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All-of-us Express
Children's Theatre


 

Season 24 — 2012/2013

The mission of the All-of-us Express Children's Theatre program is, simply, doing theater. Along the way we teach responsibility, self-esteem and many practical life skills. When you watch one of our shows, you see not only the young people on stage, but the result of much effort behind the scenes by young people who work on all phases of every production, from auditions through to the final clean-up.

Unless otherwise noted, show times are 7:00 pm Fridays, 2:00 & 4:30 pm Saturdays, and 2:00 pm Sundays. (Sunday performances only for shows at Riverwalk Theatre.)   Show details.   Season brochure (PDF).

Auditions are 6:30-8:30 pm Thursday and Friday, 10:00 am to noon on Saturday, with call-backs 2:00-5:00 pm on Saturday. There is an audition workshop early in the week (small fee). All auditions are at Hannah Community Center in East Lansing. No previous stage experience needed to audition or work on a crew!   Audition details.   Participant Handbook (PDF).

All-of-us Express activities are presented with the support of our members and donors, Capital Area United Way and specific event grants and sponsors as noted.

TICKET INFORMATION

ELPRA Online Registration: Choose "Children's Theater" from the list of Class Types, then look for the appropriate event. You must create an account before you can purchase tickets.

If you order online or by phone, tickets may be mailed or held for you at the Hannah Community Center front desk. Seating at Hannah Community Center is not reserved; first come, first choice.

Tickets for The Beatles Slept Here at Riverwalk Theatre must be purchased through the Riverwalk Theatre box office! Seating at Riverwalk Theatre is reserved, so buy tickets early.

Fall 2012: Little Women

November 2-3 & November 9-10, 2012, Hannah Community Center in East Lansing. Directed by Miranda Sue Hartmann. Show photo gallery.

Beautiful, amusing and meaningful, this telling of the March sisters' pivotal years on the verge of womanhood imparts cheer and hope for the goodness of mankind.

Adapted by Marion De Forest. A dramatization of the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott. Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Presented with the support of the Ingham County Hotel/Motel Arts and Tourism Tax Fund.
Guild Sponsors: Capital Area United Way and Jackson National Life.

Graphic by ELPRA.
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 Winter 2013: The Princess and the Pea & Rapunzel

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February 8-9 & 15-16, 2013, Hannah Community Center in East Lansing. Directed by Megan Buonodono and SaDonna Croff. Show photo gallery.

This is a double-bill; two shorter plays performed back-to-back.

Prince Peter must find a "true princess" who can feel a small pea through 20 mattresses! And Rapunzel is whisked away to a tower in the forest. Can Prince Llewellyn rescue her? Adventure awaits in this double-bill play!

Princess and the Pea adapted by Pat Rosenthal. Rapunzel adapted by Karen Boettcher-Tate. Produced by arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service, Inc.

This activity is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. Guild Sponsors: Capital Area United Way and Jackson National Life.

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Spring 2013: The Beatles Slept Here

April 18-21 & 26-28, 2013, at Lansing's Riverwalk Theatre. Directed by Rick Dethlefsen. Show photo gallery.

Sargeant Paprika (who inexplicably despises the Beatles) had tried to keep it a secret that the Fab Four once stayed in his Penny Lane Hotel. When the word gets out, craziness ensues! It's been a hard day's night for poor Paprika, especially when the Beatles mysteriously appear to him in the middle of the night-proving that he's finally gone over the edge!

Adapted by Craig Sodaro. Presented by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service, Inc. Produced by All-of-us Express Children's Theatre in cooperation with Riverwalk Theatre.

This activity is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. Guild Sponsors: Capital Area United Way and Jackson National Life.

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 Summer 2013: Aladdin and His Wonderful, Magical Lamp

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July 26-27 & August 2-3, 2013, Hannah Community Center in East Lansing. Directed by Jennifer Ridley. Show photo gallery.

There is a 2:00 pm show on Friday, August 2 for groups only; pre-paid reservation required. Please call the Hannah Community Center front desk (517-333-2580) for more information about group shows.

This is the first full musical produced by All-of-us Express!

Aladdin finds a magic lamp with a genie that transforms his life and wins him the heart of the beautiful Princess Jasmine. However, the evil magician Jammal wants the lamp for himself. This musical fantasy will delight audiences of all ages!

Book adapted by Tim Kelly; music and lyrics by Pam Hughes. Presented by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service, Inc.

This activity is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. Guild Sponsors: Capital Area United Way and Jackson National Life.

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Show graphics on this page courtesy of ELPRA. Publicity and show photography by Dylan Lees and Lisa Lees, photos copyright © by the photographers and AECT. A big thank-you to our many other volunteers, too!



It is the mission of All-of-us Express Children's Theatre to offer young people of all backgrounds, cultures, and lifestyles the opportunity to produce professional quality plays, study many aspects of the dramatic arts, and develop valuable life skills while providing outstanding entertainment to the community. It is the policy of AECT to provide equal opportunities to all eligible persons without regard to age, color, creed, gender identity, disability, height, membership in any labor organization, national origin, parental status, political identification, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or weight.


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