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HSRT brings unforgettable children's book to life onstage

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Hope Summer Rep
June 25 - Aug. 8, 2014

Hope Summer Repertory Theatre's Children's Performance Troupe is delighted to present "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day," a musical adaptation of the children's picture book by Judith Viorst opening June 25 at the Dewitt Studio Theatre. Featuring an ensemble cast and several memorable songs including "Shoes," "Australia," and "If I Were in Charge of the World," this playful musical will bring Alexander's first-grade woes to life for children and their parents. Continue..

 

Musical will be 'bustin' out' at The Encore

Carousel
The Encore Musical Theatre
July 10 - Aug. 10, 2014

The Encore Musical Theatre is proud to present "Carousel," which starts performances on Thursday, July 10. The official opening night is Friday, July 11, with the show scheduled to close on Sunday, Aug. 10. "Carousel" has been considered one of the gold standards of American musical theater. The story opens soon after the Civil War in a small mill town in Maine and revolves around the ill-fated romance between carnival barker Billy Bigelow and mill worker Julie Jordon. Continue..

 

Detroiters: Get ready for ComedySportz

ComedySportz Detroit
Michigan Actors Studio
Beginning Sept. 21, 2013

Ferndale's Michigan Actors Studio premieres ComedySportz improvisational comedy group beginning Sept. 21. This is a fantastic lineup of the best of Metro Detroit's premiere improvisers, who will put on original shows with audience participation every week. Continue..

 

Tickets now on sale for Michigan Shakespeare Festival's 2014 season

Cymbeline
Hamlet
The Importance of Being Earnest
Michigan Shakespeare Festival
July 17 - Aug. 17, 2014

The Michigan Shakespeare Festival officially announced its 2014 season on Saturday night at the "Scenes & Sonnets From Shakespeare" event, starring Janet Haley and David Turrentine, and sponsored by JTV's Karen and Bart Hawley. The lineup for the 20th anniversary season will be "Hamlet, Prince of Denmark," Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest," and Shakespeare's romantic adventure "Cymbeline." Continue..

 

Smoking guns, suspense and comedy at Mason Street Warehouse

Deathtrap
Mason Street Warehouse
July 25 - Aug. 10, 2014

Get ready for big laughs and edge-of-your-seat suspense at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts when Mason Street Warehouse presents Broadway's longest-running comedic thriller, "Deathtrap," Friday, July 25 – Aug. 10. Written by Ira Levin, "Deathtrap" is a smartly crafted play that offers a rare and skillful blend of two priceless theatrical ingredients: gasp-inducing thrills and spontaneous laughter. With suspense at every turn, it is no wonder "Deathtrap" holds the record for the longest-running comedic thriller on Broadway. Continue..

 

Toe-tapping family favorite next at Thunder Bay

Disney's High School Musical
Thunder Bay Theatre
July 23 - Aug. 17, 2014

Right on the heels of a successful four-week run of "Footloose," Thunder Bay Theatre is set to open "Disney's High School Musical," which brings the popular Disney Channel movie to life onstage. Troy, Gabriella and the students of East High must deal with issues of first love, friends and family while balancing their classes and extracurricular activities. Continue..

 

'Ernie' returns for limited five-week engagement at City Theatre

Ernie
City Theatre
July 10 - Aug. 17, 2014

Mitch Albom announced, from his show on WJR radio, that "Ernie" will once again return to the City Theatre, located inside of Hockeytown Cafe and just one block from Comerica Park, to offer fans a fourth season to remember "The Voice of Summer" starting Thursday, July 10. Presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network, the two-man play, is dedicated to the late and beloved Hall of Fame Detroit Tiger announcer Ernie Harwell. Continue..

 

A night of improv with Donna Blue Lachman

First Thursday Improv Nights
The Acorn Theatre
June 5, July 3 & Aug. 7, 2014

Emmy Award-winning Donna Blue Lachman has been improvising for longer than most of her students have been alive. Come join us Thursday, June 5 at 7:30 p.m. in The Acorn Theater's New Leaf Lounge for a night of improvisation featuring local, seasoned performers and curated and directed by Blue, a playwright, actor and a (sometimes-good) improviser. Willing participants can play along in this highly interactive and entertaining evening. Continue..

