Book by Neil Simon, Music by Marvin Hamlisch, Lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager
March 20-21 and 27-28, 2015
8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays
$5 students, $10 general public
Admission at the door
LCC Black Box Theatre
168 Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave., Lansing, MI 48933
Sometimes the best stories are the true ones. They’re Playing Our Song is just that: a musical comedy set in the 1970s about the trials and tribulations of love between a neurotic composer and an offbeat lyricist. Vernon and Sonia struggle to overcome their pasts and make the present work, each with the help of three alter egos who challenge and cajole them along.
“They’re Playing Our Song was playwright Neil Simon’s idea,” said LCC director Connie Curran-Oesterle. “Simon saw the rocky relationship of Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer Sager and thought ‘What a great plot for a musical! And who better to write it than the composer and lyricist themselves.’ So, Simon, Hamlisch and Sager worked to create this romantic play with music that opened on Broadway in 1979 and ran for 1089 successful performances.”
Hamlisch and Sager wrote numerous songs together. Hamlisch, who died in 2012, was one of only 12 people to win Oscar, Tony, Emmy and Grammy awards, and also won Pulitzer and Golden Globe awards among many others. Sager, still writing today, has won Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe awards.
LCC’s cast of students features Nathan Dome as Vernon and Sally Hecksel as Sonia. The alter egos of Vernon are played by Jacob Crosby, Zach Riley and Ian Whipp. Sonia’s alter egos are played by Chelsea-Ann Bonofiglio, Tresa Brake and Monica Tanner.
LCC Performing Arts Production Office, 517-483-1488
By popular demand, an encore performance of the Owosso Community Players production of Mary Poppins will be presented at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 8.
“After seven sold-out performances, we are happy to be able to bring Owosso one more chance to see this magical production,” said producer Kit Kuhlman. Tickets are available online or in the Box Office.
Online tickets will be available at www.owossoplayers.com. The Box Office is normally open Show weeks 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
“Our audiences have been so responsive to the efforts of our cast, orchestra, and crew,” said OCP Artistic Director Garrett Bradley. “We are happy to give more people the opportunity to enjoy this show.” The show is sponsored by Memorial Healthcare, Owosso Graphic Arts, Inc. and Young-Chevrolet-Cadillac.
Peppermint Creek Theatre produces MI premiere of award winning musical
Lansing, MI – Peppermint Creek Theatre Company, with license from Music Theatre International, is proud to announce the two week run of the musical Dogfight, in its Michigan Premiere.
It's Nov. 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys’ night of debauchery, partying, and maybe a little trouble. But when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of compassion."
Dogfight is based on the Warner Bros. film and screenplay by Bob Comfort; Lili Taylor and River Phoenix starred in the movie. The Marines' cruel bet involves finding the ugliest girl in town and bringing them to a party, at which the women are secretly judged and a winner among the men is chosen.
This hauntingly beautiful musical by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (Edges, James And The Giant Peach, A Christmas Story) and Peter Duchan, was praised by countless critics and nominated for numerous awards and won the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical. Based on the 1991 Warner Brothers film, Dogfight takes audiences on a romantic and heartbreaking theatrical journey that will haunt long after the performance.
Peppermint Creek Director, Chad Badgero, had this to say about the show, “There is so much heart and heartbreak in this story, the show actually CALLED OUT for me to direct it! As an audience, we see how these young men are mistreating the women in the show. Yet we also get to see the environment and the world they have been prepped to be as Marine’s. How that plays out on stage is very human and touching. I know audiences will really be moved and relate to the music and the situations in the play. We’re also thrilled to be presenting the Michigan premiere by two rising stars in the musical theatre world, Pasek and Paul”!
The production will take place at Peppermint Creek’s performance venue, the Miller Performing Arts Center, 6025 Curry Lane, Lansing MI 48911. The show will run Thursday, March 19 – Sunday, March 22, and Thursday, March 26 – Sunday, March 29, 2015. Show times are Thursday – Saturday at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets can be ordered online atwww.peppermintcreek.org, and are $20 general admission, and $15 for students/seniors 65+.
This production of Dogfight is being directed by PCTC’s Artistic Director, Chad Badgero, and stars a cast of 12 local performers from Greater Lansing, Detroit, and New York.
To purchase tickets, visit www.peppermintcreek.org. Follow “PCTC” on Twitter: @PeppermintCreek or on Facebook.
