By: Laura Koch
Discover Kalamazoo, Marketing & Communication Intern
Kalamazoo, Mich. – Whether you’re an actor, or a theater fan, you’ll find a wealth of live performances in Kalamazoo. Our 10 theaters…. Here is the summer run down…
Farmers Alley Theatre is a professional ensemble based non-profit performance company dedicated to producing popular and new work in the Downtown Kalamazoo area in a unique and intimate setting.
• Farmers Alley reprises its hit production of “The Great American Trailer Park Musical!” With outstanding music and outrageous characters you’ll want to leave your Sunday best at home to enjoy this hilarious, irreverent comedy. Opens July 16 and continues Thursday through Sunday through Aug. 8 (Thursday through Saturday shows at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.) Tickets are $25. Student and senior discounts available.
The New Vic Theatre was founded in 1966 and has since entertained southwest Michigan and northern Indiana audiences. Located close to teh heart of downtown Kalamazoo, the theatre’s comfortable cabaret-style seating and intimate size, enhanced by a concession that serves a variety of hot and cold non-alcoholic beverages, lend to its unique atmosphere.
• New Vic presents Part 2 of “The Norman Conquests” in July. “Living Together” shows the action in the living room of an old family house where womanizer Norman attempts to win the hearts of his sisters-in-law as well as stay in good graces with his wife! This hysterical Tony award-winning comedy is played in three parts, but don’t worry if you missed the first one — “Table Manners,” set in the dining room — as each stands on their own. Plays Fridays & Saturdays in July at 8:30 p.m. All tickets are $23. And stay tuned for Part 3, “Round & Round the Garden” playing in October!
Miller Auditorium at Western Michigan University is the premier Broadway Arts venue in Western Michigan.
• We at Discover Kalamazoo are jazzed for the upcoming season featuring “Wicked,” which will be performed Dec. 1-12, 2010. Other performances this season include: “Legally Blonde the Musical,” “Spring Awakening,” and “Blue Man Group.” You can subscribe to their whole season, or buy individual tickets.
Kalamazoo Civic Theater in downtown Kalamazoo produces its own work featuring many local residents. But don’t think it is amateur. This is one of the oldest, largest and most-respected community theatres in the U.S., which began in 1929 and presents classic dramas, comedies and musicals in Michigan’s oldest civic auditorium.
• The Civic produces Broadway and Off-Broadway classics, like “Godspell” Sept. 24 through Oct. 10, 2010. Also look out for “Annie” and “Our Town” this season!
The Festival Playhouse is in its 47th season at Kalamazoo College. The playhouse brings many plays that have never before been produced in Kalamazoo to life with dramatic, funny, engaging stories.
• This season the stories focus on the search for identity in today’s global world including “Alison Shields,” “Tongue of a Bird,” and “The Who’s Tommy.”