Review: Sit back and soak in the hits with ‘Marvelous Wonderettes’

Written by Marin Heinritz | Monday, 10 December 2018 10:19 |

Some Christmas traditions have nothing at all to do with Christmas, and that’s just fine. In fact, it may make them all the more sweet.

Review: 'Fiddler on the Roof' is filled to the brim with life

Written by Dana Casadei | Wednesday, 05 December 2018 15:46 |

Eight minutes. That’s the amount of time it takes to fall for the latest production of the beloved Broadway classic Fiddler on the Roof.

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.

Eye Contact: 'She Stares Back' shifts the perspective

Written by Dana Casadei | Tuesday, 27 November 2018 10:45 |

The jewel-toned colors of the walls — in hues of dark purple, blue and magenta — will probably be what catches your eye first. Once inside the gallery though, you’ll find a lot of eyes looking back at you.

The holiday season serves as a counterpoint to the fast-paced nature of the lives people lead, and the typical desire to find what’s new and different before boredom sets in.

Growing up, singer Diane Penning recalls two experiences that made the excitement of the holidays come alive in her house: The arrival of the Sears Roebuck Christmas catalog, and listening to holiday records like the Firestone Tires Longines Symphonette albums.

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.

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