‘The School for Scandal’ is in Session and Making Mischief at Oakland University

Gossip and scandal collide in Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s classic 18th century comedy of manners - The School for Scandal - coming to the Varner Studio Theatre at Oakland University beginning Thursday, February 1, 2018. Featuring aptly named individuals like Sneerwell, Backbite, Candour and Snake, this comic masterpiece follows a host of hilarious characters as they plot, scheme and skewer one another in an effort to land their heart’s desire and reach the top of the social ladder of … [Read more...]

Laugh Along with the Hilarious Hijinks of Avon Players’ ‘Boeing, Boeing’

Watch and Wince as a Swinging 60s Bachelor’s Perfect Plans Dissolve into Chaos in this Classic Farce Comic collisions and merry misunderstandings will provide plenty of laughs for Metro Detroit audiences as Avon Players presents the classic door-slamming, identity-mistaking farce Boeing, Boeing, Friday, January 19 through Saturday, February 3, 2018. American expatriate Bernard (Patrick Butcher, Jr.) couldn’t be happier with his life in 1960s Paris. He has a well-appointed flat and … [Read more...]

‘Martha’ Brings Romance, Comedy and Opera to Oakland University Stage

Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance will present Martha, a romantic comedy opera by Friedrich von Flotow, on January 9, 11, 13 and 14 in Varner Recital Hall. Filled with beautiful music, charming choruses and timeless operatic confusion, Martha tells the tale of Lady Harriet Durham, a maid-of-honor to Queen Anne, and her confidante, Nancy. Bored with court life in the early 1800’s, the pair decides to attend a fair in Richmond, England, where girls hire themselves out … [Read more...]

Rochester Community Chorus presents ‘A Holly Jolly Christmas’

Sunday, December 17 at 3 PM at St. Mary of the Hills Church (2676 John R, Rochester Hills.). Tickets are $10 at the door.  Christmas Concert and Sing along. http://www.rochestercommunitychorus.org/ … [Read more...]

REVIEW: ‘A Christmas Carol’ Embodies the Spirit of Christmas at Meadow Brook Theatre

Bah, Humbug! As I take my seat, carolers sing beautiful Victorian Christmas songs, helping me to let go of the stress of a busy day to settle in to the comfortable theatre. A Christmas Carol, originally a novella by Charles Dickens, revives my spirit as it offers an important reminder of the power of kindness and compassion toward all of humanity. I was surprised by my emotional reaction to the play, expressing tears of both sadness and joy, as the talented actors drew me into the familiar … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Enjoy a DysFUNctional Evening with the Avon Players’ ‘A Christmas Story’

‘Tis the season for holiday favorites. Many are familiar with, and love the movie A Christmas Story. But did you know when the film was released in 1983, it didn’t make much of a splash? However, over the years, gathering the family around the television to cheer on Ralphie as he schemes and dreams for a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model Air Rifle with a compass in the stock and a sundial, has become as highly anticipated as a visit from Santa Claus. This weekend, Avon Players joined … [Read more...]

Storms and Soul-Searching Set the Stage for ‘Marcus; Or the Secret of Sweet’

In case you missed it, this summer the Oakland University Board of Trustees promoted Music, Theatre and Dance from department to school status. With the new distinction, OU hopes to attract high-caliber talent to their programs. The good news is we don’t have to wait for results because the Theatre Department already is teeming with amazing talent as the cast of Marcus; Or the Secret of Sweet proves. Set in the fictional town of San Pere during a hot Louisiana summer, the play focuses around … [Read more...]

Marcus Curious About Himself, His Dreams in ‘Marcus; Or the Secret of Sweet’

The Theatre Department of the School of Music, Theatre and Dance at Oakland University (OU) presents Marcus; Or the Secret of Sweet the final installment of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s trilogy “The Brother/Sister Plays” from November 9 through November 19 in the Varner Studio Theatre in Varner Hall. A provocative, poignant and sometime humorous story of 16-year old Marcus Eshu coming to terms with his sexual curiosity and a dream that haunts him, Marcus; Or the Secret of Sweet brings us to days … [Read more...]

Relive the Magic of Childhood Holidays with Avon Players’ “A Christmas Story”

The Whole Family will be Rooting for Ralphie in Pursuit of his Dream Gift For many, the characters are as familiar as old friends at an annual reunion, and the exploits of the Parker clan are as vivid as an oft-told family legend. This holiday season, laugh along with your own near and dear as your favorite moments come to life on Avon Players’ stage:  the double dog dare that goes awry, the unfortunate pajamas, and the presence of a very distinctive lamp are just some of the reasons why … [Read more...]

Meadow Brook Theatre Celebrates 36 years of “A Christmas Carol”

Running November 10 through December 24, on the Campus of Oakland University A favorite holiday tradition returns to Meadow Brook Theatre (MBT) for the 36th year with A Christmas Carol. Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and a handful of ghosts will once again return to the streets of London to deliver a message of unity. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, original adaptation and staging by Charles Nolte, runs at Meadow Brook Theatre on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester from Friday, … [Read more...]