South Arbor “Lion King JR.” Audition Information

Disney’s The Lion King has captivated the imagination of audiences around the world and now, for the first time ever, Center Stage Productions and South Arbor Charter Academy have the opportunity to produce this one-of-a-kind musical! The African savannah comes to life with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle…and back again, in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale.

Auditions will be held on Tues, Dec 5 and Weds, Dec 6 from 3:15P – 6:00P. Callbacks (if needed) will be held on Thu, Dec 7 after school.

Please download and fill in completely the audition form available here: CSP Audition Form – The Lion King JR. prior to attending your audition.

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.


“That’s a wrap.” Summer 2017

Well, Summer Drama Camps have come and gone already! Wow, where did the summer go? I know – ASK YOUR CAMPER! It was so much fun working with everybody this year and can’t wait until we start planning next year’s camps and shows.

Please check your email and please respond to the surveys we sent out. We really want to hear back from you about how we did, what we could do better, etc. It’s a simple ten question SurveyMonkey form that should take not even five minutes to complete but would help us greatly! Thanks in advance for your feedback. (And thanks to all who have already completed it.)

For those who attend South Arbor, we are already in the early stages of planning next year’s show for the school. We can’t wait until we are able to let you all know what that might be!

Thanks again EVERYONE for supporting our kids through theatre and the arts!
The Staff and Board of Center Stage Productions.

Middle School and High School Camps & Spotlight Nights!

Spotlight Nights at The Riverside 
Stay tuned for our Wednesday night Special Events announcements!
Karaoke, Talent Shows, Movie Nights, Nerf Wars, Gala Evenings!

High School camp starts this week on Monday, July 10 @ 9A!
The School of Rock is waiting on your chops. Bring your best attitude and be ready to have FUN!

Middle School camp is FULL!
Unfortunately, registration is closed for this camp. What an awesome turnout this year.
Sign up early next year for camps to get your spot and Early Bird pricing!

Junior Camp Starts TOM-ARRRR-OW!

Looking forward to seeing all of our Junior campers on Monday, June 26 for the start of Summer camps!
Pirates! 2 is kicking off our season the year.
Can’t wait, me mateys!

AWESOME number of campers so far!

Just a quick update on camps.
We’re just about three weeks away from the start of the best time of Summer and we have over 90 kids registered so far for all three camps! That is totally awesome and our directors are loving it! All those great kids coming in that they get to work AND play with during camp.

Don’t forget to pay your balance in full before camp so there isn’t a hassle on the first day of your camp. Also, make sure you have registered your theatre camper online on the camp form so we have all the information we need (like contact info, t-shirt size, etc.) so that we can have everything ready the first day of each camp. Also, you can download the Liability Release form to bring with you the first day of camp.

Production meetings are happening this weekend as we get everything in place and ready to go. Stay tuned for more updates!

Thanks for being a part of this awesome family!!

June 1 deadline is fast approaching!

The June 1 deadline is fast approaching!
If you would like to save $50 off your drama camp registration,
make sure you sign up before the end of May.

Also, if you’ve already registered and paid your deposit,
don’t forget to pay your remaining balance by June 1.

Looking forward to seeing everybody at camps this year!

Peter Pan JR opens Thursday!

Center Stage Productions and South Arbor Charter Academy Present:
Disney’s Peter Pan JR.

Save the dates and invite your family and friends. You don’t want to miss these super talented kids (Center Stage Productions/South Arbor Academy students). Based on the Disney film and J.M. Barrie’s enchanting play, Disney’s Peter Pan JR. is a modern version of the timeless tale about a boy who wouldn’t grow up…

Come and see all these talented kids!

Thursday 3/09 at 7PM
Friday 3/10 at 7PM
Saturday 3/11 at 2PM

Tickets: available at the door for $10.00

Located at:
Saline Middle School
7190 N. Maple Rd.
Saline, MI  48176

Summer Drama Camps another success! 

Thank you to everyone who participated, helped out, volunteered for camps this year to help make them all a rousing success! 

Keep an eye out for an evaluation form for each of the camps where campers as well as parents can give us much needed feedback to help us make next year’s camps even better! 

It is certainly a joy to have so many kids (and parents) participate in this year’s camps and we look forward to partnering with you all again, either next summer, or at the South Arbor Spring Musical! 


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