WSU’s Bonstelle Theatre shares the Holiday Spirit with ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas


DETROIT – Wayne State University’s Bonstelle Theatre presents ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by Michele L. Vacca November 22–24 and December 5–8, 2013. The play, inspired by the Clement Clarke Moore poem, celebrates the joy and eagerness with which children of all ages await Christmas day. At each performance, children will have the opportunity to make ornaments to hang on their Christmas trees at home, beginning 45 minutes before the show.

Tickets for ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas range from $10 to $20. A family four-pack (up to two adults) is available for $50. All tickets are available by calling 313-577-2960, visiting, or at the WSU Theatre Box Office located at the Hilberry Theatre, 4743 Cass Avenue, Detroit.

BuyTickets About the Play

The Sheldon family anxiously prepares for Christmas day by hanging stockings, decorating the Christmas tree, and leaving cookies for Santa. After a grueling visit from Great Aunt Winifred and a particularly stressful Christmas Eve, young Virginia and her father share a late-night visit with the jolly old elf himself. Santa brings a sack full of friends with him in this original Christmas play.

 About the Cast

The cast for ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas includes (in alphabetical order) Carl Bentley (Flat Rock), Jacob Boida (Sterling Heights), Shannon Hurst (Warren), Colin Mallory (Lansing), Matt Miazgowicz (Dearborn), Brittany Michael (Saint Claire Shores), Taylor Morrow (Warren), Anna Seibert (Detroit), Janelle Soulliere (Clinton Township), and Danielle Wright (Southfield).

The production team for the Bonstelle Theatre’s production includes Andrew Papa (Director), Meghan Lynch (Stage Manager), Fred Florkowski (Scenic Designer), Brian Dambacher (Technical Director) Michael Sabourin (Properties Master), Clare Hungate-Hawk (Costume Designer), Tom Schraeder  (Lighting Designer), Ryan Koprince (Sound Designer), and Stephanie Slusser (Publicity Manager).

 About the Bonstelle Theatre

The Bonstelle Theatre is a Broadway-style house with a 1,034-seat auditorium featuring a balcony and much of the original Beaux-Arts architecture. The Theatre was built as Temple Beth-El in 1902 and converted to the Bonstelle Playhouse in 1922.

The Bonstelle Theatre company includes BA and BFA actors, designers, and stage managers in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Wayne State University. Here, future stars of theatre, film, and television follow in the footsteps of successful alumni like 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).  For box office hours and information on performances, tickets, group discounts, and corporate packages, please call the box office at (313) 577-2960 or visit the theatre’s website at

The Bonstelle Theatre, Where Wayne Plays.

Wayne State University is a premier urban research institution offering more than 370 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 29,000 students.

Season sponsored by CBS Outdoor.

Calendar Information

Pre-show activities begin 45 minutes prior to show time.

Friday, November 22 at 7 p.m.

Saturday, November 23 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Sunday, November 24 at 2 p.m.

Thursday, December 5 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Friday, December 6 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Saturday, December 7 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Sunday, December 8 at 2 p.m.

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