Saugatuck Center for the Arts welcomes back live theatre this summer… outdoors! BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair) for three fabulous Mason Street Warehouse productions performed on our renovated and refreshed outdoor plaza stage. That means more green space, more fun with friends, and more world-class entertainment. So, grab a drink from the bar and settle in for an evening of breezes off the river and sunset-streaked skies.
Live performance has long been a staple of the Saugatuck-Douglas art scene. The SCA is proud to lead the way and safely support this vibrant and important part of our community.
“Last summer’s outdoor concerts and films were a fantastic dress rehearsal for this summer,” said SCA Executive Director Kristin Armstrong. “So we converted our parking lot into a flexible, multi-purpose plaza. We’re now able to host theatre, concerts, markets, classes, special events – and still park on it when needed. Guests will have a fresher, much lovelier experience in the reimagined space.”
SCA Artistic Director Kurt Stamm said the ongoing COVID situation pushed SCA leadership to get creative outdoors again this summer. “Public health constraints are continually evolving and, while we hope it gets more and more open throughout the summer, by planning outdoor events we have maximum flexibility to safely serve the most guests.”
Rather than traditional auditions in New York City and Chicago, this year, actors auditioned for Stamm virtually, with more than 3,000 actors submitting. “The pandemic has been incredibly difficult for professional actors — most haven’t worked in more than a year,” Stamm said. “We had incredible talent to choose from for these productions and it’s exciting to bring them to Saugatuck this summer!”
Stamm noted that the outdoor plaza stage is smaller than the indoor theater stage which has limited cast sizes, but not the scope and energy of performances. This year guests will see original sets, unique lighting design, and bold costumes during all of the shows. What’s more, live musicians will accompany the musical productions.
Without further ado – (drum roll, please) – we present the 2021 Mason Street Warehouse season!
SHOUT! THE MOD MUSICAL
June 30, July 1, 2, 4, 7, 8, 9, 11
Tickets $50 advanced / $53 day-of
With its irresistible blend of hip-swiveling hits, fabulous fashions, and outrageous dance moves, SHOUT! The Mod Musical takes you back to the tunes, fashion, and freedom that made the 1960’s swing! This smashing revue follows five young women as they come of age and find their voice during the liberating days that made household names of Petula Clark, Dusty Springfield, and Lulu.
“SHOUT! sings you back to the mod years” (The New York Times) where the skirts were shorter and the boots were taller.
Featuring the hits “To Sir with Love,” “Downtown,” “Son of a Preacher Man,” “Goldfinger,” and many more, SHOUT! Will have you shimmying and shaking on it’s non-stop journey through the infectious, soulful pop anthems and ballads that became the soundtrack for a generation.
DIXIE’S TUPPERWARE PARTY
July 21, 22, 23, 25, 28, 29, 30, August 1
Tickets $50 advanced / $53 day-of
This hilarious off-Broadway smash returns with America’s favorite Tupperware lady in an all new show that’s sassier than ever. Featuring Dixie Longate, the fast-talking, gum-chewing, ginger-haired Alabama gal who is bringing your grandma’s Tupperware party out of the living room and into the 21st century.
You’ll howl with laughter as Dixie shares outrageously funny tales, homespun wisdom, audience participation (socially-distanced and masked, of course), and uses for Tupperware that you never thought possible.
“I was laughing too hard to breathe!” (Los Angeles Times)
“This is not your Grandmother’s Tupperware Party!” (The Today Show)
For anyone who has ever felt like they don’t matter, Dixie’s Tupperware Party is a Southern tale of empowerment that leaves your heart a little bigger and your food a little fresher.
JUST TOO BIG! SONGS FROM BROADWAY BLOCKBUSTERS
August 11, 12, 13, 15, 18, 19, 20, 22
Tickets $50 advanced / $53 day-of
When it comes to Broadway shows, size matters … because musicals like Miss Saigon, Hairspray, Les Misérables, Dear Evan Hansen, Wicked, Come From Away are, quite simply, too big (or not yet available) for our stage. But not this summer, as we push past boundaries in our outdoor performance space for the WORLD PREMIERE of Just Too Big!
Revel in show-stopping numbers from iconic and new musicals… as well as a few hidden gems you didn’t know you loved, until now. Our cast shares Broadway anecdotes and behind-the-scenes tales during this very special evening of music.
This Kurt Stamm-arranged original can only be seen at the SCA for 8 nights! If you love Broadway and amazing performances, don’t miss this exclusive experience. It’s… Just Too Big!
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!
Summer lingers a bit longer with two phenomenal Cabaret-series shows coming to the SCA for just one night each.
THE BIG RED SHOW!
September 4 at 7:30 pm
We are thrilled to bring songstress Meghan “Big Red” Murphy to our outdoor stage for The Big Red Show! Meghan has taken the world by storm … come see what all the fuss is about during an evening of songs, stories, sexiness, and sass by the diva herself.
“A sparkling redhead with a dynamite voice,” (Chicago Sun Times).
A razor-sharp wit with a stage-presence full of old Hollywood glamour, Meghan will have you laughing, crying, and begging for more! From pop to jazz, blues to folk, soul to showtunes, Murphy sings ‘em all. Come on down for a brassy, bawdy, boozy good time!
THE BEST BAD IDEA
September 16 at 7:30 pm
Michigan native and 6-time Mason Street alum Joe Carroll returns with his wife Alex for an incredible evening of music outside. Joe was last seen in Frozen on Broadway and Alex in Come From Away. Hang out with Joe and Alex as they share how they’ve made their relationship work through the ups and downs of show business. From a budding college romance to seven Broadway productions and everything in between, The Best Bad Idea features pop favorites and iconic songs from their Broadway musicals while pulling back the curtain on what life is really like as married actors on The Great White Way.
SCA donors have first dibs on tickets, starting March 1. Not yet part of our SCA Family? It’s not too late — simply make a donation of $50 (or more!) and we’ll send you a member code to unlock early access to tickets. CLICK HERE to make your gift.
The 3-Pass bundle, which includes one ticket to each of the three Mason Street Warehouse performances (on the date of your choosing), goes on sale to the general public on Monday, March 8.
Remaining individual tickets will be released on sale Monday, March 15. Individual tickets for the 2021 Cabaret Shows will be available for purchase beginning Monday, March 15 (or Monday, March 1 for our SCA Family).
When you support the SCA — through buying tickets, attending special events, or making gifts — you help us serve the community through bold entertainment, inspiring education, and unexpected engagement. To ensure that everyone has access to creativity and the arts, all of our school programming for students is cost-free and we offer a variety of free or modestly-priced programs for families and adults throughout the year.
The SCA would like to thank the 2021 Outdoor Performance Series sponsors:
EDWARD JONES – George Stoutin | HOLLAND DOCTORS OF AUDIOLOGY | BOB & MICHELLE FISH | BAIRD WEALTH MANAGEMENT
HUNTINGTON BANK | MACATAWA BANK | FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF MICHIGAN