Honk! is an award-winning musical based on Hans Christian Anderson's "The Ugly Duckling," packed with wit and good family fun. Parents Drake and Ida are surprised that their new brood contains an ugly chick nothing like his siblings, who makes a strange honk sound instead of the expected quack! Ida loves her son despite his appearance and the ridiculing of the other farmyard fowl. This ridiculing drives Ugly into the eager arms of the Tom Cat, who tries to eat him. Ugly escapes by the skin of his teeth, but with night falling he becomes lost. Ida organizes a search from home and Ugly meets other interesting animal characters and various dangers as he tries to journey back to the farm and rejoin his mother. His adventures include falling in love with the beautiful swan Penny and continually having to evade the plans of Tom Cat who refuses to give up the thought of lunch. The show is suitable for kids through adults and is a wonderful and magical theater experience for the whole family.

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A Fairy Tale Christmas

The well-loved Dickens' tale (A Christmas Carol) gets a new look as it is populated with familiar fairy tale characters such as the Big Bad Wolf (as Ebeneezer Scrooge), Prince Charming and Cinderella (as Mr. and Mrs.Crachit), and the Fairy Godmother, Old King Cole, and Queen of Hearts (as the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future). Many other well-known characters are in this fun-filled adaptation that stays true to the warmth and heart of this classic.

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Chills 'n Fills

The Saline Area Players are happy to collaborate with Mangiamo Italian Grill on a Halloween-themed Dinner Theater production, Chills 'n Fills.

Join us for a fun event that will summon up the Halloween spirit as you are regaled with haunting and suspenseful tales, many taken from local lore, and entertained with comedic interludes, all interspersed during the delicious meal served to you.

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Auditions for A Fairy Tale Christmas

by Flip Kobler and Cindy Marcus

Dads, Moms, sons and daughters ages 6 and up are invited to audition for Saline Area Players' production of A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol. The well-loved Dickens' tale gets a new look as it's populated with familiar fairy tale characters like the Big Bad Wolf, Cinderella, Jack of beanstalk fame and more! This fun play has numerous speaking parts as well as a chorus with singing and dancing opportunities. This show will be directed by veteran Christmas play director and lifetime SAP member Kara Cardella.

Auditions for A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol will be held Sunday, October 19 from 3-5:00 p.m., and Monday, October 20 from 7-9:00 p.m., at Liberty School Auditorium, 7265 N Ann Arbor St in Saline. Please arrive 30 minutes before the audition time to register. The auditions will consist of theater games, singing familiar Christmas carols, and readings from the script. Audition forms can be downloaded from the website www.salineareaplayers.org or picked up during registration. VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: It is vital to the casting decision that the director knows any conflicts you or your child may have with rehearsals at auditions. If you have conflicts tech week - the week before the show opens - or any of the show dates, you will not be cast. Set strike following the final show is mandatory for all cast. Some actors may be double cast if needed. Show dates are December 4-7.

Participation in all Saline Area Players productions requires membership to SAP and this show has a participation fee of $10 in addition to the membership fee. Parents of cast members, and cast members themselves, will be expected to assist in production duties such as props, costumes, publicity, and supervision backstage during shows.

Rehearsals will take place Saturday mornings from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and Tuesday evenings from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. A rehearsal schedule showing who should come to which rehearsals will be passed out during the first week. Mrs. Cardella starts her rehearsals promptly!

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Twisting with Aesop

October 5 at 1 & 3:30, Rentschler Farm

Saline Area Players have made it a tradition to perform at Rentschler Farm during Harvest Time on the Farm. This year, the show will be a rendition of some familiar Aesop fables, plus toe-tapping tunes, in a lovely outdoor, country atmosphere setting! Tales include the Tortoise and the Hare, The Ant and the Grasshopper and the Boy Who Cried Wolf.

Announcing our 2014 fall season

Twisted Fables - Rentschler Farm Harvest Days
October 5 at 1:00 & 3:30 PM
Written/produced by Patti Ringe

A fun rendition of some of your favorite Aesop Fables, with a "twist," including Tortoise and the Hare, The Ant and the Grasshopper and the Boy Who Cried Wolf
Auditions for all ages at the end of August. Check back for details. Four rehearsals plus a dress rehearsal.

Chills 'n Fills - Mangiamo Italian Grill (dinner theater)
October 24 & 25 at 7 PM and October 26 at 5 PM
Written/directed by Tami Hindes. Produced by Debra Warila

A collection of spooky tales, many taken from local lore, and portrayed by some eerie characters.
Auditions for late teens/adults in early September. Check back for details.

A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol - Stone Arch Arts and Events
December 4-7
Directed by Kara Cardella

A twist on Dickens' Christmas Carol story with fairytale characters playing the parts.
Auditions for men, women & children in mid October - check back for details.

Spring show - information coming soon!

