Thanks to Julie Linderleaf for info about Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater, MI, which is producing live, outdoor shows this summer. Julie occasionally reviews plays for Encoremichigan.com and reports, "Even though it’s an hour away, it’s still theatre!” See the rest of the season (When Radio Was King, Love Letters, Man of La Mancha, What Mad Pursuit, It Started with Eve) at http://tibbits.org
8/21-23 - Ixion Ensemble presents a collection of original, locally-written monologues with "Turn Turn Turn". Performances will be Friday through Sunday, August 21, 22 and 23 at 6 PM in Sharp Park 1401 Elmwood Road Lansing, MI. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. For more information call 517.775.4246 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a socially-distanced, open air performance of new scripts by Ixion's Wheel writers group. Local writers have created snapshots of life both imagined and explored and the scripts will be performed by 13 different local actors. Actors are rehearsing remotely via zoom, but look forward to sharing a live performance in August.
"We're excited to return to a stage. Even if it isn't our usual home, the Robin," observes Ixion Artistic Director, jeff croff." "We can't wait to once again share stories with our Lansing community. This time it's extra special as we not only get to share work from our Writers Group, but also return to connecting with Lansing. Albeit, connecting with social distance precautions. We can't wait."
Scripts being performed are:
Please Note: There is some strong language.
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I’m told that Roy Custer is “in his final stages” at Sparrow Hospital. Hospital visits are allowed or you may send cards for Roy via the hospital or via Bob Waite 2401 East Jolly Road Apt 3 Lansing 48910.
Roy was a realtor who advertised for many years in our programs, and was an active Lansing Area Theatre Guy back in the day. Below is his resumé from Matt Ottinger’s wonderful archive site http://lansingtheatre.org.
Note that Roy directed the very first show produced at Riverwalk Theatre, Dames at Sea — and also, if I’m remembering correctly, he was Pontius Pilate in the infamous Jesus Christ Superstar, Okemos Barn 1984-5 season, where the lady from the audience came onstage to “save Jesus” from the 40 lashes. (If anyone has really old theatre programs from the 70s/80s, contact Matt: mailto:email@example.com)
• Man of La Mancha (OBT 1985)
• Murder on the Nile (LCP 1986)
• Damn Yankees (LCP 1987)
• It's a Grand Night of Singing (RWT 1988)
• Little Mary Sunshine (LCP 1988)
• Romantic Comedy (ST 1988)
• A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody (ST 1989)
• Dames At Sea (RWT 1989)
• Something's Afoot (ST 1995)
• 70, Girls, 70 (LCP 1999)
• A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (RWT 2006)
• Li'l Abner (RWT 1992) - Marrin' Sam
• Victor/Victoria (RWT 2006) - Carroll "Toddy" Todd
• The Big Knife (ST 1986) - Lighting Design
• Pippin (RWT 1992) - Producer
Just when I was ready to rename GLUT (Greater Lansing Ubiquitous Theatre) as DEARTH (Devastating End All Real-live Theatre Here) you have renewed my faith that we can STILL have “too much” and/or “overlapping” shows.
July 31, choose dance - or “revitalized classical theatre"!
(You can start with the Dance, and then after an hour, switch over or open up a new device to start Oedipus. Not sure how long either production is or if either show can be replayed after the fact somewhere.)
Lansing Community College Performing Arts
The annual DANCE Lansing concert continues virtually this summer. A Lansing favorite, this summer’s concert features works by thirteen choreographers from around the globe. Co-sponsored by Lansing Community College and Happendance, the concert will be hosted live by Happendance CEO, Missy Lilje.
When: Friday, July 31, 2020, 7:00 p.m. on Zoom.
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The Curtainless Theatre attracts local and non-local talent for “Oedipus Rex”
Lansing community theatre group will tackle the first of Sophocles’ Theban Plays in real-time virtual performance
Following a successful live-streamed production of Aeschylus’ “Prometheus Bound” that drew a larger-than-normal audience, The Curtainless Theatre will be taking on another challenge: virtually performing Sophocles’ Theban Plays, more commonly known as The Oedipus Cycle. The first of this three-part series --“Oedipus Rex” — will be streamed live via the theatre’s Facebook page on Friday, July 31, at 8 p.m.
Director Dale Wayne Williams and Tech Director Cody Skalmowski are teaming up again only two months after they produced “Prometheus Bound” together.
“I’ve never worked with such an iconic story,” says Williams. “This play is a timeless classic dealing with honor, shame and, above all else, fate. I’m graced with a stellar cast from across the state, the support of a phenomenal tech director [Skalmowski] and a theatre company willing to explore new opportunities through an ever-changing theatre landscape.”
