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.

Purple Rose: "The Meaning of Almost Everything"

Jeff Daniels' new play The Meaning of Almost Everything will show at Purple Rose Theatre Company in Chelsea Jan. 10-March 9. Directed by Guy Sanville, the comedy "questions the nature of our world and the absurdity of it all," the PRTC web page says. Ticket information is here.

YPT: "Fiddler on the Roof"

Young Peoples Theater is staging Fiddler on the Roof Jan. 10-13 at U-M Lydia Mendelssohn Theater. The show is based on the book by Joseph Stein with lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and music by Jerry Block. Ticket information is here

Performance Network: A Little Night Music Runs through Dec. 30

Performance Network in Ann Arbor is showing A Little Night Music, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The book is by Hugh Wheeler -- and the romantic musical is a six-time Tony winner. The show is "a rollicking tour-de-force of love, lies, and liaisons," the PN website says, with "an amazing musical score, including. . . Send in the Clowns." Here is the plot summary: "Desiree Armfeldt is an enchanting Swedish actress. While on tour in a country town, she runs into former lover Fredrik, who has brought his young wife to the theatre. Reminiscing in Desiree's dressing room, their passion rekindles. The two seek to continue their affair at a gathering for several guests at Fredrik's country home, setting in motion a hilarious and flirtatious weekend for all." Ticket information is here.

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