News & Notes - 5/24/23 Royal Oak Review

Royal Oak Review | Published May 24, 2023

Stagecrafters to perform ‘Singin’ in the Rain’
ROYAL OAK — Stagecrafters will be presenting “Singin’ in the Rain” throughout the month of June.

The musical will be onstage June 2-25 at the Baldwin Theatre, located at 415 S. Lafayette Ave. The show is an adaptation of the 1952 movie of the same name.

The show features an onstage rain shower, which Director Tony Battle is excited to show the audience, according to a news release.

“Our rain system includes an entirely new stage floor decking to enable rain to ‘fall from the sky’ and collect on the stage so that ‘dancing in the rain’ becomes a reality,” he said. “It’s a closed circuit design that allows us to store water until the appropriate moment, then deliver the rain to our entire stage deck — after which it’s pumped (to) a containment system, treated and heated for the next time around — a feat rarely accomplished in musical theater.”

Tickets cost $35 for Friday, Saturday and Sunday performances and $25 for Thursday night performances. There is a $3 ticket fee that is applied to each ticket. Show times are at 8 p.m. Thursdays to Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets can be purchased online at or by phone at (248) 541-6430.


School district asks public not to bring dogs on property
ROYAL OAK — Royal Oak Schools is asking that dogs not be brought to school properties.

According to its website, the district stated that with the weather becoming warmer, it’s been experiencing issues with people walking dogs on school property, some after hours, but also during school hours as well.

“While many students love dogs, not all of our students do,” the district stated. “There are students that are afraid of dogs, even allergic to dogs, so having them nearby is unsuitable for our school community. Some pet owners are not picking up after their dogs, which is creating a mess on our school property and students’ shoes. During the day, some dog owners let their pets off leash at Royal Oak Middle School track and field, which was just renovated during the last bond.”

“Although we love our furry friends, we can only have dogs on the premises before, during, or after school if the building administrator authorizes them. Service animals and therapy dogs visit our schools, but our staff always knows those visits well in advance,” it continued.


Royal Oak recognized for environmental work
ROYAL OAK — The city of Royal Oak was recognized by Michigan Green Communities for its efforts in energy conservation.

According to a news release, Royal Oak was awarded a gold seal of achievement as part of the MGC Challenge, which “reflects the impact the community, City leadership and staff have had in the areas of energy efficiency, climate adaptation and resilience, recycling, environmental justice and more.”

The city stated the gold status was awarded through its action in planning, economic development, land use, climate resilience, climate adaptation, energy efficiency, renewable energy and materials management. Programs the city highlighted included the allocation of nearly $12 million of American Rescue Plan Act funds to pay for projects related to the goals of Royal Oak’s Sustainability & Climate Action Plan, including lead service line replacement, water main construction, solar panel installation at the library, the expansion of the city’s tree canopy by planting 1,000 new trees, and plans to plant 100 new trees at the Fred A. Erb Arboretum.

“We are dedicated to providing our residents and visitors with an exceptional quality of life by instituting policies and practices to combat climate change and protect the natural environment,” said Royal Oak City Manager Paul Brake “And we are truly honored to be recognized by the state for advancements we have made throughout Royal Oak. There is still a lot of work to be done, and we will continue to collaborate with our partners, residents and others to make further progress in environmental programs this community needs each year.”


Museum exhibits curator’s artwork
ROYAL OAK — The Royal Oak Historical Museum will be holding an exhibit called “The Journey Never Ends,” by Johanna Schurrer, throughout June.

The exhibit — which features sculptures and paintings by Schurrer, a local artist and museum curator — will be having its opening reception from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, June 16, at the museum, located at 1411 W. Webster Road.

According to a news release, Schurrer has been a volunteer with the museum for 18 years.

“As the curator for the archival collection, Johanna creates displays and exhibits four times a year for the public to enjoy,” the release states.

Donations collected at the opening night reception and during the event will go directly to the Royal Oak Historical Museum. The exhibit will end on Saturday, July 1.