Tis the Season!

Hello Readers!!

Well you know what time it is! Tis the season for our 33rd annual production of A Christmas Carol! We have been hearing lots of carols these last couple of weeks. It is already feeling a little like the holidays around here! Speaking of holidays another one is coming quickly! Thanksgiving is just around the corner, so in leu of the holidays fast approach here is a recipes that hopefully we can all try this year!

 

 

Beet-Pickled Deviled Eggs

Yield – Makes 24               Active Time – 40 min.                   Total Time – 50 min, plus pickling time

beet deviled eggsThese vibrant, savory, and slightly spicy deviled eggs are perfect for parties, but easy enough to make as a snack, too.

ingredients

  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar, plus 3 tablespoons, divided
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar, plus a pinch, divided
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt, plus a pinch, divided
  • 1 small red beet, peeled and halved
  • 12 hard-boiled eggs, peeled
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh herbs, such as basil, tarragon, chives, plus more for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 hot chiles, thinly sliced

preparation

In a medium pot, mix 1 cup apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon sugar, 2 teaspoons salt, and 3 cups water. Add the beet and bring to a boil, then remove from heat and let cool slightly. Pour into a large heat-safe jar or bowl (including beet). Add eggs, stir, and refrigerate at least 3 hours (stirring occasionally) or overnight for a darker shade of pink.

Remove eggs from liquid. Halve eggs (reserving the whites) and gently transfer the yolks to a bowl. Add 1 tablespoon vinegar, mayonnaise, herbs, and anchovy paste to the yolks. Season with 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper, then spoon or pipe the filling into the egg whites.

Place the chiles, remaining 2 tablespoons vinegar, the remaining pinch each of sugar and salt in a bowl and let stand 15 minutes. Drain the chiles, then sprinkle over the deviled eggs. Sprinkle with additional herbs, if desired. Serve.

Stay tuned for another holiday recipe!

Casey S. Hibbert©

 

Dressing Room Chats – Episode 5 – Kara Kimmer

Meadow Brook Theatre’s Artistic Director Travis W. Walter has just interviewed Kara Kimmer backstage in her dressing room.  Kara plays Princess Aouda Fix and many other characters in AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS which runs from Oct 1 – 26, 2014.

For tickets and information visit our website at www.mbtheatre.com, call the box office at 248-377-3300, or visit ticketmaster.com

Watch the interview on our youtube channel here.

Dressing Room Chats – Episode 4 – Ron Williams

Meadow Brook Theatre’s Artistic Director Travis W. Walter is back at it again… this time he interviews Ron Williams backstage in his dressing room.  Ron plays Detective Fix and many other characters in AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS which runs from Oct 1 – 26, 2014.

For tickets and information visit our website at www.mbtheatre.com, call the box office at 248-377-3300, or visit ticketmaster.com

Watch the interview on our youtube channel here.

Dressing Room Chats – Episode 3 – Rusty Mewha

Meadow Brook Theatre’s Artistic Director Travis W. Walter is back at it again… this time he interviews Rusty Mewha backstage in his dressing room.  Rusty plays Phileas Fogg in AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS which runs from Oct 1 – 26, 2014.

For tickets and information visit our website at www.mbtheatre.com, call the box office at 248-377-3300, or visit ticketmaster.com

Watch the interview on our youtube channel here.

Kick Off!

Hello Readers!

So as many of you know this year marks our 49th season. We have had many great shows in the past. With that being said next year is going to be BIG! To kick off our 50th Anniversary season we are having….

 

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wait for it…..

 

I know that you are getting excited…

 

by now you can’t wait for me to tell you what is happening….

 

okay I am really going to tell you…
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Meadow Brook Theatre will host Tommy James and The Shondells on July 18, 2015 for the Theatre’s fundraising event Black Tie on the Black Top. The event includes a pre-glow reception, strolling dinner and one-night-only concert with the band. The fundraiser will kick-off Meadow Brook Theatre’s 50th Anniversary celebration and all proceeds will benefit the theatre. The event is black tie optional or black tie creative! Audiences can enjoy a pre-concert reception with strolling food and wine beginning at 6:00 PM with the concert performance at 8 PM.

Tommy James and the Shondells have sold over 100 million records and have been awarded 23 gold singles and nine gold and platinum albums. The group will be performing such hits as “Crimson And Clover,” “Mony Mony,” “Hanky Panky,” “Crystal Blue Persuasion,” “I Think We’re Alone Now,” and “Draggin’ The Line.”

Tickets are not on sale quite yet, but you can call the box office at 248.370.3300 to reserve your spot so you won’t miss out! Tickets Range from $85 to $125, with exclusive early sponsorship opportunities available. For sponsorship opportunities please contact Katy Olsen Development Director at 248-370-4991 or kolsen@mbtheatre.com. Check out the flyer for more information.

Tommy James Sponsor info poster(1)

This is an exciting event and you do not want to miss it!

