PERFORMANCE SITE: Towsley Auditorium 4800 E. Huron River Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48105 | OFFICE: 6175 Jackson Rd. Ann Arbor, MI 48103
(734) 995-0530
wildswan@wildswantheater.org

Welcome to our 2018-2019 Season!

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For close to forty years, families and teachers have made Wild Swan Theater a tradition, delighting in our magical, lively productions performed by our award-winning troupe of professional adult actors, dancers, musicians, and American Sign Language performers. As the first professional theater dedicated to young people in Michigan, we realize that parents and teachers alike count on us to bring to life the very best in children’s classics, introduce stories from other cultures in an accessible and fun way, and provide a theatrical experience like no other. As we present our 2018-2019 season, we think you will agree that we have succeeded in doing just that!

Please Note: All of our season performances take place in Towsley Auditorium which is located in the Morris Lawrence Building on the campus of Washtenaw Community College. Parking is located conveniently nearby. All of our season performances are shadow interpreted for those who are hearing impaired. Backstage touch tours and audio-description are available for blind theater patrons but must be reserved in advance by calling (734) 995-0530.

Save 20% off of individual ticket prices by purchasing a series ticket package!


The Masterpiece Series Season Package includes A Christmas Carol, Shipwrecked!, and Charlotte’s Web

The Classic Series Season Package includes A Honey Pot of Pooh Stories, Owl’s Winter, Under the African Sky, and Jack and the Beanstalk

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Or, if you prefer, you can create your own series of 3 – 7 shows by calling our office.

Order your tickets online or call the Wild Swan office at 734-995-0530 to place the order over the phone.

A Honey Pot of Pooh Stories
Classic Series

For ages 3 – 8 | Length: 40 minutes

Thursday, October 25 – 10am
Friday, October 26 – 10am & 12:30pm
(Tickets WILL be available at the door!)

Saturday, October 27 – 11am

Dip into our honey pot of stories featuring children’s all time favorite bear, Winnie the Pooh. Little theater goers will love joining Pooh as he hums his way through the Hundred Aker Wood. Whether he’s pretending to be a cloud to trick bees out of their honey, hunting Heffalumps with Piglet, or stuck in the doorway of Rabbit’s house, Winnie the Pooh is just about the best friend a child could have.

Thank you to Domino’s for their Classic Series Sponsorship of A Honey Pot of Pooh Stories.

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Note: If you are a group of 10 or more, please call
(734) 995-0530 to order your tickets.


A Christmas Carol
Masterpiece Series

For grades 3 -12 | Length: 55 minutes

Wednesday, December 5 – 10am
Thursday, December 6 – 10am

Friday, December 7 – 10am & 12:30pm
Saturday, December 8 – 2pm
Sunday, December 9 – 2pm
TICKETS AT THE DOOR 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO SHOWTIME

Based on the novel by Charles Dickens, Wild Swan’s version of this wonderful holiday classic has been especially created for family audiences. A Christmas Carol tells of the astonishing transformation of miserly old Ebeneezer Scrooge after he is visited by three spirits on the night before Christmas.

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Note: If you are a group of 10 or more, please call
(734) 995-0530 to order your tickets.

Owl’s Winter
Classic Series

For ages 3 – 8 | Length: 45 minutes

Thursday, January 24 – 10am
Friday, January 25 – 10am & 12:30pm
Saturday, January 26 – 11am

Owl’s Winter is a delightful collection of wintery stories for young children based on Arnold Lobel’s “Owl at Home.” Audience members join Owl for a series of fun adventures as he encounters strange bumps at the end of his bed when he is lying down and the moon seems to follow him home when he is out for an evening stroll. The audience participation in this production is quite special as the children in the audience create a surprise for Owl.

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Note: If you are a group of 10 or more, please call
(734) 995-0530 to order your tickets.

Under the African Sky
Classic Series

For ages to 4 – 10 | Length: 50 minutes

Thursday, February 21 – 10am
Friday, February 22 – 10am & 12:30pm Saturday, February 23 – 11am

A delightful collection of African tales performed through storytelling, acting, dancing, and drumming. Colorful costumes, masks, and traditional music will delight and teach our littlest fans, with lots of opportunities for audience participation!

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Note: If you are a group of 10 or more, please call
(734) 995-0530 to order your tickets.

Shipwrecked!
Masterpiece Series

For grades 3 – 8 | Length: 55 minutes

Thursday, March 7 – 10am
Friday, March 8 – 10am & 12:30pm
Saturday, March 9 – 2pm

Shipwrecked! is a stirring coming of age drama set during a fierce winter storm on Lake Huron in 1893. Twelve year old Aaron Buchanan, sailing with his parents on their small schooner loaded with Christmas trees from Sault Ste. Marie, is tested in ways he never dreamed possible when a ferocious gale suddenly materializes in Thunder Bay’s infamous “Shipwreck Alley.” Inspired by the desperate circumstances, he finds the sailing skills, bravery, and physical strength to help achieve the daring rescue of his family. This original drama, written by long-time Wild Swan playwright Jeff Duncan, is based on historical accounts of the period and provides students with a valuable opportunity to explore the Great Lakes and Michigan’s history, geography, music, and maritime heritage. Enrich your experience with additional curriculum-aligned materials about our inland seas developed in collaboration with the Detroit Historical Society/Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Michigan Historical Center, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Michigan Geographic Alliance, and Michigan Council for History Education.

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Note: If you are a group of 10 or more, please call
(734) 995-0530 to order your tickets.

Jack and the Beanstalk
Classic Series

For ages 4 -10 | Length: 45 minutes

Wednesday, March 20 – 10am
Thursday, March 21 – 10am
Friday, March 22 – 10am & 12:30pm
Saturday, March 23 – 11am

This humorous version of Jack’s adventure climbing the magical beanstalk is sure to please our littlest audience members. A very silly (and unscary) giant is just no match for Jack’s wits as he scrambles up and down the beanstalk, rescuing his father from the giant’s clutches and earning back his pet cow, Milky White.

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Note: If you are a group of 10 or more, please call
(734) 995-0530 to order your tickets.

Charlotte’s Web
Masterpiece Series

For grades K – 5 | Length: 55 minutes

Wednesday, May 1 – 10am
Thursday, May 2 – 10am
Friday, May 3 – 10am & 12:30pm
Saturday, May 4 – 2pm
Sunday, May 5 – 2pm

Charlotte’s Web is possibly the best loved of all American stories for children. It tells the touching story of a rare friendship between a little pig, Wilbur, and Charlotte, a most uncommon spider. The magical words that Charlotte spins in her web not only earn Wilbur a county fair blue ribbon and save his life, but inspire all of us to value what we can share with each other.

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Note: If you are a group of 10 or more, please call
(734) 995-0530 to order your tickets.