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TheArts Spotlighting greater Kalamazoo's arts community

Into the Woods

Oct. 1–10 WMU University Theatre Get ready to be enchanted with Western Michigan University's outdoor presentation of this Tony Award-winning take on favorite storybook characters and tales. With music and lyrics penned by Stephen Sondheim, the musical intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm fairy tales, exploring the consequences of the characters' wishes and the choices they make. The show will be staged by University Theatre outside at the York Courtyard Theatre, behind WMU’s Gilmore Theatre Complex. Patrons will need to bring their own blankets and chairs to sit on, wear masks and social distance. The show is suited to audiences 13 and older. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1 & 9 and 2 p.m. Oct. 3 & 10. Tickets are $18–$20 and available by calling 387-6222 or at wmich.edu/theatre.

Songs for a New World Oct. 8–24 Farmers Alley Theatre

Broadway star and Kalamazoo native Jerry Dixon will direct Songs for a New World, the first post-pandemic show at Farmers Alley Theatre, in downtown Kalamazoo. This combination musical/song cycle will feature a multicultural cast as they take audiences on a journey from the deck of a Spanish sailing ship to 30 stories high above Manhattan and all the way to the moon. The show will feature professional performers Cara Palombo (Honky Tonk Angels at Farmers Alley Theatre), Nattalyee Randall (the national tour of Vocalosity), Jos N. Banks (the national tour of Kinky Boots) and Matthew Stoke (soloist on AIDA Cruise Lines). The theater promises a performance that reflects the post-pandemic world. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 & 23 and 2 p.m. Oct. 10, 17 & 24. Tickets are $39, or $15 for students with ID, and can be purchased by calling 343-2727 or online at farmersalleytheatre.com.

Unzipped

Oct. 21–24 Kalamazoo College’s Festival Playhouse Audiences have the chance to glimpse the work of rising playwright and actress Rebecca Chan with the performance of Unzipped at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21–24 in Kalamazoo College’s Balch Playhouse, in the Light Fine Arts Building. Chan wrote the script and music and also stars in this one-woman show of alternating music and monologues that explore the perception of East Asians in the dominant United States culture and Chan's own coming-of-age as a queer Chinese-American. The production, which is part of the Festival Playhouse's Senior Performance Series, will also feature set and projection design by Kalamazoo College student Angela Mammel. Tickets are $10–$15 and can be purchased by calling 337-7333 or online at festivalplayhouse.kzoo.edu. 26 | ENCORE OCTOBER 2021

Many venues are requiring attendees to provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination and wear masks for entry to performances. For all the shows and events highlighted in this section, please check with the specific venue for its requirements.

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