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Lansing Community College Performing Arts
TWO DAYS ONLY - Almost, Maineby John Cariani
Performed by students in the Beginning Studio Theatre Program
Directed by Andy Callis
8:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday, December 13 & 14
LCC Black Box Theatre
Room 1422 Gannon Building
411 N. Grand Avenue, Lansing 48933
Welcome to Almost, Maine, a place that’s so far north, it’s almost not in the United States. It’s almost in Canada. And it’s not quite a town, because its residents never got around to getting organized. So it almost doesn’t exist. One cold, clear, winter night, as the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, the residents of Almost, Maine, find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend—almost—in this delightful midwinter night’s dream. (Dramatists Play Service)
St. Casimir Players Present“Drinking Habits”
Accusations, mistaken identities, and romances run wild in this traditional, laugh-out-loud farce. Two nuns at the Sisters of Perpetual Sewing (Angela Gardner and Elizabeth Johnson) have been secretly making wine with the help of the groundskeeper (Patrick Monroe) to keep the convent's doors open, but Paul (Grant Beuschel) and Sally (Jenny Dachtler), reporters and former fiancées, are hot on their trail.
They go undercover as a nun and priest, but their presence, combined with the addition of a new nun (Suzy Hisler) spurs paranoia throughout the convent as Mother Superior (Teresa Hurd) and Fr. Chenille (Ron Seymour) are convinced that spies have been sent from Rome to shut them down. Wine and secrets are inevitably spilled as everyone tries to preserve the convent and reconnect with lost loves.
The St. Casimir Players will present Tom Smith’s “Drinking Habits”as a parish fundraiser with performances December 13, 14, and 15 at the St. Casimir Holy Family Center, 815 Sparrow Ave., Lansing, 48910. The play features actors from Eaton Rapids, Charlotte, Holt, Lansing, and Delta Township, and is directed by Teresa Hurd.
Performances are December 13 and 14 at 7 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, December 15. Ticket prices are: Adult $12, Seniors $10, Student K-12 $5, Pre-School free. Tickets are available at the door or can be purchased at the parish office during weekday business hours.
Teresa Hurd email@example.com
MSU DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE FRESHMAN CLASS SERVES UP END-OF-SEMESTER LAUGHS UNDER DIRECTION OF SECOND CITY ALUM
The freshman class of Michigan State University’s Department of Theatre will celebrate the end of their first semester at college with five performances of hilarious “improvisational” comedy. Freshman Showcase:The Power of Spontaneous Inventionruns December 5 - 8 in the MSU Auditorium building’s Studio 60 Theatre.
While this is the 13thyear for the Freshman Showcase, it is only the second year the focus has been to train the Department of Theatre freshman class in the art of short form, improvisional comedy. The students will take suggestions from the audience to create scenes, songs, and games in the style of the hit show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” Unlike the show, they won’t be competing against each other for points, instead they will be working together as an ensemble to make their audiences laugh their faces off.
To ensure each student enjoys ample stage time, the class of 20 performers are divided into small groups. No group performs together more than once, and every show will be completely different from the rest. Every performance is the opening and closing of that show.
Director and MSU Faculty, Sarah Hendrickson has worked as a professional improviser, actress, instructor and producer in Chicago, including as a member of The Second City Music House Ensemble. Says Hendrickson, “One of the goals of producing this show is to help acclimate our freshmen to their new lives and the things that are expected of them as newly minted adults. They have spent their first semester here at MSU and the Department of Theatre learning how to improvise, both onstage and off. Our freshmen are brave. They are bold. They are powerful. They are taking risks. They are embracing failure. They are challenging themselves and growing as artists and people. They are forging lasting, meaningful connections to a supportive network that encourages them to follow their dreams.”
Freshman Showcase: The Power of Spontaneous Inventionruns for five performances December 5 - 8 in the Studio 60 Theatre at the MSU Auditorium building. Tickets are $13 for general admission, $11 for seniors and MSU faculty/staff, $10 for MSU students and are available online at whartoncenter.com, at the Wharton Center box office or by calling 1-800-WHARTON.
Frank Boston of Andromeda Players in Charlotte let me know that yesterday morning theGreenville community's Flat River Community Players warehouse burned to the ground.All of their costumes, props, set pieces, etc, were completely lost. They have a GoFundMe here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/rebuilding-flat-river-community-players-props. Can the Lansing Area theatre community help? I feel like we should all stick together as much as we can.
