Current Season: 30

The 30th Anniversary Season for AECT features four mainstage productions. All Ticket purchases are made with the City of East Lansing at the Hannah Community Center Front Desk, or by following this link: City of East Lansing Ticket Information 

Fall 2018

Sherlock Holmes & the 1st Baker Street Irregular

On a dare from the other street urchins, Wiggins tries
to pickpocket a strange old man.

Not only is Wiggins unsuccessful, but the old man, who is actually Sherlock Holmes, takes a ring from Wiggins’ pocket and leaves behind a note on where to go to get it back.

After watching him solve a case, Wiggins proposes to work as Holmes’ assistant. The two of them must learn to work together as Wiggins and the other street urchins help him solve two dangerous mysteries.

Auditions (ages 9-18)
Sept. 6-7 (6:30-8:30 p.m.)

Show Dates:

Nov. 2 & 9 (7 p.m.)
Nov. 3 & 10 (2 p.m. & 7 p.m.)
Nov. 4 & 11 (3 p.m.)
On stage at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road

Winter 2019

Double Bill:
My Name is Rumpelstiltskin
& The 12 Dancing Princesses

By Vera Morris and Phyllis McCallum (respectively)

Griselda, a witch, tells Rumpelstiltskin that in order to become the most powerful force in the kingdom, he must possess a child of royal birth. He spreads the word that Laura, the miller’s daughter, can weave straw into gold. Since the kingdom is bankrupt, she is whisked off to the kingdom to spin gold. She delivers the gold with Rumpelstiltskin’s help, but in return she must give him her first born child. When she marries the prince, and produces an heir to the throne, she has twenty-four hours to guess the wizard’s name, or lose her child forever.

Where do the twelve princesses disappear to each night? And why do they wear out their dancing slippers by morning? The king solicits the help of ten princes who each try and fail. Finally, a young soldier (with the aid of a cloak which makes him invisible) follows the princesses to a mysterious underground kingdom where they dance the night away under a hypnotic spell. The soldier must expose the evil prime minister who is plotting to take over the kingdom in order to save them all.

Auditions (ages 9-18)
Nov. 15-16 (6:30-8:30 p.m.)

Show Dates:

Feb. 8 & 15 (7 p.m.)
Feb. 9 & 16 (2 p.m. & 7 p.m.)
Feb. 10 & 17 (3 p.m.)
On stage at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road

Spring 2019

The Wizard of Oz*

By L. Frank Baum, With Music and Lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg, based upon the classic motion picture owed by Turner Entertainment Co., distributed in all media by Warner Bros.

Dorothy Gale is swept away from a farm in Kansas to a magical land of Oz in a tornado.

She embarks on a quest with her new friends to see the Wizard, who can help her return home to Kansas and help her friends as well.

Auditions (Minimum age 9)
Dec. 6-7 (6:30-8:30 p.m.)

Show Dates:

April 26 & May 3 (7 p.m.)
April 27 & May 4 (2 p.m. & 7 p.m.)
April 28 & May 5 (3 p.m.)
On stage at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road

*This production is a collaboration with Riverwalk Theatre and will feature adult and youth actors.

Summer 2019

Mary Poppins Jr.

A jack-of-all trades named Bert introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family.

Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep.

Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again.

Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect.

Auditions (Ages 9-18)
May  16, 17 & 18 (6:30-8:30 p.m.)

Show Dates:

July 26 & Aug. 2 (7 p.m.)
July 27 & Aug. 3 (2 p.m. & 7 p.m.)
July 28 & Aug. 4 (3 p.m.)
On stage at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road