Cornerstone University Theatre productions strive to embrace the artist in every student, foster the growth of the individual and bring to light their creative gifts so they can build lives that matter. We believe that we glorify the ultimate Creator when we, in His likeness, create theatre to represent and mirror life.
We stage three – four full-scale productions each year, extending to all genres of theatre. In addition to our main stage season, we also offer "Second Stages Productions" – student-directed and produced theatrical productions, ranging from scenes to full-length plays and musicals.
2013-2014 Theatre Season
A comedy horror rock musical by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman, telling the story of a hapless florist shop worker who raises a plant that feeds on human blood. This musical is based on the low-budget 1960 black comedy film of the same name, directed by Roger Corman. Audiences may also be familiar with the 1986 film version directed by Frank Oz.
Based on the 1869 novel by Louisa May Alcott. A coming of age drama tracing the lives of four sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, set during the American Civil War. The family, headed by their beloved Marmee, struggles to make ends meet while their father is away serving as a minister to the troops. The vivacious quartet are very close and happy despite their limited means.
A 90 minute farce by Peter Shaffer, staged under a reversed lighting scheme: The action begins in the dark until a short circuit occurs, illuminating the stage to reveal the characters in a "blackout." Only the audience can see what's really happening - a chaotic, disastrous and frantic romp with unexpected visitors, mistaken identities and surprises lurking in every dark corner!
Produced and directed by CU students and alumni.
Center Stage: Student Directed One-Acts | March 15, 2014
20th Annual Beneath the Willows | April 22, 2014
Season memberships, group and individual tickets available beginning in September!
Performances of "Little Shop of Horrors" will be held at Wealthy Theatre: 1130 Wealthy St. SE | Grand Rapids, Mich. Performances of "Little Women," "Black Comedy" and all Second Stages Productions are held in Matthews Auditorium, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, on the campus of Cornerstone University: 3000 Leonard NE | Grand Rapids, Mich. For more information on our facilities, contact Mary Poling, Division of Communication & Media administrative assistant, at email@example.com or call 616.949.5300, ext. 1140.
CU Theatre Staff
Jennifer Hunter – Director (Black Comedy); Producer; Professor of Theatre
Torrey Thomas – Guest Choreographer (Little Shop of Horrors); Adjunct Instructor in Dance
Randall Wm. Burghart – Guest Music Director (Little Shop of Horrors)
Ashley Dakin – Producer; Adjunct Instructor in Theatre
Nancy Wagner – Director (Little Women); Adjunct Instructor in Theatre
Nancie Smith – Costume Designer
Dave Weaver – Special Events Technical Director
Christina Woolard – House Manager
Mary Poling – Administrative Assistant, Communications & Media Division
Caroline Cahoon – Promotions Coordinator; Art Director, Marketing & Communications Office
Josiah Duff – Promotions Assistant
Carol Anderson – Costume Rental Assistant
Kyle Jurassic – Ticket Sales Coordinator
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