The Village Theater at Cherry Hill

The Village Theater at Cherry Hill's 2015 season offers something for everyone from
contemporary dance to treasured American classics in its 400-seat venue.  

Happy New Year!  It's a fresh New Year to try something that you've never experienced before!  We invite you to the Village Theater to experience a wide variety of art, including upcoming events for January: 

Upcoming Performances


StageLab24 One Act Plays Written in 24 Hours by TLC Productions
January 9, www.cantonvillagetheater.org


Canton Celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Canton Commission for Culture, Arts, and Heritage
January 18, www.cantonvillagetheater.org


Cashore Marionettes - Simple Gifts  Baylin Artists Management, Inc.
January 23, www.cantonvillagetheater.org



StageLab24 Highlights


Taking place overnight from January 8-9, 2016, StageLab24 is TLC’s version of the 24-hour-theater-project. This is a round-the-clock collaborative event during which ideas go from page to stage in 24-hours at The Village Theater. During that time, a group of Authors write several one-act scripts, Directors audition and cast, Actors rehearse and at the end of that 24-hour period, the performances are staged for the public. This is an intense, theatrical experience. The public is invited to drop in at any time during the 24-hour-period to see this orchestration in motion.
Up to 6 one-act (10-minute) plays will be performed to an audience on Saturday at 8pm on the Main Stage of The Village Theater.
 
The authors come from five different cities throughout Michigan. Confirmed authors writing their play in a nine-hour period from 10pm Friday until 7am Saturday include: Brian Cox of Ypsilanti, Brion Scheidel of Canton, Nicole L.V. Mullis of Battle Creek, Lylanne Musselman of Ypsilanti, Jarrod Vanzo of Auburn Hills, Patrick Wears of Canton, and Jeff Wears of Plymouth. Some of these authors are no strangers to the Village Theater. Several of them have had their works produced in previous Canton One Acts Festivals and the inaugural StageLab24 in 2014.
Confirmed directors who will immediately inherit a one-act play to stage include: Lylanne Musselman (who will be directing her own play) of Ypsilanti, Alexander Trice of Bloomfield Hills, Karen Pritchard of Dearborn, Peter Huschilt of Grand Rapids, Joe Arcel of Plymouth, Kennikki Jones of Hamtramck, and Timothy Majzlik of Canton.
 
StageLab24 will feature 2 NEW elements:
 
TeenLab365
TeenLab365 is a subset of TLC Productions and StageLab24. It comprises teenagers who have been working 1 year (365 days) on the development of script and rehearsals and they will present their original work during StageLab24. TeenLab365 is produced by Director Kristin Heitmeier of Northville. TeenLab365 is a unique opportunity for area teens to work as a tight-knit ensemble by writing their own script, owning the audition and rehearsal process and seeing their hard work and creativity come to life on stage as part of TLC Productions’ StageLab24. Heitmeier approached TLC Productions with the idea last year in hopes of partnering to provide a literal stage for teens to bring their words to life through a full theatre immersion experience. From brainstorming script ideas and conducting rehearsals to running the show, TeenLab365 allows teens to explore all aspects of theatre and find their special niche.
 
TLC Original Play
TLC Productions will stage an original script that has been written, but never has been performed on the Main Stage of The Village Theater. This gives TLC Productions an opportunity to showcase a play they authored. This show, however, has been pre-written.

StageLab24 was launched by TLC Productions in 2014 with a grant from the Partnership for the Arts and the Humanities. StageLab24 is staged every other year, opposite of the Canton One Acts Festival, which TLC Productions also organizes. The 2016 StageLab24 event will be solely funded by TLC Productions.

StageLab24 is a 24-hour-theater-project in which several original, one-act plays will be written, rehearsed, directed, produced and staged at the Village Theater at Cherry Hill. This experimental, innovative theatrical experience organized by TLC Productions will showcase the intensity of going from page-to-stage.

For more information, www.cantonvillagetheater.org.



PATRON TIPS

 
TICKET PURCHASING:  Tickets can be purchased, and printed at home or held in will call, anytime from our website www.cantonvillagetheater.org at no extra charge.  The box office is open for walk-up service (please ring the call box at the front entrance if the door is locked) between 10 am-2 pm weekdays.  Tickets can also be ordered over the phone, 734/394-5300 ext. 3, with a Visa or MasterCard between the hours of 10 am-2 pm weekdays, or you are welcome to leave a message and our staff will return your call during our 10 am-2 pm, weekday box office hours.  If tickets are available, they can also be purchased 1 hour prior to curtain.
 
