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'Dinosaurus!' combines real and virtual worlds in new ways

By Bridgette M. Redman

"Dinosaurus!" is a show designed to be unlike anything you've seen before. It takes virtual reality and adds in live actors to create virtual theatricality. It takes three dimension and adds in additional sensual experiences to make it 4D. The story itself takes you below the surface of the earth to where two humans stumble upon a lost colony of dinosaurs while looking for oil. Continue..


'Miss Daisy' cruises to a stop at City Theatre

Driving Miss Daisy
City Theatre
Oct. 31 - Nov. 2, 2014

Driving Miss Daisy is set to warm audience hearts for five performances at the City Theatre on Friday, Oct. 31 through Sunday, Nov. 2 as part of the Fifth Third Bank Fox Theatre Series. Direct from a successful run at Performance Network Theatre in Ann Arbor, this engagement reunites the award-winning team of director John Manfredi and actor James Bowen in the classic tale of an unlikely friendship that blossoms into one of respect. Continue..


Creative Many Michigan awarded $100,000 grant for statewide research and analysis

Creative Many Michigan (formerly ArtServe Michigan), the statewide economic development organization for the arts, culture and creative and design industries, announced that the U.S. Economic Development Administration has awarded the organization a $100,000 grant to continue its research and data analysis of Michigan's creative industries. Continue..


Beloved children's tale added to Farmers Alley schedule

The Tiger Who Came to Tea
Farmers Alley Theatre
Nov. 1-9, 2014

Farmers Alley Theatre's Children's Series is proud to announce a special event recently added to its 2014 schedule: "The Tiger Who Came to Tea." Based on the beloved picture book of the same name by Judith Kerr, "The Tiger Who Came to Tea" will run Nov. 1-9 at Farmers Alley Theatre. Continue..


Annual Black Tie Gala Nov. 15 at the Rep

Michigan's longest running, non-profit, professional theater, the Detroit Repertory Theatre, will hold its Annual Black Tie Awards Night and Homecoming Celebration and Performance on Saturday, Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m. The Black Tie is the annual major fundraiser for the theater. Funds raised at the benefit go to the Rep's Working Capitol Fund. The Fund is used to help the theater meet its financial obligations in a timely and efficient manner and help set the table for the generations ahead. The Detroit Repertory Theatre's artistic commitment and accomplishments help keep Detroit's rebirth active and alive. Continue..


Absurdist classic comes to Power Center

Six Characters in Search of an Author
University Musical Society
Oct. 24-25, 2014

Luigi Pirandello won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1934 for his "bold and brilliant renovation of drama and the stage." His "Six Characters in Search of an Author," which dates from 1921, is an absurdist meta-theatrical play about the relationship between authors and their characters. The University Musical Society will present Theatre de la Ville's "Six Characters in Search of an Author" at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24 and Saturday, October 25 at Power Center. Continue..


Century Bank and Trust donates Branch County flight for three to Tibbits auction

A scenic flight for three around Branch County and a $100 Century Bank &Trust Visa gift card, which may be used for a post-flight dinner of your choosing, will be auctioned off at Tibbits 35th Annual Auction on Saturday, Nov. 1. You will have your chance to bid on this adventure courtesy of Century Bank and Trust. "Grab that boarding pass and get ready for first class treatment as we bring back the romance of flying at this year's annual auction, Tibbits Takes Flight," Sarah Zimmer, special events development director at Tibbits Opera House, said. 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 10/23/14


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Other Voices - News & Previews (posted 10/23/14)

Other Voices - News & Previews (posted 10/19/14)

Other Voices - News & Previews (posted 10/16/14)

Other Voices - News & Previews (posted 10/14/14)



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Stark Turn Players poke fun in 'Poltergeist' parody

By Sue Merrell

Go Google Ghostbusters! The Freeman family has a full-fledged poltergeist in their flat screen TV, and the video is going viral on YouTube! You'll find more treats than tricks in Stark Turn Players' annual Halloween horror movie parody, which opened Thursday for a small crowd of 24 at Dog Story Theater in Grand Rapids. Continuing through Sunday, this year's production propels Stephen Spielberg's 1982 "Poltergeist" into the gender-bending, high-tech world of the new millennium. Continue..


'Motown the Musical' comes to Motown the city

By Martin F. Kohn

The gala opening night of "Motown the Musical" at the Fisher Theatre found Berry Gordy, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and other luminaries watching themselves being portrayed onstage. Afterwards all three spoke to the audience, and Wonder even sang a bit of "I Wish." It was a thrill for first-nighters, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. But what about second-nighters, third-nighters and everyone else who catches the touring version of Gordy's autobiographical musical (still running on Broadway)? Continue..


