REVIEW: Oakland University’s ‘Seagull’ Dives Deep Into Human Nature

I am sure at one point on my journey to obtain my English degree years ago that the works of Anton Chekhov (1860 - 1904) and I crossed paths. To be honest, I really don’t remember, which is why I welcomed the opportunity to attend the opening night performance of the Oakland University School of Music, Theatre and Dance’s production of one of his seminal works, Seagull, under the direction of Lynnae Lehfeldt and translated by Curt Columbus. Divided into four acts, the story unfolds in the … [Read more...]

Oakland University Brings Chekhov’s Drama ‘Seagull’ to the Stage

The Oakland University School of Music, Theatre and Dance will present Anton Chekhov's Seagull at Varner Studio Theatre from February 7 - 10 and February 13 - 15, 2019. Translated by Curt Columbus and directed by Lynnae Lehfeldt, the action in this slice-of-life drama set in the Russian countryside at the end of the 19th century revolves around the play’s dissatisfied characters’ romantic and artistic conflicts. Some desire love. Some desire success. Some desire artistic genius. No one, … [Read more...]

OU’s World Music, Latin Jazz Concerts to Feature Renowned Violinist Regina Carter

Renowned jazz violinist Regina Carter will be performing as a special guest on Friday, November 30 during the World Music Concert and Saturday, December 1 during the Latin Jazz Concert in Varner Recital Hall on the Oakland University (OU) campus. “When I was a student at OU, the big band director, Marvin ‘Doc’ Holladay, brought in guest musicians including Marcus Belgrave, Lyman Woodard, Ken Cox and Wendell Harrison, to work and perform with us,” said Carter, Oakland University’s … [Read more...]

OU Brass Band to Welcome Acclaimed Euphonium Virtuoso Steven Mead on Dec. 2

  Internationally acclaimed euphonium virtuoso Steven Mead will join the Oakland University (OU) Brass Band for a memorable afternoon of brass music artistry beginning at 3:00 p.m.  on Sunday, December 2 in Varner Recital Hall. “Steve’s appearance with the OU Brass Band is a result of conversations we had during his two-day residence here at OU last March,” said Dr. Kenneth Kroesche, an associate professor of music and coordinator of the OU Brass Band. “Having just adjudicated … [Read more...]

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: Pick Up and Go See ‘Hands on a Hardbody’ at Oakland University

Timing is everything. When Hands on a Hardbody arrived on Broadway in 2013, it ran for just 28 shows before the curtain came down. Many probably mused at how a musical about 10 down-on-their-luck Texans trying to win a truck was even relevant. Well, a lot can change in three years, and the Oakland University School of Music, Theatre and Dance couldn’t have picked a timelier subject to bring back to the stage. Based on true events and a 1997 documentary of the same name, the story centers … [Read more...]

Enter for a Chance to Win Tickets to See ‘Hands on a Hardbody’

In Oakland University School of Music, Theatre and Dance’s latest production, Hands on Hardbody, ten hard-luck Texans, armed with nothing but hope, humor and ambition, fight to keep at least one hand on a brand-new truck in order to win it. Based on true events and a 1997 documentary of the same name, the New York Times said, “You can hear America singing,” in the show’s country-rock melodies and soulful lyrics. We want to send two people to enjoy this musical production. Tell us: … [Read more...]

OU to Present ‘Hands on a Hardbody,’ an All-American Musical

Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance will present Hands on a Hardbody, an all-American musical, from March 28 through April 7 in the Varner Studio Theatre in Varner Hall on the campus of Oakland University (OU). Based on true events and a 1997 documentary of the same name, Hands on a Hardbody is the story of 10 hard-luck Texans, armed with nothing but hope, humor and ambition, who have a chance at literally driving away with the American Dream after entering a contest to … [Read more...]

REVIEW: There’s Nothing Fake About How Funny You’ll Find ‘The School for Scandal’

Fakes news. Slanderous accusations. Alternative facts. Playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan originally wrote The School for Scandal in the 18th century about pretentious London society. However, its tenets still ring true today in our tech-saturated 21st century as the Oakland University School of Music, Theatre and Dance’s latest production proves. Director David Gram deftly guides his actors through the quirks and intricacies of this biting comedy, which blends together the specific time … [Read more...]

‘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...]