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.  

Exciting things are happening this Summer at Canton's Village Theater.  Don't miss a moment of all of these special offerings.  When attending mainstage productions, please remember that all ages must have a ticket (including children being held on laps). For tickets, please visit, stop by the Village Theater Box Office, Monday through Friday between 10 am and 2 pm, or call 734/394-5300 ext. 3. Please be advised that we do not offer refunds or exchanges.

Theater Ushers Wanted!

The Village Theater at Cherry Hill is seeking new volunteer ushers for the 2016-2017 theatre season! Have you ever wanted to work at a Performing Arts Theater?! Well now is your chance. Sign up to be a volunteer usher and see some shows for free! Mandatory training is coming up this August and we would love to have you as part of our team!
  • Wed. Aug. 17th 6:30pm
  • Thurs. Aug. 18th 11:00am
  • Sat. Aug. 20th 2:00pm

Please give us a call at 734/394-5308 and let us know your name, a phone number and what training date you would like to attend! Training will be held at the Village Theater at 50400 Cherry Hill Rd. in Canton. All volunteers must be 18+.  All volunteer positions are contingent upon completion of a background check.
We hope to see you soon!


Canton Idol 2016  - BeckRidge Productions

Date & Times
8/23/2016 7:30 PM
8/24/2016 7:30 PM
8/25/2016 7:30 PM

For information contact BeckRidge Productions: 
Phone: 734-667-3127

Main. All attending must have a ticket including children being held

Ticket Information
Tickets range from are $10 - $14 depending on show.  Purchase yours today online at

Canton Idol

Pokémon Double Feature 

On Saturday, August 27, Canton's Village Theater will present a Pokémon Double Feature!  Starting at 7 p.m., Pokémon fans can enjoy 3 and 1/2 hours of Pokémon movies on the Big Screen.  

Featured movies include: "Pokémon 2000" (1999) and "Pokémon 3" (2001) with a 15 minute intermission.

These rated G movies are perfect for all ages!  Tickets are just $10 each.  Get your tickets online now or at the door! For more details, call the Box Office at 734/394-5300. 

Pokemon Double Feature
Michigan Shakespeare Festival

As the Official Shakespeare Festival of the State of Michigan, the Michigan Shakespeare Festival is a professional Equity theatre company (LOA/LORT) dedicated to producing world-class classical plays.  Now in it's 26nd year, the festival returns to Canton's beautiful Village Theater of Cherry Hill with performances scheduled through Augsut 14th.  For more details about the performances, visit the Shakespeare website,

For tickets to any of the shows,  visit, or M-F 10am-2pm at 734-394-5300 ext 3, or in person M-F 10am-2pm. All ages must have a ticket including children being held. No refunds or exchanges. Approximate run time: 3 hrs

Michigan Shakespeare Festival presents Artistic Associate Janet Haley as Jaques in As You Like It

As You Like It by William Shakespeare

8/06/2016 @ 7:30 PM
8/11/2016 @ 7:30 PM
8/12/2016 @ 7:30 PM

‘The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.’ A Shakespeare audience favorite, this story follows its heroine Rosalind as she flees persecution at her uncle's court to find safety and, eventually, love, in the Fore t of Arden. As You Like It is a glorious favorite of Shakespeare's canon full of music and comedy, giddy wit, and love. A classic comedy that proves ‘all the world's a stage.’ Featuring Artistic Associates Janet Haley as Jaques and Alan Ball as Touchstone; and Original Music by Artistic Associate Kate Hopgood.
 Bard Talk 7pm prior to shows on 8/6, 8/12.
Ticket Information
Adults  $40.00

Senior  $36.00
Youth  $16.00

Michigan Shakespeare Festival presents The Killer Angels, play by Karen Tarjan from the 1974 Pulitzer Prize Winning novel by Michael Shaara.

The Killer Angels - play by Karen Tarjan based on novel by Michael Shaara
8/06/2016 @ 2:00 PM
8/13/2016 @ 7:30 PM
8/14/2016 @ 2:00 PM

"What a piece of worke is a man! how Noble in Reason? how infirue in faculty? in forme and moving how expresse and admirable? in Action, how like an Angel?" - Shakespeare, Hamlet "If Man's an angel, he's sure a murdering angel." The 1974 Pulitzer Prize Winning novel by Michael Shaara tells the story of the 4 days of the Battle of Gettysburgh-- from June 30, 1863, as the opposing troops moved into position through July 1, 2, and 3 when the bloodiest of Civil War battles was fought. This epic novel has been adapted by award-winning playwright Karen Tarian, and will be directed by MSF's own acclaimed Artistic Director, Janice L Blixt. This glorious stage event will be a Michigan theatrical premiere. Talk-Back with cast after shows on 8/6, 8/14. Bard talk at 7pm prior to show on 8/13/16.
Ticket Information
Adults  $40.00
Senior  $36.00
Youth  $16.00

