Review: GR Ballet Presents a Collection of Visual Feats

Written by Marin Heinritz | Sunday, 02 May 2021 17:47 |

As the weather finally turns to spring in Southwest Michigan and we look to spend more time outside and less in front of our screens, watching what otherwise would have been a live performance on the computer may be the last thing people thought of doing this weekend.

Review: With 'Collective Force,' GR Ballet Innovates and Pioneers

Written by Marin Heinritz | Monday, 29 March 2021 11:21 |

The world’s wild shifts and changes over the past year have required all of us to pivot and adapt, and the arts and the way we interact with them are no exception. Live performance, especially, has taken a hit, and with increased screen time in practically all areas of life, a mere shift from stage to screen for audiences hasn’t exactly cut it.

Review: RAD Fest Keeps Dance Innovative

Written by Marin Heinritz | Monday, 08 March 2021 15:33 |

No doubt this past weekend’s 12th Regional Annual Dance Festival hosted by Wellspring Cori Terry & Dancers was a balm to the pandemic-weary dance lovers who opted in to the virtual event.

Backstage Bios: All On Board

Written by John Kissane | Thursday, 31 December 2020 11:42 |

For those of us whose only contributions to theater are our ticket purchases and attention, show selection is an arcane process.

Review: ‘Dracula’ Is Alive And Well At The Civic Theatre

Written by John Kissane | Saturday, 24 October 2020 14:41 |

Just before sunset on Friday, October 23, I pulled my van into the parking lot of the DeltaPlex Arena, turned on my radio, and waited for the show to begin.

Grand Rapids Ballet Announces Reimagined Season

Written by Josh Veal | Monday, 21 September 2020 09:49 |

After months of uncertainty, the Grand Rapids Ballet has plans for a unique and exciting 2020-2021 season.

Backstage Bios: Lighting the Way

Written by John Kissane | Tuesday, 28 July 2020 15:18 |

Michael Baumgarten, the second star of our Backstage Bios series, has provided lighting design for many Opera Grand Rapids productions, including The Magic Flute, The Mikado and this year’s Scalia/Ginsburg.

Backstage Bios: Propping Up Community

Written by John Kissane | Monday, 20 July 2020 09:37 |

Don’t blame her; theater was in the family. Liz Merriman’s grandfather painted sets. Her grandmother helped with the painting and did props too. Liz’s father and sisters were all actors and her mother did costumes.

Making Home Work

Written by John Kissane | Monday, 29 June 2020 15:24 |

How performers are adjusting to the lack of a stage

Backstage Bios: Setting the Stage

Written by John Kissane | Monday, 29 June 2020 15:21 |

The talent onstage shouldn’t get all the love. Without the people working behind the scenes, they wouldn’t have a stage to stand on, much less a show to perform. 

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