Return Visit From the Detroit PuppetART Theater on Sunday, May 5th at 3pm

beautybeautyIf you missed them last time please join us at the Ann Arbor District Library's downtown location for a repeat performance of their wonderful production of Sleeping Beauty.

PuppetART’s production of Sleeping Beauty is a puppet ballet. The story is told through the movement of the puppets and wonderful classical music that accompanies the show.

Sleeping Beauty is a very old tale and it has been told many times in many ways. PuppetART’s version includes some new and interesting details. We all know that Sleeping Beauty has been cursed by a wicked fairy and is forced to sleep until she is awakened by a kiss from a Prince. Most versions focus upon the Princess’s story but this production sheds light on the story of the Prince as well. We find out how he knows of the sleeping Princess and why he feels destined to rescue her. You can relax and enjoy the show because this story, as all fairy tales, promises a very happy ending.

For all materials Sleeping Beauty available at the Ann Arbor District Library follow this link: Sleeping Beauty

The Detroit based theater, was founded in 1998 by a group of puppeteers and artists trained in the former Soviet Union. All members of the PuppetART troupe are masters of puppetry art theater. PuppetART offers a repertoire of eight productions, including one created for adult audiences. Performances feature hand, rod, shadow, floor tabletop and string or marionette puppets. All events at PuppetART combine a theater performance, a tour of the museum and a workshop in the studio. A visit to their downtown theater is a treat not to be missed!!

See you there!!!

CANCELLED - America's Music Concert: A Salute To Broadway And Tin Pan Alley With Barbara Wisse And Mark Kahny At Kerrytown Concert House

Due to circumstances beyond our control - this concert - which was to have taken place on Thursday March 28, 2013 from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Kerrytown Concert House has been cancelled for this evening due to illness.

It has been rescheduled for Friday, May 10 at 7 pm in the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room and will now be the final event for the 'America's Music' series.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

America's Music Film & Discussion: Broadway And Tin Pan Alley

Wednesday March 27, 2013: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

UM Professor Mark Clague leads this screening and discussion session on Broadway and Tin Pan Alley Music focusing on the film "Broadway: The American Musical, Episode 2: Syncopated City (1919-1933)." Episode Two of this award-winning series on the history of Broadway focuses on the 1920s, Broadway's most prolific era.

America's Music has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor

Wild Swan Theater: Peter Rabbit

Wild Swan Theater presents Peter Rabbit March 21-23 in Towsley Auditorium at Washtenaw Community College. The show is for grades children preschool age through about second grade. From the WST website: "When Peter Rabbit ventures into Farmer McGregor's garden, despite his mother's warning, his adventures begin. From the moment Peter loses his little blue coat in Farmer McGregor's garden until he arrives safe and sound at home, this classic tale is brought charmingly to life by Wild Swan's actors and designers."

Wild Swan Theater: “Shipwrecked!”

Wild Swan Theater presents "Shipwrecked!" March 14-16 in Towsley Auditorium in the WCC Morris Lawrence Building. This original play, appropriate for kids in about grades 3-8, was written by accomplished local playwright Jeff Duncan. The story is a coming-of-age drama set during a fierce storm on Lake Huron in 1893. Twelve year-old Aaron Buchanan is sailing with his parents on their small schooner loaded with Christmas trees. Aaron's mettle is tested when a fierce gale hits "Shipwreck Alley," and he helps rescue his family. The play is based on historical accounts of the time and should give young people a good chance to learn some of the history, geography, music and maritime heritage of Michigan and the Great Lakes. For those families who may want to learn more about shipwrecks before going to the play, AADL has some great resources.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

The Encore Musical Theatre Company presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat through Sunday March 3. This is the pop rock musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. The story is based on the biblical story of Joseph, who was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers but nonetheless rose to power. For more information on the show and how to get tickets, click here.

Performance Network: Good People

Performance Network will show Good People by David Lindsay-Abaire Feb. 21 through March 31. David Wolber directs this Michigan Premiere of a 2011 Tony Nominee for Best Play. The PN website describes the play as "a touching and funny look at American's great economic divide." Ticket information is here. Lindsay-Abaire also wrote Rabbit Hole which was made into a 2011 movie.

Anne Of Green Gables Scriptwriting Workshop

Sunday February 3, 2013: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Calling all writers in Grades 4-12! The Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Junior Theatre Company is performing an original adaptation of Lucy Maud Montgomery's "Anne of Green Gables". Help write an original scene that will be performed during their May productions.

Participants should be familiar with the book and have read chapters 1-3. The workshop will also discuss the process of adapting a classic book into a play.

All workshop participants are also encouraged to attend auditions.

Wonderful World Languages # 1

Movie goers, musical fans, and book lovers alike have fallen in love with the new film “Les Miserables,” which premiered on December 25 of this past year. Already “Les Mis,” as it is affectionately called by fans, has earned 8 Oscar nominations. To complement seeing the film, try checking out some related materials, including other movie adaptations, broadway performances, complete and abridged books, and sheet music. If you have the gift of understanding French, AADL even has the original novel and a French version of the movie.

For more information about the new movie, please visit their website for photos, production notes, trivia, videos, and more.

Performance Network: "Brill"

Performance Network in downtown Ann Arbor is staging Brill, a comedy by David Wells from Jan. 10-Feb. 10. Music is by Frank Allison. The play is a comedy set in 1959 when a Big Band songwriter facing the arrival of Rock n'Roll meets a young woman who has a guitar, secrets and dreams. The title "Brill" refers to a building in Manhattan. More information and tickets are here.

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