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2015-2016 Power Series

Experience the excitement — Buy season tickets now!

Where else can you find the best of opera, drama, dance, and musical theatre in one convenient package? Each year, the Power Series creates four unique productions that showcase the ability of the theatre to highlight the human condition. In 2015-2016, we celebrate how laughter lightens our hearts with How to Deceive Your Family (The Spanish Hour/Gianni Schicchi); Henry IV, Part I; Momentum; and Guys and Dolls. From Shakespeare’s greatest comic character, to the antics of a lusty wife, to the vivid characters that inhabit the underworld of Broadway – these stories embrace the value of honor, the importance of compassion, and the transformative power of love. What’s more, they make us laugh along the way.


Series Information

Series A: Thursday Evenings, 7:30 pm on Nov 12, Dec 10, Feb 4, and Apr 14
Series B: Friday Evenings, 8 pm on Nov 13, Dec 11, Feb 5, and Apr 15
Series C: Saturday Evenings, 8 pm on Nov 14, Dec 12, Feb 6, and Apr 16
Series D: Sunday Afternoons, 2 pm on Nov 15, Dec 13, Feb 7, and Apr 17



All performaces are in the Power Center for the Performing Arts at 121 N Fletcher - Seating Chart

Center Orchestra & Balcony  (Sections 2-4, 7-9)   $99.00

Side Orchestra & Balcony (Sections 1, 5, 6, & 10)  $79.00

Subscriber Benefits

Subscribing to the 2015-2016 Power Series brings you four spectacular dance, musical theatre, opera, and theatre productions featuring the stars of tomorrow on our stages today. Only Subscribers Receive:

  • Priority Seating: When you are a subscriber, we will give you exclusive seating preference and reserve your seats for the entire season.
  • Ticket Insurance: Lost your tickets? Not to worry — we shall replace them.
  • Flexibility: Has your schedule changed? We shall exchange your tickets for a different performance of the same production at no charge up to 48 hours before the performance.
  • Don’t pay full price: You receive a 15% discount for your series tickets along with any single tickets you purchase for selected SMTD events. PLUS - you pay a single order handling fee, no matter how many tickets are in your order.
  • Get ‘Em First: You receive priority ordering privileges for all School of Music, Theatre & Dance productions including the annual Halloween and Collage Concerts, Musical Theatre Studios, and the Musical Theatre Senior Showcase.
  • Be in the know! You will be notified of exciting upcoming UM School of Music, Theatre & Dance events in advance of the general public.

Some Helpful Information

  • Shortly after receipt of your order, we shall mail you a confirmation.
  • Subscribers may exchange tickets at no cost for the same production up to 48 hours before curtain, subject to availability.
  • After ordering your subscription, you may go ahead and order tickets for any other show in the SMTD season.
  • Plays, casts and schedules are subject to change. No refunds.

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  • By Phone: Call (734) 764-2538. There is a $3.50 handling fee per order for ordering by phone. Please have your Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover card number and expiration date ready.
  • In Person: The League Ticket Office is located in the Michigan League Building at 911 N. University Ave.

    Hours: Monday - Friday from 9 AM - 5 PM and Saturday from 10 AM - 1 PM
    Summer Hours (May - August): 10 AM - 5 PM, Monday - Friday


The Shows

How To Deceive Your Family (Two operas about love and greed)

Nov. 12 at 7:30 PM • Nov. 13 & 14 at 8 PM • Nov. 15 at 2 PM
University Opera Theatre directed by Robert Swedberg

University Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Kathleen Kelly
Sung in French and Italian

In these two delightful one-act operas, deception and trickery are laced with humor as a philandering wife and a money-hungry family strive to get their way.
The Spanish Hour (L’heure espagnole) by Maurice Ravel tells the story of a clockmaker, Torquemada, and his lusty wife, Concepción. With her husband off to tend to the town clocks, Concepción decides to arrange some assignations in his absence. What to do with the unknown gentleman waiting for his watch? How to manage the dilemma of both lovers arriving at the same time? Conceal the men and move around some clocks! Rich with musical sophistication, melody, and humor, Ravel’s first opera (1911) is playful example of sensuous time management.
Premiered at the NY Metropolitan Opera in 1919, Gianni Schicchi (pronounced “Johnny Skeekee”) is a mischievous episode from The Divine Comedy about a group of greedy relatives who have been left out of a dying man’s will in favor of a monastery. His relatives enlist a crafty old peasant, Gianni Schicchi, to impersonate the old man and dictate a new will. But their plan may not quite work the way they intend. Giacomo Puccini’s only comic opera, the work contains one of his most popular arias, “O mio babbino caro.” Filled with trickery and triumphant comeuppance, Gianni Schicchi is “A rollicking, madcap scherzo, overflowing with merry deviltries.” (The New York Times)