New work explores what it means to belong

By Bridgette M. Redman

Flint is a city that struggles. So it should come as little surprise that the artists who live there are drawn to that struggle and want to make art about what it is like to be a part of a city that continues to try to survive even while under intense economic, social and political pressures. "9 x Nourished" is a devised theater piece that explores these struggles while also celebrating a piece of Flint that is positive, exciting and growing. Continue..



Motown the Musical Fisher Theatre (posted 10/23/14)

Elektra Michigan Opera Theatre (updated 10/23/14)

Are You There God? It's Me, Carrie The Ringwald Theatre (posted 10/16/14)

Once Wharton Center (posted 10/16/14)

1984 What A Do Theatre (posted 10/14/14)

Alice Nerve (posted 10/14/14)

Dracula The Musical The Dio (updated 10/14/14)

The Gravedigger, A Frankenstein Story Williamston Theatre (updated 10/9/14)

Around the World in 80 Days Meadow Brook Theatre (updated 10/16/14)

Annapurna The Purple Rose Theatre Company (updated 10/9/14)

Driving Miss Daisy Performance Network Theatre (updated 10/9/14)



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This Week

1984, What A Do Theatre, Springfield, Oct 25
9 x Nourished, Flint Farmers' Market, Flint, Oct 25, 26, 31, Nov 1, 2
Alice, Drayton Avenue Presbyterian Church, Ferndale, Oct 25, 31
Annapurna, The Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea, Oct 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, Nov 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 28, 29, 30, Dec 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20
Are You There God? It's Me, Carrie, The Ringwald Theatre, Ferndale, Oct 25, 26, 27, Nov 1, 2, 3
Around the World in 80 Days, Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester, Oct 25, 26
ComedySportz, Michigan Actors Studio, Ferndale, Oct 25, 31, Nov 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29
Dracula The Musical, The Dio - Dining and Entertainment, Pinckney, Oct 25, 26, 30, 31, Nov 1
Driving Miss Daisy, Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor, Oct 25, 26
Elektra, Detroit Opera House, Detroit, Oct 25, 26
Enter Laughing, Aaron DeRoy Theatre on the campus of the Jewish Community Center, West Bloomfield, Oct 25, 26, 30, Nov 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16
Evil Dead: The Musical, City Theatre, Detroit, Oct 25
Exorcise Routine, Farmers Alley Theatre, Kalamazoo, Oct 25
Firebird, Detroit Puppet Theater, Detroit, Oct 25, 26
Fridays and Saturdays at Go Comedy!, Go Comedy! Improv Theater, Ferndale, Oct 25
Improv Mondays, Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck, Oct 27, Nov 3, 10, 17, 24
Motown the Musical, Fisher Theatre, Detroit, Oct 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, Nov 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16
Poltergeist: A Musical Parody, Dog Story Theatre, Grand Rapids, Oct 25, 26
Romeo and Juliet, Hilberry Theatre, Detroit, Oct 25, 29, 30, 31, Nov 1, Dec 11, 12, 13
Six Characters In Search of an Author, Power Center for the Performing Arts, Ann Arbor, Oct 25
Story Time, Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor, Oct 25
The 39 Steps, The Snug Theatre, Marine City, Oct 25, 26
The Birth of Chad, Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck, Oct 25
The Crucible, Great Escape Stage Company, Marshall, Oct 25, 26, 30, 31, Nov 1, 2
The Gravedigger, A Frankenstein Story, Williamston Theatre, Williamston, Oct 25, 26, 30, 31, Nov 1, 2
Thursdays at Go Comedy!, Go Comedy! Improv Theater, Ferndale, Oct 30, Nov 6
Tomfoolery, Conor O'Neill's Irish Pub and Restaurant, Ann Arbor, Nov 9
Wednesdays at Go Comedy!, Go Comedy! Improv Theater, Ferndale, Oct 29
White People, The Abreact Performance Space, Detroit, Oct 25, 26, 30, Nov 1, 2, 7, 8, 9

Opening This Period

Do You See It Coming?, Liberal Arts Theatre, Marygrove College, Detroit, Oct 25
Pinkalicious the Musical, Miller Auditorium, Kalamazoo, Oct 26
Post Comedy Theatre, Wharton Center's Pasant Theatre, East Lansing, Oct 26

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