Upcoming Events

Paul Sullivan & Crispin Campbell Duo

Saturday, September 30, 2023, 7:30pm

Cellist Crispin Campbell and Grammy-winning pianist Paul Sullivan are returning to the stage for a tour of Michigan in Fall 2023. The two musicians first played together more than 15 years ago and are excited to re-kindle their musical collaboration. Their program will be a journey from jazz standards and Latin grooves to original blues and world music. The driving rhythm of Paul’s energized piano and the expressively soulful sound of Crispin’s cello will weave a tapestry of musical colors giving Michigan audiences a memorable experience.

For many years Crispin Campbell taught at Interlochen Arts Academy, and his cello students have professional careers worldwide. He currently teaches at the Interlochen Cello Intensive and was recently Visiting Professor of Cello at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. He also appears every summer at the Clazz Music Festival in Arcidosso, Italy, which focuses on the intersection of classical and improvised music.

Paul Sullivan has worked in some of New York’s most prestigious jazz clubs, including Sweet Basil, The Village Vanguard, and Bradley’s. He has played with a wide variety of masters from Benny Goodman to Tommy Flanagan, as well as Red Mitchell, Lou Donaldson, George Mraz, Gerry Hemingway, Marc Helias, Gene Bertoncini, Eugene Friesen, Jamie Haddad, Luciana Sousa, Cafe, Sarah Lee Guthrie, Noel Stookey, Don McLean, Pheeroan AkLaff, Eddie Daniels, Richard Stoltzman, Nana Vasconcelos, Cyro Baptista, Ivan Lins, Glen Velez and many other luminaries. His 18 CDs have sold over 300 thousand copies and have won 3 Indie Awards. His music has been broadcast internationally, as well as on all the major American networks, including National Public Radio. He received a Grammy Award for his work on the Paul Winter Consort CD, Silver Solstice.

Tickets are $30 / $25 for Veterans / $15 for Students. Ticket includes an opportunity to meet the artists on stage, following the concert, for a casual meet & greet over drinks and light hors d’oeuvres.

Swearingen & Kelli Duo: “Country Rewind”

Saturday, October 7, 2023, 7:30pm

Nashville based Americana-Country duo, Swearingen & Kelli, present Country Rewind, a nostalgic show of Outlaw and Classic Country from the ’60s and ’70s. Hear songs by Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, Lucinda Williams, Kris Kristofferson, Roger Miller, and more.  

Bridging the gap between modern Americana, ’70s folk singers and country rebels, the duo’s new album, Cold-Hearted Truth, has been featured on Cowboys and Indians, Americana Highways and Red Line Roots who said “they’ve made something all their own with their own signature approach, and it’s one that others would do well to emulate down the road.” 

It’s their classic songwriting with a live and vintage approach to recording that has fueled the duo’s strong desire to pay homage to the heroes of the past. They are on a mission to write and preserve the old traditions for people who miss those elements in the modern music of today. Swearingen and Kelli have shared the stage with country legends Crystal Gayle and Kenny Rogers.

Tickets are $30 / $25 Veterans / $15 Students.

“Troubled Water” Film Screening

Saturday, October 14, 2023, 7:00pm

Troubled Water” is a documentary that explores the economic, political and environmental implications of human impact on Michigan’s fresh water. An epic 425-mile, 40 day standup paddle journey from Mackinac Island to Lansing is the narrative backbone of the film. The route shows off the beauty of the Great Lakes, highlights current environmental issues, and finishes in the Great Lakes State capitol: the political epicenter with the power to protect our public waters. The Great Lakes have already seen irreparable damage, but some issues still hang in the balance and hope is still very much alive. 

Join us for a special screening of this film, which had its premiere at the Traverse City Opera House on September 15. The film runs 71 minutes and will be followed by a Q & A with one of the filmmakers and others who appear in the film. 

Tickets are $10 and may be purchased online or at the door. 

The Tartan Terrors

Thursday, October 19, 2023, 7:30pm

Tartan Terrors bring their Celtic Invasion to festivals and shows across North America, blending the energy of a rock show with humour and step dance. With a distinctive sound and proud tradition of making Celtic music fun and accessible to any audience, the Terrors have played big stages across North America, including Market Square, Saint John, New Brunswick, sharing the Stage with Scott Helman and The Beaches, and The Celtic Music & Craft Beer Festival in Dunedin, Florida, with Eileen Ivers.

Tickets are $30 / $25 Veterans / $15 Students.

Haunted Michigan

with Rev. Gerald S. Hunter

Friday, October 27, 2023, 7:00pm

Join us for a presentation, book signing and Q & A with Michigan’s preeminent expert on haunted places!

Rev. Hunter has been investigating haunted places for over 40 years. He has been featured on WXYZ television in Detroit, The Detroit Free Press and various radio shows across the country. He is the author of three books which make up the “Haunted Michigan” collection and is currently editing his fourth book about haunted places.

Rev. Hunter is visiting the Opera House to learn more about the paranormal activities associated with our historic theater.

This event is free, though donations are encouraged to support your local haunted theater — The Opera House!

Northern Michigan Brass Band

Sunday, October 29, 2023, 3:00pm

Continuing their long-standing tradition of programming something for everyone, this 30-piece, British-style brass band will perform an eclectic mix of traditional brass band classics, marches, transcriptions, featured solos, contest pieces, pop and jazz. Sponsored by the Cheboygan Area Council for the Arts, tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for veterans,  with all students admitted free.

Face 2 Face: Billy Joel & Elton John Tribute

Friday, November 3, 2023, 7:30pm

Face 2 Face is an amazing tribute to superstar Elton John and Billy Joel. Elton and Billy dominated the charts through the 70s, 80s and 90s selling millions of records with mega hits such as Saturday Night, Crocodile Rock, Yellow Brick Road, Candle in the Wind, Piano Man, Big Shot, Just the Way You Are.

Elton and Billy on stage together is a “must see” show. Face 2 Face is a high energy, interactive show with funny performance bits, sing-a-long parts and spontaneous humor.

The two artists promise a high energy, interactive Rock ‘N’ Roll show that has each performing a solo set before a finale where the two piano men play together on separate pianos while sharing lyrics on each other’s songs.

Tickets are $30 / $25 Veterans / $15 Students. This show will include a cash bar, serving beer & wine. 

Northland Players present: “Scrooge”

November 10-11, 7:30pm; November 12, 2:00pm; November 17-18, 7:30pm

In this timeless musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, miserly Ebenezer Scrooge undergoes a profound experience of redemption over the course of a Christmas Eve night, after being visited by the ghost of his former partner Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future.

The Northland Players is a non-profit community theater based in Cheboygan, founded in 1971.


Tickets are $20 / $15 Seniors / $10 Students. Senior price available only for the Sunday matinee, November 12.

Box Office
403 N. Huron St., Downtown Cheboygan
Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 9:30am-12:30pm and three hours before showtime
Tel: 231-627-5841

The Mission of the Cheboygan Area Arts Council is to promote and encourage cultural and educational activities within the Straits Area of Northern Michigan, and to provide services that stimulate and encourage participation and appreciation of the arts within all segments of the community and to showcase the historic Cheboygan Opera House.

The Cheboygan Area Arts Council is a 501c3 charity and is supported in part by the Michigan Arts and Culture Council as well as the National Endowment for the Arts.