Nutty Performers Present Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” at Meadow Brook Theatre

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” the stage musical adaptation of the full-length animated classic movie will come alive on the Meadow Brook Theatre stage on August 3, 4, and 5. Peanut Gallery Players, a 501(c)(3) non-profit children’s theatre training program, invites the public to “Be Our Guest” and watch what over 76 actors, singers, and dancers ages 6-18 from Oakland and Macomb Counties have been rehearsing for since June. The 76 member cast features Sara Ross Avery (Rochester) as … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, How Do You Define ‘Up North?’

Dear Crabby, Recently, a coworker and I were talking about going ‘Up North’ for the weekend. What surprised us is we both have different definitions of where that is. What say you? Where is ‘Up North?’ Thanks! Nathan Nord Dear Nathan Nord, This does seem to be a question which Michiganders definitely have strong opinions about. My guess is if you asked da Yoopers, they’d say only the Upper Peninsula can rightfully be considered ‘Up North.’ I know as a kid, any time we crossed over … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Should Kids Be Expected to Give Hugs?

Dear Crabby, We got together with extended family for Father’s Day last Sunday and had a great time… until it was time to leave. As we were saying goodbye an uncle we rarely see wanted my young daughter to give him a hug and got upset when she politely refused. Should I force my kids to give hugs and kisses to family members? Thanks, Tammy Toque Dear Tammy Toque, I totally understand where you’re coming from. Growing up, I had a great aunt that smelled like peppermint and Bengay. … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, How Do I Keep My Kids Busy During the Summer?

Dear Crabby, HELP! School is out this week and I am dreading the chorus of ‘Mom. I’m boooored,’ I’m sure to hear on the first day of summer vacation. Any thoughts of how I can keep my kids occupied over the next few months? Thanks! Wendy Wornout Dear Wendy Wornout, I’m sure after nine months with your kids (and thousands of others) any teacher reading your question is laughing while printing out a boarding pass for their upcoming Caribbean cruise. Of course, back in my day the … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What is the Deal with all the Remakes?

Dear Crabby, Last week I caught the Dirty Dancing remake on TV. What. A. Mess! Why does Hollywood keep trying to remake our favorite movies? Personally, I think they should just leave well enough alone. Thanks, Rhonda Repeat Dear Rhonda Repeat, I think I have the answer: because Hollywood is lazy. Haha. Well, that’s part of it. But mostly I think it’s because the studios are looking for a sure thing. They know they already have an audience, so they can tie-in marketing, … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Join ‘The Addams Family’ for an Evening of Laughs

Avon Players began their 2016-2017 season with the musical drama Assassins and ends it on another high note with The Addams Family, a New Musical Comedy. That’s right. The Addams Family as a… musical. I was skeptical at first. What sorts of songs would be used—different variations of the theme song? Admittedly, I knew nothing about the play other than theatre legends Bebe Neuwirth and Nathan Lane originated the roles of Morticia and Gomez Addams on Broadway. So, as I joined the rest of the … [Read more...]

‘Wiley and the Hairy Man’ comes to Oakland University

This year, the Oakland University theatre program will present Wiley and the Hairy Man as its annual children’s theatre production. Adapted from an American folktale, Wiley and the Hairy Man tells a story of bravery, family and magic. Wiley is scared of the hairy man he believes lives in the swamp close to his house, but with the help of his faithful dog, a little magic from his mother and his own wits, he learns to stand up for himself and face his greatest fear head on. Taylor Katherine … [Read more...]

Still Time to Help the New Day Hope-A-Thon

The New Day Hope-a-Thon Matching Gift Challenge runs through Friday, May 19, 2017. Every dollar given to New Day Foundation for Families during this time will be matched by a donor. Donate today at www.foundationforfamilies.org/donate-now or by check to New Day Foundation for Families, P.O. Box 81252, Rochester, MI. 48308. One hundred percent of your donation will do to the New Day Foundation for Families, making it worth 200 percent. Gina Kell Spehn, executive director and … [Read more...]

Creepy, Kooky Fun for All as Avon Players Presents ‘The Addams Family’

The comedy snaps in this spooky and hilarious musical Avon Players will “Move Toward the Darkness” with its latest offering as it brings to life a beloved pop culture brood with The Addams Family: A New Musical, running May 19-June 3. Based on the iconic characters created by Charles Addams, The Addams Family features an original story and songs by Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party, Big Fish). Gomez Addams’ (Eric Rodman) happily macabre world is disrupted when his daughter Wednesday (Mackenzie … [Read more...]

‘I Love a Piano’ is a Hit!

The reviews are in and Meadow Brook Theatre's production of I Love a Piano is a hit! This magnificent Irving Berlin musical tells the story of a special piano as it travels through a hundred years of American lives. I Love a Piano is directed by Meadow Brook Theatre Artistic Director Travis W. Walter. Ryan Domres is the choreographer and Mathew Croft is the musical director. Terry Carpenter is the stage manager, with set design by Jen Price Fick, costumes by Corey Collins assisted by Maureen … [Read more...]