There is nothing quite like Community Theater. It is a place where a diverse group of people come together to explore and express their creativity whether on stage or as part of the invaluable crew who support the production.
LionHeart Productions has a history of putting out some memorable offerings to the community and next week they will be holding auditions for their latest show. If you’ve never auditioned for a play before, take a chance and add it to your list of experiences (or if you’re my age your bucket list). LionHeart loves to meet and work with new talent.
And if you are already hooked on the excitement to be had being part of such an undertaking?
You’ve probably already picked up a script.
LHP is looking for singers, actors, and dancers ages 15 and older. If you are interested in dance opportunities please reach out to them at email@example.com
Actors interested in principal roles may consider singing from Bright Star, or sing in the style of the musical (similar show styles include Waitress, 9 to 5, and The Spitfire Grill), or similar country artist selections such as Carrie Underwood for “Alice”.
For those interested in a singing or speaking role, perusal scripts are now available in Howard City, Sparta, Grant, Newaygo, and Fremont Libraries.
Satellite Collective NYC and the Grand Rapids Ballet will present "Liar Lear King" on the Dogwood Center main stage on Friday, May 26 at 7:30 p.m. The Dogwood audience will be immersed in live multimedia and dance, emotional animated film, and recorded music from cutting edge string quartets to Brooklyn-based digital productions. The program features six athletic dancers of Grand Rapids Ballet, and artists from Satellite Collective of New York.
"Liar Lear King" is a bright modern ballet set in the New York City of 1972, adapted from Shakespeare's story of family betrayal and tragedy, "King Lear." It directly faces the impact of narcissism and bullying on our society. The story is focused not on King Lear and his tragedy, but on Cordelia and her epic journey as she becomes a force who can mount an invasion of her own country, only to die at the hands of her own sisters.
Because Satellite Collective combines so many arts forms, music lovers will find themselves entranced by dance, dance lovers will find themselves surprised by the film and visuals, and those who favor music will see in different ways how dance and art can fuse with it to make a new experience.
The score comes from Ellis Ludwig-Leone, a young composer whose star is rising at the New York City Ballet and Metropolitan Opera. The music is fresh, by turns compelling and uplifting, it is a string quartet piece. The film scores within the dance capture both the challenge of modern classical music, and the sound of Brooklyn's current EDM scene. Local artists Kevin Draper and Lora Robertson developed the short film which accompanies the ballet and is integrated into it.
Tickets are $17.50 and are available online at www.dogwoodcenter.com, at the Dogwood Box Office, or at NCCA-Artsplace in downtown Fremont. The Dogwood Center Box Office is open Tuesday - Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. For information, phone 231.924.8885. The Dogwood Center is located one mile east of downtown Fremont.
Celebration on the Causeway
Freedom Fest is back Saturday, July 1st!
Newaygo County 4th of July Celebration Committee and Croton Township will be bringing one of the largest 4th of July celebrations in Michigan.
There will be Food Trucks, live music, beer area and, at approximately 10:15pm, a live singing of our National Anthem followed by some of the best fireworks in West Michigan!
Event Chairperson, Denise Anderson, says "whether you are on a boat or on the causeway, we'd love to have you and your family celebrate with us!"
The Croton/Hardy Road will be closed near both ends of the Causeway beginning at 6pm and it will remain closed until midnight. Last call for ticket purchase will be at 9:45pm, with the last call to get a drink at 10pm. No drinks will be served once the fireworks start. The event will be over at the conclusion of the fireworks.
And, if you are willing, committee organizers are looking for some volunteers. Individuals are needed to check ID’s, sell drink tickets, and act as servers in the beer area. Interested? Please contact Denise at 269-330-5656.
“I'm not crazy about reality, but it's still the only place to get a decent meal.”- Groucho Marx
Spend “An Evening with Groucho” at the Dogwood Center on Saturday, May 20 at 7:30 p.m.! Award-winning actor, director and playwright Frank Ferrante recreates his PBS, New York, and London acclaimed portrayal of legendary comedian Groucho Marx in this fast paced 90 minutes of hilarity. The two-act, fast paced comedy consists of the best Groucho one-liners, anecdotes and songs including “Hooray for Captain Spaulding”, and “Lydia, the Tattooed Lady”.
