2016 – 2017 Season

For over thirty five 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 only 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 2016-2017 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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The Ugly Duckling

Grades PreK - 2

Thursday, October 27 – 10am  TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR!
Friday, October 28 – 10am & 12:30pm TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR!
Saturday, October 29 – 11am TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR!

Resident playwright Jeff Duncan puts his spin on Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of a homely little bird born in a barnyard who is looked down on by everyone around him until, much to his delight (and to the surprise of others), he matures into a majestic swan.

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A Christmas Carol

Grades 3 - 12

Thursday, December 8 – 10am SOLD OUT
Friday, December 9 – 10am & 12:30pm TICKETS AT THE DOOR
Saturday, December 10 – 2pm TICKETS AT THE DOOR
Sunday, December 11 – 2pm TICKETS AT THE DOOR

Based on the novel by Charles Dickens and adapted for Wild Swan by Jeff Duncan with original music by composer Tom Schnauber, Wild Swan’s version of this wonderful holiday classic has been especially created for family audiences.  A Christmas Carol tells of the astonishing transformation of miserly old Ebeneezer Scrooge after he is visited by three spirits on the night before Christmas.

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Owl’s Winter

Grades PreK - 2


Thursday, January 19 – 10am SOLD OUT
Friday, January 20 – 10am  SOLD OUT & 12:30pm TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR
Saturday, January 21 – 11am  TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR

A delightful collection of stories for young children based on Arnold Lobel’s Owl at Home.  A first introduction to theater especially created to draw young theater goers into the world of theater arts with these lovely, whimsical stories.  The Saturday performance will be followed by an experience provided by the Leslie Science and Nature Center and hands-on activities in the lobby.

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Drum Me a Story

Grades K - 4

Thursday, February 9 – 10am Tickets available at the door

Friday, February 10 – 10am & 12:30pm Tickets available at the door
Saturday, February 11 – 11am Tickets available at the door

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

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Rosie the Riveter

Grade 4 - Adult

Thursday, March 9 – 10am Limited seating available at the door
Friday, March 10 – 10am & 12:30pm Tickets available at the door
Saturday, March 11 – 2pm Tickets available at the door

An original musical written by playwright Jeff Duncan and composer Brian Buckner, Rosie the Riveter tells the remarkable story of the women who came to Michigan from all across the country and all walks of life to fill thousands of factory jobs left empty by men suddenly called to war. With their determination, strength of character, and backbreaking labor, these extraordinary women rallied a nation as they produced B-24 bombers, a plane an hour, day in and day out for the duration of World War II.  This is a production that not only brings history alive, but will inspire respect and admiration for the capacity of these “Rosies” to accomplish more than anyone could have imagined.

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Jack and the Beanstalk

Grades PreK - 2


Wednesday, March 22 – 10am  SOLD OUT                                                             Thursday, March 23 – 10am SOLD OUT
Friday, March 24 – 10am SOLD OUT & 12:30pm TICKETS AT THE DOOR
Saturday, March 25 – 11am TICKETS AT THE DOOR

This lively rendition of a classic tale presents a humorous giant, appropriate for young theater goers.  In Wild Swan’s version, Jack’s journey up the fantastical beanstalk not only leads to his encounter with a very silly giant but to the rescue of his father as well.  Thanks to Domino’s for their Classic Play Sponsorship of Jack and the BeanstalkSpecial activities after Saturday’s performance provided by Growing Hope.

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Marketplace Stories – Folktales from the Arab World

Grades 1 - 5

Thursday, May 4 – 10am  SOLD OUT
Friday, May 5 – 10am & 12:30pm  TICKETS AT THE DOOR
Saturday, May 6 – 2pm  TICKETS AT THE DOOR

WORLD PREMIERE!  This new and original production developed in collaboration with the Arab American National Museum is inspired by folktales from the Arab world.  See this vibrant world come to life through timeless stories and music, passed on from country to country and from one generation to the next.  (Artwork is a detail from “Sanduk Al-Firji” by Helen Zughaib.)
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Through a special arrangement with the Arab American National Museum, groups who attend a Wild Swan performance of “Marketplace Stories” are invited to tour the Museum at the reduced price of $3/student. (Type “Wild Swan” in the notes section of the tour request form to receive the discount.)  More information about the guided tours can be found here.
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“Marketplace Stories – Folktales from the Arab World” will be performed at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn on the following dates and times:
Tuesday, May 9 – 10am & 12:30pm
Wednesday, May 10 – 10am
Saturday, May 13 – 2pm
More information can be found here or by calling (313) 582-AANM (2266).