Not interested in auditioning, but want to work behind the scenes with things like set building, set design, set painting, costumes, props, publicity, advertising, tickets, producing, programs, etc. Contact president@salineareaplayers.org with your interest!

Silent Night: The Real(ish) Story

The most beloved Christmas carol, "Silent Night," was written almost by accident. A young priest, an Austrian village and a damaged organ all took part in the creation of this classic hymn. With a bit of embellishment, some memorable characters, and favorite holiday tunes, this staging of the almost catastrophe will be a delight for the whole family!

The show is suitable for kids through adults and is a wonderful and magical theater experience for the whole family

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40th Anniversary Gala

Price: $10/person (includes show and afterglow party)
Order online: Click on the link below to order now using credit card. There is a $1 service charge per ticket.
Reserve "will call" tickets via email: Email tickets@salineareaplayers.org. Indicate the number tickets desired. This email may also be used for any questions.
At the door: Buy tickets at the door with cash or check.
Questions/"will call" by phone: Call 734-355-8898
Special Needs: Patrons are asked to call ahead if they have special seating needs.

Enjoy a retrospective of SAP's 40 years of entertainment in this community. The show will include performances of stars of the past, photos of past shows, cameo appearances of colorful characters, and some group singing. Hear songs from South Pacific, Oklahoma, My Fair Lady, Annie, A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum, Bye Bye Birdie and others. Join others for a Saline Area Players reunion performance followed by a party at Mac's, and re-live shows from the past with us.

Party Attire encouraged!

Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka

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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

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Steel Magnolias

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Announcing Our 40th Anniversary Season

Join in the celebration of our 40th anniversary season. Lots of opportunities for actors, builders, painters, costumers, ticket sellers, publicity help, graphic designers, audience members and more.

Rentschler Farm Harvest Days - Variety Show
October 7, 2012
Coordinated by Leo Babcock.

Steel Magnolias directed by Rebecca Groeb-Driskill
Performance Dates: October 26 - 28, 2012

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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Performance Dates:
November 29 & 30 at 7:00PM
December 1 & 2 at 1:00PM & 3:30PM

October 15 & 16 at 7:00 p.m. at MS orchestra room
Callbacks October 17 at 7:00 p.m. at MS orchestra room

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Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka (musical)
directed by Tami Hindes
April 19-21, 2013
Auditions TBD - likely in late January

GALA EVENT celebrating 40 years of performances with stars from the past!
June 2013
Stay tuned for more details to come!!!

The Carol Burnett Show: Your Favorite Sketches

Join the Saline Area Players for a nostalgic look back to the days of The Carol Burnett Show. Experience the humor and creativity of the good old days of comedy sketches, under the direction of Tami Hindes.

The show will be performed at Stone Arch Arts and Events at 8:00 PM on March 8 & 9 and 2:00 PM on March 10 & 11. A special dinner theater performance will be at 7:00 PM on March 10.

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Written and directed by Kara Cardella

The Saline Area Players are happy to launch this original production of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer directed by Kara Cardella with assistance by Patti Ringe and musical coaching by Robert Cindric.

Show dates and times: December 1 & 2 at 7:00 PM and December 3 & 4 at 1:00 & 3:30 PM

Location: Stone Arch and Events, 117 S. Ann Arbor St., Saline, MI 48176

Price: $8/adults, $5/students & seniors 65+, $25/immediate family
Seating: General Admission
Reserve online: Tickets can be reserved up until 24 hours before the beginning of the performance. Email tickets@salineareaplayers.org and indicate the date and time you wish to attend, and the number of tickets you need in each category. If you are requesting an "immediate family" ticket (which generally means parents and their children), please indicate how many people are in your immediate family group. Tickets will be reserved for you at the door and held until 15 minutes before showtime. We will accept cash or check.
At the door: Some tickets will be available at the door. Please bring cash or check.
In Person: At Busch's, 565 E Michigan or Maureen's Designs, 101 S. Ann Arbor St. in Saline.

Cast: The cast includes Rudolph who is played by Abby Wilson, Santa and Mrs. Claus played by Leo and Barbara Babcock, and Blitzen and Mistletoe (Rudolph's parents) played by Jesse Ray and Jordan Louise Bauman. Krissa Rumsey's character narrates. Other cast include: Linus Babcock, Natalie Bauman, Hannah Burkhart, Mallory Castor, Claire Endres, Ben Faulkner, Adelaide Gregor, Arianna Gregor, Benedict Gregor, John Paul Gregor, Madeline Gregor, Maurita Gregor, Sammie Giannotti, Lauren Getsov, Rich Hamann, Tommy Hamann, Alex Jasman, Adair Jost, Giselle Jost, Mackenna Kofahl, Maggie McCormick, Natalie McQuade, Daniel Muzzi, Stephen Muzzi, Miranda Patterson, Ben Walsworth Purkiss, Maria Ray, Ella Rumsey, Josie Rumsey, Cezanne Smith, Marlowe Smith, and Lizzie Thomas.