NPR recently picked Frank Ferrante’s award-winning portrayal of American comedy legend Groucho Marx as one of the country’s top five solo shows. For more than twenty years and 2,500 performances Ferrante has traveled the world entertaining audiences of all ages. His fast-pace show highlights classic Marx Brothers routines, songs, stories, dances and hilarious audience interaction.
Accompanied by his onstage pianist, Ferrante portrays the young Groucho of stage and film and reacquaints the audience with the likes of brothers Harpo, Chico, Zeppo, and Gummo, Charlie Chaplin, W.C. Fields, and Greta Garbo. Enjoy the rapid fire and quick witted style of Groucho Marx live on the Dogwood Center stage!
The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. on the main stage. Tickets are $25.00 and are available through the Dogwood Center Box Office, NCCA-Artsplace in downtown Fremont, or on-line at www.dogwoodcenter.com. For information, phone 231.924.8885. The Dogwood Center is located one mile east of downtown Fremont.
NEWAYGO COUNTY, MI – TrueNorth’s annual middle and high school Student Art Scholarship Contest and Expo is the premier event for local students to showcase their talents, and even win monetary scholarships to further their artistic education.
This year’s show was adjudicated by Susan Wink, the Assistant Director of the Art Center of White Lake – Nuveen Center. She awarded ribbons in the following categories - Middle School, and High School Recognition for individual pieces of art; Senior Recognition for individual pieces of art by twelfth graders; and Scholarship Awards for portfolios by both Middle School and High School students. Scholarship winners receive a cash award, which may be used to attend art classes or camps, or purchase art supplies. Director’s Choice ribbons were given out by TrueNorth CEO, Bev Cassidy for individual pieces by students of any grade level. One of the Director’s Choice winners will have the option of selling their piece to TrueNorth which will become part of their permanent display of past winners’ artwork.
2023 A.R.T.S. Winners
Director’s Choice (5)
Evie Folkema Fremont Christian
Opie Spriggs Fremont High School
Morgan Woods Fremont High School
Reana Pieper Grant High School
Naomi Schillman Newaygo High School
Scholarship Winners (15)
Evie Folkema Fremont Christian
Libby Kuiper Fremont Christian
Noah Nelson Fremont Christian
Garrett Hulst Fremont Middle School
Opie Spriggs Fremont High School
Andres Bernal Grant Middle School
Lola Cronk Grant High School
Evelyn Gonzalez Grant High School
Allie Roossinck Grant High School
Avery Wilder Hesperia Middle School
Ellie Lotz Hesperia High School
Savannah Key Newaygo Middle School
Taya Timmer Newaygo High School
Nina Capallia-Bird White Cloud Middle School
Ryley Tancook White Cloud High School
Senior Recognition (20)
Olivia Dunbar Fremont High School
Kaiya Flores Fremont High School
Courtney Follett Fremont High School
Makayla Johnson Fremont High School
Rileigh Patton Fremont High School
Ben Vandenberg Fremont High School
Lily Bowman Grant High School
Bexy Carrizales Grant High School
Wilma Chambers Grant High School
Jorge Montoya Grant High School
Hanna Nitschke Grant High School
Hope Olson Grant High School
Corbin Pieper Grant High School
Cyanne Schuitema Grant High School
Wendy Tomas Grant High School
Zoey Botma Newaygo High School
Natalie Eaton Newaygo High School
Greenlee DeJohn Newaygo High School
Leila Hunt Newaygo High School
Shanoah Nester Newaygo High School
High School Recognition (30)
N. Dunbar Fremont High School
Gabi Folkema Fremont High School
Baylah Parker Fremont High School
Lylah Tunney Fremont High School
Madi Wilks Fremont High School
Valerie Aben Grant High School
Ceredwyn Bonczyk Grant High School
Vaeda Bottorff Grant High School
Sasha Braxton Grant High School
Skylar Carlisle Grant High School
Maelane Corlin Grant High School
Danica Gee Grant High School
Hope Hargreaves Grant High School
Eden Lopez Grant High School
Sophie Mehr Grant High School
Asher Merrifield Grant High School
Allie Robeck Grant High School
Nikki Saxton Grant High School
