Arts briefs 2/26/18

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 1721of 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” that began last Friday, Feb. 23, and will continue 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 

Professor, guest artist to give piano recital

Grand Valley State University piano professor Sookkyung Cho will be giving a piano recital alongside guest artist Beth Ham, a musician who has performed at prestigious institutions and venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center, and won numerous competitions. Currently, Ham is an adjunct professor at Biola University in La Mirada, California, as well as the director of choir and orchestra at the California Academy of Mathematics and Science and the South Bay Children’s Choir. 

The recital is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Sherman Van Solkema Recital Hall in the Haas Center for Performing Arts, and is free and open to the public. 

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 go on sale for the general public Friday, March 2, at 10 a.m. Prices are $39, $65.50 and $96.50, and will be 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.