BEST OF FRIENDS is coming up at Riverwalk. Check it out and other Riverwalk News in the attached RIPPLES newsletter.(ALSO just found out Riverwalk has yet AGAIN been named “top of the town” theatre winner for the City Pulse!http://www.lansingcitypulse.com/lansing/
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Join MSU’s Department of Theatre for a season of journeys. Travel across time and space right here in East Lansing as the Arena Theatre, the Pasant Theatre, Studio 60 and the Fairchild take audiences to a variety of settings both seedy and sumptuous.
The season opens with the journey of a new play to the stage. Part of the Big Ten New Plays Initiative, Baltimore by Kirsten Greenidge explores the implications of a racially-charged incident in a college dormitory. This thought-provoking piece builds on the Department of Theatre’s recent involvement in Project 60/50.
Journey into the landscape of your fears as our students take over the Auditorium for the seventh annual Halloween extravaganza, Haunted Aud 2015.
For Tonight is a new musical that will be presented in a workshop presentation as part of the ImaGen program (a collaboration of with the FCU Wharton Center Institute for Arts and Creativity) that connects Broadway writers, directors and actors with MSU students.
Next stop: New York City! In the classic comedy-drama Stage Door by Edna Ferber and George S. Kaufman, we meet residents of the Footlights Club, a rooming-house for actresses. Join these young women as they laugh and cry together on their journey through Depression-Era New York.
Freshman Showcase takes us to China, as part of MSU’s year-long engagement with “The China Experience.” The Monkey King is an exciting devised piece based on the Ming Dynasty novel Journey to the West.
The December Project explores themes of postmodernist philosophy through bodies in space. This thought-provoking movement theatre piece is created and directed by Kellyn Uhl (choreographer of Hair).
Terence McNally’s And Away We Go offers a madcap journey through theatre history, with a troupe of actors romping across time through Ancient Greece and Elizabethan England, among other dramatic vistas.
Student dance organization Orchesis presents a dance concert that showcases various styles from guest choreographers.
Visit the world of English country homes and high society marriages with John Hanreddy and J.R. Sullivan’s adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Originally produced at Milwaukee Repertory Theater, this theatrical version of Jane Austen’s novel brings her beloved characters to life in a journey from page to stage.
Our season closes with Grease, a journey to the 1950s that offers a blend of nostalgia and social critique. Using the original, grittier script from 1971, this production will reinvent this musical favorite.
by John Patrick Shanley
Directed by John Seibert
May 21 – June 21, 2015
Thursday, May 21 at 8pm: Pay-What-You-Can
Reservations Strongly Recommended
A Michigan Premiere of an Irish love story. Anthony and Rosemary are two introverted misfits straddling 40. Anthony has spent his entire life on a cattle farm in rural Ireland, a state of affairs that—due to his painful shyness—suits him well. Rosemary lives right next door, is determined to have him, and is watching the years slip away. With Anthony’s father threatening to disinherit him and a land feud simmering between their families, Rosemary has every reason to fear romantic catastrophe. Their journey is heartbreaking, funny as hell, and ultimately deeply moving. From the Pulitzer, Oscar and Tony-award winning creator of Moonstruck and Doubt comes a delightful new work about how it’s never too late to take a chance on love.
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The historical red 1885 Charlotte Courthouse (located at Courthouse Square in downtown Charlotte) will be the venue for the Andromeda Community Theatre’s production of To Kill A Mockingbird. This marks the new theatre group’s first production of 2015, and hopes to bring some authenticity and creativeness to the show by staging it in a courthouse. The show runs June 4-14.
Based on Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Atticus Finch (Mike Sobocinski), a lawyer from the Depression-era South tries to prove the innocence of a black man unjustly accused of rape; and protect his children from the evils of prejudice. To Kill A Mockingbird is a coming-of-age story of Scout Finch (Carleigh Lundquist) and her brother, Jem (Jerrad Epkey) in 1930's Alabama. Through their neighborhood meanderings and the example of their lawyer father, Atticus, they grow to understand that the world isn't always fair and that prejudice is a very real aspect of their world no matter how subtle it seems.
Audiences will actually sit in the Charlotte Courthouse and view this production, as if they were witnessing the trial itself. Director Heather Hipkiss has assembled a cast of both veterans and newcomers. Other lead cast members include: Kalli Dempsey, Hannah Hipkiss, Bill Mitchell, Angela Davis, Alec Barrone, Winston Wheaton, David Talik, Jon Hall, Marcus Herndon and Gary Mitchell.
Dates: June 4-5 at 7 p.m., June 7 at 2 p.m., June 12 at 7 p.m., June 13 at 2 & 7 p.m., and June 14 at 2 p.m. Ticket Prices: Advance sales - $10 regular, $8 students (at the door - $12 and $10) Location: Charlotte Courthouse, 100 W. Lawrence Ave, Charlotte, MI
For additional information on Andromeda Community Theatre productions and ticket information, please call (269) 262-1943 or visit the website at www.andromedaplayers.org/
* Contains language that may not suitable for young children.
