Subscriptions 2017-18


Subscribers know they will have at least 4 nights of fun over the next year! As a subscriber, you not only ensure four (or more!) fun nights out, but you get great benefits as well!

We’ve worked hard to make ordering tickets to the many events in the 2017-18 season as easy as possible, but with literally thousands of possible combinations, we realize that it can be complicated. With that in mind, please consider these tips that will help you make your decisions for the 2017-18 season, whether you are new to the Center or have been subscribing for years:

  1. If you generally like events that are thematically linked (e.g. theatre, choral music), you will probably be most interested in the fixed series subscriptions listed below. Fixed series subscribers receive priority seating and the biggest discounts. And anyone who purchases a fixed series subscription may purchase any number of other stage events at a discount.
  2. If you prefer a variety of events, you will probably be most interested in creating your own season and picking 4+ shows. You will be able to pick 4 or more shows starting June 14. When you purchase at least 4 events, you will receive up to a 10% discount. You will also secure your seats before individual tickets go on sale to the public on August 7. You may purchase a different number of tickets to each event, so feel free to invite friends to join you for any or all of the performances in your season – but you must purchase at least 4 different events to qualify for the discount.


  • TICKETS – Includes one ticket to each pre-selected show in the following Series:
    • Broadway & Beyond Series
    • Windows on the World Series
    • Kids & Family Series
    • Classic Symphony Series
    • Theatre Lover Series
    • Made in Michigan Series
    • Premier Choral Series
  • DISCOUNT – Up to 25% off single ticket prices and you can add on additional shows not included in the series package for up to 10% off
  • SEATING – You’ll get the first chance to renew your seats next season and get best available seats. You’ll also get early access to additional shows for best seating.
    • Unlimited free exchanges up to 24 hours prior to the show
    • Avoid individual processing fees
    • Exclusive pre-sale opportunities
    • Invitation to exclusive subscriber events


  • TICKETS – Choose 4 or more shows to create your own subscription package
  • DISCOUNT – Up to 10% off single ticket prices
  • SEATING – Early access to shows to get great seats
    • Unlimited free exchanges up to 24 hours prior to the show
    • Avoid individual processing fees
    • Exclusive pre-sale opportunities
    • Purchase online by adding 4 or more different show titles to your cart

Series Subscription and Pick Your Own Subscription orders must be received by Friday, August 4, 2017. Single tickets go on sale to the public Monday, August 7, 2017.

It’s easy to buy!

  • ONLINE – Click the Buy Pick Your Own button above to choose 4 or more shows to create your own subscription package. If you’d like a fixed series package, you must purchase by doing one of the following options.
  • VISIT – Stop by and our Ticket Office staff will be happy to assist you:
    Monday – Friday: Noon – 6 pm
    Saturday: Noon – 6 pm
  • CALL – Call us at 800.523.7649 and we will be happy to assist you. See hours above.
  • MAIL – Send a completed order form with payment to:
    Midland Center for the Arts
    Attn: Ticket Office
    1801 W. Saint Andrews Road
    Midland, MI 48642


Our stage sizzles when today’s most thrilling touring productions come to town! Get ready for a season of “Big City” entertainment right here in the Great Lakes Bay Region!

BROADWAY & BEYOND Series Sponsor:

Series Media Partner: WNEM TV 5

Elf the Musical

November 17 & 18, 2017 – 7:30 pm
November 18 & 19, 2017 – 2 pm

Elf is the hilarious tale of Buddy, an orphan baby transported to the North Pole in Santa’s bag of gifts. Based on the beloved 2003 New Line Cinema hit, this modern-day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF.


January 12 & 13, 2018 – 7:30 pm
January 13 & 17, 2018 – 2 pm

Chicago has everything that makes Broadway great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping song after another; and the most astonishing dancing you’ve ever seen.

WARNING: Adult language and subject matter. 

Cirque Eloize: Saloon

March 2 & 3, 2018 – 7:30 pm
March 3, 2018 – 2 pm

Inspired by the rich legacy of the Wild West, Saloon transports audiences to a dusty gathering place where the infectious energy of folk music and strains of fiddle set the tone for a mad flurry of acrobatic comedy.

