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Saturday March 21, 2015  
1:30 pm The Gruffalo's Child
The Gruffalo said that no Gruffalo should ever set foot in the deep, dark wood...but one wild and windy night, the Gruffalo’s child ignores her father’s warning and tiptoes out into the snow. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn’t really exist...does he? Tall Stories Theatre Company, the acclaimed creators of The Gruffalo , return with the musical sequel, The Gruffalo’s Child , based on Julia Donaldson MBE and Axel Scheffler’s award-winning picture book. $12 (more)

Wharton Center (750 E Shaw Lane East Lansing, MI)
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Wednesday March 25, 2015  
7:30 pm Mummenschanz
MUMMENSCHANZ bedazzles with witty, weird, timeless creatures that perform unique stories without sound or music. In this wordless universe, the ordinary becomes extraordinary as colorful shapes like the famous “Clay Masks,” “Slinky Man,” and “Giant Hands” spring to life. This playfully compelling experience offers timeless insight into the human condition through the inventive use of shadow, light, and creative manipulation of objects. $25 (more)

Wharton Center (750 E Shaw Lane East Lansing, MI)
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Friday March 27, 2015  
7:30 pm Chess- A Staged Concert
CHESS - A Staged Concert Book by Richard Nelson Lyrics by Tim Rice Music by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson “One of the best rock scores ever produced in the theater!” – Time Magazine Inaugural ĭmáGen Event! From the composers of Mamma Mia! and ABBA fame, and the lyricist of The Lion King and Jesus Christ Superstar The two greatest chess masters – one American, one Russian – compete to be the best in the world. But their greatest contest is for the love of the same woman. In a flurry of intrigue and international conspiracies, American Freddie Trumper and Russian Anatoly Sergievsky fight to take the queen in a romantic triangle amidst the heightened passions of the Cold War. This Tony-nominated cult rock musical explores love, loss and betrayal, and features the hit “One Night in Bangkok,” along with songs “Heaven Help My Heart” and “I Know Him So Well,” “Pity the Child” and “Nobody’s Side.” This exciting inaugural ĭmáGen staged concert event will showcase Broadway stars, local high school students and MSU Musical Theatre and Dance students in performance on the same stage as part of a new Musical Theatre Immersion Program at MSU, a new collaborative venture with the MSUFCU Institute for Arts & Creativity at Wharton Center and MSU College of Arts and Letters’ Department of Theatre. “Chess” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC. Performances at 7:30 on both 3/27 and 3/28 All seats $15; MSU student tickets available for $10. (more)

Wharton Center (750 E. Shaw Lane East Lansing, MI)
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Sunday March 29, 2015  
1:00 pm JumpinJazz Kids - A Swinging Jungle Tale
The Grammy Award-nominated, Parents Choice GOLD winner, JumpinJazz Kids – A Swinging Jungle Tale, an interactive mix of classic storytelling and swinging jazz/pop songs, begins when Claire goes out in her Grandpa’s mysterious backyard, searching for the missing pages to his “lost story.” By using her imagination, she begins to bring her stuffed animal friends to life...and discovers the secret to unlocking all the adventures she could ever dream of! A Swinging Jungle Tale celebrates the incredible, imaginative power of the spoken word and pays tribute to the history and personalities of America’s own music – jazz! Shows at 1:30 PM and 4:00 PM Tickets $12 (more)

Wharton Center (750 E. Shaw Lane East Lansing, MI)
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Wednesday April 1, 2015  
7:30 pm Cameron Mackintosh’s Spectacular New Production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Th
Following an acclaimed sold-out tour of the United Kingdom, Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s phenomenal musical success, The Phantom of the Opera, will come to Wharton Center as part of a brand-new North American Tour, starring Bay City High School graduate Katie Travis as Christine Daaé. Hailed by critics as “bigger and better than ever before,” this Phantom features a brilliant new scenic design by Paul Brown, Tony Award® winning original costume design by Maria Björnson, lighting design by Tony Award® winner Paule Constable, new choreography by Scott Ambler, and a new staging by director Laurence Connor. The production boasts many exciting special effects including the show’s legendary chandelier, new scenic and lighting designs, new staging and choreography. The beloved story and thrilling score – with songs like Music of the Night, All I Ask Of You, and Masquerade – will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this Phantom one of the largest productions now on tour. Performance times vary by day; see whartoncenter.com for details. Tickets from $32; student tickets available for $25. (more)

Wharton Center (750 E. Shaw Lane East Lansing, MI)
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Thursday April 16, 2015  
7:30 pm Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
Described by The New York Times as “a breath of fresh air,” Aspen Santa Fe Ballet has a loyal, exuberant worldwide following. With a pioneering spirit rising from its dual home cities, this sophisticated company has a European flair. For 17 years the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet has been inspiring audiences with its invigorating collection of works that have achieved both popular and critical acclaim. An incubator for new choreography, this vibrant troupe of dancers will perform an array of refreshing, lively works by some of the world’s foremost choreographers for all ages to enjoy. “Aspen Santa Fe Ballet thinks big and deserves everlasting life.” – Chicago Tribune Show is 120 minutes including two 15 minute intermissions. Tickets from $25; student tickets available for $15. (more)

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Saturday April 18, 2015  
8:00 pm Ira Glass: Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host
Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host is the quirky multi-media show from NPR’s host of This American Life, Ira Glass, and dancers Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass. It combines two art forms that have no business being together: dance and radio. One is all words and no visuals. One is all visuals and no words. This is a funny, lively, talky evening of dance and stories that brought down the house at Carnegie Hall. $28 (more)

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Sunday April 19, 2015  
1:30 pm Harold and the Purple Crayon
“One evening, after thinking it over for some time, Harold decided to go for a walk in the moonlight...” So begins Harold and the Purple Crayon, which follows the zany adventures of an inventive young boy. As it turned out, there wasn’t any moon that night, nor was there a path to walk on...so Harold simply drew them! And thus his journey began. Resourceful and brave, Harold creates the world he wants to explore, using nothing more than a big purple crayon and his “sky’s-the-limit” imagination. We welcome the return of Enchantment Theatre Company’s production, which will take you on a wild ride as Harold jets to Mars, joins a circus, and meets a king in an enchanted garden. Performances at 1:30PM and 4:00PM Tickets $12 (more)

Wharton Center (750 E. Shaw Lane East Lansing, MI)
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Saturday April 25, 2015  
8:00 pm Itzhak Perlman
The reigning virtuoso of the violin, Itzhak Perlman’s charming presence and profound artistry have elevated him to superstar status. His irrepressible joy in music-making has garnered the appreciation of audiences worldwide. His numerous awards include a Kennedy Center Honor, the Medal of Liberty, a National Medal of the Arts, four Emmy Awards, fifteen Grammy Awards, and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Tickets from $27 (more)

Wharton Center (750 E Shaw Lane East Lansing, MI)
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Saturday May 2, 2015  
1:30 pm Fly Guy and Other Stories
This inventive musical revue is based on favorite children’s books and may include Fly Guy meets Fly Girl, in which Fly Guy has met his match, and he is totally impressed...and totally smitten. In Fluffy the Classroom Guinea Pig, Fluffy enters a Best Pets Contest, but a pesky flea threatens to derail the entire competition. Three mice promise to be best friends forever in Horace & Morris But Mostly Dolores $9 (more)

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