North Country Opera is a musical play by renowned Michigan playwright and song writer, Jay Stielstra. Set in the Buckhorn Bar in northern Michigan, it is the north country’s own version of a timeless love story: a young man falls in love with the beauty of the northern woods and rivers – and the woman he meets there. After leaving for the big city to pursue bigger and better things, he realizes how much he misses the two loves he left behind.
The Old Art Building will host its 40th Anniversary Revival.
A Tribute to Northern Michigan
The play is a loving tribute to the people and culture of northern Michigan: fishing for trout in the cold rivers, hunting for birds in the autumn woods, and snowmobiling in the winter. And of course, the comradery and wit of local characters found in a favorite tavern.
An All-Star Cast and Crew
Ron Miller, who directed earlier productions of both North Country Opera and North Country Opera Continued, returns to direct the 40th anniversary North Country Opera 2022 revival produced by Barbara Schmid and Dan McCarthy, with Michigan theater and arts mainstay, Barry La Rue, as Stage Manager. Along with the classic North Country Opera storyline, North Country Opera 2022 includes a collection of Jay Stielstra’s most memorable folk songs – including I Love Two Rivers, Heaven for Me, The Boats Came in to Ludington and more – all performed by a cast of Michigan musical and theater luminaries: starring Rochelle Clark and Brad Phillips with Chris Buhalis, Kristi Davis, Peter Knox, Christina McMullen, David Menefee, and Italy-based artist Aaron Stielstra. The Buckhorn Bar Band features Music Director Judy Banker with Michigan music favorites David Roof, Grant Flick, and Ben Willis.