New Things Coming!

Hey there Readers!!

We are excited to announce that our brand new website is now live!! Please visit http://www.mbtheatre.com. I am so excited for all of you to see it. I have been working on it all summer and it has been a fun and excited learning project for me! I can’t wait to hear all the feedback. Explorers Club is now up and running! Note to all subscribers that read this…we are offering all of you to transfer your tickets to Saturday night October 10th with no up charge. We are having a big opening night party and all of you are invited! Lelli’s of Auburn Hills will be doing specialty samplings, with specialty wine and cocktail tastings by Manny’s Liquor. Isn’t that exciting!

Now to continue with our interns please meet Garrett Harris our Acting/Administration Intern.

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Where did you grow up?
I grew up In Royal Oak Michigan!

Where did you go to school?
I graduated from Wayne State University!

Favorite snack food?
Pickles

Favorite actor?
My favorite Actor would have to be Mark Hamill for his voice work as the Joker

Favorite movie?
Amelie

Dream vacation?
A spiritual journey through India

Do you believe in Bigfoot?
Believe in him? I know him. His name is Jimmy and we’ve been good friends for a while.

What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?
Answering this questionnaire.

You’re a new addition to the crayon box, what color would you be and why?
Green most likely. I’m quite fond of Green, and energetically speaking it’s usually my primary color.

Which super power would you like to have?
Teleportation HANDS DOWN. I’ve debated this one with many people for quite some time. In every day to day life I couldn’t think of a more useful power. How amazing would it be to simply wake up, get dressed, and then poof to your next destination?

If you could have dinner with anyone in the world living or dead who would it be and why?
It would most definitely be the guru Maharaji. I couldn’t imagine bring in the love and presence of that man.

If you were trapped on a desert island and you could only take three things, what would they be?
Oh the good old Island scenario. All I would need is something to boil water in, an endless supply of seeds to grow some food, and a Hammock. Sounds like a dream to me.

Stay Tuned…Until Next Time…

Casey S. Hibbert©

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Next Up!

Hello Readers!

I would like you to meet Jasmine Radetski. She is our Scene Shop intern this year. Here is her interview.

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Where did you grow up?
I was born in North Carolina, but moved around a ton. My family settled in Colorado when I was in Sixth grade, but otherwise, I lived in Nevada and New York.

Where did you go to school?
I graduated from Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska with my degree in Theatre and a minor in studio art.

Favorite snack food?
My guilty pleasure is uncomfortable amounts of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos or Sour Cream & Cheddar Ruffles.

Favorite actor?
Rachel McAdams… Because of Mean Girls & About Time…

Favorite movie?
About Time… It’s a totally sappy movie, but it tugs my heart strings.

Dream vacation?
I have always wanted to go to Italy. I would love for that to finally happen.

Do you believe in Bigfoot?
Well… There is not solid evidence to prove he does or doesn’t, but if a 200+ foot anaconda exists, it could be possible.

What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?
The conversation in figuring out the answers to this questionnaire… Some interesting things were said.

You’re a new addition to the crayon box, what color would you be and why?
Blood moon red

Which super power would you like to have?
The ability to fly.

If you could have dinner with anyone in the world living or dead who would it be and why?
Julia Child because that would probably be the best dinner I will ever have.

If you were trapped on a desert island and you could only take three things, what would they be?
Practically, a motorboat, fresh water, and potatoes for food… Realistically, some good company, a super multi tool to build and catch food, and a tent for shelter.

 

Stay tuned for the next installment…

Casey S. Hibbert©

The Open Seas

Hello Readers!!

I hope that everyone has been able to purchase tickets for Meshuggah-Nuns. The show is just about over, but you still have 7 chances to see it. Please call the box office to purchase your tickets at 248.377.3300 or go to ticketmaster.com.

Sticking with the cruise theme…I want to show you the biggest cruise ship in the world! It is the Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas.

This ship is huge!! Here are just some of the amenities aboard this luxury cruise line.

Oasis of the Seas offers passengers features such as two-story loft suites and luxury suites measuring 150 m2 (1,600 sq ft) with balconies overlooking the sea or promenades. The ship features a zip-line, a casino, a miniature golf course, multiple night clubs, several bars and lounges, a karaoke club, comedy club, five swimming pools, volleyball and basketball courts, theme parks and nurseries for children. Many of the ship’s interiors were extensively decorated by muralist Clarissa Parish.

