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©

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Hello Dedicated Readers!

First off thank you for being patient and waiting for this post to come. A while ago here at the theatre we had a video the Christmas Carol set being constructed. As many of you know we do A Christmas Carol every year and it is a family favorite! We look forward to this show every season and so do the patrons. If you have not seen it yet, now is the time to start a family tradition! This is a classic story and everyone knows it. Anyway…this year I really wanted to bring back that video, so over the last week I have been putting together a timelapse video of the set being constructed. It took a while to get it edited and to the finished product. We are so happy with this video we are planning on doing them for every show for the rest of this season and next. So keep your eyes peeled for more videos to come! So come see A Christmas Carol here at MBT running Nov 16 – Dec 23 for ticket information call our box office at 248.370.3300! And without further ado….I give to you A Christmas Carol construction in 1:30!

Turn on your speakers and listen to our carollers! Also don’t be afraid to watch in full screen!

Stay tuned…

Casey S. Hibbert©

Coming to a Close

Hi there readers!!
Well it is about that time! Our first show of the season is almost at an end. This is the last week to catch Haunting of Hill House! Also don’t forget that our Gala Fundraiser is coming this Saturday at 6:30 for cocktails and 7 pm starts the dinner and silent auction. For ticket information call the box office at 248.377.3300.

Stay tuned this Wednesday for a special post!
Casey S Hibbert©

Box Office Opens Today!!

Good Morning Readers!!

I hope that everyone has had an amazing summer, but it is time to start our season! Our box office officially opens today at 10am! So don’t forget to call and reserve your tickets! Which show are you most excited about? Also we have a fundraiser coming up so if you would like to know more information please contact us at 248.377.3300!

SAVE THE DATE!

Meadow Brook Theatre
celebrates

MOTOWN

Please join us for dinner and
dancing to the fabulous
sounds of Motown

Featuring music from Serieux

Serieux!
Saturday, October 27
Cocktails 6:30
Dinner 7:30
Great Oaks Country Club
Rochester Michigan
All proceeds to benefit
Meadow Brook Theatre
Tickets $125 per person
Call 248.377.3300 for more information
Cash Bar, Cocktail Attire, Valet Parking, Silent Auction

Stay Tuned…

Casey S. Hibbert©

 

 

 

Another Great Season!

Hello dedicated readers!!

Welcome back to another fantastic season! We had quite a few things happen this summer. We had Sister Robert Anne’s Cabaret Class, which was a hit! Everyone enjoyed this show! We also had a very important fundraiser, Feet for Seats!

Feet for Seats is our annual 5k Fun Run/Walk. All the proceeds help Meadow Brook Theatre to continue giving you quality entertainment. This year was no exception, we have many people show up to run/walk and they enjoyed live entertainment, food, as well as a bounce house!

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A few reminders…our Box Office opens Monday Sept. 10 at 10am. So don’t forget to purchase your tickets for this wonderful season! For you season ticket holders, your tickets will be arriving at the end of this week or beginning of next week. If you need to change a date on your season tickets you can do so on Monday the 10th. Hope to see you at our 47th season! Stay tuned…

Casey S. Hibbert

Come to a Close

Hello Readers,

Well, the season has officially come to a close! This has been a wonderful season and we look forward to another great season! But if you are still in the mood to come see a show, don’t forget about Sister Robert Anne’s Cabaret Class! It will be here for 5 shows only July 12-15. Call the box office for more information 248.377.3300 or visit our website mbtheatre.com.

Did you have a favorite show this season? What was it and why?

Also for you subscribers don’t forget to turn in your Andes Awards ballot as soon as you can! The Andes Award will be held here at the theatre on June 29th at 7pm appetizers and beverages at 6:30pm. Hope to see everyone there!

Stay tuned…

Casey S. Hibbert© – Guest Blogger

And today….

Hello Everyone,

Today we have another intern for you all to meet her name is Mary Gietzen. But before we meet her I wanted to put in the plug about Nunset Boulevard. This show is hilarious. I went and saw it on Friday last week and I couldn’t stop laughing. For those of you who don’t know this is the last installment of the Nunsense Series by Dan Goggin. The sister of Hoboken New Jersey travel to LA to play what they think is going to be the Hollywood Bowl, but when they arrive they find out they are playing at the Hollywood-Bowl-A-Rama. A Cabaret lounge and bowling alley! If you have not had a chance to see this show you must come and see it! Tickets are on sale at ticketmaster.com, or you can call the Box Office at 248.377.3300. So back to the task at hand, here is Mary Gietzen.

