Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Cherry County Playhouse (Traverse City, Mich.) Play Programs

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Cherry County Playhouse (Traverse City, Mich.) Play Programs,
Creator: Cherry County Playhouse (Traverse City, Mich.)
Inclusive dates: 1956, 2003
Extent: .5 cubic feet (in 1 box)
Cherry County Playhouse (Traverse City, Mich.) play programs and organizational history, 1956, 2003.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

no Acc#

Access Restrictions:

Cherry County Playhouse (Traverse City, Mich.) Play Programs are open for research.


Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Cherry County Playhouse (Traverse City, Mich.) Play Programs, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement is chronological.


Organizational History:

The Cherry County Playhouse was founded in 1955 in Traverse City, Michigan, by radio actress Ruth Bailey. It was one of Michigan’s first professional theaters. It was a star system Equity summer stock theater. The first production was “Tonight or Never,” starring Ilona Massey. Traverse City was selected as it had become one of the largest summer resort areas in the U.S. Performances were staged initially in a red and white striped tent and showcased the talents of Hollywood stars.

After ten years, the Playhouse moved into the air-conditioned Dome of the Park Palace Hotel. In 1976, Miss Bailey sold the theater to comedian Pat Paulsen and Neil Rosen, a successful Lose Angeles television writer and producer. Paulsen later appeared in over 25 productions of the Playhouse.

In 1991, the Playhouse moved to the historic Fauenthal Center in Muskegon, Michigan. There, the Playhouse can now produce large-scale musicals and plays in the 1,750 seat Frauenthal, known for its outstanding acoustics. During its history, The Playhouse has been home to several world premieres. It has a full-time staff. The Playhouse also has an active apprentice programs, which provide practical experience on stage and backstage for young people interested in theatrical careers.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of the organizational history from the website, 2003, Play Programs, 1956-1968, including a few newsletters or advertisements about the plays.

Subject Terms

    • Cherry County Playhouse (Traverse City, Mich.)
    • Theaters--Michigan.
    • Traverse City (Mich.)--Social life and customs.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Cherry County Playhouse (Traverse City, Mich.) Play Programs [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Organizational History (from Cherry County Playhouse website), 2003
    Box   1 F   2
    Play Programs, “Three men on a horse,” 1956; “Arms and the man,” “Anniversary waltz,” 1957, 1956-1957
    Box   1 F   3
    Play Programs, “Separate tables,” “The rainmaker,” 1958, 1958
    Box   1 F   4
    Play Programs, “Two for the seesaw,” “Laura,” “The third best sport,” “The world of Suzie Wong,” “Bachelor honeymoon,” “The show-off,” “Send me no flowers,”1962: “Champagne complex,” “Voice of the turtle,” “Under the yum yum tree,” “Dear Ruth,” “The pleasure of his company,” “Everybody loves Opal,” “Invitation to a march,” “Springtime for Henry,” “The moon is blue,” 1961, 1961-1962
    Box   1 F   5
    Play Programs, “In blithe spirit,” “Critic’s choice,” “King of hearts,” “Not in the book,” “Oh men! Oh women!,” “Take her she’s mine,” “Come blow your horn,” “Janus,” “No bed of roses,” 1963, 1963
    Box   1 F   6
    Play Programs, “John loves Mary,” “The solid gold Cadillac,” “Harvey,” “Grand prize,” “See how they run,” “The happiest years,” “Lo and behold,” “Night must fall,” “Sunday in New York,” “Kind sir,” 1964, 1964
    Box   1 F   7
    Play Programs, “Over twenty-one,” “Tom Jones,” “A thousand clowns,” “Whose baby are you?,” “Bell, book and candle,” “Claudia,” “Never too late,” “Irma la douce,” 1965, 1965
    Box   1 F   8
    Play Programs, “Miranda,” “The bat,” “Mary, Mary,” “Private lives,” “Catch me if you can,” “All for Mary,” “Love and kisses,” “Skylark,” “The subject was roses,” 1966, 1966
    Box   1 F   9
    Play Programs, "Everybody’s girl,” “My three angels,” “Any Wednesday,” “The odd couple,” “Generation,” “The seven deadly arts,” “Roman candle,” “A roomful of roses,” “The vinegar tree,” 1967, 1967
    Box   1 F   10
    Play Programs, “Room service,” “Fallen angels,” “What did we do wrong,” “Bare foot in the park,” “The rainmaker,” “The tunnel of love,” “Picnic,” “The impossible years,” “A girl could get lucky,” 1968, 1968