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The Michigan Theater: Everything from Laurie Anderson to classic film.
the theater first opened, the marquis The theater's Barton organ is still widest range of entertainment and local
M spills romantic gold lighting down played almost daily by members of the productions.
SLiberty Street as large red letters Motor City Theater Organ Society. The Fund-raising is still going on with
M o v i eboldly announce the latest event. The organ itself is equipped with keys that much renovation needed to restore the
Michigan is one of the most frequently can imitate birdsongs, automobile hor- building to its former grandeur. If the
used of the few historic movie palaces ns, and firebells and is still used to ac- planned $1 million is raised the foyer
still in existance. During the past year, company silent films, will be refurbished, the concession
it has hosted the Ann Arbor Chamber With the advent of talking pictures stand will be remodeled after its 1920s
Orchestra, the Ann Arbor Civic and the increasing popularity of the appearance, historically appropriate
Mo v i LTbertyerTeetasrk e An rblersM otorvityshsterprgaducietsy.ndThe Fnrigh ing wis bestll in nwthe
bFestival, the Comic Opera Guild, resident orchestra were scrapped in auditorium, the stage area will be up-
Classic Film Theater, the University favor of the more cost-efficient film dated, and basic mechanical im-
r e br nev n d o h es roric miacesar- nichan Theesaeris prmily e m a- Butaved 1minitodayedh eny oerth
Mime Troupe, touring productions of program. So it is for its movies that the provements will be made.
_it_ Laurie Anderson, P.D.Q. Bach, and bord. When, in 1979, the W.S. Butterfield theater, you're still overwhelmed by
By Mere Hodges many, many mnore. Company chose not the renew its lease the majesty of the lobby with its
Themix of various stage shows and because of the increasing competition sweepi g tw in staircases. Under the
movies is remarkably similar to what of cable TV and other local movie golden-domed ceiling, the concesssion
FIVE YEARS after it was to be torn was originally intended for the theater. theaters, it seemed to spellthe doom for stand's buttered popcorn provides just
down and transformed into a shop- In its early years the Michigan featured the glorious theater, the right background for that Hitchcock
ping mall, the Michigan Theater is well stars such as Jack Benny, Bing Crosby, But a group of concerned citizens was revival. If you are lucky enough to at-
on its way to reliving its glory days as a Louis Armstrong, Ethel Barrymore, formed to save the Michigan. The city tend a major concert here, the charac-
premier showplace for films, singers, and Bela Lugosi, music from its eventually passed a bond issue and ter of the building adds that extra
orchestras, plays and ballets. resident orchestra and sound effects for today, the theater is run as Ann Arbor's ingrediant which makes for a par-
Every evening just as in 1928 when silent films played by an organist. commmunity auditorium, hosting the ticularly exciting night.
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nual production of The Nutcracker derella, A Midsummer Night's Dream, ce compa
(Balanchine's version of the Christmas and Carmen as well as shorter works Departm
classic). During midsummer, the such as a comic ballet set to Scott frequent r
Musical Society also arranges a series Joplin's "Magnetic Rag." Unusual for faculty a
of dance performances for the Ann Ar- local-level companies, AABT has a faculty m
bor Summer Festival, strong male contingent and hence is choreogra
For those dance aficionados willing to able to emphasize partner work in its Center in
oa n d travel a bit further for their productions. give per
gratification, American Ballet Theatre season. D
stops in Detroit each year on its Dance Theatre 2, a third local com- year, the s
national tour. ABT will be at the pany that performs regularlyis a focal of sen
Masonic Temple Theatre from March point for modern dance in Ann Arbor. choreogra
25th April1st. Under the direction of J. Parker Copleyts,
InhdthroughAprits (a former student of Mel Wong), Dance tion and de
ter will offer a dance series featuring Theatre 2 is a professional modern dan-
performances by the Pennsylvania ce company in residence at Dance In additi
By Ellen Rieer - Ballet, Pilobolus, Harbinger, Alvin Theatre Studio. The company will production
Ailey American Dance Theatre Trisha present performances in late October sors Impa(
LTHOUGH TO newcomers Ann Brown Dance Company, Detroit City and early November as well as pany unde:
i Arbor may seem to be far away Dance Company, and Ballet West. Sub- producing a spring performance. sity Activi
from the great centers of the dance scribers to the series will be offered Competing for attention with these as an outl
world, there is a surprisingly large tickets on a priority basis to two special Compesisgr o TA are seriou
amun o dnc atiit 'oig n n eroranesbyAlksnd Gduov companies is Troupe Ta'Amullat arseiu
and around town. performances by Aleksandr Godunav (Reflections), a nationally noted Dance pact Da
Bedwend twndance.oand Stars (January 24th and 25th). Orientale company. Along with com- choreogra
Between visiting dance companies, Closer to home, Eastern Michigan pers. The
the University's Department of Dance, University in Ypsilanti usually presents Sanies located in New York City and workshops
and Ann Arbor's own local troupes, at least one performance by a visiting os n aisoregull ps
dnedance buffs can usually choose among a ballet company each year. ong Dans Onle Impact DC
number of interesting concerts. The Ann Arbor dance lovers, however, Troupe Ta'Anulatrpresentsetroupes Theatre in
combination of all these opportunities ot rstricted to st watchir olan es elsori
means that for the 1984-85 season, the nes s wa ing per old folk dances as well as original As you
Ann Arbor dance lover can expect to for es Annp Arbore has severa imported choreography utilizing Near Eastern like a me
see many different types of dance copes ta ian anal dance styles. far as dan
(ballet modern jazz, ta etc.) r- companies that maintain seasonal Although it does not constitute a dan- its toes.
, zP,' p schedules as well as smaller dance
formed by many different types of groups that perform at less regular in-
companies. tervals. In fact, for balletomanes, Ann
The University of Michigan Musical Arbor has not one but two ballet com-
Society offers the fullest schedule of panies to enjoy: Ann Arbor Civic Ballet.
local dance concets each year. As part and Ann Arbor Ballet Theatre.
of its "Choice" subscription series, the Founded more than twenty-five years.
Musical Society will present perfor- ago by local ballet teacher Sylvia "\\ '
mances by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Hamer, Ann Arbor Civic Ballet was the
(not seen in Ann Arbor since 1977), first chartered company in Michigan
American Ballet Theatre II (ABT's and the sixth in the United States. Civic
junior company), the Feld Ballet, and focuses on the classics and serves as a
Balletap. USA, a new company training ground for young dance
developed by Maurice Hines and Mer- students interested in a performing
cedes Ellington to present works that career. The company usually performs
fuse tap with jazz and other dance for- twice a year, presenting mixed
ins. programs of classics and occasional
In addition, at least two special non- contemporary works created by both
series dance concerts will also be of- local and guest choreographers.
fered. The Houston Ballet, one of the Newer to the local dance scene is Ann
nation's best regional troupes, will Arbor Ballet Theatre. Founded in the
debut at Power Center in a mixed spring of 1980 by artistic director Caol
program (September 29th) and Swan Scharp. AABT focuses on original
Lake (September 30th). Another works performed to live music. In its
major regional company, Pittsburgh past seasons, Ann Arbor Ballet Theatre
Ballet Theatre, will return with its an- has presented original versions of Cin-
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