What is your name? What department are you interning in?

My name is Mary Gietzen and I am the Wardrobe intern.

Are you from the area? If not, where?

I am originally from Warren MI but currently live in Rochester Mi.

Tell us a little bit about yourself. (You don’t have to write a novel)

I recently graduated from Oakland University in Rochester, MI, where I was a Theatre Design and Technology Major. I worked in the theatre’s costume shop for five years, partaking in many of their productions whether in the capacity of design, construction or running shows. In the summer of 2009 I had the chance to work at the West Virginia Public Theatre where I was the Assistant Wardrobe Coordinator. I love working with people and clothing, which the costume area allows me to do both. I love designing, crewing and stitching and hopefully one day I can say that I have done them all professionally.

Where is your favorite place to eat in Michigan? What about it is your favorite?

My favorite place to eat at is Chipotle, simply because it is good food that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to fill you up.

What are some of your favorite things to do? When not being an intern.

When I am not at Meadowbrook doing my intern duties I enjoy being around my friends and family just hanging out, whether it’s doing karaoke, the movies or even the theatre, just having fun is what makes my time away from the theatre more special.

How did you find out about this internship? What did you do to apply for the job?

I found out about this internship while I attended Oakland University, I had heard about it not only from the friends I had that were interns themselves but from people at Meadow Brook. In order to apply for the job I had to send in my resume and a cover letter, once that was done I waited until I got an interview in which I showed my portfolio.  I knew they were adding the position of Wardrobe intern so I applied for both of the costume positions that were available.

What was the interview like?

The interview was at first a bit scary while I was waiting for my turn, but once I sat down to talk with Sarah Warren it wasn’t so bad. I showed her my portfolio and talked about the work I had done in my undergrad. She asked me a few questions and we talked about what the job was looking for and if I would be a good fit. It was an interesting process and in the end I am glad that I was able to do something that allowed me to receive a position.

What has been your favorite part about his season so far?

I love being able to spend time in my area and concentrating on being the best I can be has allowed me to learn more about it and expand. Being able to be efficient and helpful have always been important to me and learning how to do this on a new level is very satisfying. It is very rewarding to be able to help someone and make them feel like they are in good hands backstage. In addition I like knowing that an actor can concentrate on the show if they know that their costumes are taken care of. Theatre is truly a collaboration and the more you can work together the better each and every show will be, which is why I am truly glad that I have a great supervisor that I can learn from and eventually my experiences here will shape me into being a better supervisor in the future.

What has been the coolest thing you have done since you started your internship?

The coolest thing I have done so far in my internship was make new friends and be apart of memories that will last for a lifetime.

What are some things that you have learned so far? What else would you like to learn?

I have learned more about working with people and about tag teaming to make sure the job gets done. This goes for all areas of theatre because being part of a team makes the job ten times better than having to do it alone. I really want to learn as much as I can about the costume field, whether its about sewing or wardrobe, I just want to be the best I can be through out my costume career.

What is your favorite part about being an intern?

I don’t really have a favorite part simply because I am still learning and growing as a theatre artist and there are things that I haven’t experienced yet. I do enjoy getting to work in the different fields because in the end it will make me a stronger person.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? What do you want to do when your internship is over?

In the next 5 years I see myself either in grad school or working on Broadway. When this internship is over I want to do something that will allow me to get closer to my goals, exactly what that is I am not sure yet.

Thanks Mary! I hope that you continue to follow your dreams! You will go far. Remember never give up on something you can’t go a day without thinking about! Stay tuned…

Casey S. Hibbert© – Guest Blogger

A New Year!!

Hello all you readers!

Wow..can you believe it another year has gone by! Here we are in 2012. 2011 went by so fast, there were many good thing in 2011, but also some not so good. I know that I am looking forward to a whole new year! How about you? What are you looking forward to in 2012? Well to start off the new year I thought I would do something that is a little different from the other blogs I have done. There are certain individuals that work behind the scenes and on stage to help keep this theatre going. Those would be our wonderful interns! They work very hard and many people don’t know who they are. Well I am going introduce them to you one by one over the next few weeks. I will have an intern of the week for the next 8 weeks. Our first intern of the week is Meredith Gifford and I will let her tell you a little bit more about herself.

