“Romeo and Juliet,” the Shakespeare classic, will open in Deer Lodge at the Cutler Bros. Theatre on Friday, July 24th and run to Sunday, August 16th with showings Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 pm and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm. The second play of the Cutler Brother’s altered season will be directed by veteran to the Cutler stage and resident actor Marquis Dijon Archuleta in his directorial debut with the troupe.
Archuleta first took roles at the Cutler Bros. Theatre in 2014 when he played Crooks in “Of Mice and Men” and Benny Southstreet in “Guys and Dolls.” Since that time, he has been back to Deer Lodge for every summer theatre season for at least one show. His resume at Cutler Brothers includes roles in “Chicago,” “To Kill a Mockingbird” (Tom Robinson), “Jesus Christ Superstar” (Peter), “Damn Yankees,” “The Little Mermaid” (Sebastian), and many more.
Archuleta is a graduate from the University of Montana’s theatre program with an emphasis in acting and is excited to deliver to audiences his interpretation of this timeless piece. In his directorial debut the “Romeo and Juliet” that will be presented will have a modern flare and even take place in certain locations around Montana. “The plotlines of this show seem to never lose their relevancy, no matter what year the show is produced,” Archuleta stated. He would know. Marquis has performed “Romeo and Juliet” over 5 times playing 5 different roles as well as countless other Shakespeare in Missoula, MT and at the Tennessee Shakespeare Company.
On top of the directorial debut, Marquis will play the extensive role of Friar Laurence in the show among a solid cast of Deer Lodge-locals and a few recruited Missoulians. Jourdan Nokleby (Nurse) and Erin Agner (Sampson/Friar John) will both make their Deer Lodge-debuts as well and both have broad credits with the University of Montana, Montana Repertory Theatre, and other companies across the country. Lee Hague, a Deer Lodgian, makes his theatrical debut as the Prince and Matthew (Tybalt) and Patrick (Lord Capulet) Cutler will represent the Cutler family in the production. Romeo will be played by Louis Savalla and Juliet by Megan Blue Earth-Highley, both of which will be freshmen in high school this fall.
The cast tops out at 16 total members and the show will run for 4 straight weeks at the Cutler Theatre. Tickets are $20 general admission and interested parties are encouraged to visit the Cutler Brothers Productions Facebook page for current specials. Reservations are recommended due to social distancing efforts and may be made by calling the box office at (406) 846-4096. Visit cutlerbros.com for more information.
“Mayhem in Montana,” is the title of Kelly Cutler’s latest comedy and will be the opening show of the Cutler Brother’s 2020 theatre season in Deer Lodge. Cutler Brothers Productions will present an altered theatre season due to the Covid19 pandemic and the original comedy will begin this Friday at their theatre.
“Mayhem in Montana” is Kelly Cutler’s 9th original play and the second to be written within the last year. “The Wizard of OZ” was supposed to be the June production in Deer Lodge but plans were changed due to what was happening around the world. “We just thought we should go with a smaller cast and something that’s a little more budget-friendly after all of the chaos,” Cutler, who also directs the show, said.
The original comedy takes place in present times at a luxurious lakefront property on Flathead Lake that is owned by the mafia of the Northwest. The Don, who has a double life as a married man named Chad, decides that it is time to move the mob’s secret Montana hideout elsewhere so he can move his wife in from Chicago. However, he doesn’t realize that he is part of a major investigation underway by the FBI into his shady affairs. Two of the FBI’s top agents, who are undercover as the characters “the Dork and Paul,” are tasked with the covert op mission. Things become a bit hairy when the Northwest mob step on the toes of a neighboring mob and they all end up in Montana. Mistaken identity and wacky personalities rule the day in “Mayhem in Montana.”
