There's something for everyone this Fall at The Village Theater! For the younger theater-goers, check out The Grunch, Annie JR., and The SpongeBob Musical. Or for a more mature audience, there's the hilarious musical, Broadway's Next Hit Musical and the outrageously funny comedy, A Doublewide, Texas Christmas. And for those looking for musical entertainment, there's the Gordon Lightfoot Tribute and Kavan, the world's #1 Rock-n-Roll Elvis. In addition to all of these first-class offerings, the monthly art exhibit, "Talking with Strangers", will feature the artwork of local Michigan artist, Ken Claes. To make your visit to The Village Theater an optimum experience, please view this short guest services video to learn about parking options and more!
Broadway's Next Hit Musical Canton Community Production
Date & Times 11/3/23 @ 7:30 PM
The New York Times calls Broadway’s Next Hit Musical “Hilarious!” Time Out NY says,:“At last! A musical of, for, and by the people.”
Broadway’s Next Hit Musical presents “The Phony Awards”, the original improvised awards show! Master improvisers gather made-up, hit song suggestions from the audience and create a spontaneous evening of music, comedy and a ton of laughs! The audience then votes for their favorite song and watches as the cast turns this Phony Award-winning song into a full-blown, improvised musical — complete with memorable characters, witty dialogue, plot twists galore and songs that you will be humming for days!
Broadway’s Next Hit Musical has toured extensively throughout the United States and internationally. When the group is not on the road, the show can be seen at their home in NYC, the 2022 Tony Award-winning cabaret club “54 Below”. Under the direction of improv veterans Rob Schiffmann and Deb Rabbai, TheaterWeek hailed the show as “brilliant” and The New York Post called Broadway’s Next Hit Musical “remarkable.” Don’t miss the next great American musical - it could be written by YOU!
Art Opening Reception "Talking with Strangers" The Village Theater
Date & Times 11/2/23 @ 6:00 PM
The Gallery at Cherry Hill is pleased to present a solo exhibit entitled “Talking with Strangers”, showcasing the artwork of artist Ken Claes, from October 31 through November 28. An Opening Reception is scheduled for Thursday, November 2 from 6 - 8 p.m. Meet the artist, and enjoy drinks and snacks. The reception is FREE and OPEN to the public. The Gallery at Cherry Hill is free and open on Tuesday & Wednesday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., and Thursday & Friday from 4 - 8 p.m.
The Gordon Lightfoot Tribute Canton Community Production
Date & Times 11/9/23 @ 7:00 PM
Led by Mike Fornes, this five-piece band replicates the songs, styles and moods of the Canadian singer and songwriter! Be ready for a visual, acoustic trip from the Great Lakes to the Canadian Rockies; through the pains of lost loves and haunting melodies. Don’t miss this concert of great stories and classic songs nearly 48 years to the day after the Edmund Fitzgerald sunk, inspiring one of Lightfoot’s best-known songs.
For a limited time receive $5 off tickets by using Promo Code: CLASSICS. Please note that this offer does not apply to previous purchases.
Doublewide, TX Christmas Better Than Ever Productions
Date & Times 11/9/23 @ 7:00 PM 11/10/23 @ 7:00 PM 11/11/23 @ 7:00 PM 11/12/23 @ 3:00 PM
In this outrageously funny comedy, it’s Christmas-time in the newest—and tiniest—town in Texas. And it’s beginning to look a lot like trouble in Doublewide. Not only are the trailer park residents dealing with the stress of the holiday season, but they’ve just discovered that Doublewide is being double-crossed by the County. With their official incorporation papers in jeopardy, this band of eccentric Texans throw themselves into taking on the “Big Guys.” Determined to bolster their legitimacy, they first set their sights on the Countywide “Battle of The Mangers” competition. They conspire to win this smackdown with their “Nativity At The Alamo” entry, by any means possible!
By the time this full-tilt rocket ride of lunacy climaxes in a what-else-can-go-wrong live television presentation, you’ll have doubled your Christmas spirit. So spend the Yuletide in Doublewide and let this hilarious Jones Hope Wooten Comedy make your Christmas merry and bright, because there’s no place like a good ol’ Texas-sized mobile home for the holidays!
Rated: PG for some mild adult references
Celebrate Veterans Day The Village Theater
Date & Times 11/10/23 @ 12:00-3:00 PM
The Canton community is invited to help celebrate our Veterans in a special ceremony that will recognize all who have served our country, complete with a military band. Join Canton Club 55+ on Friday, November 10 from 12-3 p.m., as we salute all veterans, living and deceased and those currently serving in harm's way at this special celebration at The Village Theater, located at 50400 Cherry Hill Road. Featured presenters include Canton Supervisor Anne Marie Graham-Hudak and informational veteran speakers, as well as a special performance by the 338th Army Band.