ROSE - Jayna Katz
EDDIE - Patrick Harney
BERNSTEIN - Joe Quick
BOLAND - Matthew Bill
MARCY - Amanda Harvey
FECTOR - Ben Cassidy
STEVENS - Keenan Kangas
GIBBS - Reece Schaberg
MAMA - Racheal Raymer
RUTH TWO BEARS - Lauren Ezzo
PETE - Karol Garrison
PEGGY - Kaitlin Burns
The Costume Shop is doing very well in its new location on 1131 May Street but they need more volunteers!
You don’t have to be a “costumer”; there are various sorting and record-keeping jobs such as checking costume renters in and out, sorting small items, making minor repairs and the like. Meet new people, have fun, and be proud of your role in maintaining this treasure trove of costumes as an asset to our community. Office hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays 3-6 pm and Saturdays 10 am – 2 pm. Volunteers interested in helping out may contact Althea Phillips by email at email@example.com.
Learn more at www.rwtcostumeshop.com
3/13-14-15 - And now for something well, not comPLETEly different, but a much smaller helping of funny and heart warming — served with a delicious dessert-only buffet at Starlight Dinner Theatre: THE GARAGE SALE has only two characters. I wrote this script, and am thrilled to see its “revival” 19 years after its first staging (with Linda Granger and Ron McNeill as doll and bear.) Now Linda directs the talented Angela Dill and Kris Klaver as they romp through this comedy of love and fear and loss and risk — literally and figuratively getting out of their box.
This is ONLY ONE WEEKEND, so I hope you won’t miss it — and don’t forget to pick up some treasures at the accompanying garage-sale fundraiser.
This production is rated PG - please inquire for further details if the PG rating is a concern. For further information email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 517.243.6040 or go to the web site: StarlightDinnerTheatre. com.Facebook: www.facebook.com/StarlightDinnerTheatre
Lobby Box office opens at 6 pm. Dining Room opens at 6:30 pm. Desserts and garage sale are from 6:30 – 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday. Show begins at 7:30 pm. On Sunday the Lobby Box office opens at 12:30 pm, Desserts and garage sale are from 1 – 2 pm. Show begins at 2 pm.
MAILING ADDRESS: 225 Leland Place, Lansing, MI 48917
LOCATION: Performances take place in the Waverly East Cafetorium, at 3131 W. Michigan Ave. Lansing, 48917.
RESERVATIONS: (517.243.6040 or online at www.starlightdinnertheatre.com) - Dessert reservations are required 48 hours before the show begins; show-only tickets may be reserved ahead, and will also be available at the door.
SEATING: Tables seat 8 people per table. The earlier the reservation is made, the better the seating
PRICES: Regular/Seniors (62+) and Students (13-22) $20; Children 12 and under ($13)
SHOW ONLY: Regular $15; Srs (62+) and Students (13-22) $14; Children (12 and under) $10 VISA and MC accepted
HEARING ASSISTED DEVICES are available and must be requested when making your reservation
CANCELLATION: 72 hour notice required by phone (517.243.6040) to receive a refund.
Here’s some sad news for those of us who worked with Bernie White, as we knew her, who worked with many theatre groups in the Lansing area.
Berna Dean “Bernie” Adams, 67, died in her beloved Petoskey on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015.
Bernie was born in Petoskey on April 7, 1947, to Malcolm B. and Lovina M. (Bauman) Adams. She graduated from Petoskey High School in 1965 and worked for a time at the Bell Telephone Company here.
As young people often do, Bernie moved away from her hometown, down to the Lansing area, where she married Roger White in 1973 (divorced, 1996). She lived in Mid-Michigan for more than 30 years, being a mom to her son, RJ, working at schools, and tirelessly volunteering for numerous community theater groups and the local PBS station.
After a brief period in Colorado, Bernie then moved back to Petoskey and was able to spend her last years surrounded by the friends and family that she loved so much.
Bernie is survived by brothers and sisters, Eltha (Richard) Florenski of Gaylord, Malcolm (Patricia) Adams Jr., Donna (John) Page, Mary (Randy) Handwerk and Susie Emmons, all of Petoskey, Dianna (David) Springett of South Haven and Duane Adams of Harbor Springs; several nieces and nephews and grandnieces and nephews; countless friends; and her son, RJ (Laura) White of Philadelphia. She was preceded in death by her mother and father.
A remembrance ceremony and scattering of Bernie’s ashes will take place in May at Greenwood Cemetery.
