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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

New Lansing theater company explores ancient myths

Feb 10, 2014
Courtesy of Ixion Theatre Company

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 Ixion Theatre with the first of three staged readings of “The Four Disgracers."

Re-engineered Fairchild Theater debuts new acoustics

Oct 28, 2013
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Michigan State University's Fairchild Theater recently underwent a major renovation and re-opens next Monday night.  Current State's Peter Whorf speaks with MSU College of Music staff and students about the transformation.

One-man play deals with campus censorship

Sep 25, 2013
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“Beethoven and Misfortune Cookies” 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.

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