Jersey Boys

May 3, 4 & 5, 2018 – 7:30 pm
May 5, 2018 – 2 pm

Go behind the music and inside story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in the Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon.

WARNING: Adult language and subject matter. 

WoW (Windows on the World) Series

Expand your horizons! Artists from around the country and globe visit to share their cultural heritage. Each performance ends with a free and casual post-show party. Try something new! Have a drink…share a laugh…explore your world!

Series Media Partner: WCMU Public Broadcasting
Special thanks to the Midland Area Community Foundation for supporting the WoW Series and to Momentum Midland and the Downtown Midland Business Association.

Cas Public: Symphonie Dramatique

October 17, 2017 – 7:30 pm

Recognized on international stages for the daring physicality of its dance, Cas Public has secured its reputation with works of exceptional quality. In Symphonie Dramatique, 8 dancers present a vibrant homage to the most famous love story of all time: Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

Che Malambo

March 11, 2018 – 7:30 pm

Direct from Argentina, the all-male powerhouse Che Malambo is a fiery, percussive dance and music spectacle that celebrates the unique South American cowboy tradition of the gaucho.

L.A. Theatre Works: The Mountaintop

April 8, 2018 – 3 pm

April 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King Jr. In her internationally acclaimed play, playwright Katori Hall offers a glimpse at the final hours – and the human side – of the Civil Rights leader. Winner of the prestigious Olivier Award for Best New Play.

Adult language and subject matter. 

Cameron Carpenter

April 14, 2018 – 7:30 pm

Juilliard-trained musician Cameron Carpenter is smashing the stereotypes of organists and organ music. Hear him – and be WOWed – when he brings his one-of-a-kind, cross-genre digital organ to our stage!

Marcia Ball

August 24, 2017 – 7 pm
Downtown Midland

The saucy singer/pianist fuses Zydeco dance beats with New Orleans R&B and Tex-Mex flavored roadhouse blues for a one-of-a-kind musical gumbo that will have the street jumping!


Harness the power of imagination when you introduce the children in your life to the magic of live entertainment!

The Underwater Bubble Show

September 29, 2017 – 7:30 pm

For ages 3+

Inspired by the famous Canadian troupe Cirque du Soleil, The Underwater Bubble Show is a highly interactive event rich in stage effects including the latest laser technologies, snow cannons, soap bubble tornadoes, theatrical fog, gigantic smoke rings, smoke-filled bubble machines, optical illusions and many other surprises. This show will make adults think and children smile!

Lightwire Theater’s Dino-Light!

February 25, 2018 – 3 pm

For ages 5+

When a friendly dinosaur wanders away from home, he discovers a wonderful world full of creatures that light up the darkness and help him find the true meaning of love. This glow-in-the-dark adventure is visually amazing and has been praised for its cutting-edge blend of puppetry, technology and dance, and enjoyed by audiences all over the world.

The Berenstain Bears Live!

April 22, 2018 – 3 pm

For ages 3+

Come on down to Bear Country where Brother Bear, Sister Bear, Papa Bear, and Mama Bear sing and dance in this colorful new musical. Life in Bear Country may not be without its complications, but we can always depend on Mama Bear and her loving patience to help set things right!

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

May 29, 30 & 31, 2018 – 7:30 pm

For ages 7+

Glass slippers are SO back. Don’t miss the Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love – the pumpkin, the glass slippers, the masked ball and more – plus some surprising new twists!

Moscow Festival Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty

January 9, 2018 – 7:30 pm

For ages 5+

Often considered the finest achievement of the classical ballet, The Sleeping Beauty performed by The Moscow Festival Ballet is a grandiose and refined blending of traditional mime and expressive dance set to the lavish music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The fairytale story of a princess cursed to sleep until awakened by the kiss of a prince uses the finest choreography, dazzling costumes, courtly splendor and magical stage effects to create a perfect evening of ballet.


