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Rehearsal photos for GRCC Players’ production of ‘Detroit ’67’

The GRCC Players had its first performance of “Detroit ’67” on Dec. 7.

You can still catch this production, written by Dominique Morisseau, at 8 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9 at Spectrum Theater. Tickets cost $5 for GRCC students, $8 for other area students and GRCC faculty and staff, and $12 for the public. Call (616) 234-3946 for tickets and more information.

A panel discussion, with coffee, will follow the Dec. 8 performance.

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GRCC Players talk with author of ‘Detroit ’67’

Earlier this week, members of the GRCC Players, along with director Sammy A. Publes, shared a video call in Google Hangouts with Dominique Morisseau, author of “Detroit ’67.” She advised them to “check in with yourself often and ask yourself: ‘What are you led by?'” She ended the call with: “Now go rock that show out!”

Performances of “Detroit ’67” start at 8 p.m. Dec. 7 through 9 at Spectrum Theater. Tickets cost $5 for GRCC students, $8 for other area students and GRCC faculty and staff, and $12 for the public. Call (616) 234-3946 for tickets and more information.

Panel discussions, with coffee, will follow the Dec. 7 and 8 performances.

Student actors and Sammy A. Publes stand in front of a video screen showing Dominique Morisseau.

GRCC In the News, 12-7-17

Showtime: Wednesday, December 6

Dec. 6, 2017; WOOD Radio

Your daily compendium of live entertainment and music performances in West Michigan for Wednesday, December 6, 2017.

… Grand Rapids Community College Players present “Detroit ’67” in Spectrum Theater. Open dress rehearsal tonight, performances Thursday, Friday and Saturday, curtain at 8 p.m.

#OscarsSoWhite creator speaking at MLK Day event in Grand Rapids

Dec. 6, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — In a time of hashtags and tweets, a handful of characters can launch a social movement.

… The Grand Rapids Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration is presented by Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Davenport University and Opera Grand Rapids.

Mott dominates in OT to win 7th straight game

Dec. 6, 2017; NBC 25

#24 Mott Community College defeated Grand Rapids Community College 109-99 in overtime at home Wednesday night to win their 7th straight game.

Theater group puts 1940s spin on “It’s a Wonderful Life”

Dec. 6, 2017; Grand Rapids Magazine

Heritage Theatre Group is staging the popular holiday film as a radio broadcast, “It’s A Wonderful Life Radio Play,” by Joe Landry.

… Heritage Theatre Group was founded in 1990 to bring classic theatre to Grand Rapids. It performs its main stage season in the summer at the Spectrum Theatre at Grand Rapids Community College with additional productions throughout the year staged in a variety of nontraditional spaces.

 

GRCC Players present ‘Detroit ’67’

Alumnus and adjunct instructor Sammy A. Publes has assembled a cast and crew of theater veterans and newcomers for the GRCC Players’ first production of the 2017-18 season: “Detroit ’67” by Dominique Morisseau.

The story centers on Chelle and her brother, Lank, who are making ends meet by turning their basement into an after-hours joint. A mysterious woman sparks conflict between the siblings, who find themselves caught in the middle of the 1967 riots. The show contains graphic language and strong content.

While the play takes place in the past, Publes says its themes resonate today.

“A lot of the issues that divided our society during those times are being repeated today,” he said. “We must remind our young people that injustice comes in many ways, but the show has an uplifting message: Never give up and follow your dreams — no matter who or what tries to stop you.”

Marqea Lee and Michael Francis play the lead roles, with Raydale Bonivel in a supporting role. Jasmine Piper is the stage manager.

 

Performances of “Detroit ’67” start at 8 p.m. Dec. 7 through 9 at Spectrum Theater. Tickets cost $5 for GRCC students, $8 for other area students and GRCC faculty and staff, and $12 for the public. Call (616) 234-3946 for tickets and more information.

Panel discussions, with coffee, will follow the Dec. 7 and 8 performances.

A final dress rehearsal, at 8 p.m. Dec. 6, is also open to the public; tickets will be available at the door.

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GRCC In the News, 11-27-17

GRCC reports Kent, Ottawa economic impact of $447M, 8,833 jobs

Nov. 22, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College’s economic contribution to Kent and Ottawa counties totaled $447.7 million, according to an economic impact analysis released Tuesday, Nov. 21.

