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Tickets are now on sale for our new virtual production of Shakespeare's The Tempest, directed by Sara Long! This production has been double cast. We have named the casts Rain and Wind. Rain performances will be shown February 19, 20, and 21. Wind performances will be shown February 26, 27, and 28. Performances will be recorded via Zoom and then edited to add dramatic effect to this mysterious story. All performances shown will be pre-recorded to avoid technical distractions for patrons.
The Tempest is a play about magic, betrayal, love and forgiveness. It is set on an island somewhere near Italy where Prospero, the one-time Duke of Milan, and his beautiful daughter, Miranda, live with a sprite called Ariel and a strange wildman called Caliban. Prospero is a powerful magician who creates a storm, or tempest, that sets the scene for the play. In the events that follow we see a plot to murder the King of Naples, a drunken scheme to kill Prospero, and a romance between Miranda and the King’s son, Ferdinand.
Friday February 19.....7:00pm (Rain)
Saturday February 20.....3:00pm (Rain)
Saturday February 20.....7:00pm (Rain)
Sunday February 21.....3:00pm (Rain)
Friday February 26.....7:00pm (Wind)
Saturday February 27.....3:00pm (Wind)
Saturday February 27.....7:00pm (Wind)
Sunday February 28.....3:00pm (Wind)
CSJ is looking for directors for our new spring production that we are currently calling Director's Choice! This event will be a series of short LIVE performances ranging from monologues to short one acts. This family-friendly event will be held in June 2021. Dates, times, and venue are to be announced as we learn more about what is available. At this time we are looking at outdoor venues.
We are asking that anyone interested in directing submit between one and three possible scripts that they would be interested in directing for the production. Directors do not have to own the script in order to apply.
We will be accepting applications through Friday February 12, 2021.
There are a lot of tasks that need to be done during the year that keep the organization running but aren’t directly related to putting on a show–and committees are the best place to go to help get that work done! Membership is not required to be on a committee.
MCACA Grant Recipient!
Center Stage Jackson has been awarded a grant of $1,000 from the State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). The grant was awarded through the MCACA peer review process and was one of 561 applications to compete for MCACA fiscal year 2019 funding.
This grant will be used to support the Administrative Director position during the COVID-19 pandemic. This person is our only year-round contractor and handles day-to-day operations and year-round planning. Because our organization strives to give artistic and educational opportunities to as many members of our community as possible, the teams that direct our shows differ from production to production. The Administrative Director provides continuity from show to show and year to year, providing valuable information and structural efficiency learned from previous productions (examples: updating our website, mailing list, and social media, providing guidance on show budget creation, executing a consistent format for auditions, providing useful documents to directors, and corresponding with venues). This allows team members working directly on a production to focus on their art without repeating mistakes discovered in prior years, as well as freeing up the board of directors to focus on larger organizational goals.
The MCACA peer review process allows for each grant application to be competitively considered by a panel of in-state and out-of-state arts and culture professionals. This ensures the taxpayers, who support this project through legislative appropriations, and all other visitors or residents in Michigan will have access to the highest quality arts and cultural experiences.
A complete list of grant awards around the state is available by contacting MCACA at (517) 241-4011, or by visiting the MCACA website at www.michigan.gov/arts.
Virtual Main Stage - Feb. 2021
TO BE ANNOUNCED
Main Stage - June 2021
Main Stage Musical - Oct. 2021
Youth Theater Play
Youth Theater Play - Nov. 2021
Murder Mystery at the Murder Mystery
Dinner Theatre - Feb./Mar. 2022
Youth Theater Musical
Youth Theater Musical - Mar. 2022
Info to be announced - Apr. 2022
The Wizard of Oz
Main Stage Musical - Jun. 2022
Did You Know?
Each Season, Center Stage Jackson produces...
2 Main Stage Musicals
1 Main Stage Dinner Theatre
1 Youth Theater Play
1 Youth Theater Musical
1 Themed Cabaret
1 Annual Youth Singing Competition
Multiple FREE Staged Readings
Multiple theatre-focused workshops
We utilize different community venues for each of our productions. Our "home" is the venue that fits each production best!
Jackson College's Potter Center
Sandhill Crane Vineyards
The Middle School at Parkside
Jackson's First Presbyterian Church
Jackson District Library's Carnegie Branch
In our 2018-19 Season, 112 youth and over 164 adults presented 39 performances to 5,000+ patrons in Jackson County!