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Monday, March 18,2013

Curtain Call

'Willy Wonka,' 'Dreamgirls.' 'Once Upon America' open this week

by Christopher Horb
The East Lansing High School Center for the Performing Arts is offering everyone a chance to meet the Candy Man himself when the curtain rises on “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” Friday.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Curtain Call

Stormfield Theatre announces summer youth theater camps

by Christopher Horb
Summer vacation is on the horizon and Stormfield Theatre is looking to entertain and educate young theater fans over the break with the Fractured Fairy Tale Series, its 2011 Drama Camp for Kids.
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Monday, March 18,2013

Curtain Call

'Magic Flute' casts its spell; Riverwalk Theatre announces its next season

by Christopher Horb
There’s nothing quite like a night at the opera.And there’s certainly nothing like an opera from the master himself – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.Audiences can find out for themselves when the Michigan Opera Theatre returns to Michigan State University’s Wharton Center ...
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Monday, March 18,2013

MSU's 'Fantasticks' is rooted in nature

Director Jane Falion says the venerable musical is the perfect show for Summer Circle Theatre

by Christopher Horb
As director Jane Falion tells it, it’s not hard to understand why “The Fantasticks” has endured since its Off-Broadway debut in 1960. “It’s simply a beautiful show," Falion said. "The themes are universal. It’s about love, loss, trust. There couldn’t be themes any more universal than in ‘The Fantasticks.’”
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Monday, March 18,2013

Going old-school for new technology

Mid Michigan Family Theatre stages a comic melodrama to raise funds for upgraded computers

by Christopher Horb
As its title suggests, the action in the new Mid Michigan Family Theatre comedy doesn’t unfold anywhere near The Great White Way.
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Monday, March 18,2013

This 'Cafe' serves golden oldies

Riverwalk Theatre salutes the music of rock legends Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller

by Christopher Horb
Thursday, Feb. 15 — “Hound Dog.” “Poison Ivy.” “Stand By Me.” Since the dawn of the rock-n-roll era, few songwriting duos have had as much of an impact or left a greater legacy than Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, the writers whose music is showcased in Riverwalk Theatre's revue “Smokey Joe’s Cafe.”
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Monday, March 18,2013

Comedy goes green

'The Irish Comedy Tour' brings an early dose of St. Patrick's Day to the Wharton Center

by Christopher Horb
Thursday, March 8 — St. Patrick’s Day festivities kick off a bit early when the bawdy Irish-American comics of “The Irish Comedy Tour” arrive at Wharton Center’s Pasant Theatre Tuesday.
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Wednesday, September 5,2012

There's popcorn in the orchestra pit

Celebrity guest directors, film adaptations make for a diverse upcoming theater season

by Christopher Horb
Spielberg shares equal stage time with Shakespeare (sort of) in this diverse theater season that tries to leave no audience behind. This season's crop of choices includes heavy hitters such as McNally, Chekhov and the Bard himself, but there are also new voices giving Lansing-area theatergoers a more contemporary experience. That includes over a dozen shows with Hollywood counterparts as well as a brand new theater company serving up a little sauciness.
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Wednesday, July 25,2012

Strong themes for tough times

Sandra Seaton's 'The Will' delves into race, family, power and music

by Christopher Horb
Seaton conceived the Civil War drama on a trip to her native Tennessee. While studying public records relating to the African-American post-slavery experience, she examined her family's history and discovered her great-great grandfather's last will and testament.
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Wednesday, April 11,2012

'The music is timeless'

Lansing Symphony teams with Jeans'n Classics for a salute to Billy Joel

by Christopher Horb
Roll over Beethoven, it’s time to rock. The lights go up on the Lansing Symphony Orchestraīs “Piano Man: The Music of Billy Joel” at Wharton Center’s Cobb Great Hall Saturday. Itīs the LSOīs latest collaboration with the Jeans ‘n Classics band.
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