In addition, VA Ann Arbor Health System will also be onsite accepting donations throughout the event. Suggested items include NEW items in their original packaging, such as: T-Shirts (sizes S-5XL); sweatshirts in all sizes (no hoodies, please); winter coats (all sizes); winter gloves, hats, and scarves; combs (4-inch size needed for inpatient use); deodorant, and disposable razors. The public is encouraged to attend this special event – no tickets are required for this general admission FREE event and all ages are welcome to attend. Visit www.cantonvillagetheater.org for additional event details. For more information, call 734/394-5300.
KAVAN, the World’s #1 Rock-n-Roll Elvis returns to the Village Theatre after his sold-out show in 2022. Presenting “4 Shades of Elvis”, KAVAN will cover Elvis’s early years, the movie years, the ’68 Comeback and Aloha from Hawaii. KAVAN is backed by the Memphis Flash Band, including a 3-piece horn section.
KAVAN has starred as Elvis Presley in multiple productions of the Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning musical "Million Dollar Quartet." He has won multiple Elvis tribute competitions and performed all over the United States and Canada. KAVAN appeared on the BBC's "The World's Greatest Elvis" television competition and won the title of "The World's #1 Rock N Roll Elvis."
Unlock the art of mosaic creation at our Mosaic Photo Frame workshop! Discover the beauty of assembling vibrant glass tiles and intricate patterns to transform a plain photo frame into a stunning work of art. No experience necessary. This class is appropriate for ages 18 and over. All supplies/materials will be provided. Limited capacity.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info on this workshop or any of the Art Workshops being offered at the Village Theater.
The Grunch: A New Children's Musical SOLD OUT Spotlight Players
Date & Times 11/16/23 @ 7:30 PM SOLD OUT 11/17/23 @ 7:30 PM SOLD OUT 11/18/23 @ 3:00 PM and 7:30 PM SOLD OUT 11/19/23 @ 3:00 PM SOLD OUT Watch for additional performances to be added by visiting The Village Theater at Cherry Hill - Upcoming Performances
The Grunch tells the story of Rudy Grunch, a grumpy 6th grader who always feels like an outsider. When the entire school gets excited about the annual school musical, he comes up with a perfect plan to ruin it for everyone. Will the spirit of theater prevail?
Date & Times 11/24/23 @ 7:30 PM 11/25/23 @ 3:00 PM and 7:30 PM 11/26/23 @ 3:00 PM
Based on the popular comic strip and adapted from the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, with a score by Tony Award winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, Annie JR. features everyone’s favorite little redhead in her very first adventure.
With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930's New York City. Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. Annie eventually foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations, finding a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.
Plunge into this stunning all-singing, all-dancing, dynamic stage show! When the citizens of Bikini Bottom discover that a volcano will soon erupt and destroy their humble home, SpongeBob and his friends must come together to save the fate of their undersea world. With lives hanging in the balance and all hope lost, a most unexpected hero rises up. The power of optimism really can save the world!
The SpongeBob Musical is based on the beloved animated series created by Stephen Hillenburg and features a book by Kyle Jarrow, with original songs by Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alexander Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady A, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants and T.I., and songs by David Bowie, Tom Kenny and Andy Paley. Additional lyrics are by Jonathan Coulton, with additional music by Tom Kitt. The musical production was conceived by Tina Landau.
Art Opening Reception for "Prelude" The Village Theater
Date & Times 12/6/23 @ 6:00 PM
The Gallery at Cherry Hill is pleased to present a solo exhibit entitled “Prelude”, showcasing the artwork of artist Meike Rapp-Ullmann, from November 30, 2023 through January 2, 2024. An Opening Reception is scheduled for Wednesday, December 6 from 6 - 8 p.m. Meet the artist, and enjoy drinks and snacks. The reception is FREE and OPEN to the public. The Gallery at Cherry Hill is free and open on Tuesday & Wednesday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., and Thursday & Friday from 4 - 8 p.m.
Christmas with the Celts Canton Community Production
Date & Times 12/9/23 @ 2:00 PM
Back by popular demand! The high-stepping spirited musical selections have audiences clapping along from the first lively renditions of popular contemporary Christmas classics: 'God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman', 'Little Drummer Boy', 'Santa Claus is Coming to Town', also 'Count Your Blessings', 'White Christmas', and John Lennon's perennial 'Happy Christmas'. The show presents a perfect combination of modern Christmas hits, lively ancient Irish Carols, hilarious spontaneous humor, thrilling Irish dancing, a children's choir and lush string arrangements giving audiences a most memorable interactive Christmas experience.
Canton Concert Band Annual Holiday Show The Village Theater
Date & Times 12/9/23 @ 7:00 PM
Get swept up into the cheer and joyfulness of this Christmas season as the Canton Concert Band plays your favorite holiday music. Bring your family and friends for a musical night to remember!
TICKET PURCHASING: The Village Theater Box Office hours are Tuesday & Wednesday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and Thursday & Friday evenings from 4 - 8 p.m. Box Office is closed on all major holidays.
