Digital Season Brochure
Spring Dance Concert
Choreographed by Beth Freiman, Adesola Akinleye and Emma Davis
April 15, 2016 at 7:30 PM
April 16, 2016 at 7:30 PM
April 17, 2016 at 2:00 PM
The 2016 Spring Dance Concert will present dances inspired by the five elements: earth, water, fire, air and ether.
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Janet Haley
October 30, 2015 at 7:30 PM
October 31, 2015 at 2:00 PM*
November 1, 2015 at 2:00 PM
November 6, 2015 at 7:30 PM
November 7, 2015 at 2:00* and 7:30 PM
November 8, 2015 at 2:00 PM
*denotes a post show conversation with the director
Romeo and Juliet risk their lives to marry in secret, as the ancient grudge between their families ignites passionate actions of destructive violence. The UM-Flint Theatre stage will be transformed in a new way to thrust the play’s “violent delights” and their “violent ends” in explosive new ways for our audience.
By Tanya Barfield
Directed by Andrew Morton
January 29, 2016 at 7:30 PM
January 30, 2016 at 7:30 PM
January 31, 2016 at 2:00 PM
February 5, 2016 at 7:30 PM
February 6, 2016 at 7:30 PM
February 7, 2016 at 2:00 PM* post show conversation with the director
When Annie and Peter decide to adopt, they come to set their sights on a child from Africa. But when the reality of this choice sinks in, it opens a well of uncertainty that speaks to their very identity as White Americans. Politically-charged, funny and tack-sharp, The Call is a startling portrait of cultural divide, casting global issues into the heart of an American home.
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Music and Lyrics by William Finn
Book by Rachel Sheinkin
Conceived by Rebecca Feldman
Additional Material by Jay Reiss
Directed by Stephanie Dean
March 25, 2016 at 7:30 PM
March 26, 2016 at 7:30 PM
April 1, 2016 at 7:30 PM
April 2, 2016 at 7:30 PM
April 3, 2016 at 2:00 PM
Six youngsters on the edge of puberty strive to become adults in this Tony Award winning musical comedy. The quirky outsiders use competition to define themselves apart from their crazy families, while their struggle to escape childhood is overseen by grown-ups who never escaped it themselves. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home life, they learn that winning isn't everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser.
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).
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 17th, 18th, 19th
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.
Little Shop of Horrors
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.
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
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 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
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.