Updated June 6
Season 4 has an exciting line up for stageGR. As we continue to impact the community, one student at a time, we're excited to offer a fun line up of shows, including Disney productions, bringing books to life, and a 36 HOUR event. We're grateful for the opportunity to give our community another season.
Kicking off the school year offering two more great shows, including a combined middle/high school show and another community production:
Middle+High School Show
Presented by the same team that wrote Dear Edwina from Season 3, we are showcasing the musical "Junie B. Jones" for 6th-12th grade students. This will be performed at Trinity, offering an intimate space to bring this sassy little girl to life through music.
Expanding upon our great partnership with Cornerstone University, stageGR is happy to present another community production. This show, held in mid November, will be an auditioned cast performing one of the most well loved community shows of all time, "Annie". This will be open to community members of all ages and we are thrilled to create theater with Cornerstone University again.
Middle School Show
Disney Jr shows have been a successful part of the first three seasons of stageGR. Because they are so popular with the students and community, we are going to continue that tradition for our 6th-9th graders and offer Disney's "My Son Pinocchio Jr". This excellent production is told through the narration of Gepetto and will feature songs from the movie.
Offering a new experience for stageGR, a Traveling Troupe will offer "The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf". This auditioned group made up of Middle School, High School and College aged students will travel around to visit local elementary schools in West Michigan to teach literature and the love of theater.
High School Show
After seeing the immense talent during Season 3's production of Hunchback, the stageGR leadership team changed their originally planned programming for Season 4. This amazing talent can tackle big shows with grace and brilliance.!
So stageGR is excited to offer the dramatic story of "Les Misérables - School Edition". Although the full version is still playing on Broadway, we are able to bring this version, which is only slightly shorter but every bit as impactful! We're thrilled to provide this opportunity for students to demonstrate what they can do in this emotional, life-changing, production.
stageGR is full of crazy, new ideas and this opportunity will push the organization and students in excellence. We are going to do an entire production, including auditions and a performance in 36 HOURS!
The weekend will start at 7AM on a Saturday and will end with a single 7:00 Sunday performance of the full scale two hour show of "Disney's High School Musical". Offered to 8th-12th grade students, they will be dedicated to learning lines, choreography, blocking and music. We picked a show full of energy and life that many of our students grew up watching to bring excitement to a fun weekend!
High School Show
New grads will join their high school peers to kick off a great summer season. They'll be putting on their Sunday shoes and diving right into the production of "Footloose - The Musical". Open to incoming 9th grade through Class of 2019 graduates.
Elementary School Camp
Our youngest stageGR friends, our performers going into 1st through 6th Grades will perform a beloved Magic Treehouse book series showcasing "Dinosaurs Before Dark KIDS". They'll bring the series to life through music and dance.
Middle School Show
Ending the summer, and Season 4, will be the full stage version of "Disney's Tarzan", performed by Middle School students swinging in to 6th grade and in to 9th grade.
Be sure to follow us on Facebook or check back to our web site often for details about dates, venues, and auditions as they are announced.
Break a leg!
Before you get wrapped up in the busy end of the year school activities, and before you finalize those summer plans, get registered for the stageGR summer programs. We would love to have you spend time with us at "Camp Rock", down on the farm with "Honk", or in the 100 Acre Woods with the lovable characters of "Winnie the Pooh Kids".
Our recent productions have filled up and gone into waiting lists, so get your registration in today to make sure you get a spot. It is sure to be a fun filled stageGR 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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!
Congratulations to everyone that auditioned for the stageGR Winter Theater Season! 60 students will participate in the two musical productions. Nine schools are represented in our Into The Woods cast. There are 14 different schools represented in our Aladdin Jr. cast. Here is the cast list for Into The Woods.
Congratulations to everyone that auditioned for the stageGR Winter Theater Season! 60 students will participate in the two musical productions. Nine schools are represented in our Into The Woods cast. There are 14 different schools represented in our Aladdin Jr. cast. Here is the cast list for Aladdin Jr.