Productions

2016-2017
Productions
The Scarlet Pimpernel

Music by Frank Wildhorn. Book and lyrics by Nan Knighton. Based on the novel by Baroness Orczy. 

Directed by Fred Love. 
 
Scarlet Pimpernel Poster


October 6-16, 2016 

Varner Studio Theatre
   

The Scarlet Pimpernel  is a powerful and passionate story of love and heroism, filled with daring rescues and exhilarating sword fights. Set against the backdrop of the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror, Sir Percy Blakeney and his league of gentlemen created a secret society of English aristocrats engaged in rescuing their French counterparts from the guillotine. However, Chauvelin, the French government’s most formidable devotee, is out to stop all who try to save the victims of the guillotine – especially the mysterious hero, the Scarlet Pimpernel.

Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Friday, October 7, 2016 at 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 2 p.m.
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Friday, October 14, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 2 p.m.

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

The House of Bernarda Alba

By Federico García Lorca.  

Directed by Karen Sheridan. 

Bernarda Alba Poster

November 10-29, 2016
Varner Studio Theatre


Bernarda's second husband has died. But what can she hope to accomplish when she imposes an 8-year mourning period on her five daughters? How can she leash their collective desires? How will she quiet the fires of Angustias, Magdalena, Amelia, Martirio and Adela when the incendiary men are just outside her walls? How can she keep the men inside their heads from growing lustier than the ones outside her windows? The final play of García Lorca and a chilling masterpiece.

Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Friday, November 11, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 2 p.m.
Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 8 p.m.*
Friday, November 18, 2016 at 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 2 p.m.

The Sunday, November 13 at 2 p.m. and Saturday, November 19 at 8 p.m. performance of this show will be
shadow-signed for the Deaf by Synergy on Stage.

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

Rumors

By Neil Simon. 

Directed by Anthony Guest.
 

February 2-12, 2017
Varner Studio Theatre
  


Rumors is a madcap, slamming door farce set in a large home just outside of New York City.  As the guests arrive to celebrate the 10 th anniversary of the deputy mayor and his wife, they find the mayor shot in bed (don’t worry it’s only a flesh wound!) and his wife missing. From there the hilarity ensues with cover-ups, deceptions and mistaken identities. Come join in the laughter and meet these great characters doing what Neil Simon does best – making the mundane…insane!

Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Friday, February 3, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, February 5, 2017 at 2 p.m.
Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Friday, February 10, 2017 at 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 2 p.m.

The Sunday, February 5 at 2 p.m. and Saturday, February 11 at 8 p.m. performance of this show will be
shadow-signed for the Deaf by Synergy on Stage.


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

A Chorus Line

Music by Marvin Hamlisch. Lyrics by Edward Kleban. Book by James Kirkwood, Jr. and Nicholas Dante.

Directed by TBA. Choreographed by Greg Patterson.

March 23- April 2, 2017
Varner Studio Theatre
     


A Chorus Line
is a stunning musical-vérité about a chorus audition for a Broadway musical. It tells of the achingly poignant ambitions of professional Broadway gypsies to land a job in the show, and is a powerful metaphor for all human aspiration. It is a brilliantly complex fusion of dance, song and compellingly authentic drama.

Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Friday, March 24, 2017 at 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 2 p.m.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Friday, March 31, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 2 p.m.

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

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 or calling (248) 370-2030.

Poster art by Chris Ware.  


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