‘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...]

‘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...]

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...]

Oakland University to Present ‘Street Scene,’ an American Opera

An American Opera at Oakland University (OU) Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance will present Street Scene, an American opera based on the 1929 Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name by Elmer Rice, on January 8, 10, 12 and 13 in Varner Recital Hall on OU’s campus. Tickets are $12 for students and $22 for the general public, and can be purchased online at startickets.com. “The play is based on a set of immigrant and first generation families that live in the same … [Read more...]

Oakland University to Present ‘Lysistrata Remix,’ a Comedic Battle of the Sexes

Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance will present Lysistrata Remix — a comedic battle of the sexes — from November 15 through December 2 in Varner Studio Theatre. The production puts a new shell on the Greek comedy Lysistrata by Aristophanes. Originally performed in Athens in 411 BCE, Lysistrata tells the story of a woman who makes a vow to withhold sex from her husband, and inspires other women to do the same, until their soldier husbands sign a treaty for … [Read more...]

‘Lost’ and Found – Oakland University Professor Recreates ‘Lost’ Balanchine ballet

Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance will present Envisioning Marche Funébre: A Study in the Early Choreography of George Balanchine at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 3 in the Oakland Center Banquet Rooms. The “lost” ballet, Marche Funébre, by renowned choreographer George Balanchine has not been performed since 1923. It has been painstakingly reconstructed over more than a decade by Elizabeth Kattner, an assistant professor of dance at Oakland University. “Depending on … [Read more...]