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

On Tour 2018-2019

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Have Wild Swan Theater Come to You!

Wild Swan Theater is Michigan’s premiere professional theater performing for young people. Every year our talented troupe of actors and musicians travel throughout Michigan and the Midwest, providing engaging and enriching live theater experiences for children and their families in schools, libraries, museums, and theaters. We have an exciting array of offerings, sure to make a memorable event for your organization. When you book Wild Swan Theater, you bring excitement, discovery, and moving experiences into the lives of your community’s families.

To book a performance or for more information about our touring productions, please contact our Company Manager, Michelle Trame Lanzi at (734) 995-0530 or michelle@wildswantheater.org.

Shipwrecked!

For Grades 3 – 8 | Length: 55 minutes

Performance Fee: $650 or $600/performance for 2 or more in one day. (Performances that take place on Saturday or Sunday or after 5pm weekdays are $850 or $800/performance for 2 or more in one day.) Shipwrecked! is a stirring coming of age drama set during a November 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.

Made possible in part with a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Download “Shipwrecked!” Study Guide

“Kudos to the cast of Shipwrecked! It positively was the best performance for students in a school that I have ever seen!” – Teacher, Grand Blanc Schools

American Short & Tall Tales

For Grades K- 5 | Length: 45 minutes

Performance Fee: $550 or $500/performance for 2 or more in one day. (Performances that take place on Saturday or Sunday or after 5pm weekdays are $750 or $700/performance for 2 or more in one day.) Celebrate our country’s rich folklore through humor, stories, and music. We’ll crisscross the nation, bringing to life the tall tales that helped create our unique “melting pot” heritage: life along the Mississippi with Mike Fink and Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crocket, a Louisiana bayou with Compere Lapin and a southwestern village where old Tia Miseria has a trick or two up her sleeve.

Download the “American Short & Tall Tales” Study Guide

Jack and the Beanstalk

For ages 4 – 10 | Length: 45 minutes

Performance Fee: $550 or $500/performance for 2 or more in one day. (Performances that take place on Saturday or Sunday or after 5pm weekdays are $750 or $700/performance for 2 or more in one day.) 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.

Download the “Jack and the Beanstalk” Study Guide

“There was pure joy and excitement spilling out of every child in the audience!” – PTSA Enrichment Coordinator, Williamston Elementary School

Marketplace Stories – Folktales from the Arab World

For Grades K – 5 | Length: 50 minutes

Performance Fee: $650 or $600/performance for 2 or more in one day. (Performances that take place on Saturday or Sunday or after 5pm weekdays are $850 or $800/performance for 2 or more in one day.) This new and original production developed in collaboration with the Arab American National Museum is inspired by folktales from the Arab world. See this vibrant world come to life through timeless stories and music, passed on from country to country and from one generation to the next.

Download the “Marketplace Stories” Study Guide

Frog and Toad

For ages 3 – 8 | Length: 40 minutes

Performance Fee: $550 or $500/performance for 2 or more in one day. (Performances that take place on Saturday or Sunday or after 5pm weekdays are $750 or $700/performance for 2 or more in one day.) Two of Arnold Lobel’s most beloved characters, Frog and Toad, show how good friends help each other through thick and thin, cheering each other through the hard times and celebrating life’s joys. Join Frog and Toad as they greet spring, plant a garden, and share a basket of cookies.

Download the “Frog and Toad” Study Guide

“Everything was excellent! The overall production was one of the best we have seen. We are ready to have you come back next year!” – Assembly Coordinator, H.T. Smith Elementary School

A Honey Pot of Pooh Stories

For ages 3 – 8 | Length: 40 minutes

Performance Fee: $550 or $500/performance for 2 or more in one day. (Performances that take place on Saturday or Sunday or after 5pm weekdays are $750 or $700/performance for 2 or more in one day.) 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.

“The cleverness of the costuming, the perfect match of the scripts with intended audience, and—above all—the skill and enthusiasm of the performers ALL combine to create performances no child should miss.” – Youth Librarian, Saline District Library

Once Upon a Time

For ages 3 – 8 | Length: 45 minutes

Performance Fee: $550 or $500/performance for 2 or more in one day. (Performances that take place on Saturday or Sunday or after 5pm weekdays are $750 or $700/performance for 2 or more in one day.) An engaging collection of favorite children’s classics including “Three Billy Goat’s Gruff,” “Reynard the Fox” and “The Three Little Pigs” are sure to delight the very young. In true Wild Swan style, three performers and a musician create all the magic inherent in these timeless stories making this first time theater experience unforgettable.

“It was a ‘PERFECT’ evening here. Our librarian said it was ‘simply the best performance ever’. Thanks to the entire company for sharing your love of children, literature and theater with our community.” – Head of Youth Svcs., Bloomfield Twp. Pub. Library

Owl’s Winter

For ages 3 – 8 | Length: 45 minutes

Performance Fee: $550 or $500/performance for 2 or more in one day. (Performances that take place on Saturday or Sunday or after 5pm weekdays are $750 or $700/performance for 2 or more in one day.) 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.

Download the “Owl’s Winter” Study Guide

“The performance by the Wild Swan troupe was one of the finest productions we have had here at the MCISD… ever. The performers were sensitive to our students’ disabilities and accommodated their special needs beautifully.” – Sp. Events Coord., MCISD

Strega Nona and the Magic Pasta Pot

For ages 3 – 8 | Length: 45 minutes

Performance Fee: $550 or $500/performance for 2 or more in one day. (Performances that take place on Saturday or Sunday or after 5pm weekdays are $750 or $700/performance for 2 or more in one day.) Strega Nona is a story that will satisfy your appetite for laughter and fun. Strega Nona has a magical pasta pot which only she can control. Come see what silliness ensues when Big Anthony does not listen to her, causing the streets of their small Italian village to fill with pasta. Nationally renowned artist Chris Roberts-Antieau has designed the sets, costumes, and props for this not-to-be-missed production.

Download the “Strega Nona” Study Guide

“We had parents in attendance this year; they loved the performance as much as the kids. Thanks for another great show!” – Teacher, Sturgis Schools

The Tale of the Mischievous Bunny

For ages 3 – 8 | Length: 40 minutes

Performance Fee: $550 or $500/performance for 2 or more in one day. (Performances that take place on Saturday or Sunday or after 5pm weekdays are $750 or $700/performance for 2 or more in one day.) When Peter Rabbit ventures into Farmer McGregor’s garden, despite his mother’s warning, his adventures begin. From the moment Peter loses his little blue coat to Farmer McGregor’s scarecrow until he arrives safe and sound at home, this classic tale is brought charmingly to life.

Download the “Mischievous Bunny” Study Guide

“The highlight was seeing how the students were swept away by the story—all 200 of them!” – PTO Enrichment Chair, Haisley Elementary