theater http://wkar.org en Summer Circle Theater building a permanent home http://wkar.org/post/summer-circle-theater-building-permanent-home <p></p><p></p><p>This week the<a href="http://theatre.msu.edu/index.php/productions/summer-circle-theatre/" target="_blank"> Summer Circle Theatre</a> at Michigan State University is entering its 54th season, putting on student productions of plays outdoors around the MSU Auditorium and Fairchild Theatre. This summer marks a change for the company as it will be the last season of its nomadic existence. Work has begun on a permanent home for Summer Circle. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 16:33:14 +0000 Scott Pohl 54960 at http://wkar.org Summer Circle Theater building a permanent home After fire seven years ago, Owosso's Lebowsky Center reopens http://wkar.org/post/after-fire-seven-years-ago-owossos-lebowsky-center-reopens <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;text-indent: 36pt;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Seven years ago, a fire badly damaged the Lebowsky Center, home of the <a href="http://www.owossoplayers.com/" target="_blank">Owosso Community Players</a>. A major refurbishing project has been completed, and on Friday night, there’s a grand opening gala to celebrate the completion of work. Wed, 07 May 2014 16:26:15 +0000 Scott Pohl 53314 at http://wkar.org After fire seven years ago, Owosso's Lebowsky Center reopens Porgy and Bess leads on playing the iconic characters http://wkar.org/post/porgy-and-bess-leads-playing-iconic-characters <p><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">The Tony Award for best Broadway musical revival in 2012 went to “<a href="http://porgyandbessthemusical.com/">The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess</a>”. The company touring the country with “Porgy and Bess” is in East Lansing this week for eight performances at MSU’s <a href="http://www.whartoncenter.com/">Wharton Center</a>.</span> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 16:36:41 +0000 Scott Pohl & Mark Bashore 50892 at http://wkar.org Porgy and Bess leads on playing the iconic characters New Lansing theater company explores ancient myths http://wkar.org/post/new-lansing-theater-company-explores-ancient-myths <p>A Lansing theater veteran is starting up a new theater company. Jeff Croff was the founder of the former Icarus Falling Theatre Company. Tonight, he launches <a href="http://www.icarusfalling.com/">Ixion Theatre</a> with the first of three staged readings of “The Four Disgracers."</p><p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 21:38:32 +0000 Current State 49160 at http://wkar.org New Lansing theater company explores ancient myths Re-engineered Fairchild Theater debuts new acoustics http://wkar.org/post/re-engineered-fairchild-theater-debuts-new-acoustics <p></p><p>Michigan State University's Fairchild Theater recently underwent a major renovation and re-opens next Monday night.&nbsp; Current State's Peter Whorf speaks with MSU College of Music staff and students about the transformation.</p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 19:53:02 +0000 Current State 44440 at http://wkar.org Re-engineered Fairchild Theater debuts new acoustics One-man play deals with campus censorship http://wkar.org/post/one-man-play-deals-campus-censorship <p><a href="http://www.whartoncenter.com/events/detail/beethoven-and-the-misfortune-cookies">“Beethoven and Misfortune Cookies”</a> by playwright Joni Ravenna is a one-man show about Kabin Thomas, a University of Arkansas music professor who was fired in 2006 for using profanity in the classroom. The play is in Wharton Center’s Pasant Theatre Thursday for a single performance. Wed, 25 Sep 2013 17:51:06 +0000 Current State 42846 at http://wkar.org One-man play deals with campus censorship Current State #162 | September 19, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-162-september-19-2013 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 22px;">Today on&nbsp;</span><a href="http://wkar.org/programs/current-state"><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Current State</em></a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 22px;">: Update on fiscal conditions in Detroit and other U.S. cities; Lansing's historical Knapp's building renovation; MSU Theatre's production of "Widows"; Michigan native on her goal to make it to Mars; and Lansing Makers Network takes over city landmark.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 16:51:56 +0000 Current State 42553 at http://wkar.org MSU production explores widows anguish and hope http://wkar.org/post/msu-production-explores-widows-anguish-and-hope <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><a href="http://theatre.msu.edu/" style="line-height: 1.5;">The MSU Department of Theatre</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is presenting the play “</span><a href="http://theatre.msu.edu/index.php/productions/season-archive/2013-2014-season/widows/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Widows</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">” through this weekend.