Synopsis: The story is based on the famous song by the same name, and includes favorite characters like Rudolph, Santa and Mrs. Claus, reindeer and elves, plus some new characters. The story highlights the growing years of Rudolph, the reindeer that was born with a shiny nose and later goes on to lead Santa's sleigh. It is a family event filled with humor, a lovely message about celebrating our differences, and familiar music. Be prepared for some fun audience interaction. In addition, SAP will be supporting Toys for Tots by having a collection box at the play for those who want to donate new toys for kids.

Additional Information: Please call 734-429-1480 if you have any additional questions.

"Won't you guide my sleigh tonight?"

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by Peter Bond
Directed by Tami Hindes

When well-meaning Jack swaps the family cow for a tin of magic beans,
he has no idea it'll lead to fortune and a family reunion!

Show dates and times: 7:00 PM on Friday, September 23, 4:30 & 7:00 PM on Saturday, September 24, and 2:00 & 4:30 on Sunday, September 25.

Location: Rentschler Farm, 1265 E Michigan Avenue, Saline, MI 48176. The show will be held in the barn on the property. Dress for the weather as there is no heating or cooling system - bring a blanket if needed. There is a restroom on the property. Patrons are encouraged to contact us ahead of time if they have special seating needs. The show will be approximately 45 minutes in length.


  • Price: $8 for adults and $5 for students
  • Seating: General admission
  • At the door: Buy tickets at the door with cash or check
  • Reserve a seat that will be held for you until 15 minutes before showtime by sending an email to tickets@salineareaplayers.org specifying the show date and time and the number of adult and student tickets you would like to reserve. This email address may also be used for any questions.

A perfect play for the whole family, this delightful show is a British panto version of Jack and the Beanstalk, full of audience interaction and silliness. Be prepared to laugh with the characters, and watch sound effects be made in front of your eyes.

Jack and the Beantin Cast
Jack: Jordan Louise Bauman
Mrs. Broke: Lori Laurent Smith
Gert: Alex Crayne
Rude: Erian Williams
Beth: Gary Glover
Little: Tim Brayman
Mrs. Scrubba: Mary Rumman
Rover: Erian Williams
Beanseller: Pat Collins


The Saline Area Players are delighted to announce their presentation of The Sound of Music by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II with artistic direction by Carrie Jay Sayer and musical direction by Robert Cindric. This wonderful musical will be shown at 7:00 PM March 25, 2:00 & 7:00 PM on March 26, and 2:00 PM on March 27 at the Ellen Ewing Performing Arts Center in the Saline High School, 1300 Campus Parkway, Saline MI 48176.

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The Saline Area Players announce their production of How the Grinch Stole Christmas which will be performed on December 2 & 3 at 7:00 p.m. and December 4 & 5 at 1:00 & 3:30 p.m. at the Stone Arch Arts and Events Center, 117 S. Ann Arbor St, Saline MI (former Methodist Church). Ticket prices are $5/person or $25/immediate family. Seating is general admission. Tickets may be reserved by calling 734-677-3727.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas is an original adaptation written and directed by Kara Cardella. Be prepared for cameo appearances by The Cat-in-the-Hat, Horton and other favorite Seuss characters. Also included will be a clever rendering of "The Night Before Christmas." This show, which promises to be a delight for people of all ages, will be performed in collaboration with the Saline Area Chamber of Commerce during the Saline holiday parade weekend festivities. In addition, SAP will be supporting Toys for Tots by having a collection box at the play.

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Directed by Paul Bianchi

October 29 & 31, November 5 & 6 @ 8 p.m. October 31 & November 7 at 3:00 p.m.

Liberty School Theater, 7265 N. Ann Arbor St., Saline, MI

General Admission. $12 for adults, $10 for students through high school & seniors 65+.

Tickets are available at the door.

For information or to make a reservation for special needs seating, please call 734-355-8898.

This psychological drama is a thinking person's Gothic thriller, a dark comedy that is both funny and frightening. On a snowy night Inspector Ruffing (Kyle Newmeyer) is called to a remote house to investigate the headlong plunge of Patrick Roarke down the main staircase. He becomes involved in the lives of five alluring and dangerous woman, including Mrs. Ravenscroft (Elizabeth Atkinson), the lady of the manor, her teenage daughter Gillian (Lauren Branch), the governess Marcy (Halla Motawi), the cook Mrs. French (Kaarina Quinnell), and the maid Dolly (Susan Toth Bernard). They lead him through a bewildering labyrinth of contradictory versions of Patrick's demise and that of the late Mr. Ravenscroft.

It's the perfect show to watch during the Halloween season!!!

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Harvest Days

Photos and a news story link from the recent Harvest Days show at Rentschler Farm.

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