Dates to be determined

COVID-19 Update

As of June 27, 2020 the Center Stage Jackson Board of Directors has voted to indefinitely postpone this production. 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.

We will continue to provide updates on our website, social media accounts, and email list, and you may continue to reach us at [email protected]

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! If you would like to help keep theatre alive in Jackson, you can donate to our 501c3 organization online or by mail: Center Stage Jackson, PO Box 822 Jackson, MI 49204.

Audition Location

Jackson’s First Presbyterian Church
743 W. Michigan Ave. Jackson, MI 49201
Please park behind the church and follow the signs to the southwest door.


To be announced

Any persons interested in directing with our Youth Theater program should contact Youth Theater committee chair Doug Meyers at [email protected]

About this Play

During the day, A Likely Story may look like any other used bookstore.  But at night, it’s a place where magic happens.  That’s when the characters inside the books come alive!

Six of those characters — Dorothy Gale, Robin Hood, Pollyanna, Sherlock Holmes, Heidi, and Tom Sawyer — long to help Margie, the scatterbrained owner, save her struggling store.  But they’re not allowed to leave the building or be seen by human eyes.  So when a pair of smugglers comes looking for a stolen necklace hidden inside one of the books, the characters are torn.  Should they warn Margie and risk disappearing forever?  Or can they find a way to defeat the crooks without being seen? 

Featuring additional appearances by such beloved literary characters as the Queen of Hearts, Long John Silver, and Doctor Dolittle, this charming comedy celebrates the joy of reading in a fresh, fun-filled way.


Dates to be determined

Friday and Saturday at 7:00pm, Sunday at 2:00pm
Jackson’s First Presbyterian Church
743 W. Michigan Ave. Jackson, MI 49201

This production calls for…

Center Stage Jackson’s Youth Theater program is for Jackson County students that are in 3rd through 9th grade (no exceptions). See our Frequently Asked Questions page for more info about the Youth Theater program.

What actors should expect at auditions

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. A “cold reading” means reading from a script without seeing it or being able to practice it beforehand. Please note that the production team will not have actors read for every character (or even the character the actor might want to play). The purpose of the reading is to find out how much volume and expression the actor can read with, as well as how they adjust to direction.

What actors should prepare for auditions

No preparation necessary. Newbies welcome!

Character List – TRIO

  • Margie: Bookshop owner; scatterbrained, eternally hopeful.
  • Bombalurina: Margie’s cat; likes to steal things.
  • Mom: Bored bookshop customer.
  • Timmy: Kid. Hates books.
  • Robin Hood: Vain Medieval English outlaw.
  • Tom Sawyer: Mischievous Missouri schoolboy.
  • Sherlock Holmes: Brainy English detective.
  • Toto: Dorothy’s dog; not as brave as he thinks he is.
  • Dorothy: Kansas farm girl; fearless, clever.
  • Heidi: Swiss mountain girl; melodramatic.
  • Pollyanna: New England schoolgirl; annoyingly optimistic.
  • Book Fairy: Brings the book characters to life; overbearing.
  • Lady in Red: Mysterious bookshop customer.
  • Fagin: English pickpocket; sneaky.
  • Long John Silver: English pirate; treacherous.
  • Officer Ketchum: Confused police officer.
  • Fingers: Jewel smuggler; dumb.
  • Eddie: Another jewel smuggler; bossy and dumb.
  • Doctor Dolittle: English veterinarian; talks to animals.
  • Queen of Hearts: Ruler of Wonderland; hothead.
  • Frankenstein: Monster; grunts a lot.
  • Wicked Witch of the West: Dorothy’s nemesis; smart aleck.
  • Hopalong Cassidy: Noble cowboy.

Rough Rehearsal Schedule

To be announced.

All rehearsals and performances will be held at Jackson’s First Presbyterian Church, 743 W. Michigan Ave. Jackson, MI 49202.


Youth Theater Committee Chair Doug Meyers at [email protected] or 517-539-4118.