Local Arts – The Tin Shop Theatre presents “Jailhouse Frocks”

“Jailhouse Frocks” at the Tin Shop Theatre flyer

The Show Goes On at the Tin Shop Theatre

by Rebecka Hoyt, Editor & Photographer

Just a little over two years ago, when everything came to a halt because of the Covid-19 Pandemic, including the Tin Shop Theatre production of “Jailhouse Frocks,” that was supposed to happen on March 20, 2020, the show is back on! Director, Alice Kring who has directed and casted in 14 plays, invites you to come and enjoy this play as it is the first play to be held in the Tin Shop Theatre since that lockdown. I had the pleasure of attending their 5-cast member production dress rehearsal. So, read on for my review, purchase some tickets and go enjoy the show!

Tin Shop Theatre presents “Jailhouse Frocks” with April Jonatzke left, Patty Baltazar right. Photo by Rebecka Hoyt

“Jailhouse Frocks” is produced by special arrangements with Comedy Plays.net and is being sponsored by Buchanan Scarecrow Charities and Redbud Insurance Services, LLC. It has won quite a few awards in Australia, where it originated from. Director Alice received permission from the writer to adjust the wordings so it has the same lingo and some better language to rate it PG.  They have been rehearsing since January. The play is set in a police station on a rainy Friday evening. You may also notice some recognizable fencing for the jail cell that Redbud Insurance Services donated. Three ladies end up getting in the jail cell throughout the evening and they try to come up with a plan to help one of them escape with the police officer that sometimes doesn’t always get what they are saying. There is a very funny surprise in the play, so I am not going to spill the beans, and you will have to see it for yourself.

Tin Shop Theatre presents “Jailhouse Frocks” featuring Craig Sumerix. Photo by Rebecka Hoyt

Some good laughs will find you along with surprises with the “Humorous-zany, and surprising comedy acts that happen on the stage,” stated by the cast. Alice Kring, the director pointed out, “It’s been nice having a small show and getting back into the theatre, as well as scheduling the show with everyone’s busy schedules.”

Tin Shop Theatre presents “Jailhouse Frocks” 5 – member cast from left – right: Craig Sumerix, Evan Kring, Patty Baltazar, Julie Blaylock & April Jonatzke. Photo by Rebecka Hoyt

Tickets can be purchased up till the day of the 2-hour show with a 10 minute intermission for the “73-seat theatre and there are lots of open seats still, so reservations are welcome. This year we are having a Saturday matinee, people can go to that one and then go out for dinner,” stated Director Alice Kring.

Tin Shop Theatre presents “Jailhouse Frocks”, from left to right: Patty Baltazar, Julie Blaylock & April JonatzPhoto by Rebecka Hoyt
  • You have six times to choose from: 
    • Friday, April 1st at 7:30pm
    • Saturday, April 2nd at 7:30pm
    • Sunday, April 3rd at 3:30pm
    • Friday, April 8th at 7:30pm
    • Saturday, April 9th at 3:00pm *note matinee show
    • Sunday, April 10th at 3:30pm
  • Reservations call the box office at: 269-695-6464 or at the website: www.tinshoptheatre.org 
  • Show Ticket Prices:
    • $12 for adults
    • $10 for seniors and students
    • $5 for kids 12 years old and younger

Enjoy the show and let us know your thoughts on it!

About Tin Shop Theatre: In 1982 the Fine Arts Council began the task of turning the Tin Shop building into a fine arts center. It wasn’t until the summer of 1984 that any shows were performed in the Tin Shop Theatre. We have staged over 100 productions. This is our 40th year of producing shows!

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