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Explore our five performance series to discover a world of possibilities right here in the Great Lakes Bay Region. 


Center Stage Theatre

Little Women

OCT 21 - 30, 2022

Jo March isn’t your typical Victorian lady. She’s indecorous and headstrong, and one day she’s going to be a great American novelist. As she and her sisters grow up under the cloud of the Civil War, they strive to be brave, intelligent, and imaginative young women. But as adulthood approaches, each sister must reconcile her private ambitions with society’s expectations. In a war-torn world defined by gender, class, and personal tragedy, Jo gives us her greatest story: that of the March sisters, four dreamers destined to be imperfect little women. Based on Louisa May Alcott’s beloved novel, this timeless story is given new life in this captivating, fresh adaptation filled with personal discovery, heartache, hope, and everlasting love.

By Kate Hamill
Adapted from the novel by Louisa May Alcott

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A Christmas Story, The Musical

DEC 2 - 11, 2022

Based on the perennial holiday movie favorite, and from the songwriting team behind the smash-Broadway hit, DEAR EVAN HANSEN and the film LA LA LAND, we bring you the hilarious musical, A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL. This now-classic story follows bespectacled Ralphie Parker as he schemes his way toward the holiday gift of his dreams, an official Red Ryder® Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle (“You’ll shoot your eye out kid!”).

An infamous leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a maniacal department store Santa, and a freezing flagpole are just a few of the distractions that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas wish. Don’t miss this special triple-dog-dare hilarious collaboration between our Center Stage and Youth Theater companies!

This show contains mild violence and bullying.

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These Shining Lives

APR 14 - 23, 2023

You may have heard of them – “The Radium Girls” – they exuded independence, they earned money of their own, they glowed in the dark... THESE SHINING LIVES chronicles the compelling true story of the young women who painted the faces of luminous watches with radioactive paint in the ‘20’s and ‘30’s. We follow Catherine Donohue, who begins working with the excitement of a newly liberated woman entering the workforce, through her cancer diagnosis and the litigation she relentlessly pursued against Radium. This transcendent story is a tale of resilience and triumph, as the women refuse to allow the company that stole their health to kill their spirits—or endanger the lives of those who came after them.

By Melanie Marnich
Note: this show will include up-close seating on the stage!

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The Sparrow

JUN 1 - 4, 2023

This innovative, spellbinding play, intertwined with music and dance, tells the story of Emily Book, a small-town girl who returns home ten years after a tragic accident claimed the lives of her entire class. As the town struggles to accept this strange teen who reminds them of what they lost, Emily attempts to hide the special powers that make her different. Eerie, original, funny and refreshing, THE SPARROW movingly taps into the fundamental aching of adolescence—fearing that we’re somehow different while hoping that we’re somehow special.

By Chris Mathews, Jake Minton and Nathan Allen
This show contains sexual innuendo, discussions of death and a simulated shooting.

Theatre programs are made possible in part through the generosity of
Neil & Annmarie Hawkins.

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About Center Stage Theatre

Center Stage Theatre is a national award-winning volunteer theater program. Its performance season, draws tens of thousands of theater-goers from across the Great Lakes Bay Region and includes comedies, tragedies and musicals, from popular favorites to lesser-known titles.