Great Things Are Happening for West Michigan Young Artists

The Summer Repertory Theatre Intensive breathes life into a nutty schoolhouse and an enchanted fairytale

Grand Rapids Civic Theatre and School of Theatre Arts Presents A Summer Repertory Theatre Intensive Production of

Sideways Stories from Wayside School &
Into the Woods Jr

July 29 – August 7 ONLY
Tickets $10 – $16

This summer West Michigan teens are learning theatre through a whole new light. Under the keen guidance of Civic Theatre professionals, students are learning the art of performance through specialized dancing, singing, and acting (Intensive) classes. Those with an interest in the technical aspect of theatre are participating in hands on classes in set and costume design, lights and sound, and back stage crewing. Students will showcase their deepening talents with community performances of Sideways Stories from Wayside School and Into the Woods Jr.

“The Intensive is a six week program that opens possibilities for our students. Some will journey to college in this field, while others will flourish in other career choices” stated Allyson Paris, Associate Director, “this program awakens confidence and creativity in each child, and strengthens their life skills for today and as future leaders.” Students meet and learn from theatre professionals from across the nation. Each week a Friday master class is held and led by renowned artists from the likes of Purple Rose Theatre, Looking Glass Theatre, Broadway cast of Book of Mormon and many Collegiate Theatre Programs including Hope College, Columbia College and Western Michigan University.

Paris noted, “We are proud to be one of the only theatres in Michigan to provide this type of Intensive programming for young people. It is filling a void in our community and is just the tipping point of more exciting educational programming taking center stage beginning this fall.”

 

ABOUT THE SUMMER REPERTORY THEATRE INTENSIVE PRODUCTIONS

Sideways Stories from Wayside School

Based on the book series by Louis Sachar

Sideways Stories from Wayside School is an adaption from the book series by Louis Sachar by the same name. Wayside school is many things, not one of them is anywhere near normal. The school is a thirty-story building with one classroom on each floor. The teachers range from being kind and caring to turning kids into apples for giving a wrong answer, some may or may not even exist. As if grade school wasn’t tough enough these zany characters, they must embark on the bizarre classroom journey that is sure to delight audiences.

Into The Woods Jr

Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine

Into The Woods(Jr) is James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s collaborative adaptation of many intertwined classic fairytales by Charles Perrault and the Brothers Grimm. This production first hit Broadway in 1987, where it won several Tony Awards. Since then the musical has been produced many times as well as earning itself a Disney film adaptation. This story follows familiar family favorites like Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, the beanstalk climbing Jack, as well as countless other memorable characters in this enchanted tale through a magic wood.

Cast Lists

INTO THE WOODS JR  
* = GRCT Debut
Character
Narrator:
Narrator:
Narrator:
Narrator:
Baker:
Baker’s Wife:
Cinderella:
Cinderella’s Mother:
Cind.’s Father/Mys. Man:
Florinda:
Lucinda:
Cinderella’s Prince:
Jack:
Jack’s Mother:
Witch:
Little Red Ridinghood:
Granny/Steward:
Rapunzel:
Rapunzel’s Prince:
Steward:
Wolf:
Swing:
Actor
Anna Peebolt
Cassidy Keenan
Maddie Schilthuis
Hailey Clack
Drew Faber
Kaiya Sutton*
Eden Witvoet
Grace Caprathe*
Jared Martin
Eliza Henry*
Ashlyn Fitch
Adam Wright
Alex Sullivan
Kayla Raschke*
Clarissa Mousel*
Abbie Westers
Mia Brown
Katie Short*
Micah McDonald*
Dane Schweigert*
Benjamin Lowen
Elizabeth Foster
SIDEWAYS STORIES FROM WAYSIDE SCHOOL 
* = GRCT Debut
Character
Mrs. Gorf:
Myron:
Bebe:
Leslie:
Rondi:
Dameon:
Louis:
Mr. Kidswatter:
Mrs. Jewls:
Sammy:
Pigtail:
Pigtail:
Miss Zarves:
Mr. Pickle:
Miss Valooosh:
Mr. Gorf:
Miss Mush:
Mrs. Kidswatter:
Actor
Aaron Siebelink*
Carter Strobel
Ashley Isenhoff
Maria Leigh
Audrey Geysbeek*
Liam Fisher*
Mitchell Smolen*
Aaron Siebelink*
Brenna Peerbolt
Nadia Tyson*
Aaron Siebelink*
Nadia Tyson*
Nadia Tyson*
Aaron Siebelink*
Nadia Tyson*
Aaron Siebelink*
Nadia Tyson*
Nadia Tyson*

Season Sponsors: Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs

National Endowment for the Arts

Porter Foundation

PRODUCTION SPONSOrs: Amway One by One Campaign

Daniel and Pamella DeVos Foundation

DTE Foundation

July 29 – August 7 ONLY
Tickets $10 – $16

Download a PDF press release of this event.

See events calendar for specific days and times.

Watch “Grandma on the Go” from Wood tv 8 below…

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