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...]

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...]

Meadow Brook Theatre Celebrates 36 years of “A Christmas Carol”

Running November 10 through December 24, on the Campus of Oakland University A favorite holiday tradition returns to Meadow Brook Theatre (MBT) for the 36th year with A Christmas Carol. Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and a handful of ghosts will once again return to the streets of London to deliver a message of unity. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, original adaptation and staging by Charles Nolte, runs at Meadow Brook Theatre on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester from Friday, … [Read more...]

Rochester Writers’ Conference Welcomes Tom Daldin as Morning Keynote

Rochester Writers’ Tenth Annual Fall Conference “Made in Michigan” is the theme for Rochester Writers’ tenth annual fall conference at Oakland University on Saturday, October 21. The morning keynote speaker is Tom Daldin from the PBS TV show, Under the Radar Michigan. Tom is the host and writer of this Emmy award-winning program featuring Michigan destinations. Daldin lives in Downtown Rochester. John D. Lamb, songwriter and director of Springfed Arts, is the afternoon keynote speaker. Lamb … [Read more...]

Who-Dun-It ‘Shear Madness’ Invites Meadow Brook Theatre Audiences to Help Solve the Crime

Murder Mystery Runs Wednesday, October 4 through Sunday, October 29 There’s been a murder at Rochester’s newest salon and the police need your help. Get ready to comb through the clues and question the suspects like a bona fide "Shearlock" Holmes. With up-to-the-minute references and clues Shear Madness gives audiences a chance to figure out “whodunit” and deliver a different show every night. Written by Paul Pörtner, Shear Madness runs Wednesday, October 4 through Sunday, October 29 at … [Read more...]

Michigan Nonprofit Association to Host a Networking Reception at Oakland University

Oakland University to Host Networking Reception to Promote Collaboration in Nonprofit Sector Oakland University and the Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA), in partnership with Main Street Oakland County, will host a networking reception from 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 26 in the Oakland Room at the Oakland Center. “This free event will bring nonprofit leaders together with some regional institutions for a morning of networking and relationship building,” said Diane … [Read more...]

Nutty Performers Present Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” at Meadow Brook Theatre

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” the stage musical adaptation of the full-length animated classic movie will come alive on the Meadow Brook Theatre stage on August 3, 4, and 5. Peanut Gallery Players, a 501(c)(3) non-profit children’s theatre training program, invites the public to “Be Our Guest” and watch what over 76 actors, singers, and dancers ages 6-18 from Oakland and Macomb Counties have been rehearsing for since June. The 76 member cast features Sara Ross Avery (Rochester) as … [Read more...]

New Business Honors Program at Oakland University

School of Business Administration at Oakland University (OU) to Welcome First Honors Class  Oakland University’s School of Business Administration will welcome its first Honors class in the fall of 2018, but high school seniors interested in being admitted to the program are encouraged to apply starting in July 2017 as enrollment in the program is limited to 35 students per year. “Oakland’s new Business Honors Program offers high-achieving high school students the chance to create an … [Read more...]