Construction Begun On WMU’s Grand Rapids Manufacturing Lab

Nov. 26, 2017; mitechnews.com

GRAND RAPIDS — Construction has begun at Western Michigan University’s Grand Rapids regional location for a state-of the-art manufacturing laboratory.

AMP Lab @WMU, an Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Laboratory, will be built in collaboration with West Michigan manufacturers and Grand Rapids Community College to address the shortage of skilled trades and engineering employees in the region. The Lab will occupy the first two floors of WMU’s downtown Grand Rapids location, which is located on Cherry and Ionia in the city’s Arena District.

Gov. Rick Snyder makes reappointments to the Hispanic/Latino Commission of Michigan

Nov. 21, 2017; michigan.gov (state press release)

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the reappointments of Juan Marinez of Okemos, Carlos Pava of Grand Rapids, Ivonne Soler of Livonia, and Jesse Venegas of Royal Oak to the Hispanic/Latino Commission of Michigan.

… Pava is the COO and co-founder of Voices for Health, Inc. He is a licensed trainer for the Community Interpreter International and a certified healthcare interpreter. Pava holds an associate degree from Grand Rapids Community College and a bachelor’s degree in psychology and business administration from Michigan State University.

Showtime: Sunday, November 26

Nov. 26, 2017; WOOD Radio

Your daily guide to live music performances and entertainment in West Michigan, for Sunday, November 26, 2017.

… GRCC PLAYERS    Spectrum Theatre, 143 Bostwick Ave. NE, 616-234-3946

  • Detroit ’67, December 7 to 9.
  • This Is Our Youth, January 11 to 13, 2018.
  • Dead Man’s Cell Phone, March 29 to 31.

Toys for Tots Drop-Off Locations – 2017

Nov. 22, 2017; WZZM

Full Toys for Tots County-by-County Drop-Off Lists 2017

… Grand Rapids Community College Exercise Science Club    111 Lyon St NE     Grand Rapids

Schubert Male Chorus to perform holiday concert in East Grand Rapids

Nov. 22, 2017; MLive

The Schubert Male Chorus is inviting the community to enjoy its holiday concert, “A Merry Gentlemen Christmas.”

… A portion of all ticket sales help support the Linda and Alan Doering – Schubert Male Chorus GRCC music scholarship.

Coldwater places four on Interstate 8 All-Conference volleyball team

Nov. 24, 2017; The Daily Reporter (Coldwater)

COLDWATER — The Coldwater Lady Cardinal volleyball team had one of the most successful seasons in school history in 2017, putting together an astonishing record of 43-6-3 for the year.

… Both Jamie and Jasmine (Wellet) will continue their volleyball and academic careers at Grand Rapids Community College next year.

 

GRCC students Rodney Cobbins, Maleny Bennyra Crespo nominated for Grand Awards

Congratulations to the GRCC students who have been nominated for Grand Awards:

  • Rodney Cobbins, nominated for “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a College Production” for Facing Our Truth.
  • Maleny Bennyra Crespo, nominated for “Outstanding Supporting Actress in a College Production” for Facing Our Truth.

The GRCC Players production of Somewhere in Between has been nominated for “Outstanding College Production.

GRCC alumni are also up for several awards:

  • Sammy A. Puebles, nominated for “Outstanding Direction of a College Production” for Facing Our Truth and for “Outstanding Actor in a Play” for Disgraced.
  • Darius Colquitt, nominated for “Outstanding Actor in a Play” for Hit the Wall.
  • Lis Hatfield, nominated for “Outstanding Actress in a Play” for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.
  • Robbie Ellis, nominated for “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play” for Hit the Wall.
  • Madeline Jones, nominated for “Outstanding Actress in a Musical” for The Addams Family.
  • Sam Johnson, nominated for “Outstanding Sound Design” for Beauty and the Beast, Ragtime and Thoroughly Modern Millie.

GRCC theater faculty members are nominated for several awards:

  • Tom Kaechele, nominated for “Outstanding Direction of a Play” for Brighton Beach Memoirs and Philadelphia Story.
  • Catherine Marlett Dreher, nominated for “Outstanding Lighting Design” for Beauty and the Beast, Ragtime and Thoroughly Modern Millie.

The Grand Awards will be presented on October 8.