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...]

REVIEW: Classical Opera Gets the Slapstick Treatment in Avon Players’ Uproarious Production of ‘Lend Me a Tenor’

Mention the word ‘opera’ and likely the first image that springs to mind is a woman in a Viking hat with blond braids, wearing a breastplate, and hitting an impossibly high note that can shatter any nearby glass objects. Or perhaps it’s the 1957 Bugs Bunny cartoon “What’s Opera, Doc?” spoofing Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen. And while there is such a thing as opera comedies, I find it hard to believe that any opera attendee would ever leave a performance with their sides aching from … [Read more...]

Drama ‘Mary Jane’ Shines a Light on a Mother’s Life with a Chronically Ill Child

Running at Meadow Brook Theatre March 18 through April 12, 2020 Mary Jane loves her son, Alex. All she wants is for him to be healthy and happy. However, Alex is chronically ill, which makes life challenging. While Mary Jane is perpetually optimistic, she is also tired and scared. She needs to know she’s not alone. Sometimes support comes from unexpected places, and you learn family isn’t just the people you’re related to. Mary Jane, by Pulitzer Prize finalist Amy Herzog, runs March 18 … [Read more...]

Laugh Along with the Avon Players’ ‘Lend Me a Tenor’

An impresario’s desperation leads to comedic confusion    Metro Detroit audiences will get a humorous view of the world of opera as Avon Players presents the classic farce Lend Me a Tenor, running March 6-21 in Rochester Hills, MI. Henry Saunders (Joe Colosi), the general manager of a Midwestern opera company, is primed to welcome the world-famous Tito Morelli (Jonathan Farrell) for his one-night-only appearance as Pagliacci. The star arrives late and is accidentally given a double dose of … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Meadow Brook Theatre’s ‘Working’ Celebrates the Hope and Heart that Built America

America was built by men and women who displayed tremendous ingenuity and grit. A new country didn’t happen overnight, so they rolled up their sleeves and put in the work — a lot of hard work. This past Saturday, Meadow Brook Theatre (MBT) paid homage to the plight of the American worker with the musical Working, now playing until March 8 on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester, MI. Based off the 1974 best-selling book by Studs Terkel, Working shines a spotlight on 26 average … [Read more...]

Meadow Brook Theatre Announces 55th Season

Meadow Brook Theatre’s (MBT) 2020-2021 season has a lineup that has 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, MBT managing director. “We’ve got a fabulous variety of shows and, of course, we’re kicking things off with a great event this summer!" On July 18, Meadow Brook Theatre will hold its sixth annual Concert & Cuisine benefit. Featuring a silent auction, live auction, … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Oakland University’s ‘Macbeth’ Delivers a Powerful Examination of the Carnage Caused by Desire and Deception

A little over five years ago I went to the Stratford Festival in Ontario, Canada to see a production of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Once there I quickly learned through the grapevine that people either loved it or hated it; during some performances, people actually walked out. That is when it dawned on me there are two types of Shakespeare enthusiasts. First, the purists. Those who want only traditional costumes, settings, and no interpretation of the script. Second, are … [Read more...]