By Talitha Hawkins – Collegiate Staff
Grand Rapids Community College will be putting on many plays this school year. The GRCC players spend weeks getting ready for these productions and there are plenty to choose from to go see. Students looking to actually get involved in GRCC plays will have the opportunity to audition this month for the upcoming GRCC Players production.
The plays will cover “all issues,” said Michelle Urbane, theater manager for Spectrum Theater, such as love, relationships, and racial issues.
The plays this season will have something for everyone. Some of the plays this season include, “Facing Our Truth” which is about Trayvon Martin, race, and privilege.
“It has different vignettes centered around what we’re still dealing with as far as racism and different situations where people are stereotyped,” Urbane said.
“Somewhere in Between” is about a boy who feels lonely in his isolation, but he soon meets a girl who lifts his spirits.
GRCC students can get discounted tickets when presenting their RaiderCard. At the Spectrum Theater general admission is $10, but GRCC students can get in for $3, at the Jewish Theater students can get in for $5, and at the Actors’ Theatre students can get in for $10.
To audition for GRCC plays you don’t need to be a drama student. When you audition, to receive a script, bring a $5 deposit via cash, check, or RaiderCard number. Upon returning the script, your deposit will be returned to you.
Students may also take the GRCC Players class to earn college credit as an elective.
Aside from GRCC, if you audition and get cast for an Actor’s’ Theatre show you can get a stipend, which is about $50-$100.
Rehearsals at GRCC usually take place Monday through Friday nights, but not everyone is called to every rehearsal. Rehearsals usually last about six weeks.
Auditions for “Facing Our Truth” are at 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., October 17 and October 18 at Spectrum Theater.