“Meet me at the Symphony for a thrilling lineup of award-winning guest soloists, some of the most notable works in classical repertoire, and opportunities for new experiences.” -Bohuslav Rattay, Music Director

Series Media Partner: WCMU Public Broadcasting

Opening Night: Beer, Brahms & Bourbon

October 7, 2017 – 7:30 pm

Mix, mingle and have a brew! Our special opening night features Michigan beers and bourbon flights. The orchestra performs Brahms’ exuberant final symphony; and Bartok’s popular concerto.

Sponsored by Merrill Lynch – The Iles Schropp Group

Time for Three

November 4, 2017 – 7:30 pm

Time for Three returns to Midland for a concert that hits the shuffle button. Using a playlist of classical-pop modern mash-ups – from Beethoven’s Ninth, to Hamilton, to Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, U2 and Mozart’s Requiem – they create something familiar yet brand-new.

Sponsored by Hilliard Lyons

Holiday Pops: Dianne Reeves – Christmas Time is Here

December 8, 2017 – 8 pm

The pre-eminent jazz vocalist in the world, Grammy Award winning Dianne Reeves rings in the holiday season with music from her celebrated album, Christmas Time is Here. Reeves melds her timeless grace, elegance and charisma into unforgettable jazz renditions of holiday favorites such as Carol of the Bells, Christmas Waltz, Let It Snow and many more.

Sponsored by The Dow Chemical Company

Tales of Hemingway

February 3, 2018 – 7:30 pm

World-renowned cellist Zuill Bailey performs Michael Daugherty’s Grammy-award winning concerto that brings four of Ernest Hemingway’s classic novels and stories to life. Beethoven’s tumultuous and mysterious Seventh Symphony closes the program.

Take Two & Mahler 5

April 21, 2018 – 7:30 pm

Internationally acclaimed piano twins Christina and Michelle Naughton join the MSO to perform French composer Poulenc’s captivating and jaunty Double Piano Concerto. Closing the program, the orchestra takes on the classical equivalent to climbing Mount Everest, Mahler’s monumental Fifth Symphony.

Support provided by Wells Fargo Foundation in cooperation with Wells Fargo Advisors


Award-winning community theatre featuring talent from across the region – from moving dramas to belly-laughing fun!

Fiddler on the Roof

September 22, 23, 29, 30, October 5, 6 & 7, 2017 – 7:30 pm
September 24, October 1 & 8 – 3 pm

The winner of nine Tony Awards features iconic characters and beloved songs such as “Sunrise, Sunset,” “If I Were a Rich Man,” and “Matchmaker, Matchmaker.” A heartwarming family story that still rings familiar today.


January 13, 19, 20, 25, 26 & 27, 2018 – 7:30 pm
January 14 & 21, 2018 – 3 pm

Poisoned apples. Glass slippers. Prince Charming. Who needs ’em? Snow White and her posse of sassy princesses prove that everyone has a dark side when they toss off their tiaras in an absurdly cheeky (and definitely NOT for the kiddos!) theatrical romp that’s anything but Grimm.

WARNING: Adult language and subject matter. 

Oedipus the King

February 16, 17, 23 & 24, 2018 – 7:30 pm
February 18 & 25, 2018 – 3 pm

Witness King Oedipus’ fall from power as he discovers that no man – not even a king – can avoid his fate. Presented in the round incorporating innovative music, mask and movement with on-stage seating.

Peter and the Starcatcher

May 5, 11, 12, 18 & 19, 2018 – 7:30 pm
May 6 & 13, 2018 – 3 pm

Take an exhilarating adventure to Neverland to answer the question: How did Peter Pan become The Boy Who Never Grew Up? A dozen actors portray more than 100 unforgettable characters in this enchanting Tony Award winner.

Sponsored by Great Lakes Loons

SantaLand Diaries

December 14, 15 & 16, 2017 – 7:30 pm
December 16 & 17, 2017 – 3 pm

Escape the most painfully festive time of year with a one-man show based on NPR humorist David Sedaris’ hilarious encounters with surly parents and their greedy children as “Crumpet the Elf” in Macy’s SantaLand. Cabaret-style performance with on-stage seating.

