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Calvin Theatre Company 2012-2013 Season

Join us this season for a fun, participatory fall musical, a Shakespearian classic set in 19th-century Missouri, and a spring celebration of ethnographic theatre in its various forms!

Grains of HopeGrains of Hope: Refugee Experiences in West Michigan

Overview: In this ethnography by Stephanie L. Sandberg and the students of CAS 395, the various refugee communities of Grand Rapids are explored through the stories of those who live there.

Performed at Calvin College Lab Theater and multiple off-campus locations including Church of the Servant and Thornapple Covenant Church.

Coming April-May 2013
April 11, 7:30 PM, Calvin College Lab Theater
April 12, 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM, Calvin College Lab Theater, in conjunction with the Festival of Faith and Music
April 14, 6:00 PM, Thornapple Covenant Church
April 16, 7:00 PM Potter’s House School
April 18, 7:00 PM, Grand Rapids Public Museum
April 21, 7:00 PM, South Wyoming United Methodist Church, sponsored by THRIVE
April 26, 7:00 PM, Godwin Heights High School, sponsored by Stand Against Racism
April 28, 10:00 AM, Grand Rapids International Fellowship
April 30, 7:00 PM, Inner City Christian Federation, sponsored by Lutheran Social Services Please note: This performance is a fundraiser for Lutheran Social Services. To purchase a ticket for this event, please follow this link: http://lssmrefugeeservices.blogspot.com/2013/03/grains-of-hope-tickets.html
May 5, 6:00 PM Church of the Servant
May 8, 7:00 PM, Wealthy Theatre, sponsored by Bethany Christian Services
May 9, 7:00 PM Wealthy Theatre, sponsored by Mars Hill Church

(in conjunction with the Bethany Christian Services and the Calvin Festival of Faith & Music)

Speak Up! The Bully Busting Project

Overview: Debra L. Freeberg and the students of CAS 303: Community-based Drama, create and lead workshops with school children in an effort to stop the madness of bullying!

Performed at multiple off-campus locations
April 22-May 8, 2013
(in conjunction with several area elementary and middle schools)

The Book of Jonah: An Enacted Scripture

Overview: Join Calvin Theatre Company members in chapel to see the Old Testament story of Jonah brought to life! 

Directed by Joy-Elizabeth Lawrence
Calvin Chapel
10:00 AM, Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Calvin Seminary Chapel
10:00 AM, Friday, October 19, 2012

(in conjunction with Campus Ministries)

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Overview: In this Tony Award-winning "who-dunnit" musical by Rupert Holmes, the audience will choose the ending to Charles Dickens' final, unfinished work!

Directed by Debra L. Freeberg
Musical direction by Charsie R. Sawyer
Calvin College Gezon Auditorium November 1-3, 8-10, 2012
(in conjunction with the Calvin Music Department)

The Taming of the Shrew

Overview: It's Jefferson City, Missouri in the 1870's and wealthy ranch owner Baptista has determined that her youngest daughter Bianca is not permitted to marry until Kate, her spunky and dangerous eldest, is wed. When high roller Petruchio comes to town he is confronted with Kate's challenging behavior and reputation. Through outrageous and earthy maneuvers he successfully wins her over. Nancy Wagner directs this classic free-wheeling and witty comedy.

Directed by Nancy Wagner
Gezon Auditorium
January 31-February 2, 7-9, 2013

School Matinee
Friday, February 1, 2013, 10 AM
(Snow day make up performance February 8, 2013, 10 AM)
Tickets are available for any middle or high-school group.

Justice For Maurice Henry Carter

Overview: Playwrights Donald Molnar & Alicia Payne tell the true story
of a falsely-convicted man who fights for his freedom with the help of a rather unlikely ally.

Directed by Debra L. Freeberg
Calvin College Gezon Auditorium
February 22-23, 2013 at 7:30pm
(in conjunction with Calvin Office for Multi-Cultural Affairs)

This staged reading is free to the general public.


January 26 and 28 and February 2-4, 2012, 7:30 PM January 27, 2012, 10:00 AM (High school groups) January 27, 2012, 7:30PM & January 28, 2012, 1:00 PM (*Worship Symposium) Calvin Gezon Auditorium Performances on January 27 at 7:30 PM and January 28 at 1:00 PM are in conjunction with the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Symposium. Tickets will also be available for the general public on these dates.