Cinderella 2022 | Grand Rapids Ballet

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Cinderella

FEBRUARY 25-27, 2022 | DEVOS PERFORMANCE HALL

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James Sofranko, Artistic Director

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ARTISTIC DIRECTOR MESSAGE Dear Friends, Welcome to the kickoff of Grand Rapids Ballet’s 50th Anniversary with Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella! I am overjoyed that we are back onstage at DeVos Performance Hall to celebrate this important milestone, performing this elegant production, never seen before in Grand Rapids! Grand Rapids Ballet was officially formed in 1972, and in 1987 we presented our first version of Cinderella, representing one of our first full-length productions. It is only fitting that 35 years later we are returning to this classic tale, highlighting our professional company of dancers from around the world, as well as our continued partnership with the Grand Rapids Symphony. Cinderella tells a timeless story of true love, of good intentions and generosity winning out over evil, and forgiveness. Ben Stevenson, O.B.E., artistic director of Texas Ballet Theater, choreographed his version combining the beauty of classical ballet with adept storytelling and humor. His sensitive musicality and adherence to Sergei Prokofiev’s score round out this magical piece of theater. Stevenson’s Cinderella has been seen for over 50 years around the world, performed by many great dancers such as Margot Fonteyn, and presented by renowned companies such as American Ballet Theater. I am proud to add Grand Rapids Ballet to that remarkable list, and our dancers have been eager to rise to the task. Thank you for your support of Michigan’s only professional ballet company, for 50 years we have followed our guiding mission statement: To lift the human spirit through the art of dance. The professional company presents five programs annually, including The Nutcracker, and we have just announced our exciting 2022-23 season, including brand new choreography for a full-length Romeo and Juliet. Please consider becoming a subscriber to unlock the best benefits and guarantee you a year full of beauty and inspiration. I am proud to be leading this company into the next 50 years, and I hope you will join us to discover all that Grand Rapids Ballet has to offer, which includes the Grand Rapids Ballet School. Please visit our website to learn about our many upcoming events and performances, including Jumpstart 2022 and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Finally, thank you to our generous donors who make this all possible, and on behalf of the dancers, staff, volunteers, and board members thank you for joining us to experience the joy of Cinderella. Sincerely, James Sofranko, Artistic Director

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PROGRAM NOTES GRAND RAPIDS BALLET presents

Cinderella James Sofranko, Artistic Director

World Premiere April 20, 1970 National Ballet of Washington, D.C. Grand Rapids Ballet Premiere February 25, 2022 DeVos Performance Hall Choreographer Ben Stevenson, O.B.E.

Composer Sergei Prokofiev

Staged By Dawn Scannell

Conductor John Varineau

Scenery and Costumes Courtesy of Texas Ballet Theater

Music Performed By The Grand Rapids Symphony

Lighting Recreated by Matthew Taylor Approximate performance length is two hours and ten minutes. There will be two intermissions, each lasting fifteen minutes.

OUT OF RESPECT FOR YOUR FELLOW PATRONS AND THE DANCERS, PLEASE SILENCE ALL ELECTRONIC DEVICES. THE USE OF PHOTOGRAPHY OR VIDEO DURING THE PERFORMANCE IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED.