Stay Tuned…

Casey S. Hibbert©

Dressing Room Chats – Episode 2 – Mathew Schwartz

Meadow Brook Theatre’s Artistic Director Travis W. Walter just interviewed Mathew Schwartz backstage in his dressing room.  Mathew plays Passepartout in AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS which runs from Oct 1 – 26, 2014.

For tickets and information visit our website at www.mbtheatre.com, call the box office at 248-377-3300, or visit ticketmaster.com

Watch the interview on our youtube channel here.

Dressing Room Chats Begin

Meadow Brook Theatre’s new web series “Dressing Room Chats” has just begun. This season, Artistic Director Travis W. Walter will be interviewing actors backstage in their dressing rooms to offer more insight into the shows that we produce.

In this episode Travis W. Walter interviews actor Peter C. Prouty from AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS which runs from Oct 1 – 26, 2014

For tickets and information visit our website at www.mbtheatre.com, call the box office at 248-377-3300, or visit ticketmaster.com

Watch the interview on our youtube channel here.

‘Around the World in 80 Days’ is a steampunk laugh fest

Meadow Brook Theatre’s first review for Around the World in 80 Days came in with a rating of 4 out of 5 Stars from Patty Nolan at the Examiner.com.
On October 5th, 2014 the Examiner.com published Nolan’s review which states:

“Start with a classic Jules Verne story of adventure. Add ingenious steampunk scenic and costume design to frame the action inside the ubiquity of cool scientific confidence. Bring it to life in the stylized manner of a Victorian melodrama. Place it in the hands of an ensemble cast that understands that physical comedy is a team sport. The result is a hilarious show that is full of clever surprises – fully earning the standing ovation it received on opening night.”

“The thrill for the audience is watching these five actors play almost 40 characters as they create a world that includes travel by steam ship, typhoon-worthy sail boats, trains that jump rivers, and elephants that storm through the jungle. (The stylized elephant is worth the price of admission.) The omnipresent clockwork gears and occasional puffs of steam remind us that human ingenuity, fortified by pure scientific reason, is bound to prevail in the end.”

Nolan goes on to say, “This show is visually spectacular and one of the most entertaining family-friendly productions you are likely to see.”

To read the rest of Nolan’s review… follow this link.

We are so proud of our production and we’d love for you to come and see it.  It runs at Meadow Brook Theatre until October 26, 2014. Tickets range from $26 to $41 and are available by calling the Meadow Brook Theatre box office at 248-377-3300 or going online through Ticketmaster.com. Student discounts are available at the box office. Groups of eight or more should call 248-370-3316 for group pricing. Meadow Brook Theatre is located on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester.

Here We Are!!!

Hello Readers!

Hope everyone is ready for another season! I hope that you all are as excited about this season as we are. We have some many

great shows coming up! First up is Around the World in 80 Days! It is a fast-paced comedy with 5 actors playing 39 different roles! In keeping with that, here are some interesting facts about Jules Verne.

Did you know:

  • Jules Verne began writing for operas!
  • His father did not like him working in the theatre, so to please his father he became a stockbroker! Although he hated this, he was quite good at it.
  • He spent a lot of time with Alexander Dumas and Victor Hugo to gain writing advise.
  • Around the World in 80 Days was based on the true story of George Francs. George however, did the journey in double that.
  • The first electric submarine was created in 1886. It was named after Verne’s submarine in his book 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. It was called The Nautilus.
  • Verne wrote a book entitled Paris in the 20th Century. It feature high-speed trains, glass skyscrapers, and calculators. It was weirdly accurate. However it was never published. Until 1989,  when Verne’s great-grandson found it in a safe.
  • Verne wrote and had published 1 book a year for 40 years.
  • In 1886 he was shot in the leg by his mentally-ill nephew, Gaston. This left him with limp for the rest of his life. Jules Verne died in 1905 of diabetes.

 

So there you have it! Thanks for reading!

STAY TUNED FOR SOME EXCITING NEWS…

Casey S. Hibbert©

The Challenge!

Hello Readers!!

Well the summer is winding down and we are winding up for our 49th season! It is going to be one heck of a season. Season tickets are on sale now and individual tickets go on sale Sept. 8th at 10am. Go to mbtheatre.com for more details or call our box office at 248.377.3300. As they say “On with the show!”

So there is this challenge going around social media. The “Ice Bucket Challenge.” This is to support and raise awareness of ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. This disease is fatal and currently there is no cure.  Celebrities, athletes, families, and people across the nation have done this challenge in support. Someone else has been added to the list! Our very own Artistic Director Travis Walter has accepted the challenge! Let me tell you this is the highlight of my week. Not only did myself, and fellow MBTer Paige, get to pour ice water over Travis’ head, we got to do it 3 times! We really like to go big here at MBT so we thought why not go all the way. Check out his challenge below!

Thank you to Travis for accepting the challenge and raising awareness for some many of those people who are suffering with ALS. To those he has challenged, you have 24hrs to complete it. Keep fighting! Hope to see you all in October for Around the World in 80 Days.

Stay Tuned…

Casey S. Hibbert©