The Center for Theater
The Center, which operates within the Arts and Humanities Department, provides theater classes for MCC students as well as a diversified schedule of performances. These include a season of plays produced by the College, an annual concert by the Overbrook Dance Theater, and touring productions of various kinds.
MCC to Stage “Avenue Q: The Musical” Oct. 12-16
The MCC Center for Theater will open the 2016-2017 season by staging “Avenue Q: The Musical” on Oct. 12-16, in the college’s Overbook Theater.
Shows take place at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday – Saturday, Oct. 12-15, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16. Tickets, which go on sale Wednesday, Oct. 5, are $10 for the general public and $5 for current MCC students, faculty, and employees. For reservations or further information, call (231) 777 -0324.
“Avenue Q: The Musical” is the story of what happens when the simple promises of childhood meet the messier, more complex realities of adulthood – but with puppets! Winner of the 2004 Tony Award for Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book, “Avenue Q: The Musical” mingles live actors alongside colorful puppets reminiscent of children’s shows like “Sesame Street,” however, this is no show for children and is recommended for mature audiences only.
The decidedly adult musical, conceived by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, debuted off-Broadway in 2003. Popular songs from the musical include “It Sucks to Be Me,” “If You Were Gay,” and “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist.”
Much like the musical’s purposely unconcealed puppeteers, “Avenue Q: The Musical” takes familiar settings, images and conceits of popular children’s shows and forces them into the light of real world scrutiny. In doing so, the musical both satirizes as well as earnestly explores coming-of-age issues and fears, as it follows freshly graduated protagonist “Princeton” on his search for purpose in adulthood.
MCC’s Director of the Center for Theater, Sheila Wahamaki, will direct the breakthrough musical, with Cece Gorman as Assistant Student Director. Set and light design are by Tom Harryman, costumes by Susan Eyler, and scenic paint design and construction by Brian Goodman.
The show features Aidan Smith, Erin Mickelson, Gabe Cerchiori, Aaron Ponce, Sarah Stepanek, Tim Hegedus, Paul Dickens-Jacobs, Katie McCool, D’marco Hughes, Hannah Erdman, Adrianne Lewis, Madisen Schuppe, Claire Beaman and Bonnie Weise.
2016-2017 Calendar of Events
“Us and Them”
Music and Lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx
Book by Jeff Whitty
Based on an Original Concept by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx
A puppet-filled musical comedy following a group of 20-somethings seeking their purpose in life!
October 12-16, 2016
DEAD MEN DON’T DO RADIO PLAYS
By Allison Williams
Presented by MCC Radio and Theater Departments
October 28- 29, 2016
ONCE UPON A TIME: More Stories of the Season
Stories selected and written by MCC students
November 30-December 3, 2016
TAMING OF THE SHREW
By William Shakespeare
Shakespeare’s battle-of-the sexes comedy!
February 15-19, 2017
A VOICE OF MY OWN
By Elinor Jones
The history of how women became writers.
For more information or tickets, call (231) 777-0324