The show has a cast of ten and will see all three Cutler brothers on stage for a moment. Kelly Cutler directs the show and plays the roles of Dan and Paul. Patrick Cutler, who recently moved back to the state from Alaska, will relive his iconic role of the Dork which he delighted audiences with between 2001 to 2004. Matt Loehrke will make his Cutler brother’s debut as the Don and Chad. Loehrke holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Linfield College and works full time at the Missoula Children’s Theatre. Rounding out the cast is Cutler Bros. favorite resident actor Marquis Archuleta, Logan Beck, Sarah Tilley, Sally Bridgham, Josh Pentland, Kia Carlin, and Justin Marshall, who will also make his theatrical debut.
“Mayhem in Montana” runs Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm from June 19th to July 12th with no showing on the 4th of July. Tickets are $20 general admission and reservations are highly recommended due to safety measures that will be taken. Reservations may be made at cutlerbros.com or by calling the Box Office at (406) 846-4096.
Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man” will open on the Cutler Brother’s stage in Deer Lodge on Friday, June 14th and run through the 30th. The musical is based on a story by Willson and Franklin Lacey. This marks the second show of the Cutler Brother’s 2019 Summer Theatre Season.
“The Music Man” is an American classic which follows con-man Harold Hill (Kelly Cutler) after he lands in a small Iowa city and attempts to trick the citizens into buying musical instruments when he knows nothing about music. After approached by hotheaded and impatient Mayor Shinn (Jim Cameron), Hill decides he’ll need a musical reference of the highest order and he contacts the reserved and intolerant Marian Paroo (Elizabeth Cozby). Paroo, the local librarian, wants nothing to do with the master manipulator at first, but in time she falls for the professor and the professor, in turn, falls for the aging introvert.
Other cast members in the Deer Lodge ensemble include Josh Pentland as Marcellus Washburn, Candice O’Brien as mama Paroo, Theresa Cameorn as the mayor’s wife, Kamryn Johnson as Zaneeta Shinn, Tristan Marjerison as Tommy Djilas, and Jonah Tilley as Winthrop. The cast tops out at around 40 local actors. Popular musical numbers include “76 Trombones,” “The Wells Fargo Wagon,” and “Gary Indiana.” A live 8-piece orchestra supplements the show.
“The Music Man” runs Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $15 to $20 and reservations are highly recommended. Reservations may be made at cutlerbros.com or by calling the box office at (406) 846-4096. All showings take place at the Cutler Bros. Theatre at 301 Main in Deer Lodge. For tickets click here for more information please visit the website or call the number listed.
Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” will conclude the Cutler Bros.’ Summer Theatre season in Deer Lodge as the show kicks off Friday, August 3rd and runs through Sunday, August 19th. “The Little Mermaid, with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, is based on the Hans Christian Anderson story and the Disney cartoon.
The final Cutler Bros.’ show of the summer will see a cast and crew of over 30 individuals. Marquis Dijon Archuleta, of the University of Montana drama department, will play the serious and solemn sea crab Sebastian, while King Triton will be played by Butte’s very own Matt Dunbar. Dunbar was last seen on the Motherlode stage as Filthy McNabb the bartender in the original “No Greater Love” last June. He has also played the role of King Triton once before in the Orphan Girl theatre production of “The Little Mermaid.”
Kelly Cutler, the show’s director, will play the bit role of Chef Louis, and his younger brother Matthew is the Pilot of the ship. Both Cutler brothers also perform many tasks behind the scenes such as lights, sound, and Kelly even plays in the orchestra. The orchestra is live and contains 12 instrumentalists when the entire crew is present. “This show is very tech heavy, and will be fun for any age range,” stated the Cutler brothers.
“The Little Mermaid” follows the mermaid Ariel (Kamryn Johnson) on her quest to “do anything to become human.” Her fascination with mankind gets the best of her when she sells her voice to the evil sea witch Ursula (Candice O’Brien) but fails to read the contract in its entirety. Ariel now has legs, but must get her prince (Marik Chrisman) to fall in love with her within three days’ time. Johnson, O’Brien, and Chrisman are all familiar faces to the Deer Lodge stage.
For more information or to make reservations for “The Little Mermaid” call the Cutler Bros. Box Office at (406) 846-4096. Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for children 10 and under. This show is not recommended for children under the age of 4. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm. All performances will take place at the Cutler Bros. Theatre located at 301 Main Street in Deer Lodge. Visit cutlerbros.com for additional information.
