At the Lebowsky Center in Owosso:
Rodgers & Hammerstein CINDERELLA
OPENS FEBRUARY 28
Feb 28, 29 March 6, 7 @ 8 pm
Feb 29, March 1, 7, 8 @ 3 pm
Go BEHIND THE SCENES with the Friends of Theatre!
Attention all theatre lovers! Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn more about MSU Department of Theatre productions, featuring the MSU Department of Theatre Production Directors, Faculty and Students — join “Behind the Scenes” at East Lansing Hannah Community Center!
Each Behind the Scenes” event has three sessions:
First class: Lan open discussion of the play and related historical context will be led by MSU faculty or a community expert.
The Play: The Behind the Scenes” package includes a ticket to he productions at MSU on the day and time of your choosing.
Second class: After the play, attendees will have the opportunity to interact with the faculty and students involved in the production.
Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine (show runs 2/14-23)
Facilitators: Carol Bryson, Sam Austin and Joan Mattson
Classes: Thursdays Feb 13 & 27
Hannah Community Center Conference Room
Cost: includes digital copy of the script and a show ticket
$40 members; $45 nonmembers (of Friends of Theatre)
Join us to discuss Stephen Sondheim’s musical of revisionist version fairy tales! Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (of the Beanstalk) and the Baker and his wife make wishes to solve something missing in their lives. What happens when the fulfillment of their wishes leaves them unfulfilled?
To enroll: 517-337-1113 or visit the Prime Time office at Hannah Community Center.
Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story
Book, Music & Lyrics by Stephen Dolginoff
Directed by Bert Goldstein
A Wharton Center Theatre Production
Feb 12-16, 2020
A potent tale from history with a twist of artistic focus as it traces the hopes, fears, dreams and desires of Nathan Leopold. In flashback, Leopold tells the parole board how he and Richard Loeb planned what they considered to be the perfect crime—with horrifying results. Exploring the power dynamics and manipulation between the two, Thrill Me features haunting music and taut dialogue as the complicated web created by Chicago’s notorious “thrill killers” unfolds. Tickets are available at the official source to purchase Wharton Center tickets online, whartoncenter.com; at the Auto-Owners Insurance Ticket Office; or by calling 1-800- WHARTON.
Thrill Me has received Drama Desk Award nominations for Best Musical and Best Music; an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Best Off-Broadway musical; won an ASCAP Music Award and a Los Angeles Garland Award. After its extended run in New York City, Thrill Me has been licensed for nearly 200 productions in 20 countries and 12 languages, including long-running versions in Seoul, Tokyo and Shanghai. The original London production transferred to the West End after a sold-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
"Startling...Provocative...I can't get enough of this...Will keep you spellbound...Thrill Me freezes the blood and keeps you wanting more!" –New York Observer
Stephen Dolginoff is the author/composer of Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story. This Wharton Center Theatre Production is directed by Bert Goldstein, the director of Wharton Center Institute for Arts & Creativity. This production will feature New York-based actors Mark Ryan Anderson and Wayne Shuker. Thrill Me is best suited for ages 15 and up, as it contains adult themes and situations. On Wednesday, February 12, there is an After Chat immediately following the performance, and on Thursday, February 13, there is an Insight Preview at 6:45PM.
This Wharton Center Theatre Production is sponsored by University Outreach & Engagement with additional support from April Clobes & Glen Brough; and Jack & Susan Davis.
Specially-Priced Student and Youth Tickets:$19 MSU Student tickets: Visit https://www.whartoncenter.com/events/detail/thrill-me-the-leopold-loeb-story and select students on the right-hand side of the page, enter your APID to redeem.
$19 Non-MSU Student tickets: Visit the Wharton Center Ticket Office with a valid student ID or call 1.800.WHARTON.
Lansing Community College Performing Arts
By Sam Shepard
Directed by John Lennox
8:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday, Feb. 21-22, 28-29, 2020
(February 29th performance will be sign interpreted by students in the LCC Sign Language Interpreter Program.)
