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The New Midland Theater Company will host the Speakeasy Cabaret

The theatrical experience takes on a unique new twist this Friday and Saturday. Six Eleven Theater Company, which the members describe as “intimately eerie and eerily intimate,” will stage an immersive theatrical event.

Six Eleven was started by four Central Michigan University acting students – Richard Bronson, Katie Sullivan, Troy Cronkright and Dave Giles – and CMU acting professor Keeley Bohn. The students lived at 611 Main St., Mt. Pleasant, which became a hangout for actors after shows.

“It had been a gathering place for many of us, including other teachers who had run plays and people from Midland,” Bohn said. “It meant a lot to a lot of people.”


The nonprofit, which primarily specializes in dark comedy, had been based entirely in Chicago since its beginnings in 2016. Then the pandemic hit, forcing theaters across the country to close. Bohn explained that very few Chicago theaters were open last year, which prompted the Six Eleven creative team to consider branching out into other areas.

At the time, Six Eleven business manager Chris Krause and corporate/marketing manager Megan Meyer planned to start their own theater company. After talking with Bohn, they thought Six Eleven could thrive in Midland.

“There’s something cool to build in your community,” Krause said. “There are roots here. We can show people that there are different ways of doing theater that you normally think of.

Six Eleven sets itself apart from other theater organizations in the Midland region by offering professional theater, in that it pays its actors. It is also distinguished by its venues; while the theater company does not have a permanent venue, the team will perform in different locations.

Six Eleven’s first Midland event will take place at the Midland Center for the Arts’ Pendulum Lounge. A Speakeasy Cabaret, an immersive 1920s speakeasy experience, is scheduled from 9-11 p.m. on Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23, with doors opening at 8:30 p.m. Actors dressed in flapper dresses and suits with fedoras will also mingle with the guests. as perform songs from favorite shows including “Chicago” and “The Producers.” Drinks and raffle tickets will be on sale. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at www.sixeleventheatre.org or at the door. The event includes adult content.

“The best way for people to get involved (with Six Eleven Theater Company), to realize what we do, is to come to Speakeasy Cabaret,” Meyer said. “It’s a slight taste of immersive theater.”

Six Eleven continues to produce shows in Chicago. They plan to stage “Exit, Pursued by a Bear” August 5-7 and August 12-14 at the Den Theater.

In October, Six Eleven will present “Evil Dead: The Musical” from October 14-16, 21-23 and 28-30 at Stratford Woods Park in Midland. The musical is based on the 1980s Sam Rummy film series and contains dark, adult humor.

“It’s the shows that we’re passionate about,” Krause said. “There’s an open market for people looking for adult entertainment after 8 p.m. That’s the kind of stuff we like.”

Members of the Six Eleven creative team have worked with directors and actors in Midland and continue to perform in local community theater productions. Bohn, Krause and Meyer explained that they respect traditional theater and all that it offers, but want to explore different ways of telling stories.

“We want to keep community theater alive,” Krause said.

“We’re creating more drama abundance,” Meyer added. “The theater is better in abundance. We want more because it means more people want to come here.

For more information about the 611 Theater, visit www.sixeleventheatre.org, call 989-941-0044, or email [email protected]