Yacht Rock Summer Kick-Off Party June 14 at the Boat Club

ATP’s partnership with the Lodge at Whitefish Lake continues with this Summer Kick-Off Party!

What used to be Renegade Runway is now YACHT ROCK! Enjoy 80’s Rock music, Boat Drinks & more. The Tiki Bar will be open! Grab your swimsuit & captain's hat! Music provided by “Yacht Rock Specialist Band”, Harbor Party from Los Angeles, CA.

The event is free and open to the public with a percentage of all food/drink sales going to benefits ATP’s artistic and educational programs! VIP seating will be available. Call 406.863.4016 for more information. Must be 21 or over.

We hope to see you there!


Whitefish Wine Auction Full Speed Ahead


ATP Artistic Director Betsi Morrison this week announced the entertainment line up for
the 2019 Whitefish Wine Auction to be held August 15-August 17. “Whitefish favorite Mike
Eldred will team up with pop tenor Eric Michael Krop and Broadway’s Tracy McDowell to
present Broadway favorites throughout the evening of the Gala event,” she said.

ATP is reviving the popular Whitefish Wine Auction as a benefit for Alpine Theatre
Project Kids! Education program. Whitefish Lake Institute had sponsored the event in
conjunction with The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, culminating in 2015 with a guest appearance by
Connie Chung, well-known television news personality.
After absence of the wine auction for three years, wine enthusiasts Carl Straub, Jr. and
BB Bernheim approached Alpine Theatre Project about reactivating the event using Straub’s
and Bernstein’s experience with the Sun Valley and Nashville Wine Auctions. Brian Averill at
The Lodge at Whitefish Lake agreed to host the events at the lakeside tent at The Lodge, and
the 2019 Whitefish Wine Auction was on its way.

Whitefish Wine Auction Committee Chair Heidi Borg said that, on August 14, the chefs,
hosts, and vintners, some of whom are coming from California, Washington, and beyond, will
gather for a meet and greet on the shore of Whitefish Lake. The first public event will be a
series of private home dinners spanning from Whitefish to Finley Point. The dinner menus will
be designed and prepared by a chef, and two vintners will pour the wines they and the chefs
have personally paired for maximum impact of both the food and wine.
Borg said that the signature celebration will be the Gala Dinner and Auction at The
Lodge at Whitefish Lake, featuring multiple vintners vying to pour the best wine of the evening to
pair with the menu selected by the Executive Chef of The Lodge. A silent auction will take place prior
to the dinner and will feature, among other items, wine lots that include the choices from the
previous night’s dinners. Patrons will be invited to download to their devices an app that will
allow them to follow the bidding and weigh in remotely on those items they would like to
purchase. The silent auction will close at the beginning of the dinner, and bid winners will be
notified on their devices.

Larger auction items will be auctioned live during the course of the dinner, including a
stay at a private home in Yountville, CA with pre-arranged winery tasting tours in the fabulous
Napa Valley and an experience at the enchanting Coeur d’Alene Golf and Lake Resort, as well as
rare and extraordinary wines contributed by participating vintners.
On Saturday, oenophiles will be able to purchase tickets to an event where they can
taste the wares of participating vintners in the lakeside tent.
“ATP is excited to have the help of Carl and BB and to partner with The Lodge in bringing
back the Whitefish Wine Auction.” said Luke Walrath, ATP Development Director. “We’re
looking forward to a fun summer evening by the lake,” he added.

ATP Supporter of the Month: Shirley Laughlin

Shirley Laughlin was at ATP’s first Yuletide Affaire in the O’Shaughnessy in 2004. She
had moved recently from Chautauqua, NY to Whitefish to be with her son and his family.
Having seen Yuletide Affaire I, she got tickets for ATP’s first season, which included “My Fair
Lady.” She was excited to find in Whitefish the kind theatre with which she had grown up in
Pittsburgh, PA.

Shirley’s love of theatre was born when she was six years old in Pittsburgh, and her
mother began taking her to a children’s theatre there. “My mother thought that I should see the
shows,” Shirley muses. She said that she thinks that watching theatre makes the written page
more realistic and interesting to children. As she grew older, she naturally gravitated to
legitimate theatre and has been a patron ever since.

She graduated from Allegheny College, a liberal arts school in Meadville, PA, after
which she married and lived in Carmel, CA, where her two sons were born and spent their
childhoods. At 37 years of age, Shirley lost her husband in an accident and returned to
Titusville, PA. Always a community person, Shirley thought that people in Titusville needed
something to do in the winter time. So she hatched a plan for an activity. She had heard of a
cooking coach who taught classes in Chautauqua, NY. Shirley invited her to hold cooking
school periodically in Titusville. Shirley suggested that the coach drive from her home in
Chautauqua, stay at Shirley’s house, and Shirley would be her assistant in the cooking classes.
A friendship was born, and the two women brought an early “cooking show” to
Titusville. Years later, the coach, Elaine Laughlin, contracted cancer from which she didn’t
recover. Before she passed away, she extracted a pledge from her husband that he would “Call
Shirley.” He did and the two ultimately married and lived in Chautauqua and then Westfield,
NY. When she was again widowed, Shirley made the move to Whitefish.

She has been an ATP donor ever since that first Yuletide performance. She loves the
shows and has enjoyed watching the Morrison Walrath twins grow up.