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CINDERELLA | CREATORS BEN STEVENSON, O.B.E. CHOREOGRAPHER Ben Stevenson served as artistic director of Houston Ballet from 1976-2003, raising the company from a regional troupe of twenty-eight dancers to an internationally acclaimed ensemble of over fifty artists. For his contributions to international dance, Mr. Stevenson was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.) by Queen Elizabeth II in the New Year’s Honors List in December 1999. In April 2000, he was presented with the Dance Magazine Award. In July 2003, he was appointed artistic director emeritus of Houston Ballet, and the company’s affiliated school was renamed Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy. Mr. Stevenson, a native of Portsmouth, England, received his dance training at the Arts Educational School in London. He appeared with the Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet and English National Ballet where, as a principal dancer, he performed leading roles in all the classics. In 1967, English National Ballet asked him to stage his first, and highly successful, production of The Sleeping Beauty, which starred Margot Fonteyn. In 1968, Rebekah Harkness invited him to New York to direct the newly formed Harkness Youth Dancers. After choreographing Cinderella in 1970 for the National Ballet in Washington, D.C., he joined the company in 1971 as co-director with Frederic Franklin. Mr. Stevenson has received numerous awards for his choreography, including three gold medals at the International Ballet Competitions of 1972, 1982, and 1986. In 2018, Mr. Stevenson was acknowledged by the Chinese government as one of the most influential Foreign Experts in the past 40 years since China initiated its policy on Reform and Opening Up. In July 2003, Mr. Stevenson assumed the artistic directorship of Texas Ballet Theater in Fort Worth, Texas.

SERGEI PROKOFIEV

COMPOSER Russian composer and pianist Sergei Prokofiev was born in 1891 in Sontsovka, a small village in Ukraine. Early on, it was clear that he had musical talent. His mother, who was a very good pianist, encouraged him, and taught him to play the piano. Sergei began composing at the age of five. When he got a bit older, he and his mother moved to St. Petersburg, so that he could study music there. After Prokofiev graduated from school, he traveled around Europe to learn more about music. World War I and the Russian Revolution made living and working in Russia very difficult, so Prokofiev left the country in 1918. Paris eventually became his home, but he also spent time in the United States and the Bavarian Alps. But the whole time he was away from Russia, Prokofiev longed for his homeland. In 1936, he made the unusual decision to move back to the Soviet Union. Prokofiev was a master at using music to tell a story. One of his most famous musical stories is Peter and the Wolf, which was written for Russia’s Central Children’s Theatre. In addition to symphonic music, Prokofiev wrote ballets, operas, and music for films — including Lieutenant Kijé and Romeo and Juliet.

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CINDERELLA | STORY ACT I

ACT II

Cinderella’s stepmother, father, and stepsisters are busy planning for the palace ball. Cinderella enters and is ordered to clean the room. She picks up the broom, starts to sweep, then takes a portrait of her mother from its hiding place and gazes at it longingly. Her father returns and is overcome with remorse when he sees the resemblance between Cinderella and his first wife. His daughter lovingly tries to reassure him, but they are dragged apart by the stepsisters, who also snatch away the picture.

At the palace, a jester welcomes the arriving guests. The prince enters and greets them, then invites each of the stepsisters to dance with him. The ball is interrupted by the arrival of Cinderella in her coach, and the prince immediately falls in love with her. The guests are offered oranges, the rarest fruit in the land, and when one of the stepsisters is left without one, Cinderella gives up her own while concealing her identity. The price and Cinderella are dancing together when the clock strikes midnight. Cinderella’s clothes turn to rags and she rushes from the ballroom. The prince finds one of her glass slippers left behind.

Suddenly, the door opens and an old beggar-woman enters. The stepmother gives her the picture of Cinderella’s mother to get rid of it, but the beggar hands it back to her. Cinderella offers the old woman some bread, which she accepts and then departs. A dressmaker and wigmaker arrive to dress the stepsisters for the ball. Then a master attempts to teach the stepsisters to dance. The family departs for the ball, without Cinderella who must remain behind. She tries to console her loneliness by pretending that the kitchen broom is her partner at the ball, but she bursts into tears. The beggar-woman returns and changes into a fairy godmother. She transforms the kitchen into a forest, complete with dragonflies swooping among the trees. The fairy godmother gives Cinderella a pair of glass slippers. The fairies of spring, summer, autumn, and winter perform for her, changing the seasons as they dance. Cinderella’s rags become a beautiful gown. The fairy godmother warns her that at midnight the magic gown will change back into her rags. She then magically transforms a pumpkin and four mice into a coach and horses, and Cinderella is driven to the ball like a princess.

