Coming up next...


Our 3rd Annual BBQ Cook-Off fundraiser, Porkapalooza, has been rescheduled for September 12, 2020!

Get more info about the BBQ Cook-Off...


CSJ Jingle Contest!

Submission deadline: July 17th

Center Stage Jackson is looking for songwriters to help us create a jingle for marketing our organization!

The submission deadline is July 17, 2020. Winner gets a $50 cash prize!

Learn more about the Jingle Contest...


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

Learn more about the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs...

Learn more about the National Endowment for the Arts...


Event Cancellations

March 18, 2020

(Updates are listed below, by event)


Members, participants, patrons, and supporters,

The last few days have felt like weeks as the COVID-19 pandemic response has evolved. Last week, we made the difficult decision to cancel the Youth Theater show, No Strings Attached. In the days since, the pandemic has continued to spread and the directives from federal and state authorities has continued to be more restrictive. In consideration of these directives and out of an abundance of caution, we have made the difficult decision to make the following changes to our upcoming scheduled events to ensure the safety of all of our patrons, participants, and their families, and to do our part to limit the spread of this disease:


In-Person Meetings - Updated June 18

As Governor Whitmer has eased the restrictions contained in the executive orders, CSJ has continued to monitor those guidelines to determine how it can safely implement those changes while considering the individual circumstances of those affected. As a result, CSJ has elected to lift the ban on in person board and committee meetings with the following guidelines:

  • --A remote option for all meetings will be made available for all in person meetings.
  • --The meeting venue to be used must accommodate the effective use of the remote option, as well as allow for the social distancing measures noted below.
  • --The size of the gathering should be limited to the numbers included in the current executive orders for social gatherings, dependent on location and venue.
  • --All attendees must follow social distancing measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), including remaining at least six feet from people when outside one's household, to the extent feasible under the circumstances.
  • --All attendees must wear a face covering over his or her nose and mouth—such as a homemade mask, scarf, bandanna, or handkerchief—when in any enclosed public space, unless the individual is unable medically to tolerate a face covering.
  • --The board president should be notified of any scheduled in person committee meetings.
  • --The board will continue to monitor the latest information in developing its plans for the coming months.


2020 Dinner Cabaret - Updated May 18

This production is still postponed until further notice. If restrictions surrounding COVID-19 lift in the coming months, this cabaret may be held before the end of 2020 (in this case, we will interview for a 2021 Cabaret director at that time). If not, we have held April 9-18, 2021 at the Sandhill Crane Vineyards as a backup for this production team and performers. Once restrictions begin to lift, we will work to re-schedule this event. The singers and production team are well into rehearsals and are excited to share their music with everyone!


The Wizard of Oz - Updated May 18

This production has been postponed to June 4-13, 2021 at Jackson College's Potter Center.


Youth Singing Competition - Updated March 18

The dates for this year’s Youth Singing Competition were originally scheduled to be announced in the coming days. However, the dates and venue that had been secured are no longer feasible. The decision has been made to CANCEL the 2020 Youth Singing Competition. This event will return in early 2021.


Staged Reading Auditions & Performance - Updated April 29

These auditions, originally scheduled for May 23, 2020, have been POSTPONED until further notice. The June 28 Old Time Radio Hour performance has also been postponed until further notice.


We will continue to provide updates on our website and social media accounts, and you may continue to reach us at Together, we will get through this crisis and come out stronger on the other side. We look forward to providing dramatic arts to the Jackson community once again!

Stay well,

Nate Baldermann
President, Center Stage Jackson


Announcing the 2020-21 Season!

Something Rotten!, Wizard of Oz, Jungle Book, and more!

Center Stage Jackson is excited to announce our 2020-21 Season!

See the complete Season...


Season Events Ahead...

Jingle Contest Deadline 
July 17, 2020

Dinner Cabaret ** POSTPONED **
To be announced

3rd Annual BBQ Cook-Off Fundraiser ** RESCHEDULED **
September 12, 2020 (updated date!)

Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony
Open to the public - Aug. 2020

Something Rotten! 
Main Stage Musical - Oct. 2020

The Enchanted Bookshop 
Youth Theater Play - Nov. 2020

Murder Mystery at the Murder Mystery 
Dinner Theatre - Feb./Mar. 2021

12th Youth Singing Competition
Info to be announced - Jan. 2021

Jungle Book
Youth Theater Musical - Mar. 2021

Dinner Cabaret 
Info to be announced - Apr. 2021

The Wizard of Oz  
Main Stage Musical - Jun. 2021



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
and more!

In our 2018-19 Season, 112 youth and over 164 adults presented 39 performances to 5,000+ patrons in Jackson County!