Cutler Brother’s 2nd ever “Pinheads and Patriots” Comedy Night 39 will premier for it’s one night showing on Tuesday, July 3rd at 8:00 pm. The sketch-comedy show takes place at the Cutler Bros. Theatre located at 301 Main in Deer Lodge. “Comedy Night” is the brainchild of the Cutler brothers and was originated in 2003.
The last 4th of July themed Comedy Night for the production company took place in 2011 and was held at the Deer Lodge Elks. “Comedy Night 39” will feature holiday-themed sketches such as “Captain Firework” and “Uncle Sam, a stage play.” The show takes on the structure of Saturday Night Live with sketch-comedy, a special guest host, and a musical guest.
Powell County drama coach and English teacher Solveig Munson will take the reigns on hosting “Comedy Night 39.” “Kelly (Cutler) has asked me to host for years and I’ve turned him down, but now that we’re moving this fall I didn’t really have an excuse to not do the show,” said Munson.
Other actors in “Comedy Night 39” include local comedians Jim Tilley, Zane Cozby, Stuart Jewell, Scott Grazier, Kyle Gillette, Kyler Noel, Darryl Barton, Jenna Singleton, Jenn Logan, Theresa Cameron, and Candice O’Brien. Marquis Archuleta and Taylor Caprara, both actors from the University of Montana, will make appearances and this Comedy Night marks the first time since 2009 that all three Cutler brothers (Kelly, Patrick and Matt) will take roles. Patrick’s last Comedy Night was number 15.
Tickets to the Cutler Brother’s sketch comedy show are $12 and may be purchased by calling the box office at (406) 846-4096 or by visiting cutlerbros.com. Reservations are highly recommended. Call the number listed for questions and directions.
Cutler Brothers Productions of Deer Lodge open their June production “Steel Magnolias” on Friday, June 15th at 7:30 pm and it runs Thursdays to Sundays through June 29th. “Steel Magnolias” is the hair-shop classic written by American writer Robert Harling on his experience with his sister’s death. The play is a comedy-drama about the bond among a group of Southern women in Northwest Louisiana. It is also based on the 1989 American film directed by Herbert Ross.
The cast that once featured Sally Field, Julia Roberts, Shirley MacLaine, and Dolly Parton now features those familiar faces to the Cutler Brother’s stage in Deer Lodge. The salon owner and outspoken Truvy Jones will be played by Muriuh Alexander Buck while the sarcastic and somewhat impatient “Ouiser” will be played by Butte’s own Carin Sullivan. Muriuh’s most noticeable role with Cutler Bros. has been Mama in 2015’s “Chicago.” Carin Sullivan is a go-to Comedy Night actress and has been featured in shows such as “The Odd Couple” and “Noises Off.”
Solveig Munson, who landed the coveted role of Maria in 2013’s “The Sound of Music,” will show her concerned motherly-side as she plays M’Lynn in the show. M’Lynn’s daughter Shelby, who suffers from type one diabetes and as so creates a key plot point, will be played by Cutler Bros.’ newcomer Taylor Caprara. Caprara was last seen as the lead role of Laurey in May’s “Oklahoma!” and she has credits at Fort Peck Summer Playhouse as well as Arizona Broadway Theatre.
Rounding out the six-woman cast is Theresa Cameron (Annelle) and Sarah Ward (Clairee Belcher). Cameron has been with Cutler Bros. for years and is the head costumer. She has played roles in “Damn Yankees,” “Jesus Chris Superstar,” “Blind Date,” and many more. Sarah Ward is a newcomer to the Deer Lodge-based production company. She was born in the south and naturally fit the role of Ms. Belcher.
“Steel Magnolias” tickets are $18 general admission and reservations may be made by calling the Cutler Bros. Box Office at (406) 846-4096 or by visiting cutlerbros.com. Thursday – Saturday showings begin at 7:30 pm and the two Sunday matinees begin at 2:00 pm. All performances take place on the Cutler Bros. main stage at 301 Main in Deer Lodge. For questions, directions, or general inquiries call the number listed or visit cutlerbros.com.
