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Fall is upon us, which means classes are in full swing for all ages. With schedules filling up fast, it can be hard to find time for entertainment. Whether it’s date night, “me” time or just an excuse to break your cabin fever, the theater communities of the Greater Lansing area have plenty to excite you. From musicals to Shakespeare, here is what your local theaters have in store this October:

The Wharton Center

Love Never Dies

Oct. 9-14 | Cobb Great Hall | Tickets: starting at $43

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s harrowing sequel to “The Phantom of the Opera” finds the Phantom living amongst the freakshows of Coney Island, 10 years after the events of the original musical. His music has found a place to flourish, but through all the bustle he still longs for his beloved, Christine.

The Miller Plays

Oct. 12-21 | Pasant Theater | Tickets: general admission $17, seniors and faculty $15, students $12

The plays of Arthur Miller remain relevant even in 2018, with stories of immigration, bigotry and nationalism set to the backdrop of the Great Depression. “A Memory of Two Mondays and A View from the Bridge” will be performed by members of the Department of Theater at MSU.

Opus Cactus – Momix

Oct. 21, 6:30 p.m. | Cobb Great Hall | 

Tickets: starting at $29

Outrageous costumes, feats of athleticism, music, props and sheer talent weave tales of the American Southwest.

CARNEvil -The 10th Annual Haunted Aud

Oct. 27-31 | MSU Auditorium | Tickets: $10

This is a hell-raising haunted house and fundraiser put on by the Department of Theater at MSU. All proceeds go toward student organizations and initiatives, so come for a good scare and for a good cause.

For more information on dates and ticket prices, please visit The Wharton Center’s website at

Riverwalk Theater

These Shining Lives

Oct. 4-7 | Riverwalk Theater | Tickets: TBD

A chilling tale, “These Shining Lives tells the true story of the Radium Girls of the 1920s who painted dials and clock faces for World War I and their struggles for justice against the companies that were slowly killing them.


Oct. 18-21 and 24-28 | Riverwalk Theater | 

Tickets: TBD

Set in 1977 and following a makeshift taxi company in the hills of Pittsburgh, this production is part of a series of plays chronicling the black American experience throughout the 20th century.

For more information on dates and ticket prices, please visit Riverwalk Theater’s website at