrumentation, and deliberate songwriting all presented with a nudge of the elbow and a tongue in the cheek.  Haunting, quirky, solemn, and spritely, The Rough & Tumble are for the faint of heart and the strong of will.

    In 2011, the friends-turned-bandmates released their first EP, We Sing in Your House When You’re Not There… we even ordered pizza., an exploration of watching other people’s dogs while eating other people’s food.  Shortly after, the duo released their second EP, We Don’t Believe in Monsters, Anymore… but will you please check under our beds?, wherein the band discovered that they did, in fact, still believe in monsters.  In 2012, their third EP, For You, Now That You’re Married… and for me, too., generated a sudden foreshadowing for the band, still noted in history books as the time they knew everything they didn’t know.

    2013 proved to be a small miracle as The Rough & Tumble met their deadlines and wrote, recorded, and released two songs a month every month.  The result was The Rough & Tumble’s Holiday Awareness Campaign, a project that fought for the underprivileged, uncelebrated holidays in the calendar year.  While having fun with days like Meteor Day and Boxing Day, The R&T additionally observed the great sadness that can accompany great celebration with A Day for the Remembrance of the Souls of Lost Whales and Evaluate Your Life Day.

    In 2014, filmmaker friend Alyssa Pearson asked the duo to create a soundtrack for her upcoming film, Pieces and Pieces. Up for the challenge, the songwriters took on the task, tackling issues of PTSD, women’s rights, war, and the love in between.  While the film is still to be released, The Rough & Tumble released the seven songs, dually named Pieces and Pieces, on March 1, 2016.

    For more information on The Rough and Tumble, visit their website here.

    Click here to purchase tickets! $12.50. Black Box. General admission seating. 7:30 p.m. Tables can be reserved with the purchase of eight tickets. Call the Dogwood to reserve yours at 231-924-8885!

    Dogwood Box Office hours are Tuesday - Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and two hours prior to an event. For more information please contact Dogwood Box Office at 231.924.8885. You may also purchase tickets from the Dogwood Center Facebook page!

    Tickets may also be purchased at the NCCA-Artsplace in downtown Fremont. Hours are Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. For more information please contact NCCA-Artsplace at 231.924.4022.

  • midsummernightsdream2The Dogwood Summer Youth Theatre will present the classic story, A Mid Summer Night’s Dream!

    William Shakespeare’s most popular comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, portrays the adventures of four young lovers and a group of amateur actors, their interactions with woodland fairies and a duke and duchess. Taking place in a mythical Athens and an enchanted forest, there is a handsome fairy king, a misguided parent, star-crossed lovers, a weaver who’s transformed into a half-donkey, wood sprites and elves. This work is widely performed around the world, and no wonder - it’s about the world’s most popular pastime, falling in love. But as Puck knows, falling in love can make fools of us all.

    The Dogwood Summer Youth Theater will be directed again this summer by Chelsea Webb.

    The performance dates for A Midsummer Night’s Dream are Friday and Saturday, July 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. each evening. Free admission. Donations accepted at the door to support Dogwood programs. Main Stage. General admission seating.

    For more information please contact the Dogwood Center at 231.924.8885.

  • sytsummernightThe Dogwood Summer Youth Theater will present the classic story, A Midsummer Night’s Dream!

    William Shakespeare’s most popular comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, portrays the adventures of four young lovers and a group of amateur actors, their interactions with woodland fairies and a duke and duchess. Taking place in a mythical Athens and an enchanted forest, there is a handsome fairy king, a misguided parent, star-crossed lovers, a weaver who’s transformed into a half-donkey, wood sprites and elves. This work is widely performed around the world, and no wonder - it’s about the world’s most popular pastime, falling in love. But as Puck knows, falling in love can make fools of us all.

    The Dogwood Summer Youth Theater will be directed again this summer by Chelsea Webb.

    The performance dates for A Midsummer Night’s Dream are Friday and Saturday, July 28 and 29, at 7:30 p.m. each evening. Main Stage. General Admission Seating. Doors for seating open at 7:00 p.m. Free admission. Donations will be accepted at the door for Dogwood Programming.

