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...]

Music, Theatre and Dance Students, Alumni Honored at 19th Annual Matilda Awards

The Oakland University School of Music, Theatre and Dance (MBT) recently honored some of its top student performers and distinguished alumni during the 19th annual MaTilDa Awards, which took place in April in the Oakland Center Banquet Room. The “red-carpet” event included dinner and music, theatre and dance performances, as well as award presentations recognizing exceptional service and performance by Music, Theatre and Dance students. 2018 MaTilDa Award honorees Alumni and … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Avon Players’ ‘The Bridges of Madison County’ Transcends a Typical Love Story

From real-life tragedy to comedy and even murder, Avon Players has taken audiences on an exciting journey during its 2017-2018 season. Now, for their curtain call it’s time for one final road trip that leads to The Bridges of Madison County. Over 25 years ago, readers fell in love with the book and soon after came the movie starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood. While both these versions were wildly popular when they were released, I confess I never read the book or saw the movie. In … [Read more...]

REVIEW: ‘The Three Little Pigs’ is Great Family-Friendly Fun

Perfect for kids and kids at heart, the Oakland University School of Music, Theatre and Dance’s latest production, The Three Little Pigs, A Very Curly Musical Tale is pure joy to watch. Under the direction of Lynnae Lehfeldt, with musical direction by Jamie Reed, and choreography by Rachel Constantino, the talented cast brings the music by George Stiles and book and lyrics by Anthony Drewe (Mary Poppins and HONK!) delightfully to life. The Three Little Pigs is a story we all know well, but … [Read more...]

Zenith Brass Presents a Free Concert at Oakland University

The Zenith Brass, made up of some of the best high school brass and percussion players in the northern suburbs, will perform at Oakland University's Varner Recital Hall at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, May 20. The concert is free and no tickets are required. Members come from 17 schools across Oakland and Macomb counties and are selected by audition. This 23rd annual Spring Concert, entitled “Classics By Brass”, features timeless classics from the wind band, orchestra, solo piano, film score and … [Read more...]

Meadow Brook Theatre ends season with romantic ‘Burt & Me’

Michigan premiere musical comedy runs from May 30 through June 24, 2018 In the musical Burt & Me, Joe and Lacey were high school sweethearts, but when they attended different colleges, they drifted apart. Years later, they meet again, and Joe decides to win Lacey back. All it will take is a clever plan, a little bit of luck and the songs of Burt Bacharach. Burt & Me, with book by Larry McKenna, lyrics by Hal David and music by Burt Bacharach, runs Wednesday, May 30 through Sunday, … [Read more...]

Come see what ‘The Three Little Pigs’ are up to in this delightful musical at Oakland University

With music by George Stiles and book and lyrics by Anthony Drewe, the award-winning writers of the international smash hits Mary Poppins and HONK!, comes a musical twist on a classic fairy tale. In this novel retelling, the three little pigs become world-renowned celebrities out of reach of a misunderstood wolf who just wants to have them for dinner. Appealing to audiences aged three years and up, and celebrating togetherness, this is an endearing musical filled with catchy songs and jokes … [Read more...]

Rochester Community Chorus Presents A Salute to Broadway Musicals

The Rochester Community Chorus present a “A Salute to Broadway Musicals” on Friday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Mary of the Hills Church (2675 John R, Rochester Hills), and Saturday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m. at St. John Fisher Chapel (3665 E Walton Blvd, Auburn Hills). The concert will feature arrangements from musicals Wicked, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors and more. The chorus is under the direction of Daniel Greig with accompaniment by Rachel Morin. Tickets will be available … [Read more...]

Classic Car Nights Rev Up at Meadow Brook Theatre

Meadow Brook Theatre's 9th Annual Classic Cars Nights Return Classic Car Nights are back with four nights and two great shows to choose from. Theatre goers who bring classic cars to Meadow Brook Theatre (MBT) on a Classic Car Night receive a special discount rate and one free ticket per classic car. Show off your ‘wheels’, socialize with fellow car enthusiasts and enjoy great live theatre. Participants are invited to bring refreshments and have a picnic in the parking lot before the … [Read more...]