REVIEW: ‘Into the Woods’ Takes the Audience on a Magical Journey Filled with Laughter and Introspection

  Before heading to the opening night production of Into the Woods presented by the Oakland University School of Music, Theatre and Dance, I learned the entire opening weekend is sold out. And I want to assure you, after the performance I saw, the hype is well justified. Actually, this is not my first viewing of Into the Woods this year. Earlier in the spring another local college performed it on a massive stage with wonderful costumes and props. But in all honesty, I barely remember … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Meadow Brook Theatre’s ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ Concocts the Right Blend of Mayhem and Merriment for a Killer Show

Elaine Harper: Have you gone crazy? Mortimer Brewster: No. But it’s only a matter of time. As Michigan’s Answer to Broadway, Meadow Brook Theatre opens its 53rd season by infusing high-energy hilarity into the 80-year-old classic, Arsenic and Old Lace. And judging by the reaction of the well-heeled crowd on Thursday night, this production is in for a crazy good run. When you mention Arsenic and Old Lace to most people, they are likely to recall the 1944 movie starring Cary Grant and Peter … [Read more...]

‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ kicks of Meadow Brook Theatre’s 53rd season

Classic Comic Farce Runs October 3 through 28 Two sweet, older ladies who look like they wouldn’t hurt a fly have been adding a dash of something special to their elderberry wine. Poison. But what happens when their nephew, Mortimer, comes to call? Add Mortimer’s fiancée, Elaine, his uncle, who thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt, and a host of other colorful characters, and you’ve got a houseful of hysterical chaos. Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring, sponsored by Waltonwood Senior … [Read more...]

From Fairy Tales to a Rock Opera, OU’s 2018-19 Theatre Season Offers Something for Everyone

  The Oakland University Department of Theatre will kick off its 2018-19 season on Thursday, Oct. 11 with Into the Woods, a “Once Upon a Time” tale that introduces the hopes and dreams of characters from some of our favorite fairy tales and explores the lengths we go to for our dreams — and the potentially high cost of getting what we want. Guest directed by Scott Mikita with choreography by Rachel Constantino, Into the Woods is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Avon Players’ ‘Steel Magnolias’ Dishes Up Sass and Southern Hospitality

  When it comes to southern women, there’s either the notion they are overly genteel (sipping sweet tea on their porches) or like Scarlett O’Hara (prone to theatrical hysterics). But those who have spent any amount of time living in the south know that while the women certainly do have a penchant for manners, they can also be tough as nails and are not to be crossed; like Leigh Anne Tuohy in the movie The Blindside. And it’s this juxtaposition that perfectly describes the ladies of Steel … [Read more...]

Join us for a day to be BeWitched & BeDazzled! A wickedly fun luncheon and pop-up boo-tique shopping experience.

The Meadow Brook Theatre (MBT) Guild is proud to present its third annual fundraising event, BeWitched & BeDazzled! The event will be held on Thursday, October 18, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the beautiful Palazzo Grande Banquet Facility located at 54660 Van Dyke Rd. in Shelby Township. Special Guest Master of Ceremonies, Karen Carter, Chief Forecaster, WWJ-TV CBS 62 / WKBD- TV CW 50 Detroit, will be with us all day to make announcements, meet and greet with guests, and announce prize … [Read more...]

Become a Meadow Brook Theatre Season Ticket Holder

Support Local Theatre Art is alive and thriving in Oakland County with Meadow Brook Theatre (MBT), Michigan's largest producing professional theatre located on Oakland University's campus in Rochester. The theatre operates as a non-profit and employs a staff of over 40 local artists. Each season, sets, costume, lighting and sound are designed and executed in house for a truly unique theatre experience. Support the local arts by becoming a Season Ticket holder. Season Ticket holders … [Read more...]

Laugh and Love Along with the Ladies of Avon Players in Steel Magnolias

Sass, Style, and Sisterhood Bloom in this Comedy-Drama Avon Players kicks off its 2018-2019 season with a celebration of the strength of female friendship in a play that is equal parts hilarious and touching, Steel Magnolias running September 7-22. Truvy Jones (Lia Difonzo) runs a successful beauty salon out of her home in Chinquapin, Louisiana, which serves as the regular gathering place for the ladies of the neighborhood. Along with her anxious and eager new assistant, Annelle (Emily … [Read more...]

Take Root at The Cube

Take Root to Host One Night Only Performance July 21 in The Cube Take Root, the professional modern dance company co-founded and directed by Oakland University (OU) dance faculty Thayer Jonutz and Ali Woerner, performs An Evening of Movement & Music, a one night only performance beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 21 in “The Cube,” the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO) revamped performance space located inside Detroit’s Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center. “Take … [Read more...]

New Actor’s Dressing Room Brings Big Cast for Groundbreaking

Donors Gather at Meadow Brook Theatre for Groundbreaking Ceremony Meadow Brook Theatre (MBT) staff and key supporters gathered last week, on the campus of Oakland University, to break ground on a new actor's dressing room. The group included the theatre's Managing Director, Cheryl Marshall; Artistic Director, Travis Walter; Board President, Thom Foxlee; and members of the Meadow Brook Theatre Guild. Leading the groundbreaking was theatre-supporter Peggy Philippi, along with her father, … [Read more...]