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...]

The Rochester-Avon Historical Society presents “The Vietnam War” with Rochester University Professor John Todd

Professor John Todd of Rochester University will present "The Vietnam War -- From Start to Finish" on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019 beginning at 7 p.m. at the Rochester Hills Public Library Multipurpose Room. Todd served in the Army from 1968 to 1969 in Vietnam as an Army helicopter pilot but was shot down by the North Vietnamese. Following this life-changing event, he graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Political Science, earned his law degree from Georgetown Law School, and … [Read more...]

Faith Works Michigan Annual Fundraiser Dinner

Faith Works of Michigan is planning an evening of celebration with dinner and entertainment on Thursday, October 3, from 6:30-9:00 p.m. at Petruzzello’s, 6950 S. Rochester Road, Troy, MI 49085. Guest speakers will be Jaymes Vettraino, the director of the Center for Social Engagement at Rochester University, and Becky Lee, the Move Out director for Kensington Community Church. Faith Works Michigan is a local non-profit organization made up of volunteers who complete home repair and … [Read more...]

Orvis Fly Fishing Demonstration on the Clinton River

Watch experienced outdoorsman and Clinton River booster Jason Davis demonstrate the art of fly fishing Sunday, July 28 at noon on the banks of the Clinton River across from Lake Norcentra Park at Rochester University (formerly named Rochester College). Davis, the passionate store manager of the Orvis Oakland County store in Royal Oak, previously worked for the Clinton River Watershed Council and wrote An Angler’s Guide to Paint Creek, a book on one of southeast Michigan’s best trout … [Read more...]