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The GhostLight Theatre’s 2022 Summer Season Open May 19th New Sign to be Unveiled

Season Opening Production

LITTLE WOMEN
May 19 through 29


Book by Allan Knee
Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein

Music by Jason Howland
Based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott


Directed by David Derrell
Music Directed by Marty Hesse

 

BENTON HARBOR (May 11, 2022) – The GhostLight Theatre (“GhostLight”), Southwest Michigan’s premier performing arts organization in the burgeoning Benton Harbor Arts District, opens their 2022 Summer Season with the musical “Little Women” based on the semi-autobiographical novel by Louisa May Alcott. The show debuts on Thursday, May 19 and runs through Sunday May 29 with evening performances Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and matinee on Sunday at 3:00 pm.

Originally written to chronicle the lives of four sisters in the aftermath of the Civil War, GhostLight’s director David Ferrell sets the production during the Vietnam era in the wake of the Women’s Right’s Movement in America. It’s the story of Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy March, and their beloved mother Marmee, at home in Concord, Massachusetts, while their father is away serving in the military. “Little Women” a fabled tale for the whole family, features a touching score and vignettes in which the women’s lives unfold within the short stories Jo writes in her attic studio, that will resonate with anyone who has ever longed for something greater, to be something more than themselves and to know what it is like to feel bound by the norms of society, but still overcome.
 

“What is so incredible about the story of Little Women is that it is timeless, said director David Ferrell. “It can be set in any time and in any place. These women are real people and are based on real stories. I just happened to choose the 70s to base our production because it was an era that women started to predominantly move forward in society, breaking free from traditional norms, and, seeking happiness in the foundations of what they were creating. The women of which our story takes place; these characters are changing the world in their own ways and should be reflections of all women who have come before them. When envisioning how I wanted to portray these characters, these women, their triumphs, and struggles; I was reminded of a poem by Rupi Kaur which begins “let it go, let it leave, let it happen” and those moments rang true in what our heroine “Jo” March aspires to do for herself, her career, and for her family. She sets out to follow her dreams, realizes simple truths about love and loss, and overcomes. In doing so, she creates more beauty in the world!”

"We are very excited to kick off our summer season with the wonderful, family-friendly musical classic Little Women, directed by David Ferrell," said Paul Mow, Artistic Director. "David has brought together a hard-working group of talented perforrmers from across our region along with our terrific GhostLight interns to bring this story to life through these beautiful songs. We hope you'll bring the entire family, as this is a show not to be missed!!"
 

The popular “First Friday” AfterGlow parties will again be held this summer at the Bread+Bar thanks to Tim Foley and his team at the restaurant. Bit of Swiss desserts and small bites will be available to celebrate along with the cast and crew of the show.

Tickets: GhostLight - Little Women | Eventbrite  $12-$28


Summer Camps

GhostLight is also hosting educational camps throughout the summer including: CircEsteem Kids (June 20-24) a day camp designed to build self-esteem & mutual respect through the practice & performance of circus arts; Discovering Your Voice By Learning to Write Like Shakespeare (July 25-29) with Ken Smith, PhD; and, BEST Camp-Building Excellence through Summer Theater (June 27-July 1), a collaboration with The Citadel Dance & Music Center.

For more information, visit: www.ghostlightbh.com or call Ed Tracy at (312) 965-4834.

The GhostLight Theatre, an innovative playhouse with a mission to enlighten, inspire,
and illuminate Benton Harbor and the surrounding region,
is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization

101 Hinkley Street, Benton Harbor, MI 49022

GhostLightBH.com      269-252-5222

 

2022 GhostLight Summer Season

May 19 – 29, 2022
Little Women

Book by Allan Knee, Music by Jason Howland, Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein.
Based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott.
Director: David Ferrell
Music Director: Marty Hesse
Performances: 7:30pm Thurs/Fri/Sat, 3pm Sundays
Tickets: $12-$28

 

June 9 – 19

Significant Other

An American play written by Joshua Harmon.

