Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Book and Lyrics by Judith Viorst
Music by Shelly Markham
Directed by Greg Grobis
Performed at the UDM Grounds Coffeehaus in the Student Union Building
MARCH 20 and 27 at 7:00 pm
MARCH 21 and 28 at 10:30 am, 1:30 pm and 5:00 pm
MARCH 22 and 29 at 2:00 pm
Adult $20, Discount Adult $17, Student $10
*Afterglow March 21 5:00 pm **Post-Show Discussion March 22
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“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” is a delightful musical adaptation of the popular children’s book which follows feisty Alexander and a series of unfortunate events that occur throughout his day. Waking up with gum in his hair, unwanted cavities and no dessert with lunch are just a few of the obstacles he encounters. Alexander allows audiences of all ages to identify with him and ultimately reveals that bad days happen to everyone- even in Australia. “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” is wonderful entertainment for everyone, from young children through grandparents!
MCACA grant supports linking the Arts with Literacy in Local Elementary Schools
DETROIT- The Theatre Company at University of Detroit Mercy has been awarded a grant of $11,250 in funding from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) which includes funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts to present the musical adaptation of “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”. Public performances will be March 20th through 29th at the Grounds Coffeehaus on the McNichols campus of UDM. The grant was awarded through the MCACA peer review process and was one of 494 applications to compete for MCACA fiscal year 2015 funding.
Organizations receiving a MCACA grant award are required to match these funds with other public and private dollars. Local support of the Alexander Project includes $11,250 from the University of Detroit Mercy. The Alexander Project also received significant volunteer support for from RX for Reading Detroit, a UDM organization dedicated to supporting literacy and reading among low income elementary students. Through the partnership with RX for Reading, the youth of Detroit will be engaged through readings of the children’s book that inspired the production. Readings will take place in local libraries, elementary schools and head-start programs in Detroit. The Alexander Project will also provide 1,000 free books to underserved children in the area.
The Alexander Project has also partnered with UDM’s Department of Education to identify four local Detroit elementary schools and programs where arts funding has been limited. The live theatrical production will travel to these four schools free of charge at the end of March 2015. UDM’s Education department has also developed a curriculum packet for the classrooms, and a survey of audience members will be taken to measure the impact of the Alexander Project.
The MCACA peer review process allows for each grant application to be competitively considered by a panel of in-state and out-of-state arts and cultural professionals. This ensures the taxpayers, who support this project through legislative appropriations, and all other visitors or residents in Michigan will have access to the highest quality arts and cultural experiences.
A complete list of grant awards around the state is available by contacting MCACA at (517)241-4011, or by visiting the MCACA website at http://www.michiganbusiness.org/community/council-arts-cultural-affairs/
“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”, by Judith Viorst, is a musical adaptation of the popular children’s book with music by Shelly Markham, which follows feisty Alexander and a series of unfortunate events that occur throughout his day. Alexander allows audiences of all ages to identify with him and ultimately reveals that bad days happen to everyone.
“Alexander and the Horrible, Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” will be directed by Greg Grobis with performances in the Grounds Coffeehaus on the McNichols campus of UDM, located at 4001 W McNichols, Detroit, MI 48221.
Performance dates and times are March 20th and 27th at 7:00 pm, March 21st and 28th at 10:30 am, 1:30 pm and 5:00 pm, and March 22nd and 29th at 2:00 pm
Ticket prices are $20 for adults, $17 discount adult (UDM faculty, staff and Alumni, Senior citizens, and all Detroit city residents) $10 for children age 4-18. Children under 3 are not admitted. Family of four package price is $45. Family of five package price is $50. Group tickets are available for parties of 10 or more. Packages and group tickets can be ordered by calling the Ticket Office at 313-993-3270.
**Every child age 4- 18 who attends a performance of “Alexander…” at the Grounds Coffeehaus
will receive a free copy of the book, “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” **
Individual tickets are on sale now and can be purchased and printed online by visiting www.UDMarts.com or by calling the ticket office at 313-993-3270. Ticket Office hours are Tuesday - Friday, Noon - 5:00pm. The Ticket Office will open 45 minute prior to curtain at the Grounds Coffeehaus.