The list of reasons we love Lansing is far too long to publish here. But, one of those items is most definitely the terrific theater options in the community. From traveling Broadway shows to children’s theater productions to Tony-Award winning, thought provoking pieces, the Lansing area theater scene has so much to offer. Below check out what you’ll be seeing on stage this fall. All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre P.O. Box 1871 East Lansing, MI 48826 517.333.2580 www.allofusexpress.org Treasure Island Nov. 8-9, 15-16 This adventurous tale of the villainous Long John Silver following young Jim across the ocean to search out a buried fortune on Treasure Island is fun for the whole family. Winnie-the-Pooh Feb. 7-8, 14-15, 2014 In celebration of their 25th season, the first play ever produced by All-of-Us-Express, Winnie-the-Pooh, returns again this year. The classic Christopher Robin story is full of adventure and timeless tradition. The Hobbit April 4-6, 11-13, 2014 Bilbo, a very conservative Hobbit, is asked to leave his large, roomy home in the ground to set off as a chief robber in an attempt to recover an important treasure. It’s the last thing sensitive Bilbo wants to do, but it will benefit all of the Hobbits that inhabit Middle Earth. Mid Michigan Family Theatre 440 Frandor Ave. Lansing, MI 48912 517.339.2145 www.mmft.net Mr. Toad’s Mad Adventures Aug. 2-11 Toad Hall is eccentric but likable and always known for his “crazes.” However his “crazes” get him into trouble. A fun show for the entire family filled with laughs and journeys galore. Orphan Trains Oct. 18-27 From 1853 to 1929, The Orphan Trains Project joined adoptive parents with orphans in countless towns throughout the vast American landscape. Based on primary records from the Children’s Aid Society of New York, Orphan Trains brings this compelling story of hardships and victories to life, resonating with the authentic voices of a diverse group of children. A Christmas Carol Dec. 6-15 Faithful to Dickens’ beautiful language, this flexible adaptation of the beloved Christmas classic tells the heartwarming story of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge. Mr. Scrooge is always cold-hearted, and Christmas is no exception — that is, until the ghost of his deceased business partner, Jacob Marley, comes to warn him about the consequences of living a life of greed and materialism Pirates! Feb. 21- March 2, 2014 A friendly game of pirates becomes all too real when overzealous Theodore accidentally falls into a giant sinkhole and wakes up to find himself amongst real high sea swashbucklers. Before getting back to the real world, he is forced on an epic journey with his companion Harriet the Ghost in a quest to find the notorious pirate Weird Beard and foil the mutinous Mr. Clunky Bones. Cap’N Hook Feb. 21- March 2, 2014 Captain Hook is now a resident at The Jolly Roger Pirate Retirement Home where he spends his days reminiscing about times on the high seas. Through a series of flashbacks played out on stage, Hook tells the hilarious and touching story of his trials and tribulations with his arch nemesis, Peter Pan — showing us Neverland from the pirates’ point of view. Twinderella April 25 – May 4, 2014 We’ve all heard the story of Cinderella a thousand times, but we’ve never heard about Bob, her long lost twin brother! Fantastical Friends June 6-15, 2014 When Fred is forced to go to the library to do a report, he meets the Book Master, a magical character who introduces him to some of the most popular fictional characters ever created. Before his eyes, sections from several great books are acted out. Peppermint Creek Theatre Company 3115 Cedarbrooke Ave. Lansing, MI 48915 517.927.3016 www.peppermintcreek.org Bonnie & Clyde – A New Musical Sept. 19 – 29 Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow went from West Texas to America’s most renowned folk heroes and the Texas law enforcement’s worst nightmares. Fearless, shameless and alluring, their electrifying story of love, adventure and crime paired with a thrilling and sexy musical with a non-traditional score, combining blues and gospel. Other Desert Cities Oct. 31 – Nov. 9 Brooke Wyeth returns home to Palm Springs after a six-year absence to celebrate Christmas with her parents, her brother and her aunt. Brooke announces that she is about to publish a memoir dredging up a pivotal and tragic event in the family’s history — a wound they don’t want reopened. In effect, she draws a line in the sand and dares them all to cross it. Big Love Jan. 30 – Feb. 8, 2014 Fifty brides flee their 50 grooms and seek refuge in a villa on the coast of Italy in this modern re-making of one of the western world’s oldest plays, The Suppliants by Aeschylus. And, in this villa on the Italian coast, the 50 grooms catch up with the brides, and mayhem ensues: unable to escape their forced marriages, 49 of the brides murder 49 of the grooms and one bride falls in love. Tribes March 27 – April 5, 2014 Billy was born deaf into a hearing family. He was raised inside its fiercely idiosyncratic and politically incorrect cocoon. He has adapted brilliantly to his family’s unconventional ways, but they’ve never bothered to return the favor. It’s not until he meets Sylvia, a young woman on the brink of deafness, that he finally understands what it means to be understood. Clybourne Park May 15 – 24, 2014 Clybourne Park explodes in two outrageous acts set 50 years apart. Act One takes place in 1959, as nervous community leaders anxiously trys to stop the sale of a home to a black family. Act Two is set in the same house in the present day, as the now predominantly African-American neighborhood battles to hold its ground in the face of gentrification. Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize and the 2012 Tony Award. Starlight Dinner Theatre 3131 W. Michigan Ave. Lansing, MI 48917 517.243.6040 www.starlightdinnertheatre.com Crazy Little Thing Called Love Oct. 11-12, 18-19 Four hilarious stories of love that take place in Hawaii, Texas, New York and London from the world renowned authors that brought Christmas Belles, Red Velvet Cake War and The Hallelujah Girls. Butterflies are Free March 7-8, 14-15, 2014 Don Baker, hero of his mother’s children’s book series, “Donny Dark” has been blind since birth, his overprotective mother following his every move. Don moves to his own apartment to pursue his songwriting ambitions. When his mother meets his kooky neighbor, sexy actress Jill, her controlling instincts go into overdrive with hilariously touching results. Nunsense May 9-10, 16-17, 2014 Nunsense is the second longest running off-Broadway show in history about an unfortunate convent cooking accident that causes most of the order of the Little Sisters of Hoboken to die of botulism. In order to raise money to bury the four remaining sisters, who are temporarily stored in the freezer, the Sisters of Hoboken put on a riotous revue packed with hilarious, show-stopping song and dance numbers. Wharton Center for Performing Arts Michigan State University East Lansing, MI 48824 517.432.2000 www.whartoncenter.com Flashdance- The Musical Oct. 8-13 Celebrating its 30th Anniversary, the pop culture phenomenon of the film Flashdance is now live on stage. With electrifying dance at its core, Flashdance – The Musical tells the inspiring and unforgettable story of Alex Owens, a Pittsburgh steel mill welder by day and a bar dancer by night with dreams of one day becoming a professional performer. When romance with her steel mill boss threatens to complicate her ambitions, Alex learns the meaning of love and its power to fuel the pursuit of her dream. William Shakespeare’s Land of The Dead Oct. 11-20 What if the black plague actually turned those infected into zombies? That is the question posed by this blood-drenched comedy that combines history, Shakespeare and the zombie apocalypse. MAMMA MIA! Nov. 15-17 The ultimate feel-good show is back and gives you the time of your life with ABBA’s greatest hits, including “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” “Super Trouper,” “Take A Chance on Me” and “The Winner Takes It All.” This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. Williamston Theatre 122 S. Putnam Williamston MI 48895 517.655.SHOW www.williamstontheatre.org The Woman in Black Oct. 2-Nov. 2 Based on the novel by Susan Hill, this show is a spine tingling tale of things that go bump in the night. Two men attempt to solve the mystery of a neighborhood held hostage by the shadowy figure of a woman who haunts the locale where her illegitimate child was killed years before. Over the River and Through the Woods Nov. 29-Dec. 29 Meet Nick — a single guy from New Jersey with four adoring and adorable grandparents. Find out what happens when the grandparents go into full crisis mode to keep Nick from moving across the country. This is one to share with your family this holiday season. The Lion in the Winter Jan. 23- Feb. 23, 2014 Uneasy is the head on which the crown lies, and uneasy the truce between a matchless king and queen. This is the legendary story of King Henry II of England, and the battle between his fiercely competitive sons to be chosen next in line for the throne. Frankie and Johnny in the Clare de Lune March 20- April 20, 2014 Frankie is a waitress at a second rate restaurant who gives in to the temptation of a one-night stand with her co-worker Johnny. This bittersweet comedy combines poignancy and laughter as it traces the improbable romance that develops between two middle-aged “losers.” Old Love May 15- June 15, 2014 In a story that spans three decades, travel with two unlikely companions who encounter each other at strange and inopportune times. When the time is finally right, will they be able to give in to their desires for courtship? Find out if a trip to the circus is what it takes to start over, again. The Big Bang July 10- Aug. 17, 2014 In this outrageous musical comedy, two wanna-be tycoons are desperate to line up funding for their new project and you, the audience, are invited to be a part of their “backers” audition.
Katelyn Sweet is a senior at Central Michigan University studying Integrative Public Relations and Journalism.