Overbrook Theater

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.

Overbrook Theater Opens 2018-19 Season with ‘Animal Farm’ on Oct. 24-28

Animal Farm imageMCC’s Overbrook Theater opens its 2018-19 season on Oct. 24-28 with George Orwell’s “Animal Farm,” adapted by Ian Wooldridge and directed by MCC Theater Instructor Sheila Kulp Wahamaki.

Evening performances will take place on Wednesday-Saturday, Oct. 24-27 at 7:30 p.m., with a 3 p.m. show set for Sunday, Oct. 28. Tickets, which go on sale Wednesday, Oct. 17 in the Overbrook Theater Box Office, are $10 for public and $5 for MCC students, staff, and faculty. Tickets may be reserved by calling (231) 777-0324.

After revolting against the reign of their negligent human master, the animals of Mr. Jones’s Manor Farm create their own ideal society in which all animals are equal and rules are set by democratic vote. It all works well until the allure of power leads the animals to a chilling fate. “Animal Farm” illustrates how new tyranny replaces old in the wake of revolutions and power corrupts even the noblest of causes.

Orwell originally had much trouble finding a publisher. Even though the Russian Revolution of 1917 and its bleak aftermath were still in recent memory, British editors were reticent to upset the tenuous alliance between England and the Soviets. However, once it was released, Orwell’s novel sent him into the stratosphere of literary stardom and “Animal Farm” found universal relevance in any society where totalitarianism lurked.

The acting ensemble is comprised of MCC students Tiffany Bartlett, Keegan Colcleasure, Taylor DePouw, Taylor Freed, Cole Halterman, Isaac Hunter, Stephanie Kennert, Melanie Lamrock, Brandon Lemieux, Alexx Lohman, Ashley Poling, Rachel Wade, and Marvin Watkins.

Assisting in presenting the play are MCC Student Director Olyvia Staples, Set and Sound Designer Tom Harryman, Lighting Designer Jim Allen, Costume Designer Susan Eyler, and Hair Designer Bill Abbott.


2018-2019 Calendar of Events

George Orwell’s
Adapted by Ian Wooldridge
October 24 – 27, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m.
October 28, 2018 @ 3 p.m.

A farm is taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. With flaming idealism and stirring slogans, they set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality.  Thus the stage is set for one of the most telling satiric fables ever penned – a razor-edged fairy tale for grown-ups that records the evolution from revolution against tyranny to a totalitarianism just as terrible. When Animal Farm was first published, Stalinist Russia was seen as its target. Today it is devastatingly clear that wherever and whenever freedom is attacked, under whatever banner, the cutting clarity and savage comedy of George Orwell’s masterpiece has a meaning and message still ferociously fresh.

MCC Improv Presents
November 28 – December 1, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m.

Based on the play by Frank Wedekind
Music by Duncan Sheik
Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater
February 20 – 23, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m.
February 24, 2019 @ 3 p.m.

Spring Awakening is an extraordinary new rock musical inspired by Frank Wedekind’s controversial 1891 play about teenage sexuality and society’s efforts to control it. Set in late 19th century Germany, the musical merges past and present, underscoring the timelessness of adolescent angst and the universality of human passion. The original Broadway production won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Direction, Book, Score and Featured Actor.

Director Melissa Brunsting
April 12 and April 13, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m.

Where classroom meets the stage!
April 25, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m.

For more information or tickets, call (231) 777-0324