Tickets are now on sale for West Shore Community College’s Performing Arts Series 2016-2017 season.
“Our team is extremely excited to offer an outstanding array of talent to our audiences and a wide variety of programming in the coming year. Our goal is to ensure we select performances that entertain, enrich and reach out to area PK-12 schools, our college students, and the surrounding communities at large,” says Ted Malt, director of the Performing Arts Series and professor of music studies.
The season opener, on Sept. 24, features the renowned Dallas Brass. Since its founding in 1983 by Michael Levine, the Dallas Brass has become one of America’s foremost musical ensembles. The group has established a unique blend of traditional brass instruments with a full complement of drums and percussion, which creates a performing entity of extraordinary range and musical challenges.
Its repertoire includes classical masterpieces, Dixieland, swing, Broadway, Hollywood and patriotic music. The performance is in collaboration with Tom Kirk, director of the Hart Performing Arts Series, and will take place at the Hart Middle School Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.
Also a part of this year’s season will be performances from three major Michigan-based universities including the Michigan State University BeBop Spartans Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Rodney Whitaker, the Western Michigan University Symphony Orchestra performing the “Music of the Nutcracker,” under the direction of, Professor of Music Bruce Urchimura, and the Grand Valley State University Choirs under the direction of Ellen Pool, director of choral activities.
For theater enthusiasts, the season will open in early November with a WSCC production of “Godspell,” directed by Michelle Kiessel.
“Godspell” was the first major musical theatre offering from three-time Grammy and Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz and it took the world by storm. Led by the international hit, "Day By Day," Godspell features a parade of beloved songs including "Prepare Ye The Way Of The Lord," "Learn Your Lessons Well," "All For The Best," "All Good Gifts," "Turn Back, O Man" and "By My Side."
The production team for this show includes Vocal Coach Elliot Plummer, Music Director/Co-producer Ted Malt, Set Designer/Co-Producer Mike “Mik” Mikula, Audio Engineers Adam Knudsen and Matt Crescenzi, and Lighting Engineer Amanda Collene.
Auditions for “Godspell” will be on August 28 and 29, from 6 -9 p.m. in the Center Stage Theater on the WSCC campus.
The series’ second theater production will be “Noises Off,” directed by Michael “Mik” Mikula.
Called the funniest farce ever written, “Noises Off” presents a manic menagerie as a cast of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called “Nothing's On.” Doors slamming, on and off stage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure into the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play.
Rounding out the series will be performances by WSCC’s Concert Choir, Wind Symphony, & Jazz Ensemble.
For more information on all of the performances and to purchase general admission tickets.
Customers can also call 231-843-5507, or stop by the Box Office located in Schoenherr Campus Center. Visa, Master Card, Discover credit cards are accepted.
Author: Thomas Hawley | Executive Director of College Communications & Community Engagement