Ring in the Holidays with Avon Players’ ‘Forever Christmas’

Enjoy the music of the season and laugh alongside your loved ones at this original variety show Avon Players celebrates the sounds and sentiment of the holiday season with the newest installment of its very own Christmas variety show, Forever Christmas, running November 29 - December 14 in Rochester Hills, MI. Do you remember gathering with the family, freshly popped popcorn in hand, around the 19-inch color television set to watch Christmas specials from the likes of Bob Hope, Perry … [Read more...]

‘Blue Stockings’ opens Nov. 14 at Oakland University

The play follows four young women as they fight for the right to graduate. The men were firmly planted at Cambridge University until young women arrived. Were they really allowed to be there? Witness the intellectual excitement of 1896, when gender and love become part of the equation as Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance present the play Blue Stockings from Nov. 14 through Nov. 24 at the Varner Studio Theatre in Varner Hall. “Blue Stockings is about the women and men … [Read more...]

Meadow Brook Theatre Celebrates 38 Years of ‘A Christmas Carol’

Running Nov. 8 through Dec. 22, 2019, on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester, Mich One of southeast Michigan’s favorite holiday traditions returns for the 38th year when Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and a handful of ghosts raise your spirits in A Christmas Carol at Meadow Brook Theatre (MBT). 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 November 8 through … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Oakland University’s ‘Urinetown’ Merges Merriment and Misery into One Mind-Blowing Musical Production

Urinetown is a musical I’ve heard a lot about over the years but never found the time to see — until now. Oakland University School of Music, Theatre and Dance get their 2019-20 season off to a phenomenal start with their production of this Tony Award-winning musical running now through Oct. 20 in the Varner Studio Theatre. Have you ever thought about paying for the privilege to pee? Probably not, but this concept served as the inspiration for Urinetown. In the mid-90s, Greg Kotis (Lyrics and … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Meadow Brook Theatre Takes Audiences for a Thrilling Ride on ‘Murder on the Orient Express’

Last year, Meadow Brook Theatre (MBT) opened its season with murder and mayhem with the classic, Arsenic and Old Lace. As they begin their 54th season, they revisit that theme with Agatha Christie’s famed Murder on the Orient Express; playing now through October 27, 2019 on the campus of Oakland University (OU). Originally published in 1934, Murder on the Orient Express continues to delight audiences in all its formats. Which says a lot about the longevity of Christie’s works considering … [Read more...]

‘Urinetown,’ a Tony Award-winning comedy musical, coming to the Oakland University stage

Show provides a satirical look at a multitude of social issues Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance will present Urinetown — a Tony Award-winning musical satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics and musical theatre itself — from Oct. 10 through Oct. 20 in the Varner Studio Theatre in Varner Hall. “Urinetown is a musical with catchy music and an incredibly funny script drenched in … [Read more...]

Meadow Brook Theatre Season Opens with Agatha Christie’s ‘Murder on the Orient Express’

The New Adaptation of Classic Whodunit Runs October 2 through 27 Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the elegant Orient Express in its tracks. There’s been a murder. Who can solve the puzzle of the American tycoon, found dead in his compartment which was locked from the inside? Only Hercule Poirot can hope to find the murderer before he or she strikes again. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie, adapted by Ken Ludwig, runs October 2 through 27 at Meadow Brook Theatre (MBT) on … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Come Have the Time of Your Life at Avon Players’ ‘Mamma Mia!’

There is good news and bad news regarding Avon Players Theatre’s 2019-20 season-opening production of Mamma Mia! the smash-hit musical. First the good news: if you have tickets to see this show, you’re in for a fun time. The bad news? The entire run is completely sold out.* Last season I was extremely impressed with Avon Players musical production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. And I’ll be honest when I saw Mamma Mia! was on this season’s schedule, I wondered how it would compare. … [Read more...]

Meadow Brook Theatre announces ‘A Christmas Carol’ auditions

Meadow Brook Theatre is holding auditions for 20 children’s roles in their 2019 production of A Christmas Carol. Auditions will be held at the theatre in Wilson Hall on the campus of Oakland University on Saturday morning, September 7. School-aged children who will not have reached their 14th birthday before October 15 (1st day of rehearsal) may audition. Children interested in auditioning should arrive at the lobby of the theatre starting at 9:00 a.m. to sign in. They will be reading … [Read more...]

Oakland University to Present ‘Orestes’ from September 6 – 8

Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance will kick off its 2019-20 performance season with Orestes at 8:00 p.m. on September 6-7 and 2:00 p.m. on September 8 in Varner Studio Theatre. The play, a new version by Oakland University (OU) Theatre Professor Karen Sheridan and based on the original by Euripides, was also performed in June on the Greek island of Hydra by a group of 10 OU students who travelled to Greece to study, rehearse and perform the production in the island’s … [Read more...]