* 15-Minute Intermission * ACT III Back in the kitchen, Cinderella remembers the ball as a beautiful dream and finds the remaining glass slipper in one of her pockets. She quickly hides it as the stepsisters return, proudly displaying the oranges from the prince. The stepmother announces the arrival of the prince in search of the owner of the glass slipper. Each of the stepsisters tries to squeeze their oversized foot into the tiny slipper. When the prince notices Cinderella, he asks her father if she may try it on. As she moves to do so, the second slipper falls from her pocket. The prince is overjoyed and asks her to marry him. Cinderella forgives her stepmother and stepsisters. As the prince returns the glass slipper to the fairy godmother, the kitchen is transformed into a magical field where Cinderella and her prince dance a romantic pas de deux. The guests return to celebrate their new princess.

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CINDERELLA | CASTING Friday, February 25, 2022 | 7:30 p.m. Sunday, February 27, 2022 | 2 p.m. Cinderella…............................................... Prince…..................................................... Stepsisters.......................................................... Jester......................................................... Fairy Godmother…................................... Stepmother…................................................... Father.................................................................. In Order of Appearance Dressmaker........................................................ Dressmaker’s Assistant..................................... Wigmaker........................................................... Wigmaker’s Assistant....................................... Dancing Master................................................. Violinist.............................................................. Dragonflies........................................................ Spring Fairy........................................................ Spring Fairy Page............................................. Summer Fairy..................................................... Summer Fairy Page.......................................... Autumn Fairy..................................................... Autumn Fairy Page.......................................... Winter Fairy........................................................ Winter Fairy Page............................................. Coachman......................................................... Footmen............................................................ Horses................................................................ Ball/Wedding Guests......................................

Orange Bearer................................................... Prince’s Friends................................................. Priest................................................................... Crown Bearers................................................... Angels................................................................

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Yuka Oba-Muschiana Josué Justiz Ednis Gomez, Steven Houser Zach Manske Alexandra Meister-Upleger Cynthia Sofranko Attila Mosolygo Madison Massara-Leister Ingrid Lewis Matthew Wenckowski Issac Aoki James Cunningham Todd Lani Issac Aoki, Branden Reiners, Nigel Tau, Nathan Young Emily Reed Lilly Loding Yuko Horisawa Julia Wojciakowski Sarah Marley Tevyn Black Adriana Wagenveld Vivian Mosolygo Christopher Karhunen Liam Dunahee, Todd Lani Fiona Dorr, Hailee Jarchow, Talia Lebowitz, Bre’asia Rosado Katie Aaberg, Haley Baker, Mackenzie Davis, Fiona Dorr, Avery Held, Talia Lebowitz, Ingrid Lewis, Sarah Marley Madison Massara-Leister, Emily Reed, Claudia Rhett, Sofia Striegl, Julia Turner, Adriana Wagenveld, Spencer Waldeck, Isaac Aoki, Liam Dunahee Christopher Karhunen, Todd Lani, Branden Reiners, Ihosvany Rodriguez, Nigel Tau, Matthew Wenckowski, Nathan Young Liam Dunahee Branden Reiners, Nathan Young Nigel Tau Luke Skrycki, Mark Skrycki Tevyn Black, Lilly Loding, Vivian Mosolygo, Julia Wojciakowski


CINDERELLA | CASTING Saturday, February 26, 2022 | 2 p.m. Cinderella…............................................... Prince…..................................................... Stepsisters.......................................................... Jester......................................................... Fairy Godmother…................................... Stepmother….................................................. Father................................................................. In Order of Appearance Dressmaker........................................................ Dressmaker’s Assistant..................................... Wigmaker........................................................... Wigmaker’s Assistant....................................... Dancing Master................................................ Violinist............................................................... Dragonflies........................................ Spring Fairy........................................................ Spring Fairy Page............................................. Summer Fairy..................................................... Summer Fairy Page.......................................... Autumn Fairy..................................................... Autumn Fairy Page.......................................... Winter Fairy........................................................ Winter Fairy Page............................................. Coachman......................................................... Footmen............................................................ Horses................................................................ Ball/Wedding Guests.......................................

