The next show from Grand Valley Opera Theatre is "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," a musical comedy that follows a fictional spelling bee at a middle school.
The production runs from February 23-26 with both evening and matinee shows at the Louis Armstrong Theatre in the Haas Centre for Performing Arts. Tickets are on sale now.
Pauls Macs is directing the show, which includes a 12-person cast, an orchestra and a production team. Part of that production team includes people designing costumes and the set. That crew has been working behind the scenes to help create the scenes that audiences will enjoy.
Bridgett Vanderhoof, publicity and recruiting coordinator for the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance and costume/props designer for the show, said designing costumes has been gratifying, especially since the production team and cast enjoy each other's company.
"Many of the characters are middle-schoolers being played by college students, so it’s been really fun creating playful costumes that enhance their interpretations of these characters," Vanderhoof said. "It’s always a joy to see how much your designs contribute to the overall production value and enhance the student experience.
These images offer a glimpse of the work Vanderhoof and other members of the production team have been doing to ensure the cast is presented in the best way possible on stage.