The classic story of boy meets girl (or in this case, human meets mermaid), “The Little Mermaid” is a musical that will make the audience feel like they’re under the sea rather than Grand Rapids.
There have been several recreations of Disney’s classic, “The Little Mermaid,” but now it is the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre’s turn at the helm. Costume designer Robert Fowle, the recent winner of the Norma Brink Lifetime Achievement Award, is making this show an experience to remember with dazzling costumes that will send your imagination reeling.
World War II is a dark night in world history, hardly the topic one expects for a children’s book or play. But “Number the Stars,” a play based on Lois Lowry’s award-winning book, twinkles with a sky full of bright spots like friendship, family bonds and bravery.
Grand Rapids Civic Theatre’s “School of Rock” opened Friday night and it most definitely brought the house down.
Love is powerful. Love can be tender and nourishing. It can provide those idealized feelings so often shown in Hallmark commercials and romantic films. Lest we forget that power can also be unleashed in destructive and irrational ways, well, American playwright Sam Shepard’s Fool for Love (1983) will remind us as much.
Fun Home, the Tony-award winning musical, gets its Michigan Community Theatre premiere this month at Circle Theatre. The autobiographical musical was adapted for the stage based on the graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel, an aspect that the scenic designer for this production, Don Wilson, expertly integrated into the set.
Since 1991, the Heritage Theatre Group has been the place to go to see classic plays produced around Grand Rapids. Twenty-eight years later, the Heritage Theatre Group is gearing up to present its 2018 season with three summer productions running from July through August.
In celebration of its newly installed hearing loop system, Spectrum Theater at Grand Rapids Community College is offering a free performance of “Snow White, the Queen’s Fair Daughter.”
In the era of the smartphone, everyone gets to be editors. We listened, we learned. We have internalized the Hollywood process. Tell your story on Facebook, but keep it brief, boost the highs, dramatize the lows, and for God’s sake don’t try our patience and dare to be average.
I imagine, as with any effective parable that taps into universal themes, one does not require prior knowledge of Jonah and the Big Fish, nor of “Moby-Dick,” to connect with similar lessons brought forth in Samuel D. Hunter’s play “The Whale” — but a little context might enrich the experience.