Bigfork Playhouse: Singin’ into summer

Playhouse season shifts into high gear with “Little Mermaid,” “Singin’ in the Rain”

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Bigfork Playhouse: "Singing' in the Rain"
Trase Milburn, Fiona Mowbray and Tyler Pirrung are sure to delight in “Singin’ in the Rain.”Photo © Bigfork Playhouse

The Bigfork Summer Playhouse turns up the heat this weekend on another summer of top-notch live professional theatre. The season’s must-see show for the family opens June 9 with “The Little Mermaid,” based on the animated 1989 Disney movie.

The musical follows the adventures of a mermaid named Ariel who dreams of the world above the sea and gives up her voice to find love. The fast-paced show, filled with songs from the Disney movie, “is sure to be a crowd pleaser for all ages,” predicts Playhouse Associate Producer Brach Thomson.

“Singin’ in the Rain,” based on the 1952 film about a silent-film company making the difficult transition to “talkies,” joins the repertory line-up June 12. Returning cast members Trase Milburn, Tyler Pirrung and Fiona Mowbray are sure to delight in the leading roles of this romantic song-and-dance musical, made famous by Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds.

“If you love to see tap dance, this is the show to watch,” says Thomson. Memorable toe-tappers include “Broadway Melody,” “Singin’ In The Rain,” “Good Morning,” “You Were Meant For Me,” and more.

“The Totally Radical 80s Revue,” a nostalgic romp through the greatest hits of the 1980s, continues through June 30.

The season continues to rev up with “All Shook Up,” a night of hilarious and enchanting 1950s fun, opening June 26. Written around songs made famous by Elvis Presley, it tells the story of a small town that discovers the magic of romance and the power of rock ’n roll.

The season’s final addition, “Into the Woods,” opens July 10. Meet Little Red, who is trying to visit her grandmother, the Wolf who loves tasty little girls, the Witch’s daughter Rapunzel, and the Princes chasing after their loves in this clever fairytale mash-up.

Show times are 8 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. selected Sundays. Tickets are available by phone, 406-837-4886; at the box office, open daily from noon until show time; or online at