Onboard recreational, athletic, and entertainment activities are organized into seven themed areas called “neighborhoods”, a concept which bears resemblance to theme park planning.

  1. Central Park features boutiques, restaurants and bars, including access to the Rising Tide bar, which can be raised or lowered between three decks. It has the first living park at sea with over 12,000 plants and 56 trees.
  2. The Pool and Sports Zone features a sloped-entry beach pool and two surf simulators.
  3. Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center features a spa for teens. The gym has 158 cardio and resistance machines, classes, and a range of spa services.
  4. Boardwalk features a handcrafted carousel, restaurants, bars, shops, two rock-climbing walls, and a temporary tattoo parlor. Its outdoor 750-seat AquaTheatre amphitheater hosts the ship’s largest freshwater pool.
  5. Royal Promenade features restaurants and shops and is viewable from a mezzanine.
  6. Youth Zone features a science lab and computer gaming.
  7. Entertainment Place features the ship’s main theater, as well as an ice skating rink, a nightclub, the casino, and smaller venues for jazz and comedy performances.

Wouldn’t you like to take a vacation on this floating city? I know I would.

Stay Tuned…

Casey S. Hibbert©

The Nuns have Docked!!

Hello Readers!!

Join the Nuns aboard the “Faiths of All Nations” cruise ship. You won’t want to miss this! Oh and in case you didn’t know the show stars Cindy Williams and Eddie Mekka from Laverne and Shirley. The Nuns are docked here until May 17. You don’t want to miss this show. Also for those who are interested we will be selling the set when the show is finished. The set is modeled after a cruise ship and could be used in many nautical themed applications, and for productions such as Anything Goes. The cost is $3500 or best offer. All proceeds will benefit Meadow Brook Theatre, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Please contact Meadow Brook Theatre Production Manager, Sarah Warren for details, or to make an offer. Contact via email at sarahlinwarren@gmail.com or call 248-370-4588.

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Get your tickets to Messugah-Nuns! now by calling our Box Office at 248.377.3300, or http://www.ticketmaster.com. Come sail with us!

 

Stay Tuned…

Casey S. Hibbert©

 

 

 

 

Next Season is Our Anniversary!!!

PrintHello Readers!!!

Well the islands have floated away here at MBT, but that doesn’t mean that we are done! Oh no! We have many other shows that you don’t want to miss. Up next is the drama Luce, about a star student who has something very disconcerting in his locker. How far would you go to protect your child?

Now, as many of you know next season marks our 50th Anniversary and boy do we have thing in store for you!! Here is just some information on next season.

Meadow Brook Theatre’s 2015-2016 season promises to please with Michigan Premieres, a hilarious comedy, and a nostalgic musical sure to take you on a trip back in time! “This is going to be an amazing season.” said Cheryl Marshall, Managing Director. “We’re so excited to kick off our 50th Anniversary with a great event this summer and such a wonderful line-up of shows!” The summer event Marshall is referring to is the 50th Anniversary Kick-off and Benefit, Black Tie on the Blacktop. Tickets for the benefit event, which will take place July 18, 2015 and feature strolling dinner, cocktails, raffle and one-night-only concert by Tommy James and the Shondells are on sale now! But Black Tie on the Blacktop isn’t all MBT has to offer for their Golden Anniversary season. The regular season gets underway in October and features a sure-to-please line-up of Seven productions four of which are Michigan Premieres!

2015-2016 Season Regular Season:

Explorer'sClub webThe Explorers Club
By Nell Benjamin
Michigan Premiere
October 7 – November 1, 2015

Legends! Legends web
By James Kirkwood
January 6 – January 31, 2016

 

 

 

Atomic webATOMIC
Book and Lyrics by Danny Ginges
& Gregory Bonsignore
Music & Lyrics by Phillip Foxman
Created by Danny Ginges
Michigan Premiere
February 10 – March 6, 2016

Calendar GirlsCalendarGirls web
By Tim Firth
Michigan Premiere
March 16 – April 10, 2016

 

Sistas webSistas the Musical
By Dorothy Marcic
Michigan Premiere
April 20 – May 15, 2016

 

 

Forever PlaidForeverPlaid web
Written and Originally Directed and
Choreographed by Stuart Ross
Musical Continuity Supervision
and Arrangements by James Raitt
Originally Produced by Gene Wolsk
May 25 – June 19, 2016

Special Engagements:

Black Tie on the Blacktop Benefit Concert Features strolling dinner, cocktails, raffle and concert by Tommy James & The Shondells July 18 – 2015

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, adapted by Charles Nolte – November 15 – December 24, 2015
Children’s Series to be announced soon! Tickets for A Christmas Carol and Children’s Series vary in price.

