After more than four decades of joyful, exuberant, heartfelt theater making, it is time to say our goodbyes. Thank you for coming along with us on this jouney!

Welcome to our 2019-2020 Season!

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Wild Swan Theater is experiencing an extended intermission between our 40th and 41st seasons. We will announce the resumption of our in-person live performances when it is safe for all, and at that time this page will provide updated  information on the season. Thanks, and stay safe and well!

For over 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 2019-2020 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 deaf or hard of hearing. 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, Coding to the Moon, and Treasure Island

The Classic Series Season Package includes Strega Nona and the Magic Pasta Pot, Frog and Toad, Under the African Sky, and The Tale of the Mischievous Bunny

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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.

Strega Nona and the Magic Pot

Classic Series

For ages 3 – 8 | Length: 40 minutes

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

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 village to fill with pasta. Nationally renowned artist Chris Roberts-Antieau designed the sets, costumes and props for this not-to-be missed production.

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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

Thursday, December 5 – 10am
Friday, December 6 – 10am & 12:30pm
Saturday, December 7 – 2pm
Sunday, December 8 – 2pm TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR!

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.

Frog and Toad

Classic Series

For ages 3 – 8 | Length: 40 minutes

Thursday, January 23 – 10am (SOLD OUT)

Friday, January 24 – 10am(SOLD OUT)  & 12:30pm (limited balcony seating available at the door)
Saturday, January 25 – 11am Tickets available at the door!

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.

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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: 55 minutes

Thursday, February 20 – 10am Very limited seating available at the door!
Friday, February 21 – 10am Very limited seating & 12:30pm Great seats still available!
Saturday, February 22 – 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.

Coding to the Moon: Margaret Hamilton and the Apollo Missions

Masterpiece Series

For grades 4 – 12 | Length: 55 minutes

Wednesday, March 4 – 10am
Thursday, March 5 – 10am

Friday, March 6 – 10am & 12:30pm
Saturday, March 7 – 2pm

Join us for the world premiere of Coding to the Moon, a gripping drama of the Apollo space missions. This production celebrates the life and work of mathematician and pioneering computer scientist Margaret Hamilton whose brilliant work as a young NASA scientist broke new ground as she led the team that built the navigation systems for the Apollo missions to the moon. Enrich your experience with additional curriculum-aligned materials developed in collaboration with the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Leslie Science & Nature Center, Michigan Science Center, and UM Museum of Natural History.

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

The Tale of the Mischievous Bunny

Due to COVID-19 concerns, this production has been canceled.  Please check here for updates on rescheduling.  We will reschedule if possible. Thank you for your  patience and understanding!

For ages 4 -10 | Length: 45 minutes

Wednesday, March 25 – 10am
Thursday, March 26 – 10am
Friday, March 27 – 10am & 12:30pm
Saturday, March 28 – 11am

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 by Wild Swan’s actors and designers.

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Treasure Island

Due to COVID-19 concerns, ticket sales for this production are being suspended until our schedule can be confirmed.  Thank you for your patience and understanding!

For grades K – 5 | Length: 55 minutes

Wednesday, April 29 – 10am
Thursday, April 30 – 10am 
Friday, May 1 – 10am  & 12:30pm
Saturday, May 2 – 2pm
Sunday, May 3 – 2pm

Based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic, Treasure Island spins a tale of swashbuckling adventure, complete with buried treasure and a lot of mystery and suspense. Young Jim Hawkins comes of age under the tutelage of pirates like Long John Silver, discovering that good and evil are not always what they seem.

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