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.
Cutler Brother’s St. Patty’s Day “Comedy Night” will take the stage on Friday, March 16th @ 8:00 pm at the Cutler Bros. Theatre in Deer Lodge. This marks the 38th “Comedy Night” in the brother’s history. “Comedy Night” takes on the “Saturday Night Live” format with a special guest host, a musical guest, and funny sketches complete with costumes, sets, props, and sound effects.
The St. Patty’s Day “Comedy Night” will include sketches based off of the holiday themes. Matt and Kelly Cutler are the co-writers of “Comedy Night.” Sketches in “Comedy Night” 38 include the infamous “Comedy Night” news, “The Ugly Couple’s Club” where the actors switch sexes, a demented leprechaun living in the cellar of a home, and many more.
The “Comedy Night” cast includes some of Deer Lodge’s familiar faces. Kelly and Matthew Cutler will star in the show alongside fellow comedians Stuart Jewell, Jim Tilley, Dane Thompson, Jenn Logan, Jenna Singleton, Wolf Winter, Mariann Cameron, Anthony Savalla, and Scott Grazier. Jody Jones, a local comedian in her own, will host the show.
“This is the 2nd time we’ve tried doing a Comedy Night around St. Patty’s Day,” said the show’s director Kelly Cutler. He added, “Deer Lodge and the Cutler Bros. Theatre is a short drive from Butte, Helena, and even Missoula. Plus our tickets are pretty affordable.”
Tickets to this St. Patty’s Day “Comedy Night” are $10 general admission and $15 for the front row. Tickets may be reserved at the Cutler Bros.’ Box Office (406) 846-4096. Visit cutlerbros.com or call the box office for questions, directions, or more information.
“Blind Date,” an original Cutler Bros. comedy, opens at Cutler Bros. Theatre at 301 Main Street in Deer Lodge, MT on February 9th and runs through the 14th with nightly showings Friday, Saturday, and Wednesday and one matinee on Sunday the 11th at 2:00 pm. “Blind Date” is a hysterical comedy with hints of Seinfeld and a rugged edge. The show was first produced in 2008 on the Gunport Theatre stage and has undergone countless revisions since that time.
Starring in Blind Date is Cutler Bros. go-to actress Mariann Cameron (Emilia) and new up and comer Josh Pentland (Charles). Pentland played Lefou in last year’s “Beauty and the Beast.” Other cast members include the Cutler brothers themselves, Matt (Greg) and Kelly (Romero) as well as Theresa Cameron (Natasha), Kyle Gillette (Quent), Linda Suckow (Ellen), and Craig Winter (Henry). All are familiar to the stage and have been rehearsing since early January for this Valentine’s Day performance.
Blind Date” begins exactly as the title suggests: at a blind date. Charles, a nervous, quirky young man meets up with Emilia, a dominating female, and the unlikely pair decide that they “like each other.” However, Emilia has quite the laundry list of the “do’s” and “do not’s” in their blossoming relationship. Unfortunately Charles breaks the “do not list” by leaving several ridiculous and nervous phone messages on Emilia’s answering machine after the blind date.
Charles “scum bag” roommate Greg informs the squeamish boy that they need to “delete those messages” or Emilia will never see Charles again and she will ruin Greg’s relationship with her best friend Natasha, the latter of which Emilia has no clue is even going on. Greg ropes their Italian landlord Romero into the plot and the plan goes off without a hitch, almost.
Cutler Bros. Productions in Deer Lodge present Comedy Night 37 this December 23rd at 7:30 pm. Comedy Night is the brainchild of the Cutler brothers and was first produced in 2003. Comedy Night 37 is known as the brother’s “Christmas Comedy Night” with holiday themes. Comedy Night is a comedic sketch show similar to Saturday Night Live.
Hosting Comedy Night 37 is Deer Lodge native and grade school librarian Sarah (Mosier) Foster. Foster has played trumpet for several Cutler Bros.’ musicals and has some acting experience from her high school days. Kelly Cutler, the show’s director, has begged Foster to do Comedy Night for over six years when he realized how funny she was in the orchestra pit. “I’m nervous, but excited,” said Foster.
Other cast members include many Comedy Night regulars such as Matt and Kelly Cutler, Jim Theresa, and Mariann Cameron, Kyler Noel, Zane Cozby, Dane Thompson, Darryl Barton, Jenn Logan, Kyle Gillette, Jenna Singleton, and Scott Grazier. The voice of Butte radio, Carin Sullivan, will also take her fair share of roles. Kamryn Johnson, a high school senior at Powell County, will be the show’s musical guest. Johnson has won many accolades for her vocal performance in the state of Montana.