(TBA) Pre-Broadway tryout performance June 29 – July 24. More information about this production is coming soon to http://www.mbtheatre.com.

Tickets:

Season tickets: $138 – $211, currently available
Individual tickets: $26 – $41, available September 7, 2015
Tickets for Black Tie on the Blacktop Range from $85 – $125 and are on sale now.
Tickets for A Christmas Carol and Children’s Series vary in price.

 

So as you can see next season is going to be a great one! There is something for everyone next year. I hope that you will take advantage of our shows! You won’t be disappointed.

Until next time….Stay Tuned…

Casey S. Hibbert©

Come to the Islands!

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Hello Readers!

Some time has gone by since the Holidays, but here we are! If you are looking for a little get away from that cold, dreary weather outside; come on by the theatre to see this beautiful show! It will take you are a journey in the Caribbean and it is a wonderful story. I walked into the theatre the other day and all I can tell you is WOW!! (notice all caps). The set is gorgeous, the costumes are gorgeous, the music is phenomenal and the actors are incredible. This is going to be one of the best show this season, which means that you need to get your tickets soon.

Just to show you how beautiful the set is here are a couple of pictures taken by our Managing Director Cheryl Marshall.

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OOTI set 1

Trust me when I say you want to see this show! It is full of beauty, so get your tickets soon. Call the box office at 248.377.3300 or visit ticketmaster.com.

Stay Tuned…

Casey S. Hibbert©

 

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©

What’s the 411…B.C.?

Γεια σας αναγνώστες!

^ Wondering what that says? It says “hello readers” in Greek! Thanks for always checking on our blogs. I know this is the first post in a while and I wanted to say thanks for hanging with us. Now on with the show! Speaking of show we have a very exciting musical going on right now. I had the pleasure of watching the show last night and let me tell you, Lysistrata Jones, is by far one of the best shows we have done here! And I’m not just saying that. If you have not read the reviews yet, you probably should! We received a 4 out of 4 stars from the Detroit Free Press. It is such a great story and everyone needs to see this show! The talent is top notch!

For those of you who don’t know, our show, Lysistrata Jones is  based on a play from 411 BC by Aristophanes. Here is a little history on Aristophanes.

“Little is known about the life of Aristophanes, and most of the known facts are derived from references in his own plays. Born c. 450 bc, he was an Athenian citizen belonging to the deme, or clan, named Pandionis, but his actual birthplace is uncertain. (The fact that he or his father, Philippus, owned property on the island of Aegina may have been the cause of an accusation by his fellow citizens that he was not of Athenian birth.) He began his dramatic career in 427 bc with a play, the Daitaleis (The Banqueters), which appears, from surviving fragments, to have been a satire on his contemporaries’ educational and moral theories. He is thought to have written about 40 plays in all. A large part of his work is concerned with the social, literary, and philosophical life of Athens itself and with themes provoked by the great Peloponnesian War (431–404 bc). This war was essentially a conflict between imperialist Athens and conservative Sparta and so was long the dominant issue in Athenian politics. Aristophanes was naturally an opponent of the more or less bellicose statesmen who controlled the government of Athens throughout the better part of his maturity. Aristophanes lived to see the revival of Athens after its defeat by Sparta. He died in about 388 bc.”*

There you have it! Aristophanes was considered one of, if not thee, greatest comedic playwright of his time. I had the pleasure of performing in Aristophanes’ original play Lysistrata in college. Man it was a fun show! Here is a little history on the original play.

“Lysistrata was written not long after the catastrophic defeat of the Athenian expedition to Sicily (413 bc) and not long before the revolt of the Four Hundred in Athens, whereby an oligarchic regime ready to make peace with Sparta was set up (411 bc). Lysistrata (411 bc; Greek Lysistratē) depicts the seizure of the Acropolis and of the treasury of Athens by the city’s women who, at Lysistrata’s instigation, have, together with all the women of Greece, declared a sex strike until such time as the men will make peace. The women defy their menfolk until the peace is arranged, after which both the Athenian and Spartan wives are reunited with their husbands. The play is a strange mixture of humour, indecency, gravity, and farce.”**

Lysistrata Jones at Meadow Brook theatre will not disappoint. This show will leave you tapping your feet and singing out loud when you walk out those doors. Here is a couple excerpts from our review in the Free Press.

