Sparring Coworkers Find Love Right under Their Noses in Avon Players’ ‘She Loves Me’

A charming shop in pre-war Budapest serves as the setting for this musical romp    Avon Players’ 75th anniversary season continues with the candy-colored romantic musical She Loves Me running February 4-19.  Adam Wager as “Georg” and Caitlin O’Brien as “Amalia.” Photo Credit Bryan Clifford Set in a 1930s European perfumery, She Loves Me follows shop clerks Amalia (Caitlin O’ Brien) and Georg (Adam Wager), who share a contentious working relationship: he thinks she’s stuck up; she thinks … [Read more...]

‘Nana Does Vegas’ has Michigan premiere at Meadow Brook Theatre

Win big with this comic farce running January 5 through 30, on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester. In 2018, Meadow Brook audiences met Nana and her entourage in Nana’s Naughty Knickers. Now she’s back, this time for a run at Las Vegas. Nana and her sidekick, Vera, have taken a gamble and moved to Vegas, where they’re working as seamstresses for a show. What could possibly go wrong? Nana Does Vegas by Katherine DiSavino runs at Meadow Brook Theatre (MBT) on the campus of Oakland … [Read more...]

Rochester Community Concert Band presents ‘Home for Christmas’

The Rochester Community Concert Band will present their “Home for Christmas” concert on Tuesday, December 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rochester Adams High School Auditorium, 3200 W Tienken Rd, Rochester Hills, MI 48306. The concert is open to the public and free to attend, but you'll have to mask up to attend. Donations are gratefully accepted.   The concert will include, among others,” Sussex Mummer Christmas Carol” by Percy Grainger, “A Merry Heart and Soul” by Julie Giroux, a beautiful … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Avon Players’ ‘It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play’ is a Bright Beacon of Blessings for the Holidays

Every Christmas, millions of viewers take a trip to fictional Bedford Falls to follow the trials and triumphs of George Bailey. This season, Avon Players offers a twist on the classic film with Joe Landry’s adaptation of It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, running now through December 11 in Rochester Hills, Mich. Jonathan Farrell waits his turn while Kim Bertolini and Chloe Schultz man the special effects. Photo courtesy of Avon Players Theatre FB page As a radio play, this … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Meadow Brook Theatre Brings Hope and Joy Back to the Stage with ‘A Christmas Carol’

As the air grows bitterly colder and the temperatures fall, inside Meadow Brook Theatre (MBT) there is a warmth of hope rekindled as audiences are welcomed back for their long-running and beloved production of A Christmas Carol. With original adaptation and staging by Charles Nolte, this Charles Dickens’ Christmas classic runs at MBT on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester, MI now through December 23. Illustration by Chet Johnson For 39 years, A Christmas Carol has greeted … [Read more...]

Get into the Holiday Spirit with Avon Players’ ‘It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play’

Gather the whole family for a fresh take on an old favorite    Avon Players’ 75th season continues with Joe Landry’s adaptation of the classic uplifting film, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, running November 26-December 11.  It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play is based on the classic holiday movie presented with a twist: the story is staged as a live radio broadcast for an added layer of nostalgia. Actors portray numerous characters, and sound effects are created live … [Read more...]

Musical theatre returns to OU stage with ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’

Performances are November 11-14, 18-21 in the Varner Studio Theatre Musical theatre at Oakland University makes a triumphant return to live performances this November in the Varner Studio Theatre with The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee!Winner of the Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, this musical takes audiences back to that awkward stage of life as six of the most eccentric kids in the school district vie for the coveted title in the sixth-grade spelling bee.“With the audience … [Read more...]

Rochester University Presents ‘Mary’s Wedding’

Rochester University’s theatre department presents Mary’s Wedding, written by Stephen Massicotte and directed by Robert Arbaugh, MFA. RU students Brendan Martin and Rebekah Graham perform in 'Mary’s Wedding' On the night before her wedding, Mary dreams of a thunderstorm, during which she unexpectedly meets Charlie sheltering in a barn beside his horse. With innocence and humor, the two discover a charming first love. But the year is 1914, and the world is collapsing into a brutal war. … [Read more...]

Meadow Brook Theatre celebrates the return of ‘A Christmas Carol’

Running November 19 through December 23, 2021, on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester One of southeast Michigan’s favorite holiday traditions returns for the 39th year when Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and a handful of ghosts raise your spirits in A Christmas Carol at Meadow Brook Theatre this November and December. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, original adaptation and staging by Charles Nolte, runs at Meadow Brook Theatre (MBT) on the campus of Oakland University in … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Armed with Wit, ‘Clue: On Stage’ is a Killer Good Time at Meadow Brook Theatre

Meadow Brook Theatre (MBT) officially kicked off its 2021-2022 season with the riotously funny Clue: On Stage, playing through November 7, 2021, on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester, MI. Based on the 1985 cult classic film by Paramount Pictures and the beloved Hasbro board game, Clue: On Stage was written by Sandy Rustin, based on the screenplay by Jonathan Lynn, with additional material by Hunter Foster and Eric Price, and original music by Michael Holland. This is one of my … [Read more...]