Michigan Shakespeare Festival presents Artistic Associate Rob Kauzlaric the title role in Richard II

Richard II by William Shakespeare
8/04/2016 @ 7:30 PM
8/05/2016 @ 7:30 PM
8/07/2016 @ 2:00 PM
8/10/2016 @ 2:00 PM
8/13/2016 @ 2:00 PM

‘For God's sake, let us sit upon the ground and tell sad stories of the death of kings ...’ Richard II ascended England's throne at the age of 9. An intelligent and empathetic man, he is also feckless with royal power and, more importantly in the minds of his detractors, with the royal purse. When Richard seizes the land of a recently deceased relative, the noble followers of his cousin, Bolingbroke, decide to replace him. Directed by Artistic Director Janice L Blixt and starring Artistic Associate Robert Kauzlaric as Richard, this prequel to last year's epic Henry IV, is a clever and compelling tragedy and a brilliant clash of perfectly opposing characters and philosophies of kingship. Bard talk prior to 8/5/16 show at 7pm. Talk-Back with cast after shows on 8/7, 8/10, 8/13.
Ticket Information
Adults  $40.00
Senior  $36.00
Youth  $16.00


If you would like to experience all three of Michigan Shakespeare Festival’s plays, a Flex Pass or a Flex Voucher is a great way to go for Adults and Seniors at a cost of $105 for all 3 plays.
 (Youth/Student tickets are $16.00 and can be bought for individual shows).
Michigan Shakespeare Village Theater Flex Pass
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, Richard II, and The Killer Angel. Performances 7/29-8/14/16.
Ticket Information
Adults $105.00
Senior $105.00
To purchase Flex passes call The Village Theater M-F 10a - 2pm at 734-394-5300 Ext 3. Flex passes are not available online.
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.
Michigan Shakespeare Village Theater Flex Vouchers
 Michigan Shakespeare Festival Village Theater Flex Vouchers: 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 7/29-8/14/16.

Vouchers must be redeemed by calling the Village Theater at 734-394-5300 Ext. 3 with your confirmation number at least 48 hours prior to performance. Seats may be selected when voucher is redeemed. Flex vouchers or passes purchased through the Jackson venue cannot be accepted at the Village Theater.

Ticket Information
Adults $105.00
Senior $105.00
Vouchers may not be purchased online. Please call the Village Theater at 734/394-5300 Ext. 3 to purchase. Village Theater box office hours are Monday - Friday 10a-2p and during performances. No refunds

Shakespeare Festival Individual Show Tickets
You can buy seats for individual plays if you so desire, just visit our website at for prices and to order tickets or call us at 734/394-5300 Ext. 3 between 10 & 2 M-F or leave a msg. & we’ll call you.


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 10am-2pm weekdays.   Tickets can also be ordered over the phone, 734/394-5300 x3, with a Visa or MasterCard between the hours of 10am-2pm weekdays, or you are welcome to leave a message and our staff will return your call during our 10am-2pm, weekday box office hours.  If tickets are available, they can also be purchased 1 hour prior to Program Time.

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 10am-2pm.

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.


This month the Gallery @ VT will showcase  “Details from the Landscape”
Featuring Artist John Middlestead, Photographer

Exhibition Dates:   Now – August 30, 2016

Artist Bio:

John Middlestead has lived his entire life in Southeast Michigan and most recently, forty years in Canton, Michigan.  He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) majoring in Industrial Design, with a minor in Photography from Michigan State University and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from Wayne State University.  Wedged in between the two degrees was course work at the College of Creative Studies, Detroit, Michigan.  During the later years of a thirty-two year career at Michigan Consolidated Gas (MichCon), now a DTE Energy subsidiary, John reinvented himself as a fine art photographer. 
In 2002, Middlestead started the process by honing his photographic skill set taking course work from local and national instructors Monte Nagler, Tim Cooper, Nancy Rotenberg, Doug Johnson, Elizabeth Stone, Susanna Gaunt, David Middleton, Les Saucier and Don McGowan.  The result has included the showing of his work at the Canton Fine Arts Exhibition, Plymouth Council of the Arts, the International Ecotourism Society in Washington, D.C., and Oakwood and St. Joseph Mercy Hospitals.  He has been a featured artist in Art Showcase Magazine as well.  Awards have included “Best of Show – Photography” at the International Ecotourism Society, and a Merit and Honorable Mention at the Canton Fine Arts Exhibition.  Middlestead has also shown his work locally through Art Fairs held in the Southeast Michigan area from 2002 until 2008 and gallery showings 2011 to present.