</span></p><p>The director of the play is <a href="http://theatre.msu.edu/index.php/people/faculty/ann-folino-white/">Ann Folino White</a>, Assistant Professor of Theatre at MSU. She joined us to discuss the play based on Chilean author Ariel Drofman's work.</p><p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 16:44:58 +0000 Current State 42550 at http://wkar.org MSU production explores widows anguish and hope Highlights of new Wharton Center season include 'Book of Mormon' http://wkar.org/post/highlights-new-wharton-center-season-include-book-mormon <p>September brings the start of the season for many activities on the MSU campus, including events at the <a href="http://www.whartoncenter.com/">Wharton Center for Performing Arts</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Current State's</em> Peter Whorf checks in with Wharton executive director Mike Brand for a preview of the 2013-14 lineup.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 18:36:40 +0000 Current State 41770 at http://wkar.org Highlights of new Wharton Center season include 'Book of Mormon' Back to the 70s with 'Arthur White' at (SCENE) Metrospace http://wkar.org/post/back-70s-arthur-white-scene-metrospace <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5; font-family: 'Lucida Console', Courier, 'Courier New';">Tonight, a show at <a href="http://www.scenemetrospace.com/">(SCENE)&nbsp;</a></span><a href="http://www.scenemetrospace.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Metrospace</a><span style="line-height: 1.5; font-family: 'Lucida Console', Courier, 'Courier New';"> in East Lansing will transport us back to the Detroit music scene on the mid 70's.</span></p> Thu, 30 May 2013 17:04:18 +0000 Current State 36711 at http://wkar.org Back to the 70s with 'Arthur White' at (SCENE) Metrospace MSU opera theater presents 'A Little Night Music' http://wkar.org/post/msu-opera-theater-presents-little-night-music <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">MSU Opera </span>Theater<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> presents the Stephen </span>Sondheim<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> classic "A Little Night Music," Friday-Sunday April 5-7. &nbsp;</span>MSU<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Opera </span>Theater<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> director and Associate Professor of voice Melanie </span>Helston<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> speaks with </span>WKAR’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Peter </span>Whorf<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><div><p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 16:23:32 +0000 Current State 33775 at http://wkar.org MSU opera theater presents 'A Little Night Music' East Lansing H.S. set to raise $1 million for theater endowment http://wkar.org/post/east-lansing-hs-set-raise-1-million-theater-endowment <p></p><p dir="ltr" style="margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">East Lansing high school presents </span><a href="http://elps.k12.mi.us/education/components/scrapbook/default.php?sectionid=371" style="line-height: 1.5;">"And The World Goes Round"</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> tomorrow night, with a fundraising event after at the East Lansing Marriott. The </span><a href="http://elps.k12.mi.us/education/components/scrapbook/default.php?sectiondetailid=13033&amp;" style="line-height: 1.5;">"Gala of Gratitude"</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is part of the </span><a href="http://www.eastlansingedfoundation.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">East Lansing Foundation's</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> effort to raise $1 million for students &nbsp;to support their theater tradition in East Lansing schools.</span></p><p>Many East Lansing high theater, music and arts grads will be attending the event on Saturday.</p><p>One of those people is <a href="http://theatre.msu.edu/index.php/people/graduate-students/dana-brazil/">Dana Brazil</a>. &nbsp;Brazil is the Associate Director of the<a href="http://whartoncenter.com/education/institute.aspx"> MSU Federal Credit Union's Institute for Arts and Creativity</a> at the Wharton Center. &nbsp;She's a professional actress, teacher and M.F.A. acting student at Michigan State University.</p><p><br>WKAR's Peter Whorf spoke with Dana Brazil about her days at East Lansing High School.</p><p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 21:58:59 +0000 Current State 33118 at http://wkar.org East Lansing H.S. set to raise $1 million for theater endowment