    For more information please contact the Dogwood Center at 231.924.8885.

    Auditions were held at the Dogwood Center for kids ages 12 and up on Saturday, May 13 and Monday, May 15.

  • reutherRick Reuther’s show Rags to Riches is a loving tribute to the music and life of singer Tony Bennett. As performed by vocalist Reuther with pianist/arranger Tom Hagen heading the band, the show highlights Bennett’s iconic performances from his earliest days through today, as the 90 year old singer is still bringing audiences to their feet. The set list includes many of his classics like Rags to Riches, Because of You, The Shadow of Your Smile and the enduring I Left My Heart in San Francisco. It also includes some of the lesser known musical gems that Bennett had such a knack for discovering and making his own.

    The show is backed by a talent packed ensemble including Tom Hagen on keys, Bassist Elgin Vines, Drummer/Vocalist Cherie Lynn, sax man Mike Lutley and percussionist Kevin Jones. With swinging moments and those that will move you to tears, this show is a wonderful tribute to the guy Frank Sinatra once said has “the best pipes in town”.

    Click here to purchase tickets! $12.50. Black Box. General admission seating. 7:30 p.m. Tables can be reserved with the purchase of eight tickets. Call the Dogwood to reserve yours at 231-924-8885!

    Dogwood Box Office hours are Tuesday - Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and two hours prior to an event. For more information please contact Dogwood Box Office at 231.924.8885. You may also purchase tickets from the Dogwood Center Facebook page!

    Tickets may also be purchased at the NCCA-Artsplace in downtown Fremont. Hours are Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. For more information please contact NCCA-Artsplace at 231.924.4022.

  • johnballzooHave an up-close encounter with live zoo animals at the Dogwood! John Ball Zoo instructors will present “Michigan Wildlife” and “Animal Adaptations” in the Black Box on Saturday, August 19 at 3:00 p.m.! This program will be limited to 40 people so pre-registration is suggested.

    “Michigan Wildlife” explores the wild side of Michigan. Participants will learn about the animals that might be right in their own backyard! “Animal Adaptations” will give an up close look at the amazing physical and behavioral adaptations animals use to survive in the wild! Don’t miss this great opportunity to meet a few animals and have an educational and fun afternoon!

    The recommended age range for this event is 5-10 years old. An emergency phone number is required upon registration. This program will conclude at approximately 4:30 p.m.

    Click here to purchase tickets! $8. Limit 40 participants. Black Box. 3:00 p.m.

    Dogwood Box Office hours are Tuesday - Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and two hours prior to an event. For more information please contact Dogwood Box Office at 231.924.8885. You may also purchase tickets from the Dogwood Center Facebook page!

    Tickets may also be purchased at the NCCA-Artsplace in downtown Fremont. Hours are Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. For more information please contact NCCA-Artsplace at 231.924.4022.

  • sc_cure_for_the_common_1200x12003-700x7001The Second City, Chicago’s legendary sketch and improv comedy theater, brings “The Cure for the Common Comedy” on Saturday, September 9 to the Dogwood Center Main Stage at 7:30 p.m.

    Edgy, thought-provoking and always spectacularly funny, The Second City is celebrating nearly six decades of producing cutting-edge satirical revues and launching the careers of generation after generation of comedy’s best and brightest.  See the stars of tomorrow performing all-new material to help you laugh your way into the fall season!

    The Second City is known for producing the premiere comic talent in the industry.  From Mike Myers to Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert to Tina Fey - The Second City imprint is felt across every entertainment medium.

    This performance may be inappropriate for younger audience members.  You must be 17 years or older, or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to attend this event.

    Tickets available soon! $20.00. Main Stage. General admission seating. 7:30 p.m. Call the Dogwood to reserve yours at 231-924-8885!

    Dogwood Box Office hours are Tuesday - Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and two hours prior to an event. For more information please contact Dogwood Box Office at 231.924.8885. You may also purchase tickets from the Dogwood Center Facebook page!

    Tickets may also be purchased at the NCCA-Artsplace in downtown Fremont. Hours are Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. For more information please contact NCCA-Artsplace at 231.924.4022.