Eastern Michigan University’s Theatre Department opened “Spring Awakening”, March 31. The thought-provoking rock musical features mature themes such as abortion, rape, and suicide, so the show had a diverse affect on audience that ranged from college students to grandparents. Kelly Fielder, a EMU alumna, said, “I was looking around to gauge people’s reactions, thinking some would be frightfully astonished, and everyone seemed so respectful and right there with the actors.
EMU Theatre’s production of “Spring Awakening”, opens Friday, March 31. The landmark rock musical, with music by Duncan Sheik and book and lyrics by Steven Sater, explores the quest of teenagers in 19th Century Germany to discover more about the physical and emotional maturity they are undergoing, mostly without help and indeed with some obstruction from the adults in their lives.
Last week, EMU’s Theatre department presented its annual Student Written One-Act Festival. The five plays, written, directed, stage managed and acted by EMU students, explored a wide variety of topics: love, loss, mystery, racism, sexism, injustice, death, new perspectives, the power of storytelling, and more.
Ann Arbor’s Penny Seats Theatre Company’s most recent production, “Sing Happy!”, had its eighth and final performance at Conor O’Neill’s Irish Restaurant in Ann Arbor.
“The Vagina Monologues”, Eve Ensler’s iconic feminist play, was presented for the 16 year in a row at Eastern Michigan University.
“Noises Off!”, playing at Dexter’s Encore Theatre, is farce done right.
Lorraine Hansberry’s revolutionary play, “A Raisin in the Sun”, was produced by Eastern Michigan University Theatre.
Eastern Michigan University’s Main Stage theatre production of “A Raisin in the Sun” opens on Wednesday, Feb.
Eastern Michigan University premiered its second production of the season with Jane Martin’s “Vital Signs,” in Sponberg Theatre on Sunday, Nov. 20.
Lee Stille has been working for over 20 years teaching and directing at Eastern Michigan University (EMU). His most recent score is William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”, which premiered as EMU’s fall Mainstage production. “Lee Stille is the definition of passionate, intelligent and caring.