LCC Black Box Theatre
Room 1422 Gannon Building
411 N. Grand Avenue, Lansing 48933
This American classic tells the story of two brothers, sons of a desert-dwelling alcoholic and a suburban wanderer; as they clash over a film script. Austin, the achiever, is working on a script he has sold to producer Sal Kimmer when Lee, a demented petty thief, drops in. He pitches his own idea for a movie to Kimmer, who then wants Austin to junk his bleak, modern love story and write Lee's trashy Western tale.
Cost $10 general admission, $5 students, at the door. Tickets available for purchase online at www.lcc.edu/showinfo.
A conversation with True West director – Dr. John Lennox
• What was it about this script that made you want to direct it?
It is a story of a dysfunctional relationship between siblings. While the aspects of this relationship may be a bit far-fetched for the rest of us to connect with, we can certainly feel the differences, jealousies, anger and resentment between these characters resonate in our own relationships.
• You were cast in this show years ago. Tell me about your experience.
My experience playing Lee in this production is what moved me from a High School Drama Club actor to a serious dramatic actor. It was this production that made me get serious about my craft.
• Why do think it’s important for audiences to see this production? What makes it relevant in today’s society? What do you want the audience to take away?
I think this production needs to be seen by audiences because we are in a time now where we are letting outside forces destroy our relationships with our families and friends. In this play, the outside force is a film script- Austin’s perceived attack by Lee on his life’s blood. Today, I feel it is politics. Regardless, we too easily today allow the world to drive a wedge between us and those we should be holding most dear. I no longer speak to my own brother because of outside forces he has allowed to tear us apart. I think we have forgotten what actually makes us strong these days- family: those you are born with and those you choose.
• Do you see any challenges in directing this script? If so, what are they?
I don’t really see many challenges. The biggest one could be the age of the actors playing the roles. They may not have necessarily lived through this type of strife. However, I was the same age- younger in fact, when I played the role and it did not seem to get in the way of understanding the message and objectives of the characters to myself or my fellow cast members. I feel these students, living in a vastly different and far more hate-filled world than I grew up in, will understand these elements all too well.
• What’s your favorite scene in the play and why?
The scene where Austin tells the story of his father to Lee. It is powerful. It reminds me of Quint’s monologue in Jaws about being on the USS Indianapolis.
Ixion's Wheel Explores the Midwest in rUSt
Ixion Ensemble focuses on local playwrights with a free staged reading of rUSt: Monologues from the Midwest. The reading will be February 15 from noon to 3pm in the auditorium of Capital Area District Library 401 S. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI.
The event is free and open to the public. No reservations are necessary. For more information email mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or call 517.775.4246.
The playwrights featured will be: O.G. Ueberroth, Adam Carlson, Janet Ehrlich Colson, Sarah Murphy, Alan Harris, Joy Bilbey, Kerry Waters and jeff croff. All are members of Ixion's Wheel writers group, which meets monthly to encourage local writers to develop their works for the stage.
Performing the readings will be Michell Danaj, Paul Schmidt, Rebecca Williams, Daryl Thompson, Judith Evans, Michelle Trice and Sadonna Croff.
"These stories explore our community and experiences" notes Ixion artistic director, jeff croff. "This is the next step in the development process as we prepare for auditions and a full production in May. For many of the writers, this will be the first time we've performed their work at Ixion."