WARNING: Adult language and subject matter.


The most significant musicians arising from the Great Lakes Bay Region are back from the “Big City”!


Midland Area Community Foundation

Katie Travis (Bay City)

October 14, 2017 – 7:30 pm

Starred as Christine in the national touring company of The Phantom of the Opera.

Emily Marvosh (Saginaw)

January 6, 2018 – 7:30 pm

Versatile contralto soloist and founder of the Michigan Recital Project.

Micah Young (Midland)

March 3, 2018 – 7:30 pm

The pianist/conductor made his Broadway debut in the Tony Award®-winning Spring Awakening.

Ryan VanDenBoom (Munger)

April 21, 2018 – 7:30 pm

Singer/dancer and original cast member of Broadway’s Something’s Rotten!


Discover for yourself the power and beauty of song – both old favorites and some waiting to be discovered – offered by your own friends and neighbors!

PREMIER CHORAL Series Sponsor:

The Voice of Baseball!

November 18, 2017 – 7:30 pm

Whether you’re a baseball fan, a music fan – or both – don’t miss this concert! The Chorale provides color and context to important moments in baseball history with favorites like “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” and “Casey at the Bat.” Special guest: the “Radio Voice of the Tigers” Dan Dickerson!

Sponsored by Great Lakes Loons

Jingle: A Holiday Extravaganza

December 16, 2017 – 7:30 pm

The combined Center Stage Choirs sing your favorite tunes of the season! This high-energy concert, featuring over 200 voices raised in song, is sure to make you tap your toes and sing along as we all prepare for the most wonderful time of year.

Woven Voices

April 28, 2018 – 7:30 pm

The Center Stage Chorale and local high school choirs join together for an evening of uplifting choral music including Schubert’s Mass in G, one of his most famous and enduring works.


Camerata June Concert

June 24, 2018 – 7 pm

Cool off with the ever-refreshing Camerata Singers. Repertoire ranging from classical favorites to contemporary a cappella. Your ears will thank you!

Men of Music Spring Show

April 13 & 14, 2018 – 7:30 pm
April 14, 2018 – 2 pm

The laughs come a mile a minute in this great family-friendly show that’s filled with song and not to be missed!


Your subscription your way!

Are you a free spirit when it comes to planning your entertainment season? Any 4 or more performances on this web page can be combined to create a Pick Your Own Subscription package for a season of entertainment done YOUR way!

These Shows Sponsored by:


Olivia Newton-John, Beth Nielson Chapman, and Amy Sky

October 13, 2017 – 7:30 pm

LIV ON harnesses the unique talents of three internationally recognized artists, showcasing the transforming power of music to heal. Their message is clear and affirming: the reason we grieve is because we love, and therein lies the strength for healing.

Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science Tour

October 25, 2017 – 7:30 pm

Award-winning author Alton Brown brings his own brand of comedy, talk show antics, multimedia presentations and music (yes, he sings) to the stage. His latest show includes new puppets and bigger – and potentially more dangerous – experiments.

Vienna Boys Choir

November 27, 2017 – 7:30 pm

Nothing evokes the joy and magic of the holiday season like these celestial voices performing everything from Gregorian chant to popular holiday favorites from around the world. Join us for an enchanting evening of music for the entire family.

Home Free: A Country Christmas

December 10, 2017 – 7:30 pm

Country a cappella band Home Free entertains audiences nationwide with their high-energy show peppered with quick-witted humor that seamlessly meshes Nashville standards with pop hits dipped in country flavor. Be there when this vocal sensation – Season 4 champions of NBC’s The Sing-Off – brings their holiday concert to town!

Celtic Nights: Oceans of Hope

March 17, 2018 – 7:30 pm

Oceans of Hope captures the very essence of who we are, where we came from and above all…family. It’s the story of people moving across oceans in search of a better life and freedom from hunger, war, persecution and famine, as told through Irish eyes.

Every thundering dance tune and plaintive melody is a separate thread in the broad and colorful tapestry of this unforgettable evening of Celtic music.