 

Go Comedy! brings campy and improvised movies to its line up

Go Comedy! Improv Theater
Complete schedule
July 9-30, 2014

Go Comedy! will welcome "The Midnight Movie Vault" and the improvised shows "Instaflick" and "The Bat" to its schedule for the month of July. Tickets are available now for all Go Comedy! performances. Go Comedy! resident company member Jen Hansen has opened the doors to her personal movie collection of hilarious, mysterious and ridiculously campy movies to share with Go Comedy! fans in "The Midnight Movie Vault" Friday nights in July at, well, midnight. Continue..

 

Luck be a musical at Tibbits

Guys and Dolls
Tibbits Summer Theatre
July 24 - Aug. 2, 2014

Tibbits Summer Theatre presents the musical comedy "Guys and Dolls" with its fanciful underworld characters and memorable music from July 24 through Aug. 2. The story centers on a group of gamblers, showgirls, mission workers and unlikely romantic interests. Nathan Detroit, played by T.J. Besler, is trying to find a safe place to host a high-stakes craps game for some high rollers while at the same time averting matrimony to a frustrated Adelaide played by Charlotte Vaughn Raines. Continue..

 

HSRT presents re-imagining of Gilbert and Sullivan's 'Mikado'

Hot Mikado
Hope Summer Repertory Theatre
July 11 - Aug. 9, 2014

Hope Summer Repertory Theatre is thrilled to present "Hot Mikado," a jazzy, toe-tapping re-imagining of Gilbert and Sullivan's classic operetta, "The Mikado." This lively musical will take audiences on a journey to Titti-Pu, a mythical village booming with swing tunes and teeming with tap-dancing men sporting 1940s zoot suits and Japanese fans. "Hot Mikado" opens July 11 at 8 p.m. in the Dewitt Theatre, and plays in rotating repertory on July 12, 17, 23, 26, 28, 31, Aug. 2 and 9. Continue..

 

UnCovered Theatre moves The Bard outdoors

Romeo and Juliet
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
UnCovered Theatre Co.
July 19 - Aug. 24, 2014

UnCovered Theatre Company is proud to present its second-annual Shakespeare Festival. This year the Festival has a whole new look and feel. Surrounded by trees and next to a river, it strips theater down to the bare bones. This stripped-down feel can be seen in both "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" and "Romeo and Juliet," as directors Matt Winning and Robert Arbaugh take away all the elaborate conventions and stick to the words. Continue..

 

Open rehearsal and world premiere with AKT Theatre

So Long Until Tomorrow
The AKT Theatre Project
July 25 - Aug. 9, 2014

The AKT Theatre Project is opening a rehearsal to an audience as the second offering of a three-part series as the company develops the new play, "So Long Until Tomorrow" by Bradley Michael. The play is directed by Angie Kane Ferrante and will open the first weekend of August. Continue..

 

A night of stories at The Acorn

Stories in the Lounge
The Acorn Theater
June 19, July 17 & Aug. 21, 2014

Enjoy storytelling in The Acorn's intimate New Leaf Lounge. The evening will be fun, smart and safe, with experienced hosts connecting on the most human level. If you listen to "The Moth" or "This American Life," you have an idea how it feels. Two storytellers with contrasting styles and perspectives will tell interesting personal stories. Continue..

 

Williamston Theatre closes season with a 'bang'

The Big Bang
Williamston Theatre
July 10 - Aug. 17, 2014

Williamston Theatre, Mid-Michigan's award winning professional theater company, presents "The Big Bang," with music by Jed Feuer and book and lyrics by Boyd Graham. Performances begin Thursday, July 10 and run through Sunday, Aug. 17. Tickets for this outrageous, musical comedy are now on sale. Have you ever wanted to invest in a Broadway musical? Jed and Boyd need your cash! Continue..