Sketches for Comedy Night 37 include a spoof on “Charlotte’s Web,” a trip to the “Handshake Factory,” the redneck version of “A Christmas Story,” the “Comedy Night News,” and many more. “This is the 37th Comedy Night in our history and our system for creating these things has become more and more solid over the years,” said Kelly Cutler. Matt Cutler, the show’s co-writer, added, “Comedy Night is a nice way to get into the holiday spirit. People laugh. People smile. It’s all good feelings.”
Comedy Night 37 will be staged at the Cutler Bros. Theatre at 301 Main in Deer Lodge. Tickets are $10 general admission and $15 for the front row. Reservations are recommended by calling (406) 846-4096. For further questions or directions visit cutlerbros.com.
“A Christmas Story” will be staged at the Cutler Theatre in Deer Lodge from December 1st to the 17th. The family friendly classic will run Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $15 general admission and may be reserved by calling the Cutler Box Office at (406) 846-4096. “A Christmas Story” is written by Philip Grecian based off of Jean Shepherd’s semi fictional anecdotes and the 1983 American Christmas comedy film.
“A Christmas Story” has a Christmas past and present plotline. Ralph (Darryl Barton), in his forties, presents his story in 1st person to the audience while the rest of the cast acts it out. Young Ralphie (Deker Hogan) wants one thing for Christmas and one thing only: A 200 shot range model, Red Ryder cabine action BB gun with a compass and a thing that tells time built right into the stock. The classic phrase “you’ll shoot your eye out” resonates from his mother (Ramona Chrisman) and his unsupportive teacher Miss Shields (Jenna Singleton.) While Ralphie experiences let down after let down his father (Zane Cozby) has his own impasse with the downstairs furnace.
Kaiden Dolan) to stick his tongue on an icy pole, but he also gets in some hot water with the old man after blurting out the “mother of all curse words” when a hub cap full of lug nuts goes toppling over into oblivion. Ralphie’s littler brother Randy (Jonah Tilley) can only laugh hysterically. A trip to visit Santa Claus (Scott Grazier) doesn’t help matters much either.
Deker Hogan makes his leading debut with Cutler Bros. after attending the Rising Star Academy children’s theatre camp for three years. “He’s a natural, and he looks just like the kid in the movie,” said director Kelly Cutler. Other notable Cutler Brother’ faces in the cast include Louis Savalla, who plays the bully Scut Farkas, and his little sister Izzy Savalla who plays Farkas’ crony. A handful of Deer Lodge kids will make their first ever stage appearance in this Cutler Bros. production.
Reservations for “A Christmas Story” are highly recommended as seating is limited. For questions, directions, or more information call the number listed above or visit cutlerbros.com.
Cutler Bros. 6th annual “Creepshow” will kick off this Friday, October 20th and run weekends through the 28th with several tours a night beginning at 7:00 pm. The 2017 “Creepshow” theme is stories by Stephen King including “Misery,” “The Shining,” “IT,” and many more. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the door.
The Cutler Bros. “Creepshow” began in 2012 when the Deer Lodge-based entertainment company decided to try its hand at horror. After two years of creepiness at the brother’s theatre the troupe moved the October show to the Old Montana Prison Museum in Deer Lodge where it produced back to back successful shows with themes being “Killer Clowns” and “A Cannibalistic Tribe in South America.” All shows and plots have been original to the Cutler brothers. In 2016 the Cutler Bros. “Creepshow” found its way back to the Cutler Brother’s Theatre and the theme was “The Purge.”
Once again the brother’s horror show will be produced inside the walls of their theatre at 301 Main in Deer Lodge. “There’s a lot more space in here than people think and only a portion of the show takes place on the stage,” said Creepshow’s co-producer Kelly Cutler. His brother Matthew and co-writer agreed, “We take audiences all over this facility including the bathrooms and into our big creepy basement. They really become disoriented.”
The Cutler Bros. “Creepshow” is much more than just a haunted house. The show is interactive with actors, plot lines, setting, special effects, and some audience participation. “The audience is literally in the story,” concluded Kelly Cutler. For more information on “Creepshow” call (406) 846-4096 or visit cutlerbros.com.
