School of Music, Theatre
and Dance

Varner Hall, Room 207
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
(location map)
Academic Office: (248) 370-2030
Box Office: (248) 370-3013
Fax: (248) 370-2041


MainStage Productions
18-19 Theatre Season brochure coming soon!

Into The Woods

Book by James Lapine. Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.
Guest directed by Scott Mikita. Choreography by Rachel Costantino.  

October 11-21, 2018 
Varner Studio Theatre

This “Once Upon a Time” tale introduces the hopes and dreams of characters from some of our favorite fairy tales and explores the length we go for our dreams — and the sometimes high cost of getting what we want. The baker, Cinderella, Little Red and Jack meet the witch, the wolf and the giant. Nice is different than good.

Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Friday, October 12, 2018 at 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 2 p.m.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Friday, October 19, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 2 p.m.

$22 general, $12 students and 10 a.m. matinee
Tickets go on sale September 1 at

Lysistrata Remix

From Aristophanes, in a new version by Karen Sheridan. Directed by Karen Sheridan.  Choreography by Gregory Patterson.

November 15-December 2, 2018
Varner Studio Theatre

Ages 17+ for mature humor, language and comic mischief. 

Oh, no! The men are at war; the women know the fighting has to stop. What can a mere woman do? Find out what happens when the play Lysistrata finds its way into a college dorm room and women from around “the world” take a pact to deny their men sex until the fighting stops. First staged in 411 BCE, this new female retelling proves that nothing is as potent as the germ of an idea.

Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Friday, November 16, 2018 at 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 2 p.m.
Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Friday, November 30, 2018 at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.*
Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 2 p.m.
*join us in your comfy clothes for this late-night pajama party!

$15 general, $8 students and 10 a.m. matinee
Tickets go on sale September 1 at


By Anton Chekhov. Translated by Curt Columbus. Directed by Lynnae Lehfeldt.

February 7-15, 2019
Varner Studio Theatre

A slice-of-life drama set in the Russian countryside at the end of the 19th century, the action revolves around the play’s dissatisfied characters’ romantic and artistic conflicts. Some desire love. Some desire success. Some desire artistic genius. No one, however, ever seems to attain happiness. Considered one of the 100 most important plays of all time, Seagull is the first of the four major plays of Anton Chekhov.

Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 8 p.m.
Friday, February 8, 2019 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 2 p.m.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 8 p.m.
Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 8 p.m.
Friday, February 15, 2019 at 10 a.m.

$15 general, $8 students, and 10 a.m. matinee
Tickets go on sale September 1 at .

The Who's Tommy

Book by Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff. Music and lyrics by Pete Townshend. Directed by David Gram. Choreography by Amanda Lehman.

March 21 - March 31, 2019
Varner Studio Theatre

Winner of five Tony Awards, The Who’s Tommy is a fast-paced, exhilarating rock opera featuring a thrilling score by the legendary British rock band The Who. Set over a period of 25 years, Tommy is a story about hope, healing and the human spirit; while also exploring issues of mental health, abuse, and celebrity.

Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 8 p.m.
Friday, March 22, 2019 at 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 2 p.m.
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 8 p.m.
Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 8 p.m.
Friday, March 29, 2019 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Each performance of Tommy is shadow-signed for the Deaf by Synergy on Stage.

$22 general, $12 students and 10 a.m. matinee
Tickets go on sale September 1 at

James and the Giant Peach 

From the book by Roald Dahl. Adapted by Richard R. GeorgeDirected by Lynnae Lehfeldt.

May-June, 2018
Varner Recital Hall (VRH) and Flagstar Strand Theatre for the Performing Arts

James Henry Trotter cannot escape his mean Aunts Spiker and Sponge — or can he? A magical peach may be his answer! Join James and the creatures that he meets on his incredible journey. Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale is perfect for all ages.

Friday, May 17, 2019 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.*^ (VRH)
Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 2 p.m. (VRH)
Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 11 a.m. (FS)
Friday, June 7, 2019 at 7 p.m.*^ (VRH)

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

$10 general, $6 students and children. Two and under free.
Tickets go on sale September 1 at for the Varner Recital Hall performances. Check back on our website regarding tickets for the Flagstar Strand performance.

This season, James and the Giant Peach 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 or calling (248) 370-2030.

Musical Theatre Workshop
Monday, December 3, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at noon* and 8 p.m.
Varner Studio Theatre
Join us for a unique musical experience as theatre students present an evening of entertainment that is bound to prove their “triple threat” skills.
*This Arts at Noon performance is abbreviated to approximately one hour.
$10 all seats. Tickets on sale at starting September 1.

From the novel by Virginia Woolf. Adapted by Sarah Ruhl. Directed by Jake Hooker.
Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Friday, December 7, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Varner Studio Theatre
Playwright Sarah Ruhl’s genre-defying adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s infamous satiric romp through English history is at once magically poetic and grounded in the pragmatics of relationships. Ruhl (via Woolf) also engages deeply with many issues of contemporary life, including feminism and gender fluidity.
$8 all seats. Tickets on sale at starting September 1.

Nightclub Cabarets

Thursday April 4, 2019 at 7 p.m.
Friday, April 5, 2019 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 7 p.m.
Flagstar Strand Theatre for the Performing Arts in Pontiac at 12 N. Saginaw Street. 
Students bring personal dialogue, song and story to the stage as part of a series of imaginative, honest and entertaining cabaret performances at the Flagstar Strand Theatre for the Performing Arts in Pontiac. These unique solo performances invite audience members to share the artists’ unique journeys through the creative process.
$10 door charge/cover, $5 with student ID. Cash only.

The Battles of Coxinga
By Chikamatsu Monzaemon. Directed and adapted by Kerro Knox 3.
Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 12, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 1:30 p.m.
This Japanese play, originally written for puppet theatre, is reexamined through various styles of traditional Asian theatre: Noh, Kabuki, Bunraku, shadow puppetry and the original Joruri. Chikamatsu is considered the “Japanese Shakespeare,” and this play is his best known history play where puppets allow spectacular scenes of superhuman feats and mayhem.
$8 all seats. Tickets on sale at starting September 1.

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. Photos from many of the shows are viewable on our Facebook page.

2017-18: Bullets Over Broadway; Marcus; Or the Secret of Sweet; The School for Scandal; Hands on a Hardbody; The Three Little Pigs

The Scarlet Pimpernel;   The House of Bernarda Alba;   Rumors;    A Chorus Line;   Wiley and the Hairy Man 

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 Far;  Spring Awakening;  Legally Blonde;  Dead Man's Cell Phone;  Anansi

2011-12:   Little Mary Sunshine;  The Women of Lockerbie; Much Ado About Nothing;  Grey Gardens;  Captain Louie

2010-11:   After the Fall;  Company;  Bells Are Ringing;  The 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; Urinetown; Blue Window; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Honk

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