Nov 042017
 November 4, 2017  No Responses »

Who’s ready for some Christmas miracles? Tickets for It’s a Wonderful Life the Musical are on sale now! Call 647-4041 to make your reservations. The box office is open Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 7-9. If you call outside of box office hours leave your name, a phone number, what night you would like tickets and how many student and adult tickets you need. Starting tomorrow night you will also be able to purchase tickets online at Tickets are $10 for students, $15 for adults.

Aug 122017
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Auditions for It’s a Wonderful Life, the Musical will take place on Tuesday, September 5 and Thursday, September 7 at 7 PM at the theater. We will need an audition piece to be sung with the piano. Performances will be December 1-3 and (possibly 7) 8-10.

Please note these dates are different than our normal fall show to put it close to Christmas.

There are parts for a minimum of 23 men, some of them which could be women, 15 women and four children. Fourth grade and up.

May 052017
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WHO: Students entering grades 4-12. No theater experience required!

WHAT: Summer Theater is a unique six-week program that offers students a fun way to gain theater experience. The program integrates theater games, exercises, and improvisation into a rehearsal process culminating in three full-length plays.

WHERE: The Portland Playhouse (231 Maple St. Portland, MI 48875)

WHEN: June 19th – July 30th, 2017 (Monday-Friday with weekend performances)

HOW: Complete the attached application and Parent/Participant agreement and mail them, along with the non-refundable registration fee of $150 for the first registered child, $100 for every sibling registered after. (Checks made payable to Portland Civic Players) – includes PCP Youth Membership, tee shirt, participation in 4th of July Parade, and participate in a live theater production.

Portland Civic Players Summer Theater,  P.O. Box 344, Portland, MI 48875

We at the Portland Civic Players are passionate about making sure every young person has access to the arts. There are a limited number of need-based financial assistance packages available. If interested, please contact Mary Teachout (

DEADLINE: Applications should be sent by Friday, June 9th. Spaces are limited, and students will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. All applicants beyond the available spots will be added to a waiting list. v If your participant will be absent from the program for more than one cumulative week, we ask that they do not participate.

Click “Download” link below for printable form:

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Fees are payable on-line by PayPal or Credit Card.  See link on the right side of this webpage.

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Feb 172017
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The Game’s Afoot gives you everything you love about great live theatre. Billed as a comedy thriller you will find yourself swept along for a wild and funny ride.” – Cleveland Fine Arts Examiner


Portland Civic Players

231 Maple Street, Portland, MI

Shows:  March 17, 18, 24, 25 at 7:30 pm   Sunday, March 19 at 3:00 pm

Call 517 647 4041 to reserve tickets

Winner! 2012 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allen Poe Awards – Best Play!
It is December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast-members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. Then it’s up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears. The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit set during the Christmas holidays.

“An inspired whodunit…a snappy, clever drawing-room mystery. There are twists in playwright Ken Ludwig’s The Game’s Afoot that cause the audience to gasp.” – The Cleveland Plain Dealer

The Game’s Afoot is Murderously Funny!” – Broadway World Cleveland

“The play evolves like a mystery thriller, as one tantalizing clue leads to another….In 1936, at the height of the Great Depression, people flocked to the theater for a few hours of escapism from hard times. Today, in our current recession, here is an antidote and the ideal holiday present – the gift of laughter.” – Cleveland Jewish News

“Ludwig demonstrates the theatrical equivalent of perfect pitch, both in this new work and in his past efforts.” – Cleveland Scene

“From the intriguing opening mini play within a play to the surprise last scene a split second before final curtain, The Game’s Afoot gives you everything you love about great live theatre. Billed as a comedy thriller you will find yourself swept along for a wild and funny ride.” – Cleveland Examiner

“A hilarious, quirky and thrilling alternative to your standard holiday entertainment. The Game’s Afoot is the perfect gift for the holidays..a fantastically fun night out at the theatre. It’s something we can be proud of as a city” –

The Game’s Afoot will be performed by professional and community theaters across the country. Certainly this production is Broadway quality.” –

Oct 062016
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Tickets are on sale NOW!   Our fall production of Disney’s Little Mermaid runs November 4, 5, 6 & 11, 12, 13.  Friday and Saturday show times are 7:30 pm, Sunday matinée starts at 3:00 pm.
$15 for adults and $10 for students (through high school).

New: Participate in our special Under the Sea Experience –  limited number of tickets for an all access pass to meet the cast, tour the theater and see how everyone prepares for a show! Call 647-4041 for reservations.