Tickets can be purchased anytime from our website www.cantonvillagetheater.org. Tickets can also be ordered during regular Box Office Hours, in person, or over the phone at 734/394-5300 x2 (with a credit card), or you are welcome to leave a message and our staff will return your call. If tickets are available, they can also be purchased one-hour prior to program time. Check-In with the ushers at seating time using your physical ticket or e-ticket and name. No physical ticket is required for seating.
THE GALLERY AT CHERRY HILL HOURS AND FACILITY TOUR: Please visit our monthly art exhibits or take a tour in person during our gallery hours: Tuesday & Wednesday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and Thursday & Friday from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. (closed on all major holidays). The Gallery at Cherry Hill is also open during public performances or by special appointment arranged via email to email@example.com.
BUILDING TEMPERATURE: The temperature in the auditorium is set to be between 68 and 72 degrees. Patrons who find these temperatures chilly are encouraged to dress accordingly or bring a wrap/jacket.
November 2023 the Gallery at Cherry Hill presents:
"Talking with Strangers"
Featured Artist: Ken Claes
Exhibition Dates: October 31, 2023 - November 28, 2023
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 2nd from 6-8 PM - Artist Talk at 7 PM - FREE & OPEN to the public
The Village Theater at Cherry Hill is proud to present the featured works of artist Ken Claes in a unique exhibit, entitled "Talking with Strangers," in The Gallery at Cherry Hill from October 31 through November 28, 2023.
Ken Claes's Artist Statement: "My inspiration comes from seeing interesting people everywhere within our livingscape. Especially while observing their dynamic work, leisure life, and the diversity of their human spirit. Each painting reflects my interest in conceptual portraiture by challenging our sensibilities and common assumption of who we are and how we perceive ourselves. My narrative is emotional rather than intellectual while describing our human condition.
My painting technique uses sharply painted unblended edges and flat surfaces to emphasize and highlight the image. I am echoing the semi abstract 1960’s California “hard edge” school of painting using figurative content. Each work exaggerates or distorts features to encourage the viewer to question the subject’s emotions and motives."
Ken Claes is an architect turned painter based in Michigan who enjoys creating multicolor figurative images. He is currently working with latex and acrylic on canvas & board and has worked in the past in oils. His work centers primarily on human joy, emotions and everyday tensions.
After serving in the US Air Force, Ken earned his Architectural degree from Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Michigan. A successful career in building construction allowed him to pursue his interest in fine arts at the exemplary Atelier School of Art in Royal Oak and the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center. Now retired from business, Ken devotes each day to making art in his Michigan home/studio.
Ken has exhibited from 2007 to the present in numerous local Michigan exhibitions including the renowned ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, and the d’Art Center in Norfolk, Virginia. His work is also included in the homes of numerous local collectors.
Figure 1: Red Tulips
Figure 2: MADRE DEL SOL
Figure 3: ROSE IN A CLOCHE
Figure 4: Feather Prism #3
Fall & Winter Program Registration
The latest edition of the Leisure Services Discover Brochure is online! Visit www.cantonfun.org/discover to find something just right for you and your family to take advantage of. Online and in-person registration at www.cantonfun.org/register has begun. Register and save your spot today, as many classes fill up quickly. For more information, visit www.cantonfun.org.
UPCOMING CULTURAL EVENTS:
Area residents are invited to participate in these upcoming cultural events that are scheduled to take place throughout Canton in the coming months.
SAVE THE DATE: February 24, 2024: Chinese Festival
Do you love the theater and want to get more involved in the community? Consider joining our usher team today. You'll work alongside others that share your love for theater, music and the arts. As a volunteer usher you will also have the opportunity to meet great new people, see shows free of charge during your shift and have access to deeply discounted tickets to shows the day of a performance. Additional benefits to being an usher include group social events such as annual parties and trips to places like the DIA. For those under 18, we also have a newly added youth usher program! This is a great opportunity for anyone ages 14-17 to join our team of ushers and learn more about the theater, make new friends, and build customer service skills. For more information, please contact our Usher Coordinator by calling the theater at 734/394-5300 and leaving a message that you are interested in joining. Please indicate whether you are interested in the youth or adult usher program.
Join Our Team!
For those still in the market for a new job, here’s your chance to join our team and earn more money this summer. Canton Leisure Services is now hiring for seasonal part-time positions that are scheduled to run throughout the summer and possibly into fall. Visit https://canton.applicantpro.com/jobs to see a list of openings and apply online today.
Open positions may include: Lifeguards; Therapeutic Recreation Staff; Teen Services; Aquatic Specialist Assistant; Building Attendants; Fitness and Gymnasium Specialist; Kids’ Corner Assistant; Birthday Party Assistant; Special Events and Programs; Coordinator at Canton Club 55+; Grill Cook; Pheasant Run Operator; Special Events Assistant; Village Theater House Manager; Sports Coordinators; Farmers Market Supervisor; Park Laborers; Park Rangers; and more!
Canton Township is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. For more information, visit www.canton-mi.org.