REVIEW: Life, Love, and the ‘Company’ You Keep is at the Heart of Avon Players’ Latest Production

How do you solve a problem like Bobby’s? That’s the question on the minds of his married friends and the women in his life. And what is Bobby’s problem? He’s 35 and still single (gasp!). Welcome to composer Stephen Sondheim’s Company; an eccentric look at modern love in 1970's Manhattan and the closing production of Avon Players’ diverse 2018-2019 season, running now through June 1. When Company debuted on Broadway in 1970, it earned a record-setting 14 Tony Awards® nominations, of which … [Read more...]

REVIEW: ‘James and the Giant Peach’ Is an Enchanting Odyssey Sure to Enthrall Audiences

Tassels have been turned, but the Oakland University School of Music, Theatre and Dance is busy putting the finishing touches on their latest production — a delightful adaptation by Richard George of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach coming to the Varner Recital Hall stage on the campus of Oakland University (OU) on Friday, May 17, Sunday, May 19, and Friday, June 7. This particular telling of the tale is directed by Lynnae Lehfeldt, along with recent OU theatre grad Mannon McIntosh … [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 19. The concert is free and no tickets are required. There is a barrier free entrance on the east side of the building. Members attend 15 schools across Oakland and Macomb counties and are selected by audition. This 24th annual Spring Concert, entitled “Symphonic Brass”, features symphonic, … [Read more...]

Meadow Brook Theatre Hosts Detroit Playwrights’ Lab

One and Two-Act Readings Land in Rochester this Summer This summer, Meadow Brook Theatre (MBT) will host an assortment of theatrical works penned by some of the area’s most promising playwrights when the Detroit Playwrights’ Lab takes the stage for one- and two-act readings. “We couldn’t be more pleased to play a role in helping these authors craft their stories,” said Travis Walter, MBT artistic director. “We’re happy to support new voices in theatre and introduce them to a broader … [Read more...]

‘The IT Girl’ Brings a Classic Silent Movie to Musical Life at Meadow Brook Theatre

Running May 29 through June 23 In The IT Girl, Betty, a sassy department store clerk has something special. It’s enough to win an advertising contest looking for the girl with “IT,” but will it be enough to charm the heir to the retail empire that employs her? The IT Girl, by Michael Small, BT McNicholl, Paul McKibbins, runs May 29 through June 23, at Meadow Brook Theatre (MBT) on the campus of Oakland University (OU) in Rochester. “This is a wonderful retelling of the 1927 Paramount … [Read more...]

Oakland University to Present ‘James and the Giant Peach’

James Henry Trotter cannot escape his mean Aunts Spiker and Sponge — or can he? A magical peach may be his answer. Join James and the creatures that he meets on his incredible journey as Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance present James and the Giant Peach on May 17, May 19, June 7 in Varner Recital Hall on the Oakland University (OU) campus. Directed by Lynnae Lehfeldt and based on Richard George’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale, James and the Giant Peach is … [Read more...]

Avon Players Presents Stephen Sondheim’s Company

All-Time Classic Songs Explore the Promise and Pitfalls of Love and Marriage Avon Players closes its 2018-2019 season with the groundbreaking musical examination of modern love from master composer Stephen Sondheim, Company running May 17-June 1. Bobby (Matt Cason) has a full social calendar but avoids romantic commitments. On the night of his thirty-fifth birthday, he reassesses his life by reviewing his relationships with his married friends and girlfriends. Bobby’s friends include … [Read more...]

Rochester Community Concert Band presents their Salute to America

The Rochester Community Concert Band will presents their “Salute to America” concert Tuesday, May 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Adams High School Performing Arts Center. The concert is open to the public and free to attend, but donations are gratefully accepted. The performance will have an American theme and will salute and honor those who are currently serving in the military and our veterans. Included in this program, among other works, are “Shenandoah” by Frank Ticheli, Jared Spears’ “At a … [Read more...]

Revisit the music of the ’50s and ’60s with ‘The Marvelous Wonderettes’

Poignant Musical Runs April 24 through May 19 It’s 1958 and prom is going to be fab with Missy, Suzy, Cindy Lou and Betty Jean on stage to entertain their classmates with the popular songs of the day. Enjoy your favorites from the era, including “Mr. Sandman,” “All I Have to Do Is Dream,” “Leader of the Pack,” and “It’s My Party.” Ten years later, the girls are together again at their high school reunion. Will they get the “R-E-S-P-E-C-T” they deserve? “The Marvelous Wonderettes has played … [Read more...]

Meadow Brook Theatre Guild presents the 38th Annual Luncheon on the Aisle

The Meadow Brook Theatre Guild, is Proud to Present the Guild’s Longest Running Fundraising Event, Luncheon on the Aisle! The event will be held on Thursday, April 25, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the beautiful Meadow Brook Theatre (MBT)located in Room 207, Wilson Hall at 378 Meadow Brook Road, located on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. The Meadow Brook Theatre Guild is a non-profit 501c(3) volunteer group, which supports and promotes community interest in Meadow Brook … [Read more...]