2019-2020 Season

by David Ives, adapted from Le Menteur by Pierre Corneille

directed by William Irwin

October 25-27, & November 1-3, 2019

Friday and Saturday Shows begin at 7:30 pm, Sunday Shows begin at 2:00 pm

Paris, 1643. Doranty is a charming young man in search of romance who has one major flaw...he cannot tell the truth. In quick succession, he meeats Cliton, a manservant who cannot tell a lie, and falls in love with Clarice. In his efforts to woo her, he invents a tale of his amazing military feats, unleashing a web of falsehood that ensnares everyone, sparking mishaps, mistaken identities, and lie upon lie. In an age when our leaders play fast and loose with the facts, David Ives' adaptation takes one of the world's greatest comedies by the classic French playwright Pierre Corneille and brings it forward with sidesplitting modern sensibilities. 

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Choreographed by Dance Faculty and Students


November 14 & 15, 2019

Shows begin at 7:30 pm

Faculty and Student Choreographed yearly dance concert featuring a variety of dance styles and suitable for all ages.

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by Sophocles

directed by Janet Haley

January 24-26, & January 31-February 2, 2020

Friday and Saturday Shows begin at 7:30 pm, Sunday Shows begin at 2:00 pm

Civil war. Sibiling rivalry. King Creon of Thebes forbids anyone from burying The Traitor. When his niece Antigone, discontent to let her "traitor" brother go without proper funeral rites, takes matters into her own hands, sparking a family feud that pits father against son, sister against sister, and civil law against the gods. 

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2018-2019 SEASON

2017-2018 Season

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As You Like It

by William Shakespeare directed by Janet Haley

October 27-29, & Nov. 3-5, 2017

Friday, 10/27/17 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, 10/28/17 @ 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Sunday, 10/29/17 @ 2:00pm

Friday, 11/3/17 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, 11/4/17 @ 7:30pm
​Sunday, 11/5/17 @ 2:00pm

Rosalind flees to the Forest of Arden to find her father, but must disguise herself as a man. Her disguise is so convincing that it fools her beloved Orlando, who asks this “boy” to help him win the heart of the girl of his dreams - which is, of course, Rosalind herself. A romantic comedy that is fanciful, philosophical, witty, silly, and full of heart.

The Fantasticks

by Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt directed by Stephanie Dean

January 26-28, & Feb. 2-4, 2018

Friday, 1/26/18 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, 1/27/18 @ 7:30pm
​Sunday, 1/28/18 @ 2:00pm

Friday, 2/2/18 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, 2/3/18 @ 7:30pm
​Sunday, 2/4/18 @ 2:00pm

The Fantasticks, the longest running musical of all time, is a funny and romantic musical about a boy, a girl, and their parents who try to keep them apart.

Lend Me A Tenor

by Ken Ludwig directed by William Irwin

March 23-25, & 30-31, 2018

Friday, 3/23/18 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, 3/24/18 @ 7:30pm
​Sunday, 3/25/18 @ 2:00pm

Friday, 3/30/18 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, 3/31/18 @ 7:30pm

When a star opera singer becomes unexpectedly incapacitated prior to an important performance, a suitable replacement must be found. Who is cavalier enough to replace him? Mayhem, lunacy and shear panic ensue, but in the end the show must always go on.

Spring Dance Concert

choreographed by Dance Faculty

April 13-15, 2018

Friday, 4/13/18 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, 4/14/18 @ 7:30pm
​Sunday, 4/15/18 @ 2:00pm







2016-2017 Season

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The Importance of Being Earnest

by Oscar Wilde

directed by William Irwin

March 24, 2017 7:30 PM
March 25, 2017 7:30 PM
March 26, 2017 2:00 PM
March 31 2017 7:30 PM
April 1, 2017 7:30 PM
April 2, 2017 2:00 PM

120 years after its first performance, this enduring comic masterpiece defines wit and style as two bachelor friends, the dandy playboy Algernon Moncrieff and the utterly reliable John Worthing, lead double lives to win the affections of the exquisite Gwendolyn Fairfax and Cecily Cardew. The gallants must then grapple with the consequences of their deceptions, as well as with the formidable Lady Bracknell, in this biting satire on love, class, and society.

Spring Dance Concert

Choreographed by Beth Freiman, Emma Davis, & Adesola Akinleye

April 14, 2017 7:30 PM

April 15, 2017 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM

Big Love

by Charles L. Mee

directed by Janet Haley

January 27, 2017 7:30 PM
January 28, 2017 7:30 PM
January 29, 2017 2:00 PM
February 3, 2017 7:30 PM
February 4, 2017 7:30 PM
February 5, 2017 2:00 PM

Fifty brides seek refuge from their fifty grooms in a villa on the coast of Italy.  Mayhem ensues when the grooms arrive by helicopter in flight suits.  This modern re-make of one of the western world's oldest plays, The Suppliant Women by Aeschylus, is a delightfully bold theatre piece that promises to enchant the imagination and ignite the heart. Big words, big music, big imagery, big love.   

Next to Normal

by Tom Kitt & Brian Yorkey

Directed by Stephanie Dean

October 28 2016 7:30 PM
October 29, 2016 7:30 PM
October 30, 2016 2:00 PM* Talk Back Discussion will follow this performance
November 3, 2016 *High School Only Backstage Tour & Rehearsal Night* Email Lisa Borton if interested in attending or bringing your high school group to this special evening. 
November 4, 2016 7:30 PM
November 5, 2016 7:30 PM
November 6, 2016 2:00 PM* Talk Back Discussion will follow this performance

The deeply moving, Tony Award winning rock musical, Next to Normal, is about a mother who struggles with bipolar disorder and the effects of the illness on her seemingly “typical” American family.  It is one of only eight musicals to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

2015-2016 Season

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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. 

Romeo & Juliet

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.

The Call

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.

2014-2015 Season

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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. 













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.


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.