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UDM Theatre Company Celebrates 40 Years With "The Tempest"

The University of Detroit Mercy Theatre Company closes its 40th theatrical season with the production of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. The Tempest will open on March 25, 2011 and run weekends through April 10, 2011.

March 25, 26, and April 1,2, 8, 9 at 8 pm
March 27, April 3, 10 at 2 pm

Forty years ago, the very first production by the UDM Theatre Company was The Tempest. Now, four decades later, the UDM Theatre Company is concluding its season with a contemporary revival of the same play. During the play, Prospero, the Duke of Milan, uses his magical powers of illusion and manipulation to conjure a Tempest to bring redemption to his family and friends. UDM's production of The Tempest will celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s greatest work.

The Theatre Company production is directed by Andrew Huff (Hamtramck) and features professionals Dr. Arthur J Beer (Warren) as Prospero and Joel Mitchell (Detroit) as Caliban along with UDM students Michelle Renaud (Troy) as Miranda and Autumn Thiellesen (Ferndale) as Ariel.  The Tempest also features other local professionals, including Tim Jacobs (Detroit) as Alonso, Dan Jaroslaw (Detroit) as Antonio, Greg Grobis (Detroit) as Ferdinand and Keith Kalinowski (Roseville) as Gonzalo. Other students featured are Joel Frazee (Bluffton, OH) as Sebastian, Anne Di Iorio (Farmington Hills) as Stephano and Chris Jakob (Detroit) as Trinculo.

Tickets are $18 for adult admission and $9 for students. Please note: there is a $3.00 service fee per order for adult non-subscribers. Performances will take place at the Marygrove Theatre on the campus of Marygrove College, 8425 W. McNichols Rd. Detroit, MI 48221. The Theatre Company’s box office is located in Reno Hall on the University of Detroit Mercy campus. Hours of operation are noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. The box office will move on the day of the performance to the Marygrove Theatre and will open 45 minutes prior to curtain. For tickets, call the theatre box office at 313-993-3270 or reserve your tickets online at

Release date: March 28,2011

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The University of Detroit Mercy is Michigan's largest private Catholic University, offering approximately 100 majors and programs in 60 academic fields. Sponsored by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, the University has three campuses located in downtown and northwest Detroit.

For the 11th consecutive year, UDM was ranked among the top tier of Midwestern master's universities in U.S.News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges" – 2012 edition.

For more information about UDM, or to apply online, go to

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