The Little Dog Laughed follows the adventures of Mitchell Green (Blake Bowen), a movie star who could hit big if it weren't for one teensy-weensy problem. His brash agent, Diane, (Deb Keller) can't seem to keep him ‘in the closet’. Trying to help him navigate Hollywood's choppy waters, the devilish Diane is doing all she can to keep Mitchell away from the cute rent boy Alex (Michael Boxleitner) who's caught his eye and the rent boy's girlfriend (Cassie Little). Wait! The rent boy has a girlfriend? Pour these characters and story line over ice and you’ve served up a shot glass of witty banner and risqué humor.
Directed by Michael Hays, The Little Dog Laughed is a show with strong language, and mature and sexual themes that may contain material not suitable for people under sixteen-years-old. This show is a black box production.
February 27- March 1 and March 6-8, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. $12 ($10 for seniors 55+ or students)482-5700www.riverwalktheare.com
2/27-28 - TWO SHOWS ONLY this Friday 7 pm and Saturday 2 pm - The Studio Performing Arts Center is performing their The East Lansing Theatre and Dance Company’s production of “PETER PAN, Adventures in Neverland, an original ballet in one act” conceived and directed by P.K. Van Voorhees, based on the original Peter Pan story by J.M. Barrie — at Bath Middle School Auditorium, north of east Lansing, 13675 Webster Rd., Bath Mi 48808.
Acorn kisses and Pirate schemes! What do a sassy crocodile, a bumbling pirate captain, a boy who won’t grow up, a beautiful, “motherly” girl, a mischievous fairy, a fierce Indian princess and a nervous pirate cook have in common? Neverland – and all the magic therein! Featuring a cast of dancers aged 5-70 and coming February 27 at 7pm and February 28 at 2pm to Bath Middle School Auditorium
The story is told through a combination of physical theatre and ballet moves, as well as a helpful Narrator (Brandon Townsend). Cast includes Katie Knox as the athletic “Peter Pan”, Jim Brogan as the bumbling “Captain Hook”, Kaleel Van Voorhees as the playful “Tinker Bell”, Kelly Guess as the proud Indian Princess “Tiger Lily”, Mikaela McWethy as the sweet and gullible “Wendy”, Annie McIlhagga as the good-natured “John”, Mimi Parkerson as the brave “Michael”, Elsa Rusthoven as the nervous pirate cook “Smee”, Christen Chappelle as the helpful “Ralph”, Emily McWethy as the amenable “Crocodile” and the misbehaving “Shaddow”. “Lost Boys” are Caroline Ley, Gabriella Torgeson, Alyssa Forsyth, Maureen Rojewski, Miki Perdikakis and Alice Ribeiro, “Pirates” are Dave McWethy, Sam McIlhagga, Emma McIlhagga, Linda Webster, Lottie-Brooke Mims and Alaina Humphrey.
Show dates are Friday, February 27 at 7pm and Saturday, February 28 at 2pm, now at Bath Middle School Auditorium, 13675 Webster Rd., Bath Mi 48808
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance by calling 517-336-4088 or at the door 30 minutes prior to show.
The East Lansing Theatre and Dance Company (the performing group of The Studio Performing Arts Center) presents original and published works for Actors and Dancers and features both an Acting Company and a Dance Company. Dance Company members must have a minimum of 3 years of ballet training. The Studio Performing Arts Center presents five shows a year, between the Dance Company, the Acting Company and the Studio students; this is their 9th year as a performing arts studio. For more information, call 517-336-4088
Okemos, MI – February 23, 2015. The folly of the 21st century collides with the madness of Wonderland on March 13 – 22 at Happendance Studios in this rockin’ new musical adaptation that remains fairly faithful to Lewis Carroll’s original tale.
With all of the characters you know and love including the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit and the Queen of Hearts, this musical imagines a present-day Alice encountering the Wonderland so many of us treasure with a texting, tweeting, Googling Alice of the modern digital era.
This new adaptation features a contemporary score by the late beloved composer Bill Francouer (known for the children’s musical Oz!) and lyricist Scott DeTurk.
Show times on Fridays are at 7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 3 p.m. Ticket prices are $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for seniors and children 12 and under. Happendance Studios is located at 3448 Hagadorn Road in Okemos. Please enter from the east side of the building.
Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MidMichiganFamilyTheatre
Contact: Bill Gordon email@example.com 517-339-2145