stageGR is ready for Summer!

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – April 1, 2017 – With theater programing for students from 6 to 18 years old, stageGR has an incredible community theater line-up for Summer!

Summer 2017 kicks off with a High School Cast production of “Bring It On: The Musical”.

Bring It On: The Musical tells the story of the unexpected bonds that form through the challenges and thrills of extreme cheerleading competition. With a fresh sound and exploding dance, this colorful crew of characters and their hilarious story is sure to be everything you hoped for and nothing like you expected.   This musical was created by some of the funniest creative minds on Broadway. An original story written by Tony Award winner Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q). Music and lyrics by Tony Award winning composer Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton), music by Pulitzer and Tony Award winning composer Tom Kitt (Next to Normal), and lyrics by Amanda Green (High Fidelity). The show was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2013.

Performances will be in the Meijer Theater at the Grand Rapids Public Museum.  There will be two 7:00 evening shows on June 29 and 30. and one 1:00 afternoon show on June 30.  Reserved seat tickets will be available for purchase online through stageGR.

The Summer 2017 fun continues with an Elementary School Cast production of “A Year With Frog and Toad KIDS”.

Adapted from the three-time-Tony-nominated Broadway hit comes A Year with Frog and Toad KIDS. Based on Arnold Lobel's well-loved books, the jazzy, upbeat score bubbles with melody. Part vaudeville, part make-believe, and all charm, A Year with Frog and Toad KIDS tells the story of a friendship that endures throughout the seasons.  This whimsical show follows two great friends – the cheerful, popular Frog, and the rather grumpy Toad – through four fun-filled seasons. Waking from hibernation, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding and learn life lessons along the way. Throughout the year, two best friends celebrate and rejoice in the differences that make them unique and special.

Performances will be in the Fellowship Hall at the Grand Rapids Trinity United Methodist Church.  There will be two performances on July 21 – 11am and 1:30pm.  General admission tickets will be available for purchase at the door

The third and final production of the summer with be stageGR’s Middle School Cast production of “Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka”.

Roald Dahl's timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir comes to chocolate-covered life.  Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka follows enigmatic candy manufacturer, Willy Wonka, as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whomever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats: the fifth is a likable young lad named Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka's rules in the factory... or suffer the consequences.

Performances will be in the Meijer Theater at the Grand Rapids Public Museum.  There will be two 1pm shows on August 11th and 12th and one 7pm show on August 11th.   Reserved seat tickets will be available for purchase online through stageGR.


Registration for the summer program begins April 15.  Registration, audition, and scheduling details are available on the stageGR web site.  

About stageGR

stageGR is an independent non-profit community theater organization.  Their aim is to provide exceptional educational value and a sense of unity to students of all ages, and in all walks of life.  Since their launch in November 2015,  stageGR has produced 9 full-scale musical productions.  stageGR has worked with almost 200 different students from 55 different area schools.  

For more information about the summer programs, or stageGR in general, contact  

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Winter/Spring 2017 Season Announcement

We are happy to announce auditions, rehearsals and show dates for the next two stageGR productions: Disney's "The Lion King Jr." and "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee"!  

"The Lion King Jr." is open to students in grades 6 through 9. "Spelling Bee" is for high school students, grades 9 through 12.  Both shows will be performed at the Meijer Theater in the Grand Rapids Public Museum.  9th graders are permitted to audition for both shows, but they must be registered for BOTH shows.

Combined auditions will be at Trinity United Methodist Church, 4PM-7PM on Wednesday January 18, with callbacks at 4PM-6PM the following day.   stageGR takes pride in being inclusive, allowing participation by all desiring students.  However because of performance venue limitations, the cast size is strictly limited.  We really don't want to turn anyone away at auditions, so pre-registration is strongly advised!  Our ticketing system will automatically indicate "sold out" when the limit is reached.  

We are also happy to announce that we now have online registration options for everyone!   While credit card pre-payment is recommended and the most convenient, our Register Now feature has an option to pay tuition by cash or check at the time of the audition.   Our website also has an online application for Financial Assistance Requests, for those families who need full or partial scholarships or just more flexible payment terms.    

Rehearsals for The Lion King Jr. will start on February 2, until the three performances on March 3 and 4.   Spelling Bee rehearsals will begin on March 20 (taking a hiatus for Spring Break) and culminating in three performances on May 11, 12, and 13. 

Get registered as soon as possible and spread the word to your friends!  We look forward to seeing you again - working hard, having fun. and producing more great theatre experiences!