The current line up for the reading is:
• Musing by Joy Bilbey
• Evolution of Me Pt. 1 by Kerry Waters
• Glowing by Sarah Murphy
• Happy Birthday Pt. 1 by jeff croff
• Parenting by Adam Carlson
• Naughty Kitty by O.G. Ueberroth
• Happy Birthday Pt. 2 by jeff croff
• Evolution of Me Pt. 2 by Kerry Waters
• Mother by O.G. Ueberroth
• Angelina by jeff croff
• Happy Birthday Pt. 3 by jeff croff
• Evolution of Me Pt. 3 by Kerry Waters
• Bradley by Janet Ehrlich Colson
• Cardiologist by O.G. Ueberroth
• Sheryl by Janet Ehrlich Colson
• Sharon I'm Still Here by Alan Harris
• Counter Cleaner by Janet Ehrlich Colson
• Evolution of Me Pt. 4 by Kerry Waters
• Raw by O.G. Ueberroth
• Shunpiking by Sarah Murphy
• Evolution of Me Pt. 5 by Kerry Waters
• Happy Birthday Pt. 4 by jeff croff
Michigan Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence presents
THE GUN SHOW - a non partisan play about guns
Directed by Rob Roznowski, starring Jala Jackson
MCPGV and Rob Roznowski, Michigan State Dept of Theatre Faculty, are excited to announce a production of The Gun Show, written by Playwright E.M. Lewis. The one-actor play starring Jala Jackson explores Ms. Lewis's unique perspective and relationship with guns and American gun culture. The narrative leans neither left or right but instead centers on the question: Can we talk about this?
Jala Jackson, Senior (Detroit, MI); BFA Acting- Jala was most recently seen at MSU in Men On Boats and The Bacchae. The Gun Show is her first solo show and first traveling show and she is extremely excited! She would like to thank her family and friends for their love and continuous support.
The Gun Show will be performed throughout Michigan so everyone will have a chance to experience this compelling drama. Tickets range from $5- $10/donation.
The Gun Show will be followed by a question and answer session- so we can talk about this!
Sunday, February 9 at 6pm
UU Church of Greater Lansing
5509 South Pennsylvania, Lansing, 48911
Saturday, February 15 at 7pm
MSU Department of Theatre - Studio 60
542 Auditorium Rd, East Lansing, 48824
Monday, February 17 at 7pm
122 S Putnam St, Williamston, 48895
Also Flint, Elk Rapids, St. Joseph, Battle Creek and Detroit. Search “The Gun Show” on Facebook for event details.
Michigan Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence
P.O. Box 1611 | East Lasing, Michigan 48826
• Saturday, February 22
• RIVERWALK SEASON SOIREE PROGRAM (Roaring 20's Theme - Costumes encouraged!) (costume ideas, accessories, help available at http://www.rwtcostumeshop.com/
• 7:00-7:30 "Dessert Reception"
• 7:30-8:30 "Season 32 Reveal" hosted by local comedian and board member, Dan Currie. There are sure to be lots of laughs, music and chances to win free tickets to Season 32 shows!
• 8:30-10:00 "Afterglow" cash bar in the RWT Lobby will be open and desserts will continue to be served. This is the room where it happens! Directors will be available to meet anyone interested in talking about, working on and/or auditioning for the productions.
• Admission: $12 for general public, $10 for RWT members - Tickets available at the door. (One free drink ticket with each paid admission.)
• RWT membership forms will be available at check in so people can sign up for membership!
Jan 24, 7 pm - Jan 25 - 2 pm
East Lansing Hannah Community Center
The Studio Performing Arts Center
Belle (From Beauty and The Beast) has happily married her Handsome Prince and is living blissfully in a beautiful castle, surrounded by her lovely Rose Garden, good friends, and an excellent Master Chef who makes cakes galore. Enter The Witch, a forest wretch that harbors resentment and unending loneliness caused by aggressive bullying of her underlings. When the happy couple host a beautiful ball (and conveniently forget to invite The Witch), she and her cronies crash the castle party, freeze the guests in place, dance a puppet duet with the Prince and steal away the beautiful Princess deep into the forbidding woods. Can the castle occupants find their Princess before she wastes away in her forest dungeon? Can the lovelorn Prince temper his temper in order to delegate a search party and rescue his bride? Can the Cook sharpen his knives and help the Prince to battle the wily forest folk? Come and find out in this delightful original story, told through the eyes of the characters that were there!