 

HSRT presents new adaptation of Ann M. Martin book

The Doll People
Hope Summer Repertory Theatre
July 9 - Aug. 8, 2014

Hope Summer Repertory Theatre's Children's Performance Troupe is pleased to present the Midwest premiere of "The Doll People," a musical adaptation of the best-selling children's book written by Ann M. Martin, author of the beloved "Babysitter's Club." Playwright Jahnna Beecham will direct "The Doll People," which opens July 9." Continue..

 

World premiere asks: Can the best kept secrets keep a family together?

The Kings of Unionville
Tipping Point Theatre
July 24 - Aug. 24, 2014

Up next at Tipping Point Theatre is the world premiere of "The Kings of Unionville" by TPT producing artistic director James R. Kuhl, a comedy about tradition, values and honor. Set in a small Michigan town, the once prominent Secret Society of Kings has deteriorated into a basement-dwelling, beer-drinking, card-playing fraternity of friends that is long past its prime. The group has traditionally passed down its secrets from father to son for decades. Continue..

 

Love gets second chance at The Purple Rose

The Last Romance
The Purple Rose Theatre
June 12 - Aug. 30, 2014

The Purple Rose Theatre Company presents the final production of the 2013-14 season, "The Last Romance" by Joe DiPietro. A crush can make anyone feel young again – even a widower named Ralph. On an ordinary day in a routine life, Ralph decides to take a different path on his daily walk – one that leads him to an unexpected second chance at love. Continue..

 

After 27 years, beloved classic returns to the HSRT stage

The Sound of Music
Hope Summer Repertory Theatre
June 13 - Aug. 7, 2014

Hope Summer Repertory Theatre is thrilled to bring back to its stage Rodgers and Hammerstein's "The Sound of Music." Filled with unforgettable songs such as "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "My Favorite Things," "Do-Re-Mi" and "Edelweiss," "The Sound of Music" remains a perennial favorite, retaining a special place in the hearts of the public for over 50 years. Opening June 13 and playing in rotating repertory through Aug. 7, performances are at 8 p.m. in the DeWitt Theatre. Continue..

 

Dazzling musical revue celebrates best of Kander & Ebb

The World Goes 'Round
Great Escape Stage Company
July 24 - Aug. 3, 2014

Life - with its glories, indignities, hopes and quiet dreams - is the subject of "The World Goes 'Round," a stunning revue of the beloved songs of John Kander and Fred Ebb opening July 24 at Great Escape Stage Company. Featuring unforgettable gems from throughout Kander & Ebb's incredible 40-year career in theater, film and television, the work spotlights songs from "Cabaret," "Chicago," "New York, New York," "Funny Lady," "Kiss of the Spiderwoman" and more. Continue..

 

Three Oaks Theater Festival announces 2014 season

Multiple Venues
July 4 - Aug. 2, 2014

Co-founders John Stoops, Tim Evans and Marc Grapey proudly announce the second season of Three Oaks Theater Festival, a summer theater festival that brings limited-engagement runs of highly-acclaimed, professional productions to audiences in Harbor Country, Michigan. This expanded season is being performed in creative venues throughout Harbor Country, including The Acorn Theater, Vickers Theatre, and the historic Lakeside Inn. Three Oaks Theater Festival is presented with major support by The Pokagon Fund. Continue..

 

The Ringwald returns to summer camp with classic film parody

Whatever, Baby Jane
The Ringwald Theatre
July 11 - Aug. 4, 2014

The Ringwald Theatre is thrilled to announce that its annual summer camp-fest returns in July with the original "Whatever, Baby Jane" by Dyan Bailey and Brandy Joe Plambeck. A parody of the classic 1962 film "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?," which famously starred Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, "Whatever, Baby Jane" tells the story of the Hudson sisters, former child star Baby Jane Hudson (here played by Joe Bailey) and her sister Blanche (Richard Payton), who has become a famous actress in her own right. Continue..

