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2014-2015 Season

She Loves Me

Directed by Stephanie Dean

Music by Jerry Bock
Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Book by Joe Masteroff

Dates: October 31st and November 1st, 2nd, 7th, 8th, 9th

Georg and Amalia are two feuding clerks in a European parfumerie during the 1930’s who secretly find solace in their anonymous romantic pen pals, little knowing their respective correspondents are none other than each other. Funny, intelligent, honest and sentimental, SHE LOVES ME is a warm romantic comedy with an endearing innocence and a touch of old world elegance and nostalgia, yet as universal and relevant as ever in this age of internet romances.

She Loves Me is presented through special arrangement with Musical Theatre International (MTI). 

 

 

Eurydice

Directed by Janet Haley

By Sarah Ruhl

Dates: January 30th, 31st and February 1st, 6th, 7th, 8th

Based on the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice explores the myth in a new light, focusing on Eurydice’s perspective. Eurydice, about to be married to her lover Orpheus, dies shortly after her wedding. Eurydice enters the Underworld, where she meets her father, but she has lost her memory. Through language, her father lovingly tells her about her past life. A chorus of stones attempts to convince Eurydice to stay in the Underworld, speaking the language of the dead. Meanwhile, Orpheus grieves for Eurydice and devises a way to see her in the Underworld. However, the Lord of the Underworld stipulates that he must walk back to the world of the living without looking back at Eurydice. Eurydice must choose between a world which includes her father or a world which includes her husband.

 

 

 

 

 

Laughter on the 23rd Floor

Directed by William Irwin

By Neil Simon

Dates: March 27th, 28th, 29th  and April 3rd, 4th

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Neil Simon provides a nostalgic peek behind the scenes of television’s golden age in this hit Broadway comedy, which is based on Simon’s own time spent on the writing staff of Sid Caesar’s Your Show of Shows. Among the mad antics in the writers’ room of a weekly variety show, star Max Prince battles with NBC executives who fear his humor is too sophisticated for Middle America. With characters based on his co-writers, Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner and Sid Caesar, Simon showcases the hilarious jokes and banter of the original kings of comedy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Dance Concert

Choreography by Adesola Akinleye, Beth Freiman and Emma Davis

April 10th, 11th, 12th

Each season, this annual dance concert explores and celebrates a specific theme through a repertoire of dynamic, original choreography. For the 2014-2015 season, varying literary works inspire the dances. From the poetry for Rumi and Kalil Gibran to the local authors of Flint, the dances explore the written word. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2013-2014 Season

Little Shop of Horrors

Composer: Alan Menken
Lyricist & Librettist: Howard Ashman
Directed by Stephanie Dean
November 1-3, 9, 15, 17, 2013, Friday-Saturday Curtain at 7:30 PM, Sunday Curtain at 2:00 PM

A Broadway hit and movie favorite, the all-time best-selling musical, Little Shop of Horrors tells the story that will entertain the entire family.  Life on Skid Row is bleak . . . until a floral assistant becomes an overnight sensation by discovering an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood.  This plant grows into the famous "Audrey II," an R&B singing carnivore who keeps audiences rolling in their seats with laughter.  

 

The Local

The Local, 2013Written by the UM-Flint Collective Playwright's Workshop
Directed by Andrew Morton
November 8, 10, 16, 22-24, 2013, Friday-Saturday Curtain at 7:30 PM, Sunday Curtain at 2:00 PM

This play was born from the Department of Theatre & Dance's 2012 collaborative playwright project, as a way to honor to venerable music venue: The Flint Local 432 (or "The Local"). For almost 3 decades, this all-ages, substance-free club has brought the best of underground music to Flint. The Local is a story celebrating community, creativity and punk rock. 

 

 

God of Carnage

By Yasmina Reza, translation by Christopher Hampton
Directed by William Irwin
February 14-16, 21-23, 2014, Friday-Saturday Curtain at 7:30 PM, Sunday Curtain at 2:00 PM

After two eleven-year-old boys have a scuffle at a playground, their parents face in order to resolve the matter on their own. Despite the best attempts at courtesy and respect, hard truths and insecurities surface, pitting couple against couple, men against women, and even husband against wife. A Broadway hit and winner of the 2009 Tony® Award for Best Play, God of Carnage takes a painfully funny look at parents behaving worse than their kids.

RUNNING TIME: Under 90 minutes with NO INTERMISSION

This production is considered PG-13. It contains adult language and violence. 

NOTE: No late seating. Since the entrances and exits are used heavily during the production, everyone is asked to remain seated for the duration of the entire show. Performed “In the Round.” Audience members will be sitting on stage and surrounding the action on four sides. This play is not appropriate for children.

The Ash Girl

The Ash Girl, 2014By Timberlake Wertenbaker
Directed by Janet Haley
March 21-23, 28-30, Friday-Saturday Curtain at 7:30 PM, Sunday Curtain at 2:00 PM

The Ash Girl is a sweeping meta-theatrical re-telling of the Cinderella fairy tale. With her mother dead and her father away, Ash Girl lives a life of isolation and oppression, dominated by her stepmother and stepsisters. When an invitation to the ball arrives from the prince, Ashgirl finds the strength to go with the help of her friends, some of whom come from expected places. When she gets home, Ashgirl realizes that in order to regain the fleeting happiness she found in the arms of the prince, she must fight the monsters who have slithered and insinuated their way into her heart and mind. She must believe in herself for others to do the same. 

 

Her Story: Celebrating Great Women in History Through Dance

Her Story, 2014Choreographed by the Dance Faculty: Adesola Akinleye, Emma Davis and Beth Freiman
April 11-13, 2014, Friday-Saturday Curtain at 7:30 PM, Sunday Curtain at 2:00 PM

Each season, this annual dance concert explores and celebrates a specific theme through a repertoire of dynamic, original choreography.  For the 2013-2014 season, the performance will honor women in history.