The Cutler Brother’s 19th Summer Theatre Season in Deer Lodge will kick off with one of Neil Simon’s most popular plays in “Barefoot in the Park” this May. Cutler Bros. Theatre will also produce Disney’s “Tarzan” this June and “Willy Wonka” in late July into August.
“Barefoot in the Park” is a simple story set in New York City and with a small cast. Corie Bratter (Jerrika Marjerison) and her husband Paul (Joshua Pentland) move into a “not so plush” New York high-rise and quickly discover many a problem with their new living space. Corie is energetic and spunky while Paul is more of the business-type, and these diverse personalities naturally cause some friction laying the groundwork for the play.
Jaycee Wood makes her Cutler Bros. debut and plays the overbearing mother of Corie while Steve Collins of Anaconda will play the well-traveled and witty Victor Velasco. Steve first stepped on stage in Deer Lodge last season as the rabbi in “Fiddler on the Roof.” Rounding out the cast is the phone repair man played by a Deer Lodge-favorite Tom Gomola.
Erin Jewell is directing the show making this her third directorial assignment in the last 2 years. “I’m excited for the cast, they’re small but they’ll bring a punch,” said Jewell. She went on, “Summer Theatre has become a special thing in this community and I’m happy to be at the helm for the first show of the season.”
“Barefoot in the Park” tickets are $20 and may be purchased at cutlerbros.com or by reserving at (406) 846-4096. Shows run May 5th – 21st , Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm. All showings take place at the Cutler Bros. Theatre in Deer Lodge. For more information please visit the website or call the box office number listed above.
Comedy Night 49 hits the Stage!
The Cutler Brother’s “49th Comedy Night” in succession will be staged on Friday, August 19th for a one-night-only event at the Cutler Bros. Theatre in Deer Lodge beginning at 8 pm. “Comedy Night” is the brainchild of the Cutler brothers and first was staged at the Rialto Theater in 2003.
“Comedy Night” in Deer Lodge takes on the Saturday Night Live format with fictional and political satire humor, a special guest host, a musical guest, and more. Sketches for “Comedy Night 49” include a spoof on the Cutler Bros.’ recent musical “Sweeney Todd,” a thorough look at “LARPING,” a pastime favorite in the modern day “baseball umpire,” the beloved “Comedy Night News,” and more.
Marquis Dijon Archuleta, last seen as Sweeney Todd himself, will play host to this August’s “Comedy Night.” The cast boasts 16+ actors and actresses, which makes this the largest “Comedy Night” cast since 2010. Performers include Kelly, Matt, and Patrick Cutler, Jim and Theresa Cameron, Zane Cozby, Stuart Jewell, Tina Savilla, Jerrika Marjerison, Sarah Ward, Jenna Singleton, Rhiley Mickey, Wolfie Winter, Louis Savalla, and Kia Cutler.
“Comedy Night 49” tickets are $15 and may be purchased at cutlerbros.com or reserved by calling the Box Office at (406) 846-4096. Reservations are highly recommended as the theatre only seats 125 people.
“The Shawshank Redemption,” an American drama about prison life, will premier at the Cutler Brother’s Theatre this June and July in Deer Lodge. The play is based on the classic Stephen King novel as well as hints from the 1994 cinematic blockbuster written by Frank Darabont.
A cast of 13 strong bring “The Shawshank Redemption” to life on stage in the Prison City. Stuart Jewell plays soft-spoken, introvert Andy Dufresne who is sentenced to double life sentences after being convicted of the murder of his wife and her lover. Andy may very well be the only innocent man in Shawshank State Prison. He befriends another inmate named Red (Marquis Dijon Archuleta) because he hears he can “get stuff.” Red acquires a small rock hammer and sells it to Andy herein hatching his escape plan.
When the guard’s corruption in Officer Hadley (Zane Cozby) and Warden Norton (Kelly Cutler) becomes abundantly evident, Andy decides he has spent just about enough time in Shawshank Penitentiary. “The Shawshank Redemption” features some of the Deer Lodge-based production company’s finest thespians including Matthew and Patrick Cutler, Tom Gomola, Louis Savalla, Jim Cameron, Jim Tilley, and more. Butte’s very own Dan Mitchem plays the role of Bogs and the store manager. Matthew Cutler is also the show’s director.
“The Shawshank Redemption” live on the Cutler Brother’s stage runs June 17th – July 17th with showings most Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm. A mid-run break will take place over the 4th of July weekend and the entertainment group encourages audience members to check the shows schedule at cutlerbros.com. Tickets are $20 and may also be purchased by visiting the website or by calling the Cutler Bros.‘ Box Office at (406) 846-4096 or online.
Comedy Night returns Friday Night!
The Cutler Brother’s 44th Comedy Night will premier this Friday, August 21st at 8 pm at the Cutler Bros. Theatre in Deer Lodge. Comedy Night is the brainchild of Kelly, Matthew, and Patrick Cutler and it was first produced in 2003. The comedic sketch show resembles Saturday Night Live with a special guest host, musical guest, and several original sketches written by the Cutler brothers.
Comedy Night 44 will be hosted by New York’s John Knispel and the musical guest will be area favorite John Montoya. Knispel has been on and off the Cutler Bros. stage since 2011 taking leading roles in “Annie,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “Oklahoma,” and more. Montoya has been entertaining audiences in establishments across Montana for several years.
Sketches for Comedy Night 44 include a spoof on the hit TV show “Ghost Hunters,” a father that thinks he’s a clown, a Twilight Zone Episode, Behind the Scenes of The Wizard of Oz, and more. The Comedy Night News, a crowd favorite, will also be co-anchored by Knispel and Kelly Cutler. The cast is 14 comedians strong.
Tickets for the Cutler Brother’s 44th Comedy Night are $12 and may be reserved by calling their box office at (406) 846-4096. Visit cutlerbros.com for more information.
Romeo and Juliet Opens Friday!
“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" Opens Friday!
“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.
Music Man Opens June 14th
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.
Little Mermaid Opens Friday!
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.
Steel Magnolias Opens Friday
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.
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