School of Music, Theatre
and Dance
Varner Hall, Room 207
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
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Academic Office: (248) 370-2030
Box Office: (248) 370-3013
Fax: (248) 370-2041
mtd@oakland.edu

Productions

2017-2018
Productions
Click here to download the 17-18 Theatre Season brochure!

Bullets Over Broadway The Musical

Written by Woody Allen. Based on the screenplay for the film, Bullets over Broadway by Wood Allen and Douglas McGrath. Original Direction and Choreography by Susan Stroman.  

Directed by Fred Love. Musical direction by Sarah de Tute. Choreography by Amanda Lehman. 
 

October 5-15, 2017 

Varner Studio Theatre
   

Bullets Over Broadway, a hilarious musical adaptation of Woody Allen’s Academy Award-nominated film, centers on the creation of a new Broadway show. David, a young playwright in desperate need of financial backing for his next show, accepts the aid of a mobster looking to please his showgirl girlfriend. It is an offer David literally can’t refuse. Loaded with big laughs, colorful characters and the songs that made the 1920s roar, Bullets Over Broadway is musical comedy with a bang!

Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Friday, October 6, 2017 at 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 2 p.m.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Friday, October 13, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 2 p.m.

$20 general, $12 students and 10 a.m. matinee
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Marcus; Or the Secret of Sweet

By Tarell Alvin McCraney.  

Directed by Karen Sheridan. 


November 9-19, 2017
Varner Studio Theatre


The funeral of a best friend’s father awakens a need in 16-year-old Marcus to know more about his own late father and himself. His journey of self-discovery is sometimes humorous, sometimes stark, in the last installment of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s brilliant trilogy The Brother/Sister Plays. McCraney is the chair of playwriting at Yale School of Drama and won the 2016 Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for the movie Moonlight.
Mature language and subject matter.

Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Friday, November 10, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 2 p.m.
Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Friday, November 17, 2017 at 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 2 p.m.

$15 general, $8 students and 10 a.m. matinee
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The School for Scandal

By Richard Brinsley Sheridan. 

Directed by David Gram.


February 1-11, 2018
Varner Studio Theatre
  


Sir Peter Teazle has got himself a young wife he introduces to London’s polite society. But society proves impolite when its members try to undo their happy union. Now, Sir Oliver Surface returns to England after 15 years away. Hearing gossip about his two nephews, he disguises himself to discover which one is more deserving of his fortune. Is it Charles Surface, or the nephew trying to unpin Lady Teazle? Language is a weapon and closets are hiding places in this enduring comedy of sexual intrigue.

Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Friday, February 2, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, February 4, 2018 at 2 p.m.
Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Friday, February 9, 2018 at 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 2 p.m.

$15 general, $8 students, and 10 a.m. matinee

Hands on a Hardbody

Book by Doug Wright. Lyrics by Amanda Green. Music by Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green.

Directed by Don Brewer. Musical direction by Sarah de Tute.

March 28 - April 7, 2018
Varner Studio Theatre
     

In this all-American musical, ten hard-luck Texans, armed with nothing but hope, humor and ambition, fight to keep at least one hand on a brand-new truck in order to win it. Days pass under a scorching sun as a diverse cross-section of a small town community reveal their stories and their own visions of the American Dream. Hands on a Hard Body is based on true events and a 1997 documentary of the same name. The New York Times said, “You can hear America singing,” in the show’s country-rock melodies and soulful lyrics.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Friday, March 30, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 31, 2018 at 2 p.m.* and 8 p.m.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Friday, April 6, 2018 at 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.*
Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 2 p.m.

*The March 31 (2 p.m.) and April 6 (8 p.m.) performances are shadow-signed for the Deaf by Synergy on Stage.

$20 general, $12 students and 10 a.m. matinee

Stiles & Drewe's The Three Little Pigs 

Music by George Stiles. Book and lyrics by Anthony Drewe. 


Directed by Lynnae Lehfeldt. Musical direction by Fred Love.

May 18-June 8, 2018
Varner Recital Hall
    

Stiles and Drewe, the award-winning writers of the international smash hits Mary Poppins and HONK!, put their own musical twist on this classic fairy tale. In this novel retelling, the three little pigs become world-renowned celebrities out of reach of a misunderstood wolf who just wants to have them for dinner. Appealing to audiences aged three years and up, and celebrating togetherness, this is an endearing musical filled with catchy songs and jokes for little ones and parents alike. The performance will leave you squealing with glee and howling with laughter.

