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Sep
6
Fri
Young Frankenstein
Sep 6 – Sep 28 all-day

Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan
Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks
Original Direction & Choreography by Susan Stroman

This monster musical comedy is derived from the twisted comedy genius of Mel Brooks as he adapts his legendarily funny film into a brilliant stage creation – Young Frankenstein! Grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Frederick Frankenstein inherits his family’s estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchbacked sidekick, Igor, and a leggy lab assistant, Inga, Frederick finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestors. “It’s alive!” he exclaims as he brings to life a creature to rival his grandfather’s. Eventually, of course, the monster escapes and hilarity continuously abounds.

Young Frankenstein performs September 6, 7, 8*, 12, 13, 14, 15*, 19, 20, 21, 22*, 26, 27 & 28, 2019
*Denotes Matinee

Show Times:
Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 7:30 PM (Doors Open At 7:00PM)
Sunday Matinees: 2:00 PM (Doors Open At 1:30 PM)

Tickets Go On Sale:
To Season Ticket Holders August 13, 2019
To The General Public and On-Line Sales August 20, 2019

Ticket Prices:
Adults: $23.00
Student/Senior/Military: $21.00

Oct
4
Fri
God Help Us @ Billings Studio Theatre
Oct 4 – Oct 6 all-day

GOD HELP US! is a play pulled directly out of today’s headlines. An evening full of hilarious, poignant, unifying, thought provoking entertainment.
Larry, (Jay Pyette) a liberal leaning fellow, and Randi, (Kate Hagen) a conservative kind of woman, find themselves confronted by GOD, Ed Asner, a wise, sarcastic, cantankerous and wildly funny character who is offended by what America’s political leaders have done to America. He has brought Randi and Larry to Purgatory for a lively debate about the issues our time. Whomever he finds more persuasive will get God’s “mighty thumb on the scale” in one or the other’s favor. We learn that Randi and Larry were a couple back in their college days, but politics tore them apart – in large measure because they couldn’t learn how to disagree without being disagreeable. God interrogates them on a wide array of topics – domestic, international and personal – while commenting on the Bible, the Big Bang, the origin of mankind, and so much more. Given the current state of our politics – GOD HELP US! speaks to audiences of all political persuasions with one essential argument, that we must listen to each other so that we can all live – and laugh – together.

Ed Asner (God) starred as Carl Fredricksen in Pixar’s 2009 box-office- hit Oscar winning Best Picture “Up!” and as Santa in the movie version of “Elf.” Mr. Asner was the recipient of his eighth Emmy Award at The CSA Awards for his guest appearance in the Canadian dramatic series “Forgive Me.” Mr. Asner is best known for his comedic and dramatic talent as the gruff but soft-hearted journalist Lou Grant, the role he originated on the landmark TV newsroom comedy, “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” and continued in the newspaper-biz drama “Lou Grant,” which earned him five Emmys and three Golden Globe Awards. Mr. Asner received two more Emmy and Golden Globe Awards for the mini-series “Rich Man, Poor Man” and “Roots.”

Jay Pyette (Larry) is the Artistic director for the Montana Actor’s Theatre having been associated with the theatre since its founding in 1992.
As an actor some of Jay’s favorite roles include Katurian in the “Pillowman”, Donny in the “The Lieutenant of Inishmore”, and Shag in “Equivocation”. He was recently seen in MAT’s production of “12 Angry Men” as Juror number 9.
As a designer, some of Jay’s favorite sets include those for “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at the Eilma CV in Missoula, “Ruined” for the MAT stage, and the “mobile homes” for MAT’s Trailer Park production.
Complete information  on Jay’s career can be found at www.jaypyette.com.

Kate Hagan (Randi) has been performing with the Montana Actor’s Theatre for 5 years in such roles as Ms Furnival in “Black Comedy”, Josephine in “Ruined”, Frenchie in “Grease” and Annette in “God of Carnage” as well as many others.
Kate is an accomplished costumer, with degrees in Fashion and Design and Elementary Education.
She currently teaches fourth grade at Havre Elementary Schools.

