Productions 2017-2018 : The Kalamazoo Civic Theatre


Our 89th season will feature 16 BIG, BOLD productions between September 2017 and May 2018. This season, with the exception of our two Shakespeare Festival classic productions, everything you see will be new to the Civic stage! Whether you enjoy splashy musicals presented in the Auditorium, dramas staged in the intimate setting of the Parish Theatre, or new, compelling works in our thought provoking Carver Center Studio Series - there is something for everyone at the Civic! Browse this season's productions below and take a look at all we have in store for you.

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2017-2018 Young Frankenstein2

September 22 - October 8

"It's Alive!" The comedy genius Mel Brooks has adapted his legendary film into a hilariously brilliant stage creation. The grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced "Fronk-en-steen") inherits his family's estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchbacked sidekick, Igor, and the lovely lab assistant Inga, Frederick follows in his grandfather's footsteps....

17-18 Radiation prod art v2

October 6 - October 15

This hour-long one-act dramatizes the experience of Barb Brunetti, a woman going through a five-day per week 33-day radiation protocol for breast cancer, and other women she encounters during that time. Almost all of the play takes place in the small room where women wait their turn for radiation treatment....

17-18 Sounds of the 60s prod art

October 13 - October 15

It was an age of conflict. It was an age of love. Join us for a trip back in time as our seniors celebrate the 1960's in a new original music revue. This decade was a tumultuous time for our country. Women, African Americans, Native Americans and other marginalized communities continued their fight for equality, and many Americans joined the protest against the ongoing war in Vietnam....

17-18 A Midsummer Night's Dream prod art2

October 20 - October 28

Magic, action, love and humor are the ingredients for the spell 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' will cast on you! Join our Civic Youth Theatre as they journey to mythical Athens and an enchanted forest for a hilarious farce where the action is centered on the adventures of four young star-crossed lovers and their escapades with fairies and sprites in a moonlit forest....

2017-2018 Macbeth2

October 21 - November 5

All hail a surprising new 'Macbeth'! The Scottish play or 'Macbeth' as it is known to the world, will entice audiences with its simple plot, its witches and ghosts, and its clear moral questions about the lure of evil and how we control our own fates....

2017-2018 Little Mermaid2

November 17 - December 3

It's a magical kingdom beneath the sea! Disney's 'The Little Mermaid' is a big splash of a family musical with eye-popping musical numbers and an award-winning score. A beautiful young mermaid named Ariel longs to leave her home to live in the world above....

17-18 Baskerville prod art

January 12 - January 27

Get your deerstalker hat on "the play's afoot!" Comedic genius Ken Ludwig ('Lend Me a Tenor', 'Moon Over Buffalo') faithfully transforms Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's 1901 classic 'The Hound of the Baskervilles' into a murderously funny adventure and Sherlock Holmes is on the case....

2017-2018 Rock of Ages3

January 26 - February 11

Leave the kids at home and relive the eighties with the loudest, proudest show of the season! It's the tail end of the big bad 1980's in Hollywood where the party has been raging hard. Aqua Net, Lycra, lace, and liquor flow freely at one of the Sunset Strip's legendary venues, a place where heartthrob Stacee Jaxx takes the stage and eager groupies line up to turn their fantasies into reality....

17-18 Calendar Girls prod art

February 9 - February 24

Follow the tale of a group of women and their endeavor to raise money for cancer research - by posing nude for a special charity calendar! When Annie's husband John dies of leukemia, she and her best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room....

17-18 No Way Out prod art

February 16 - February 25

'No Way Out' is the true story of the author's family which was geographically torn apart during World War II, where their only means of communicating with each other was through their letters. About 500 letters were later found and translated, chronicling the events taking place in Germany starting in the summer of 1938....

17-18 red prod art

March 2 - March 17

"What do you see?" "What is art - and who gets to decide?" Famed abstract impressionist painter Mark Rothko asks his new assistant, Ken, these loaded questions. It's 1958, and Rothko has just been offered the biggest commission in the history of modern art - a series of murals for New York's famed Four Seasons Restaurant....

2017-2018 Seussical Jr3

March 16 - March 23

"Oh, the thinks you can think" when Dr. Seuss' best-loved characters collide and caper in a fantastical musical extravaganza! Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton the Elephant, who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos.

17-18 Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods prod art

April 6 - April 22

In the country of Sudan in the 1990's, after civil war destroyed their villages, an exodus of boys walked 800 miles across Africa, finally making it to refugee camps in Kenya, where they lived on a bowl of grain a day for 10 years. In 2001, the U.S. resettled 3,600 of these "lost boys" in cities across America....

17-18 The Good Doctor prod art

April 20 - April 29

Take one part 19th century Russian playwright, add in one part 20th century American playwright and you have a full-length play that exposes the ridiculous, tender, outlandish, ludicrous, innocent and weird frailties of human beings!...

Billy Elliot web production bkgrd art 17-18

May 4 - May 20

Set in a northern English mining town against the background of the 1984 miners' strike, 'Billy Elliot' is the inspirational story of a young boy's struggle against the odds to make his wish come true. Billy comes from a family of coal miners, but dreams of becoming a ballet dancer, even though his father wants him to box....

17-18 Harriet the Spy prod art

May 18 - May 26

Eleven year old Harriet is a writer. She is also a spy! Every afternoon Harriet practices writing by following a spy route, observing her friends and neighbors, and writing about them in her trusty notebook. She writes down everything she sees, thinks, and feels about everyone....everything!...