1/28 & 30 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm.Auditions for Casablanca/Bickersons radio shows at the Haslett Library on Franklin Street in the Community Room. Rehearsals Feb 4, 6, 10,11,12,13; performance on Feb. 14 at 7pm at the Robin Theatre in REO Town - AAF
1/30-3/1 - 8pm Thur/Fri, 3pm & 8pm Sat, 2pm Sun -900 Miles to International Fallsby Annie Martin, A World Premiere - adult language/content - director Tony Caselli - WT
2/6-9 & 13-16- 7pm Thur; 8pm Fri/Sat; 2pm Sun - Unnecessary Farce,comedy/farce, director Jeff Magnuson - RWT
2/7-9 & 14-16 - 7pm Fri; 3pm Sat/Sun -Robin Hood– AECT
2/12-16 - 7:30pm Wed/Thur; 8pm Fri; 1:30pm Sun Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story, Theatre and Illuminate Events - Pasant Stage - WTN
2/14 - 7 pm -Casablanca radio showfrom the original network radio script broadcast in 1944. Also a classic episode of the romantic comedy - "The Bickerson's", along with an original script written for the Audio Air Force at The Robin Theatre in REO Town - AAF
2/15 - noon-3 pm - staged reading of rUSt: Monologues from the Midwest. The reading will be in the auditorium of Capital Area District Library 401 S. Capitol Ave. Lansing - free and open to the public - IX
2/14-23 - Fri 2/14-8pm; Sat 2/15-8pm; Sun 2/16-2pm; Tues 2/18-7:30pm; Wed 2/19-7:30pm; Thur 2/20-7:30pm; Fri 2/21-8pm; Sat 2/22-2pm & 8pm; Sun 2/23-2pm - Into the Woods, Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by James Lapine, director Deric McNish, choreographer Alisa Hauser, musical director Dave Wendelberger - Fairchild Theatre - MSU
2/21-22 & 28-29 - 8pm, True West by Sam Shepard, director Dr. John Lennox, Black Box 1422 Gannon Bldg. - LCC
2/22 - Season Launch Party at Riverwalk Theatre to announce shows and directors for Season 32; details to come at www.riverwalktheatre.com - RWT
2/26- 3/1 - 7:30pm Wed/Thur; 8pm Fri; 2pm & 8pm Sat; 1pm & 6:30pm Sun - My Fair Lady - WTN
2/27-28 - Thur/Fri, 6:30-8:30, Auditions for Fantastic Mr. Fox,at Hannah Community Center; director Dale Wayne; ages 9-18 welcome for cast and crew; optional Audition Workshop 2/26 at 6:30; more info at cityofeastlansing.com/allofusor e-mail email@example.com(performs 4/24-5/3, 2020 at Riverwalk Theatre) - AECT
2/27-29 - 7pm; 2 & 7pm Saturday – Annie, book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, director Cole Groot - MTC
2/28-3/1 & 3/6-8, 8pm Fri/Sat; 3pm Sat/Sun - Cinderella- LEB
Greater Lansing Ubiquitous Theatres
AAF - Audio Air Force - live “radio shows” - www.audioairforce.com- Dave Downing - 517-881-9746
AECT - All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre -
www.cityofeastlansing.com/allofus- 517-319-6957 - firstname.lastname@example.org
IX - Ixion - ixiontheatre.com, email@example.com, 517-775-4246
LCC - Lansing Community College Communication, Media & the Arts - www.lcc.edu/showinfo-
517-483-1488 / 517-483-1122
LEB - Lebowsky Center for Performing Arts -LebowskyCenter.com- 989-723-4003
MTC - Midway Theater Company -midwaytheatercompany.org- 517-316-5272
MSU - Michigan State University Department of Theatre - www.theatre.msu.edu- 517-432-2000
RWT - Community Circle Players at Riverwalk Theatre, www.RiverwalkTheatre.com, 517-482-5700
WT - Williamston Theatre - 517-655-SHOW (7469) www.williamstontheatre.org
WTN - Wharton Center for Performing Arts at MSU - 517-432-2000 or 1-800-Wharton or
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