Since forming in 1975, Grammy winners BeauSoleil have claimed their undisputed role as the most esteemed Cajun group in music. BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet take the rich Cajun traditions of Louisiana and artfully blend elements of zydeco, New Orleans jazz, Tex-Mex, country, blues and more into a satisfying musical recipe. From The Grand Ole Opry to Newport Folk, from concert hall to dance floor, the music of BeauSoleil continues to captivate audiences the world over.
Named in honor of Bill Monroe, “The Father of Bluegrass Music,” Monroe Crossing dazzles audiences with an electrifying blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, and heartfelt originals. Their superb musicianship and on‐stage rapport have entertained audiences across the United States, Canada and Europe. They are favorites among bluegrass connoisseurs and non‐bluegrass audiences alike. They love introducing newcomers to bluegrass music!Click here for complete details
Corey Medina is a Native American Blues Artist from Shiprock, NM. Shiprock is on the Navajo Tribal Nation where Corey was born and raised. His early musical influences came out of what his mom and uncles listened to: blues, classic country, soul, classic rock and metal. He moved to Northern Minnesota in 2012 and collaborated with Incepticons Entertainment with whom he released his debut album “Old Dog Crying” in May of 2015. Corey now travels with his band known as “The Brothers,” consisting of Eric Sundeen (drums) and Gary Broste (upright bass), both from Bemidji. They set out to spread light to dark, and hope to the hopeless with their raw, soulful, intimate music and stage presence.
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March 17-18 | 7:00pm
March 19 | 2:00pm
Journey “under the sea” with Ariel and her aquatic friends in Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr., adapted from Disney’s Broadway production and the motion picture featuring the enormously popular Academy Award-winning music by Alan Menken and delightfully charming book and lyrics by Doug Wright, Howard Ashman, and Glenn Slater.
This production is brought to you through a new collaboration between the Grand Rapids Players and Reif Center, who jointly kicked-off an after-school, youth acting workshop in January 2017. Directed by Jim Cagle, a group of 40 local 3-9th graders have prepared this performance for your enjoyment!Click here for complete details
NEW DATES! March 17 & 18 | 7:30pm
Some of the best dance talent in the region trains right here at the Reif Center. Our Reif Dance Company is composed of our most advanced students and their talent will astound you! Enjoy original, contemporary ballet and other dance works.Click here for complete details
The Grand Rapids Players Present
THE BALLAD OF NEWTON BADGER
March 24-25, 31 & April 1 | 7:30pm
April 2 | 2:00pm
This original work, by writer Nathan Bergstedt and composer Sam Miltich, brings to life a community of forest creatures, including the brilliant but eccentric Newton Badger. Despite the help he provides with his scientific insight, his crude demeanor quickly wears down his neighbors, particularly the town’s mayor, Major Buck. So once Newton Badger finally appears to cross the line with his bizarre theories, Major Buck decides to take advantage of the public dissatisfaction his foe has created for himself.
In this contemporary fable, audiences will meet a host of colorful characters including three gossipy and sometimes mean-spirited Squirrels, a kind but conflicted Skunk, a wise Wolf, an unappreciated Fox, and, of course, some wonderfully musical Birds, all of whom call Oakglendaleville their home.
Based loosely off the character and work of Sir Isaac Newton, Bergstedt has created a modern-day fairy tale that brings to the stage caricatures of several famous scientists, including Edmond Halley and Michael Faraday.Click here for complete details
Monday, April 3 | 7:30pm JUST ADDED!
Tuesday, April 4 | 7:30pm
“Electrifying! Triumphs in the infinite variety of the human experience.” – The Los Angeles Times
STOMP is explosive, inventive, provocative, witty, and utterly unique – an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps – to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. Year after year, audiences worldwide keep coming back for more of this pulse-pounding, electrifying show.
SPECIAL HOUSE-WARMING EVENT: The Grand Rapids High School Bands will help us in hosting a Community Drum Circle before the show. Join us in the Ives Studio Theater from 5:30-6:30pm, grab an instrument and make music! There is no fee to participate.
This presentation is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Minnesota State Arts Board and General Mills Foundation.Click here for complete details
Nelson Illusions is a one-of-a-kind theatrical spectacle that features four Master Magicians, each with an exciting, engaging, original style. The show combines a thoroughly entertaining blend of mystery, drama, romance, and comedy with some of the most beautiful & astonishing stage magic in existence today, including a girl sawn in half, the floating lady, a man melting through a sheet of steel, a woman shot from a cannon, and much more.. Audience members will be invited to the stage to share the wonder!Click here for complete details
A Concert with Commentary! Classical Music for Everyone!
Beloved compositions of some of America’s greatest composers. Program features the rarely heard solo piano version Gershwin made of Rhapsody in Blue, Aaron Copland’s humorous Cat and the Mouse as well as his rousing Hoe Down from Rodeo, Leonard Bernstein’s touching, soulful Anniversaries, as well as his unpunished Meditation on a Wedding (which will receive its Reif Center premiere) and Scott Joplin’s Wall Street Rag! Each composition will be performed in its entirety, and the program will close with a short, informal Q and A.Click here for complete details
Slavery, Dred Scott, Jim Crow, The Civil Rights Movement – we may know this history, but do we understand what it means TODAY? Through innovative, interactive theater techniques, Feeling History helps audiences understand, intellectually and emotionally, America’s legacy of institutional and individual racism. Together let us learn to ask challenging questions, consider new perspectives, and take action that will change culture and climate, and perhaps, even create a new legacy of equality for future generations.