2017 – 2018 Season

For close to forty years, families and teachers have made Wild Swan Theater a tradition, delighting in our magical, lively productions performed by our award-winning troupe of professional adult actors, dancers, musicians, and American Sign Language performers.  As the first professional theater dedicated to young people in Michigan, we realize that parents and teachers alike count on us to bring to life the very best in children’s classics, introduce stories from other cultures in an accessible and fun way, and provide a theatrical experience like no other.  As we present our 2017-2018 season, we think you will agree that we have succeeded in doing just that!

Purchase your tickets online now or by calling our office at (734) 995-0530.

Please Note: All of our season performances take place in Towsley Auditorium which is located in the Morris Lawrence Building on the campus of Washtenaw Community College.  Parking is located conveniently nearby.  All of our season performances are shadow interpreted for those who are hearing impaired. Backstage touch tours and audio-description are available for blind theater patrons but must be reserved in advance by calling (734) 995-0530.

 

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Strega Nona and the Magic Pasta Pot

Grades PreK - 2

PERFORMANCES:
Thursday, October 19 – 10am
Friday, October 20 – 10am & 12:30pm
Saturday, October 21 – 11am (Join us for special activities after this performance!)

Strega Nona is a story that will satisfy your appetite for laughter and fun. Strega Nona has a magical pasta pot which only she can control. Come see what silliness ensues when Big Anthony does not listen to her, causing the streets of their small village to fill with pasta. Nationally renowned artist Chris Roberts-Antieau designed the sets, costumes and props for this not-to-be missed production.

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Little Women

For ages 8+

PERFORMANCES:
Thursday, December 7 – 10am
Friday, December 8 – 10am & 12:30pm
Saturday, December 9 – 2pm
Sunday, December 10 – 2pm

Just in time for the holidays, Wild Swan Theater brings this classic novel by Louisa May Alcott to the stage. The March sisters – Jo, Meg, Amy, and Beth – are growing up in Civil War-era New England. When their beloved mother, Marmee, must leave them to visit their ailing father at the front, the sisters must face life together.  Special activities provided by Food Gatherers.

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Frog and Toad

Grades PreK - 2

PERFORMANCES:
Thursday, January 25 – 10am
Friday, January 26 – 10am & 12:30pm
Saturday, January 27 – 11am (Special activities provided by Leslie Science & Nature Center)

Two of Arnold Lobel’s most beloved characters, Frog and Toad, show how good friends help each other through thick and thin, cheering each other through the hard times, and celebrating life’s joys. Join Frog and Toad as they greet spring, plant a garden, and share a basket of cookies.

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Under the African Sky

Age 4 - 3rd Grade

PERFORMANCES:
Thursday, February 22 – 10am
Friday, February 23 – 10am & 12:30pm
Saturday, February 24 – 11am (Join us for special activities after this performance!)

A delightful collection of African tales performed through storytelling, acting, dancing, and drumming.  Colorful costumes, masks, and traditional music will delight and teach our littlest fans, with lots of opportunities for audience participation!

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A Thousand Cranes

For ages 8+

PERFORMANCES:
Thursday, March 8 – 10am
Friday, March 9 – 10am & 12:30pm
Saturday, March 10 – 11am

This very beautiful and moving play tells the touching story of a young Japanese girl’s experience after the bombing of Hiroshima. The play recounts her illness from radiation poisoning and how children from all over Japan began to fold paper cranes to help Sadako get well.

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The Tale of the Mischievous Bunny

Grades Prek - 2

PERFORMANCES:
Wednesday, March 21 – 10am
Thursday, March 22 – 10am
Friday, March 23 – 10am & 12:30pm
Saturday, March 24 – 11am (Special activities provided by Growing Hope)

When Peter Rabbit ventures into Farmer McGregor’s garden, despite his mother’s warning, his adventures begin. From the moment Peter loses his little blue coat to Farmer McGregor’s scarecrow until he arrives safe and sound at home, this classic tale is brought charmingly to life by Wild Swan’s actors and designers.

 

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The Wizard of Oz

For ages 6+

PERFORMANCES:
Wednesday, May 2 – 10am
Thursday, May 3 – No Performances
Friday, May 4 – 10am & 12:30pm
Saturday, May 5 – 2pm
Sunday, May 6 – 2pm

Adapted for Wild Swan by our resident playwright Jeff Duncan and with original music by Brian E. Buckner, our version of L. Frank Baum’s beloved story is a treat for the whole family. Join Dorothy and her little dog Toto as they set out on the Yellow Brick Road with their new friends – the Scarecrow, the Tinman, and the Cowardly Lion – on their way to the fabled land of Oz.