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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

HONK! The Musical

FEB 23 - 26, 2023
A Youth Theatre Production

An updated and vibrant retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen story The Ugly DucklingHonk! entertains both children and adults. The musical is set in the countryside and features Ugly, a cygnet who is mistaken as an ugly duckling upon falling into his mother's nest. It soon becomes clear that he is no ordinary Duck. With a tuneful score, witty lyrics and book by the music team that brought you Broadway's Mary PoppinsHonk! is sure to delight Midland audiences of all ages!

Join us for a special RELAXED PERFORMANCE of HONK! on FEB 25 at 3 PM. Learn more about relaxed experiences at the Center here.

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
Directed by Susie Polito

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.