Theatre and Dance Weekend Lineup: A Christmas Carol, December Dance Concert and Stop Kiss!

The Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance presents three stunning productions this weekend! Wayne State University faculty, staff, alumni and senior citizens always save with $20 tickets (reg. $25) and student tickets (valid for any student at any school) are just $10 (reg. $25).

A Christmas Carol

Dec. 1 to 17, 2017

Adapted from the Charles Dickens story by John Wolf and Tom Aulino

Bonstelle Theatre, Bonstelle Theatre, 3424 Woodward Ave, Detroit 48201

This holiday season, join Ebenezer Scrooge on a ghostly adventure in Dickens' classic story. When the miserly old Scrooge is visited by his former business partner, now deceased, he begins a journey into the past, present and future to learn the true meaning of Christmas. Will the old codger redeem himself? Can the spirits inspire him to a greater purpose? Find out this Christmas at the Bonstelle Theatre. At just 75 minutesA Christmas Carol is a joyous holiday adventure the whole family can enjoy! Free parking is adjacent to the Bonstelle Theatre.


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December Dance Concert

Dec. 8-9, 2017

Detroit Music Hall for the Performing Arts, 350 Madison St, Detroit 48226

This year’s show promises to be a presentation of diverse and moving works encompassing many facets of the human experience, both past and present. Dance students have the pleasure of working with a variety of talented artists, including invited guests, esteemed faculty, and talented student choreographers. The 2017 Allesee Guest Artist Repertory ensemble has had the pleasure of working with New York-based choreographer Faye Discroll on her new piece, “Sea of Love.” Hailed by The New York Times as “…one of the most original talents on the contemporary dance scene,” Driscoll’s new work combines a mixture of tableaux, images, and physical states to produce a highly theatrical, at times comedic, and ultimately humanist perspective on contemporary life.

African Dance ensemble, To Sangana, will also be working with a guest choreographer (Arnaud Loubayi) and drummer (Mampouya). The work, entitled “Nozbe/Nsombe” takes audiences on a journey back in time, to a typical day in central Africa. The work explores the hunt, the marketplace, food preparation, and a high –energy dance competition. In addition to the works by guest artists, the December Dance Concert will feature works by faculty including Meg Paul, Lisa Rose LaMarre Wilmot, RAS Mikey Courtney, Jarell Gordy, and students Isabella Brown, Kelsey Lewiski-Chism, Molly Sute and Jake Rydell. It is certain to be an evening of beautiful and moving contemporary dance made only more enchanting under the roof of the stunning Music Hall.

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Stop Kiss

Dec. 7 to 16, 2017

By Diana Son

Studio Theatre at the Hilberry, 4743 Cass Avenue, Detroit 48201

Stop Kiss is a poignant and funny play about the ways, both sudden and slow, that lives can change irrevocably. Watch as Callie meets Sara; these two women unexpectedly fall in love. The tragic consequences of their first kiss and the violence it provokes transforms their lives in a way they could never anticipate. Director Cheryl Turski sums up Stop Kiss as “A bold first kiss between two women. A horrific violent response from the world. Set in New York City in the late nineties, Stop Kiss oscillates between the rush of a blossoming romance, and the painful aftermath of a hate crime. Will Callie finally learn to stop swerving and commit to love? Will Sara return to the ease of the Midwest, or continue to face the harsh realities of New York? The show asks, "When society punishes those who dare to live outside its norms, how does love heal?” Join us for a night of theatre that confronts timely and relevant topics and serves as an indictment of hatred while also providing a moving study of the perils inherent in living life fully.

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BUY TICKETS: Tickets are available by phone at (313) 577-2972, online at, or by visiting the box office at 4743 Cass Avenue at the corner of Hancock Street. Group tickets are available to parties of 10 or more at just $15 each (reg. $25). Student groups and nonprofits can participate in our fundraising ticket program with no up-front costs. Learn more here. Please note: a convenience fee of $2 per ticket is automatically added to your ticket when purchasing online; additional fees may be required per order. The Studio Theatre at the Hilberry is only accessible via stairs. Questions? Call the Box Office at (313) 577-2972, Tuesday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.