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A bit of history about the Madonna University Lyric Theatre productions... they have been producing musicals, operas, and director-written shows since 2003.  Founded by director, Assoc. Professor Barbara Wiltsie, it first began with collaborative productions with then Marygrove College of Detroit. The company then presented scenes and specialized shows for campus events.  In 2007, our performance venue, Kresge Hall went through its first stage of renovation of enlarging the stage.  2008 marked the first full-musical production to a sold-out performance of Godspell.  Since that time, Kresge Hall went through continual renovations of lighting/curtains/sound which created a space for giving up-close and personal, fully theatrical productions, such as the musicals: Into the Woods, Urinetown, Children of Eden, Guys & Dolls, Phantom of the Opera, Once Upon A Mattress, A Christmas Carol, The Secret Garden, Little Women, Little Shop of Horrors.  And such operas as:  The Magic Flute, Gianni Schicchi, Die Fledermaus Act Two, Sid the Serpent Who Wanted to Sing, Rumpelstiltskin, Cendrillon, Brundibar.  The 2020-21 school year led to a video-taped performance of director written and compiled show,  A Masked Retrospect.  In April of 2021 the company was successful in performing Into the Woods - Act One for a smaller audience.   During each production, our performers wore specialised singer's masks.  


Lyric Theatre gives ALL STUDENTS opportunities to try the stage out, even if the performer is inexperienced.  THERE IS ALWAYS A PLACE FOR EVERYONE!  


2021-22 Upcoming Performances

URINETOWN: The Musical

by Mark Hollman/Greg Kotis
November 19-21, 2021

Urinetown: The Musical is presented by arrangement with MTI International.


Here's A How-de-do! The lives and music of Gilbert & Sullivan

In collaboration with the Madonna Chorale led by Brad Lieto

Written and compiled by Barbara Wiltsie, Director

April 8-10, 2022





In order to maintain a safe environment for our patrons and company, the following protocols are in place:

  • Audience must download and use ReturnSafe for the day of performance:
    Please be prepared to show your completed form at check in.
  • When you arrive at the theatre, our staff will greet you at the ticket table for check-in.  
  • As of AUGUST 26, 2021, MASKS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL PATRONS until further notice.

While our intent is to put on a production, if circumstances arise that lead to postponing or cancelling the show, we will be sure to promptly inform you about any adjustments.

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Past Performances


Into the Woods - Act One    

by Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine

April, 2021

Star Spangled Girl Promotional Poster

A Masked Retrospect

Joined by the Madonna Chorale, Music students and faculty.   

Written and compiled by Barbara Wiltsie, Director

November 2020 - postponed                     

January 2021 - video-taped performance



By Rodgers & Hammerstein

April 2020 - Cancelled due to Covid-19 pandemic


The 1940's Kaleidoscope Radio Hour

Joined by Madonna Chorale,  Jazz Ensemble, Muse Dance, and Repertory Theatre.

Written and compiled by Barbara Wiltsie, Director

November 2019



By Stephen Schwartz

April 2019


Lyric Theatre Promo