Get Ready for the 90th Season at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre — It's Going to be AMAZING!
We are very excited to roll out the plans for the 2015/16 Season at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. We've got several great productions you won't want to miss, including some favorites and many which have never been performed on the Civic Theatre stage. Order your Season Package NOW for the best savings all year!
The Great Gatsby
September 11 – 27
The Roaring 1920’s; a time of glamour and decadent excess as captured by the F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, The Great Gatsby. Selfmade millionaire, Jay Gatsby, passionately pursues the elusive Daisy Buchanan in a story of obsession, greed and danger. See the only stage adaptation of this iconic “lost generation’ story.
Based on the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel
Adaptated for the stage by Simon Levy
Approved by the Fitzgerald Estate
October 23 – November 1
This new musical version of the classic Washington Irving story, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, is a modern-day spin on a classic tale. Three children are transported back in time, and find themselves in the middle of the odd characters, traditions, ghosts and goblins of Sleepy Hollow.
A Christmas Story — The Musical
November 20 – December 20
Don’t miss the highlight of the holiday season, A Christmas Story – The Musical as it comes to hilarious life on stage! Based on the perennial holiday movie favorite, the story takes place in 1940’s Indiana, where a bespectacled boy named Ralphie has a big imagination and one wish for Christmas. A kooky leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a cranky department store Santa, and a triple dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the obstacles that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas dream.
Barefoot in the Park
January 15 – 31
Newlyweds Corie and Paul Bratter have it all, a first apartment on the top floor of a New York Brownstone and all the love any couple could ever need. That is until the realities of living life as a couple start to present themselves. A romantic comedy filled with nosey neighbors, demanding in-laws and a reminder that sometimes marriage isn’t a walk in the park!
By Neil Simon
February 26 – March 20
Sister Act is the feel-amazing musical comedy that audiences are jumping to their feet in total agreement! Sister Act tells the hilarious story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her in the last place anyone would think to look—a convent! Under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, Sister Act is reason to REJOICE!.
Freckle Face Strawberry
April 22 – May 1
Freckleface Strawberry is just like all the girls except she has bright red hair and something worse, freckles. She will do anything to get rid of those spots! But with the help of her loveable schoolmates she learns that everyone is different and that is what makes them special. This beloved children’s book comes to life with this stage transformation.
Music and Lyrics by Gary Kupper Book by Gary Kupper and Rose Caiola Based on the Books Written by Academy Award winning actress Julianne Moore And Illustrated by LeUyen Pham Conceived for the Stage by Rose Caiola
Caroline Or Change
June 3 – 19
A beautiful blending of blues, gospel, and traditional Jewish melodies accentuate this heartwarming story of Caroline, an African-American maid to the Jewish-American Gellman family. A single mother of four children, Caroline is compelled by the Freedom Movement, but fears reprisal. Set in 1963 Louisiana, a provocative story of political change, social change and pocket change.
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Book and Lyrices by Tony Kushner
Summer Repertory Theatre — Teen Theatre Program
Sideways Stories From
July 29 – August 7
Welcome to Wayside, a thirty-story building with one classroom on each floor. The zany characters will take you on a bizarre classroom journey that promises to thrill and excite the entire family.
Adapted for the Stage by John Olive from childrens novels by Louis Sachar
Into The Woods
July 29 – August 7
The Brothers Grimm hit the stage with an epic fairytale about wishes, family and the choices we make.
Book by James Lapine Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Become a Donor Today!
Please consider making a tax-deductible gift to the Civic Theatre when purchasing tickets or season membership. The Grand Rapids Civic Theatre is a non-profit community theatre with a deep and rich 90-year tradition. The Civic is known for performing professional quality productions. As members of the West Michigan Community, we can be proud of the talent that is discovered, fostered, and performed on our stage.
Imagine the stage without a spotlight; talent would be hidden and the stage would go dark. Become a spotlight for the theatre and provide us with the vital support we need to continue making live theatre.
ENLIGHTENED | $25,000 AND ABOVE
DECK CREW | $250 AND ABOVE
donations $250 and above receive a parking pass
RADIANCE | $10,000 AND ABOVE
LIMELIGHT | $5,000 AND ABOVE
STAGE HAND | $100 AND ABOVE
donations $100 and above will be listed in the playbill
INCANDESCENT | $2,500 AND ABOVE
ILLUMINATIONS | $1,000 AND ABOVE
OTHER | Your support is important, please consider a gift in an amount right for you.
LUMINOSITY | $500 AND ABOVE
This is a great donor perk! Join us during select shows for a special Intermission VIP reception. Refreshments and desserts are served. Contact our Development & Community Relations department for more details.
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