Henry IV, Part I

Dec. 10 at 7:30 PM • Dec. 11 & 12 at 8 PM • Dec. 13 at 2 PM
Co-Directed by Priscilla Lindsay & Robert Najarian

Department of Theatre & Drama


The Story: Fresh from his ouster of Richard II, King Henry IV finds no joy in ruling as he faces political derision from those who consider him a usurper to the throne of England. Even his son Hal is absent, choosing instead to lead a raucous life with the lowly knight Falstaff and his gang of riffraff. As Henry’s reign faces increasing threats from Lord Northumberland and his son Hotspur, Hal must begin his own journey towards honor and the respect of a nation.
Background: Oft called Shakespeare’s greatest history play, Henry IV, Part I debuted in 1596 and was an immediate success on stage and in print. The drama is rich in high and low characters, public and private motives, poetry and prose, fact and fiction. In Falstaff, Shakespeare creates his most unforgettable personality – one of quick, irreverent wit and willing irresponsibility. From boisterous comedy, to political intrigue, to the chaos of the battlefield, Henry IV, Part I is a intriguing look at the price of power.


Feb. 4 at 7:30 PM • Feb. 5 & 6 at 8 PM • Feb. 7 at 2 PM

Choreograpy by guest artist Camille A. Brown and faculty Amy Chavasse, Bill DeYoung and Peter Sparling

Department of Dance

Momentum combines four new dance works revealing four distinct visions of motion. New York City-based guest Camille A. Brown is a prolific choreographer who has achieved multiple accolades and awards for her daring works, including a 2015 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award. The New York Times declared her 2010 City of Rain “Impressive…its dynamics are urgent, its multiplicity of incident always striking. The dance sometimes drives hard against the more melancholy passages of Jonathan Melville Pratt’s original score “Two Way Dream,” and sometimes soft against its crescendo. Every aspect of the dance-making here is thoroughly accomplished.” Amy Chavasse, in collaboration with the dancers, explores myth making (the misleading kind) to reveal unanticipated outcomes. Against the music of Lonnie Holley, Chavasse’s work resets the stage with dioramas to alter perceptions of time and location. In Peter Sparling’s Big Weather, Busby Berkeley meets complex systems theory. The action on stage charts the adaptive strategies of a group when sudden stasis or unexpected shifts threaten to alter their flow. Bill DeYoung constructs a dance mix, using recycled choreography as material to be sampled, sliced and diced — inspired as well by cutting-edge contemporary music.

Guys & Dolls

Apr. 14 at 7:30 PM • Apr. 15 & 16 at 8 PM • Apr. 17 at 2 PM
Directed by Mark Madama • Music Direction by Cynthia Kortman Westphal

Department of Musical Theatre

The Story: A fable about Broadway, Guys and Dolls is based on Damon Runyon’s rough-and-tumble stories of New York City. Nathan Detroit, organizer of the longest running floating crap game in the city, bets gambler Sky Masterson that he can’t make the next girl he sees fall in love with him. The next girl just happens to be Sarah Brown – a Salvation Army missionary. Meanwhile, Nathan is having trouble with his own girlfriend, Adelaide, who after fourteen years of dating is ready for the next step - marriage. Hilarity abounds as morality vies with love in the ultimate game of chance.
Background: Winner of two Tony Awards for Best Musical, Guys and Dolls has universally won over audiences through its productions onstage and onscreen. Brooks Atkinson of The New York Times declared “We might as well admit that Guys and Dolls is a work of art. It is spontaneous and has form, style, and spirit.” Frank Loesser’s dynamic score features song favorites such as “Luck be a Lady,” “Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat,” “I’ve Never Been in Love Before,” and the title song. With an incredibly funny book, vivid characters, fantastic dance sequences, and warm-hearted romance, Guys and Dolls is truly what many have labeled it – the perfect musical comedy.



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