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 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 threatrical productions, ranging from scenes to full-length plays and musicals.
Announcing our 2013-2014 Theatre Season!
Little Shop of Horrors | Nov. 15 – 23, 2013
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.
Little Women | Feb. 7 – 16, 2014
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 Americal 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.
Black Comedy | April 3 – 13, 2014
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!
Second Stages Productions
Produced and directed by CU students and alumni.
Center Stage: Student Directed One-Acts | March 14, 2014
20th Annual Beneath the Willows | April 22, 2014
Stay tuned for more information about purchasing tickets to these productions!
Get to know our graduating theatre majors!
After studying everything from Francis Hodge to Sam Shepherd, working on more than 20 productions from Shakespeare to Broadway musicals and taking in classical and contemporary theatre productions from Grand Rapids to London, these students are ready to move on to the next stage in their theatre careers.
Grand Awards for CU Theatre!
CU theatre was excited to be part of the 2012 Grand Awards, an annual fundraiser honoring excellence in theatre arts and benefitting the Combined Theatre Scholarship Fund. We were recognized during the event in the following ways:
• Janessa Slayton (a 2012 graduate of our program) received the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a College Production for her role in our 2011 production of The 1940s Radio Hour.
• Christina Woolards (a 2012 graduate of our program) joined students from Grand Rapids Community College and Aquinas College in receiving special awards for Outstanding Stagemanagement of a College Production. This is the first time this award has been given.
• Randall Wm. Burghart (music director) received a special award for Outstanding Composition for original music he wrote for our 2012 production of A Little Princess.
• Amber Farnum and Kirk Laing (theatre majors) served as award presenters during the ceremony, handing trophies to each of the award recipients.
Read this article published by MLive to learn more about the event.
CU Theatre Performs in the GR Santa Parade
All performances 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 facility, contact Mary Poling, Division of Communication & Media administrative assistant, at email@example.com or call 616.949.5300, ext. 1140
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