Tan Mason, of Allen Park, rehearses “Golden Age Cabaret” at Stagecrafters’ Baldwin Theatre in downtown Royal Oak. Part of Stagecrafters’ virtual spring season, “Golden Age Cabaret” will begin streaming April 26.

Tan Mason, of Allen Park, rehearses “Golden Age Cabaret” at Stagecrafters’ Baldwin Theatre in downtown Royal Oak. Part of Stagecrafters’ virtual spring season, “Golden Age Cabaret” will begin streaming April 26.

Photo provided by Erin McKay


Stagecrafters announces virtual spring season

Four performances can be watched online

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published April 19, 2021

 Mitch Masters, of Bloomfield Hills, rehearses “Golden Age Cabaret.”

Mitch Masters, of Bloomfield Hills, rehearses “Golden Age Cabaret.”

Photo provided by Erin McKay

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ROYAL OAK — The birds are singing, the buds are blossoming, and Stagecrafters just announced a four-show virtual spring season that audiences can access through their digital devices.

The shows, which include a contemporary production, two musical cabarets and a whimsical youth theater show, will take place from mid-April through the end of May.

“This Virtual Spring Season is an exciting way to bring four different shows together to present some truly great content to our patrons,” Executive Director Alan Semonian said in a prepared statement.

The first production, “Talking With,” is a drama presented by Stagecrafters’ 2nd Stage and streamed from April 16 to April 18. It followed the stories of 11 women who hail from diverse spectrums of life and differ in age and experiences, from a rodeo rider to a religious snake charmer.

The other three performances are all donation-based.

The second show is “Golden Age Cabaret,” which will begin streaming April 26 and features Broadway classics that audiences know and love.

On May 14, Stagecrafters Youth Theatre’s fairy tale mystery “Goose-Napped!” will start streaming. With a film noir spin, sleuth Jo August must solve the missing case of Mother Goose and interrogate a list of surprising suspects from favorite nursery rhymes.

Youth Theatre Director Theresa Williams said the show is unique in that its protagonist interviews all suspects through video chats, or Zoom calls, so stage directions and sets are minimal.

“We did our auditions virtually. We did all of our rehearsals virtually,” Williams said. “To not be in the same room with kids and working with them was challenging. It’s so much easier when you’re in the same room with them, but you gotta do what you gotta do.”

Two separate casts performed and recorded the same show. They are both in post-production now, with special black-and-white effects and thematic music being applied.

“I think it’s going to be a really fun show,” Williams said. “Families are going to enjoy it, and the kids worked super, super hard.”

The final show is “Twistcast Cabaret” — a cabaret similar to Broadway’s “Miscast,” in which performers sing songs from characters they would not normally play. The production begins streaming May 24.

After the pandemic thwarted Stagecrafters’ in-person performances in 2020, marketing manager Erin McKay said the nonprofit organization is thrilled to present this latest series of virtual performances.

McKay said the theater was able to host a couple of virtual shows last summer, as well as a virtual holiday cabaret last winter.

Last fall, Stagecrafters partnered with the Ridgedale Players to hold a socially distanced, outdoor performance of “Working — A Musical” at the Ridgedale Players’ campus in Troy. The collaboration resurrected the show after the pandemic foiled the 2nd Stage production a day before it was set to open at the Baldwin Theatre.

“Teamwork is the way to make things happen, especially in tough times,” McKay said.

She added that the virtual platform has attracted new, returning and regular talent from around the metro Detroit area.

For more information about Stagecrafters or to purchase tickets, visit stagecrafters.org or call (248) 541-6430.

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