I would like you to meet Jasmine Radetski. She is our Scene Shop intern this year. Here is her interview.
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.
Rachel McAdams… Because of Mean Girls & About Time…
About Time… It’s a totally sappy movie, but it tugs my heart strings.
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.
I trust that you all had an awesome summer full of sun and fun! We are ready for our amazing 50th Anniversary Season and we hope you are too! This year is going to be fantastic. We have something exciting coming and that is….drum roll please….A NEW WEBSITE!! That is right we will be debuting a new website for our 50th season! We are really excited about it. It will be user friendly and interactive. It will be going live in the next week or so, so to be sure to watch for it!
With our new season comes a new batch of interns. We are looking forward to working with this awesome group! I put together a list of fun questions for them to answer. That being said let’s meet our first intern! Meet Kim Alley one of our Acting/Administration Interns!
Where did you grow up? Grew up in Redford, MI
Where did you go to school? Graduated with a BA in Theatre from Oakland University
Favorite snack food? I love any and all food…really, if it’s edible, I’ll eat it.
Favorite actor? Martin Freeman
Favorite movie? I have so many favorite movies! I have to CHOOSE?!
Dream vacation? Visit Hobbiton in New Zealand
Do you believe in Bigfoot? While I do enjoy a good urban legend, no, I do not actually believe that there’s a giant, undiscovered creature out there who has successfully managed to evade humans for so long.
You’re a new addition to the crayon box, what color would you be and why? I think I would be Bright n Bubbly Blue, because blue is my favorite color and I like to think that I’m a rather cheerful person
Which super power would you like to have? If I had a super power, I would want it to be shape-shifting. It would make auditioning so much easier!
If you could have dinner with anyone in the world living or dead who would it be and why? These questions are hard! There are so many people I want to meet, I can’t possibly just choose one! If you were trapped on a desert island and you could only take three things, what would they be? Stranded on an Island…I would take sunglasses, a water filter, and a boat 🙂
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.
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.
The Pool and Sports Zone features a sloped-entry beach pool and two surf simulators.
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.
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.
Royal Promenade features restaurants and shops and is viewable from a mezzanine.
Youth Zone features a science lab and computer gaming.
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.
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 email@example.com or call 248-370-4588.
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!
The Explorers Club
By Nell Benjamin
October 7 – November 1, 2015
By James Kirkwood
January 6 – January 31, 2016
Book and Lyrics by Danny Ginges
& Gregory Bonsignore
Music & Lyrics by Phillip Foxman
Created by Danny Ginges
February 10 – March 6, 2016
By Tim Firth
March 16 – April 10, 2016
Sistas the Musical
By Dorothy Marcic
April 20 – May 15, 2016
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I grew up in Shelby Township, Michigan near 22 mile and Van Dyke.
Where did you go to school?
I went to high school at Utica High School and college in NYC at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy.
What/Who was your inspiration to become an actor?
A major influence in my performing life was my high school theatre teacher: Ms. Martha Kent. She fostered all my earliest memories of performing in musicals at a young age.
What is your biggest fear as an actor?
I still have that age old fear of forgetting my lines or lyrics. I am constantly going through lyrics backstage every night even when I’ve performed the show many times before!
What is your dream role?
I have always wanted to play Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors. The first production of the show I actually saw here at Meadow Brook when I was in high school. It was one of the best things I’ve seen to this day and I still think of that specific production often.
What is your biggest dream?
My biggest dream is to be performing in a Broadway show, teaching children during the day and having a successful walking tour business ALL AT THE SAME TIME! I currently teach children for Rosie O’Donnell’s charity: Rosie’s TheatreKids. I love my time in the classroom spreading arts appreciation to those children. I also own a walking tour business called Broadway Up Close Walking Tours that is the second highest rated walking tour in NYC. It would be a dream to have all of these careers full-time at the same time!
What is your best/favorite role you have played?
A show and role that is near and dear to my heart is Abraham in the musical Altar
Boyz. It is the show that I’ve done the longest having performed on the tour for a year, in California and then the Off-Broadway cast in NYC. It was an absolute blast!
Do you have a special prep routine before going on stage?
I usually stick to some basic vocal exercises and I like to listen to music to get my energy up. I also like to connect briefly with all the members of the cast before seeing them onstage.
Funniest stage blooper?
I was performing as the scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz a number of years ago. In this specific production they utilized lots of flying and special effects. “If I Only Had a Brain” was choreographed with all types of flying stunts…until the one performance where I wasn’t hooked up properly and had to make up the entire three and a half minute number on the spot in front of 700 people. It was a disaster!
What was your first impression of this show?
I was lucky enough to have seen the off-Broadway production starring our very own Teddy Toye. I thought it was incredibly funny and exactly what it intended to be: a hilarious, feel-good musical!
Dancing with a basketball, easy or hard?
My two older brothers would kill me for saying this since they are incredible at basketball…HARD. I’m coordinated until I have to make a lay-up in front of 300 people.
How do you feel about pranks?
As long as they are all in good fun I’m all for it. I like to think I have a pretty healthy sense of humor!
What is the best prank you have ever pulled?
Ask the other cast members and they’ll tell you I am “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” daily…with so many to pick from it’s hard to narrow it down!
So there is a story floating around about a family driving through a neighborhood in downtown Detroit. The family spotted Bigfoot coming out of an abandoned house carrying a stick. Do you believe in Bigfoot?
With all the potholes here in Michigan I can only assume they are telling the truth. How else would all these Bigfoot sized holes have appeared on Walton Road?!
Favorite snack food?
Goldfish cheddar snack crackers. It’s an unhealthy obsession.
I have always loved Tom Hanks and Gene Wilder.
I love the original Sister Act movie.
I have always wanted to visit Hawaii or Australia.
If you could have dinner with anyone in the world living or dead who would it be and why?
I would love to sit down with Stephen Sondheim and pick his brain about his theatre experiences. A very close second would be David Belasco. He was a theatre producer and owner in the early 1900’s who lived a very interesting life. We talk about him a lot on my walking tour and I’ve always said I’d love to have met him. If you don’t know anything about him you’ll have to come to NYC to talk a Broadway Up Close Walking Tour!
If you were trapped on a desert island and you could only take two things, what would they be?
Pizza and beer. The perfect combo to get me through any situation!
^ 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 MonaghanDetroit 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!