2018's Laker Experience Days!

2018 Music, Theatre, and Dance Experience Days!

Grand Valley faculty and students invite local high school and transfer students to learn about GVSU's Music, Theatre, and Dance Department! 

For day you will learn about GVSU as an institution. If you haven't registered yet, click here to visit the Lake Experience Days website. Students will learn the value of an arts education, and career opportunities in the field of theater during Laker Experience Day.

The day-long event will provide opportunities to participate in various workshops such as theater games, stage movements and the technical aspects of theater, including lighting board operation and stage projections.

Allison Metz, associate professor of theater and last year's organizer, said the event aimed to show students the value of a theater background once they enter the professional world: “Employers want creative people who work well with others and who are able to consider multiple perspectives when solving difficult problems in a timely manner,” she said. “People learn and hone those exact skills in all aspects of the theatrical arts.” During a time when there is a national push to enlist students in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math), Metz said events like High School Theater Day promote the value of an arts-based education as well. “Because of the technical elements of theater production—from measuring sets to tracking production budgets to counting beats in a scene—theater artists already have a great mix of STEM understandings combined with an artistic view of the human condition,” she said. “An arts education is a liberal arts education in action, and that is the foundation for innovation in any setting and any professional field.”

The Music, Theatre, and Dance Laker Experience Day's schedule is:

1:00pm to 2:00pm - General session with Music, Theatre, and Dance students, faculty and staff. Brief tours of the Haas Center for Performing Arts will be given to those interested!

2:00pm to 3:00pm - Music, Theatre, and Dance workshops by professors.

3:00pm to 4:00pm - Open interviews for Shakespeare Scholarships, Service Awards, and roles for the 2018 and 25th Anniversary Shakespeare production, King Lear! To read what to bring to the interviews, click here. It is suggested that you bring a portfolio of your past work but cold reads and discussions will be given at the time of the interview. Remember applications for all scholarships is March 1, 2018 and available by clicking here.

4:00pm to 5:00pm - Music, Theatre, and Dance workshops by professors.

5:00pm to 7:00pm - Free time for dinner and break

7:30pm - Free tickets to Oleanna! Click here to read more about our PS Show, Oleanna!

To obtain more information or to reserve tickets, please feel free to call Jack Lane at 616-331-8176.

Page last modified February 21, 2018