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Director’s Choice Event

CSJ is currently 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 in Jackson, Michigan. 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. Auditions are tentatively planned for April 2021. 

We are accepting applications through Friday February 12, 2021. Interviews will be held the week of February 22, 2021.

Things to keep in mind while picking a script…

  • Keep it short
  • Keep it simple (minimal set/costumes/props)
  • Keep it to 10 performers or less
  • Keep it flexible enough to be staged outdoors
  • Keep it family friendly
  • Keep the physical contact to an absolute minimum (preferably zero)

Scripts can be original or published, but must be available for CSJ to produce. CSJ will need to apply for the rights for each script, and finalization of the shorts used in the production will be determined by the availability of the shows.

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 are accepting applications through Friday, February 12, 2021.

Contact: Administrative Director Katie Meyers at admin@centerstagejackson.org.


2021-22 Season

On Saturday June 27, 2020 the Center Stage Jackson Board of Directors held an emergency meeting to discuss the state of our 2020-21 Season in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. At that time they voted to postpone the next three stage productions (Something Rotten!, Youth Theater’s The Enchanted Bookshop, and Murder Mystery at the Murder Mystery). This difficult decision was made based on the practicality of holding rehearsals and performances under pandemic circumstances, availability of venues for rehearsals and performances, financial feasibility with reduced capacity restrictions, and most importantly concern for the safety of all involved in a production.

Because it is unclear whether these productions will start rehearsals in six months or sixteen, director interviews were cancelled at that time of this difficult decision.

Directors for these productions will be selected at a later date. If you are interested in directing Something Rotten! or Murder Mystery at the Murder Mystery, please contact Katie Meyers at admin@centerstagejackson.org for more information and/or to be put on the list to schedule an interview.

We will continue to provide updates on our website, social media accounts, and email list, and you may continue to reach us at admin@centerstagejackson.org.

We deeply appreciate your support and understanding in this unusual time. We are excited to make it through this intermission and back to the stage!


Something Rotten

Main Stage Musical at Jackson College’s Potter Center

October 29, 30, 31
November 5, 6, 7
2021

Set in the 1590s, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as “The Bard.” When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. But amidst the scandalous excitement of opening night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self, and all that jazz.

Something Rotten! features large song and dance numbers and a wacky cast of over-the-top characters, each given his or her own special moment in the show to shine.

Something Rotten! officially opened on Broadway at the St. James Theatre in 2015. It was nominated for ten Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Its cast album received a nomination for the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.

Click here to see the Tony Award Show video clip for Something Rotten

Check out the publishing house info on Something Rotten


Murder Mystery at the Murder Mystery

Main Stage Dinner Theatre at Sandhill Crane Vineyards

February 18, 19, 20
February 25, 26, 27
March 4, 5, 6
2022

The players at The Murder Mystery Playhouse are rehearsing a new show, “Putting a Little English On It.” It’s a not-so-good attempt at a British murder mystery, complete with cheesy dramatic music and British accents. As expected at the final dress rehearsal, the lights go out and a character dies onstage — only this murder wasn’t in the script! The authorities are quickly called, and soon the company finds themselves replaying the death scene. When yet another person dies at the end of the same scene, the cast finds themselves replaying the same scene over and over for other investigators, a theatre critic, and even the playwright himself! But every time they get to the end of the scene, someone else ends up with a fire poker in the chest. The actors are left scratching their heads at the strange circumstances and also worried that they could be next. It all culminates in a wild surprise ending in which the actors must work together to defeat the murderer before he murders them all.

Check out the publishing house info on Murder Mystery at the Murder Mystery


Note: The Wizard of Oz

Main Stage Musical at Jackson College’s Potter Center

June 4, 5, 6
June 11, 12, 13
2021

This production was postponed from June 2020 to June 2022, so we will not be re-interviewing for this production. The Wizard of Oz will be directed by Kelly Crippen. Check out the Wizard of Oz page for more info!

Note: Dinner Cabaret

Dinner Theatre at Sandhill Crane Vineyards

April 1, 2, 3
April 8, 9, 10
2022

We will not be interviewing for this position at this time. Due to COVID-19, our plans for the 2020 Dinner Cabaret are on hold. If we are able to reschedule this production in 2021, we will proceed with interviewing a director for the 2022 Dinner Cabaret. If we are not able to reschedule in 2021, Nick Brown will direct this year’s cast & crew in April 2022. Please stay tuned for more information!


Youth Theater

Any persons interested in directing with our Youth Theater program should contact Youth Theater committee chair Doug Meyers at drmeyers14@sbcglobal.net.


Interested in Directing?

Directors for these productions will be selected at a later date. If you are interested in directing Something Rotten! or Murder Mystery at the Murder Mystery, please contact Katie Meyers at admin@centerstagejackson.org for more information and/or to be put on the list to schedule an interview.