Arts and Entertainment Briefs 11/21


Elizabeth Schanz, Arts and Entertainment Editor

“The Hip Hop Nutcracker” comes to Grand Rapids 

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, “The Hip Hop Nutcracker” is touring across the nation and will be stopping in Grand Rapids to perform. “The Hip Hop Nutcracker” is a performance that reimagines the ballet “The Nutcracker” into a modern setting and tells the story through Hip Hop dance. 

This rendition uses Tchaikovsky’s original score and storyline while changing and adding in additional elements such as digital graffiti and visuals and changing the setting to contemporary New York City. 

The performance will take place Nov. 27 at the DeVos Performance Hall at 7 p.m. Ticket prices vary and more information can be found on the DeVos Performance Hall website

“Mary Poppins” at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre

Grand Rapids Civic Theatre began performances of their production “Mary Poppins” on Nov. 18 and will run until Dec. 18. 

The performance tells the story of Mary Poppins. Originally told in the books created by P.L. Travers and in the Walt Disney movie, the story is set in 1910 England and follows Mary Poppins’ while she is the nanny for Jane and Michael. The story takes the characters through “magical” adventures while Poppins teaches both children and adults lessons.   

Additionally, the Nov. 26 performance will feature American Sign Language interpreters and audio descriptions to create a more accessible performance. 

More information and ticket prices are available on the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre Website. 

Improv show by The Comedy Project

The Comedy Project, a comedy and cocktail theater near downtown Grand Rapids, will be hosting a performance of “Battle Bots – Improv Comedy Show” on Nov. 25 at 10 p.m.

The performance will feature the humans of their “A.I. cast.” The Comedy Project describes the event as “fast-paced” and “high-energy.” 

The Comedy Project puts on a variety of improv, sketch and comedy variety shows. Additionally, the organization has a comedy training center program that offers workshops for people to improve their comedy acting and improv, communication skills and comedy writing skills. 

Tickets for “Battle Bots- Improv Comedy Show” can be purchased online for $12. There is a “no refund” policy.