What is your name? What department are you interning in?

Meredith Gifford, acting/administrative intern

Are you from the area? If not, where?

Yes, I am from Rochester, MI. I went to school at Notre Dame Prep High School, just down the road from here.

Tell us a little bit about yourself. (You don’t have to write a novel)

I didn’t start singing or acting till I was 16 and played Ado Annie in Oklahoma at my high school. I went to Viterbo University in LaCrosse, WI and got my BFA in Music Theatre Performance. I have performed with Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre, Timber Lake Playhouse, Santa’s Village Theme Park, Michigan Star Clipper Dinner Train, and the Granbury Opera House. I have taught acting and dance at Gyeonggi English Village and at the New York Kid’s Club. I also have a teaching certification through Harvard University’s “Teaching for Understanding”. I just moved back to Michigan after 3 years at Gyeonggi English Village in South Korea. I worked as a Edutrainer creating and performing original musicals that taught Korean kids English. I was also the General Manager of the department for almost 2 years.

Where is your favorite place to eat in Michigan? What about it is your favorite?

Kruse and Muer at the Village shopping center. Their bread is to die for!!

What are some of your favorite things to do? When not being an intern.

I love to play with my shih tzu pup, Frankie. I take him on lots of walks. I love taking Zumba classes at the gym and going to different bars or restaurants with my friends.

When I lived abroad I traveled a lot. I have been to 8 counties in Southeast Asia!

How did you find out about this internship? What did you do to apply for the job?

I am good friends with Renee Turner, the acting intern last year. I came to see her in Dracula and talked to her about the internship. She was having such a great time that I decided to apply for it. Then I chickened out because I was busy with work and didn’t think it was a very good season for me. When I was visiting home in May, I happened to be home for the cattle call auditions. It was my 1st time auditioning for them. I am non-equity and had to wait around all day to get an audition slot. During those 6 hours I was talking to the interns and friends that had worked at MBT. When I walked into my audition, I asked Travis and Terry if they still had a slot open for an acting intern. They said yes, I sang and did my monologue, had an interview a few days later, and got a call 10 days later that I was hired!

What was the interview like?

Very relaxed. I was shocked. I had practiced for hours what I was going to say!! Sarah Warren took me to her office and she asked me what I had been doing since graduating from college. We talked about the internship (the good, the bad, and the cleaning). She was very honest. At the time, they were wanting 2 male acting interns because the season was very guy heavy. Guess they liked me enough to have 1 guy and 1 girl!

What has been your favorite part about this season so far?

Cleaning the bathrooms and hallways every 3 weeks is definitely my favorite. Hehehe

What has been the coolest thing you have done since you started your internship?

Being on an Equity stage for the 1st time in Something Wicked This Way Comes. It really hit me during our 1st preview performance. During the curtain call, I almost started tearing up. It was such an honor to be on this stage!

What are some things that you have learned so far? What else would you like to learn?

I have learned lots about lights. As an intern, we are all required to do the light hangs for each show. When I started directing a few years ago, I knew nothing about lights. It was very frustrating for me. I’m still pretty new but I know so much more now. I’d like to learn more about directing and creating a vision. I should probably start picking Travis Walter’s brain more while I am here.

What is your favorite part about being an intern?

I love working in a theatre community. Everyone is so supportive of one another. The interns and staff at MBT have become another family to me. Actually, I see them much more than my family that I live with!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? What do you want to do when your internship is over?

I am an older intern. I graduated from college almost 6 years ago so my answers might be a little different. I am currently applying to grad schools for a masters in theatre education. My top choice is Emerson College in Boston. In 5 years, I would be done with my masters and be a liscensced teacher. I would like to have a full time teaching job at a high school with a growing performing arts department. I would teach theatre, acting, dance, and maybe a theatre lit class. I would also be the head director/choreographer doing 2-4 shows a year. I would still be performing when I could, I would be married or close to it, and live in a metropolitan city. Of course, my dog Frankie would come with and he would have a little pug sister.

