Announcing the 2012-2013 Season at the Bonstelle Theatre!

The Bonstelle Theatre Announces its 62nd Season

DETROIT – Wayne State University’s Bonstelle Theatre has announced its 62nd season, boasting a mix of shows that has something everyone can enjoy. The Bonstelle has been a leading entertainment venue in Detroit for generations, offering seasons mixed with drama, comedy, and musicals. Season subscriptions are on sale now for the low price of $48 for a four-show package, making the Bonstelle Theatre an incredibly affordable Detroit experience that can’t be missed.

To subscribe, call (313) 577-2960 or visit the Wayne State University Theatre and Dance Box Office at 4743 Cass Avenue on the corner of Hancock. Subscribers are an integral part of the Bonstelle community, as they enjoy discounted prices, priority seating, exchange privileges, lost ticket insurance, a free subscription to our newsletter and an invitation to the annual Subscriber Party and Open House.

The 62nd Bonstelle Theatre season begins with Arthur Miller’s American Classic, The Crucible. A spurned mistress accuses her ex-lovers’ wife of witchcraft, and soon, no one knows whose name will be called next. The Crucible culminates in the trial of John Proctor, who must choose between indicting his innocent friends, or telling the truth and hanging for it.  From supernatural suspicions to intense seductions, The Crucible is a gripping drama about a community stirred into madness.

For the winter holidays, The Bonstelle presents Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen adapted by Tyler J. Monroe.  When a young boy named Kai is taken away by a wicked enchantress, his best friend Gerda must embark on a perilous journey to the North Pole to rescue him. Using puppets, music and supernatural magic, this exuberant, heart-warming production is an intense theatrical journey to the magical kingdom of the wicked Snow Queen’s icy palace, where the imagination is unleashed and anything can happen!

Third in the season is Mustapha Matura’s charming, ironic and very funny Playboy of the West Indies. When a handsome stranger appears in tropical Trinidad, claiming to have killed his oppressive father, he enchants the isolated villagers and seduces the hearts of the women.  He is a true playboy until his father appears and reveals his son to be a liar and a braggart. The villagers turn on the young man as quickly as they embraced him.

The Bonstelle season concludes with the award-winning Bat Boy: The Musical by Keythe Farley, Brian Flemming and Laurence O’Keefe. A romp based on a trash supermarket tabloid series, this raucous musical comedy follows a supernatural half boy/half bat creature that is discovered in a cave.  He naively tries to fit into a town of the narrow minded, and romantic sparks fly as he decides to run away with his enchanting love.  But happiness is shattered as the town hears the shocking story of Bat Boy’s unholy origin.

A preview performance of the Hilberry Theatre’s 50th anniversary season along with previews of the Bonstelle Theatre’s The Crucible and Bat Boy: The Musical will take place on March 25, 2012 at the 7th Annual Subscriber Party and Open House. Doors open at 12 p.m. with the performance starting at 2 p.m. Admission is free and the event is open to the general public. Attendees will be provided with light refreshments, interactions with company members and tours of the theatre and production center. Free gifts are given to those who subscribe or renew and long-term subscribers will be recognized. For more information about the Subscriber Party and Open House or to RSVP, contact Alex Stewart at (313) 577-5126 or astewart@wayne.edu.

About the Bonstelle Theatre

The Bonstelle Theatre is a Broadway-style House with a 1,143-seat auditorium featuring a balcony. Here, future stars of theatre, film, and television follow in the footsteps of such successful alumni as Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning S. Epatha Merkerson (NBC’s Law and Order, Lackawanna Blues), Lily Tomlin (9 to 5, ABC’s Desperate Housewives) and Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters, NBC’s Heroes).

The Wayne State Theatre and Dance Box Office is open Tuesday through Saturday from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the Hilberry Theatre at 4743 Cass Avenue, Detroit, 48202. Season tickets for the 2012-2013 season are on sale beginning March 1. For more information, please call the box office at (313) 577-2960 or visit the theatre’s website at www.bonstelle.com.

The 2012-2013 Bonstelle season is sponsored by CBS Outdoor, Between the Lines and Encore Michigan.

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