Directed by Les Rorick

​Performances: 7:30pm Thurs/Fri/Sat, 3pm Sundays

Tickets: $12-$28

NOTE: Saturday, June 25th, 8pm - Special additional performance of ‘Significant Other’ at The Acorn Theatre, Three Oaks, MI INFO

 

July 14 – 24

MIDWEST PREMIERE!

Lewiston/Clarkston 

A Diptych - Two One-Act plays performed consecutively

A play by Samuel D. Hunter. 
Directed by Spencer Diedrick.

Tickets
NOTE: Special Time - 6pm Thurs/Fri/Sat/Sun
Evening includes a separately priced dinner option between shows. Call for reservations.

August 18 - 28

Violet

Music by Jeanine Tesori, Lyrics and Book by Brian Crawley.

Based on “The Ugliest Pilgrim” by Doris Betts

Directed by Paul Mow. Music directed by Joshua Goines

Performances: 7:30pm Thurs/Fri/Sat, 3pm Sundays

Tickets: $12-$28

 

NOTE: Wed August 24-Special Performance -The Dunes Arts Foundation in Michigan City, IN   INFO

 

For more information, visit: www.ghostlightbh.com or call Ed Tracy at (312) 965-4834. The GhostLight Theatre, an innovative playhouse with a mission to enlighten, inspire, and illuminate Benton Harbor and the surrounding region, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization

101 Hinkley Street, Benton Harbor, MI 49022

GhostLightBH.com      269-252-5222

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GhostLight Theatre Announces Ed Tracy as
Interim Executive Director

BENTON HARBOR, MI (April 29, 2022) Southwest Michigan’s The GhostLight Theatre (“GhostLight”), a premier performing arts organization in the burgeoning Benton Harbor Arts District, announced today the appointment of Ed Tracy as interim Executive Director. Ed takes over from Co-Founder and Executive Director, Marty Hesse, who is relocating out of the area after five successful years in the position. 

Tracy brings a strong background in executive management of arts and cultural organizations, most recently as President of Roxbury Road Creative, LLC and previously, President/CEO and long-time program host of the Pritzker Military Museum and Library in Chicago.. In addition to wide-ranging experience in fundraising and executive leadership, strong interpersonal and personnel management skills, Tracy has been writing about and reviewing theatre in Chicago for many years. He and his wife Denise McGowan Tracy, an event producer, playwright and performer, moved to Benton Harbor last year.

 

GhostLight’s Board of Directors President, Brett Lutz, said, "GhostLight is thankful for all that Marty has done as co-founder and executive director to launch our vision of bringing together a community in active participation with the arts. This theater continues to draw some of the best talent, artistic partnerships and arts-based educational opportunities from around the country into southwest Michigan, and we are excited for Ed to accelerate GhostLight's establishment as a premier location for the performing arts to thrive in Benton Harbor." 

Co-Founder and Artistic Director, Paul Mow, welcomed Ed in his new role as executive director, saying, “In hiring Ed Tracy as interim executive director, our board of directors has found a true professional with both the experience and understanding of the demands and needs of a non-profit arts organization. 

Mow continued, “It has been an honor to build the foundation of GhostLight alongside Marty. She leaves behind a significant contribution to the Benton Harbor Arts District, and all of us in the SW Michigan arts community who have begun the passionate work on this project we call a ‘storefront’ theatre.” I look forward to working with both Marty and Ed during this transition as well as throughout the fantastic 2022 theatrical production and artistic camp season that we have in store for the community.” 

GhostLight’s 2022 season opens with the musical Little Women (May 19-29) based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott, followed by Joshua Harmon’s play Significant Other (June 9-19), the Midwest premiere of Samuel D. Hunter’s Lewiston/Clarkston (July 14-24) and the Jeanine Tesori/Brian Crowley musical Violet (August 18-28). 

GhostLight is hosting educational camps throughout the summer including: CircEsteem Kids (June 20-24) a day camp designed to build self-esteem & mutual respect through the practice & performance of circus arts; Discovering Your Voice By Learning to Write Like Shakespeare (July 25-29) with Ken Smith, PhD; and, BEST Camp - Building Excellence through Summer Theater (June 27-July 1), a collaboration with The Citadel Dance & Music Center.

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