Upcoming Performances

November 17 – December 17, 2023

Presenting Sponsor: Smith Haughey Rice + Roegge 

Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast includes all of the wonderful songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice. The Tony Award-winning musical tells the tale of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. Can the Beast learn to love and be loved in return before time runs out?

RATED: PG for mild fantasy violence.

Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, Book by Linda Woolverton

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December 17, 2023: One Night Only!

This delightful “one night only” performance is presented by the 2023/24 Young Artist Studio Cohort; this show features the themes of “Happiness Is” and “Make ‘Em Laugh” – and what can be better in the winter months than a joyful night of music?!

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January 19 – 29, 2024

Presenting Sponsor: Hungerford Nichols CPAs + Advisors

In Clyde’s, a truck stop sandwich shop offers its formerly incarcerated kitchen staff a shot at redemption. Even as the shop’s callous owner tries to keep them under her thumb, the staff members are given purpose and permission to dream by their shared quest to create the perfect sandwich. The 2022 Tony-nominated play is written by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage.

This season we are excited to introduce “Pay What You Want January”! For each and every performance of Clyde’s, audience members can choose to pay what they want to attend. Grand Rapids Civic Theatre is excited to invite you to experience this stirringl new play, and “Pay What You Want January” allows the community to invest in a new theatre experience with a manageable price point that YOU decide. The amount you pay is based on what you are able and willing to give the production, whether that is the cost of a small coffee or the bill for a large dinner. Reserve your seat online, via phone or in person as soon as individual tickets go on sale, or choose your seats today if you’re a 2023-24 Season Passholder.

RATED: R for strong language, adult themes, and explicit sexual references.

By Lynn Nottage

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March 1 – 17, 2024

Presenting Sponsor: How Designworks

Based on the popular Disney Channel Original Movies, Disney’s Descendants: The Musical is an exciting new show jam-packed with comedy, adventure, Disney characters, and hit songs from the films! Imprisoned on the Isle of the Lost – home of the most infamous villains who ever lived – the teenaged children of Maleficent, the Evil Queen, Jafar, and Cruella De Vil have never ventured off the island… until now.

RATED: G for the entire family.

Book by Nick Blaemire, Additional lyrics by Nick Blaemire, Music Adaptation by Madeline Smith, Vocal and Incidental Arrangements Madeline Smith, Orchestrations by Matthew Tishler, Music Produced by Matthew Tishler; Music Adaptations, Vocal and Incidental Arrangements by Madeline Smith, Orchestrations and Music Produced by Matthew Tischler

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Ten for All: Youth Semi-Finalist Staged Reading

March 11, 2023

YOUTH CATEGORY SEMI-FINALS: A cast of local actors will perform a public reading of the semifinal scripts on the Meijer Majestic stage on Monday, March 11th at 5:30PM (Youth Categories). Three judges will score the plays, and Civic will announce the finalists in mid March. 

*Tickets for this event are free but reservation is required

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Ten for All: Adult Semi-Finalist Staged Reading

March 11, 2023

ADULT CATEGORY SEMI-FINALS: A cast of local actors will perform a public reading of the semifinal scripts on the Meijer Majestic stage on Monday, March 11th at 7:30PM (Adult Categories). Three judges will score the plays, and Civic will announce the finalists in mid March. 

*Tickets for this event are free but reservation is required

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April 19 – May 5, 2024

Presenting Sponsor: Centennial Securities

Ken Ludwig’s clever adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder On The Orient Express boasts all the glamour, intrigue and suspense of her celebrated novel, with a healthy dose of humor. Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of the year, but by the morning it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed eight times, his door locked from the inside. Isolated and with a killer in their midst, the passengers rely on detective Hercule Poirot to identify the murderer – in case they decide to strike again.

RATED: PG-13 for some adult themes and mild violence.

By Ken Ludwig

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Hosted at Spectrum Theater at GRCC

Back for its 4th year, the Ten For All festival will once again present original world premiere 10-minute plays written by West Michigan playwrights. Plays are anonymously read and scored and the top Semi-Finalist scripts in each category are read live on stage. Those Semi-Finalists are then adjudicated by local theatre experts and media and business leaders and then one finalist in each category is named. The finalist plays are then fully produced, staged, and performed during the premiere event, and audience members vote to give one playwright the coveted “Audience Choice” Award.

Rating pending based on submitted content.

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June 7 – 30, 2024

Presenting Sponsor: Warner Norcross + Judd

Before she was hit-maker Carole King — she was Carole Klein, a spunky, young songwriter from Brooklyn with a unique voice. From the chart-topping hits she wrote for the biggest acts in music to her own life-changing, trailblazing success with Tapestry, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical takes you back to where it all began — and takes you on the ride of a lifetime. Featuring such unforgettable classics as “You’ve Got a Friend”, “One Fine Day”, “So Far Away”, “Take Good Care of My Baby”, “Up on the Roof”, “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling”, “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”, and “Natural Woman”, this Tony® and Grammy® Award-winning musical phenomenon is filled with the songs you remember — and a story you’ll never forget.

RATED: PG-13 some adult themes and language.

Words and Music by Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann, and Cynthia Weil; Book by Douglas McGrath; Music by Arrangement with Sony/ATV Music Publishing

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Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience

*See Below for Specific Performance Dates

Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience is a rock 'n roll parable with a significant message for today's audiences, based on the hit children's book by Mo Willems. Wilbur and all his fellow naked mole rats in the Tunnel have always been, well...naked. Wondering what other possibilities are out there, Wilbur discovers a love for clothing and style. When word of his new passion turns the Tunnel upside down, he proves to everyone that there's no need to be just like everyone else.

Written by: Mo Willems
Music by: Deborah Wicks La Puma
Based on the picture book: Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by Mo Willems

RATED: G for family fun

Saturday 9/30: 11am and 2pm
Saturday 6/15: 2pm 
Saturday 6/22: 2pm

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