‘Wiley and the Hairy Man’ comes to Oakland University

This year, the Oakland University theatre program will present Wiley and the Hairy Man as its annual children’s theatre production. Adapted from an American folktale, Wiley and the Hairy Man tells a story of bravery, family and magic.

Mammy (Taylor Katherine Jones) conjures some powerful magic to protect her son Wiley (Tony Sharpe) from the Hairy Man.
Photo by JLBoone Photography.

Wiley is scared of the hairy man he believes lives in the swamp close to his house, but with the help of his faithful dog, a little magic from his mother and his own wits, he learns to stand up for himself and face his greatest fear head on. Taylor Katherine Jones, who plays Mammy, says “I look forward to telling this story to children through acting and I cannot wait to see their faces after the show is done.”

There are four performances, all in Varner Recital Hall on Oakland University’s campus.  The schedule is as follows:
Friday, May 19 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Sunday, May 21 at 2 p.m.
Friday, June 9 at 7 p.m.
Pajamas are welcomed for the 7 p.m. performances. Varner Recital Hall is located on the Oakland University campus. Maps of the campus are available at Oakland.edu/map or by searching for “Varner Hall” on a smartphone. Ample, free parking will be available.
Tickets are $10 general and $6 for students. Children ages 2 and under are free. Tickets may be purchased online without service fees at Startickets.com or by phone at (800) 585-3737. They can also be purchased at the Varner Box Office on OU’s campus. Tickets ordered in advance can be picked up at the box office one hour before the performance begins. Complete ticket information is available at Oakland.edu/mtd/tickets.
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