 

Billings, Studio Theatre and the Montana Actor’s Theatre are both sponsored in part by the Montana Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Oct
11
Fri
Murder for Two
Oct 11 – Oct 26 all-day

By Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair

A two person musical. Officer Marcus Moscowicz is a small town policeman with dreams of making it to detective. One fateful night, shots ring out at the surprise birthday party of Great American Novelist Arthur Whitney and the writer is killed…fatally. With the nearest detective an hour away, Marcus jumps at the chance to prove his sleuthing skills—with the help of his silent partner, Lou. But whodunit?

Murder for Two performs October 11, 12, 13/, 17, 18, 19, 20*, 24, 25 & 26, 2019
*Denotes Matinee

Show Times:
Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 7:30 PM (Doors Open At 7:00PM)
Sunday Matinees: 2:00 PM (Doors Open At 1:30 PM)

Tickets Go On Sale:
To Season Ticket Holders September 17, 2019
To The General Public and On-Line Sales September 24, 2019

Ticket Prices:
Adults: $23.00
Student/Senior/Military: $21.00

Nov
29
Fri
A Christmas Story
Nov 29 – Dec 15 all-day

By Philip Grecian.
Based on the motion picture A Christmas Story, © 1983 Turner Entertainment Co., distributed by Warner Bros., Written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark; and on the book In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepherd.

A Christmas classic. It is the 1940s and 9-year-old Ralphie Parker is on a quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. He pleads his case to his mother, his teacher and even Santa Claus himself, at the Department Store, with the same consistent response: “You’ll shoot your eye out!”

A Christmas Story performs Nov. 29, 30, Dec. 1*,5, 6, 7, 8*, 12, 13, 14 & 15* , 2019
*Denotes Matinee

Show Times:
Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 7:30 PM (Doors Open At 7:00PM)
Sunday Matinees: 2:00 PM (Doors Open At 1:30 PM)

Tickets Go On Sale:
To Season Ticket Holders November 5, 2019
To The General Public and On-Line Sales November 12, 2019

Ticket Prices:
Adults: $21.00
Student/Senior/Military: $19.00

Jan
9
Thu
Frozen Jr.
Jan 9 – Jan 19 all-day

Music and Lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
Book by Jennifer Lee
Based on the Disney film written by Jennifer Lee
and directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee
The original Broadway production of Frozen was directed by
Michael Grandage and produced by Disney Theatrical Productions

A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Frozen JR. expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood. With a cast of beloved characters and loaded with magic, adventure, and plenty of humor, Frozen JR. is sure to thaw even the coldest heart!

Frozen Jr performs January 9, 10, 11**, 12*, 16, 17, 18**, 19*, 2020
*Denotes Matinee **Denotes Both Matinee and Evening Performance

Show Times:
Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 7:30 PM (Doors Open At 7:00PM)
Sunday Matinees: 2:00 PM (Doors Open At 1:30 PM)

Tickets Go On Sale:
To Season Ticket Holders/The General Public and Online Sales December 3, 2019

Ticket Prices:
Adults/Student/Senior/Military: $15.00

Jan
31
Fri
Terms of Endearment
Jan 31 – Feb 15 all-day

A Drama Adapted For The Stage by Dan Gordon
Based on the novel by Larry McMurtry
And the Screenplay by James L. Brooks of the Motion Picture produced by Paramount Pictures Corporation

Challenges in life and love test the resilience of a mother-daughter relationship. This bittersweet and touching story captures the delicate and sometimes fractured bonds of family ties and love.

Terms of Endearment performs Jan. 31, Feb. 1, 2*, 6, 7, 8, 9*, 13, 14 & 15 , 2020
*Denotes Matinee

Show Times:
Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 7:30 PM (Doors Open At 7:00PM)
Sunday Matinees: 2:00 PM (Doors Open At 1:30 PM)

Tickets Go On Sale:
To Season Ticket Holders January 7, 2020
To The General Public and On-Line Sales January 14, 2020

Ticket Prices:
Adults: $21.00
Student/Senior/Military: $19.00

Feb
28
Fri
Hilda’s Yard
Feb 28 – Mar 14 all-day

By Norm Foster

In one extraordinary day in 1956, a family has their son lose his job and move back home, has their daughter leave her husband and move back home and the father Sam, thinking that he and his wife Hilda are empty nesters and can start to live their OWN lives, buys their first television set. A poignant and funny look at how family dynamics don’t really change much over the years.

