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Ballet Company 341 Ellsworth SW, Grand Rapids grballet.com, (616) 454-4771


Michigan’s only professional ballet company, Grand Rapids Ballet Company, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, and to com- memorate the occasion a unique 2011-2012 season is planned. The season kicks off, in mid-September, with the 40th Anniversary Gala Celebration. This performance will surprise regular GRBC attendees — it’s not a story ballet with a through- narrative, rather a col- lection of individual routines pieced together around a common theme. Audiences should expect to leave the Gala Celebration with a greater understanding of the Company’s il- lustrious history. “[The Gala] is a way for us to celebrate our past and embrace our future,” said Marketing Director Misty Hendricks. GRBC School alumna and New York City Ballet principal Maria Kowroski will grace the stage to dance Serenade, George Balanchine’s first ballet choreographed in the United States. Kowroski will be joined by her dance-partner Charles Askegard, and cur- rent members of GRBC’s professional company, for a one-night engagement of this performance. The remainder of the season will highlight pro- ductions that play up the holidays: Dracula will frighten audiences, in October; The Nutcracker takes its seasonal spot near the beginning of


the yuletide season; and Amoré and More will be the perfect Valentine’s Day date. Hendricks said that Amoré and More is a great blend of dramatic emotion and slapstick comedy. “Ballet can be funny, and not many people realize that” she said. “We’re constantly trying to break stereotypes.


40th Anniversary Gala Celebration (Sept. 15); Company B (Sept.16-18, 23-25); Dracula (Oct. 27-30); Johnny Starfish and Friends (Nov. 5); The Nutcraker (Nov. 25-27, Dec. 9-11); Amore and More (Feb. 10-12, 17-19); Black and White (May 4-6, 11-13).


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a script, where key points of David’s life are performed. The Book of the Dun Cow, adapted from Walter Wangerin’s novel, is told through puppets, masks and actors, and closes the season out.


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Antigone (Nov. 3-5, 10-12); Sunday Go To Meetin’ and Other Plays for Young Audiences (Dec. 1-3); David: A Play with Psalms (Jan. 26- 28, Feb. 2-4); The Book of the Dun Cow (April 19-21, 25-28).


GVSU Theatre gvsu.edu/theatre, (616) 331-2300


The Grand Valley State University Theatre is bringing stories of foreign places and the all too familiar subject of love to the Louis Armstrong Theatre this coming season. “We didn’t choose the performances with respect to a theme, but more to do with the creativity of the show, new selections for presentation, and availability,” said House Manager Jack Lane. The season be- gins this fall with its 18th Annual Shakespeare Festival, which will feature Twelfth Night. The following feature is The Light in the Piazza, set in Florence and Rome in 1953, and deals with a love affair and the doubt of truly loving another. Set in Mississippi, Crimes of the Heart is about three sisters, who reunite after one of them shoots her husband. Following on the heels of the Southern tragic comedy, the world premiered English translation of the Spanish story Antona Garcia will end the season. “The nature of the productions themselves are different. We haven’t done Twelfth Night in about 10 years or so,” said


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DOG STORY THEATRE 7 Jefferson Ave. SE dogstorytheater.com, (616) 894-1252


Jim Bell, managing director for Shakespeare Festival and member of the theatre faculty. During Shakespeare Festival, there will be a blend of student and guest actors, as well as GVSU faculty on production staff. Format-wise, this year’s Shakespeare Festival will be similar to years past. “All of these have never been pro- duced here except Twelfth Night, back in 1996,” Lane said. “I’m excited to see all of them.”


Twelfth Night (Sept. 30, Oct 1-2, 6-9); Crimes of the Heart (Nov. 11-13, 18-19); The Light in the Piazza (Feb. 3-5, 10-12); Antona Garcia (March 30-31, April 5-7).


Dog Story Theatre has a lot going on this year. Comedy Mondays occur each week, excluding holidays, of course. The upcom- ing season also highlights a lot of good ol’ Bill Shakespeare, with the Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company performing classics like Much Ado About Nothing, Taming of the Shrew, Bard on the Run and Romeo and Juliet, among others. In October 2011, the musical Prom Night is performed, and in October 2012, Halloween Musical Parody is performed.


Big-Little Comedy Festival (Sept. 14-18) Much Ado About Nothing (Oct 12-16) Prom Night (Oct. 27-31) The Don’t We Boys (Dec. 15-17) The Taming of the Shrew (Jan. 5-8, 12-15), Bard on the Run (Feb. 16-19) Romeo and Juliet (April 12-15, 19-22) Love Labour’s Lost (June 21-24, 28-30, July 1) Antony and Cleopatra (Aug. 16-19, 23-26) Comedy of Errors (Oct. 10-14) Halloween Musical (Oct. 25-28, 31)


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GR CIVIC THEATRE 30 N. Division Ave., Grand Rapids grct.org, (616) 222-6650


Paying homage to classic stories such as Night of the Living Dead, Twelve Angry Men, The Wizard of Oz, and for today’s kiddies, Ramona Quimby, The Civic Theatre celebrates its own history of educating and entertaining.


Twelve Angry Men (Sept. 9-18); Night of the Living Dead (Oct. 21-30); The Wizard of Oz (Nov. 18- Dec.18); Harvey (Jan. 13-29); Bye Bye Birdie (Feb. 24-March 18); Pinkalicious (April 20-29); A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (June 8-24); Ramona Quimby (July 27-Aug. 5); Schoolhouse Rock (July 27-Aug 5).


HERITAGE THEATRE GROUP 20 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids (616) 451-2600


Committed to passing on the legacy of stories that have inspired past audiences, the Heritage Theatre Group presents The School of Wives and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Plays may be performed at various locations.


The School for Wives (Sept. 29- Oct. 1, 6-8); The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (summer 2012)


MASTER ARTS THEATRE 75 77th


St. SW, Grand Rapids masterarts.org, (616) 455-1001


Familiar titles receive updates as the Master Arts Theatre performs classics such as The


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