11/21-12/22 - 8pm Thur/Fri, 3pm & 8pm Sat, 2pm Sun -A Christmas Carol: The Radio Show by David Alberts, directed by John Lepard - WT
11/29-12/1 & 12/5-8 - 7pm Thur; 8pm Fri/Sat; 2pm Sun (both 2pm and 7pm shows Sunday, Dec. 1- You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, family musical, director Bob Purosky - RWT
12/3 - 10am to 10pm we’re doing our Giving Tuesday Day of Theatre Event. Table readings of 6 plays through out the day. Free event -
12/4-15 - 7:30pm Wed; 2 & 7:30pm Thur; 8pm Fri; 2pm & 8pm Sat; 1pm & 6:30pm Sun - Disney’s Aladdin -WTN
12/5-8 - 7:30pm Thur; 8pm Fri/Sat; 2pm Sat/Sun - Freshman Showcase: The Power of Spontaneous Invention, director Sarah Hendrickson - Studio 60 Theatre (lower level of Auditorium Building) - MSU
12/6-12/8 – 8 p.m. Fri/Sat, 2 p.m. Sun. Macbeth, directed by John Lennox. Black Box 1422 Gannon Bldg. - LCC
12/8-15 - Auditions for Disney's Beauty and the Beast held between December 8-15. For exact days and complete audition information please see the full audition packet at https://bit.ly/FCT-Beast-AuditionPacket - Performance Dates: April 17, 18, 19, 2020 at the Alverson Center for Performing Arts at Fowlerville High School. Audition Appointments must be booked at https://fowlervilletheatre.youcanbook.me/ audition form can be completed at https://bit.ly/FCT-Beast-AuditionForm - FCT
12/10-12/11 – 7-9 p.m. – Auditions: True West, directed by John Lennox. Black Box 1422 Gannon Bldg. - LCC
12/13 -12/14 – 8 p.m. – Almost, Maine, by John Cariani, directed by Andy Callis. Black Box 1422 Gannon Bldg. - LCC
12/6-7 - 7:30pm - Uh-Oh Here Comes Christmas, A fun and heartwarming variety show for the whole family - $10 at the door - HGP
12/6-8 & 13-15 - 7pm; 2pm Sundays - North Pole Radio Hour by Sally K. Albrecht & Jay Althouse, director Marilyn Wulfekuhler, performed at Mason Historical Society - GCT
12/8-9 - Sun/Mon, 7pm, Auditions for A Hotel on Marvin Gardens, auditions for select roles, director: Mary K. Hodges-Nees (performs 3/12-22, 2020) - RWT
12/9 - 6:30-8:30pm - Julius Caesar Audition Workshop & Auditions for Brutus, Cassius, and Mark Antony , Sycamore Creek Church - (general auditions 12/16-17) - CUR
12/13-15 - 7pm Fri/Sat; 3pm Sun - Holiday at Lebowsky- LEB
12/15-16 - Sun/Mon, 7pm, Auditions for Unnecessary Farce, director Jeff Magnuson (performs 2/6-16, 2020) - RWT
12/16-17- 6:30-8pm, General Auditions for Julius Caesar - Sycamore Creek Church - CUR
12/20-22 - Holiday Cabaret - 7pm Fri/Sat; 3pm Sun - musical variety featuring John Dale Smith Trio & Karyn’s Dance Place, director Meghan Eldred-Woolsey - RWT
Greater Lansing Ubiquitous Theatres
CUR - Curtainless Theatre firstname.lastname@example.org. www.facebook.com/curtainlesstheatrelansing
FCT - Fowlerville Community Theatre 746 S Grand Ave, PO Box 1126, Fowlerville, MI 48836 - http://fowlervilletheatre.comGCT - Generations Community Theatre - www.generationstheater.com
HGP - Homegrown Productions, 517-930-1421 “Homegrown Productions St. Johns” Facebook performs at Wilson Center, 101 W. Cass St., St. Johns, MI 48879
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
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
Lansing Community College Performing Arts presents Macbeth
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Dr. John Lennox
8:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday, December 6 & 7, Sunday, December 8, 2018, @ 2 p.m.
LCC Black Box Theatre
Room 1422 Gannon Building
411 N. Grand Avenue, Lansing 48933
Shakespeare’s psychological thriller is rich with political intrigue, personal weakness and spell-casting witches as Macbeth and his Lady seek power and succumb to the darkest of deeds. Considered one of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies, covering the themes of ambition, fate, deception and treachery.
Cost Suggested donation of $5-$10.
Lansing Community College Performing Arts presents LCC Jazz Band
Directed by Jonathan Gewirtz
Friday, December 6th @ 7:30 p.m.
500 N. Capitol Ave.
With over 20 band members, you’ll enjoy the big-band jazz sound as LCC’s ever popular Jazz Band features selections by Dizzy Gillespie and Frank Paparelli (A Night in Tunisia) as well as pieces by Eddie Harris (Cold Duck Time) and Thad Jones (Don’t Get Sassy).
Free of Charge
LCC Performing Arts Production Office, 517-483-1122
Uh Oh, Here Comes Christmas December 6 and 7
Since 2009,Homegrown Productions in St. Johnshas added to the holiday spirit in our community with a musical variety show. This year we are proud to present “Uh Oh, Here Comes Christmas,” a play based on the books by Robert Fulghum. Heartwarming stories and musical interludes look at the struggle to find the spirit of the holidays amid the avalanche of commercialism, stress and chaos that crashes down every December. Delightful stories include hilarious musings about a love/hate relationship with the vibrant poinsettia that arrives in most homes every December and hangs on long after the holidays have ended; and a beautiful, deeply moving tribute to the winter solstice, celebrating nature's precious annual gift of rebirth.
