MISSION: To provide the community with education and participation opportunities in live theatre performance and our audiences with an excellent theatre experience.
Established in 1929, Center Stage Theatre is a national award-winning volunteer theatre program. Its performance season, draws tens of thousands of theatre-goers from across the Great Lakes Bay Region and includes comedies, tragedies and musicals, from popular favorites to lesser-known titles. Off-Center Stage presents works on the cutting edge not included in the main season. The Peanut Gallery and Interim Theatre programs feature the talents of youth ages 10 through 21. Performances take place in the 1,500-seat Midland Center for the Arts Auditorium and the 400-seat Little Theatre.
Recent performances include Singin’ in the Rain; Ragtime; To Kill a Mockingbird; Urinetown; Romeo & Juliet; Annie; Driving Miss Daisy; and Avenue Q.
Onstage and behind-the-scenes Volunteer Opportunities abound for those who like to be part of the action. There are lots of innovative Education and Outreach Programs and Scholarships that nurture a love and appreciation of the theatre in the Great Lakes Bay Region.
Peanut Gallery & Interim Theatre
Peanut Gallery is the youth theatre division of Center Stage Theatre. Each season, Peanut Gallery offers family-friendly productions featuring actors in fourth through eighth grade, and an Interim Theatre summer production for ages 13 through 21.
Recent performances include The Snow Queen; Click, Clack, Moo; Sabrina Fair; Anne of Green Gables; The Jungle Book; Alice in the Garden of Wonders; and Holes.
Off-Center Stage offers a variety of venues and opportunities to expand theatre arts offerings by producing reader’s theatre, new plays, monologue theatre, stand-up comedy and cutting-edge pieces not included in the main season.
Recent performances include The Rocky Horror Show, The SantaLand Diaries, The Laramie Project, [Title of Show], The Vagina Monologues and Bawdy Broadway Cabaret.
Dexter Brigham, Managing Director
Dexter Brigham is a veteran producer, director and actor with more than 300 stage credits to his name. In 2004, he founded Festival 56, Illinois’ largest summer theatre festival.
Highlights of Dexter’s performing career include the title role in the Off-Broadway revival of The Robber Bridegroom, Fred/Petruchio in the 2003-2004 Broadway national tour of Kiss Me, Kate and Dewhurst in the 2002 national tour of The Scarlet Pimpernel. In 2009, he received the Illinois Alliance for Arts Education’s Artist Award.
Dexter came to the theatre after a childhood spent singing with the American Boychoir and various school and collegiate choirs, making him a great fit for Center Stage Theatre and Choirs.
Center Stage Theatre is an incorporated member group of Midland Center for the Arts, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation, and is a member of The American Association of Community Theatres, and Community Theatres of Michigan.