Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Two Muses Theatre seeks funds to cover added costs for 'Next to Normal', which opens in June.
To cover the increased costs associated with first musical production, Next to Normal, Two Muses Theatre has turned to the Kickstarter online fundraising website. Based in West Bloomfield, the women-focused theater company was co-founded by Farmington Hills resident Barbie Amann Weisserman and West Bloomfield resident Diane Hill. According to the Two Muses Kickstarter page, "Funds will be used to pay for a music director, musicians, additional lighting equipment, audio gear, musical score rental fees, and considerably higher licensing fees." The drive's goal is $6,000, and donors will receive recognition and rewards, depending on their level of giving. A pledge of $3,000 or more provides the donor with a special command performance of …
Friday, May 17, 2013
The company co-founded by a Farmington Hills resident takes on a Pulitzer Prize-winning musical about a family affected by mental illness.
Two Muses Theatre, co-founded by Farmington Hills resident Barbie Amann Weisserman, will raise funds to help youth, adults and families in crisis during the run of the female-based performing arts company's next production, Next to Normal. The Broadway hit premieres June 7 and will be on stage through June 30, at the Two Muses Theatre inside Barnes & Noble Booksellers in West Bloomfield. With music by Tom Kitt and book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey, the local production is directed by Royal Oak resident Frannie Shepherd-Bates. Two Muses Theatre will donate $1 from each ticket purchase to Common Ground, a non-profit agency that has been helping those in need for more than 40 years. Common Ground provides crisis intervention and other services…
Monday, January 21, 2013
The theatre company's latest production opens in West Bloomfield on Feb. 9
Two Muses Theatre's latest family theatre production, Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf by Tom McCabe, opens Feb. 9 in West Bloomfield. The show combines The Three Little Pigs and Little Red Riding Hood, with the big bad wolf stuck between the two stories, and each performance will be accompanied with other child-friendly activities including a raffle drawing. In post-performance autograph sessions, parents will have the opportunity to take their children’s pictures with the characters: Little Red Riding Hood (Meredith Deighton), Oink, Porky and Bacon Bits (Lillian Bishop, Atran Raikany and Emilio Rodriguez), Granny (Paige Vanzo), the brave Huntsman (Dick Ward) and of course, the BIG BAD WOLF (Benjamin Deman). Director Nancy Cooper has a …
Saturday, November 3, 2012
The interdenominational holiday production, directed by Farmington Hills resident Barbie Weisserman, opens Nov. 23 in West Bloomfield.
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Two Muses Theatre's latest production, a warm, yet hilarious interdenominational holiday show, opens Nov. 23 inside Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 6800 Orchard Lake Rd. in West Bloomfield. The Los Angeles Times described Greetings!, by Tom Dudzick, as “a wonderful, wacky look at how cleverly a mixture of Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Age philosophy can – in the right hands – flick on the electricity.” In this comedy, Andy Gorski (Stephen Blackwell) has a loving mother (Jan Cartwright), a very special brother (Richard Payton), a crabby Catholic father (Henry Nelson) and an atheist Jewish fiancée (Angela Kay Miller). When he brings his fiancée home for Christmas, it incites an entertaining, domestic brawl about religious differences. But just …
Friday, September 21, 2012
Movies, music and cars are all on the calendar this rainy weekend in Farmington and Farmington Hills.
A busy weekend lies ahead, with plenty of activities for families, theater-goers, music lovers and anyone who appreciates fresh, Michigan-grown produce. Browse through the photo gallery above for basic information, then click on these links to learn more about what's going on in Farmington and Farmington Hills over the next few days: Do you know about an event that's not on our calendar? Add it! (VIDEO: How to Create an Event on Patch.)
Friday, September 14, 2012
Consider adding some of these events in Farmington and Farmington Hills to your calendar.
We may have some showers today, but the rest of the weekend looks sunny and perfect for the outdoor activities on our events calendar. Browse through the photo gallery above for basic information, then click on these links to learn more about what's going on in Farmington and Farmington Hills over the next few days: Do you know about an event that's not on our calendar? You can add it at http://farmington-mi.patch.com/events/new
Friday, September 7, 2012
Give the gift of life, audition for a show, party at the dog park and more this weekend in Farmington and Farmington Hills.
From a blood drive to youth theater auditions and a dog park celebration, this weekend is packed with activities in Farmington and Farmington Hills. Flip through the gallery above for information about some of the big events on our calendar, then follow the links below to learn more: Do you know about an event that's not on our calendar? You can add it at http://farmington-mi.patch.com/events/new Correction: The Bark in the Park event starts at 10 a.m. and goes through 2 p.m.
Friday, August 24, 2012
'A Little Work' authors Anita Diamant and Stephen McCauley fine-tuned the play after a workshop production directed by Farmington Hills resident Diane Hill last spring, Diamant said.
Two Muses Theatre's latest production, the world premiere of "A Little Work", opens Sept. 7 and explores the world of friendships and plastic surgery. Director and Two Muses co-founder Diane Hill of Farmington Hills has been working with best-selling authors Anita Diamant and Stephen McCauley to fine-tune the play ever since Diamant came to see a workshop production at SRO Productions last spring. “It was fun seeing our work brought to life on stage,” Diamant said. “It prompted Stephen and me to streamline the story. And Diane’s attention to shorter scene changes has also helped to transform this former two act show into a sleek one act play.” “This nip/tuck is fitting with the theme of the play,” added Hill. “Much like the pressure the …
Friday, July 13, 2012
Barbie Amann Weisserman is recognized for her work on props in the Two Muses Theatre production of 'Same Time, Next Year'.
Imagine having to create the look and feel of nearly three decades, in 5-year increments, over a span of about two hours. That was the task Farmington Hills resident Barbie Amann Weisserman faced in this year's Two Muses Theatre production of Same Time, Next Year, a romantic comedy about two lovers who meet on the same weekend for 25 years. Her work on props for the show has earned her a Wilde Award nomination, the only professional awards program for theatre in Michigan. "For our company, since we're brand new, it puts us on the map," said Weisserman, who co-founded Two Muses last year with friend Diane Hill, also of Farmington Hills. "This nomination was exciting for me, because (the show) was so prop intensive. The costumes had to be …
Thursday, September 8, 2011
The newly-launched Two Muses Theatre will take the stage in November.
A new professional theatre will debut locally this fall, thanks to Farmington Hills residents Diane Hill and Barbie Amann Weisserman. The duo is in the process of preparing theater space inside the West Bloomfield Barnes & Noble Booksellers. Two Muses Theatre will open its first season with The Odd Couple in November. "It's funny that we're doing The Odd Couple as our first show, because in some ways, Barbie and I are like two peas in a pod, and yet we're very different," Hill said. The two met in 2007 while working together at Oakland Community College (OCC) Orchard Ridge, also in Farmington Hills. Hill, who was teaching at OCC and overseeing its theatre degree program at the time, brought Weisserman in to create the costumes for the …