Friday, May 18, 2018 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.^
Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 2 p.m.
Friday, June 8, 2018 at 7 p.m.*^

*The June 8 performance is shadow-signed for the Deaf by Synergy on Stage.
^Pajamas are encouraged for the 7 p.m. performances.

$10 general, $6 students and children. Two and under free.

This season, The Three Little Pigs will tour Metro Detroit schools, libraries, stores and other public venues between mid-May and mid-June. Learn how to bring this exciting production to your school by sending an email to oaklandtour@gmail.com or calling (248) 370-2030.


Children's
Theatre
Wiley and the Hairy Man

By Susan Zeder. 
 
Directed by Lynnae Lehfeldt. 


May 19-June 9, 2017
Varner Recital Hall
   

A story of bravery, family and magic, adapted from an American folktale. Wiley is scared of the hairy man he believes lives in the swamp close to his house, but with the help of his faithful dog, a little magic from his mother and his own wits, he learns to stand up for himself and face his greatest fear head on.

Friday, May 19, 2017 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.*
Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 2 p.m.
Friday, June 9, 2017 at 7 p.m.*

*Pajamas encouraged.

$10 general, $6 students and children. Two and under free.
This season, Wiley and the Hairy Man will tour Metro Detroit schools, libraries, stores and other public venues 
between mid-May and mid-June. Learn how to bring this exciting production to your school by sending an email to  oaklandtour@gmail.com o r calling (248) 370-2030.


Past Productions
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.

2015-16:   Oklahoma!;   Equus;   Faust(US);   Assassins; The Adventures of Pinocchio

2014-15:   The Life; The Liar; A Doll's House; She Loves Me; Pinkalicious the Musical

2013-14:   CARRIE the musical; Blithe Spirit; Under Milk Wood; Sweet Charity; Freckleface Strawberry

2012-13:   Police Deaf Near FarSpring AwakeningLegally BlondeDead Man's Cell PhoneAnansi

2011-12:   Little Mary SunshineThe Women of Lockerbie; Much Ado About NothingGrey GardensCaptain Louie

2010-11:   After the FallCompanyBells Are RingingThe Pageant Play

2009-10:  Violet; The Learned Ladies of Park Avenue; The Good Doctor; Little Women; Dear Edwina

2008-09:  Falsettos; Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme; Trojan Women; Bloody Bess; Follies; Little Prince

2007-08:   Crumbs from the Table of Joy; Steel Pier; Chekhov in Yalta; Drat! The Cat!; Brenda Bly: Teen Detective

2006-07:  The Cripple of Inishmaan; By Jupiter; The Rimers of Eldritch; A Flea in Her Ear; A Year with Frog and Toad

2005-06:  The Waiting Room; UrinetownBlue WindowA Midsummer Night’s DreamHonk

2004-05:  The Laramie Project; She Stoops to Conquer; The Mikado; The White Rose; Opal

2003-04:  Great Expectations; Starting Here, Starting Now; Love Letters; The Miss Firecracker Contest; Into the Woods; Serengeti Tales

2002-03:  Picnic; Les Blancs; for colored girls who have considered suicide…; Zastrozzi; Anything Goes; You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

2001-02:  Romeo and Juliet; And Neither Have I Wings to Fly; Lucky Stiff; Too Many Sopranos

2000-01:  You Can’t Take It With You; Harrison Loved His Umbrella; Amahl and the Night Visitors; Suburbia; Cabaret; Just So Stories

1999-00:  Shivaree; Rock 'n' Roll Lysistrata; The Gondoliers; Translations; Top Girls; The Wind in the Willows

1998-99:  Cosi fan tutte; Albert's Bridge; Artist Descending the Staircase; Death and the King's Horseman; Gypsy; Master Class; Peter Pan

1997-98:  Othello; Our Town; A Chorus Line; Children of a Lesser God; Angels in America: Millennium Approaches; Hansel and Gretel

1996-97:  The Secret Garden; All in the Timing; Three Sisters; Gianni Schicchi; Black Comedy; Hamlet

1995-96:  Twelfth Night; Getting Out; Fiddler on the Roof; All My Sons

1994-95:  Stags and Hens; The Collection; 8 Revue Sketches; Eleemosynary; Quilt

1993-94:  Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; A Raisin in the Sun; Inspecting Carol; The Three Musketeers; A Little Night Music

1992-93:  Cloud Nine; Medea; Laughing Wild; Broadway, Baby!; The Diviners; That's Absurd

1991-92:  Biloxi Blues; Waiting for the Parade; That Scoundrel Scapin; West Side Story

1990-91:  for colored girls who have considered suicide; when the rainbow is enuf; Steel Magnolias; Romeo and Juliet; Into the Woods