“12 Angry Men,” the jury room suspense classic, will be the final show of the Cutler Brother’s 2017 summer theatre season and will run August 3rd to August 13th on the Deer Lodge stage. The story is by Reginald Rose and is adapted from the 1954 teleplay of the same title. The Broadway debut came 50 years after CBS aired the play, on October 28th, 2004.
The entire setting of “12 Angry Men” takes place in a jury room on one set. Twelve jurors convene to figure out the verdict of a young teenager who is on trial for allegedly stabbing his father to death. At first they all seem to agree on a guilty judgment, until one juror has other ideas. Through some intense discussion and reenactment one by one each juror switches their vote to not guilty, even the most bullheaded of the men.
“Finding 12 men that could act this drama in a town as small as Deer Lodge was the real challenge,” said the show’s director Kelly Cutler. He managed to do just that. Josh Pentland, who was last seen in “Beauty and the Beast” as the role of Lefou, will play the Foreman who leads the common jury duties. Other familiar Cutler Brother faces in the play include Kyle Gillette, Paul Chapman, Tristan Marjerison, Jim Cameron, Marquis Archuleta, Marik Chrisman, and Kelly and Matthew Cutler. Daryll Barton, who hosted Comedy Night 33 last summer, took the role of flashy juror number 4 while Tom Gomola, a newbie to the theatre troupe, will play the soft-hearted juror number 10.
“12 Angry Men” runs Thursdays to Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm. Reservations are recommended and may be made by calling the Cutler Bros. box office at (406) 846-4096. The Cutler Bros. Theatre is located at 301 Main Street in Deer Lodge. For directions, questions, or more info visit cutlerbros.com or call the number listed above.
The Cutler Brother’s 3rd show of the 2017 Deer Lodge theatre season “The 39 Steps” comes on the heels of the entertainment company’s highly successful “Beauty and the Beast” which was staged in June. “The 39 Steps” is a melodrama adapted from the 1915 novel by John Buchan and the 1935 film by Alfred Hitchcock. It is a four-actor production that requires the team to play upwards of 150 roles.
The play shares the plot and characters from the film, but in a more comedic manner in the style of “Monty Python” and Barlow’s own “National Theatre of Brent.” Deer Lodge local Anthony Savalla plays the hero (Richard Hannay) while University of Montana theatre major Tiana Albery plays 3 women with whom he has romantic entanglements. Deer Lodge comedians Stuart Jewell and Kyle Gillette play all the other roles in the show from villains to children to sometimes even the occasional inanimate objects.
The cast and crew have been busy rehearsing this quick comedy since early June. Gillette, who has ties to Improv Olympic in Chicago, was last seen as crazy old Maurice in “Beauty and the Beast” and will take on the directing duties of this Hitchcock classic. Tiana Albery starred in Cutler Bros. 2016 smash hit “Jesus Chris Superstar” as the emotive Mary Magdalane while Stuart Jewell is a crowd favorite among the theatre’s comedies.
“The 39 Steps” will play on the Cutler stage from July 14th – 23rd with performances Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $15 general admission and reservations are recommended by calling the Cutler Bros. Box Office at (406) 846-4096. For more information or directions call the box office or visit cutlerbros.com.
“Beauty and the Beast,” the Disney-Broadway musical version, will play at the Cutler Brother’s Theatre in Deer Lodge from June 16th to July 2nd marking the entertainment company’s second major musical of the 2017 theatre season. The popular children’s show has music written by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tom Rice, and book by Linda Woolverton. It plays Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm.
The stage version of “Beauty and the Beast” implements several facets from the world renown Disney cartoon, which was produced in 1991, as well as a few new songs to beef it up for Broadway. The ever-popular “Be Our Guest” will entertain audiences for nearly ten minutes straight with intricate dance moves and enough comedy to last the rest of the show. Other popular songs from the Disney cartoon include “Gaston,” “Belle,” “Kill the Beast,” and the heartstrings puppeteer “Tale as Old as Time.”