“…this underachieving 2011 musical reboot of Aristophanes’ 2,400-year-old comedy “Lysistrata” arrives in a Broadway-caliber production that has its tongue planted firmly in cheek and its heart in the right place.”John Monaghan Detroit Free Press
“It turns the trick so well that even the most prudish of theatergoers will likely walk out wearing a smile.” – John Monaghan Detroit Free Press

So with that being said…get your tickets now before they’re gone! Call the box office today at 248.377.3300 or go to ticketmaster.com. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Stay tuned…

Casey S. Hibbert©

*http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/34467/Aristophanes
**http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/34467/Aristophanes/30189/Peace

2013-14 Season is Here!!

Hello Readers!!

Welcome to a new season! The first rehearsal of the season started yesterday, I got a chance to look in on the process and let me tell you this is going to be a fantastic show! You are all in for a real treat.

So here is some fun information about William Gillette –

  • William Gillette was an actor, playwright, inventor, and stage manager.
  • Best known for portrayal of Sherlock Holmes
  • The first play he wrote and produced was The Professor
  • In 1882 Gillette married Helen Nichols of Detroit. She died in 1888 from peritonitis, caused by a ruptured appendix. He never remarried.
  • Born in 1853, his father was U.S. Sen. Francis Gillette. His mother, Elizabeth Daggett Hooker Gillette, is a descendant of Thomas Hooker, the founder of Hartford.
  • Gillette was friends with Mark Twain.
  • Gillette was a “personality” actor, always playing himself onstage, earning him the sobriquet “the aristocrat of the stage.”
  • He played starring parts in most of his own plays, including “The Professor,” which ran for 151 performances, earning Gillette a salary of $50 a week.
  • Gillette wrote two Civil War pieces, “Held by the Enemy” (1866) and “Secret Service” (1895). The London cast of “Secret Service” included a young Ethel Barrymore.
  • He created a number of starring roles in plays by “Peter Pan” author James M. Barrie, including “The Admirable Crichton” (1903) and “Dear Brutus” (1918) with a young Helen Hayes.
  • Gillette delivered a famous address called “The Illusion of the First Time in Acting” in 1913 to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. As a playwright and director, he pioneered “realism of action,” avoiding unnecessary dialogue for telling physical action, an important precursor of film.
  • In 1899, Gillette adapted “Sherlock Holmes” for Broadway. Many characteristics of the great detective, which we still associate with him, were created by Gillette, not Conan Doyle.
  • Gillette played Holmes more than 1,000 times on stages across the country and worldwide. He added a deerstalker cap and calabash pipe, which became an iconic look for Holmes.
  • From his major successes, Gillette became a wealthy man. While sailing on the Connecticut River in 1913, Gillette spotted land in East Haddam where he wanted to build his home. The Norman-style castle on a hill above the river is the setting for Ludwig’s comedic whodunit, “The Game’s Afoot.”
  • Gillette designed the grounds and the castle himself, with 24 rooms and walls that taper from five feet at the base to three feet at the top.
  • After five years of construction, the castle was completed in 1919, at a cost of $1 million. It includes built-in sofas, wood carvings, tables on trackways and many doors with puzzle locks Gillette designed. A grand wooden staircase leads to the upper floors, and the entire castle is filled with unique architecture. As a character in “The Game’s Afoot” states, “A perfect place for a murder.”
  • Gillette died in 1937, and his will gave specific directions to see that the property did not fall into the hands “of some blithering saphead who has no conception of where he is or with what surrounded.”
  • In 1943, Gillette’s executors sold the estate to the state of Connecticut, which made Gillette’s home a state park in 1944. Gillette Castle State Park has 148 acres, a picnic area, garden, gift shop and museum. The state added a train that goes through a nearby forest and around the lake on the property.

Some fun facts for the day! The box office is now open for ticket sales! Don’t forget to call and get your tickets. 248.377.3300 or you can purchase your tickets at ticketmaster.com.

Stay Tuned….

Casey S. Hibbert©