Experience The Magic of Center Stage Theatre

Our History

In the early 1970’s, a group of local friends recognized the need for families to participate in, and experience live theatre in their area. A place that would nurture talent, teach a variety of skills, entertain and excite audiences. Center Stage Theatre (Comstock Community Theatre) was born. A place for everyone to discover the love of theatre!

Within the first three years of operation, many people from the Greater Kalamazoo area began to participate and attend Center Stage productions. Center Stage Theatre remains focused on community, and encourages cast and crew to get their whole families involved with each show.

Center Stage is the only community theatre in the Kalamazoo area that invites everyone who auditions, and is willing to make the time commitment, into its large summer shows. It is common for each summers’ musical to have more than 100 cast and crew.

In addition to the large summer musicals, Center Stage produces smaller shows in the spring and fall of each year. Currently, the fall production is a children’s show performed by young people, while the spring performance is often by adults for adults. Center Stage has also had the privilege of partnering with Second Star from the Right Productions to produce musicals with local high school students whose schools do not have their own theatre programs.

Center Stage Theatre has been fortunate to have over 4,000 dedicated volunteers on the stage and behind the scenes. To this day, Center Stage Theatre is an all-volunteer organization that attracts some of the areas most talented volunteers. Without these dedicated volunteers, Center Stage could not have produced 40 seasons of wonderful memories!

THANK YOU!

Past Performances

8/74 Aladdin Musical
4/75 Second Time Around
8/75 Oliver Musical
10/75 Cactus Flower
2/76 Ten Little Indians
7/76 Sound of Music
10/76 Man Who Came To Dinner
2/77 Barefoot in the Park
7/77 The Music Man
10/77 Dirty Works at the Crossroads
2/78 Meet My Ghost
7/78 Fiddler on the Roof
10/78 Butterflies Are Free
2/79 Godspell Musical
7/79 Hello Dolly
11/79 Ride, Ride Musical
2/80 Arsenic & Old Lace
7/80 Oklahoma
10/80 Dracula
2/81 Curious Savage
7/81 Wizard of Oz
11/81 Harvey
2/82 Miracle Worker
7/82 Li’L Abner
11/82 Star Spangled Girl
7/83 Oliver
11/83 Cheaper by the Dozen
2/84 Second Time Around
7/84 Peter Pan
7/85 Bye Bye Birdie
11/85 Death Trap
2/86 They’re Playing Our Song
7/86 Annie
11/86 Diary of Anne Frank
2/87 Evening with Gershwin
7/87 Sugar
2/88 Evening with Irving Berlin
7/88 The King and I
11/88 Dirty Works at the Crossroads
3/89 Evening with Rodgers & Hammerstein
7/89 Once Upon a Mattress
11/89 Cinderella
3/90 Arsenic & Old Lace
7/90 Grease
11/90 Snow White Musical
3/91 On Golden Pond
7/91 The Wiz
11/91 Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp
2/92 Barefoot in the Park
7/92 Sound of Music (Last show at NEMS)
11/92 Auditorium Grand Opening Showcase
12/92 Winnie-the-Pooh (1st CCT show in new auditorium)
2/93 1940’s Radio Hour
7/93 The Music Man
10/93 Goldilocks and the Three Bears
2/94 Run For Your Wife
7/94 Annie Get Your Gun
10/94 The Hobbit
2/95 Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre
7/95 Kiss Me Kate
10/95 Rehearsal for Murder
2/96 The Fantastiks
7/96 Li’l Abner
9/96 Cinderella
2/97 Mid-Evel Mahem Dinner Theatre
7/97 Oklahoma
10/97 Harvey
2/98 Nunsense
7/98 Anything Goes
10/98 Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland
2/99 A Grand Night for Singing
7/99 Annie
10/99 Charlie Brown
1/00 Quiet On The Set Dinner Theatre
7/00 Oliver
10/00 Steel Magnolia’s
7/01 Babes in Arms
1/02 Goldilocks & The Three Bears(Plays-n-PJs)
7/02 Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
1/03 Little Red Riding Hood (Plays-n-PJs)
7/03 Peter Pan
11/03 Fairy Tale Courtroom (Plays-n-PJs)
7/04 Seussical the Musical
2/05 School House Rock
7/05 Wizard of Oz
11/05 Winnie-the-Pooh (Plays-n-PJs)
7/06 Grease
11/06 James and the Giant Peach (Plays-n-PJs)
7/07 Music Man
10/07 Aesop’s Falables
7/08 Footloose
10/08 Jungle Book
2/09 35th Anniversary Celebration Showcase
7/09 Beauty and the Beast
10/09 Cinderella
2/10 Jesus Christ Superstar
7/10 Peter Pan
10/10 Alice in Wonderland
3/11 Little Shop of Horrors
7/11 Hairspray
11/11 Treasure Island
2/12 Once Upon a Time – a Storybook Musical Review
7/12 The Wedding Singer
11/12 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
7/13 Seussical
11/13 OZ the Musical
3/14 40th Anniversary Celebration
7/14 Shrek The Musical
11/14 There’s A Monster In My Closet
7/15 Mary Poppins
11/15 Aladdin Jr!
07/16 Addams Family, The Musical
10/16 Mulan, Jr.
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Board of Directors

The Center Stage Theatre board members are volunteers who make administrative decisions associated with the advancement of theatrical experiences in the Kalamazoo area through activities with Center Stage Theatre. Center Stage Theatre operates as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, with the board as its governing body. Potential board members are presented to the current board at an annual August meeting and voted upon at that meeting for a term of one to two years. Board members are expected to miss no more than three of the monthly meetings in any calendar year. A board member may stay on the board for any length of time, but administrative positions must be elected, and officers serve terms of at least one year and no more than four years, unless there is no other candidate for the position.