SCA stage explodes with color at the 2022 Summer Performance Series

Tickets on sale Wednesday, March 9

Saugatuck, MI – Saugatuck Center for the Arts opens the doors with a dynamic return to in-person theater for its 20th season. World-class performers bring incredible choreography, moving musical numbers, and hilarious anecdotes in two beloved Broadway musicals and two hot cabarets, right here in Saugatuck. Cue the lights and the band – the SCA stage is coming to life like never before.

Live performance is the heartbeat of this creative community. The SCA is proud to support this deeply rooted passion and provide experiences that lift people up, bring communities together, and create memories that last a lifetime.

Join Artistic Director Kurt Stamm as he explores the upcoming summer season and get ready for two big Mason Street Warehouse performances AND sizzling cabarets!

Legally Blonde The Musical

June 24 – July 17
Sunday – Thursday: $65 | Friday + Saturday: $68

A fabulously fun award-winning musical based on the adored movie, Legally Blonde. The musical follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. Action-packed and exploding with memorable songs and dynamic dances, the show takes you from the sorority house to the halls of justice with one of Broadway’s brightest heroines and her Chihuahua, Bruiser. Legally Blonde The Musical warms the heart by proving that self-discovery can be way too much fun and hilarious to boot.

Start practicing your bend and snap… and get ready for incredible dance numbers, amazing characters, and one of Broadway’s greatest scores (and did we mention there will be dogs?) at Legally Blonde!

“The non stop sugar rush of a show!” – The New York Times

Little Shop of Horrors

August 12 – 28
Sunday – Thursday: $65 | Friday + Saturday: $68

The world’s most ravenous plant returns in the deviously delicious Broadway smash musical, Little Shop of Horrors. Meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names “Audrey II” after his coworker crush. The foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises Seymour unending fame and fortune as long as he keeps feeding it… blood. Over time Seymour discovers Audrey II’s out-of-this-world origins and intent on global domination – who will win the battle of “vines over matter”? Experience this cult favorite musical – and its electrifying 1960’s pop/rock score – as only Mason Street Warehouse can present it!

“A triumphant delicious revival!” – The New York Times

Ready for more great performances? We’re thrilled to welcome back Mason Street Warehouse alumni in two unique Cabarets. 

Song Diaries Live

Featuring Tony DeSare

Friday, July 22 | 7:30 pm
Tickets: $65

MSW alumni Tony DeSare brings his popular “Song Diaries” to the SCA for one night only! Inspired by his expansive catalog of Sinatra standards, pop favorites, piano blockbusters and heartfelt originals, this new solo show will take you on a sweeping musical journey. Spanning the likes of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Bill Withers, The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel and more, DeSare puts a fresh spin on classic hits, playing with infectious joy and robust musicality.

From jazz clubs to Carnegie Hall to Las Vegas headlining with Don Rickles and major symphony orchestras, DeSare has brought his fresh take on old school class around the globe. Tony has three top ten Billboard jazz albums under his belt and has been featured on the CBS Early Show, NPR, A Prairie Home Companion, the Today Show and his music has been posted by social media celebrity juggernaut, George Takei. Tony has also collaborated with Youtube icons Postmodern Jukebox. He appeared on the SCA stage in both MSW productions of Our Sinatra.

This cabaret is Tony’s only scheduled Michigan appearance in ‘22 – don’t miss this very special evening.

A Couple Strong Belts

Featuring Marya Grandy + Tommy Vendafreddo

Friday, September 2 | 7:30 pm
Tickets: $65

Join Mason Street Warehouse veterans Tommy Vendafreddo and Marya Grandy as they return to the SCA stage! This power duo has been performing together since 2016, bringing their show to Uptown Underground and the Venus Cabaret in Chicago, as well as stages around the country. Marya was featured in the 2020 MSW review “Oh What a Night!”; Tommy served as musical director for MSW productions In The Heights, Just Too Big, and Legally Blonde.

Plus, save the date for the 3rd annual Jump into Summer!

Featuring The Accidentals

June 17 + 18
FREE admission!

Nothing says Michigan summer more than a FREE outdoor concert by Michigan-natives, The Accidentals, family-friendly activities, snacks, craft beverages, and a rocking, weekend-long party.

This June, we’re kicking off our 20th summer at the SCA with a big, bold, bright celebration of our colorful community at the 3rd annual Jump Into Summer Party on June 17 + 18. We’re packing Friday full of live music starting at 5:00 pm, and amping up until female-fronted, multi-instrumentalist power trio, The Accidentals hit the stage at 7:00 pm.

The party keeps GROWING on Saturday, June 18 with an exhibition celebration, family-centered activities and games, community partners, and MORE

“We’re thrilled to welcome guests and actors back for in-person performances this summer,” said SCA Executive Director Kristin Armstrong. “We’ve pulled out all the stops for our 20th Anniversary season, serving up two large musicals. And it’s so special welcoming Tony DeSare back to Saugatuck. Tony is playing with Symphonies across the country – having him at the SCA for an intimate solo show will be one of the highlights of the year.”

SCA Artistic Director Kurt Stamm says, “the talent that will be at the SCA this summer is world class. We are so fortunate to get some of the best actors, singers, and dancers to come and share their talents with us.” Stamm auditioned more than 1,200 actors from around the country plus in-person student auditions at select Michigan universities, winnowing the talent pool down to 29 actors in the two productions.

SCA family members have first dibs on tickets, starting TODAY, March 3. Not yet part of our SCA Family? It’s not too late — simply make a donation of $50 (or more!) and we’ll send you a member code to unlock early access to tickets. CLICK HERE to make your gift.

Remaining tickets will be released on sale Wednesday, March 9. Tickets for the 2022 Cabaret Shows will also be available for purchase beginning Wednesday, March 9 (or Thursday, March 3 for our SCA Family).

The Performance Season at the SCA wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. Diamond sponsor; George Stoutin – Edward Jones. Platinum sponsors; Baird Wealth Management, Holland Doctors of Audiology, Engel & Volkers Shoreline, Author Wade Rouse + Gary Edwards, Cathy + Clark Carmichael. Gold sponsors; Ruoff Mortgage, Kevin Putnam of Five Star* Real Estate + Joseph Blodgett, MD, Nancy + Doug Padnos, Gina + Kevin Bognar. Silver sponsors; Cunningham Dalman, Macatawa Bank, Lakeshore Allergy, Huntington Bank, Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts.

When you support the SCA — through buying tickets, attending special events, or making gifts — you help us serve the community through bold entertainment, inspiring education, and unexpected engagement. To ensure that everyone has access to creativity and the arts, all of our school programming for students is cost-free and we offer a variety of free or modestly-priced programs for families and adults throughout the year.