ART EXHIBITION AND FACILITY TOUR:  Please visit our monthly art exhibits, take a tour or purchase tickets in person any weekday (except national holidays) between 10 am-2 pm. Find a complete list of monthly exhibitions here.
 
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.


Forest Beast
Forest Beast
Artist: Took Gallagher

Gallery @ VT


Artist Took Gallagher
Dream Creatures: A Mixed Media Solo Exhibition

 
I am a self-taught artist working in mixed media. My collages, plaster cloth sculptures, and hand sewn items turn into dreamlike creatures based on the images I see that emerge from the layers of paper, paint, and cloth I use as I create.  I never know the final result before I begin.

My inspiration comes from many sources, but among my favorites are song lyrics, fairy tales, dreams, and misheard snippets of passing conversations.  These influences work their way into my art subconsciously and I’m always surprised by the result of just following my intuition.



Exhibition Dates:  Now – January 31, 2016

This art exhibit is at the Gallery@VT and is free and open to the public: 

Monday – Friday 10 am – 2 pm, one hour prior to and during public performances at the theater, as well as by appointment.  The Gallery@VT is closed on holidays.

The gallery is located at 50400 Cherry Hill Rd., Canton 734/394-5300.


Cashore Marionettes

In the Spotlight


Cashore Marionettes
There's fun for the entire family when the Cashore Marionettes perform at The Village Theater on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 2 and 7 p.m.  Don't miss these moving and humorous performances that have astounded audiences in Europe, the Far East and across North America including stops at the Kennedy Center, Annenberg Center, Kravis Center, and many others. 
 
Experience these two amazing performances featuring this internationally acclaimed group who take puppetry to the ultimate level. "Simple Gifts," is a family-friendly performance featuring a series of touching portrayals and poignant scenes from everyday life. Tickets are $12 each. "Life in Motion," features a portrayal of characters that is powerful, entertaining and a one-of-a-kind evening for adults and children ages 12 and older. Tickets are $15 for all ages. 
 
Joseph Cashore has received numerous awards for his artistry, including a Pew Fellowship for Performance Art, based upon his artistic accomplishment; a Henson Foundation Grant, an award intended to help promote puppetry to adult audiences; and a Citation of Excellence from the UNIMA-USA, the highest honor an American puppeteer can receive.  Get your tickets online today at www.cantonvillagetheater.org.  

 
 

Cultural Events

“Canton Celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” on Monday, January 18, 2016 at the Village Theater at Cherry Hill.
 
There will be a punch and cookie reception starting at 6 pm giving patrons the opportunity to view MLK inspired artworks produced by area Middle/High School students.
 
The program, featuring an Interfaith Speakers Panel will begin at 6:30 pm.  The program will also feature the Workman Elementary School Choir directed by Mrs. Keri Mueller, and Kelsey Rose and the Detroit Tap Repertory.

Admission is $2.00 and can be purchased online at www.cantonvillagetheater.org or at the door.
If you would like to participate in the planning of our multicultural events please contact:
Anne Jahn at The Village Theater for more information 734/394-5300.


Mary Jane

Usher of the Month 


We would like to take this opportunity to recognize one of our exceptional ushers, Mary Jane Oleszkowicz. Mary Jane is a pure joy to have around the theater. She has a natural ability to give unselfishly and never complains about hard work or long hours. Mary Jane is willing to work multiple shows in one weekend if we need her, or she will pull a double shift if we find ourselves shorthanded. She is one in a million and we cannot thank her enough for all her help this past month.

Mary Jane, you are a beacon of light where ever you go and the Theater is lucky to have such a kind and sweet soul as part of our theater family! We appreciate everything you do and could not imagine this theater without you! The Village Theater would like to honor you this month as “Usher of the Month” for January 2016! Congratulations!




Canton Leisure Services Is Hiring!

Looking for an exciting job this summer? If you enjoy a fast-paced, exciting work environment, we encourage you to join our Canton Leisure Services team.  Open positions may include: Lifeguards; Swim Instructors, Special Event Coordinators; Canton Sports Center staff; Day Camp Counselors; Therapeutic Recreation staff; Golf/Park Rangers; Seasonal Operators and Laborers; and more!
 
Visit http://canton.applicantpro.com/jobs to see a current list of job openings. Seasonal positions will be posted beginning mid-January. The first round of seasonal interviews are scheduled to  take place on March 5, 2016. Applicants are encouraged to apply early in the process.


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