Artistic director David Regal announced a slate to include a return of The Rocky Horror Show, plus an adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, the annual A Christmas Carol, the romantic comedy Same Time, Next Year, the audience favorite On Golden Pond, and Shakespeare's Macbeth. The season concludes in spring 2007 with The Sisters of Swing, a musical tribute to the Andrews Sisters.
Managing Director John Manfredi said the theatre would continue to produce the high-quality productions for which MBT is renowned even as it faces the heavy hit to its budget.
"In this struggling economy, corporate funding for the arts is drying up," Manfredi said. "For MBT, the best antidote to a drop in donations is to get people in our seats. As we seek new and creative ways to fund our programs and to maintain the high level of artistic quality that has made us Michigan's flagship theatre, we're confident that this season's line-up will bring people through our doors."
A non-profit, independent professional Equity theatre, MBT is located on Oakland University's campus in Oakland County, in suburban Detroit. In May 2003, facing closure after 37 years of operating under the university's auspices, a group of MBT employees and other Michigan artists formed The Theatre Ensemble and took over the theatre's management.
Tickets for MBT productions range from $22-$38 and can be purchased by calling the box office at (248) 377-3300. For group sales, call (248) 370-3316. For more information, visit www.mbtheatre.com.