A Minute with Mike 2/1/2024

Hello Valued Volunteer and Patrons,


Continuing at the Kalamazoo Civic Auditorium is the  Kalamazoo Civic Theatre's Penguin Project Production of Cats: Young Actors Edition.  This show is not to be missed as it will set a smile to your face to see these talented youth perform. 


To learn more about what is going on at the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre with ushering opportunities, class offerings, and so much more read on below.


If you have any questions about any of the information in the following articles or anything volunteer-related at the Civic, please feel free to contact your Director of Volunteers, Mike Artis, at martis@kazoocivic.com or call 269-548-3031.  


"What's a Jellicle cat?"   The Kalamazoo Civic Theatre's Penguin Project production of Cats: Young Actors Edition will answer that question and so much more.  Each season, the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre's Penguin Project matches differently abled youth with youth mentors, and together, they perform a one of a kind, magical performance.  This year's production is Cats: Young Actors Edition and runs though Sunday, February 4th.


Based on the 1939 collection of poems from Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Elliot, and music by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cats: Young Actors Edition tells the story of a magical night where Jellicile cats come gloriously together to attend the "Jellicle Ball" to make the "Jellicle Choice" of who shall ascend to the "Heavyside layer" and return to a new "Jellicle life."


This show features Gavin Isaacs, Maddie Tasker, Grant Tiffany, Tori Austin, Ryleigh Simpson, Genevieve Miller, David Slater, Timmy Cheeseman, Savannah Plank, Brooke Demmond, Daniel Fucile, Ryan Yacullo, Viktor Rozmys and Adaline Mills. Mentors to these fine actors are Desmond Mitchell, Kaiya Bates, Adela Marsh-Prelesnik, Brooke Batsie, Abby Amsterberg, Gwen Cortright, Oakley Martinek, Jane Hammond, Isabel Schoenheit, Elia Ingerham, Chloe Davis, Eilee Stob, Spencer Duguay and Evie Meskin.  To round out the cast are swings Molly Endres(Dance Captain), Aria Nahavandi, Katie Alleman, Keely Alleman, Kylie Shoemaker, Meadow Walsh, Robyn Shepich and Wesley Gibbs.  The show is directed  by AnnMarie Miller, musically directed by Wendy Wheeler and choreographed by Emma Michael.  Jeannine Jones is the mentor coordinator, Olivia Johnston is the Stage Manager and Kelsey Jordan is the Assistant Stage Manager.


Performances for the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre's Penguin Project, Cats, Young Actors Edition are Friday, February 2 at 7:30 pm; Saturday and Sunday, February 3, and 4, at 2:00pm.  To purchase tickets for this production, please click on the button below.



Starts Monday!


We are thrilled to announce an added acting class designed for teens and adults who want to sharpen their skills for the camera. Join us for a 5-day workshop led by Teaching Artist, Director, and award-winning Film and Video Producer Katherine Mumma!


Explore the techniques needed to craft your character for the camera versus the last row of the theatre. Teaching Artist, Director, and award-winning Film and Video Producer Katherine Mumma will provide focused instruction on the nuances of acting for the camera and how to adjust your skills when your partner is a lens.


Register now to secure your spot and get ready to take your acting abilities to the next level!



Disney's The Lion King Jr. auditions are Sunday, February 4 and Monday, February 5 for crew and acting positions, and Tuesday, February 6 for acting positions only at 4:30pm in the Carver Center at 426 S. Park St, Kalamazoo, 49007.  This Civic Youth Theatre production needs actors, technicians, and build crews, ages 9 to 18.  Those interested in auditioning for this show, please click on the button below or use the QR code to sign up for an audition day.  


Disney's The Lion King Jr. is directed by Anthony J. Hamilton, choreographed by Anthony J. Hamilton and King Ryan Singleton, and musically directed by Theresa Williams-Johnson.  


First, thank you to all of our ushers who have helped with our first five shows of the season.  We are now looking for ushers for the upcoming productions of Is There Life After High School?, The 39 Steps, and Forever Plaid. Spaces are very limited for Is There Life After High School? and Forever Plaid so make sure to sign up today. 


Ushers are asked to arrive 1 hour and 15 minutes before the start of the show.  Ushers assist with getting patrons to their seats, concessions and merchandise sales, taking tickets, and other front of house duties.  Ushers also stay and watch the show. Those wishing to serve as an usher mentor, we ask that you arrive 15 minutes earlier than the rest of the usher team to get special information from the Front of House Manager.


To sign up for these productions, please click on the corresponding buttons below.


The Civic is looking for crew members for Catch Me If You Can and The 39 Steps.  Crew positions that are needed are dressers, and follow spot operators for The 39 Steps.  For Catch Me If You Can we need floor/fly crew, dressers, and an A2 sound.


Interested in working behind the scenes and want to sign up for a crew position?  Click on the button below and let Mike Artis, Director of Volunteers, know which show you are interested in.  For more information on any of these shows, please feel free to click on the button and send a message to Mike.


There will be a workshop for our season closer, Catch Me If You Can on Saturday, February 10, 2024.  This is a chance for you to work on the audition materials, get a chance to meet the director, music director, and choreographer of the show, and learn a bit about the show.  Those wanting to attend must be 14 years or older.  Preregistration is required and space is limited, so sign up today by clicking on the button below.  


Catch Me If You Can is directed by Anthony J. Hamilton, music directed by Marie McColley Kerstetter, and choreographed by Sara Sherman.  This show starts rehearsal March 11 and performs May 3-19, 2024.  


Face Off Theatre Company is working with this is a bookstore & Bookbug to hold an in-store and online book fair.  By purchasing on February 10 and 11 you can help support the Face Off Theatre Company, and they will receive 20% of the proceeds during these days.  


The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra is looking for three male-presenting volunteers with acting experience to be supernumeraries in our Friday, April 19 semi-staged production of TOSCA at Miller Auditorium. We need a judge, a prison guard, and a torturer. Rehearsals would fall over the two weeks preceding the performances - April 8-18, but are not daily. If you are interested in more information, send an email to Christopher Schram, Director of Development, cschram@kalamazoosymphony.com. He will put you in touch with the KSO's Operations Department. There is no compensation, but you will receive a pair of tickets and the opportunity to add it to your resume.


Thank you, Volunteers, for your time and dedication to the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre!  We appreciate you and look forward to seeing you soon at the theatre.


Mike Artis (he/him/his)

Director of Volunteers


Phone: 269-548-3031


Kalamazoo Civic Theatre

329 S Park St. Kalamazoo, MI 49007

(269) 343-1313 Box Office; Volunteer Phone (269) 548-3031

Email: volunteer@kazoocivic.com


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