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Sweet Charity

Book by Neil Simon,
Music by Cy Coleman,
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields, Conceived, Staged and Choreographed by Bob Fosse


Directed by Anthony Guest, Musical Direction by Fred Love

March 20 - 30, 2014
Varner Studio Theatre


Before Chicago there was Sweet Charity. Charity Hope Valentine who, despite her job as a dancer at the seedy Fan-Dango Ballroom, is an eternal optimist who loves too much. She just happens to be the unluckiest romantic in New York City! The musical Sweet Charity is a warm, touching and humorous look at her trials and tribulations, as she repeatedly gives her heart, and her savings, to the wrong man.

Adapted from Nights of Cabiria, a film by Federico Fellini, the musical Sweet Charity includes hits such as “Hey, Big Spender,” “Rhythm of Life,” and “If My Friends Could See Me Now.”

Thursday, March 20 at 8 p.m.
Friday, March 21 at 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 22 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 23 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Wednesday, March 26 and 8 p.m.
Thursday, March 27 at 8 p.m.
Friday, March 28 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 29 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 30 at 2 p.m.

$18 General, $10 Students, $10 children, and 10 a.m. matinee. Click here to purchase tickets

Freckleface Strawberry the Musical

Music and lyrics by Gary Kupper
Book by Gary Kupper and Rose Caiola
Musical direction by Fred Love

Based on the books written by Julianne Moore and illustrated by LeUyen Pham. Conceived for the stage by Rose Caiola. 

May 16 - May 18, 2014
Varner Recital Hall


Freckleface Strawberry is just like every other girl – except she has freckles! She thinks she will do anything to get rid of her freckles, but with the help of her loveable schoolmates, including an amazingly talented ballerina, a cute jock, a charming ditz, and a totally kooky teacher, Freckleface learns that everyone is different - and that's what makes everyone special!

Freckleface and her friends learn to love the skin they're in. This brand new musical is fun for all ages with great music and dancing.

Friday, May 16 at 10 a.m. and  7 p.m.
Saturday, May 17 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Sunday, May 18 at 2 p.m.

Available to tour to schools and community centers May 14-June 8.

$10 General, $6 Students, children & 10 a.m. matinee. Click here to purchase tickets

Email oaklandtour@gmail.com for information about a performance at your school.

CARRIE The Musical

Book by Lawrence D. Cohen
Music by Michael Gore. Lyrics by Dean Pitchford
Directed by Fred Love. Musical Direction by Alissa Hetzner


From its infamous roots in the pantheon of terror, comes CARRIE, a musical unlike any you’ve ever seen. Its spellbinding premiere 25 years ago shocked critics and audiences from London to New York. Based on the classic horror novel by Stephen King, CARRIE spins a tale of bloodsport and revenge.

A misfit at school, terrorized by her holier-than-thou mother at home, 17-year-old Carrie White has a secret. And when a prank at the high school prom goes horribly wrong, they'll all find out just how scary a secret can be. So make your date, come to the dance, and meet this year's prom queen!

Blithe Spirit
By Noel Coward
Directed By Thomas M. Suda
 

As research for his next novel, Charles Condomine engages a medium, Madame Arcati, to conduct a seance, which inadvertently raises the ghost of his late wife, Elvira. For Ruth, Charles's current wife, Elvira's presence is no laughing matter, particularly since Elvira seems eager to reclaim her former husband - either in this world or the next. A sprightly supernatural comedy suitable for all ages!

Under Milk Wood

By Dylan Thomas. Directed by Karen Sheridan
"It is Spring, moonless night in the small town, starless and bible-black..." On the western coast of Wales (though it could be anywhere) sits a fishing village whose colorful inhabitants stirred the author's imagination for over a decade in their creation. Come back to a simpler time and take this entertaining and poetic journey as the villagers plot and laugh, hope and remember.




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Freckleface Strawberry the Musical

May 16, May 18, 2014
Varner Recital Hall


Music and lyrics by Gary Kupper; book by Gary Kupper and Rose Caiola.
Based on the books written by Julianne Moore and illustrated by LeUyen Pham.
Conceived for the stage by Rose Caiola. Musical direction by Fred Love.

