Arts briefs 3/12/18

Anne Marie Smit

GVSU professor to lead Shakespeare workshop

For those interested in perfecting their Shakespeare monologues, Katherine Mayberry, Grand Valley State University professor and director of the Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company, will be leading a Shakespeare workshop, scheduled for Friday, March 16, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Room 1721 of the Haas Center for Performing Arts. 

For more information or to reserve your spot, contact Mayberry at [email protected] Space is limited and registration is required.

Open auditions for Shakespeare Festival 2018

Plans for the 2018 season of the Grand Valley State University Shakespeare Festival are already underway. This year’s performances will be “King Lear” and “Bard to Go.” There are casting opportunities for all students regardless of major or minor. Backstage duties are also available. 

Open auditions will be held Monday, April 9, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Tuesday, April 10, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Room 1721 of the  Haas Center for Performing Arts.

To attend an audition, please sign up at the Louis Armstrong Theatre box office, call 616-331-2300 or email Jack Lane at [email protected]

Grand Rapids Civic Theatre performing ‘My Fair Lady’

The Grand Rapids Civic Theatre is holding performances of the popular musical “My Fair Lady” from now until Sunday, March 18. Wednesday through Saturday,  performances begin at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m.  Ticket prices range from $18 to $37. To purchase your ticket, visit

Keith Urban coming to Grand Rapids this October

Keith Urban will be stopping at the Van Andel Arena for his “Graffiti  U World Tour 2018” on Friday, Oct. 19. Guest artist Kelsea Ballerini will be his supporting act during the performance.

Tickets went on sale to the general public Friday, March 2. Prices are $39, $65.50 and $96.50, and are available for purchase at the Van Andel Arena and DeVos Place box offices, online at or by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Only eight tickets can be purchased per customer.

Documentary ‘Backpack Full of Cash’ to be screened Thursday, March 15

On Thursday, March 15, the GVSU Educational Foundations Department, along with the GVSU College of Education, will be screening the documentary “Backpack Full of Cash,” which examines the widespread attempt to privatize and cut funding to public education in the U.S. Sarah Mondale, the director of the film, will be attending the screening the holding a discussion and Q&A session following the movie. 

The film will be shown at 6:30 p.m. in the L.V. Eberhard Center. It is free and open to the public.