Cassandra is a BroadwayWorld Contributor for Detroit and Chicago. She currently performs in the Grand Rapids area and is engaged in the production of her first full-length play, The Killing Jar, to take place in October 2015 with Blue Star Players.
The hottest ticket in West Michigan right now is indisputably Mary Poppins. Selling out even their final dress rehearsal, Grand Rapids Civic Theatre has brought together a technical powerhouse that will thrill the most seasoned audiences.Winners of the 18th Annual GRAND RAPIDS GRAND AWARDS Announced! October 14, 2014
The Grand Rapids Grand Awards are West Michigan's theatre awards ceremonies, which celebrate local theatre and present special recognition to the outstanding artists in Grand Rapids' community and college theatres.18th Annual GRAND RAPIDS GRAND AWARDS Are Announced October 13, 2014
The Boatwright tells the story of Ben Calloway, a retired state trooper, struggling to come to terms with the changes brought to his life by his wife's death and his resulting emptiness, and of Jaime Watson, the next-door-neighbor's son, who is coping with mental illness and a loneliness of his own.BWW Reviews: Chaos Reigns in ONE MAN TWO GUVNORS (Circle Theatre) July 27, 2014
After being fired from a skiffle band, Francis Henshall struggles to make ends meet by taking on the employ of two different bosses, neither of whom is aware of the other. Ruled by his baser natures, his struggles to fulfill his need for food, for sexy bookkeeper Dolly, and just to save his own skin, rule this hilarious and chaotic comedy.BWW Reviews: Electrifying and Unplugged: CORIOLANUS (Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company) June 20, 2014
Based upon the legendary Roman general, Caius Martius Coriolanus, William Shakespeare's play, Coriolanus, tells the story of a man whose excessive hubris leads to banishment from his country, and a bloody downfall.BWW Interviews: Dennis Henry of CORIOLANUS June 18, 2014
based upon the 1976 documentary of the same name, by Albert and David Maysles, the offbeat and somewhat perplexing musical Grey Gardens acts as a pseudo-documentary of the rise and fall of the reclusive mother/daughter duo of 'Big' Edith Bouvier Beale and 'Little' Edith Bouvier Beale. Aunt and cousin, respectively, of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the story follows their lives from high society to abject poverty, living in a decomposing mansion overrun with flea-infested cats.BWW Reviews: Grand Rapids Civic Theatre's 9 TO 5 Will Leave You Smiling June 2, 2014
9 to 5 is the musical comedy based upon the 1980 film of the same name, with music and lyrics penned by Dolly Parton. It is Dolly herself who opens the show via video, taking the audience back to 1979 and all its glass-ceilinged, technologically-impaired glory, setting the scene for the opening number, the rollicking title song, "9 to 5".Summer Stages: BWW's Top Summer Theatre Picks - Michigan June 5, 2014
Although outside it still feels like winter in West Michigan, inside the Dog Story Theatre, it is midsummer! The Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company has created a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream that is sparkling with vitality and physical energy.BWW Reviews: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (Circle Theatre) May 15, 2014
The story is about a prince and princess from two different kingdoms who were wed at infancy. While the prince anxiously anticipates meeting his now 21 year old bride, she has started a women's university, preaching the virtues of woman over man, and that 'man is nature's sole mistake'. When Princess Ida does not show up as agreed upon, Prince Hilarion and a couple of friends infiltrate the university as new students, and hilarity ensues. The two kings threaten war to solve the problem, the prince offers love. Ida must decide whether she can continue her noble experiment.BWW Reviews: PRINCESS IDA (West Michigan Savoyards) April 7, 2014
By re-creating performance and rehearsal conditions experienced by actors in the 17th century, creates a exceptional theatrical environment where the sets are sparse, the costumes minimal, and performances electric. Energy and spontaneity reign supreme as tempers and tension build until the inevitable violent conclusion, where love and revenge stab one in the heart.BWW Reviews: BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON February 13, 2014
'Jackson' is the bloody bloody brilliant musical rendition of one of America's most historically controversial figures.