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/// SPECIAL FEATURE by Revue Staff and Minions


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ach year, it seems the arts scene is not only getting bigger, but also better. ArtPrize is in its third year, and arts organizations such as Broadway Grand Rapids, St. Cecilia Music Center and Saugatuck Center for the Arts have stepped it up, bringing in Grammy winners and big-budget productions. This year, arts and entertainment junkies can choose from a multitude of talent. From jazz


legend Joe Lovano and his group of all-stars (including Grammy-winning Esperanza Spalding) at St. Cecilia to My Fair Lady at Miller Auditorium or Grand Rapids Ballet’s production of Dracula, there is enough diversity and star power to keep us all busy through the fall and winter.


THEATRE ARTS ISSUE THE


ACTORS’ THEATRE 143 Bostwick Ave. NE, Grand Rapids actorstheatregrandrapids.com, (616) 234-3817


Actors’ Theatre welcomes innovation and cre- ativity, so it’s no surprise that the lineup for its 31st season is filled with fresh, exciting premieres of local plays and national hits. The season starts with Rust, a contemporary story written by Austin Bunn and is told through interviews with blue-collar workers of a recently closed factory. Then there’s Spring Awakening, a winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Next Fall challenges hopes and beliefs and asks you where you place your faith. Similarly, Ampersand ques- tions love, and August: Osage County challenges the role of family and addictions.


Rust (Sept. 29-Oct. 8); Spring Awakening (Dec. 1-17); Next Fall (Jan. 26-Feb. 4); Ampersand (March 22-31); August: Osage County (May 17-26).


CALVIN COLLEGE THEATRE


COMPANY 3201 Burton St. SE, Grand Rapids calvin.edu, (616) 526-6282


This year, the Company will be translating and updating stories from the past,starting with Antigone. Originally written by Sophocles, this update marks the first production of a Greek play at Calvin in 20 years. Then, in December, the company takes some time to tell its own takes on short children’s plays. David: A Play with Psalms is adapted from scripture and interpreted into


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