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.
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.
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.
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….
wait for it…..
I know that you are getting excited…
by now you can’t wait for me to tell you what is happening….
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out the flyer for more information.
This is an exciting event and you do not want to miss it!
Casey S. Hibbert©
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.
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
“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.
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©
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.
Casey S. Hibbert©
I hope that you all enjoyed the Andrews Sisters. This week I thought that I would give you some interesting facts about WWII. Some of these are quite interesting. On to…
WORLD WAR WHAT!?
- The country with the largest number of WWII causalities was Russia, with over 21 million.
- Max Heiliger was the fictitious name the SS used to establish a bank account in which they deposited money, gold, and jewels taken from European Jews.
- The original abbreviation of the National Socialist Party was Nasos. The word “Nazi” derives from a Bavarian word that means “simple minded” and was first used as a term of derision by journalist Konrad Heiden (1901-1966).
- The swastika is an ancient religious symbol. It derives from the Sanskrit name for a hooked cross, which was used by ancient civilizations as a symbol of fertility and good fortune. It has been found in the ruins of Greece, Egypt, China, India, and Hindu temples.
- In 1935, British engineer Robert Watson-Watt was working on a “death ray” that would destroy enemy aircraft using radio waves. His “death ray” instead evolved into radar—or “radio detection and ranging.”
- In addition to Jews and gypsies, Jehovah’s Witnesses were also persecuted and murdered in German concentration camps.
- In 1941, a private earned $21 a month. In 1942, a private earned $50 a month.
- The SS ran a brothel named “The Kitty Salon” for foreign diplomats and other VIPs in Berlin. It was wiretapped, and 20 prostitutes underwent several weeks of intense indoctrination and training. They were specifically trained to glean information from clients through seemingly innocuous conversations.
- During WWII, hamburgers in the U.S. were dubbed “Liberty Steaks” to avoid the German-sounding name.
- The Nazis pirated the Harvard “fight song” to compose their Sieg Heil march.
- Members of Adolf Hitler’s inner circle allegedly called Rudolf Hess “Fraulein Anna” because he was reportedly a homosexual. He was also known as the “Brown Mouse.”
- William Hitler, a nephew of Adolf Hitler, was in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He changed his name after the war.
- Several famous actors were decorated during WWII. For example, Henry Fonda won a Bronze Star in the Pacific, Walter Matthau was awarded six battle stars while serving on a B-17, and David Niven was awarded the U.S. Legion of Merit. Christopher Lee was a pilot in the Royal Air Force and also won a number of awards.
- Hitler kept a framed photo of Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company, on his desk. Henry Ford also kept a framed photo of the Nazi leader on his desk in Dearborn, Michigan. In Mein Kampf, Hitler included some anti-Semitic views attributed to Ford.
- Norvell Gillespie, the garden editor of Better Homes and Gardens, designed the camouflage print for U.S. service uniforms in WWII.
- Calvin Graham was only 12 years old when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He won a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart before the Navy found out how old he was.
Well there you have it! Those are your Fun Facts for today! Hope you learned something today, and I want to know why Mr. Henry Ford had a picture of Hitler on his desk? Interesting…
Casey S. Hibbert©