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 now 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

PERFORMANCES:
Thursday, October 27 – 10am
Friday, October 28 – 10am & 12:30pm
Saturday, October 29 – 11am

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 majestic swan.

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A Christmas Carol

Grades 3 - 12

PERFORMANCES:
Thursday, December 8 – 10am
Friday, December 9 – 10am & 12:30pm
Saturday, December 10 – 2pm
Sunday, December 11 – 2pm

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

PERFORMANCES:
Thursday, January 19 – 10am
Friday, January 20 – 10am & 12:30pm
Saturday, January 21 – 11am

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.  Special activities provided by Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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Drum Me a Story

Grades K - 4

PERFORMANCES:
Thursday, February 9 – 10am

Friday, February 10 – 10am & 12:30pm
Saturday, February 11 – 11am

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

PERFORMANCES:
Thursday, March 9 – 10am
Friday, March 10 – 10am & 12:30pm
Saturday, March 11 – 2pm

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

PERFORMANCES:
Thursday, March 23 – 10am
Friday, March 24 – 10am & 12:30pm
Saturday, March 25 – 11am

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.  Special activities provided by Growing Hope.

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Marketplace Stories – Folktales from the Arab World

Grades 1 - 5

PERFORMANCES:
Thursday, May 4 – 10am
Friday, May 5 – 10am & 12:30pm
Saturday, May 6 – 2pm

WORLD PREMIERE!  This new and original production developed in collaboration with the Arab American National Museum and the National Arab Orchestra 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.