The Ice House is home to The Ice House Theater Project, MAC’s community theater directed by local professionals. Presently we produce four “main stage” shows a year. Each season we strive to pick shows that local actors want to act in and shows the local audience wants to attend. Some shows are small cast, some are large cast, and there are occasional musicals. From our inception, we’ve sought to include, every season, at least one multi-generational play with parts for both children and adults. In such shows the entire family can be part of the action.
Theater at the Ice House
March 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18 at 7:00 p.m.
March 12, and 19 at 2:00 p.m.
$8 MAC Members
March 9: Preview (Admission is your donation)
March 15: Pay-what-you-can Night!
This hilarious and poignant play is set in a communal residence where four mentally handicapped men reside. Norman, who works in a doughnut shop and is unable to resist the lure of the sweet pastries, takes great pride in the huge bundle of keys he wears on his belt. Lucien P. Smith adores his books but with the mentality of a four-year-old, he is unable to read and comprehend the weighty volumes he lugs about. Barry, a brilliant schizophrenic, fancies himself a golf pro but cannot retain a single student. Arnold is a hyperactive, compulsive chatterer who suffers from a persecution complex. These four live under the supervision of a young social worker named Jack. While very attached to these men, it is very clear that something has to change.
The play contains mature themes.
The Bold, The Young, The Murdered
October 27, 28, 29 @ 7:30 p.m.
November 3, 4, 5 @ 7:30 p.m. & November 6 @ 2 p.m.
The long-running soap opera The Bold and the Young is in its last days: its hunky hero has self-esteem issues, its villainous old man is more interested in soup, and its heroines are slightly psychopathic. The executive producer gives the squabbling cast an ultimatum: Complete one episode overnight or the show dies. But when the director ends up murdered, and other cast members start dropping like flies, it seems like his threat might actually come true. Can these misfits discover the murderer before the show is literally killed off? $10 Adult, $8 MAC Members, $5 Student Purchase tickets here.
June 2-5 & 9-12
Directed by Chuck Walker
In this delightful, laugh-a-minute comedy, four unique Southern women, all needing to escape the sameness of their day-to-day routines, are drawn together by Fate—and an impromptu happy hour—and decide it’s high time to reclaim the enthusiasm for life they’ve lost through the years.
March 17-20 & 24-27, 2022
Directed by Tom & Beth Brooks
This comedy classic unfolds as a group of friends assemble for their regular card game in the apartment of divorced Oscar Madison. If the messy apartment is any clue, it is no wonder his wife left him. Soon to arrive is recently separated Felix Unger: meticulous, despondent, and incredibly uptight. Although Felix seems suicidal, it becomes clear that Oscar is the one with murderous intentions after the clean freak and the slob room together. Forget Romeo and Juliet, George and Martha, and Anthony and Cleopatra…this couple takes the cake!
Murderous Confessions under a Full Moon
Actor Tom Brooks in three classics by Edgar Allen Poe
Directed by Beth Brooks
October 22-25 & 30th & 31, 2020
Streaming from the Ice House to your house! Pop some popcorn and pull up a chair…we’re here to create just the right atmosphere for a cool autumn night of original live entertainment. Enjoy some spooky good fun this Halloween season.
Written and Directed by Brice WilliamsMAC’s Theater Project brings you “Pandemic Radio Theater”! Tune into this multi-episode mystery featuring our finest actors as they engage you in a fun and fantastic old-time radio show.
Christmas Thieves: A Small Town Radio Play by Greg Oliver Bodine
December 6 & 7, 2019
Directed by Margi Griffiths
It’s Christmas Eve in America’s heartland, and radio host Greta Gundlarson is preparing for the telethon performance that will save the radio station. The plan is going well with locals performing A Visit from Saint Nicolas and A Childs Christmas in Wales. Unfortunately the prize troupe of British actors she’s hired for the grand finale have all fallen ill due to something they ate at a local diner. Will Greta be able to replace them in time to save the station?
Treasure Island – A Musical in Two Acts
September 26-29, October 3-6, 2019
Book: Larry Springer, Music: Pat Springer
Directed by Tom & Beth Brooks; Musical Director: Pat Springer
Based on Robert Lewis Stevenson’s classic novel, this musical is designed to delight with swashbuckling adventure and song. Sponsored by Morgan County Forum for Arts, Sciences, and Technology (FAST)
The Dixie Swim Club
May 31, June 1 & 2, 6 – 9, 2019
Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other’s lives. The Dixie Swim Club focuses on four of those weekends and spans a period of thirty-three years. Admission: $10, $8 MAC Members, $5 Students. Thursday, June 6th “Pay what you can” donations. Tickets at the door.
A Theatrical Smorgasboard
Directed by Brice Williams
March 29-31 and April 4-7, 2019
Each selection, involving from two to ten actors, is a complete story performed in ten minutes or less. The light-hearted fare is sometimes witty and sometimes touching but will always satisfy your appetite.
Directed by Chuck Walker
November 28 – December 2 and December 5 – 9, 2018
Set in the fictional town of Tuna, Texas, the “third-smallest” town in the state, this show will bring you LOTS of holiday cheer (and laughter).
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf
Directed by Tom & Beth Brooks
October 17-21 and 24-27, 2018
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf examines the complexities of the marriage of a middle-aged couple, Martha and George. Late one evening, after a university faculty party, they receive an unwitting younger couple, Nick and Honey, as guests, and draw them into their bitter and frustrated relationship.
CALL TO ACTION!
Want to be part the action? We are always looking for people who want get involved, on stage or back stage. Come to auditions, talk with director at the next show and sign up for the Ice House Theater Actor/Techie Email List.
If you are interested in directing a future production at the Ice House and have a show in mind, please download the Play Proposal and Budget Form and mail to:
MAC, PO Box 248, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411
Please note that the production schedule is planned out 18 months in advance.