The Village Theater at Cherry Hill

The Village Theater at Cherry Hill's 2016 season offers something for everyone from
contemporary dance to treasured American classics in its 400-seat venue.  

Ready to shake off those Winter Blues? The Village Theater has just what you need starting off with the Partnership for the Arts winter fundraiser event featuring Steve King and the Dittlies.  Come out and dance!

Upcoming Performances

Old Time Rock-n-Roll
Featuring Steve King and the Dittlies 

Partnership for the Arts
March 5,

Siusan O'Rourke & Zig Zeitler in Concert with
The Stonecross Band

Smokin' Sleddog Records
March 6,

Mozart's 'Linz' Symphony   Detroit Symphony Orchestra 
March 11,

Chinese Spring Festival   Canton Cultural Commission Multicultural Committee
March 12,

Old Ringers   Spotlight Still Got It Players
March 16-20,

A Night for James    PMN Enterprise LLC
March 19,

The Winners' Track    Shajara Tayyiba School
March 20,

C.I.D.Y.'s Basant Spring Recital     Chauladevi Institute of Dance & Yoga
March 25,

Michigan Shakespeare Festival

Thinking of summer?  Now is the perfect time to make some late summer plans and grab the best seats available to Michigan Shakespeare’s 2016 season coming to the Village Theater July 29 – August 14, 2016.  A Flex Pass is a great way to go and they are available NOW!
Michigan Shakespeare Festival Village Theater Flex Pass: 3 shows $105. Valid for Michigan Shakespeare Festival performances at The Village Theater only: As You Like It, King Richard II, The Killer Angel. Performances are July 29 - August 14, 2016. 
Ticket Information
Adults $105.00
Senior $105.00
To purchase Flex passes call The Village Theater M-F 10 am - 2 pm at 734/394-5300 ext 3. No refunds or exchanges.

*When you purchase a Flex pass you will select a reserved seat and have that seat for each of the three plays.

**Individual tickets are also available at this time.


TICKET PURCHASING:  Tickets can be purchased, and printed at home or held in will call, anytime from our website at no extra charge.  The box office is open for walk-up service (please ring the call box at the front entrance if the door is locked) between 10 am-2 pm weekdays.  Tickets can also be ordered over the phone, 734/394-5300 ext. 3, with a Visa or MasterCard between the hours of 10 am-2 pm weekdays, or you are welcome to leave a message and our staff will return your call during our 10 am-2 pm, weekday box office hours.  If tickets are available, they can also be purchased 1 hour prior to curtain.
ART EXHIBITION AND FACILITY TOUR:  Please visit our monthly art exhibits, take a tour or purchase tickets in person any weekday (except national holidays) between 10 am-2 pm. Find a complete list of monthly exhibitions here.
TEMPERATURE:  The temperature in the auditorium is set to be between 68 and 72 degrees.  Patrons who find these temperatures chilly are encouraged to dress accordingly or bring a wrap.

A Watery Kind of Day
Paint, Color, & the Figure
Artist: Jean-Paul Aboudib

Gallery @ VT

"Paint, Color & the Figure"
by Jean-Paul Aboudib

Medium:  Oil, Acrylic, and Graphite

Jean-Paul moved to the United States at a young age from overseas in 1987.  Due to civil unrest and economic strife, his family decided to move to the U.S. in pursuit of a more secure and stable life.  Upon his arrival, he witnessed a life and culture that was grand and diverse which would awe him for years.  He discovered that his potential as an artist would flourish as he witnessed inspiration which ignited his creativity.  “I’ve always had an immense passion for art and considered myself blessed to be able to manifest my creativity”, says Jean-Paul. 
In 1997, Jean-Paul decided to pursue his artistic endeavors in an academic capacity.  He earned a scholarship out of high school in the drawing and painting department at The College for Creative Studies located in Detroit Michigan, where he studied under nationally and internationally acclaimed artists.  After earning his BFA, he went on to achieve an MFA in painting from Wayne State University where he turned his attention to the figure.  He fell in love with human form and began investigating the figure as it echoed the authentic testimony of the human pathos.  Influenced by contemporary realist painters such as Jacob Collins, Malcolm Liepke and Victor Wang, his work began exploding with luminous color and a gestural mark inundated with texture and synergy.
Jean-Paul has exhibited his work in various galleries, including the Alden B. Dow Museum, The Forum Gallery at The Cranbrook Academy of Arts, the historic Scarab Club and The Alfred Berkowits Gallery at The University of Michigan.  In addition, he has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors including honorable mentions, merit awards and best in shows in juried art competitions.  In 2011, he was the recipient of the Best in Show award at The Cherry Hill Village Theater and Gallery for the annual state wide juried competition.