Artist Statement:

Photographic Vision: “My vision as an artist is to capture images that touch and calm my soul, as well as those who look at my images.  In this age of instant everything, I desire a pause in the action, a time to enjoy a scene or detail often missed, to be able to reflect and to share what I have seen.”
Influences: "Ansel Adams had a tremendous influence on me when I was starting out on my adventure as a photographer. The beauty of his grand landscapes and simple detailed compositions gave me an objective … to follow in his footsteps not only to see what he saw, but also to capture images that can be enjoyed by others as he did.  Ansel Adams was the master technician in addition to being a great artist.  Even as a professional I continue to learn from him and other professionals in the field of photography, both in the aesthetic and the technical aspects of the art of photography."
This Exhibit: "I chose 'Details from the Landscape' as the title for my exhibit because it connects to both my vision as a photographer and how I have grown in my craft over the years.  In the past I was all about the “grand landscape image” and having every image tack sharp. I have grown to appreciate the details in nature, whether it be looking up through a gazebo, a unique tree, or a reflection in a stream. A technique I have started experimenting with is “negative clarity” which gives the image a “painting” affect.  Images in this Exhibit consist mostly of detailed subjects that I hope the viewer will enjoy."

Subject matter consists of everything from the grand landscapes of the National Parks to intricate designs of flowers on the kitchen counter.  Much of his work has been done with medium format film while over the last several years he has switched to a digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera.  Lightroom ® and Photoshop ® are used, although sparingly.
In summary, Middlestead states, “My photographic vision as an artist and photographer is to capture images that touch and calm my soul, as well as, those who look at my images.  In this age of instant everything I desire a pause in the action, a time to enjoy a scene or detail often missed, to be able to reflect and to share what I have seen”.

Flume Falls - Artist John Middlestead

This art exhibit at the Gallery@VT 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.

Canton Commission for Arts and Culture

Artist Opportunity!
24th Canton Fine Arts Exhibition 2016

Entries Due:  August 15, 2016
Artist Reception:  September 29, 2016
Exhibit Dates:  9/30/16-10/29/16

The Canton Commission on Arts, Culture and Heritage is proud to present the 24th Annual Canton Fine Arts Exhibition to promote art created by Michigan artists. Chosen artists' work will be displayed to the public October 2016 at The Village Theater at Cherry Hill.
The goals of this exhibit include bringing quality art to our community and providing highly talented artists with opportunities to present their work in Canton. 

Entries must be received by 2 p.m. on August 15, 2016 to be considered. Participation is open to all artists 18 years and older, living or working in Michigan. Please go to our website: and click on this link for an application form 2016 Canton Fine Arts Exhibition Entry Form

For additional information, please call 734/394-5300. 
Our 24th Annual Fine Arts Exhibition Juror is EmmaJean Woodyard. EmmaJean Woodyard has been a staunch advocate and nurturer of the arts in Michigan for 30+ years and currently serves as the Executive Director of the Dearborn Community Fund (DCF) whose mission is to provide support for cultural, arts and recreation activities for Dearborn residents.  She has launched such programs as:  Art in Public Places, a yearlong sculpture exhibit; Youth in Arts Festival; and Pockets of Perception Design Team Project that involves high school students in designing and producing public art.

As President and then Executive Director of
the Dearborn Community Arts Council (DCAC) she helped develop a community gallery for the visual arts, produced an annual concert series, developed partnerships with community schools, developed and co-administered the “Art for Young People” program with Henry Ford Community College, planned and executed two annual art fairs and expanded the DCAC’s fundraising development initiatives.  She also was the producer/host of “For Art’s Sake,” a monthly community cable program. 

As Cultural Arts Coordinator for the City of Dearborn she helped plan the first city art gallery, and developed or supervised programs including children’s theater, Dearborn Youth Symphony, Vanguard Voices and Brass, Dearborn Community Chorus, and summer art for children.

Woodyard is a graduate of Wayne State University and has served on numerous boards including:  ArtServe Michigan, the Wayne County council for Arts, History & Humanities, and Downriver Council for the Arts.  She has served on the grant review panels for the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Detroit Bicentennial.

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