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    The Dogwood Summer Youth Theater will present “A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream” on July 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. both evenings. The Dogwood Summer Youth Theater is directed again this summer by Chelsea Webb and involves area youth in all facets of the production.

    “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is a comedy written by William Shakespeare. It portrays the events surrounding the adventures of characters who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set. The play is one of Shakespeare’s most popular works for the stage and is widely performed across the world.

    The production has 32 Newaygo County youth participating in the show.  This program is funded in part by the Fremont Area Community Foundation and Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

    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.

  • monsterpieceCalling all Monsters! If you’re between the ages of 8-13, you are invited to invade the Dogwood Center for the Performing Arts!

    “Monsterpiece Theater” is a fun filled youth theater program where you’ll learn skills in acting, mime, juggling, acrobatics and very cool backlight illusions. Local performer Mat Emerick is the director…or “monster maker” as he likes to call it. An open call will be held at the Dogwood on Tuesday, August 29 from 6:00 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. with weekly Tuesday night practices after that. The program concludes with a very funny, family friendly Halloween show on Saturday, October 28. No blood or gore, “Monsterpiece Theater” is a masterpiece of spooky, kooky skits and music!

    Free admission. Please call the Dogwood Center Box Office with any questions at 231.924.8885.

  • 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.

    Click here to purchase tickets! $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.

  • generalassemblyThe General Assembly was formed in the fall of 1971 by a group of musicians from the Ludington area . The players enjoyed the sounds of the big bands and wanted to regularly play the music long associated with such names as Basie, Kenton, Herman, Miller, the Dorseys, and others. Since that time the band has performed throughout Michigan, from the Detroit area to Traverse City, while receiving requests for appearances from as far away as San Francisco. Audiences have responded with “The best in the Midwest”, “Great performance”, “We should have had a dance floor”, and “Our audience insists you come back next year.”

    Many of the band members have been employed outside the field of music. A partial list of occupations includes doctors, dairy farmers, teachers, the operator of an automobile recycling center, an attorney, and a college president. While most of these performers are not full time musicians, they all have extensive training and experience. Some are professionals who have settled down to a steadier life but continue to play for their love of the music. As musicians have left throughout the years replacements have come from a continuously larger area, with some traveling over 100 miles one way to rehearse with the group on a regular basis.

    The director of The General Assembly is its lead trombonist, Tom Sheppardson, who holds Bachelor and Masters degrees in music education and has an extensive performance background, ranging from Dixieland jazz to the symphony orchestra. He has performed with such notables as Louis Armstrong, Max Roach, The Temptations, Bobby Vinton, Henry Mancini, Peter Nero, and many others.

    While many groups advertise the “big band sound,” The General Assembly is not just a combo playing old songs. It is a full 17 piece orchestra with female vocalist performing the best of the old and new in music for dancing and listening.

    Tickets on sale soon. Main Stage. General Admission Seating. 7:30 p.m.

    Dogwood Box Office Hours are Tuesday-Friday 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.

    Tickets may also be purchased at 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 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.. For more information please contact the NCCA-Artsplace at 231.924.4022.