“Uh, Oh, Here Comes Christmas” is directed by Beth Webb and Susan DeRosa.
This year’s cast members are Sara Craft, Susan DeRosa, Jan Ross, Darryl Schmitz, Beth Webb, and Tom Webb. This is a family friendly show.
Performances are December 6 and 7 at 7:30 pm
at the Wilson Center Auditorium, 101 W. Cass St. Tickets are $10 at the door.
December 3 from 10am to 10pm
Williamston Theatre is doing our Giving Tuesday Day of Theatre Event. Table readings of 6 plays throughout the day. Free event.
To launch the season of giving, the Williamston Theatre gives back! We’ll be presenting readings of six plays – an entire season in a day. We begin at 10am and run through 10pm. Come for one play, or stay for them all. This event is FREE and open to the public, no reservations are necessary. Information will be available in our lobby on several local charities doing amazing work in our community. Some WT favorites who will be on the stage will include: Katherine Banks, Casaundra Freeman, Tobin Hissong, John Lepard, Michael Lopetrone, and Emily Sutton-Smith.
Plays to look forward to…
Tracy Jones by Stephen Kaplan
Tracy Jones has rented out the back “party room” of Jones Street Bar and Grill: The Place for Wings and Things, a typical chain restaurant. Tracy Jones is throwing a party to which she’s invited every woman in the world who is also named Tracy Jones. Tracy Jones has been sitting for over an hour alone, nursing her Diet Coke, waiting for any other Tracy Joneses to show up. Tracy Jones’ epic loneliness is about to be tested beyond anything she ever imagined. Featuring: Casaundra Freeman, John Lepard, Anna Ryzenga and Emily Sutton-Smith
Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England by Madeleine George
Dean Wreen is not having a good week. Her college is in dire financial straits and a plan to close its tiny, all-but-forgotten natural history museum is sending unexpected shock waves across campus and out into the local community. Town-gown relations are in tatters! The local newspaper is erupting in protest! Even the awful, historically inaccurate dioramas in the museum have started mouthing off! A screwball sex comedy about the perils of monogamy, certainty, and academic administration. Featuring Katherine Banks, Casaundra Freeman, Alysia Kolascz, Tobin Hissong, and Michael Lopetrone.
SHOCK! The Spine-Tingling Tale of Miss Spidra by Joseph Zettelmaier
Her fans never knew Joyce Billings. To them, she was Miss Spidra, campy host of “The Night Parlor,” Toledo’s midnight horror movie show. Starting as a struggling actress trying to make her mark, Joyce finds herself becoming an icon, a celebrity. But her efforts to keep her beloved show alive cost her more than she could have guessed. Framed against a documentary about her life, Miss Spidra’s journey through the monster craze of the 60s asks what lines one will cross to succeed. Featuring Katherine Banks, Aral Gribble, Casaundra Freeman, Michael Lopetrone, Heather Mahoney, and Christine Purchis.
Creating Claire by Joe DiPietro
Employed as a docent at a natural history museum, nice, middle-aged Claire comes under fire when her tour-guide patter deviates from the strict scientific beliefs of her formidable supervisor and heads down a path that espouses intelligent design. Claire’s spiritual slant attracts extra visitors but soon leads to legal action. A powerful exploration of the supernova that results when science, faith and politics collide. Featuring Casaundra Freeman, Tobin Hissong, Heather Mahoney, and Chris Purchis.
Fortune by Deborah Zoe Laufer
Maude, a lonely, surly, storefront psychic has accepted that love is not in the cards for her. She can see the future and knows this to be true. But when Jeremy, a despondent love-hungry accountant threatens to kill himself if she sees no love for him, she must wrestle with fate, and in changing his destiny, change her own. Featuring Katherine Banks and Aral Gribble.
Maytag Virgin by Audrey Cefaly
A classic Southern love story. Maytag Virgin follows Alabama school teacher Lizzy Nash and her new neighbor, Jack Key, over the year following the tragic death of Lizzy’s husband. The play explores the ideas of inertia and self-enlightenment, and the bridge between the two. Featuring John Lepard and Emily Sutton-Smith.
I'm part of a theater group that is going a play running two weekends, Dec 6-8 and 13-15 (Friday and Saturdays at 7:00, Sundays at 2:00). It's a short Christmas show (North Pole Radio Hour) and we were hoping to have enough cast to do a pre-show as well as the production. We don't.
SO, I'm looking for SATB quartets to help us carry the first half hour with Christmas songs (not carols). If I can have one quartet at each performance, that would be ideal. If you can help make a quartet (I'll put them all together, just let me know your interest) for a least one show (two would be GREAT) please let me know. mailto:email@example.com If you know anyone who can sing that can help in this, please forward this to them and copy me in the conversation.
Rehearsals would be one night, either Dec 10 or 11 (6:30-8:00ish). I'll have music for you there. Oh, you'll be singing acapella (thus I need people who know how to sing a part). Double Oh - It's at the Mason Historical Society 200 E Oak St, Mason, MI 48854. I have a minivan and can take some with me every night if needed.
Thank you for your consideration. Have a beautiful Thanksgiving.
Nancy Sisson mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
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