Skalmowski explains technical directing in a virtual environment is uniquely rewarding but not without challenges. He sits in on “Oedipus Rex” rehearsals to ensure continuity and a polished finished product when it comes time to air the show. Skalmowski also sat in on numerous “Prometheus Bound” rehearsals. The performance, which was recorded in real time on Zoom and simultaneously broadcast to Facebook Live in May, went off without a hitch and even featured sound effects and music to enhance the virtual experience.
In addition to reaching larger audiences and boasting new technical skills for actors and crew, The Curtainless Theatre has found some other benefits to performing virtually. One such benefit is that actors who normally would not be able to commute to Lansing multiple times weekly for rehearsals and shows — such as Detroit resident Jordan Climie — are now able to take part in the theatre’s productions.
Climie plays the pivotal character Teiresias, a seer who reveals to Oedipus the prophesy that he is doomed to kill his father and marry his mother. Climie states, “It’s great to be able to do theatre when so many daily activities have become difficult or impossible. Not having distance stop me from performing in a production I’m excited about is even better, and I’m happy to be sharing a virtual stage with great actors and friends that I can’t normally act alongside.”
The play will also feature local actors, some of whom audiences may recognize from “Prometheus Bound.” Leading the cast in the title role is Tim Edinger of Holt. Lansing resident Joe Clark, who played the titan Oceanus in “Prometheus Bound,” joins the cast as Creon, a character who clashes with Oedipus.
Although not featured in “Oedipus Rex,” Ellie Wiese of Haslett — a regular presence onstage at The Curtainless Theatre — will play Oedipus’ daughter Antigone in parts two and three of the Oedipus Cycle, “Oedipus at Colonus” and “Antigone.” These two plays are slated to air in August and September, respectively. More details will be announced at a later date, and the theatre will continue to monitor COVID-19 developments and guidelines to determine whether these performances can be recorded with actors onstage together. Regardless, the performances will not be open to patrons until it is safe to do so.
Amid COVID-19, The Curtainless Theatre was one of the first Lansing theatres to take advantage of this new virtual format due to the quick thinking of Co-Artistic Director Kameron Going. Unlike other area theatres, The Curtainless Theatre is able to perform their plays online because classical material often does not have copyright limitations.
“We’re excited to continue to explore the virtual performance space,” said Going. “We’re all missing the connection and creative outlet of theatre, and hopefully this can somewhat fill that gap.”
“Oedipus Rex” will stream for free, but The Curtainless Theatre accepts and appreciates donations, especially during these unprecedented times when so many businesses and organizations are facing financial hardship. Viewers may donate to the theatre at http://paypal.me/curtainlesstheatre.
About The Curtainless Theatre
The Curtainless Theatre is a community-centered performing arts organization focused on delivering revitalized classical theatre to the Greater Lansing Area. Our mission is to create accessible and inclusive performances that inspire reflection and community dialogue, with a special focus on civic engagement and educational outreach. For more information, visit http://www.thecurtainlesstheatre.blogspot.com.
Imagine You’re King
Remember the creative and talented Chad Patterson. long-ago Lansing Actor who now lives “up north” and writes/directs/acts for the Acting Up Theatre Company? He’s usually touring — with much fun audience participation — doing free performances of his clever new scripts at libraries around the state. (More info at http://www.actingup.biz)
Sad to say, no live tour this Covid Summer, but thankfully you can watch him and his son perform his new VIRTUAL kids’ library show. Fun for kids/teens AND adults!
Barneys and More
Did you miss the Virtual Barney Awards Live last Tuesday? An hour of fun and trivia from Host Matt Ottinger, plus some imaginative “presenter” videos & unique virtual mini-play and some great music.
Good News: it’s available to play online on the Riverwalk Theatre Facebook page. You can watch the award show itself — as well as a subsequent set of inspiring acceptance speeches from some of the winners. Enjoy!
Happy Barney day! Annual Barney Awards is tonight going live from the Zoom Room so you can join from the link we'll post soon or check out the live stream on the Riverwalk Theatre Facebook page. Here's the program for tonight's event. 'See' you soon!
Recent info from Riverwalk Manager Mike:
Don't miss Riverwalk’s Barney awards! You can "ZOOM" using the password "Barneys" or go to our facebook page and join us on facebook live. Don't miss the fun!
We will also connect via Facebook Live. This will connect to uor main Riverwalk FB account for live viewing.