 

A musical about a musical closes season at Farmers Alley

[title of show]
Farmers Alley Theatre
July 18 - Aug. 3, 2014

Farmers Alley Theatre is proud to present the final offering of its sixth season, "[title of show]" - and yes, that is the title of the show! This innovative musical comedy follows the dreams of Hunter, Jeff, Heidi and Susan, four friends who are looking to create the next big thing on Broadway. On their artistic journey, they battle writers block by arguing with a piece of paper, overcome their insecurities by slaying vampires, and discover that if you have perseverance, imagination, and great friends, you can accomplish anything. "[title of show]" is a hip, hilarious and heartwarming musical that does for writers what "A Chorus Line" did for dancers. Continue..

 

Opening This Period

Double fun as Satori Circus explores dream world

...poems we tell ourselves...
Satori Circus
Aug. 1-2, 2014

On Friday and Saturday, Aug. 1 and 2, Satori Circus will perform a new original performance art piece titled "...poems we tell ourselves..." in front of two audiences, in two different spaces at the Tangent Gallery / Hastings Street Ballroom. "...poems we tell ourselves..." is an entirely new performance piece, with all original words, music and visuals. Different from other Satori Circus' performances, this delves into the dream world of a single person whose life is black and white, much like their dreams. In our dreams we can escape; we can maneuver freely; we can become something else. Continue..

 

Detroit Improv Festival returns with biggest schedule ever

Detroit Improv Festival
Multiple locations
Aug. 3-10, 2014

The Detroit Improv Collective has announced the schedule for the 2014 Detroit Improv Festival to be held Aug. 3-10 in Ferndale and Detroit. The expanded festival adds family shows, Detroit venues and new national headliners to the already popular event. Tickets are on sale now. Chris Moody, president of Detroit Improv Collective says, "We wanted to celebrate the art of improv for an entire week and bring some of North America's best comedy talent to perform for our great citizens." Continue..

 

The Plaids are coming…back

Forever Plaid
The Dio - Dining & Entertainment
July 31 - Sept. 7, 2014

The Dio Dining and Entertainment, Livingston County's only professional theater company, is excited to announce that tickets are on sale for the return of its hit production of the "heavenly" musical comedy, "Forever Plaid!" "Forever Plaid" is one of the most popular and successful musicals in recent memory. This deliciously goofy revue centers on four young, eager male singers killed in a car crash in the 1950s on the way to their first big concert, and now miraculously revived for the posthumous chance to fulfill their dreams and perform the show that never was. Continue..

 

Water Works announces 14th annual outdoor festival in Royal Oak

Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) [Revised]
Hamlet
Shakespeare Royal Oak
July 28 - Aug. 10, 2014

Water Works Theatre Company has announced the schedule and casts for its 14th annual outdoor summer theatre festival, Shakespeare Royal Oak - formerly known as Shakespeare In The Park. The festival begins July 28 in Royal Oak's Starr Jaycee Park and continues through Sunday, Aug. 10. In addition to its outdoor productions, Water Works will also offer performance-minded students an opportunity to learn from the experts with the Water Works Academy and KidsAct! July 28 - Aug. 9. "We are very excited for our 14th year in Starr Jaycee Park," stated Water Works artistic director Sara Wolf. "When Water Works presented its first show in the summer of 2001, there were few professional theater companies presenting outdoor Shakespeare in Michigan." Continue..

 

Russian tale wraps up 16th season in Detroit

Kolobok
PuppetART
Aug. 2-17, 2014

"Kolobok," one of PuppetART's first performances adapted to the stage for kids of all ages, returns beginning Aug. 2 to close the 2013-14 season. This classic Russian tale follows the not-too-distant cousin of the gingerbread man, Kolobok, as he traverses the nearby forest. Continue..

 

We're off to see the Wizard at Tibbits

The Wizard of Oz
Tibbits Popcorn Theatre
Aug. 1-2, 2014

The popular L. Frank Baum story "The Wizard of Oz" gets a fresh telling when it's brought to life by Stevens Puppets in the next Tibbits Popcorn Theatre production playing at 10 a.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 1 and 2 at Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater. World leaders in the puppetry arts for over 80 years, Stevens Puppets bring this classic tale to life with artfully hand-carved wooden marionettes and a musical score audiences will be humming all the way home. Continue..

 



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