A Minute with Mike 2/8/2024

Hello Valued Volunteers and Patrons,


Starting Friday, February 16 in the Parish Theatre is the Senior Class Reader's Theatre musical Is There Life after High School? For more information on this show and so much more read on.


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.  


Is There Life After High School?  For some, high school may have been the high point of their lives. For others, it's something they do not wish to relive. However you felt about your high school years, you can be sure they shaped the way you are today. Craig Carnelia has written a collection of songs that captures the range of high school experiences and how they play out after graduation. And, yes, algebra can come in handy sometimes. Is There Life After High School? is based on the novel by Ralph Keyes with the script adapted and written by Jeffrey Kindley.


Is There  Life After High School? is directed and choreographed by Laura M. Zervic, with music directed by Lori Hatfield.  The cast includes Brian Branstetter, Diane Foghino, Gail Snyder, Gwen Saulino, Jane Schuster, Mike Scorzo, Mike Valk, Rhonda Coleman Collins, Rick Moll, Ron Dundon, and Tammy Bailey.  The Stage Management team is comprised of Gwen Stephan and Olivia Johnston. 


Is There Life After High School? plays in the Parish Theatre and runs Fridays and Saturdays, February 16, 17, 23 and 24 at 7:30pm and Sundays, February 18 and 25 at 2:00pm.  To get tickets call 269-343-1313 or click on the button below.  


Did you Know?


Our Academy of Theatre Arts is offering a new program to area preschools and elementary classrooms - where we bring the theatre into the classroom!


Our team brings all necessary materials for an hour-long workshop that includes a literary experience and theatre exploration, bringing the story to life! 


Are you or do you know an educator who might enjoy a visit?  Contact AnnMarie Miller, our Director of Education and Outreach for more information at:  Education@KazooCivic.com


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? and The 39 Steps. Spaces are very limited for Is There Life After High School? and 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 Monday, March 11 and performs May 3-19, 2024.  


Gull Lake High School PAC is performing The One-Act Play That Goes Wrong this weekend at the Center for the Fine Arts.  The show is February 9 and 10 at 7pm and Sunday, February 11 at 2pm.  This outrageously funny show is just $15.00 for adults and $7.00 for student tickets.  The One-Act Play That Goes Wrong is about  the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society, who embarks on producing an ambitious 1920s murder mystery after benefiting from a large and sudden inheritance. However, the props start to disappear, actors go missing and the set begins to collapse around the cast.  The play is full of hilarious disasters and the cast starts to crack under the pressure.  This play features Civic volunteers Landen Birchmeier, and Kailynn Bauchman. For tickets  scan the QR code below or by following the this link: https://www.gulllakecs.org/glcfa/box-office.


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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