Your subscription your way!

Are you a free spirit when it comes to planning your entertainment season? Any 4 or more performances on this web page can be combined to create a Pick Your Own Subscription package for a season of entertainment done YOUR way!

Symphony Pops: The Music of Bowie & Prince

Jeans n’ Classics with the Midland Symphony Orchestra

September 23, 2017 – 7:30 pm

With hits like “Ziggy Stardust,” “Purple Rain,” “Heroes”, “1999”, “Space Oddity” and “Raspberry Beret,” David Bowie and Prince are two of the greatest pop/glam/rock icons in music history. Guest artists Jeans n’ Classics join the MSO to combine the hard-driving rock rhythms of Bowie & Prince with the warmth and depth of a symphony orchestra for an exciting, electric performance!

Sponsored by Wildfire Credit Union, Bone & Bailey Insurance Agency and Gambrell, Milster and Associates PLC

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox

October 27, 2017 – 7:30 pm

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox reinvents pop hits of the present a la pop hits of the past. This YouTube sensation is uniting generations and breaking rules with fun and unexpected fusions like Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop” assayed as a doo-wop number; Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop” tricked out in flapper jazz; and Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” rendered as a 1940s big-band standard.

David Sedaris

November 2, 2017 – 7:30 pm

With his sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. The celebrated NPR humorist and bestselling author offers an evening of captivating conversation as he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness with his masterful satire and keen observations on the human condition.

Adam Savage & Michael Stevens: Brain Candy Live!

November 26, 2017 – 7:30 pm

Get ready for an outrageous evening of entertainment featuring Adam Savage, one of television’s most loved personalities, and Michael Stevens, one of YouTube’s biggest stars. It’s like a two-hour playdate with Walt Disney, Willy Wonka and Albert Einstein when Adam and Michael use their secret recipe of fun, surprise, excitement (and just a pinch of danger) to cook-up and deliver a giant batch of magical Brain Candy to every mind in the audience.

One Night of Queen

starring Gary Mullen and the Works

March 23, 2018 – 7:30 pm

Having played over 2,000 shows around the world, One Night of Queen rocks onto our stage with a show that captures the lights, sound, pomp and showmanship, paying tribute to arguably the greatest rock band of all time: QUEEN.

Sponsored by Bone & Bailey Insurance Agency and Gambrell, Milster and Associates PLC


Please make sure we have your email address on file.
The Center sends event-related information via email a few days before each event. Please be sure that the Ticket Office has your correct email address on file and that you are not on the do-not-mail list.

All sales are final.
Subscribers may exchange tickets for free up to 24 hours prior to the event. The value of the exchanged ticket(s) will be applied to another Center 2017-18 event. We cannot hold a credit on your account.

The Center offers a diverse selection of programs.
Not all productions may appeal to or be appropriate for every person or for all ages. Therefore, patrons are responsible for making informed decisions regarding their ticket purchases. Contact the Ticket Office if you have questions regarding age appropriateness or content.

Everyone must have their own ticket.
Children are always welcome; however, regardless of age and even if you expect a child to sit in an adult’s lap, everyone must have a ticket to enter the venue.

A processing fee is applied to every order. 
The Center applies a processing fee to most performance tickets. There is a one-time fee of $10 for subscribers that is specifically used to maintain and upgrade our facilities.

We have wheelchair accessible and no-step seating available.
Please make sure needs are known when reserving your seats. Please note that our theatres do NOT have elevators.

Make a difference by adding a donation!

Did you know ticket sales pay for only 30% of operating expenses? Individual contributions are essential to our future vitality. Play your part by including a tax-deductible donation with your subscription. Your generous support is an investment in the arts and educational programs in the community.

Include a donation of $100 or more with your subscription and receive these benefits in addition to those already listed:

  • Priority seating based on donation level and date received
  • 10% discount on purchases at Intermission the Museum Store
  • 2 admissions to the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science & Art
  • Recognition in performance programs
  • Access to the Donor Lounge
  • VIP parking
  • And more!