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From now until Jan. 9, 2015, Performance Network is campaigning on Indiegogo to "cover our nut," a fundraiser to raise $30,000, which is a month's worth of operating expenses, or a month's "nut." In the spirit of Indiegogo, there are several perks such as a tshirt, tickets to the theater, and even a walk-on role in the March production of "Stones in His Pockets." Performance Network has been in existence for almost 30 years. Continue..
Boogie Stomp! The Play
Dec. 30-31, 2014
After several busy months reopening the theater, the Performance Network team is happy to end the year with a special New Year's Eve engagement of the dueling pianos production "Boogie Stomp! The Play" on Dec. 30 and 31. Premium seats in the first two rows (available only by calling the box office) offer a show CD, a meet-and-greet with the artists and other celebratory fare. Performances are Tuesday, Dec. 30 at 8 p.m., and Wednesday, Dec. 31 at 6 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. with pre-show receptions before each performance. Continue..
Creative Many Michigan (formerly ArtServe Michigan), the statewide economic development organization for the arts, culture and creative and design industries, announced it will relocate its headquarters from Wixom to TechTown Detroit effective Dec. 18. Creative Many's new office space is 1,386 square feet. Continue..
Those interested in volunteering during Gilda's "LaughFest" can now signup. The 10-day festival of laughter will take place March 5 through March 15, 2015. Opportunities to help include event promotion, logistics, ushering, selling merchandise, retail, office support and volunteer staffing needs during all "LaughFest" ticketed and non-ticketed events. New volunteers are expected to attend an orientation meeting, a team training meeting, and the All Volunteer Pre-Festival meeting. Continue..
Holiday Improv Project
Dec. 23, 2014
In the spirit of the holiday season, improv fans have an opportunity to gather with friends, have a few laughs and help a good cause all at the same time! Tickets for the "Holiday Improv Project" are now on sale. The event will be held at Go Comedy! Improv Theater in Ferndale on Dec. 23 at 7:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit The Detroit Creativity Project, an organization dedicated to giving back to Detroit by helping to preserve arts education in area schools. Continue..
Broadway Grand Rapids is proud to announce that the new U.S. national tour of "Annie" will play Jan. 13-18, 2015 at DeVos Performance Hall in Grand Rapids. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin for the 19th time, this production of "Annie" will be a brand new physical incarnation of the iconic Tony Award-winning original. A family night performance will be held on Thursday, Jan. 15. Continue..
Time flies when you're having fun. But after recently celebrating 40 years working in or reporting on Michigan's professional theater industry, journalist and editor Donald V. Calamia is stepping down as editorial director of media company EncoreMichigan.com effective Dec. 20. "As much as I love what I'm doing, health issues over the past two years – some minor, some major – have caused me to make significant lifestyle changes, and working seven days and 50-plus hours a week is no longer possible," Calamia said. Continue..
Our popular podcast series concludes on a bittersweet note, as co-hosts Barton Bund and Donald V. Calamia discuss Calamia's pending retirement from full-time duties as editorial director of EncoreMichigan.com. Among the other topics discussed in this extra-length episode are their views on the current state of professional theater in Michigan, what they foresee as the future of theater in the state, their personal plans for the future, and what will happen to EncoreMichigan.com and The Wilde Awards after Calamia's departure Dec. 20. Continue..
Click the link below for a list of Equity, non-Equity, film & video auditions, industry job openings and industry-related classes and workshops throughout the state.
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By Bridgette M. Redman
There's much about Annie that is hard to resist: kids, dogs, memorable music, political jokes, and amusing bad guys who get it in the end. It's a musical soaked in optimism and one that has always been for adults as much as for kids. Sure, it helps to have a younger person with you who can celebrate unreservedly the daydream of being the poorest of the poor, only to be snatched off the streets by the wealthiest of the wealthy and be given everything you can dream of. Continue..
By Martin F. Kohn
I'm imagining "Cirque Dreams Holidaze" creator Neil Goldberg asking young Kristine Hakobyan when she might be able to join the troupe and hearing her answer, "I'm flexible." Boy, is she ever. Hakobyan is among the dozens of circus performers who bend over backwards (literally, in her case) to put on this show. Among them are folks balanced precariously on things that might fall or roll away at any moment (a vertical ladder held upright by the climber, a stack of blocks and cylinders), a man who piles up a prodigious assemblage of glassware on his head, a couple whose costumes change as if by magic, hoop spinners, roller skaters and tumbling rope jumpers…who all take their turns at entertaining the audience. Continue..
By Carolyn Hayes Harmer
Winter doesn't officially begin until late December, but Michigan weather usually arrives early to that particular party. So the timing of the PuppetART original musical "Snow Queen" (script by Luda Mikheyenko, music and lyrics by Maria Mikheyenko, based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen) is right in line with our fast-encroaching frigid wonderland. This ambitious adaptation is notable for blending the worlds of story and storyteller, allowing human characters to help their puppet counterparts surpass the conventional boxes and boundaries of the form. Continue..
By Bridgette M. Redman
When you have a strong asset, you're going to use it. Especially when that asset has proved repeatedly she's up to whatever is asked of her. What A Do Theatre has such a treasure in the person of high school student Averi Beck. Her presence in their company means they can confidently put such shows as "Anne of Green Gables" in their lineup and know that they'll have a seasonal hit. Continue..
By Jenn McKee
"Wicked" has long been typecast as "a girl thing," but while watching the newest touring production of the Oz-inspired stage musical, it struck me that the real beating heart of the show is a question that affects us all, particularly now, in this time of soul-searching upheaval: Is goodness about following and reinforcing rules that maintain societal order, or is goodness about staying true to your own personal moral code, no matter what the consequences? To explore this idea, author Gregory Maguire published the bestselling novel "Wicked" in 1995, upending the Dorothy-centric "Wizard of Oz" narrative we'd all grown up imbibing. Continue..