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...]

Oakland University Alumni Association Appoints Bryan K. Barnett as Board Chair

Rochester Hills Mayor Adds Board Chair of Oakland University Alumni Association (OUAA) to his Plate The Oakland University (OU) Alumni Association Board voted at its most recent meeting to elect Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan K. Barnett as its chairperson for the next two years. As chair, Barnett work will with the Alumni Association to set the agenda for alumni engagement and outreach for the organization. Barnett graduated from Oakland University’s School of Business with a degree in … [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...]

Swing into Spring with The All Night Strut! at Meadow Brook Theatre

The All Night Strut! takes audiences down memory lane with songs from the Great Depression through the post-World War II boom years. With familiar tunes like “As Time Goes By,” “Ain’t Misbehavin’” and “Chattanooga Choo Choo” everyone will be tapping their toes as they explore this musical time capsule. The All Night Strut! was conceived and originally directed and choreographed by Fran Charnas. It runs April 25 through May 20 at Meadow Brook Theater (MBT) on the campus of Oakland University … [Read more...]

Rochester Writers Presents ‘The Concise Writer’ on April 21 at Oakland University

Rochester Writers’ Spring Writing Conference “The Concise Writer” is the theme for Rochester Writers’ annual spring event held on Saturday, April 21, at Oakland University. Keeping writing concise and getting to the point is the focus this time. Short stories, poems, and memoirs, as well as powerful first paragraphs, winning contests, and effective marketing will be featured at this event for writers of all levels and ages. Lev Raphael, presenter and Keynote Speaker, will be focusing … [Read more...]

Rochester Area Prayer Breakfast May 3

The Rochester Area Prayer Breakfast will be held on Thursday, May 3, at the Oakland University Athletics Center O’Rena. The Prayer Breakfast is held in recognition of the National Day of Prayer, bringing together people of different backgrounds and affiliations for the betterment of the community, the state, and the nation. This years’ theme is Unity based upon Ephesians 4:3 which challenges us to mobilize unified public prayer for America, "Making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit … [Read more...]

Nick Jonas to Perform at Oakland University

Award-Winning Singer, Songwriter and Actor Nick Jonas to Perform at Oakland University  Multi-platinum, Grammy and Golden Globe nominated recording artist, actor, and award winning songwriter Nick Jones will take the stage on Saturday, April 14 at the Meadow Brook Amphitheatre on the campus of Oakland University (OU), and will feature two opening acts. Jonas released his self-titled debut album in November 2014. The critically acclaimed album included the double platinum and No. 1 U.S. … [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...]

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: 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...]