What can I say, I am a planner 🙂

So there you have it..thanks Meredith! I hope that you got to know her a little bit more and don’t forget to come see her in some of the shows this season. Stay tuned…

Casey S. Hibbert© – Guest Blogger

Another Year…

Ho-Ho-Hollo Readers!

It has officially been a few weeks since I have posted anything! So, here is another year almost come to a close. Can you believe it, Christmas is just around the corner! It is weird to think that 2012 is almost here. So what is your New Years Resolution? Mine, I am going to go to the gym more often and get back into shape!

So for this week’s blog I have decided that I am going to share with you a little about the different Christmas traditions around the world. I don’t think we have time for everywhere around the world, so I am going to choose about 2 or 3 different countries.

Our first country is China. For the small number of Christians in China, Christmas is called Sheng Dan Jieh, which means Holy Birth Festival. People decorate their home with poster, bright paper chains, and evergreens. They put up the “tree of light,” or the Christmas Tree, they decorate it with flower, lanterns, and red paper chains that symbolize happiness.

Many Chinese people enjoy the fun and color of the Christmas season. The bigger cities in China are gaily decorated and many shops sell plastic trees and Christmas decorations. Believe it or not, Santa Claus is a popular good-luck figure, he is also called Lan Khoong-Khoong, “Nice Old Father.” There are many fireworks, jugglers (Yay!) and Acrobats that entertain. Also at this time of year, the people of Hong Kong celebrate Ta Chiu, a festival of peace and renewal, by making offerings to saints and reading the names of everyone who live in the area.

On Christmas Eve, Christian children in China hang up their stockings that are specially mad so Christmas Old Men or “Dun Che Lao Ren,” can fill them with wonderful gifts.

Our next visit takes us to Ethiopia, which is the one of the oldest nations in Africa. Because Ethiopians still follow the ancient Julian calendar they celebrate Christmas on January 7. This is called Ganna.

On “Ganna Eve,” people fast all day. On Ganna at dawn, most Ethiopians don a traditional shamma, a thin, white cotton wrap with brightly colored stripes across the ends. It is basically worn like a toga. Then they head to the early mass which starts at 4am.

The foods during the Ganna season include wat, a thick, spicy stew of meat, vegetables, and sometimes eggs as well. The wat is served on a injera, which is a flat sourdough bread.

Twelve day after Ganna, on January 19, Ethiopians begin the three-day celebration call Timkat, which commemorates the baptism of Christ. Ganna and Timkat are not occasions for giving gifts in Ethiopia. If a child receives any gift at all, it is usually a small gift of clothing. Religious observances, feasting, and games are the focus of the season.

Most other countries celebrate the Christmas we know. With presents and lots of good food. If you would like to read a little bit more about different traditions around the world please visit http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/family/christmas-traditions-around-the-world-ga.htm. So there you have it! What is the best and/or worst Christmas present you ever received? I have always received really great Christmas presents so I can’t just pick one.

Stay tuned…

Casey S. Hibbert© – Guest Blogger

The 2010-2011 Season is approaching!

Travis W. Walter

It feels like months since my last post… or wait maybe it has been.  Many things have happened at the theatre since then.  Breaking Up is Hard to Do became the highest grossing show the theatre has had in 7 years, the first ever Andes Awards were held at the theatre honoring the excellent work done on and off the stage last season and I (Travis W. Walter) was appointed to the position of Artistic Director of MBT!  I can not tell you have grateful I am to be working at MBT and to be allowed to create great theatre.  However, I do not do it alone… our entire staff from box office to designers should get credit for this success.  It is the spirit of collaboration that makes great art that really reaches into your soul.  Also, I have to thank you, the audience, for being the greatest audience in Michigan.  This community has truly been wonderful… I have loved meeting you all and I hope that those of you that I have yet to meet will come up and say hello next season.  You are the reason MBT exists and I thank you!  With that in mind, I would like to showcase our 45th Anniversary Season and I hope your are as excited about it as I am!!!

Dracula opens the season

The 2010-2011 Season opens in October 2010 with Dracula: A Rock Opera… a classic tale ‘revamped’ (sorry, I had to get one bad pun in here).  This new adaptation is a Michigan Premiere and was written by John R. Briggs and Dennis West.  Mr. Briggs is currently the Producing Artistic Director of Off Square Theatre Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. More info on Mr. Briggs and Off Square Theatre Company can be found here. I have been working closely with Mr. Briggs and in fact audiences will get a real treat when he arrives in Rochester to see our production! Don’t miss history being made at Michigan’s largest producing professional theatre!