ATP Alum Mike Eldred's "On Stage" Series to Feature Philip Fortenberry


Frequent ATP cast member, Mike Eldred, will bring to the Whitefish Performing Arts
Center celebrated pianist Philip Fortenberry for his “On the Stage with Mike Eldred” series on
June 13. Fortenberry and Eldred performed together in the 25 th Anniversary National Tour of
Jesus Christ Superstar. Among Fortenberry’s extraordinary accomplishments is his role as the
hands of Liberace in the movie, Behind the Candelabra, starring Michael Douglas and Matt

Eldred met ATP Artistic Director Betsi Morrison when they played Tony and Maria in
the Nashville Symphony’s Westside Story. A CD of the cast recording of the show is available
on NAXOS records. Mike has appeared on Broadway in Les Miserables as “Jean Valjean” and
in The Civil War.  He starred as “The Tenor” in the 2010 national concert tour of Handel’s
Messiah Rocks.  For more about “On the Stage,” see https://amazingplacemusic.com/on-the-



ATP will be participating for its 4th year in the Whitefish Community Foundation’s Great Fish Community Challenge. The Great Fish Community Challenge is an innovative fundraiser that inspires our community to give, raises awareness, and helps charities raise important program money. In the end, charities earn a percentage matching grant from the Whitefish Community Foundation. The Challenge runs July 25 - September 13 and includes a Color Run and Community Celebration September 7. In 2018, ATP raised over $46,000. This year’s goal is $75,000! Please contact Luke Walrath at luke@atpwhitefish.org for more information.


Kelli O’Hara

Kelli O’Hara

Over the past 15 years, ATP has committed itself to bringing world-class theatre artists to the community. That commitment is on full display this year, as numerous ATP artists are enjoying the spotlight during the national theatre awards season, including the 2019 Tony Awards. Below are the current and former ATP artists involved with this year’s awards: 

  • Soara-Joye Ross (ATP ‘13, ‘17) - Lucille Lortel Award winner, Drama Desk Nominee for Carmen Jones

  • Kelli O’Hara (ATP ‘07) - Tony Award nominee for her starring role in Kiss Me Kate

  • Timothy Riggs (ATP ‘18) - sound engineer for The Ferryman, nominated for 9 Tony Awards including Best Play and Best Sound Design

  • Tiffany Mann (ATP '15, '17) - starring in Be More Chill, nominated for Best Musical

  • Chris Blasting (ATP '16) - producer of Be More Chill, nominated for Best Musical

  • Jaquez Sims (ATP ‘18) - starring in King Kong, winner of the Chita Rivera Award for Best Ensemble

  • Susan O’Dea (ATP ‘12, ‘14, 15’, ‘16, ‘18), Virginia Woodruff (ATP ‘13, ‘16, ‘18), Robert Fowler (ATP ‘18), Anne Fraser Thomas (ATP ‘10, ‘13) - members of Broadway Inspirational Voices, recipient of this year’s Tony Award for Excellence in Theatre



ATP’s mission to inspire the next generation through theatre education hits a new high this summer as its Broadway Summer Training Camp returns with a whole new twist. Dare to Dream: The Road to Broadway features seven Broadway actors, who will share their stories of how they made it through song, dance, and personal interviews with the public in a one-night-only presentation July 20th. These same Broadway veterans, including a Julliard faculty member, will also be mentor 38 students between the ages of 11-18 from across the Flathead Valley and as far away as Hawaii, New York City, and Saskatchewan as part of ATP’s Broadway Summer Training Camp.

The mission of the Camp is to give serious musical theatre students the opportunity to learn 1-on-1 with real Broadway actors. Over the two weeks of the Camp, students will take classes in movement, vocal performance, song interpretation, and career development, working 6 hours a day with the Broadway faculty. The Camp will culminate in a joint student/faculty performance July 26 & 27 celebrating the dreamer in all of us, where the public will experience Broadway hopefuls performing alongside their Broadway veteran mentors for an unforgettable and inspiring event.

The Broadway Summer Training Camp Faculty includes:

  • Andy Taylor (Broadway productions of Once, Sunset Boulevard, On the Twentieth Century, Titanic, & Moon Over Buffalo)

  • N’Kenge (Julliard & Manhattan School of Music Grad who starred in Motown the Musical & Sondheim on Sondheim on Broadway)

  • Meredith Patterson (starred in the Broadway productions of 42nd Street, White Christmas, and The Green Bird, as well as The Princess Diaries 2 and the television shows The Good Wife, Boston Legal, and All My Children)

  • Alet Taylor (star of the Pre-Broadway run of Freaky Friday, now the Creative Director of the Stage Network streaming service)

  • Tracy McDowell (starred in RENT on Broadway)

  • Eric Michael Krop (ATP favorite starred in Godspell on Broadway and is on the faculty of the American Musical & Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles)

  • Dustin Brayley (star of Rocktopia on Broadway and lead vocal soloist with the mega band, Trans-Siberian Orchestra).

We hope you’ll join us to see how dreams come true.  

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Sherlock Holmes meets Airplane! In this riotous 3-man comedy. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous mystery adventure gets a fast-paced, funny makeover in this adaptation where all 14 characters are played by just 3 actors. The comedy stars Tim Williams - who left audiences in stitches last year in ATP’s Fully Committed - as the world’s most famous Detective. The show also stars Luke Walrath as Holmes’s trusted sidekick, Dr. Watson, and Whitefish favorite, Nick Spear, as Sir Henry Baskerville, among other characters. Simon Needham from the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre will direct. Packed full of slapstick, verbal and visual ingenuity, and the fastest Act 1 ever performed, The Hound of the Baskervilles became a runaway hit on London’s West End, and has now delighted theatregoers world-wide.

“We were looking for another hilarious comedy after last year’s hit run of Fully Committed,” says ATP’s Betsi Morrison. “This was recommended to me, and I have to say, it’s one of the funniest plays I’ve ever read. We’re talking “gut-busting, can’t come up for air because you’re laughing so hard” funny. I knew we had to do it.” The Hound of the Baskervilles runs June 20-29 at the Whitefish Performing Arts Center. We hope to see you there!  Tickets available at atpwhitefish.org.