Monthly Archives: September 2017

Thrivent/Center Stage UM Football Event

We have the exciting opportunity to raise funds for Center Stage as well as provide for an experience like no other we have offered before! In partnership with Ann Arbor Group – Thrivent Financial, we are kicking off an event for our supporters to have an AWESOME time!

Tomorrow morning, Tues. Sep 5 at 9 a.m., we open up access to register for the event and complete your donation online. Your donation of $125.00 per person gets you entry into our pre-game tailgate complete with food, drinks, entertainment by Band of Rasmus (& special guests from Center Stage Productions), AND a ticket to the Michigan/Minnesota Game (Time 7:30 p.m.). 100% of that donation goes to theatre camp scholarships at Center Stage Productions. There are only 80 spots available so get up early! Don’t forget to get online and grab your seats ASAP; it’s first come, first served.

The link to the Facebook event page is here.  If you want to go directly to the event sign-up pages, click HERE. Remember, in order for your registration to be valid, you must complete payment at the same time. If you would like to make an additional donation, there are opportunities to do that on the Square site below the event payment form.


Thanks…and Rock On! (a note from Briana)

by Briana Bower

When I was in just fourth grade, I was constantly singing at the top of my lungs–my family would often tell me I had a “built-in microphone,” and so I decided I needed to put that to good use. Fortunately, around that time, the most inspiring woman entered my life–Heather Schneemann. She decided to throw me up on stage because she saw things in me I never saw in myself, and boy am I glad she did. Shortly after, another cool dude came along–Dave Middlin. Both this unstoppable team and becoming extremely obsessed with the movie “School of Rock” made me realize I would without a doubt perform for the rest of my life. (How cool is it that’s the show I got to end with?

All throughout middle and high school, drama camp was the highlight of my year. Those three weeks came and went so quickly and as I grew older, I knew I wanted to be involved all summer instead of just for one camp. How I would do this I wasn’t sure, but again, Heather gave me a chance. I had never directed anything before, but she trusted me at first with small tasks and responsibilities that slowly grew larger and larger until Kailey Schneemann and I co-directed for the first time. I was hooked, and from then on started directing solo.

Going from being a camper for years eventually to a staff member with Center Stage is an opportunity I am so grateful to have had. These two leaders helped me grow into a leader myself, and thanks to the entire Center Stage family I have constant encouragement through good times and bad. I have developed life long relationships that I know will never die.

This crazy, supportive family took a chance on me and are the reason I keep going. It is a crew unlike any other with a company who only wants to do good in the world, work hard, and play harder. Do yourself a favor and join this team be it as a camper, an intern, or eventually a director or choreographer. I promise, you will not regret it.

So now I’m off to continue my theatre journey in Chicago. I’m chasing the dream that Center Stage made me believe could become a reality. I have no clue what is to come, but I am certain I always have my Michigan family with me in spirit.

Thank you Heather, Dave, Susan, Kelly, Daisy, Christina, Angie, Stacy, Jeff, Kailey, Rachel, Aaron, Kathleen, Paige, Interns, and anyone else who has committed their time here. Keep on doing what you love and continue to appreciate each other for connections like these come around once in a lifetime.

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