In the newsletter we just sent out, we quoted the dates for "A Shot in the Dark" on the front page as April 4-5 & 11-13. This is NOT CORRECT!!! A Shot in the Dark opens NEXT WEEK! March 13-16 & 20-23, 2014. Sorry!!
By Sidney Michaels, directed by John Lennox
8 p.m. Friday/Saturday March 14-15 & 21-22
LCC Black Box Theatre - Room 168 Gannon Building
411 N. Grand Ave., Lansing
Dylan is the story of the destruction of a life. The mighty talents of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas succumbed to the mightier weight of alcoholism, taking him at age 39. The play follows the poet as he is wooed and feted by American society on several trips to the U.S., struggling with his feeling that his best work is 15 years old, spending every penny he earns from readings at literary societies and universities, and ultimately returning home in a casket. Though undeniably tragic, there is a great deal of humor as the earthy and exquisitely witty poet is portrayed as the complex man he was, with a deeply conflicted marriage to wife Caitlyn, and an appetite for many a mistress.
“Dylan parallels humanity’s own self-destructive nature: knowing that our actions will someday lead to our own demise, but not knowing how to live differently, or not caring about the consequences,” said director John Lennox. “The story is also about love: twisted, illogical and perhaps even undeserved love, but love nonetheless. It is a reflection on how we as people betray that love we should have for humanity.”
Lennox played the title role in a 1987 production at Western Michigan University. On directing the play now he said, “I see things in it that I couldn't possibly have understood as a 19-year-old actor. As always when someone else plays a role you played you think: "No, do it like this" and sometimes even "Why didn't I do it that way?" So it has been difficult to direct another Dylan and not give line readings. But I lucked out with who I cast – it hasn't been nearly as difficult as I was afraid it was going to be.”
Playing the role of Dylan Thomas is Joseph Mull. The cast of LCC students features Kelley McNabb as Caitlyn, Scott Wheeler as Dylan’s friend John Malcolm Brinnen, Ian Henretty as his agent Angus, Katie Dufort as his mistress Meg, Patrick Foster as fellow poet Mattock, and playing multiple roles: Cassie Little, Chelsea-Ann Bonofiglio, Max Donovan, Robert Aultz, and Hunter Folleth.
$5 students, $10 adults
Available at the door, or in advance M-Th 10am-6pm in Gannon Building Room 132 “The Hole in the Hall”
LCC Performing Arts Production Office, 517-483-1488
3/8 Saturday - Don't miss THE EVAN MICHAEL SHOW - with a sneak preview of Riverwalk's upcoming A SHOT IN THE DARK, starring Evan Michael (Pinsonnault) himself! This local TV variety show will air Saturday, March 8th at 10pm on WHTV my18 :-)
The National Tour of THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS, winner of the 2012 Tony Award ® for Best Musical Revival, will be making a stop at Wharton Center
THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS is brought to life by Broadway’s best and brightest cast and creative team. “ Every so often a project comes along that is so astonishing that one has to drop everything and just say I’m going to do it. That’s what I felt when I was asked to do The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, ” said Tony Award ® - winning director Diane Paulus.
“The epic sweep of the story, the immense history of the musical itself and the unforgettable Gershwin score, highlighted by ‘Summertime,’ ‘I Got Plenty of Nothing’ and ‘It Ain’t Necessarily So’ make this unquestionably one of the greatest American masterpieces.” Based on DuBose Heyward's novel “Porgy” and the play of the same name, which he co - wrote with his wife Dorothy Heyward, the Broadway revival of THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS is a stunning and stirring new staging with a magnificent 23 - piece orchestra.
The classic story is set in Charleston’s fabled Catfish Row, where the beautiful Bess struggles to break free from her scandalous past, and the only one who can rescue her is the courageous Porgy. Threatened by her formidable former lover Crown, and the seductive enticements of the colorful troublemaker Sporting Life, Porgy and Bess’ relationship evolves into a deep romance that triumphs as one of theater’s most exhilarating love stories.
