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Are you wondering how Center Stage Jackson started and why?
We had two viable Community Theater groups in Jackson for many years with a long history of presenting outstanding theater with local talent using local facilities.

CLARK LAKE PLAYERS produced 4-6 summer shows at Pleasant View, Clark Lake from 1953-63
Eagle Point , Clark Lake from 1964-1978 and then to the Potter Center at JCC from 1979-2000.

JACKSON CIVIC THEATER started around the early 1950's and produced 4-5 shows from fall until spring.

Life changes. It was becoming more difficult to staff shows, etc.,and as more activities were available in the county, the two groups decided to merge in September 2000.

Reorganization started with many meetings. new ideas and new visions while retaining our purpose of bringing quality shows to our Jackson Community.

Our first season started in 2000 - 2001 with performances at the Potter Center in the Ruth Day and Baughman theaters. Among the first shows were "ART" "THE MIKADO" and "THE RUNNER STUMBLES".

Watch for our next chapter on CSJ.

Therese Y. Fifelski, Center Stage Jackson Historian



* = Musical          Green = Staged Reading Series       Blue = Youth Theater





Scrooge! The Musical*

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever


The Pied Piper*

In the Next Room/The Vibrator Play


Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat*



2012 – 2013

Stepping Out

The King and I*

 King Midas and the Touch of Gold

God of Carnage

 A Song for Coretta



Dinner with Friends




2011 – 2012

Leading Ladies

 White Christmas*

 The Legend of Pocahontas

 Lettice and Loveage

 The Outsiders

 A Song for Coretta

 The Velveteen Rabbit*

 Secrets of a Soccer Mom

 Legally Blonde*

 The Late Christopher Bean



2010 – 2011



 The Receptionist

Shakespeare Goes to Gravel Gulch

 Perfect Score

 Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

 Ancestral Voices

 Secret Garden*


 Miscast III - Cabaret


 Little Shop of Horrors*


 Reasons to be Pretty

 At Home at the Zoo







 The Story of Hansel & Gretel*

 Dead Man’s Cell Phone

 The Diary of Anne Frank

 Sunday Dinner

 Robin Hood


 Miscast II - Cabaret


 Back to the 80s*

 Rabbit Hole





 Doc, Doc. . .Goose!

 Anne of Green Gables*


 Enchanted Sleeping Beauty*

 Miscast - Cabaret

High School Musical II*






 Little Women*

 Three One Acts

 The Miracle Worker

 Big Bad






2006 – 2007

 Born Yesterday


 To Kill a Mockingbird

 Man of La Mancha*

 High School Musical*





 The Odd Couple (Female Version)


 Our Town






 Sound of Music*

 Arsenic and Old Lace

 On Golden Pond











House of Blue Leaves

 Collected Stories

 Imaginary Invalid





The Rainmaker


 Marvin’s Room

 The Last Night of Ballyhoo

 The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas*





 The Runner Stumbles

 The Mikado*