The Tempest

Theatre at Grand Valley, now a part of the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance, is preparing for our 2017 - 2018 season. We hope you will join us for more outstanding theatre performances as we celebrate our 46th season and premiere new facilities in the Thomas J. and Marica J. Haas Center for Performing Arts!

For the past 46 years, Theatre at Grand Valley has offered affordable, compelling, and entertaining theatre that is artistically exceptional as well as challenging and educational to our students and community. We take great pride in offering a quality theatre program that explores different cultures, social issues, and themes so we hope you will consider joining us for all of our productions and enjoy another outstanding season of great theatrical performances.

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2017 Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival

The GV Shakespeare Festival proudly presents

The Tempest

September 29 - October 8, 2017

Louis Armstrong Theatre, Haas Center for Performing Arts, Allendale Campus
Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Curt L. Tofteland, Festival Guest Artist

Love, betrayal, vengeance, forgiveness, redemption, and magic...Shakespeare wraps them all into what is believed to be his final, solo-written play.
Prospero, the exiled Duke of Milan and powerful sorcerer, has survived 12 years marooned on a remote island with his daughter Miranda, when the men who cheated him sail within reach of his fearful magic. He conjures a tempest that shipwrecks his enemies and leaves them at his mercy. But Miranda falls in love with a castaway prince, and Caliban and Ariel, the island’s native inhabitants, frighten and amaze the mariners. In the end, will Prospero exact his revenge or learn that “the rarer action is in virtue than in vengeance”?

Performances:  September 29, 30, October 5, 6, & 7 at 7:30pm and October 1 & 8 at 2:00pm

High School Performances:  October 2, 3 and 5 at 10:00 a.m. All performances are sold out!

Bard To Go registration, please click here.

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, or Startickets. For an order form, please click here.

To purchase tickets directly through Startickets, please click here!

See the Greenshow September 23 and on the Renaissance Faire weekend.

The show:  GVSU Shakespeare Festival presents
The Devil is an Ass
BY BEN JONSON

Here's the cast of our Greenshow:

Samantha Luken as Pug, Trenton Wahr as Fitzdotrell, Jenny Shaffer as Mistress Fitzdotrell, Allyson Albrecht  as Satan, Justin Helou as Prologue/Epilogue, Clyde DeCoulet as Prologue/Epilogue

Director is Kyle Walker, Production Stage Manager is Hannah Frank, Assistant Stage Manager is Emily Ketola

Hurricane Relief

Hurricane Relief

During rehearsals and development for The Tempest, the U.S. and islands of the Caribbean were struck by the powerful hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and now Maria, and there are further storms threatening. As a festival, we are struck by the vivid reality of such storms, and we cannot perform a play called The Tempest without acknowledging these storms and the devastation, suffering, and grief they have brought. In response, the Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival will donate 5 percent of all ticket revenue from The Tempest to the Red Cross for hurricane relief.

Listen to WGVU's Shelley Irwin's interview with guest director, Curt Tofteland, Shakespeare Festival director, Jim Bell, and guest artist, Scott Wright.

Festival Events!

* OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION :   Immediately following the September 29 performance

* PRESHOW DISCUSSIONS :  John F. Andrews, OBE, guest scholar-in-residence September 29, 6:45 p.m., Theatre Lab, Room 1721, Haas Center for the Performing Arts, Allendale Campus

                                              Jo Miler, Ph.D., production dramaturg and Grand Valley English professor, October 7, 6:45 p.m., Theatre Lab, Room 1721, Haas Center for the Performing Arts, Allendale Campus

* BARD TO GO 2017-2018 : The Wonder of Will: This is Your Afterlife!
Directed by Karen Libman
Free public performances during ArtPrize Nine (September 20–October 8) Outside Gerald R. Ford Museum November 4 following the Campus Student Competition Awards Ceremony Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium, Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus.

What happens when The Bard himself, William Shakespeare, is brought back to life and taken on a rollicking ride through his most famous plays? Eight plays in 50 minutes — but will Will remember that he truly is the most famous English language playwright in the world? Featuring scenes from Hamlet, Richard III, A Comedy of Errors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, and The Merchant of Venice.

* John F. Andrews, OBE, Guest Scholar-in-Residence - September 29 at 6:45 p.m. Founder and president of the renowned Shakespeare Guild, Mr. Andrews is an editor, known especially for the Everyman Shakespeare editions and the three-volume William Shakespeare: His World, His Work, His Influence. An educator and cultural leader with wide experience as a writer, lecturer, consultant, and event producer, he was also the Resident Scholar for Grand Valley's first Shakespeare Festival in Fall, 1994. His public lecture is free and open to all.

