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Sabrina Edwards, Arts and Entertainment Editor

Audition for “Variety Valley”

STAGE, Grand Valley State University’s student-led theatre program is holding auditions for their upcoming variety and talent show titled “Variety Valley.”

This is a community-wide talent show meaning anyone can audition, even if they haven’t been active in a theatre before. STAGE welcomes all acts from singing, dancing, comedy, magic or any other special skill. Acts can be 15 seconds up to three minutes, exceptions can be made if there are group performances. Auditions are open to single acts, groups and classrooms as well. STAGE isn’t requiring acts to be perfect upon auditioning, however, there will be a mandatory tech rehearsal on Feb. 3.

Those who are interested can audition on Jan. 18 from 5:30 to 6 p.m and Jan. 21 from 2 to 3 p.m. At the audition, acts will be required to fill out an audition form before performing. STAGE is asking those who are interested to sign up via Sign Up Genius, which is available on LakerLink, to secure a 15 minute audition time. The show will take place Feb. 4 and Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m.

Dance with Grand Valley Elite Dance

On Friday Jan. 21 and Saturday Jan. 22 from 5 to 8 p.m. GVSU Elite Dance will be holding tryouts to join their team. This will be held in the Field House Dance Studio, room FH 160. In order to register please email [email protected], the information that needs to be included is a full name, graduation date and phone number. Those who audition should be prepared to learn three short combinations of jazz, lyrical/contemporary and turns. There will also be time to show off dancers’ personal special skills as well as floor drills to show their technique.

The first day will consist of a technique evaluation, learning the combinations and a round of cuts. The second day all of the dancers will perform the combinations and then have a short interview.

Experience more of World of Winter

With all of the sculptures out, World of Winter is now able to be fully explored. Outside of the Grand Rapids Public Museum is the Crank Zappa Jellyfish, spectators can view the jellyfish made out of recycled materials and learn about plastic waste at the same time. Another unique experience to World of Winter is ice portraits. Artist Liz Sweet is making ice portraits daily. These are composed of seeds and other materials encased in ice slabs.

Local artist Andrea Zelenak has an interactive sculpture located at the DeVos Place. The Kindness Machine will be there until March to help spread kindness and positivity. Zelenak’s hope is that one act of kindness can spread throughout the community like a butterfly effect, which is why the machine has butterflies on it.