Contact: Kalli Dempsey (517) 652-3228
director & choreographer Mark Ruhala
musical director Jeff English
Saturday May 12 7 pm
Sunday May 24 3 pm
Rachael Dec, Kaila Navarro, Anna Radwaqy, Thomas Tuala Ally Schonfeld, Greer Whipp, Lucy Whipp, Noah Wolford.
Children 12 and under $10
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Ixion,www.ixiontheatre.com, brings three, original, locally written, one act plays to Lansing in Mother's Nature. Performances are May 23, 24, 30 & 11. Saturday performances are at 8 p.m. and Sunday performances are at 7 p.m. All performances are in AA Creative Corridor, 1133 S. Washington Ave. Lansing, MI. Tickets are $15 at the door. Patrons can save $5 on admission if they bring a food donation for the Greater Lansing Food Bank.For reservations or more information, call 517.775.4246 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mother's Nature features the work O.G. Ueberroth, Family Tradition, Terry Palczewski, Enough is Enough, and Michigan State University graduate student Andy Head, Generations. The production is directed by Ixion Artistic Director, jeff croff and features a cast of: Rachel Wilder, Isabella Croff, Josephine Croff, Oralya Garza, Rikki Perez, Erica Beck, Jacqueline Payne, and SaDonna Croff. Mother's Nature is the result of a year long process of working with the authors to develop their scripts through workshops and public readings. The writers were all asked to develop a script, which explored relationships with the women in our lives.The result after an initial pool of twenty scripts and multiple rewrites is Mother's Nature.
"I'm very excited to bring these works to the stage," observes croff. "The authors have put so much time, effort and creativity into crafting these pieces. I think the audiences will appreciate not only the fun and joy in each of the scripts, but also the quality of the content. We at Ixion are proud to be encouraging and nurturing Michigan writers."
O.G. Ueberroth's Family Tradition is a story about meeting the family. Tina, played by Rikki Perez, brings Morgan to meet her abuela, played by Oralya Garza. Tina quickly learns that her concerns about a boring meal of beans and rice is the least of her worries as she finds out about a secret family tradition involving poison.
Terry Paczewki's Enough Is Enough travels to Greece where we meet the Oracle of Delphi, played by Erica Beck. The life of an oracle isn't as easy as one might imagine as she tries to translate the words of a piqued goddess, Phoebe, played by Jacqueline Payne to something understandable for a clueless tourist, Agatha, played by SaDonna Croff. Making sense and meaning have never been more confusing.
Andy Head's Generations explores the aftermath of a tornado strike. We join the grandmother, Sandy, as she tries to make conversation in a waiting area with her granddaughter Elie, a role shared by Isabella Croff and Josephine Croff, Grandmother and granddaughter seem to be at peace with their current plight, but that calm is shattered when Elie's mom, Katrina, played by Rachel Wilder, arrives with an update. Careening from frustration to a fear about the long term effects this sort of trauma could have, Katrina tries to hold things together, while a stranger story slowly bubbles up from Sandy's tales.
With mothers in mind, this production will be dedicated to offering the care and support we think of when we think of Mom. During the show all concession proceeds will be donated to the Greater Lansing Food Bank along with all food goods donated for admission.
Event Takes Place June 9 at Fairchild Theatre and Summer Circle Courtyard
(East Lansing, MI – April 30, 2015) The Friends of Theatre at Michigan State University will celebrate the opening of the new Summer Circle Courtyard with a gala event on Tuesday, June 9, at 6 p.m., at Fairchild Theatre and the new Courtyard. The evening’s events will include food and wine, a live auction and raffle and a private performance of the first play in the Summer Circle season, “Mr. Burns, a post-electric play.” The opening of the play the following night will mark the beginning of the 55th season of free summer theatre at MSU.
Tickets for the event are $40 and available online at www.theatre.msu.edu (click on Buy Tickets to the Friends of Theatre Gala 2015) or by calling517-355-6691.
Guests will enjoy food from Woody’s Oasis and wine on the Fairchild stage before moving to the Courtyard for dessert, coffee and the play.
Tony Caselli, Artistic Director of Williamston Theatre, will be the evening’s emcee. Among the auction items up for bid will be a stay with breakfast at Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel, a sculpture by Mark Chatterley, and tickets to regional theatres. Joshua Davis, who appears in the Spring 2015 season of “The Voice” and is a theatre department alum, has donated a “house party” performance where the lucky bidder can invite guests to their home and the singer will perform.