Orange Bearer................................................... Prince’s Friends................................................. Priest................................................................... Crown Bearers................................................... Angels................................................................

Yuko Horisawa James Cunningham Ednis Gomez, Steven Houser Matthew Wenckowski Sarah Marley Cynthia Sofranko Attila Mosolygo Emily Reed Haley Baker Nigel Tau Isaac Aoki Nathan Young Todd Lani Issac Aoki, Branden Reiners, Nigel Tau, Nathan Young Julia Turner Lilly Loding Madison Massara-Leister Julia Wojciakowski Alexandra Meister-Upleger Tevyn Black Claudia Rhett Vivian Mosolygo Christopher Karhunen Liam Dunahee, Zach Manske Fiona Dorr, Hailee Jarchow, Talia Lebowitz, Bre’asia Rosado Katie Aaberg, Haley Baker, Mackenzie Davis, Fiona Dorr, Avery Held, Talia Lebowitz, Ingrid Lewis, Madison Massara-Leister, Alexandra Meister-Upleger, Emily Reed, Claudia Rhett, Bre’asia Rosado, Sofia Streigl, Julia Turner, Adriana Wagenveld, Spencer Waldeck, Isaac Aoki, Liam Dunahee, Christopher Karhunen, Todd Lani, Zach Manske, Branden Reiners, Ihosvany Rodriguez, Nigel Tau, Nathan Young Liam Dunahee Branden Reiners, Nathan Young Nigel Tau Luke Skrycki, Mark Skrycki Tevyn Black, Lilly Loding, Vivian Mosolygo, Julia Wojciakowski

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DIVERSITY, EQUITY, & INCLUSION OUR PLEDGE

Grand Rapids Ballet is dedicated to expanding the experience of world-class dance and artistic excellence. Our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Committee, comprised of board members, staff, and dancers, is committed to examining our efforts, seeking out all voices in our community, and creating actions to be a more inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible cultural organization.

LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT As a first important step in our ongoing mission for social justice, Grand Rapids Ballet would like to recognize the People of the Three Fires, the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potowatomi peoples on whose land we are gathered. The Three Fires People are indigenous to this land which means that this is their ancestral territory. The Grand Rapids Ballet is built on native land. As such, we are guests on their land, and one way to practice Right Relations is to develop genuine ways to acknowledge the histories and traditions of the people who originated here first, who are still here, and who tend to the land always. As we take this step, we understand that there are many more ahead as we continuously advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion in our community.

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CINDERELLA | MUSIC

GRAND RAPIDS SYMPHONY * Strings are listed in alphabetical order after the titled chairs *VIOLIN James Crawford, Concertmaster Christina Fong, Associate Concertmaster Grace Kim, Assistant Concertmaster Eric Tanner, Principal 2nd Louisa Blood Haijin Choi Megan Crawford Kimia Ghaderi Christine Golden Diane McElfish Helle Sterling Jenkins Patricia Kates Christopher Martin Linda Nelson Joo Yun Preece Collette VandenBerg VIOLA Leslie Van Becker, Principal Barbara Corbató, Assistant Principal Leanne King Mary Jane Miller Olga Ziabrikova CELLO Alicia Eppinga, Principal Andrew Laven, Assistant Principal Andrew Plaisier Will Preece