Cutler Brothers Productions in Deer Lodge will have a busy October as the entertainment company plans to produce a month of staged horror. Early October will bring the gothic and ghost story genre in “The Turn of the Screw,” based off of an 1898 novella written by Henry James. The last two weeks of the month will be the 6th annual Cutler Brother’s Creepshow which is a staged haunted house with a storyline and actors.
Kicking off the month of fright is the classic “The Turn of the Screw.” The story is about a governess who is hired to watch a young boy (Miles) and a young girl (Flora) after the deaths of their parents. Miles returns from boarding school after being expelled and the governess fears there is some horrible reason for the expulsion. Soon after the governess begins seeing the figures of a man and a woman around the country house and learns from the housekeeper that the “ghosts” are Miss Jessel and Peter Quint, the governess’ predecessor that spent much time with the children. The children eventually become possessed by the supernatural figures.
“The Turn of the Screw” is a suspenseful stage show to take place October 6th to October 15th. It runs Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm. The cast includes Annmarie Downey as the governess, last seen in 2016’s “Damn Yankees,” as well as Karen Phillips (the housekeeper), Kyler Noel (Peter Quint), Mariann Cameron (Miss Jessel), Jim Tilley (the uncle), Louis Savalla (Miles), and Izzy Hunter (Flora). All actors are familiar faces to the Cutler Bros. stage.
Later in October comes the Cutler Creepshow which takes on the theme of “Stephen King” this year. The Creepshow generally begins with a horrific short film followed by a short stage performance followed by audience participation and movement through a “haunted house” structure. Planning is still underway on this year’s Creepshow but Stephen King themes will likely include “Misery,” “The Shining,” and “IT.” Creepshow writer and director Kelly Cutler said, “Stephen King is a great theme and we’re sure our haunted house will leave people with chills for maybe days.” Creepshow will run Fridays and Saturdays beginning at 7:00 pm until close from October 20th to October 28th. A special Halloween performance will also take place.
Tickets for either Cutler Bros. performance may be reserved at (406) 846-4096 or by simply showing up at the door. “The Turn of the Screw” is $15 while the Cutler Creepshow will be $10. All shows will take place at the Cutler Theatre in Deer Lodge at 301 Main Street. For questions, reservations, or more info call the number listed or visit cutlerbros.com.
The 36th Comedy Night in the Cutler Brother’s series will be staged this Friday, August 18th at 8:00 pm in Deer Lodge. Comedy Night is a Cutler Brother’s staple and resembles the late-night sketch show Saturday Night Live. The show is the brainchild of the Cutler Brothers and it was first produced at the Rialto Theater in 2003.
Fourteen years later the Deer Lodge Valley entertainment company’s sketch show is going strong. Comedy Night 36 will be hosted by Jake Nachtigal out of Missoula who was seen in this year’s “Beauty and the Beast” as the role of the Beast. “I’m really glad I found this little entertainment company,” said Nachtigal. He added, “It has given me some big opportunities and the people around here are a lot like family.”
Butte’s very own Russ Nelson and “Shell Shock Lulluby” will perform as the show’s musical guest and the cast boasts upwards of nineteen actors. Kyle Gillette and Stuart Jewell, who last performed comedy in July’s “The 39 Steps,” will take to the stage as well as local Das Froot members Zane Cozby, Jim Cameron, Rex Kendall, and Marquis Dijon Archuleta. Archuleta has a theatre degree from the University of Montana with an emphasis in acting.
Other comedians in the show include Jim Tilley, Jenna Singleton, Theresa Cameron, Scott Grazier, and Darryl Barton. Barton was last seen as the riveting Juror 4 in “12 Angry Men.” Annmarie Downey and Mariann Cameron both return to the show as well as Butte’s radio personality Carin Sullivan. Marik Chrisman, who was seen as the candlestick Lumiere in “Beauty and the Beast,” will make this Comedy Night debut.
Sketches for Comedy Night 36 were written by Patrick, Matthew, and Kelly Cutler, the latter two also performing in the show. Sketch themes include “Beauty and the Beast,” “Shark Tank,” “Rapper Nation,” and many, many more. Jenn Logan rounds out the cast as she joins Kelly Cutler on the Comedy Night News.
Tickets for Comedy Night 36 are $10 to $15 and may be reserved by calling the box office at (406) 846-4096. Seating is limited for this single night show and reservations are highly recommended. The doors open at 7:00 pm. For questions, directions, or more information call the number listed or visit cutlerbros.com.
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