Freckleface Strawberry is just like every other girl – except she has freckles! She thinks she will do anything to get rid of her freckles, but with the help of her loveable schoolmates, including an amazingly talented ballerina, a cute jock, a charming ditz, and a totally kooky teacher, Freckleface learns that everyone is different - and that's what makes everyone special! Freckleface and her friends learn to love the skin they're in. This brand new musical is fun for all ages with great music and dancing.

Friday, May 16 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Sunday, May 18 at 2 p.m.
(Available to tour to schools and community centers May 14-June 8)

$10 General, $6 Students and children

Email oaklandtour@gmail.com for information about a performance at your school

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In a typical year Oakland University's Theatre program presents five outstanding productions, playing to packed houses and rave reviews. In addition, theatre students prepare and present the Meadow Brook Estate Cabaret and our Senior Showcase, which connects senior theatre majors with industry professionals in New York City.

2012-2013
2011 - 2012 2010-2011
2009-2010
  • Violet
  • The Learned Ladies of Park Avenue
  • The Good Doctor
  • Little Women
  • Dear Edwina
2008-2009
  • Falsettos
  • Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme
  • Trojan Women
  • Bloody Bess
  • Follies
  • Little Prince
2007-2008
  • Crumbs from the Table of Joy
  • Steel Pier
  • Chekhov in Yalta
  •  Drat! The Cat!
  • Brenda Bly: Teen Detective
2006-2007
  • The Cripple of Inishmaan
  • By Jupiter
  • The Rimers of Eldritch
  • A Flea in Her Ear
  • A Year with Frog and Toad

2005-2006
  • The Waiting Room
  • Urinetown
  • Blue Window
  •  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Honk


Little Mary Sunshine
2004-2005
  • The Laramie Project
  • She Stoops to Conquer
  • The Mikado
  • The White Rose
  • Opal

2003-2004
  • Great Expectations
  • Starting Here, Starting Now
  • Love Letters
  • The Miss Firecracker Contest
  • Into the Woods
  • Serengeti Tales

2002-2003
  • Picnic
  • Les Blancs
  • for colored girls who have considered suicide…
  • Zastrozzi
  • Anything Goes
  • You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown


The Women of Lockerbie
2001-2002
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • And Neither Have I Wings to Fly
  • Lucky Stiff
  • Too Many Sopranos
2000-2001
  • You Can’t Take It With You
  • Harrison Loved His Umbrella
  • Amahl and the Night Visitors
  • Suburbia
  • Cabaret
  • Just So Stories

1999-2000
  • Shivaree
  • Rock 'n' Roll Lysistrata
  • The Gondoliers
  • Translations
  • Top Girls
  • The Wind in the Willows


Much Ado About Nothing
1998-1999
  • Cosi fan tutte
  • Albert's Bridge
  • Artist Descending the Staircase
  • Death and the King's Horseman
  • Gypsy
  • Master Class
  • Peter Pan

1997-1998
  • Othello
  • Our Town
  • A Chorus Line
  • Children of a Lesser God
  • Angels in America: Millennium Approaches
  • Hansel and Gretel

1996-1997
  • The Secret Garden
  • All in the Timing
  • Three Sisters
  • Gianni Schicchi
  • Black Comedy
  • Hamlet


Grey Gardens
1995-1996
  • Twelfth Night
  • Getting Out
  • Fiddler on the Roof
  • All My Sons
1994-1995
  • Stags and Hens
  • The Collection
  • 8 Revue Sketches
  •  Eleemosynary
  •  Quilt
1993-1994
  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • A Raisin in the Sun
  • Inspecting Carol
  • The Three Musketeers
  • A Little Night Music

1992-1993
  • Cloud Nine
  • Medea
  • Laughing Wild
  • Broadway, Baby!
  • The Diviners
  • That's Absurd

1991-1992
  • Biloxi Blues
  • Waiting for the Parade
  • That Scoundrel Scapin
  • West Side Story

1990-1991
  • for colored girls who have considered suicide
  • when the rainbow is enuf
  • Steel Magnolias
  • Romeo and Juliet
  •  Into the Woods



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