FLUTE Ruth Bylsma, Assistant Principal Judith Kemph Ed Clifford

TROMBONE Christopher Houlihan, Principal Daniel Mattson, Assistant Principal

PICCOLO Judith Kemph

BASS TROMBONE Robert Ward

OBOE Alexander Miller, Assistant Principal Sarah Constable

TUBA Jacob Cameron, Principal

ENGLISH HORN Kathleen Gomez CLARINET Joel Schekman Michael Kornacki BASS CLARINET Lisa Raschiatore BASSOON Karl Rzasa Peter Brusen CONTRABASSOON Andrew Genemans HORN Richard Britsch, Principal Erich Peterson, Assistant Principal Mary Beth Orr Paul Austin Tricia Ruffer TRUMPET Charley Lea, Principal Neil Mueller Scott Thornburg

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James Cunningham

Ednis Gomez

Yuko Horisawa

Steven Houser

Josué Justiz

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Sarah Marley

Alexandra Meister-Upleger

Yuka Oba-Muschiana

Nigel Tau

Julia Turner

Madison Massara

Branden Reiners

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Nathan Young

Emily Reed

Adriana Wagenveld


APPRENTICES

Haley Baker

Talia Lebowitz

Ingrid Lewis

Claudia Rhett

Spencer Waldeck

Learn more about Grand Rapids Ballet’s dancers at grballet.com/dancers. Dancer headshots by Isaac Aoki and Jessica Meldrum.

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Mackenzie Davis

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GRAND RAPIDS BALLET STAFF COMPANY Artistic Director James Sofranko Executive Director Glenn Del Vecchio Marketing Director Jessica Meldrum Development Director Julie Lesniak Production Stage Manager Megan Marie Thompson Costume Shop Manager Ronald Altman Costume Shop Assistant Nancy Greiner Company/Facilities Manager John Ferraro Artistic Coordinator/Ballet Master Dawnell Dryja Black Asst. Ballet Master Steven Houser Trainee Program Teacher Cynthia Sofranko Guest Services Manager Errol Shewman Pianists Ryan Blok, Justin Gray, Margi Peterson

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Scan to read a more complete history!

2007 | Meijer-Royce Center for Dance

2000 | GRB Finds Permanent Home

1991-92 Season | Professional Dancers Contracted

1987 | Charthel Arthur Artistic Director

1983 | Summerfest Program Expanded

1973 | Operational & Executive Management Established

1972 | Nonprofit Corporation Formed

2000-2010 | Artistic Director Gordon Peirce Schmidt & Associate Artistic Director Laura Berman

1997 | 25th Anniversary Silver Season

1988 | Grand Rapids Ballet School Formed

1987 | “Civic” Removed From Title

1987 | Cinderella at Civic Theatre

1973 | GRB Moves Locations

1972 | Established partnership with Grand Rapids Public Schools

1960s | The Spirit of Ballet is Born

CELEBRATING 50 YEARS


2022 | 50th Golden Anniversary

2020-Present | COVID-19 Pandemic

2018-Present | James Sofranko Artistic Director

2016-Present | Penny Saunders Resident Choreographer

2012 | Present-Day Junior Company Established

2010-17 | Patricia Barker Artistic Director

2009-10 | Adaptive Dance Program Established

2021 | Named Creative Business of the Year

June 2019 | Record-Breaking Festival Performance

2017-Present | School Continues to Grow

2014 | Nutcracker Reimagined

2012 | Attila Mosolygo Junior Company Artistic Director

2010 | Dance Immersion Program Created

2009-Present | Glenn Del Vecchio Exective Director

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THE RUTLEDGE

A NEW CLASSIC Elegant Industrial Event Venue in The Heart of The City The Rutledge 120 Ionia Ave SW Grand Rapids, Michigan

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JUMPSTART 2022 Featuring world premieres in collaboration with Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra, Grand Valley State University, Kendall College of Art and Design, and Opera Grand Rapids. Jumpstart 2022 is sponsored by The Rosemary and David Good Family Foundation.

