Touring Companies

2019–2020 Theatre for the Young Touring Show

Snowy Day and Other Stories (Fall)

Adapted for the stage by Jerome Hairston

Based on the book by Ezra Jack Keats
Recommended for grades 4+, estimated run time is 45 minutes.

The wonder of a fresh snowfall, the delight of whistling for the first time, the awe in finding a special treasure, all comes to life in this charming adaptation of Ezra Jack Keats' award-winning children's book.  Follow Peter from a young boy into adolescence as his journey takes us through his discovery of newly fallen snow, his encounter with the local bullies, and the risk of inviting a crush to his birthday party. These beloved stories capture the joy in the small moments of a child's life.

And Then... This Happened (Winter)

Stories by Michigan Students

Directed by Heather Utsler-Smith
Recommended for grades 5+, estimated run time is 45 minutes.

This brand new work celebrates the lively imaginations and unique original stories of local Michigan third, fourth, and fifth grade students. EMU's Theatre of the Young troupe dramatizes the work of these young writers as it shares magical adventures and unexpected happenings.


A day of theatre for youth in grades 4–8, sponsored by EMU Theatre of the Young.

  • Dates:
    • FALL - Saturday, November 16, 2019
    • Winter - Saturday, March 21, 2020
  • Time: 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m.
  • Location: EMU Campus, Legacy Theatre building. Please enter through the main entrance.
  • Fee: $5

Join us for an exciting two hours of hands-on interactive drama and integrated arts activities, lunch* with a special presentation, a live performance of the play, The Snowy Day and Other Stories, adapted by Jerome Hairston based on the award-winning book by Ezra Jack Keats (Fall) and And Then...This Happened, stories by Michigan Students, (Winter). A talk-back session with actors following the performances.

*If your child has dietary restrictions, please plan to provide a lunch for your child. We will try to avoid having common allergenic food.

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Six Figures Playback Theatre Company

Playback Theatre is an improvisational form of performance that invites audience members to share stories from their everyday lives and then re-performs them with artistry and respect. We honor stories: we honor lives. Founded almost a decade ago, Six Figures Playback Theatre Company performs and conducts workshops for diverse audiences and events.

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EMU's Musical Theatre Troupe, was formed in the Fall of 1996. ENCORE has provided educational entertainment to the campus, community and area schools. Composed of EMU student performers under the direction of R. MacKenzie Lewis, ENCORE has performed for a wide range of audiences - from campus special events to tours to senior centers and community galas.

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