<Spoiler alert> #LoveLansing has a thriving theater community! With so many different theater productions going on in and around town this month, I have created your one-stop shop for all things THEATER! As a student intern in the area this summer I am always on the hunt for something unique and fun to do. Local theater is the PERFECT way to break your normal nighttime routine and to step outside of your comfort zone (in the best possible way). Keep reading for more information on how to get your drama on this month.
June 1 – June 4 & June 8 – June 11 (multiple show times)
Peppermint Creek Theatre Company, Lansing
Peppermint Creek Theatre Company has been pushing the boundaries since 1995. They strive to produce classic and contemporary theatre that addresses vital issues in our society, raises awareness, and encourages dialogue while entertaining. Luna Gale grapples with the age-old question of whether the end justifies the means. How do we make the right decision when there is no clear “right?” It’s a quandary-seasoned social worker Caroline faces every day. But her newest case is proving to be her toughest yet, and the fate of baby Luna Gale hangs in the balance. This play by Pulitzer Prize finalist Rebecca Gilman awakens the inner activist inside us all and dives headfirst into the turbulent waters of parenthood, faith and love.
Tuesday, June 6 – Sunday, June 11 (multiple show times)
Wharton Center for Performing Arts, East Lansing
Alison Bechdel, creator of the Bechdel Test, is a cartoonist best known for her best-selling graphic memoir, Fun Home, chronicling her time growing up in a family-owned funeral home in Pennsylvania. The extraordinary musical of the same name based on the memoir has received raves from audiences and critics alike, winning five Tony Awards including BEST BOOK OF A MUSICAL and BEST SCORE for Lansing’s own Lisa Kron (Westside native and Everett High School grad), as well as BEST MUSICAL – making history along the way.
Fun Home brought Broadway’s first lesbian lead to the stage and the first all-female writing team to win Best Score. This musical will empower you and have you looking back on where you have come from and where you may go.
Fun Home introduces us to Alison at three different ages as she explores and unravels the many mysteries of her childhood, her coming out and her relationship with her closeted father. It is also a universal story about family and how we are shaped by our experiences. This musical will empower you and have you looking back on where you have come from and thinking about where you may go. For a night of heartwarming theater, Fun Home has you covered.
Catch Me If You Can
June 8- June 18 (multiple show times)
Riverwalk Theatre, Lansing
Located in the heart of Downtown Lansing, Riverwalk Theatre is just steps away from tons of bars and restaurants. Start your evening off with dinner at Troppo, head across the river to see Catch Me If You Can, based on the hit film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks, and then head back across the river for drinks at Tavern and Tap – the perfect way to spend a summer evening. This musical tells the true story of Frank Abagnale, Jr., who conned his way into cockpits, operating rooms and courtrooms across the country by impersonating pilots, doctors, lawyers and more. Soon stewardesses, nurses and FBI agents were hot on his trail.
Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog: A Staged Reading!
June 16 & 17, 8 p.m.
Over the Ledge Theatre Company, The Ledges Playhouse, Fitzgerald Park, Grand Ledge
Join Over the Ledge Theatre Company for a night of hilarious musical comedy for the staged reading of Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog chronicles Dr. Horrible's evil schemes, his nemesis Captain Hammer, and their shared love interest, Penny. The musical was adapted from the cult-classic miniseries starring Neil Patrick Harris, and was a passion project of Joss Whedon’s who wrote, directed and produced the miniseries. The miniseries is seriously one of the funniest things I have ever seen, and I highly recommend venturing out to Grand Ledge for this staged reading! <BONUS> you can bring food and drinks to the gorgeous barn-turned-theater to add a little extra flair to the show. Come early to hike the Ledges, then have a picnic during the show. Adult beverages allowed!
June 16 – June 18 & June 23 – June 25 (multiple show times)
Owosso Community Players at The Lebowsky Center, Owosso
Want a little bit of a road trip on a summer night? Owosso is less than an hour away, but feels like another world. The town is quaint and fun with tons of restaurants to visit before the show as well. The Lebowsky Center is a gorgeous theater, and words simply cannot do it justice – you have to see it to understand! Sister Act is a staged adaptation of the hilarious movie starring Whoopi Goldberg that will have you laughing from start to finish. A road trip, exploring a new town, and a hilarious show to boot? Sounds like the perfect summer adventure to me!
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