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Students to put on production of ‘Wilderness’

Hope Swanson rehearses "Wilderness" scene. (Dave Kagan)

“Wilderness,” a play by Seth Bockley and Anne Hamburger, is about six young adults dealing with the extreme complexities people face growing up in today’s society. These adolescents are enrolled in a therapy program where they explore difficult emotional and social situations.

The Grand Rapids Community College Players present their next play, “Wilderness” by Seth Bockley and Anne Hamburger. Opening night is at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 28 in room 201 in the Spectrum Theater and will be performed March 28 to 30.

General admission tickets cost $12 and $5 for GRCC students. Tickets are still available and can be purchased at Spectrum Theater. For more information call (616) 234-3387.

The cast has been rehearsing the show for about seven weeks and besides the mom, played by Julie Kehr, all the actors have two parts in which they are continuously switching. Although the play is not a musical, it does include dancing. Difficult topics are approached and yet, there are times the play is more lighthearted and fun.

Marissa Schutter, 19, of Grand Rapids, plays Chloe and Rebecca. She hopes the play will generate conversation between people about mental health and to help those that are dealing with hardships.

“Maybe people are going through something tough now, and we can give them a little hope and show there’s nothing wrong with seeking help if you can’t do it alone,” Schutter said. “I’m most looking forward (to) being able to share these stories with the world. These are real people’s stories. I expect a lot of people to connect with these stories in some way.”

Schutter and the cast is enthusiastic about the upcoming performances and can’t wait to share them with the community.

“We are all so passionate about what we do, and we’ve given it our all,” Schutter said. “And I really hope people can feel that and are pleased with the performances.”

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