Yuka Oba-Muschiana GRB Company and Josue Dancers, Justiz, photo: Damion Scott Rasmussen Van Slyke

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March 25-27, 2022 at Peter Martin Wege Theatre


WE LOVE OUR EN POINTE VOLUNTEERS! Mary Ackert Lisa Allen Betsy Bakeman Mary Nell & Dana Baldwin Phyllis Ball Richard & Kathy Benoit Cheryl Bentley Tanya Bernes Donna & Roger Betten Adrianne Braun Thomas & Barbara Brege Mary Carol Brouwer Roy Brown Julie Bukrey Timothy Bunchman & Norma Maxvold Robyn Carlson Pam Clark Anna & Brandon Conner Family Bonnie Conway Nicki Costello Kay Courtney Gary Crispin Bill & Heidi Dani Daniels Family Robert Diamond & Sheila Kinney Veronica Dubois Joan Dykstra Rosalind Ebrom Julie Eilenberg

Patricia & Carl Falkenstern Robin & David Gast Barbara Groat David & Karen Hadsall Marcia & Jack Hall Kathleen Hansen Abby Harrison Lawrence B. & Rosie Haywood Carol & Greg Heath Cynthia Hibler Janelle Hill Stephanie Hughes Aimee Jarchow Susan Jennelle Ronald & Sandra Jones Sharon Karam Judith Kiebler Ray King Jr. Brian & Susan Lennon Family Melissa Lojek Salvador, Sarah, Amadeo & Celeste Lopez-Keranen Carla Ludwig Kris, Joni, Elizabeth, Emily & Erin Mauren Yvette & Dennis McClain Family Jacky McGill

Katie McNinch Robert Mieras Heather Monroe Carole Mueller Brumbaugh Cindy Napolitan Wayne & Brigitte Nelson Steve & Stephanie Nicklow Raeanne Niemer Gary & Karen Paul Mary Quiroz Robert “RJ” Regan Beth Rice Pauline Sandoval Kim, Chris, Clare, Seth, & Paul Schellenberg David Schmidt & Robert Oracz Richard Schwallier Pamela & Paul Schweitzer Jim Schafer Carol Sinke Paul & Barbara Slack William C. Spagnuolo Mary Sumners Corsair Switzerlord Yuichi & Hiroko Takagi Elaine Teat Mark & Heidi TenElshof Randy & Joanne

Terrian Leslie VanBecker & Ed Clifford Colleen Mahon, Douglas & Aidan Van Doren Joyce Walker Jim & Connie WinterTroutwine Wolbert Family Cheryl & Steve Wonch Noel Young Join En Pointe, a group of volunteers commit ted to lif ting the human spirit through the ar t of dance. To learn more about the benefit s of membership or to join, contac t Errol Shewman, Guest Ser vices Manager, at 616.454.4771 or guest ser vices@ grballet.com. LE ARN MORE AT GRBALLET.COM/ VOLUNTEER

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream grballet.com/adult

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Yuka Oba-Muschiana, photo by Ray Nard Imagemaker.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream features Shakespeare’s comedic tale of whimsy and love choreographed by Christopher Stowell with music by Felix Mendelssohn. The performance also includes George Balanchine’s classic ballet Serenade, with music by Tchaikovsky.

Photo by Jingzi-Zhao, courtesyand of Oregon Ballet Theaterphoto: Damion Van Slyke Yuka Oba-Muschiana Josue Justiz,

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Boutique Piano Performances in the lobby at the SCA 1/30 May Phang 2/13 Brendon Davis 2/27 Matthew Ball 3/06 Jooyoung Kim PLUS

Gilmore Piano Festival at the SCA May 1. We’re thrilled to be a Festival concert venue this year!

