24-25 Season MainStage Passes available only from the Box Office starting July 16
Individual tickets on sale online and from the Box Office starting August 13

2022-2023

Our 62nd season ran from September 2022 to June 2023. More photos are here.

Performances

Murder on the Orient Express 2022

Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks, and by morning it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed eight times, his door locked from the inside. Famous detective Hercule Poirot is called upon to investigate the murder...
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The SpongeBob Musical

SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their undersea world. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes center stage.

Performed November 18 to December 10, 2022
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Clue: High School Edition

It's a dark and stormy night, and you've been invited to a very unusual dinner party. Each of the guests has an alias, the butler offers a variety of weapons, and the host is, well . . . dead. So whodunnit? Join the iconic oddballs known as Scarlet, Plum, White, Green, Peacock, and Mustard as they race to find the murderer in Boddy Manor before the body count stacks up. Based on the cult classic film and the popular board game, Clue is a madcap comedy that will keep you guessing until the final twist.

Performances: January 20 & 21 at 7pm and January 21 & 22 at 2pm
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The Laramie Project

The Laramie Project is a breathtaking collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable.

Performances are February 3 to 18, 2023.
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Remembering Patsy Cline

Judy Harrison, along with high-energy band ReBooted, will bring you on a beautiful and informative walk through the rise and success of one of America’s iconic music legends – Patsy Cline.

SPECIAL PERFORMANCE: February 19, 2023
Curtain Time 3 pm
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Cry It Out

By Molly Smith Metzler
Two moms agree to meet for coffee during naptime in the sweet spot behind their adjoining yards where both their baby monitors get reception, and a fast friendship is born.

PERFORMANCES: March 10, 11, 12**, 16, 17, 18
Performances are at 7:30 pm and **2 pm for Matinees

This performance will be held at the Grand Traverse Event Center, 738 S. Garfield Ave. in Traverse City.
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Screwballs & Suspense

Old Town Playhouse’s Senior Reader’s Theatre - Aged To Perfection presents an evening of laughter and menace…but mostly laughter.
Performances March 17, 18, 19, 2023.
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Disney's Frozen Kids

Join Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Sven, and all of your favorite characters as they embark on an epic, ice-filled journey of self-discovery, camaraderie, and the real meaning of true love. This program packs a lot in one week! Just like our hugely popular Summer One Week Intensive Camp, students rehearse the musical Disney’s Frozen, KIDS with minimal sets and costumes. Monday, March 27 - Friday, March 31 from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, the week of TCAPS spring break, with performances at 2 & 5 pm on April 1.

Registration opens January 1, 2023
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The Play That Goes Wrong

Welcome to opening night of the Cornley University Drama Society’s newest production, The Murder at Haversham Manor, where things are quickly going from bad to utterly disastrous....

Performances are April 7 to 22, 2023.
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Something Rotten

When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. Be true to thine own self and experience this outrageous, crowd-pleasing musical farce...

Performances are May 12 to June 3, 2023.
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Schoolhouse Rock Live! JR

Tom Mizer, a new teacher, wakes up and prepares for his first day of school by practicing what he is going to say to his students. As he struggles to find the right way to introduce himself, Tom is shocked when the characters in the TV show Schoolhouse Rocky begin talking directly to him. Join Tom and the cast of Schoolhouse Rocky as they navigate the excitement and struggles of the first day of school.

Performances: June 15, 16, 17 at 7pm & June 17 at 2pm
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Gala 2023

An Enchanted Evening at the City Opera House
Join us for a wonderful evening to support the Old Town Playhouse!
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Gala 2023 Encore

Our Less Formal Fund Raiser
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Disney's Newsies JR

A musical packed with non-stop thrills and a timeless message perfect for the whole family.
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Holiday Cabaret

This yuletide take on our popular Broadway Showstoppers features songs from the season in a fun, dance-filled, musical revue. Featuring our advanced students and presented on the OTP Mainstage, Holiday Cabaret is sure to fill you with the joy of the season.

Performed: December 15, 16, 17 at 7pm & December 17 at 2pm, 2022
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Faces Off

An evening of enthralling dramatic and comic proportions

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News

Afterglow

Thank you to all who attended the 2022 OTP Black and White Gala!
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OTP Celebrates National Arts in Education Week!

Kicking off National Arts in Education Week with a shout out to our Old Town Playhouse Young Company program!
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Murder on the Orient Express opens September 23, 2022

Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks, and by morning it is one passenger fewer. Can the famous detective Hercule Poirot figure out the culprit?
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Year End Newsletter 2022

Like many organizations, we enjoy looking back at our accomplishments and milestones as we reach the end of the calendar year. First, we want to express our gratitude to you – our sponsors, our patrons, our volunteers, and our partners. We are a true community theatre, and we couldn’t do it without you!
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Traverse City Record Eagle Article

From the Traverse City Record Eagle
December 23, 2022
Phil Murphy: Our senses explain why theater captivates us
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Congratulations to the cast of Cry It Out!

We are thrilled to announce the cast of the Pop Up Studio Theatre show Cry It Out!
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Congratulations to the cast of The Play That Goes Wrong!

Come watch this cast (literally) bring the house down!
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OTP Volunteer Table Podcast

Join us at our virtual table for a discussion with Terri Heffron, the Director of The Laramie Project.
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Cast List Announced for Something Rotten!

Party like it's the 1590s with this hilarious musical farce!
Congratulations to this talented cast!
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OTP Presents Cry It Out

Old Town Playhouse Pop Up Studio Theatre presents Cry It Out by Molly Smith Metzler.
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OTP's ATP Presents: Screwballs & Suspense

Old Town Playhouse’s Senior Reader’s Theatre - Aged To Perfection presents an evening of laughter and menace…but mostly laughter.
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Old Town Playhouse : Young Company will hold auditions for School House Rock Live! Jr.

We are looking for young talent to audition for School House Rock Live! Jr.
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The 2023/24 Season Announcement - Drumroll Please!

Three musicals and two plays make up the OTP MainStage season next year.
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Embrace hilarity with a couple of OTP plays

Enjoy the latest Traverse City Record Eagle column by OTP Artistic Directory, Phil Murphy
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