Past Seasons at the
Grand Rapids Civic Theatre



Shows from our 2014|15 Season

boatThe Boatwright
September 12 - 28

By Bo Wilson  Original Play and World Debut. Grieving his wife, a retired man begins to build a boat to sail the seas in search of peace and quiet. Plans are put on hold when an unexpected friendship  is formed with his neighbor’s son. A story of life, loss, dreams, and friendship. AACT New Playfest Winner.

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maryMary Poppins
November 14 – December 14
Now Extended to December 21!

Supercalifragilistic fun with the world’s most famous nanny.  The beloved Mary Poppins and Banks family stories come to life in this timeless favorite.

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mouseThe Mousetrap
January 16 – February 1
Murder Mystery

Snowed in and stranded house guests become suspects as Detective Sergeant Trotter investigates a series of murders.  The longest running show in history, it is no mystery why this is a theatre classic!

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southSouth Pacific
February 27 – March 22
Musical Comedy Dama

Set in World War II, an unconventional love story that deals with issues of racial prejudices, war, and love; told in a way that only Rodgers and Hammerstein can do. Show stopping songs that will have you humming along.

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alexAlexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
April 24 – May 3
Children's Musical

From the moment he wakes up with gum in his hair, things just do not go Alexander’s way. Maybe he should just move to Australia! This delightful musical will entertain and engage the youngest of our audiences – parents and grandparents, too.

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aveAvenue Q
May  29 – June 14
Musical Comedy

What do you get when you mix one part human with one part puppet? The answer: A multi-Tony Award (2004) winning play!  Filled with pop-culture references, adult humor, and unforgettable songs, this play will leave you entertained.  Not recommended for young audiences.  Adult content.

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2015 Summer Repertory Theatre

July 24 – August 2
Teen Musical

Based on the popular 1984 movie, Ren has just moved to town and quickly becomes a teen hero as he rebelliously brings dance back to the small community of Bomont.

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princessA Little Princess
July 24 – August 2
Children's Play

After being sent to a girl’s boarding school in London, Sara learns that anyone can be a princess if she is kind, gracious and helpful.

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Shows from our 2014|15 Season


Sept 6-21, 2013

Adapted by Steven Dietz, based on the original 1899 play by William Gillette and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The world’s greatest detective is coming to the Civic Stage! Sherlock Holmes is on the case solving a crime, falling for the famous opera singer Irene Adler, and tangling with criminal mastermind Professor Moriarty, all with the help of his faithful companion, Doctor Watson.

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October 18-27, 2013

Adapted by Eric Coble from the Newbery Award-winning book by Lois Lowry

“The Community” is a perfect place where pain and strife have been eliminated by the suppression of emotions. When Jonas is chosen to become the “Receiver of Memory,” he begins to question the so-called utopia in which he has been raised.

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November 15 - December 15, 2013
Family Musical

Music by Richard Rodgers; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse Suggested by “The Trapp Family Singers” by Maria Augusta Trapp

The beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein family musical returns! A young woman who leaves a convent and becomes the governess to the Von Trapp family, falls in love with Captain Von Trapp and his family as the dawn of World War II approaches.

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January 17 - February 2, 2014
Dramatic Comedy — Mature Audiences

Written by Bruce Norris

Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize and the 2012 Tony Award for Best New Play.

“Vital, sharp-witted and ferociously smart.” Clybourne Park explodes in two outrageous acts set fifty years apart.

West Michigan Premiere.

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February 28 - March 30, 2014
Musical Drama

Book by Alan Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, Music By Claude-Michel Schönberg and Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer

This multiple Tony Award winning musical phenomenon follows the story of former prisoner Jean Val Jean, who is on the run from police officer Javert, rescues Fantine’s daughter, Cosette, and sets out to begin a new life. Set post-French revolution, Les Misérables, is the story of love, loss, and the hope of a better tomorrow.

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April 18-27, 2014
Children's Musical

Adapted by Allison Gregory
Based on the book series by Barbara Park

Celebrate the holidays all year long! First grader Junie B. Jones is having a tough Christmas - when she draws a name for Secret Santa it ends up being her enemy! Junie B. will steal your heart, and brighten your spirits in this laugh-out-loud production.

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May 30 - June 15, 2014
Musical Comedy

Music and Lyrics by Dolly Parton, Book by Patricia Resnick, based on the 20th Century Fox Picture

Based on the hit 1980’s movie, 9 to 5 follows the story of three female co-workers who have had it with their sexist, arrogant, lying boss and plot to take over the company. With music by Dolly Parton, the show is filled with hits such as "9 to 5" and "Backwoods Barbie."

