By Hannah Burnis – Collegiate Staff
Grand Rapids Community College’s Spectrum Theater has four theater programs that welcome all students to get involved.
GRCC Players is a specific theater group open to any students interested in any aspect of theater.
Jason Reimink, a current student and participant in GRCC Players said, “I was looking to broaden my experience.“
“In order to be cast in one of those productions, students must be enrolled in at least one credit at GRCC,” said Michelle Urbane, Spectrum Theater director.
Urbane highly suggests that students attending GRCC email her to find out how to get involved at Spectrum.
“Theater is not just for a certain type of person. Theater can help make connections and teach how to properly communicate with those around you,” said Urbane.
“There’s always something new to learn in the theater. The more people you can meet and interact with, the faster you can find those things. The great thing about theater is that so many skills are needed, in such combinations,” said Reimink.
“Reach out, come see shows, get inspired,” said Urbane. “Theater is used in all walks of life.”
Other Spectrum Theater programs such as Actors’ Theatre, Jewish Theatre, and Heritage Theatre are all community-based, meaning anyone and everyone can get involved.
“Actors’ Theatre would be the varsity group of acting,” said Urbane. “Many students that have been involved with GRCC Players hope to get involved more in Actors’ Theatre.”
“The most interesting part about Spectrum is the sheer amount of activity. With as many companies as there are working simultaneously there’s almost always someone in one of the rooms preparing for another show. It doesn’t stop from the start of Fall semester until the end of winter. Even then, there’s another single company that goes through the summer,” Reimink said, in hopes to motivate students to get involved.
Actors’ Theatre alone puts on at least seven full length shows every year, so they are always looking for volunteers with behind the scenes work and aspiring actors. Actors’ Theatre is also the only community theater in Grand Rapids that pays their actors. Audition calls and requirements are posted on actorstheatregrandrapids.org to whomever wishes to audition for a role.
For any of the programs, “No experience is required,” said Urbane, explaining that “theater is a great way for all students, especially new students to meet new friends and get a new hobby.”
There are many ways to get involved in Spectrum Theaters’ programs. Students can find work in set building, set design, costume making, lighting, soundboards, makeup designing or ushering for a show.
Visit grcc.edu/theater to see the latest news and postings, and to read more about getting involved.