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The Barn Theater in Augusta, Michigan is celebrating its 70th season. One actor in the current production made his stage debut at The Barn when he was just one year old.

All My Sons cast
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Arthur Miller’s 100th birthday would have occurred a few months ago, and Lansing’s Riverwalk Theatre is about to stage his first hit play from 1947. We speak with the actors and director of the drama "All My Sons."

LCC play heads to regional Kennedy Center competition

Jan 4, 2016
Never Swim Alone cast photo
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The theater program at Lansing Community College recently received a big honor. They were invited to perform the play “Never Swim Alone” at the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival. We talk to Melissa Kaplan, coordinator of fine and performing arts at LCC, director Deb Keller, and actor Monica Tanner about how LCC’s small theater program is competing on the national stage.

Tonight at the Wharton Center, 300 costumes, 20 acts, and 30 performers from 12 countries will arrive on stage for the touring production of "Cirque Dreams Holidaze." But it will also be a homecoming performance for one member of the troupe. We speak with the Holt High School graduate working behind the scenes for this upcoming theatrical production of "Cirque Dreams."

woman posed as rosie the riveter
Courtesy of Wild Swan Theater

Current State speaks to the creators of a new musical about those women of World War Two who came from all over to work manufacturing jobs in Michigan. The iconic Rosie The Riveter gets her own musical at the Wild Swan Theater in Ann Arbor.

Lansing’s Renegade Theatre Festival celebrates 10 years

Aug 13, 2015
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Old Town’s Renegade Theatre Festival is celebrating its 10th birthday this year. Current State speaks with co-organizers Chad Badgero and Melissa Kaplan about how the festival has evolved in the past decade and what audiences can expect this weekend.

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 The Andromeda Community Theatre in Charlotte is about to launch an ambitious staging of “To Kill A Mockingbird.” It’s been adapted from the beloved Harper Lee novel by Christopher Sergel.

MSU Theatre presents psychological thriller “Bug”

Mar 26, 2015

The MSU Department of Theatre’s production of “Bug” starts tonight and runs this weekend and next. It’s a psychological thriller by Tracy Letts, who wrote “August: Osage County.” The show deals with themes of trauma, paranoia, and trust.

The Wharton Center at Michigan State University is preparing to host its next theatrical production this weekend. “Master Harold and the Boys” by Athol Fugard is a story of friendship, racism, and hope. The play will be performed Friday and Saturday at Wharton Center.

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On Friday night, the Williamston Theatre will stage the first preview performance of their 50th show. “Miracle on South Division Street” runs through December 28th.

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Today, the MSU Department of Theatre will dedicate the new home of Summer Circle Theatre. If you've ever attended a Summer Circle Theatre performance at MSU, the experience wasn’t always pleasant. Being near the Red Cedar River next to the MSU Auditorium, Summer Circle was often plagued by water, mosquitoes, and traffic noise. The new space will be much more comfortable and will host events beyond these student productions.

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Actress and writer Carol Dunitz calls Sarah Bernhardt “the world’s first superstar”. Dunitz brings her one-woman show inspired by the turn-of-the-last century stage and silent film star to East Lansing. “Bernhardt on Broadway: The Musical” will be at the Hannah Community Center in East Lansing at 7:30 p-m Saturday.

MSU Department of Theatre

This week the Summer Circle Theatre 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.

Courtesy Owosso Community Players


Seven years ago, a fire badly damaged the Lebowsky Center, home of the Owosso Community Players. A major refurbishing project has been completed, and on Friday night, there’s a grand opening gala to celebrate the completion of work.

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The Tony Award for best Broadway musical revival in 2012 went to “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess”. The company touring the country with “Porgy and Bess” is in East Lansing this week for eight performances at MSU’s Wharton Center.