The Deer Lodge cast boasts nearly forty people. Maggie Chrisman, a long time Cutler Brother player since 5th grade, will play the lead role of Belle while her brother Marik, last seen as Oliver Twist in Cutler Brother’s “Oliver!” will steamroll the comedy side of things playing Lumiere the French candlestick. Lumiere’s sidekick, the ever cautious Cogsworth, will be played by Deer Lodge youth Louis Savalla. Louis has taken part in Rising Star Academy theatre camps for the past three years and his sister Izzy was last seen as the star child role in “A Miracle on 34th Street.” Izzy will play the role of Chip.
Other castle characters include Elizabeth Cozby as Mrs. Potts, Solveig Munson as Wardrobe, Kamryn Johnson as Babette, and Jake Nachtigal as the Beast. Cozby is the co-founder of Stage Left Productions in Deer Lodge while Solveig Munson is the drama coach at Powell County High School. Kamryn Johnson was last seen as the lead role of Audrey in PCHS’s “Little Shop of Horrors” produced this past spring. Jake Nachtigal is a newcomer to Cutler Bros. Productions. He was discovered in Missoula’s “Urinetown” this past January when he performed side by side with Kelly Cutler, the director of Deer Lodge’s entertainment venture.
Cutler will take the villainous role of Gaston and will be joined side by side with Josh Pentland (Lefou) and his brother Patrick who plays the asylum director Monsieur D’Arque. The last show Patrick performed in was “Thoroughly Modern Millie” in the 2012 season. The other 25 people in the cast will make up the huge ensemble of villagers, flat wear, and dancers. Kyle Gillette will play Belle’s crazy inventor father Maurice and the show will be accompanied by an eight piece live orchestra.
Reservations for Cutler Brother’s “Beauty and the Beast” are highly recommended and may be made by calling the Box Office at (406) 846-4096. Tickets are $15 general admission and theatre space is limited to 120 seats. Visit cutlerbros.com for more information or follow the theatre troupe on Facebook.
Cutler Brothers Productions in Deer Lodge present the 1977 American romantic comedy “The Goodbye Girl” which starred Richard Dreyfuss and Marsha Mason in Neil Simon’s original screenplay. The entertainment group will produce the musical version of the show which ran on Broadway in 1993 starring Martin Short and Bernadette Peters. The music is written by legendary Marvin Hamlisch, who wrote “A Chorus Line,” with lyrics by David Zippel.
Follow headstrong Paula (Mariann Cameron), a struggling and aging dancer in New York City, and her precocious daughter Lucy (Izzy Hunter) as they are duped time and time again by the opposite sex. When Elliot Garfield (John Knispel), an actor, moves into the same apartment, Paula has had enough of her bad luck. The eccentric duo hate each other at first, like a scene from “The Odd Couple,” but as their time together grows they both realize they’re more alike than different. Romance mists from this unhealthy cesspool and the two end up falling for one another.
“The Goodbye Girl” in Deer Lodge has a strong cast of 25 singers and dancers who bring this great Mother’s Day show alive. John Knispel returns from a theatre bout in the middle east and South America to play the role of Elliot before he moves on to Fort Peck Summer Theatre where he will be musically directing “Million Dollar Quartet” as well as playing the role of Elvis. “I’m really excited to be back in Deer Lodge for this show,” said Knispel. “The people in this company have a lot of energy and I enjoy the freedom they give me to hone my craft,” he added. Other roles in the show include the pretentious director Mark (Kelly Cutler), Billy the dance instructor (Matthew Cutler), Mrs. Crozby the building caretaker (Gloria Blue-Earth Highley), and many more.
Tickets for “The Goodbye Girl” are $15 general admission and may be reserved by calling the Cutler Bros. Box Office at (406) 846-4096. Show dates are April 27th – May 14th, Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm. April 27th is the only Thursday showing and there will be no show on Saturday, April 29th. Reservations are highly recommended. Visit cutlerbros.com for more info.
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