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.  

Spring is here! Bring the family out to the Village Theater for a delightful children’s opera, courtesy of the Michigan Opera Theatre, an Enchanted Sleeping Beauty, Sweet Winnie the Pooh, and for the fashionistas inside us all—a fashion show!  The Michigan Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, ‘Spirit of America’ by Canton Concert Band, ‘A History of Jazz’ by Swing City Big Band, and Limitless Praise Dance Recital ‘Dance Fire’ round out our excellent month of entertainment! 

Upcoming Performances

How Nanita Learned to Make Flan
Michigan Opera Theater - In Partnership with Commission for Culture, Arts & Heritage
May 1,

Michigan Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Spring Concert
Michigan Philharmonic 
May 3,

'Acts of Fashion' Show
Acts of Fashion LLC
May 7,,

Enchanted Sleeping Beauty
Spotlight on Youth
May 12-15,

The Spirit of America
Canton Concert Band
May 14,

Spotlight on Youth

May 19-22,

A History of Jaz
Swing City Big Band
May 21,

'Dance Fire'
Limitless Praise
May 22,

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 Opera Theatre on May 1st  presenting "How Nanita Learned to Make FLAN!"  A great way for young families to celebrate Cinco de Mayo (a few days early!)  Flan, made locally by Los Amigos Restaurant, will be sold following the performance: $3 each or 2 for $5 (limited supply).

This delightful 45 minute opera for children will be sung, in English – with some Spanish, by the professional singers of the Michigan Opera Theatre.  Music by Enrique Gonzalez-Medina. Libretto by Campbell Geeslin.

Join a little girl on a fairy tale journey filled with discovery...danger...and delicious flan! "Tap, tap, tap" goes Papa's little hammer. Nanita's papa is a shoemaker who works so hard he doesn't even have time to make his own daughter a pair of shoes. Now Nanita's First Communion is coming up, but how can she appear before Our Lady of Guadalupe in bare feet?

"Tap, tap, tap." So Nanita decides make the shoes for herself. But somehow, her odd little creations turn out to be enchanted, and they sleepwalk her far, far away. When she awakens, poor Nanita is lost.

How this feisty heroine finds her way back home is sure to delight all, as will the recipe for magical flan.

Presented by the Michigan Opera Theatre in partnership with the Commission for Culture, Arts and Heritage as part of Canton’s Acts of Culture Week 2016.
May 3: Michigan Philharmonic Youth Orchestra will perform, 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.
May 7: One of the highlights of the week will feature the Acts of Fashion Show at the Village Theater on May 7.This Annual Charity Fashion show will feature a runway show, performances and an exclusive shopping experience with Michigan’s top designers, stores, and models. Tickets are only $15 and a portion of the proceeds will be donated towards Canton’s WWII Veterans Dormitory.
May 8: 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!


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.

Gallery @ VT

“Personalities Plus..."
Artist: Barbara Eko Murphy
Media: Water media, Watercolor, Charcoal, and Ink

Exhibition Dates:   May 1 - 30, 2016

About the Artist

Barbara Eko Murphy has focused her passionate study of art, in the area of Watermedia, Portraiture and Human Figure drawing.  While continuing to pursue this objective, she has studied at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Visual Arts Association of Livonia, U of M Dearborn, and a multitude of workshops in Michigan from teachers on the International Circuit.
Murphy delights in drawing live models with Mary’s Muses, in a Novi artist’s studio on Wednesdays & Fridays year round.  Since 2001, her work has been shown in over 230 juried fine arts shows and 48 solo shows.  Murphy’s 28 awards are listed on her website.  Barbara is proud to be an artist member of Lawrence Street Gallery of Ferndale, where she exhibits on a monthly basis.
Barbara is currently a member of these Art Clubs or Facilities:  BBAC, MWCS, DSWPS, VAAL, NAH, and the DIA.  Barbara has also donated her art to many fundraisers:  American Heart Association, Angela Hospice, Mercy Ed, Detroit-Waldorf School, and Arbor Hospice.   Murphy’s art is published in Artistic Touch Book 4 by Christine Unwin and in the Detroit Society of Woman Painters and Sculptors - Folio. “Learning Never Stops," retired Livonia Classroom Teacher, Mrs. Murphy, enjoys studying art and discovering new ways to create!
Artist Statement
I love experimenting with color and design…that comes along with the surprising happenings in the movement of watercolor and inks.  Rather than trying to copy pictures realistically, I strive for a looser interpretation.  I draw and paint live models twice a week – 3 hours a day, with a group of friends, in an artist’s studio year around. 
I love to enter Juried art shows and hang my artwork with admired artists.  I started the study of art in 2000, after 3 heart surgeries and early retirement.  Life is always the center of my drawings and paintings…because after illness, you treasure every moment that takes your breath away. Your eyes open to appreciate nature around you.  Life is a gift.  My passion is creating art.  You can see more of my artwork on my websites: and

Exhibition Dates:  May 1-30, 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 inside the Village Theater at 50400 Cherry Hill Rd., Canton 734/394-5300.

Michigan Shakespeare Festival

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.

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.

Cecilia Escobar
Cecilia Escobar

Commission for Culture, Arts & Heritage

Cecilia Escobar is the chairperson for the Commission on Culture, Arts and Heritage.  She moved to Canton from Brazil in 2005 and this is her sixth year of serving on the commission.  Having received her Masters in Arts Administration from the Arts Institute in Chicago, art has always played an important part of her life. She feels, “Art is a tool to communication, it gives you freedom to express many things”.  She enjoys all kinds of art from music and writing to drawing and creating. 

Cecilia and her family, husband and two daughters chose Canton because it is a diverse community that continues to grow and shows an interest in the arts.  She believes art has a way of building bridges in a community. She is currently the Marketing Coordinator for the Michigan Philharmonic.  You can meet her and many of the commissioners at Acts of Culture week activities and at Liberty Fest.

Sue Mlynek
Sue Mlynek

Usher of the Month

We would like to take this opportunity to recognize one of star ushers, Sue Mlynek. Sue is not only one of our exceptional ushers she is also on our marketeer committee. Sue, by demonstrating the values of Canton Township in all your volunteer work you have become a true asset to The Village Theater. You do so much for this theater and we could never thank you enough for all of your time, effort and dedication. From the countless businesses you travel to promoting the theater to the many shows you usher you have truly become an exceptional volunteer who should be recognized for their outstanding work! 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 extremely lucky to have you as part of our Theater family!

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