The Summer Circle Courtyard was completed last fall after a significant fundraising effort from MSU Friends of Theatre raising more than $100,000 toward the outdoor stage, located on the courtyard between Fairchild Theatre and Kresge Art Center. The new space will offer patrons an accessible space that should be dryer in damp weather with fewer mosquitoes. While the courtyard provides ample seating, those who choose to bring their own chairs, blankets and picnics will still find plenty of space to do so.
Summer Circle Theatre provides free performances for the mid-Michigan and university community at the space during the month of June with a selection of five plays, including a musical and children’s theatre production. This season’s productions are dedicated to its founders and key supporters of Summer Circle’s past including former Department of heater faculty and administrators Frank C. Rutledge, John Baldwin, Gretel Geist-Rutledge, Dixie Durr and George F. Peters.
Proceeds from the event will help fund student fellowships for the Summer Circle Theatre Company. In addition, event sponsorships are available from $250, with additional credits as “Show Sponsor,” “Actor/Designer/Manager/Technician Named Fellowships” and “Season Sponsor” at levels up to $3,000.
“This is Friends of Theatre’s sixth gala supporting Summer Circle Theatre,” says Jacqueline Babcock, president of the organization. “Each year we pick a target area requiring financial support as the focus for our spring event. Helping to ensure free theatre for those who enjoy it and want to expose their children to live theatre is important to those of us who love the arts. By supporting student artists of Summer Circle, we can help the Department of Theatre continue this mission.”
“It costs the MSU Department of Theatre more than $2,000 to pay for each Summer Circle performer, designer, manager or technician,” says department chairperson Kirk Domer. “In addition, costs are incurred for performance royalties, costumes and set design and even electricity. However, productions are made free to the community. Consequently, we rely on the support of Friends of Theatre and donations from individuals and businesses in the mid-Michigan region so we can sustain this cultural opportunity free for our audiences.”
The season of GREAT STORYTELLING is listed below. Performance dates and details are available at theatre.msu.edu/sct.
Businesses and individuals interested in sponsorship levels for the Friends of Theatre “Celebrate the Stage” gala may contact Joan Mattson email@example.com.
CONTACT: Dionne O’Dell / 517-355-6691
MSU’s SUMMER CIRCLE 2015: GREAT STORYTELLING
In each play, storytelling changes lives…
in the NEW COURTYARD behind the Auditorium Building
Mr. Burns, a post electric play by Anne Washburn, Score by Michael Friedman, Lyrics by Anne Washburn (Rob Roznowski director/Dave Wendelberger Musical Director) play with music
In a post apocalyptic world an episode of “The Simpsons” could be the answer to humanity.
APPROPRIATE FOR 12 and up. 6/10-13 @ 8:00PM
The Book of Liz by David Sedaris and Amy Sedaris (Ann Folino White director)
Master storyteller David Sedaris and his comedic genius sister Amy tell the story of cheese ball-maker Liz.
APPROPRIATE FOR 8 and up. 6/17-6/20 @ 8:PM
The American Plan by Richard Greenberg (Mark Colson director)
A 1960s Catskill’s resort is the perfect setting for Lili to tell her “tales” in order to survive her overbearing mother.
APPROPRIATE FOR 13 and up. 6/24-27 @ 8:00 PM
Late Night: Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein (Paige Conway director)
Children’s author Shel Silverstein takes avery adult look at life.
APPROPRIATE FOR MATURE AUDIENCE ONLY 6/12, 6/13, 6/19, 6/20, 6/26, 6/27 following the mainstage show @approximately 10:00PM
Theatre for Young Audiences: The Tail of Peter Rabbit: New play by Rob Roznowski with music by Chelle Peterson. (Deric McNish director)
Beatrix Potter’s old tale/tail gets a makeover in this new play.
APPROPRIATE FOR ALL AGES 6/12, 6/13 6/19, 6/20, 6/26, 6/27 @ 6:30 PM
Peppermint Creek Theatre Company is proud to partner with The Telling Project and the Bob Woodruff Foundation to bring The Telling Project to the mid-Michigan community. We are seeking veterans and military family members who wish to tell their stories in ‘Telling: Lansing'. Performances will take place in Lansing in early November of 2015.
The Telling Project works with veterans and military family members across to country to create 'Telling', a unique performance in which these vets and vets' family members, after interview, performance training and rehearsal, stage the 'telling' of their stories of life and the military for their communities.
The Telling Project has put more than 150 veterans and military family members on stage in fifteen states, raising awareness of military experience on a person-to-person, community level since 2008.
Participants in “Telling: Lansing” need no experience in performance - just willingness and enthusiasm. The Telling Project staff will work with you to shape your story, then transition it from a story to a performance.
Interviews will take place in Lansing, June 11-14, 2015. If you are interested in being involved in this performance opportunity, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to working with you.
Learn more about The Telling Project at their website: www.thetellingproject.org.