LIVONIA, MICH. – Madonna University’s Lyric Theatre recently concluded their production of “Brigadoon: The Musical” with resounding success. The show’s themes of love, tradition, and power of magic captivated audiences and left them in awe of the talented performers who brought the story to life. Set in Scotland, the show’s themes of love, tradition, and the power of magic were expertly portrayed by the cast, capturing the hearts of all who saw it.
Barbara Wiltsie, founder and Director of Madonna’s Lyric Theatre, was delighted with the students’ enthusiasm and growth throughout the rehearsal process, making it her favorite part of the production. She also noted the unique aspects of the production, which included learning about Scottish culture, highland dancing, and even incorporating kilts and other Scottish costumes, some of which she made herself!
Despite challenges with aging sound equipment, the production team worked tirelessly to ensure that everything was ready for opening night. Barbara specifically thanked Madonna’s media team, including Emma Kent, Dan and Sue Boyd, and Jeff Fleshner, among others, for their help in making sure everything ran smoothly.
The Lyric Theatre is celebrating its 20th anniversary, and Barb’s tireless work and dedication to the theater company has provided countless opportunities for students and local residents to engage with the arts and enrich their lives through the power of theater. Former students have approached Barbara, expressing that some of the happiest times of their lives were during their time with the Lyric Theatre. Barbara credits her dedication to Madonna’s mission, which emphasizes the respect and dignity for others, as a reason former students have found personal fulfillment, a sense of community, and happiness in theater.
Theater requires a deep understanding of human nature, empathy, and the ability to connect with others. By embodying different characters, actors are able to step outside themselves and gain a broader perspective on the world, which can foster personal growth and development. This is a testament to the transformative power of theater, and to the dedicated efforts of the Lyric theatre’s staff and students.
Looking back on the last 20 years, the Lyric Theatre has established a reputation for excellence, consistently delivering high-quality performances that showcase the skills and talents of its dedicated actors, directors, and crew. With “Fiddler on the Roof” set to take the stage next year, there’s so much more to look forward to.
From the Madonna University community, thank you, Barbara, for your unwavering commitment to our performing arts community over the last twenty years. Your dedication has proved that anythin’ is possible, even miracles.