While the weather forecast might not indicate spring is on the way, luckily the Grand Rapids arts scene goes by the calendar and new shows, exhibits and experiences are popping up like tulips.
Kicking off spring theater in Grand Rapids is the new Grand Rapids Civic Theatre production of Les Misérables.
“We were the first community theater in the nation to receive the announcement that the play was available for production,” said Nancy Bozek, Director of Development and Community Relations for Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. “I’m excited for the community to experience this powerful performance. All I can say is ‘WOW’!”
The show runs February 28-March 30.
A great production to introduce theater to the younger crowd is Junie B. Jones: Jingle Bells & Batman Smells based upon the popular children’s book of the same name, which takes the stage April 18-27.
“10-11 year old students from our School of Theatre Arts make up the majority of the cast,” Penny Notter, Associate Director for Grand Rapids Civic Theatre said. “Many of the lines are straight from the book. Whether or not you are familiar with Junie B. Jones, you won’t be disappointed. I found myself laughing out loud just from the script!”
Coming to the Civic Theatre May 30-June 15 will be 9 to 5: The Musical bringing the 80’s hit movie along with songs such as “9 to 5” and “Backwoods Barbie” to life.
For more information on all productions visit www.grct.org
An experience the Grand Rapids community looks forward to is the annual Butterflies Are Blooming exhibit running March 1-April 30 at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. An up close and personal experience with tropical butterflies along with a nice shot of heat in the Tropical Conservatory will definitely be a treat after this winter.
“Something not everyone may not know about Meijer Gardens is we’re open year round,” Andrea Wolschleger, Public Relations Manager, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, said. “The walkways are always clear and sculptures really tend to pop with the white snowy backgrounds.” [read more…]