A New Improvement for the Wilson Center Auditorium

Wilson Center Auditorium Backstage Door

The Wilson Center Auditorium is pleased to present some good news for the year 2020… another significant improvement to the auditorium stage – a new steel double door backstage!

This will provide better access to the stage for performers who had been using the 1920s-era single wooden door for stage entry.

The double door will also allow better access for prop builders, as well as the ability to move the piano to a storage area across the hallway when not being used.

A big “thank you” to Bill Tennant for keeping these renovation project details moving forward during the current Covid-19 down time.

Community Performing Arts Activities Returning to St. Johns!


Now that Dymaxion Development has acquired the Wilson Center for the conversion of classroom space to apartments, discussions will be taking place with the Wilson Center Auditorium committee and the St. Johns Parks and Recreations department regarding the creation of a cooperative shared use procedure for the auditorium and gymnasium. We will keep you updated as those talks progress.

In the meantime, we invite you to make note of the summer concert schedule taking shape for the William E. Tennant Performance Shell. Landscaping work is being done in preparation for the first show of the delayed season, tentatively set for July 1st, featuring the Sea Cruisers!

St. Johns School Board Agrees to Sell Century-Old School to Lansing Developer

by , Lansing State Journal

ST. JOHNS – The Board of Education on Monday approved the sale of a nearly century-old former school building to a Lansing developer who vowed to keep part of the facility in public use.

Board members voted unanimously to accept a $50,000 offer by Dymaxion Development to buy the Wilson Center, which served as both a high school and middle school and now houses the school district’s alternative education, preschool and child care programs.

Dymaxion proposed building up to 72 housing units in the building and said it would allow the public to continue using the Wilson Center’s gym and auditorium under yearly leases of $1.

The company’s proposal is the best fit for the district, in part because it will preserve the massive building on West Cass Street and keep it in community use, board members said.

“Everything I’ve heard has been in support of the Dymaxion bid,” board President Scott Darragh said.





“Leaving Iowa” Auditions on March 9th and 11th!


Homegrown Productions’ spring play will be “Leaving Iowa”, a hilarious look at the amusing adventures of family vacations. Auditions will be held at the Wilson Center Auditorium on Monday, March 9th and Wednesday, March 11th at 7pm.
Many parts – both large and small – are available. Whether you are a seasoned community theatre veteran or someone who would like to wade into the theatrical waters, this is a great opportunity.
We hope to see you there!

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“Shine Your Light” Holiday Concert at the Wilson Center Auditorium!

75394765_2449838861956471_37800170380853248_oJoin us for a very special vocal performance THIS FRIDAY, 7:30pm at the Wilson Center Auditorium!
Celebrate the holidays through choral music and support the Beacon of Hope Family Care Center (BOH) at the same time. The concert begins at 7:30 pm and a free will donation will be collected. All proceeds support the BOH. This is the inaugural concert for the Junior MInts Community Youth Choir (grades 4-8) and annual concert for the Mint City Singers.(Ages 14-adult). Enjoy the spirit of the holidays through multigenerational singing, charitable giving, and gathering after the concert for cookies and fellowship!

Homegrown Productions Annual Christmas show December 6 and 7

Uh Oh castSince 2009, Homegrown Productions has added to the holiday spirit in our community with a musical variety show. This year they are proud to present “Uh Oh, Here Comes Christmas“, a play based on the books by Robert Fulghum. Heartwarming stories and musical interludes look at the struggle to find the spirit of the holidays amid the avalanche of commercialism, stress and chaos that crashes down every December. Delightful stories include hilarious musings about a love/hate relationship with the vibrant poinsettia that arrives in most homes every December and hangs on long after the holidays have ended; and a beautiful, deeply moving tribute to the winter solstice, celebrating nature’s precious annual gift of rebirth.

“Uh, Oh, Here Comes Christmas” is directed by Beth Webb and Susan DeRosa. This year’s cast members are Sara Craft, Susan DeRosa, Jan Ross, Darryl Schmitz, Beth Webb, and Tom Webb. This is a family friendly show. Performances are December 6 and 7 at 7:30 pm at the Wilson Center Auditorium, 101 W. Cass St. Tickets are $10 at the door.

(Photo Front: Beth Webb and Tom Webb; Back: Sara Craft,
Darryl Schmitz, Susan DeRosa; Not pictured Jan Ross)

Mountain Town Brass Holiday Concert Comes to the Wilson Center Auditorium on Sunday, December 8th

Untitled 2The Mountain Town Brass Band, an elite brass band made up of some of the top brass players in the state of Michigan, will be performing a Holiday Concert at the Wilson Center in St. Johns on Sunday, December 8 at 7:00pm.  The concert is FREE to the public, but a good will donation will be accepted.  The band will feature many holiday favorites such as “Deck the Halls“, “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah, Leroy Anderson’s “A Christmas Festival” and more.  The band will also feature principal euphonium Cassandra Black on “Ave Maria” and principal cornet Matthew Taton  on “Shake My Yoke“.  The band is under the direction of Jacob Bender.  We hope to see you there!