Rochester University Presents ‘James and the Giant Peach’

Rochester University’s Department of Theatre and Music presents James and the Giant Peach, a musical directed by Robert Arbaugh, MFA. From the songwriting team behind The Greatest Showman and Dear Evan Hansen comes a new musical based on Roald Dahl’s imaginative children’s book. James is sent to chop down an old peach tree by his atrocious aunts when he encounters a strange man offering magic that could change the course of his life. James soon finds himself journeying across the … [Read more...]

Rochester University Presents ‘Leaving Iowa’

Rochester University’s Theatre & Music Department presents Leaving Iowa by Time Clue & Spike Manton, directed by Robert Arbaugh, MFA. Leaving Iowa is the story of Don Browning, a middle-aged writer, who returns home and decides to finally take his father's ashes to his childhood home, as requested. But when Don discovers Grandma's house is now a grocery store, he begins traveling across Iowa searching for a proper resting place for his father. This father-and-son road trip shifts … [Read more...]

Rochester University Presents ‘Songs n’ Shorts’

Rochester University’s Theatre & Music Department presents Songs n’ Shorts: A Night of One-Acts and Music, directed by Robert Arbaugh, MFA. Artwork by Liz Fulton. Rochester University (RU) Theatre & Music is delighted to present Songs n’ Shorts: a fun-filled cabaret celebrating our student’s individual artistic voices! We will be premiering six original one-acts written and performed by our talented RU students and showcasing musical theatre performances that are sure to make you … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Meadow Brook Theatre’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ Celebrates Community and the Resiliency of the Human Spirit

As the Bible and The Byrds famously stated, ‘For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.’ For those of us in the metro Detroit area, this means once again it is that magical time of year for seeing A Christmas Carol, running now through December 24, 2022, at Meadow Brook Theatre (MBT) on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester, Mich. L to R: Conrad Nichols (Tiny Tim), Tamara Della Anderson (Spirit of Christmas Present), Thomas D. Mahard (Ebenezer Scrooge), … [Read more...]

Rochester University Presents ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’

RU Students London Nesbitt, Nathan Freundl, and Nilla Kanjoma (L to R) in rehearsals for Peter and the Starcatcher. Photo by Rachel Corp. Rochester University’s Theatre & Music Department presents Peter and the Starcatcher, a play by Rick Elice, based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, with music by Wayne Barker, and directed by Courtney Dunbar. Originally produced on Broadway by Nancy Nagel Gibbs, Greg Schaffert, Eva Price, Tom Smedes, and Disney Theatrical Productions. In … [Read more...]

UnCovered Theatre Company and Rochester University Present ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

UnCovered Theatre Company and Rochester University’s Theatre & Music Department present Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Robert Arbaugh, MFA. Actors Courtney Dunbar and Rebekah Graham in rehearsal for 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream.' Photo by Rachel Corp. Every summer, the Rochester University Theatre Company produces Shakespeare Upon Avon. Professional actors and directors from around the country come to RU’s campus to perform some of Shakespeare’s best plays. Past … [Read more...]

Rochester University Presents ‘Love’s Labor’s Lost’

Rochester University’s Music, Theatre & Dance Department presents Shakespeare’s Love’s Labor’s Lost, directed by Robert Arbaugh, MFA. Self-denial is in fashion at the court of Navarre where the young King and three of his courtiers solemnly forswear all pleasures in favor of serious study. But the Princess of France and her all-too-lovely entourage have other ideas and it isn’t long before young love, with its glad eyes, hesitations, and embarrassments has broken every self-imposed rule … [Read more...]

Rochester University Presents ‘Sweethearts Cabaret’

Rochester University’s Music, Theatre & Dance Department presents Sweethearts Cabaret, directed by Courtney Dunbar. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a series of love-themed songs, Shakespearean sonnets, and original one-acts written by RU alumni. With songs spanning multiple genres, this cabaret showcases LOVE in all its forms… and is sure to warm your heart. Running one weekend only, you don’t want to miss performances by Rochester University students and alumni. Evening performances of … [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...]

Declaration of Independence: The Words Heard Around the World

The Rochester Hills Public Library and Smart Towns presents “Declaration of Independence: The Words Heard Around the World” with Dr. John Todd March 10 The Rochester Hills Public Library will host “Declaration of Independence: The Words Heard Around the World” with Dr. John Todd of Rochester University on March 10, 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the library’s Multipurpose Room. Dr. Todd will discuss the origins of the Declaration of Independence, its purposes, and how it changed the world. Dr. Todd … [Read more...]