Public Presentation
“Why Shakespeare's 'Brave New World' Continues to Resonate: Reflections on The Tempest.”
September 29 at 4 p.m. Pere Marquette Room. Kirkhof Center, Allendale Campus.

Preceded by a reception at 3 p.m. with food and a performance by the Greenshow The Devil is an Ass (a condensed version of the satire by Ben Jonson)

* Shakespeare Behind Bars: The Documentary - Premiering at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, this award-winning documentary traces the success of Shakespeare Behind Bars, Inc. (SBB), the oldest North American Shakespeare program contained within the walls of a medium security adult male prison, and demonstrates the transformational power of the performing.
Free screening and discussion with Curt L. Tofteland, founder and producing director, SBB.
October 4 - 7 p.m. Louis Armstrong Theatre, Haas Center for Performing Arts

Greenshow on the "greensward" - For more entertainment pleasure in our Shakespeare season, the Shakespeare Festival returns its popular Renaissance Dress performers, The Greenshow. October 7 and 8, Visit gvsu.edu/shakes for additional dates and times.

This year Grand Valley and festival alumnus and past Greenshow director Kyle Walker directs the GreenshowThe Greenshow is a short, entertaining and interactive English Renaissance piece. It is a free performance open to all, and will be seen throughout the festival at various times around the Allendale Campus. The Greenshow will also perform at the annual Grand Valley Renaissance Faire. The faire returns with family-oriented festivities including minstrels, bagpipers, sword-fighting demonstrations, face painting, dancing, and crafts instruction. Vendors will be on hand selling clothes, jewelry, candles, woodcarvings, weavings, and of course, food and drink. There is ample parking, and visitors are welcome to bring picnic supplies. The festivities include minstrels, bagpipers, jugglers, sword-fighting demonstrations, children's games, face painting, dancing, and crafts instruction. 

Vendors are on hand as well, selling everything from clothes to jewelry, dulcimers and candles to woodcarvings and weavings, and, of course, food and drink.

The fun begins at 10 a.m. and continues all day, rain or shine, with many visitors and participants in medieval or Renaissance costumes. There is ample parking, and visitors are welcome to bring picnic supplies.

GVSU Student Competition and Awards Ceremony, November 4, 1 p.m., Charles W. Loosemore, Auditorium, Robert C. Pew, Grand Rapids Campus
Admission is free.

Bard To Go

Bard To Go - The Wonder of Will: This is Your Afterlife!

Directed by Karen Libman

What happens when The Bard himself, William Shakespeare, is brought back to life and taken on a rollicking ride through his most famous plays? Eight plays in 50 minutes — but will Will remember that he truly is the most famous English language playwright in the world? Featuring scenes from Hamlet, Richard III, A Comedy of Errors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, and The Merchant of Venice.

Free public performances

During ArtPrize Nine (September 20–October 8) September 30 and October 1 at Gerald R. Ford Museum @ 10:00 a.m., October 4, 5 & 6 at the Loosemore Auditorium, GVSU Pew Campus, at 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.

Shakespeare Behind Bars

Shakespeare Behind Bars

Shakespeare Behind Bars: The Documentary

Premiering at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, this award-winning documentary traces the success of Shakespeare Behind Bars, Inc. (SBB), the oldest North American Shakespeare program contained within the walls of a medium security adult male prison, and demonstrates the transformational power of the performing.

Free screening and discussion with Curt L. Tofteland, founder and producing director, SBB

October 4 @ 7 p.m.

Allendale Campus

Shakespeare Scholar: John F. Andrews

Scholar in Residence

John F. Andrews, OBE, guest scholar-in-residence September 29 @ 6:45 p.m. in the Theatre Lab, Room 1721, Haas Center for Performing Arts

Public Presentation
“Why Shakespeare's 'Brave New World' Continues to Resonate: Reflections on The Tempest.”
September 29 at 4 p.m. Pere Marquette Room. Kirkhof Center, Allendale Campus.

Preceded by a reception at 3 p.m. with food and a performance by the Greenshow The Devil is an Ass (a condensed version of the satire by Ben Jonson)

PRESHOW DISCUSSION

Professor Jo Miler, Ph.D., production dramaturg and Grand Valley English professor, October 7, 6:45 p.m., Theatre Lab, Room 1721, Haas Center for the Performing Arts.


Flex Passes & Dress Circle

You can purchase our 2017 - 2018 Flex Passes, either 4 or 6, that may be redeemed in August for any of our productions in our 2017 - 2018 season!

Our Flex Passes are:

4 Flex Passes - $40.00 for adults, $32.00 for faculty, seniors, and $20.00 for all students.

6 Flex Passes - $60.00 for adults, $48.00 for faculty, seniors, and $30.00 for all students.

And our Dress Circle supports our Shakespeare Scholarships and Assistantships throughout the year in any amount! Click here to donate!




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