The Friday 5 — March 22-24

Your guide to this weekend's events

C&G Newspapers | Published March 20, 2019

1. Grosse Pointe Theatre presents ‘Shrek the Musical’
March 24-April 6 • Pierce Middle School, Grosse Pointe Park

Everyone’s favorite ogre — along with his sassy sidekick Donkey, the spirited Princess Fiona and an assortment of fairytale misfits — will take the stage March 24-April 6 during the Grosse Pointe Theatre’s production of “Shrek the Musical."

The musical, based on the popular book and animated film, will open with a matinee at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 24, at Pierce Middle School, 15430 Kercheval Ave. in Grosse Pointe Park.

Free valet parking will be available. Tickets cost $25 per person. For tickets or more information, call GPT at (313) 881-4004 or visit

Related story: Fairytale favorites find new life onstage in ‘Shrek the Musical’

2. Michigan Regional Glass Exhibition
March 24-May 9 • Janice Charach Gallery, West Bloomfield

Handcrafted glass artwork — both functional and nonfunctional — will be on display March 24-May 9 during the the Michigan Regional Glass Exhibition at the Janice Charach Gallery, located inside the Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit, 6600 W. Maple Road in West Bloomfield.

Everything kicks off this Sunday with a free public opening reception, featuring live music from Nolan Young and his band, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the center. Michigan glass artist Albert Young, of Michigan Hot Glass, personally curated the collection, which includes student and professional work created by 42 individuals from Michigan and Ohio.

For more information, visit or call (248) 432-5579.

Related story: Regional glass show returns to Janice Charach Gallery

3. Disney on Ice presents 'Mickey's Search Party'
March 21-24 • Little Caesars Arena

Mickey Mouse, Moana, Elsa, Coco, Buzz Lightyear and other favorite characters will skate into Little Caesars Arena for nine Disney on Ice performances March 21-24.  

Disney on Ice’s latest production, “Mickey’s Search Party,” promises to bring guests “closer to the magic than ever before through dynamic and immersive moments that take place on the ice, in the air and in the seats," according to a press release. The show follows Mickey Mouse and friends on an epic adventure as they follow Captain Hook’s treasure map on a quest to find Tinker Bell.

Showtimes are 7 p.m. Thursday, March 21; 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, March 22; 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 23; and 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, March 24. Tickets start at $15, and all seats are reserved. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit, or

To charge tickets by phone, call (800) 745-3000.


4. International Seal Day at the Detroit Zoo
Friday, March 22 • The Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak

The Detroit Zoo’s rescued seals  — gray seals Jersey and Georgie and harbor seal Sidney — will have their moment in the spotlight this Friday as the zoo celebrates International Seal Day.

The zoo will offer seal-centric zookeeper talks and hands-on activities from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 22 at the Arctic Ring of Life, giving visitors a chance to learn more about the zoo’s seals and the risks that seals face globally. Zookeeper talks are scheduled for 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., and all activities are free with zoo admission.

The Detroit Zoo is located at 8450 W. 10 Mile Road, west of Woodward Avenue. For more information, call (248) 541-5717 or visit

5. Marche Du Nain Rouge
Sunday, March 24 • Cass Corridor, Detroit

Thousands of metro Detroiters will make their annual pilgrimage to Detroit’s Cass Corridor to celebrate the city and to drive out the legendary harbinger of doom, the Nain Rouge, during the annual Marche Du Nain Rouge, beginning at noon this Sunday, March 24.

The celebration centers around a parade with floats, marching bands and costume-clad revelers, as well as an appearance by the Nain Rouge of local folklore. The parade begins at Canfield Street and Second Avenue and marches its way to the Masonic Temple.

For more information, visit

Staff Writers K. Michelle Moran and Tiffany Esshaki contributed to this report.