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Sept. 6-28, 2014
We all know that Sleeping Beauty has been cursed by a wicked fairy and is forced to sleep until she is awakened by a kiss from a Prince. Most versions focus upon the Princess' story, but PuppetART's production sheds light on the story of the Prince as well. This September, find out how the Prince knows of the sleeping Princess, and why he feels destined to rescue her. Continue..
The Judy Show
The Acorn Theater
Aug. 23, 2014
The spirit of Judy Garland is alive and well and returning to The Acorn Theater on Saturday, Aug. 23 at 8 p.m. This blend of hysterical comedy and outstanding music explodes into an evening of nonstop belly laughs, glamour and high camp, as celebrated entertainer Michael Holmes parodies Judy Garland, who in her 1964 television variety show, played host to some of the greatest female icons of the Golden Age of Hollywood. Continue..
Excitement builds at Shop Floor Theatre Company, as "Schooled," SFTC's first collaboration with the New York-based The Groovy Projects' Nate Lombardi and musician/producer Adam Web, approaches launch. With a focus on anti-bullying and self-identity, students will participate in three days of activities that will challenge them to create theater, music and visual art. While doing so, they can focus on the positives, relax and build confidence. Students of all ages will experience situations in a non-threatening atmosphere, in which they can actually try out behaviors and see the results. Continue..
While the beautifully restored exterior of the Tibbits Opera House has become a point of pride for the community and the state, Tibbits officials recognize there is more work to be done and have proceeded with an architectural study of the current plans. The architectural study was funded through support of grants from the Coldwater Sunrise Rotary of the Branch County Community Foundation and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fund within the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Additional funds for the study came from cost savings during Phase 3 - the facade restoration. Architect Tom Roberts, who led the restoration of the exterior, prepared the study. Continue..
Moscow! Cambodia! Senegal! New Orleans! The Middle East! Detroit's "Cultural Travel Agent for the Arts," Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, will take patrons on an amazing world-wide journey throughout its upcoming 2014-15 season! Because of Southeast Michigan's vibrant international cultures, Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts is committed to bringing performing artists from around the world to its stage. Continue..
On Saturday, Aug. 9, Williamston Theatre reached a milestone when it sold its 10,000th ticket in a single season for the first time since opening in 2006. In total, 65,425 people have attended regular performances at the Williamston Theatre since 2006. "This is a very exciting time for us," said Williamston Theatre executive director John Lepard. "Our attendance is growing every year, and our geographic reach has widened as well, with over 40 percent of our patrons coming from outside of Ingham County. It's a testament to the high production quality that we have developed a reputation for over the years." Continue..
The University Musical Society proudly launches UMS Artists in "Residence" Program, whereby four artists (including visual, literary and performing artists) will be selected to take "residence" at UMS performances, using these experiences as a resource to support the creation of new work or to fuel an artistic journey. Continue..
Individual tickets to most of Wharton Center's 2014-2015 season go on sale to the general public Monday, Aug. 18 at 10 a.m. The on-sale includes MSU Federal Credit Union Broadway at Wharton Center attractions such as "Once," "Annie," "Pippin," "Blue Man Group" and "I Love Lucy Live On Stage." Individual tickets to "The Phantom of the Opera" and "Kinky Boots" will have separate on-sale dates closer to the productions. Continue..
Click the link below for a list of Equity, non-Equity, film & video auditions, industry job openings and industry-related classes and workshops throughout the state.
Updated 8/20/14 Continue..
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By John Quinn
Imagine the plight of the legendary soul who asked a Maine resident for directions, only to be told "Well, yah can't get theah from heah." The Critic found himself similarly unsettled as he tried to reach Go Comedy! in Ferndale on the weekend of the Woodward Dream Cruise. There sat the theater on Nine Mile, crouched behind protective barriers designed to prevent maniac theater critics from t-boning the beauties passing on The Strip. Continue..
By Sue Merrell
"Beehive" at Mason Street Warehouse is buzzing with much more than the music of the '60s. It's a parade of fashions and hairstyles, a newsreel of sad and funny memories, and a showcase of six versatile singers. There are no backup singers in this show. Even during a tribute to girl groups such as the Chiffons, the Angels and the Shirelles, ensemble members rotate from the "shoop, shoop" moves in the back to the microphone in the front. Not only does this give the audience a chance to see three different interpretations of such icons as Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner, but it gives each performer plenty of opportunity to shine in various styles. Continue..
By Carolyn Hayes Harmer
If Tommy LeRoy isn't already a local legend in metro Detroit theater, he should be. Seen the low-tech, high-impact blood and animatronic effects in the long-running "Evil Dead: The Musical"? That was Tommy LeRoy. Remember the larger-than-life ED-209 robot in "Robocop: The Musical"? Classic Tommy LeRoy. Point to anything that's ever been rigged to do an unexpected thing, any custom-built exactly-to-scale prop, or any visionary proportion-defying costume in an original production, and those in the know won't need many guesses to identify the source. Continue..