Sunday, April 13, 2014

What's On Stage - April 13 Edition

If you're interested in seeing some live theatre this week, here is a list of what on stage.

Professional Theatre:

The Encore Musical Theatre Company continues their run of The Foreigner, now through May 4.  Shows will perform on weekends, please check with Encore for exact dates and times, as well as ticket prices here.

Synopsis: The scene is a fishing lodge in rural Georgia often visited by "Froggy" LeSeuer, a British demolition expert who occasionally runs training sessions at a nearby army base. This time "Froggy" has brought along a friend, a pathologically shy young man named Charlie who is overcome with fear at the thought of making conversation with strangers. So "Froggy," before departing, tells all assembled that Charlie is from an exotic foreign country and speaks no English. Once alone the fun really begins, as Charlie overhears more than he should-the evil plans of a sinister, two-faced minister and his redneck associate; the fact that the minister's pretty fiancée is pregnant; and many other damaging revelations made with the thought that Charlie doesn't understand a word being said. That he does fuels the nonstop hilarity of the play and sets up the wildly funny climax in which things go uproariously awry for the "bad guys," and the "good guys" emerge triumphant.

The Purple Rose is currently running the PRTC Spring Comedy Festival: Lovers, Liars & Lunatics.  The festival includes a collection of world premiere short comedies exploring the nature of love, loss, revenge and renewal. The evening includes new plays by Jeff Daniels, David MacGregor, Carey Crim, and other Purple Rose favorites. *Contains adult language and content. More information on times and tickets can be found here.

The Tipping Point Theatre continues Old Love, which will run through May 4.  Shows are Thursdays and Fridays a 8pm, Saturdays at 3pm or 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm.  Additional information on tickets can be found here.

Synopsis: Old Love is a touching comedy about persistence in the pursuit of happiness. The story spans three decades and several meetings between Bud, a salesman, and Molly, his boss’s wife. Over time, a growing fondness for Molly developed in Bud’s heart, but he never did anything about it until they meet again, for the third time in 25 years, at his old boss’ funeral. Molly isn’t interested, but Bud pursues her despite all odds. Together they tell stories of good times and bad, through 25 years of relationships. This lighthearted comedy will keep you believing in friendship and romance at any age.

Community Theatre:
None at this time.

College Theatre:
Central Michigan University will showcase the University Theatre Dance Company at Bush Theatre April 24-26 at 7:30pm and April 27 at 2:00 pm.  For more information click here.

Description:  Enjoy a thrilling evening of dance as the University Theatre Dance Company performs a variety of styles including jazz, ballet, hip-hop, theatrical story dance, modern and more.  Artistic Direction by Heather Trommer-Beardslee.

Michigan State University is performing Peter Pan, April 11-20. Ticket dates and times vary with ticket prices ranging from $8-$20.  More information is available here.

Synopsis:  Peter Pan is a high-flying fantasy that tells the story of the young boy who won’t grow up. This beloved musical promises a new twist on the old classic including the songs “I Won’t Grow Up,” Neverland,”  and “I’ve Gotta Crow.” Join Peter, Wendy, Tinkerbell and Captain Hook as they soar over the Pasant Theatre audiences. This production is a collaboration with the MSU Bhangra Team.

The University of Toledo continues their run of Cabaret through April 19th.  Shows are April 18 and 19 at 7:30pm.  Tickets are $10-$15and more information is available here.

Synopsis: The story of CABARET centers on the employees and patrons of the Kit Kat Klub, a cabaret-style nightclub in Berlin. The characters in CABARET are searching for fame, love and sexual freedom, as the lurking shadow of Nazi Germany begins its ascent.

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