GVSU Opera Theatre

Established in 1997, GVSU Opera Theatre was founded to provide GVSU students who sing and act an opportunity to work with stage and music directors from the world of professional opera and theatre.


Since 2014, the season has been expanded to include 2 main stage productions per academic year featuring classically based operatic works as well as traditional and new music theatre. 


Students who are active in Opera Theatre throughout their undergraduate education have the opportunity to go to NYC to showcase for professional talent agents and casting directors as an opportunity to transition into the professional performance world after graduation.  For more information about this opportunity, contact Dale Schriemer.

2017-18 Season

A Kurt Weill Cabaret: Songs for a Changing World 

A Kurt Weill Cabaret: Songs for a Changing World 
Music by Kurt Weill
Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, Bertolt Brecht, Ira Gershwin, Michael Feingold, Odgen Nash, Maxwell Anderson, Marc Blitzstein, Jacques Deval, Paul Green, Langston Hughes, George Tabori, and Arnold Weinstein
Stage Direction by Dale Schriemer

October 20, 21, at 7:30pm & 22 at 2:00pm
Betty Van Andel Opera Center: 1320 Fulton St. E, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503
Tickets: 451-2741

Filled with songs of great beauty and evocative power, Kurt Weill’s music was written for the changing world of the 20th century. Capturing the imagination of countless performers, songs like “Mack the Knife” “September Song”, and “O Moon of Alabama” have been recorded by Frank Sinatra,  Judy Garland, David Bowie, The Doors as well as Todd Duncan, Sam Ramey, and Teresa Stratus, and on and on……Come see this imaginative staging of Weill’s greatest hits!

GVSU Opera Theatre is in its 21st season!


Amanda Haverdink singing Lost in the Stars

Cast with Ice Cream



Cast of Kurt Weill Cabaret


GVSU Opera Theatre presents


Music and Lyrics by Rodger and Hammerstein

Stage Direction by Christopher Carter

Artistic Direction by Dale Schriemer

February 2 - 11, 2018

Louis Armstrong Theatre, Performing Arts Center, Allendale Campus

Oklahoma Poster

Rodgers & Hammerstein's first collaboration remains, in many ways, their most innovative, having set the standards and established the rules of musical theatre still being followed today. Set in the West just after the turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. Although the road to true love never runs smooth, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love's journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road. That they will succeed in making a new life together we have no doubt, and that this new life will begin in a brand-new state provides the ultimate climax to the triumphant OKLAHOMA!

February 2, 3, 9, & 10 . . . . . . . . 7:30 p.m.

February 4 & 11  . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:00 p.m.

Adults $14.00, Alumni/Seniors/Faculty/Staff $12.00, Students/groups $6.00

Tickets at the door are $1.00 additional. Tickets are all reserved seating.

Purchase tickets through the Louis Armstrong Theatre box office in person Monday – Friday from 10am to 5pm, calling 616-331-2300, the Kirkhof 2020 Desk, Star Tickets telecharge 888-585-3737 or online at Star Tickets.

Recent Productions

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Gianni Schicchi & 20th Season Alumni Gala Concert

Godspell 2012

Dido & Aeneas


The Magic Flute

Urinetown the Musical

Amahl and the Night Visitors

3Penny Opera

The Light in the Piazza

The Boy Who Wouldn't Do His Homework

Into the Woods



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