You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Jul 14, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Riverwalk Theatre Barney Awards
Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Annual Barney Awards July 14th at 7:00 PM
No One is Alone (Stephen Sondheim, from “Into the Woods”)
Kelley Lofton, Kameron Going, Robert Mueller, Taren Going (vocals)
John Dale Smith (piano)
Welcome and Introduction (Matt Ottinger)
Acting Awards I (Kate Dickinson and Joe Clark)
Featured Actress, Drama/Comedy
Featured Actress, Musical
Featured Actor, Drama/Comedy
Featured Actor, Musical
Technical Awards I (Sabrina Dahlgren)
Bob Purosky – You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Mary K Hodges-Nees – A Hotel on Marvin Gardens
George Popovich - Sweat
Acting Awards II (Bernie Lucas)
Supporting Actress, Drama/Comedy
Supporting Actress, Musical
Supporting Actor, Drama/Comedy
Supporting Actor, Musical
"screen, touch, cut" by Isaac Gomez (part 1)
Erin Hoffman and Shannon Bowen
Howard Lancour Award (Meghan Eldred-Woolsey)
Production Awards (Adriana Flores)
In Memoriam (Jeff Magnuson)
"screen, touch, cut" by Isaac Gomez (part 2)
Erin Hoffman and Shannon Bowen
Bob Gras Award (Jeff Magnuson)
Technical Awards II (Linda Widener)
Meghan Eldred-Woolsey – Pippin
Brian Farnham – Boy Gets Girl
Jeff Magnuson – Unnecessary Farce
Diane Cooke – A Piece of My Heart
Something’s Coming (by Bernstein and Sondheim, from “Sondheim on Sondheim”)
Adam Woolsey, Rachael Cupples, Travis Williams, Meghan Eldred-Woolsey (vocals)
John Dale Smith (piano)
All Work and No Play Award (Jeff Magnuson)
Marilyn Steegstra “You Take the Cake” Volunteer Award (Jeff Magnuson)
Acting Awards III (Janell Hall)
Lead Actor, Musical
Lead Actor, Comedy/Drama
Lead Actress, Musical
Lead Actress, Comedy/Drama
President’s Award (Jeff Magnuson)
Member’s Choice Award and Closing Remarks (Matt Ottinger)
Make Them Hear You (by Flaherty and Ahrens, from “Ragtime”)
Sean Holland (vocals)
Amanda Tollstam (dance)
John Dale Smith (piano)
Sometime local actors Kelly Sandula Gruner and Dan Templin I will be singing in Portland the evening of July 16 (Thurs), 6:30. Free outdoor show.
Kelly reports: "We sang up in St Johns for about 100 people at their band shell and it was such a gift to have a tiny bit of normal. Crowd was great about wearing masks while moving about and then putting lawn chairs spaced apart among parties. This show in Portland will be same deal: everything outdoors at Two Rivers Park. Bring your own chair and snacks, practice social distancing and enjoy some live music!
"Dan's barbershop quartet will also be doing a few numbers as special guests.
"Details are below or you can get more off our Facebook page @Clique Vocals. Spread the word and support live music during trying times!! KSG"
Portland Downtown and the City of Portland are pleased to announce a summer concert series at the band shell located at Two Rivers Park.
We’ve partnered with Fabiano’s Riverhouse Grill and ConfluxCity Brewing to bring you Two Rivers Sounds of Summer with live performances from June through August. Thursday evenings from 6:30pm to 8:00pm.
This has been made possible by fantastic entertainers donating their time and talent as well as businesses stepping forward to ensure live music for another enjoyable summer!
Grab your seating arrangements (chair, blanket) any personal care items (sunscreen, bug spray, hand sanitizer) and some beverages/snacks -kick back, relax, get ready for some great music and friendly faces! 😄 Please practice safe guidelines, bring your own hand sanitizer, and gather responsibly.
Riverwalk Theatre Virtual Annual Meeting was held at 1pm Saturday, July 11 as a Zoom webinar. There should a video of this informative meeting at our website soon. http://RiverwalkTheatre.comRiverwalk welcomes your ideas for potential virtual and/or outdoor shows that could be accomplished soon. Submit ideas at
In the meantime, be prepared for the
2020 Virtual Barney Awards
7-9pm, Tuesday, July 14
The Barneys will sure look different this year moved off stage and into your living rooms, with Matt Ottinger hosting the virtual awards. Be sure to respond to the Facebook event to join join the audience.
VIRTUAL ANNUAL MEETING (Saturday) and the VIRTUAL BARNEY AWARDS (Tuesday)Riverwalk Annual MeeTing will be: Saturday, July 11 at 1 pm as a Zoom Webcast.
Executive Committee members will make a presentation and members will be able to submit questions in advance via email to email@example.com. Details will be sent by email and posted to the website in advance of the meeting. Even if you have not used Zoom before, you should be able to get to the meeting by clicking the link in your e-mail.
Virtual Barney AWARds will be Tuesday, July 14 at 7 pm Zoom Webcast liVe with host Matt Ottinger. The link will be emailed to everyone Manager Mike has an email address for, and also posted on Riverwalk Facebook events and at our website: riverwalktheatre.com.
VP Rita says: Don't forget to send in the questions you want addressed at the annual Membership meeting ahead of time! We hope this will prevent anyone's questions from getting missed, especially for anyone not very familiar with participating on virtual chat platforms like Zoom.
Please email your questions to:
If you need to renew your membership, please do so prior to the meeting so you get our Zoom Meeting link.
You can renew online: https://www.riverwalktheatre.com/membership.html
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