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All-of-us Express
Children's Theatre


Season 25 — 2013 / 2014

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.)   Season show details.

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.


For performances at Hannah Community Center, use this information.

Tickets for The Hobbit at Riverwalk Theatre must be purchased through the Riverwalk Theatre box office! Seating at Riverwalk Theatre is limited, so buy tickets early.

Fall 2013: Treasure Island

November 8-9 & 15-16, Hannah Community Center in East Lansing. Directed by AECT Founder Evelyn Weymouth. Show photos.

When this rousing adventure story premiered Off-Broadway, it received unanimous critical acclaim. Parents Magazine considered it, "First rate all the way, a delightful experience," and the New York Times called it an "inventive classic." Treasure Island is certainly one of the most durable adventure stories of all time, with the villainous Long John Silver following young Jim across the ocean to search out a buried fortune on Treasure Island. This delightful adaptation remains true to the original story, but includes numerous roles for young women.

Treasure Island, by Joseph George Caruso, adapted from the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson. Produced by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service, Inc., Englewood, Colorado.

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.

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 Winter 2014: Winnie-the-Pooh

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February 7-8 & 14-15, 2014, Hannah Community Center in East Lansing. Directed by AECT Founder Evelyn Weymouth. Show photos.

Winnie-the-Pooh was the first production ever staged by All-of-us Express Children's Theatre, performed at then Hannah Middle School in October 1989.

Winnie-the-Pooh is Christopher Robin's fat little "bear of very little brain" who would like to drift peacefully through life, humming tunes and stopping frequently to eat "a little something." However, he finds himself involved in all sorts of frantic adventures, assisted by such friends as the dismal Eeyore, Piglet and Rabbit, with his countless relations. Pooh's intentions are always the best, but his passion for honey and condensed milk keeps getting him into trouble. When friend Piglet gets roped into Kanga's household and Kanga starts bathing him (with soap!) and forcing down spoonfuls of Strengthening Medicine, Pooh wants to fly to the rescue, but he's had so many snacks he gets stuck in the door.

The cornerstone of our 25th Season, Winnie-the-Pooh is the first play produced by All-of-us Express in 1989 on the stage of then Hannah Middle School.

Adapted from the A.A. Milne classic by Kristin Sergel. Produced by arrangement with Dramatic Publishing.

Guild Sponsors: Capital Area United Way and Jackson National Life.

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Spring 2014: The Hobbit

April 4-6 & 11-13, 2014, at Lansing's Riverwalk Theatre. Directed by AECT Alumnus Morgan Lees. Show photos.

It's unusual for a modern work to become a classic so quickly, but Tolkien's "ring" stories, which began with The Hobbit, clearly are in this very special category. They stir the imagination and intellect of everyone they touch. Bilbo, one of the most conservative of all hobbits, is asked to leave his large, roomy and very dry home in the ground to set off as chief robber in an attempt to recover an important treasure. It's the last thing that any sensitive hobbit would want to do, but great benefit eventually results—not only for Bilbo but for all of the Hobbits who inhabit Middle Earth—and the hearts of those children and adults who continue to enjoy this kind of magic.

Dramatized by Patricia Grey from the J.R.R. Tolkein classic. Presented by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing. Produced by All-of-us Express Children's Theatre in cooperation with Riverwalk Theatre.

Guild Sponsors: Capital Area United Way and Jackson National Life.

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 Summer 2014: The Little Mermaid

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July 25-26 & August 1-2, 2014, Hannah Community Center in East Lansing. Directed by AECT Alumnus Amelia Rogocka. Show photos.

Please note that there is a 10:00 am show the second Friday for groups only; pre-paid reservation is required. Please call the Hannah Community Center front desk (517-333-2580 extension 0) for more information about this group show.

In the harmonious undersea world of merpeople, the little mermaid Pearl dreams of the world above. Her sisters Luna and Coral, her father, Anemone the Sea King, and her grandmother, the Great Mother, warn her of the dangers above. But Pearl, in love with the handsome prince whose life she saved, trades her voice to the Sea Witch to become human. After the Sea Witch is vanquished by her twin sister, the Great Mother, Pearl regains her voice, marries the prince, and happiness and harmony prevail.

Delightful inventions, reverberating with the ecology of land and ocean, render exciting and newly relevant this adaptation by Linda Daugherty of the story by Hans Christian Andersen. Presented by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing.

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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