Celebrating Failure

Written by Kayla Tucker | Monday, 01 May 2017 09:00 |

Failure is not a word that many people take lightly. It's certainly not something many would like to admit they are dealing with or have experienced. And yet, a local business-turned-movement is celebrating five years of failure this month.

Featuring a 42-member cast, singing, dancing and high-flying effects, Muskegon Civic Theatre hopes to fill Frauenthal Theater and wow audiences with its spring musical, Mary Poppins.

Lizzy Stone, a music theatre major at Western Michigan University, said her parents enrolled her at Portage Northern High School specifically for its esteemed drama program.

Devin Price was prepared to live the life of a struggling actor in New York City, but it didn’t take the Lansing native long to land a plum role in Motown: The Musical.

Review: 'The Andrews Brothers' revels in nostalgia with talent and enthusiasm

Written by Marin Heinritz | Monday, 24 April 2017 13:16 |

In Farmers Alley’s crowd-pleasing, high-energy production of 1940s-era musical revue The Andrews Brothers, straight men dress up as women, white Americans dress up as indigenous Pacific Islanders, and a middle-aged woman dresses up as an ingenue.

Review: 'Good Enough' is more than that

Written by James Sanford | Sunday, 23 April 2017 13:45 |

By now, most people are familiar with Rosie the Riveter, the symbol representing the legions of women who filed into the workplace during World War II to take over the jobs of men sent overseas. Often, they were working to aid the war effort.

Review: Wellspring Dancers celebrate conflict with engaging spring show

Written by Marin Heinritz | Saturday, 22 April 2017 15:31 |
Before the premiere of “Citadel,” the new dance that closed Wellspring Cori Terry & Dancers’ opening night of Expedition: Spring Concert of Dance, Ms. Terry spoke from the stage, explaining that the push/pull, the conflicting energy of competition and need for connection, was the primary impetus for the piece. In other words, she was inspired by the 2016 presidential election, and the ways in which politics plays out at both national and local levels with people and their primary drives and desires at the center of it all.

The Wharton Center’s 35th season celebrates both the old and the new

Written by Dana Casadei | Wednesday, 19 April 2017 09:00 |

For some theaters, celebrating an anniversary like a 35th season could add extra pressure to selecting upcoming performances. Not for the Wharton Center, who tries to outdo itself every year.

Review: ‘Disgraced’ expands horizons with authentic emotion

Written by Kayla Tucker | Friday, 14 April 2017 10:51 |

Thursday’s opening night of Disgraced by Actors’ Theatre Grand Rapids provoked the audience to address current issues in society, and look in the mirror at their own biases or preconceived judgements.

Review: Uplifting, infectious energy makes ‘The Wiz’ a magical experience

Written by James Sanford | Monday, 10 April 2017 12:49 |

More than 40 years after it landed on Broadway, there’s still a whole lot of magic left in The Wiz. Behold and believe: Director Jay Berkow’s buoyant, utterly delightful Western Michigan University Theatre production of this African-American revamp of The Wizard of Oz conclusively proves Wicked does not have the market cornered when it comes to Oz-centric musicals.

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