Oakland University to Present Gilbert & Sullivan’s comic opera, ‘Patience’

Performances are on the Varner Hall Courtyard Outdoor Stage June 24 - 27 Photo credit: JLBoone Photography Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance will present Patience — a comic opera in two acts with music and libretto by Gilbert and Sullivan — from June 24-27 on the Varner Hall Courtyard Outdoor Stage as part of the “OU Outside the Box” performing arts festival.“Sullivan's charming melodies and Gilbert's witty dialect provide top-notch material to showcase Oakland's … [Read more...]

Meadow Brook Theatre Announces 55th Season

Meadow Brook Theatre’s 2021-2022 season has a lineup with a show for everyone. “We’re excited to have several Michigan premieres and a North American drama premiere during our 55th season,” said Cheryl Marshall, Meadow Brook Theatre (MBT) managing director. “We’ve got a fabulous variety of shows and to top it all off we'll end with a great event in the summer!" After our previous season was cut short, we are glad to pick back up and reopen our doors with a world premiere of a new … [Read more...]

‘How I Became a Pirate’ with Shadow Signing for the Deaf

Oakland University presents ‘How I Became a Pirate,’ a children’s musical, June 3-5 When you’re a pirate, you don’t have to eat vegetables or go to bed at all. You can talk rough, sword fight, and say “Arrrgh!” any time you want. It’s a perfect life … except that there is no one to tuck you in at night, give you kisses, or read stories to you. What’s a pirate to do? Find out when Oakland University’s Department of Theatre presents How I Became a Pirate, a children’s musical, from June … [Read more...]

Suzanne Mallare Acton Steps Down as Rackham Choir Artistic Director

Suzanne Mallare Acton, a genre-defying conductor whose exacting musical standards and knack for experimentation transformed Rackham Choir, is stepping down as the choir’s artistic director after 25 years. Acton will continue to be music director/conductor for future performances of 'Too Hot To Handel' and will remain as a mentor to promising young singers in Rackham’s high school vocal internship program. Joe Jackson, Rackham’s long-time accompanist, is also leaving the choir, and will also … [Read more...]

‘OU Outside the Box,’ an Outdoor Performing Arts Festival on Campus

Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre, and Dance (SMTD) will unveil its new outdoor stage, “OU Outside the Box,” a performing arts festival running April 5 – June 27. The festival will feature performances by SMTD students, artists-in-residents, and faculty in a safe, outdoor setting on the Oakland University (OU) campus. “We are beyond excited to have this opportunity to safely showcase our students and put their work front and center in this performing arts series,” said Amy … [Read more...]

Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance announces recipients of 2021 MaTilDa Awards

Every spring Oakland University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance recognizes distinguished students and community members with MaTilDa Awards, which are named to honor Matilda Dodge Wilson, who donated the land on which Oakland University is built. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s award recipients were announced virtually on Tuesday, March 16 by Dr. Amy Hardison Tully, director of the School of Music, Theatre and Dance (SMTD); and Kerro Knox 3, professor of theatre and associate … [Read more...]

Rochester Symphony Orchestra announces Young Artist Competition winner

The Rochester Symphony Orchestra (RSO) is proud to announce that Violinist Madeline Cha is the recipient of the 2021 Young Artist Competition award. In addition to this award, Cha has won many others: in 2018, she received an honorable mention in the Walgreens National Concerto Competition, in 2019 Cha was the category winner of the Open Strings Junior Division in the Walgreens National Concerto Competition, in 2018 and 2019 she was named the state winner and nationals alternate for the … [Read more...]

REVIEW: You’ve Got Mail! Avon Players’ ‘Forever Christmas: A Virtual Celebration’ is the Musical Christmas Card We All Need this Season

When I sat in the audience on March 6, 2020, for the opening night of the Avon Players’ production of Lend Me a Tenor, I, and I daresay those around me had any clue that this would be the last time we saw live theatre for the remainder of the year. Suddenly, ‘intermission’ took on a whole new meaning as the days stretched into weeks and months. Now, we find ourselves deep into December and in desperate need of holiday cheer. Avon Players chooses to close out their 2020 season with Forever … [Read more...]

Oakland University to present virtual, staged reading of playwright Kitty Dubin’s ‘The Marriage Spectrum’ on Nov. 20

Play examines the impact on a marriage of having a child on the autism spectrum The Joanne and Ted Lindsay Foundation, Oakland University’s Center for Autism Outreach Services (OUCARES), and the Oakland University Department of Theatre will present a virtual, staged reading of The Marriage Spectrum at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20 on YouTube. The play, written by OU Lecturer and Award-Winning Playwright Kitty Dubin and directed by Assistant Professor of Theatre David Gram, The Marriage … [Read more...]

Meadow Brook Theatre Looking Towards the Future

Meadow Brook Theatre (MBT) is excited to announce that its box office opened on Tuesday, June 23rd! For the past three months, MBT has been busy searching for solutions to move forward in a way that most closely resembles the theatre everyone knows and loves. "The current pandemic requires that we all remain vigilant in caring for our community and not opening until it is deemed safe to do so," said Cheryl Marshall, MBT's managing director. "At MBT, we are committed to continuing our … [Read more...]