PORGY AND BESS first premiered at the Colonial Theatre in Boston on September 30, 1935. Broadway performances followed featuring a cast of classically trained African - American singers — a daring and visionary artistic choice at the time. This new adaptation of THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS was specifically created for Broadway and features a revised book in a musical theatre format and jazz - oriented musical arrangements.
For more information, please visit www.porgyandbessthemusical.com Or Follow THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS
at: http://facebook.com/ TheGershwinsPorgyandBessNationalTour
Tickets for the tour are available now and can be purchased online at whartoncenter.com, at the Auto - Owners Ticket Office at Wharton Center, or by calling 1 - 800 - WHARTON.
Tuesday, March 18 — Sunday, March 23, 2014
Tuesday — Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
Friday at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Sunday at 1:00 PM and 6:30 p.m.Location: Cobb Great Hall
Tickets: From $32 ● Plus applicable fees
$25 Student tickets available
Ticket Office: whartoncenter.com
517.432.2000 or 1.800.WHARTON
A fundraiser for the Summer Solstice Jazz Festival and East Lansing Film Festival - a wonderful Movie: Girls in the Band
7pm, February 27, 2014
Join us for an exclusive showing of this poignant, vastly entertaining documentary recounting the untold stories of female jazz and big band instrumentalists and their fascinating, groundbreaking journeys from the late 1930's to the present day.
Tickets:$12 general admission $10 seniors (65+)
Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Rd., East Lansing.
Call Susan for more info (517)336-9014
PETER PAN is this summer's show for Riverwalk Theatre's YOUNG ARTISAN WORKSHOP - no charge to participate for youth actors and backstage staff aged 10-18
Auditions for actors and backstage crew: May 11-12 at 6:30
NOW - OLDER KIDS NEEDED FOR PLANNING - Right now we are seeking youth between 15-18 yrs old to work on the creation of the lighting, sound, costume and set design. The first production meeting on March 2. @ 4:00.
Please contact SaDonna Croff for more details if you would like to be a part of this creative process. 517-316-6471 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Okay, this isn't "theater" but I want to support our remarkable friend with ALS, Dr. Craig Oster, to learn more about him go to http://healingwithdrcraig.com/the-man/
Please consider sharing my $8.00 ($80/night) Friday overnights position, East Lansing, MI area:
They can sleep during the night and wake to help me a few times with a urinal. Interested individuals can email me at email@example.com for more information. The quality of my life is greatly influenced by having reliable, honest, kind and positive caregivers.
My current Friday overnight worker, a dentist from another country, has an offer to work Saturdays as a dental assistant.
Peace and gratitude,
Craig Oster, PhD
19-year survivor of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) &
Co-founder/Scientist/Advocate at THE HEALERS campaign
We are taping 2 episodes TONIGHT (Monday, 2/24) at Peppermint Creek Theatre (6025 Curry Lane in Lansing, off Miller Rd).
Arrive for episode 1 between 5-530pm -- talent includes Presidential Photographer Maggie May, the Capitol City Chordsmen & filmmaker Michael McCallum
Arrive for episode 2 between 630-7pm -- talent includes "A Shot in the Dark" cast from Riverwalk, Ron Newman & Sunny Wilkinson, saxophonist Brawny Brown from the World Class City Band & guest student performer!
Tickets are FREE and you just need to show up and be a part of our active and engaging studio audience :-)
Here is the facebook invite for those savvy with social media
Thanks and hope to see some theatre friends there!
Anybody gearing up for the Pirate comedies at Mid Michigan Family Theatre (Schmidt Southside Community Center on Wise Road)mmft.net
All Shook Up rock'n'roll musical by Blue Light Players at Hannah Center on Abbot Rd. East Lansingvisit:http://www.bluelightplayers.com/all-shook-up-the-musical.html
NOTE: Both of the above begin at 7 PM
(…not the usual 8pm like LCC's Prelude to a Kiss - Dart Auditorium on Capitol Ave. http://www.lcc.edu/cma/events/or Williamston's Lion in Winter - Putnam St. Williamston)www.williamstontheatre.com
Have a great weekend of theatre!
Don't miss Free Man of Color - AND mark your calendars for 3/29 Riverwalk Season Announcement Event!