Moira Smith-Waite Grant High School
Oxalis Taylor Grant High School
Stephanie Velasco Grant High School
Karissa Carlson Newaygo High School
Cortney Miller Newaygo High School
Sebastian Moore Newaygo High School
Grace Painter Newaygo High School
Chitchanok Phiban Newaygo High School
Chad Saucier Newaygo High School
Naomi Schillman Newaygo High School
Cheyanne Strickfaden Newaygo High School
Ezra Stroud Newaygo High School
Middle School Recognition (20)
Kayden Bulk Fremont Christian
McKennah Carson Fremont Christian
Taylor DeKuiper Fremont Christian
Erin Hawley Fremont Christian
Alex Jourdan Fremont Christian
Drew Norris Fremont Christian
Ryan Petry Fremont Christian
Jillian Stroven Fremont Christian
Mariah Arellano Fremont MIddle School
Sayla Ebenstein Fremont Middle School
Lilah Morse Fremont Middle School
Maggie Romero Fremont Middle School
Roxy Martin Fremont Middle School
Karahline Verhaar Grant Middle School
Jazlynn Alvarez Newaygo Middle School
Kiera Graham Newaygo Middle School
Eli Ream Newaygo Middle School
Dru Selzer Newaygo Middle School
Maggie Smith Newaygo Middle School
Jane Pirozzo White Cloud Middle School
By Ken DeLaat, N3 Features
Couple of things you may want to check out this weekend:
Friday starting at 6pm it’s Open Mike night at Flying Bear Books in downtown Newaygo where tuneful folks from around our parts put it out there for an appreciative audience. The variety of songs and singers goes well with the enticing assortment of crepes and refreshing drinks FBB is offering up these days.
While there check out the photo exhibit by Beth Kalenova.
Ms. K: “About 20 years ago, I was a member of the Fly-by-Nite gallery here in Newaygo, which was a cooperative of around 22 local artists. After the gallery closed most of my photos went into storage. I am thankful for the opportunity to show them once more.”
Ah yes, we recall Fly By Night. When Lil and I moved here it was joined with the Riverstop Cafe in the building that now houses the New Ewe. As I was working downtown it was my coffee stop each day and owner Robbin Faulkner and Shari Werner, who was creating sublime sandwiches in the back, became the first two folks from town that I interacted with on a regular basis because they were so kind and welcoming to a newcomer.
A word about FBB. Eric and Krystal have created a nice vibe in the shop, filling in the much needed gap of open mike nights, hosting exhibits, offering vendor space for artists and bringing in comedy and a variety of other activities. There are also books. Books galore and I understand from a reliable source a book club has gotten underway.
Nicely done Johnsons.
There are few things more enjoyable to me than the outdoor seating at Hit the Road Joe. I have breakfasted lunched and enjoyed pizza in the al fresco setting many times and nothing pleases me more than the impending opening of the feelgood area.
Except when they decide to open it up early on Saturday from 4-8pm for pizza night then toss in some musical background as a go with.
A Couple of Muggs will be providing some good listening and with the weather looking to be epic a little outdoor music provides just the ticket to launch into the prime seasons ahead.
And it is some seriously good pizza.
7291 Elm in Croton.
I recommend Little Pig but don't dismiss the New York White Garlic.
The Dogwood Summer Youth Theater will be holding auditions on Sunday, May 7 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. or Thursday, May 11 from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Dogwood Center for Performing Arts for their summer production “Arsenic and Old Lace” for youth ages 12 years and up.
"Arsenic and Old Lace" is a classic clever, dark comedy. The Dogwood Summer Youth Theater will be directed again this summer by Casey Webb. The performance dates will be July 27, 28 and 29. This program is funded in part by the Fremont Area Community Foundation.
For more information please contact the Dogwood Center at 231.924.8885. The Dogwood Center is located one mile east of downtown Fremont.
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