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2014 Summer Repertory Theatre


July 25 - August 3, 2014

Book by Robert L. Freedman and Faye Greenberg
Songs by Adam Watts and Andy Dodd and Kara DioGuardi and Mitch Allen and Matthew Gerrard and Robbie Nevil and Dapo Torimiro and Lyrica Anderson and Antonina Armato and Tim James and Thomas Sturges and Toby Gad and Kovasciar Myvette and Aaron Dudley and Steve Rushton and Jamie Houston and Adam Anders and Nikki Hassman and Peer Astrom

When Mitchie Torres returns to Camp Rock, she discovers that Camp Star has opened just on the other side of the lake, threatening Camp Rock. Mitchie and friends must step up their game to save the camp.

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July 25 - August 3, 2014
Children's Drama

From the book by C.S. Lewis, dramatized by le Clanché du Rand

When the Pevensie children discover the magical land of Narnia through an old wardrobe, they set out to free the land from an icy curse with the help of mysterious lion named Aslan.

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Shows from our 2012|13 Season


Sept 7 - 22, 2012 • Comedy

By Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten

Best Friends Forever – Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina's Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other's lives. This production focuses on four of those weekends and spans a period of thirty-three years. The Dixie Swim Club is the story of these five unforgettable women - a hilarious and touching comedy about friendships that last forever.

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Oct 19 - 28, 2012
Children's Musical

Sponsor: The Jury Foundation

Children's Musical Book by Timothy Allen McDonald, Lyrics by Timothy Allen McDonald, Jonathan K. Waller; Music by David Weinstein, Jonathan K. Waller, Timothy Allen McDonald & Stephen Gabriel, based on the book FLAT STANLEY by Jeff Brown.

Careful what you wish for Stanley – Jeff Brown's amazing book comes to musical life on stage and proves that Stanley Lambchop's world is indeed flat.

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Nov 16 - Dec 16, 2012 • Musical

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Music by Alan Menken, Book by Lynn Ahrens, Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, Book by Mike Ockren. Based on the story by Charles Dickens

A Holiday Tradition – The delightful Holiday Classic returns to the Civic's stage full of Cheer and Yuletide Blessings.

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Jan 18 - Feb 3, 2013 • Play

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Rebecca Gilman, based on the novel by Carson McCullers

A powerful drama about the human condition – Carson McCullers' stirring debut novel comes to life in modern playwright Rebecca Gilman's deft hands, Civic Theatre will produce the Michigan premiere.

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March 1 - 24, 2013 • Musical

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Book by Joseph Stein, Music by Jerry Bock, Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick Based on Sholem Aleichem's stories by special permission of Arnold Perl

TRADITION... Tradition – Relive a glorious tradition of musical theatre. A spectacular story woven with music, dance, laughter, poignant to an electrifying experience.

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April 19 - May 4, 2013
Family Musical

Book & Lyrics by Gretchen Cryer; Music by Nancy Ford; Orchestrations by Dave Hab

A timeless, heart-warming story for all generations – Follow the misadventures of a wildly independent orphan with fiery red hair and a temper to match. L.M. Montgomery's cherished classic comes to life in a new musical by the award-winning TheatreworksUSA.

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May 31 - June 16, 2013

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Book by Heather Hach, Music & Lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe & Nell Benjamin. Based on the movie Legally Blonde

Never judge a woman by her hair color – OMG You Guys! Hot off Broadway is Elle Woods' journey from the Mall to Harvard Law proving that being true to yourself never goes out of style.

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2013 Summer Repertory Theatre


July 26 - Aug 4, 2013
Children's Play

By Max Bush. Based on the tale as told by the Brothers Grimm

New Theatrical Release written by West Michigan playwright; Max Bush – For generations, children have loved the enchanting story by the Brothers Grimm of the twelve beautiful princesses and the handsome young lad who solves the mystery of their tattered shoes.

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July 26 - Aug 4, 2013
Children's Musical

Music by Bret Simmons; Book & Lyrics by David Howard

"High School has never been so mental" – a new musical that's delightfully bright, laugh out loud funny, and is sure to have you singing and clapping along with all the classmates from Playa Sola High School, as they discover that sometimes the best way to figure out who you are is by... CHANGING MINDS!

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