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Page to Stage Series at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts kicks off Oct. 15

– Tuesday, September 22, 2015 12:00AM

The Macomb Center for the Performing Arts presents its Page to Stage Series, a theater and literacy program that brings literature to life on the stage. This season the series features eleven performances including L.A. Theatre Works live radio play of Bram Stoker’s Dracula and the enchanting tales of Beatrice Potter’s Peter Rabbit, and explores such topics as bullying in Jennifer Fawcett’s Out of Bounds and Susanne Gervay’s I Am Jack

Now in its sixth season, the Macomb Center's Page to Stage Series inspires audiences of all ages. With styles ranging from Gothic to whimsical covering the span of relationships from friendship to betrayal, the series offers a greater understanding of the literature that defines our culture – giving voice to words and inspiring others to find their own voice. Most performances have pre- and post-show interactive discussions, providing a deeper understanding of the works and new insight and perspectives from the performers themselves.

The schedule of performances is: 

  • Dracula by Bram Stoker, presented by L.A. Theatre Works: Oct. 15,10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
  • I am Jack by Susanne Gervay, presented by Monkey Baa Theatre Co.: Nov. 10, 9:30 a.m. and 12 p.m.
  • Madeline and the Bad Hat by Ludwig Bemelmans,presented by ArtsPower: Nov. 16, 9:30 a.m. and 12 p.m.
  • The Berenstain Bears Live! In Family Matters, the Musical, based on characters by Stan and Jan Berenstain: Jan. 24, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Lily's Crossing by Patricia Reilly Giff, presented by ArtsPower: Feb. 24, 9:30 a.m. and 12 p.m.
  • Peter RabbitTM Tales by Beatrix Potter, presented by Enhancement Theatre Works: Feb. 25, 9:30 a.m. and 12 p.m.
  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, presented by Aquila Theatre: March 7, 10 a.m.
  • Out of Bounds by Jennifer Fawcett, Working Group Theatre Company: March 17, 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
  • Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman, presented by ArtsPower: March 30, 9:30 a.m. and 12 p.m.
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, presented by Young Audiences New York's Literature to Life: April 19 and 20, 10 a.m.
  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, presented by Presentation House Theatre: April 20 and 21, 9:30 a.m. and 12 p.m.


More detailed information is available at www.macombcenter.com/education-enrichment/page-to-stage-series. Study guides may also be found online at www.MacombCenter.com.

“The Page to Stage Series is not only great opportunity for book clubs and students, but for anyone who enjoys literature. It allows you to get involved with books in a whole different way,” said Sandy Hazelton-Pianko, marketing manager, Macomb Center. “With pre-and post-show discussions for many of the performances, you gain a new understanding of the works, and new insight and perspectives from the performers themselves.” 

Tickets and additional information, including a complete season schedule, are available online at www.MacombCenter.com. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Macomb Center box office Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. and Friday 12 - 6 p.m. or by calling 586.286.2222.  The Macomb Center for the Performing Arts is located on Macomb Community College's Center Campus, 44575 Garfield Road, Clinton Township, Michigan 48038.  

The Page to Stage series is sponsored in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, Arts Midwest, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, The Kresge Foundation, the Lonyo Family Endowment Fund for Macomb Community College, the Oliver Dewey Marcks Foundation, the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, the Sonya K. Brett Memorial Endowment Fund for Cultural Enrichment Programs, New England Foundation for the Arts, Mr. Julius Cicchini, the Macomb Community College Foundation and the Macomb Center’s Diamond Sponsors for the 2015 -2016 season: The Macomb Daily and First State Bank.

About Macomb Center for the Performing Arts

The Macomb Center for the Performing Arts is a community enrichment program of Macomb Community College dedicated to providing a diverse range of family-oriented cultural enrichment experiences.  Hosting more than 100,000 visitors annually, the Macomb Center presents high-quality professional performances, offers educational outreach in the arts, provides a performance venue for community-based arts organizations, and, in partnership with the adjacent Lorenzo Cultural Center, creates unique opportunities for multifaceted cultural programming. 

More than 25,000 K-12 students annually attend events at the Macomb Center, with 700 participating in arts education programs.  Further details about the Macomb Center and its current season’s lineup are available at www.MacombCenter.com.

Media Contact: Sandy Hazelton-Pianko, hazeltons@macomb.edu, 586.226.4737