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Center Stage Jackson was formed in 2000-2001 following the merger of the Clark Lake Players and the Jackson Civic Theater. 
The Clark Lake Players was founded in 1954 as the Pleasant View Players and presented shows during the summer months.  They originally performed at the Pleasant View Hotel pavilion in Clark Lake then at the Clark Lake Lodge before moving to Clark Lake's Eagle Point in 1964 and finally to Jackson Community College Potter Center in 1979.
The Jackson Civic Theater was formed in the early 1960s by the Jackson city Recreation Department.  Its first plays were staged at City Hall.  In 1966, the group moved to Stone Village on Probert Road before finally landing at the JCC Potter Center.  JCT productions ran during the school year.
In September of 2000, the two groups merged and Center Stage Jackson was born.  Its first production was "Art."
Since its inception, CSJ has expanded beyond traditional plays and musicals and typically produces an annual cabaret, a youth singing competition, a number of staged readings and two youth theater productions (a play and a musical).  



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



The Nerd

Agnes of God 

3 Guys in Drag Selling Their Stuff


Rumpelstiltskin, Private Eye 

Arsenic and Old Lace






The Addams Family*

The Keeper of the Tales

The Iliad, The Odyssey, and All of Greek Mythology in 99 Minutes or Less

OZ! The Musical*

Law & Order: Nursery Rhyme Unit 

Monty Python's SPAMALOT*

The Dixie Swim Club 



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*





2007 – 2008

 Cheaper by the Dozen

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*