2013-2014 Season

For over thirty 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 2013-2014 season, we think you will agree that we have succeeded in doing just that!

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.

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The Ugly Duckling

Grades PreK-2
Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 10:00 AM Tickets are now available at the door!
Friday, October 18, 2013 - 10:00 AM Tickets are now available at the door!
Friday, October 18, 2013 - 1:00 PM Tickets are now available at the door!
Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 11:00 AM Tickets are now available at the door!

Resident playwright Jeff Duncan puts his spin on Hans Christan 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 swan, the most beautiful bird of all.

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The Firebird

Grades K - 5
Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 10:00 AM Tickets available at the door
Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 12:30 PM Cancelled
Friday, November 22, 2013 - 10:00 AM Tickets available at the door
Friday, November 22, 2013 - 12:30 PM Tickets available at the door
Saturday, November 23, 2013 - 2:00 PM Tickets available at the door!
Sunday, November 24, 2013 - 2:00 PM Tickets available at the door!

Young Ivan, Prince of Russia, must outwit one evil character after another in his quest to find the Firebird who has been stealing the Czar’s golden apples.  A thrilling version of the classic Russian folktale, Wild Swan’s production features a host of fantastical creatures including the witch Baba Yaga, Nurl the Gnome, and Sistchik the Snake King as well as swirling Russian folk dancing set to a lively balalaika score.

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Owl’s Winter

Grades PreK-2
Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 10:00 AM (Sold Out)
Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 1:00 PM Tickets now available at the door!
Friday, January 24, 2014 - 10:00 AM Tickets now available at the door.
Friday, January 24, 2014 - 1:00 PM Tickets now available at the door.
Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 11:00 AM Balcony seating available; tickets can be purchased 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 carefully chosen and shaped stories.

Under The African Sky

Under the African Sky

Age 4 - 3rd Grade
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 10:00 AM (Sold Out)
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 1:00 PM Tickets now available at the door!
Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 10:00 AM (Sold Out)
Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 1:00 PM Very limited seats available at 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 littlest fans, with lots of opportunities for audience participation!

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Coming to America

Grades 3 - 8
Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 10:00 AM
Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 12:30 PM
Friday, March 14, 2014 - 10:00 AM
Friday, March 14, 2014 - 12:30 PM
Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 2:00 PM

Back by popular demand, we will present this stirring musical production about immigration, following the journeys of 4 children from different parts of the world who make their way to a new life in America.  With a beautiful set of songs by Laz Slomovits of Gemini, the production weaves together the separate stories of children from Russia, Viet Nam, the Dominican Republic, and Lebanon as they overcome enormous obstacles in their quest for a better life.

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Once Upon a Time

Grades PreK-2
Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 10:00 AM (Sold Out)
Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 1:00 PM Tickets available at the door
Friday, March 28, 2014 - 10:00 AM (Sold Out)
Friday, March 28, 2014 - 1:00 PM Tickets available at the door
Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 11:00 AM Tickets available at the door

An engaging collection of favorite children’s classics including “Three Billy Goat’s Gruff” and “The Three Little Pigs” are sure to delight the very young.  In true Wild Swan style, three performers and a musician create all the magic inherent in these timeless stories making this first time theater experience unforgettable.

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Wizard of Oz

Grades K - 5
Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 10:00 AM (Sold Out)
Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 12:30 PM
Friday, May 2, 2014 - 10:00 AM (Sold Out)
Friday, May 2, 2014 - 12:30 PM
Saturday, May 3, 2014 - 2:00 PM
Sunday, May 4, 2014 - 2:00 PM

Adapted for Wild Swan by our resident playwright Jeff Duncan, this non-musical 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 Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion on their way to the fabled land of Oz.