Most recently, Jean-Paul was a visiting artist at The Dancing Dog Gallery in Ann Arbor, MI.  He has lectured extensively about his work’s technique and conceptual inspirations at various venues including Madonna University and The Three Cities Art Club.  His art can be found in the collections of the Plymouth Community Arts Council, PCS Global Company and Milano’s high end Men’s Fine Apparel.  He has taught art privately and in various art programs such as D and M Art Studios in Canton, MI and extension art classes in the Dearborn Public School System and has completed several public and private commissions throughout the state of Michigan including a portrait of Mr. Marshall Mathers (Eminem).  Jean-Paul is currently represented by the reputable Artful Home Gallery, an online gallery representing over 1,400 artists across North America.  His work can be viewed at

Artist Statement: Jean-Paul Aboudib
Born 1979, American Painter
If one looks at his work, one would find an earnest testimony of exploration through the fleeting glimpses of the figure’s truest nature.  Jean-Paul is an artist of intent and purpose.  His vivacious color palette and expressive gestures in his paintings embody a sense of unvarnished human emotion and an unmistakable understanding of the figure.  His work examines the interplay between what the body conceals and reveals.  The work’s focus, in its purest form, illustrates his subject’s intimate and subjective moments of attitude, fear, apprehension, and at times even subtle undertones of their sexuality.  Through the expression of visual elements such as the residual state of emotions in its almost haunting capacity, the falling of light fragments that expose the vulnerability of the flesh, and the articulation of form as it transitions into the softness of receding shadows, he brings the viewer to a closer connection to the subjects.
Perhaps the most sincere attribute of Jean-Paul’s work rests in the gestural spontaneity of his mark making as it homogenizes into the labyrinths of the figure’s most revelatory moments of essence and awareness.  His drawings and paintings embark on the internalization of an individual, exposing the sublime mystery, and yet ordinary truth of the human condition. 

Exhibition Dates:  March 1-31, 2016

This art exhibit is at the Gallery@VT and is free and open to the public: 

Monday – Friday 10 am – 2 pm, one hour prior to and during public performances at the theater, as well as by appointment.  The Gallery@VT is closed on holidays.

The gallery is located at 50400 Cherry Hill Rd., Canton 734/394-5300.

Chinese Festival

Chinese Spring Festival 

Date:  Saturday March 12, 2016
Time:  7:00 – 9:00 pm
Pre-show Displays and Reception:  6:00 – 7:00 pm
An evening of Folk & Classical Dances by metro area dance schools, brilliant vocal performances by renowned Soloist Shuping Ma, the Michigan Chinese Choir, Canton Philharmonic Choir, March Wind Choir, and AM Choir of Ann Arbor and more.  Our special program will also feature pop music by the Desert Island Band, Yo-Yo performance, and a Guzheng performance. Plymouth Canton Chinese Learning Center and Michigan New Century Chinese School will also feature cultural displays in the lobby.
Tickets are $5 and are available online, in person at the Village Theater box office M-F from 10-2, or by phone: 734-394-5300 x3. 
The Chinese Spring Festival performance schedule is fully booked; if you would like to participate in planning for upcoming multicultural events please contact: Anne Jahn, at The Village Theater for more information 734/394-5300.

Acts of Culture Week

May 1-8, 2016

Mark your calendar for the 6th Annual Acts of Culture Week, May 1-8, 2016.  This fun and exciting week long celebration will feature everything from music and art to fashion. 

Kicking off the week will be the Michigan Philharmonic Youth orchestra on May 3, featuring more than 100 young people from surrounding communities. There are four Ensembles – two STRING Ensembles under the direction of Hektor Qyteti and two Youth Orchestras under the direction of Jan Washburn. The concert will be held at the Village Theater at 7 pm.

Ladies Dillenbeck Art Exhibition and Reception will be held May 8 from 3 to 4 pm at the D&M Studio with the show running the entire month of May. This is a great opportunity to check out a variety of art by many local artists.  One of the highlights of the week will feature the Acts of Fashion Show at the Village Theater on May 7. 

For more information, visit us online!

Save the Date

Canton's Liberty Fest will take place June 16-18.  Our annual International Stage event will take place Saturday, June 18 at the Amphitheater from 11 am - 6 pm.  

Join us for a wonderful display of talent featuring a multitude of cultures representing Canton and surrounding metro Detroit communities.

If you would like to participate in planning for upcoming multicultural events please contact: Anne Jahn at The Village Theater, 734/394-5300.

Phyllis Carrithers
Phyllis Carrithers

Usher of the Month 

We would like to take this opportunity to recognize one of wonderful ushers, Phyllis Carrithers. Phyllis is not only one of our outstanding ushers she is also on our marketeer committee. Phyllis, by demonstrating the values of Canton Township in all your volunteer work you have become a true star of The Village Theater. You have taken it upon yourself to extend your volunteerism to the Canton Community as a marketing liaison demonstrating dependability and leadership. What you do does not go unnoticed and for that The Village Theater would like to honor you this month as “Usher of the Month” for March 2016! Thank you for all you do. We are incredibly lucky to have you as part of our Theater family!

Call for Artists - Village Theater Gallery 

2017 Exhibition Season
Proposal Deadline: April 18, 2016 at 2 pm

Please join our exhibition season by applying for a group or solo exhibition.  We are interested in exhibiting artists of all mediums.  Our exhibition committee comprised of local artists and art educators will make the final decisions on the 2017 exhibition season.  Apply today!  For additional information, call 734/394-5300.

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