Hilda’s Yard performs Feb. 28, 29, Mar. 1*, 5, 6, 7, 8*, 12, 13 &14, 2020
*Denotes Matinee

Show Times:
Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 7:30 PM (Doors Open At 7:00PM)
Sunday Matinees: 2:00 PM (Doors Open At 1:30 PM)

Tickets Go On Sale:
To Season Ticket Holders February 4, 2020
To The General Public and On-Line Sales February 11, 2020

Ticket Prices:
Adults: $21.00
Student/Senior/Military: $19.00

Mar
27
Fri
Matilda: The Musical
Mar 27 – Apr 11 all-day

Book by Dennis Kelly
Music & Lyrics by Tim Minchin
Based on the book, “Matilda” by Roald Dahl

Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers. She’s unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, Miss Honey. Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other’s lives, as Miss Honey begins not only to recognize but also appreciate Matilda’s extraordinary personality. Matilda’s school life isn’t completely smooth sailing – the school’s mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts, and could be the school pupils’ saving grace!

Matilda: The Musical performs March 27, 28, 29*, April 2, 3, 4, 5*, 9, 10 & 11, 2020
*Denotes Matinee

Show Times:
Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 7:30 PM (Doors Open At 7:00PM)
Sunday Matinees: 2:00 PM (Doors Open At 1:30 PM)

Tickets Go On Sale:
To Season Ticket Holders March 3, 2020
To The General Public and On-Line Sales March 10, 2020

Ticket Prices:
Adults: $23.00
Student/Senior/Military: $21.00

May
8
Fri
It Shoulda Been You
May 8 – May 23 all-day

Book and Lyrics by Brian Hargrove
Music and Concept Barbara Anselmi
Additional Lyrics by Michael Cooper, Will Randall, Carla Rose Fisher, Ernie Lijoi and Jill Abramovitz
Based on a concept by Barbara Anselmi

The bride is Jewish. The groom is Catholic. Her mother is a force of nature. His mother is a tempest in a cocktail shaker. And, when the bride’s ex-boyfriend crashes the party, the perfect wedding starts to unravel faster than you can whistle “Here Comes the Bride!” It’s up to the sister of the bride to turn a tangled mess into happily ever after in this musical comedy for anyone who ever had parents.

It Shoulda Been You performs May 8, 9, 10*, 14, 15, 16, 17*, 21, 22 & 23, 2020
*Denotes Matinee

Show Times:
Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 7:30 PM (Doors Open At 7:00PM)
Sunday Matinees: 2:00 PM (Doors Open At 1:30 PM)

Tickets Go On Sale:
To Season Ticket Holders April 14, 2020
To The General Public and On-Line Sales April 21, 2020

Ticket Prices:
Adults: $23.00
Student/Senior/Military: $21.00

Jun
5
Fri
Sugarbean Sister
Jun 5 – Jun 20 all-day

By Nathan Sanders

In this Southern Gothic comedy of romance, murder and alien abduction, the Nettle sisters are determined to escape spinsterhood—Willie Mae by going to Salt Lake and finding a good husband and Faye by hopping on the spaceship when the “space people” return for another visit.

Sugarbean Sister performs June 5, 6, 7*, 11, 12, 13, 14*, 18, 19 & 20, 2020
*Denotes Matinee

Show Times:
Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 7:30 PM (Doors Open At 7:00PM)
Sunday Matinees: 2:00 PM (Doors Open At 1:30 PM)

Tickets Go On Sale:
To Season Ticket Holders May 12, 2020
To The General Public and On-Line Sales May 19, 2020

Ticket Prices:
Adults: $21.00
Student/Senior/Military: $19.00