REVIEW: Family and Love are the Heart of Meadow Brook Theatre’s ‘A Christmas Carol’

A Christmas Carol was my dad’s favorite holiday movie. In fact, he owned nearly every version, so I grew up appreciating the different spin each one put on the story. But no matter the adaptation, the common thread that ran through them all was love, hope, and redemption. But it wasn’t until watching Meadow Brook Theatre’s (MBT) seminal production that I was struck with how the heart of the story is really about family. Running through December 22 at MBT on the campus of Oakland University in … [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...]

Dear Crabby, Do You Watch Scary Movies?

Dear Crabby, Every October, the Freeform channel does ’31 Nights of Halloween.’ The movies shown are pretty tame: The Addams Family, Ghostbusters, Hocus Pocus, you get the idea. Do you watch Halloween movies? And if you do are they the really scary ones like Nightmare on Elm Street? Thanks! Gwen Gothic Dear Gwen Gothic, Last year a reader asked what I thought about haunted houses. I told this person that I find daily life scary enough and I don’t need to fork over my hard-earned … [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...]

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...]

“Hello, Dolly!” looking swell at Meadow Brook Theatre

Don't miss this show playing August 1, 2 and 3 Peanut Gallery Players, a 501(c)(3) non-profit children’s theatre training program for ages 6-18 will bring their talents and nutty elegance to Meadow Brook Theatre for a limited run of Hello, Dolly! on August 1, 2 and 3, 2019. Based on Thornton Wilder’s play The Matchmaker, with book by Michael Stewart and music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, Hello, Dolly! is the story of a turn-of-the-century widowed matchmaker who after negotiating marriages for … [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...]

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...]

REVIEW: Meadow Brook Theatre’s ‘Stick Fly’ Dissects the Complexities of Families and Class Privilege

Life is inconvenient. It is also quite messy – especially in families where years of secrets and snubs that have been simmering under the surface come gushing topside like a geyser. Who cleans up the mess others make? What happens when we don’t like ourselves – when we’re too focused on other’s opinions of us? Meadow Brook Theatre’s current production Stick Fly endeavors to answer these questions through humor, powerful interactions, and by allowing the characters space to have frank … [Read more...]