Standing Out: Scott Mellema elevates the local theater community

Written by Kayla Sosa | Tuesday, 27 November 2018 13:41 |

After more than 25 years in the theater community, Scott Mellema got to play a dream role earlier this year: Shrek.

When John S. Hyatt passed away in April, Grand Rapids lost a man who truly lived his life for others.

Longtime Central Park Players volunteer and actor Peter Drost remembers being an eighth-grader in English class, listening to the morning announcements, when he first learned about the local theater group.

Triple Threats: Farmer Alley's Marvelous Wonderettes do it all

Written by Jane Simons | Tuesday, 27 November 2018 10:56 |

This holiday season, Farmers Alley Theatre’s giving a big gift to fans of music from the ’60s and ’70s.

Review: ‘The Little Mermaid’ delights all ages with talent and magic

Written by Kayla Sosa | Sunday, 18 November 2018 14:50 |

The lights go dark. From underneath the stage comes a mermaid, or rather a silhouette of a mermaid, swimming up — blue, silky curtains reflecting water behind her. The music is subtle, but moody. At that moment, the audience knows they’re in for a performance.

In its 38 years rooted in Kalamazoo as Michigan’s preeminent modern dance company, Wellspring Cori Terry & Dancers has featured different company members, collaborated with various musicians and other dancers and choreographers, and otherwise found ways to change it all up just enough to keep its audiences engaged without compromising Cori Terry’s fundamental style and vision for the company.

Review: Pigeon Creek’s ‘As You Like It’ is funny and relevant as ever

Written by John Kissane | Sunday, 11 November 2018 13:28 |

On Friday, November 9, two dozen souls braved the weather and went to Dog Story Theater, where they warmed themselves with Pigeon Creek’s production of As You Like It, Shakespeare’s coziest and most accommodating comedy.

Review: ‘eLLe’ lovingly captures the modern experience

Written by Marin Heinritz | Saturday, 10 November 2018 15:10 |

The homegrown episodic play series “eLLe: New Positions,” the sixth season opener for Queer Theatre Kalamazoo, transforms the basement space of downtown Kalamazoo’s First Baptist Church into “the most wonderful play party in West Michigan."

Review: ‘A Doll’s House’ is a tremendously moving examination of love and freedom

Written by Marin Heinritz | Wednesday, 07 November 2018 11:34 |

Nora slammed the door on her husband and three children more than 140 years ago when she walked out of her married life in Henrik Ibsen’s proto-feminist masterpiece “A Doll’s House.” But now she’s back in Lucas Hnath’s critically-acclaimed and Tony Award-winning “A Doll’s House, Part 2” to answer and raise further questions in a tremendously moving yet remarkably unadorned production of the 2017 play at Farmers Alley Theatre in Kalamazoo.

Morning with the Queens: Grand Rapids’ new show is a tableside performance

Written by Kayla Sosa | Tuesday, 30 October 2018 13:57 |

The newest morning fad is a show while you eat: Drag Brunch. Sit back with a boozy beverage and a delicious plated breakfast (or lunch) and see some of the most talented queens performing in West Michigan.

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