A Christmas Carol

Our annual holiday favorite follows in November/December of 2010.  A Christmas Carol, adapted from the Charles Dickens novel by Charles Nolte, has been playing at MBT for 27 of the last 29 years.  This year Thomas D. Mahard again graces the stage as the mean-spirited miser Ebenezer Scrooge.  This production is not included in the season ticket package of the theatre, but season ticket holders get 20% off tickets.  Also, this year we started selling individual tickets early and they are on sale now!  Go to Ticketmaster.com or call 248-377-3300 to purchase yours today!

The 39 Steps is a Michigan Premiere

The January 2011 offering is another Michigan Premiere that was lauded with 2 Tony Awards and quickly became the longest running comedy on Broadway… Mystery Buffs and Comedy buffs alike will enjoy The 39 Steps. Adapted by Patrick Barlow and based on the novel and Alfred Hitchcock film of the same name, The 39 Steps is often described as a show where Hitchcock meets Hilarious!  In the show a man with a boring life meets a woman with a thick accent who says she’s a spy. When he takes her home, she is murdered.  Soon, a mysterious organization called “The 39 Steps” is hot on the man’s trail in a manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale! Four Actors play numerous roles to retell a story of love, secrets and international espionage.

"If documentary filmmaker Ken Burns ever wrote a musical, it might look and sound a lot like Reunion" - The Washington Post

In February/March of 2011 another Michigan Premiere will move you to tears and fill you with hope… Reunion!  This retelling of the Civil War was adapted from letters, diaries, memoirs and newspapers, all written by the men and women who were there. It examines the struggle of the North to mobilize politically, militarily and emotionally, to decide, even as soldiers are dying, just what it is fighting for… and against. The entire production is set to the traditional music of the time period making it look and feel like a living documentary.  This will be a production not to miss for any history fan!  Take a look at the artwork to the right.  Chet Johnson who has designed our logos for the last three years has created a beautiful representation of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln without actually showing it.  This rendering is complimented by the red, white and blue colors that make up the American flag and if you look closely you’ll notice three distinct columns the first Blue, then Red then white.  This is my personal favorite logo of the season.  Also note the gentleman on the stage… that is Mr. Harry Hawk who has the distinction of being the only man who was onstage during the assassination.  He will be your host during the show.

Ding Dong features some of the same characters from Boeing-Boeing

Next up in March/April of 2011 is Ding Dong a brand new comedy written by Marc Camoletti, author of Boeing-Boeing, adapted by Tudor Gates.  This hysterical show is a North American Premiere! Having only just completed a successful tour of England under the title Just Desserts, Ding Dong has yet to be performed anywhere but England.  When I contacted the author’s agent, with a little help from a few friends at Samuel French in New York, the agent said that they had already heard and read the reviews of our successful production of Boeing-Boeing and would love Meadow Brook Theatre to host the North American Premiere!

The summary of the show is as follows:  Bernard has discovered that Robert is having an affair with his wife, Jacqueline.  When he invites Robert’s wife to dinner unbeknownst to Jacqueline hilarity ensues.  Add in a put-upon maid and a call-girl and the stage is set for a whirlwind comedy. You never know who will walk through the door in this hilarious farce. Ding Dong is another episode in the Boeing-Boeing Saga.

Shout! celebrates the 1960's

The season ends in April/May of 2011 with the groovy new musical Shout! The Mod Musical.  This Off Broadway hit celebrates the music and fashion of the 1960’s. Music from legendary artists, Petula Clark, Dusty Springfield, Lulu and more help pave the way back in time with hits such as “Shout”, “Downtown”, “To Sir with Love,” “These Boots are Made for Walking” and more.

So as you can see this season truly offers something for everyone.  I hope that you have renewed your season tickets by now, or that you have purchased a brand new subscription because you are not going to want to miss out on the laughs, screams, tears and the drama that comes with our 45th anniversary season.  Come see why Meadow Brook Theatre is considered the cultural gem of Oakland county.  Subscriptions start at $105 and can be purchased by contacting the box office at 248-377-3300.

See you at the theatre!!!

~ Travis W. Walter, Artistic Director