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/// GIFT GUIDE THESPIAN


The drama lover in your life will have his/her pick of musical entertainment this winter as well as plenty of opportunities to belt out favorite show tunes in the shower and test out those acting chops. BY C HAR L S I E DEWEY


DO


Enroll your dramatic diva in one of the Civic Theater’s winter term School of the


Arts classes. “It’s great for anyone interested in theater, fun and just playing someone else,” said Susan Stohmer, faculty lai- son for the Civic Theater School for Performing Arts. “Plus any class you take will give you a leg-up and a base of theater knowl- edge.” Best of all, there are class offerings for adults and children. Winter class op- tions for adults include “Voice


101: Start to Sing,” “Voice 102: Sing in Harmony” and “Character Stretch,” a 10-week class that will focus on characterization through monologue work. For the young thespian, Civic has several voice classes, acting classes and musical theater class options, as well as a three day acting camp, Winter Break


Escape, for kids grades 3-7, from Dec. 27-29. Classes begin Jan. 9. Number of sessions and class costs vary.


Grand Rapids Civic Theater 30 N. Division Ave., Grand Rapids grct.org/education.html, (616) 222-6650


DRINK


Thirsty thespians of ten turn to The Apartment


Lounge to get their drink on after a night at the theater. Nestled next to the Civic Theater since 1988 it’s a


quick walk, especially during a cold West Michigan winter. This LGBT-owned-and- operated bar offers drink specials most nights and, for the musical lover, has a jukebox stocked with show tunes.


The Apartment Lounge 33 Sheldon Ave. NE, Grand Rapids apartmentlounge.net, (616) 451-0815


LISTEN


With musical favorites Les Miserables and The Wizard of Oz playing in Grand


Rapids this month your show-tune-loving sweetheart will be singing up a storm. Help him/her get all the words right by buying one of these classic soundtracks, which can be pre-ordered from The Corner Record Shop in Kalamazoo.


The Corner Record Shop 1710 W. Main St., Kalamazoo cornerrecordshop.com, (269) 381-0218


EAT


Try a Red Ruby Slipper with your dinner at Sazerac Lounge. A combination of


ruby red vodka, wine, Sprite, cranberry and orange juice, this drink will have you in no hurry to click your heels for home. Besides offering a full menu of lunch and dinner op- tions, Sazerac has also played host to Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School and Shimmy Shack Burlesque, which, according the Daily Operations Manager Kyle Carrier, are “pretty bizarre.”


Sazerac Lounge


1418 Plainfield Ave. NE, Grand Rapids thesazeraclounge.com, (616) 451-0010


WATCH


The winner of eight Tony Awards, Spring Awakening is a fresh, new rock musical


by Steven Sater, with music by Duncan Sheik.


“It features 11 of the area’s best performers,” said Actors’ Theater Manager Chris Carnavale.


“It’s great live theater.” Set in Germany, this coming-of-age story is a hard-hitting look at teenage life in an era where parents “know best.” It explores sex and sexuality, as well as abortion, rape and suicide. It plays at the Actors’ Theater Dec. 1-17.


Actors’ Theater Box Office: 160 Fountain St. NE, Grand Rapids actorstheatergrandrapids.org, (616) 234-3946


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