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JUNIOR COMPANY 2022-23 SEASON

First row: Luke Skrycki, Emily McCarty, Ella Fix, Elise Peters, Elle Boehringer, Vivian Mosolygo, Violette Cooper, Samantha Storms, Minka Dunahee, Elliot Schulz, Second row: Caleb Oldenberg, Gwen Sumners, Allison Skwarek, Fiona Overdevest, Emma Christy, Grace DeJonge, Morgan Snider, Ellery Dahl, Lyric McPhee, Christopher Karhunen, Third row: Edwin Klein, Madelyn Bird, Adelina Berzins, Grace Heins, A’Marri CannonMelton, Clare Nicklow, Gabrielle Shook, Hannah Jo Ten Elshof, Isabel Case, Fourth row: Bre’asia Rosado, Mia Storteboom, Maya Olthouse, Elin Escobar Forsberg, Micah Jones, Nina Richardson, Serafina Wagenveld, Fifth row: Alexandra Hodge, Anna Sumners, Alyssa Pitsch, Liam Dunahee, Olivia Borgula, Violet Ottenwess, Hailee Jarchow, Not pictured: Evangeline Czurak, Reese Graalman, Lucia Jacques, Zooey Kraemer, Phoebe Oldenberg, Aleksandra Theule, Mariana Topie, Eliana Tucker.

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MARCH 10-12 & 18-19, 2023

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VIRTUAL AUDITION MASTER CLASS | MARCH 6 GRBALLET.COM/2022-INTENSIVES

GRBS students, photo: Jessica Meldrum

SUMMER 2022 INTENSIVES BALLET & CONTEMPORARY PROGRAMS

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MOVING WITH PARKINSON’S At Grand Rapids Ballet School, we believe in the therapeutic power of dance. Our Moving with Parkinson’s is a dance therapy class made specifically for people with Parkinson’s Disease, geared towards mobility. GRBS is proud to continue to partner with the Parkinson’s Association of West Michigan to offer free weekly classes throughout the year for adults in the West Michigan community with Parkinson’s Disease. We offer classes at our Grand Rapids facility as well as satellite classes in Holland. Moving with Parkinson’s dancers enjoy spending time in a supportive community, focusing on holistic and restorative movement. “The Moving with Parkinson’s class helps me walk with a more even gait; improves my balance; strengthens cognitive skills and provides a much-needed social outlet.” - Sharon S. “I have been attending the Moving with Parkinson’s class for 8 years. It is one of the most positive activities I have participated in. It lets me slow down, forget the challenges I face each day, and enjoy being mindful of that moment. Attila is a wonderful teacher and the piano music adds to the joy of being part of something freeing. It is a special part of my week.” - Mary B. “Attila is our wonderful, patient teacher. He makes us all feel comfortable, no matter what our movement skills are, and he pushes us to do more. I love that he calls us all dancers!” - Amy S. 38

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2021–2022 SEASON

THEATRE AT GRAND VALLEY GVSU.EDU/THEATRE GVSU Opera Theatre presents

SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM

OCTOBER 8, 9, 15, 16 AT 7:30 PM OCTOBER 10 & 17 AT 2 PM LOUIS ARMSTRONG THEATRE, HAAS CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS

Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival presents

MAC BETH

NOVEMBER 5, 6, 11, 12, 13 AT 7:30 PM NOVEMBER 14 AT 2 PM

Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival presents

ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD JANUARY 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 AT 7:30 PM JANUARY 23, 30 AT 2 PM LINN MAXWELL KELLER BLACK BOX THEATRE, HAAS CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS

Theatre at Grand Valley presents

MR. BURNS: A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY APRIL 1, 2, 7, 8, 9 AT 7:30 PM APRIL 3 AND 10 AT 2 PM LINN MAXWELL KELLER BLACK BOX THEATRE, HAAS CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS

TICKETS AND INFORMATION

(616) 331-2300 // GVSU.EDU/THEATRE

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presents

MARCH 4 - 13, 2022

JUST ANNOUNCED: THE 2022-23 SEASON Visit grct.org to see the exciting lineup and purchase your tickets today!

Learn about this season's productions of DRAGONS LOVE TACOS, TEN FOR ALL, and KINKY BOOTS:

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