By Jessika Perez
After a year and a half of inactivity, Spectrum Theater was finally able to host students Sept. 22-23 as they auditioned for Grand Rapids Community College’s fall theater production “Stop Kiss.”
“Stop Kiss” is a small ensemble drama set in New York about two women who unexpectedly fall in love and the tragic consequences following their first kiss. It is written by Diana Son and will be directed by GRCC Theater Director Carrie McNulty. The play was first performed in 1998 and its storytelling is unique as the story is told out of order.
When GRCC’s campus went into lockdown in 2020, Spectrum Theater had to cut its season short.
“We were doing a show, it was “Tigers Be Still”, which was directed by Tom Kaechele (the theater program director),” said Jonathan Wheeler, the Spectrum Theater manager. “So we shut down in March 2020 but now we’re back.”
The theater will be picking up where it left off: three show nights of “Tigers Be Still” are set for Oct. 14 through 16. More information will become available on the Spectrum Theater webpage as the dates approach.
“Typically, we do around two mainstage shows and then we do one blackbox show a year, but this year we may not be able to ‘cause of COVID,” Wheeler said.
While student life on campus recovers, GRCC is still dedicated to student safety.
“We’ll definitely be limiting the audience capacity… practicing some social distancing guidelines and our audience will be masked as well as our student performers,” Wheeler said. “Just to be as safe as possible during this COVID pandemic, we have to follow that protocol.”
If any students are interested in helping get Spectrum Theater back into swing or would like to be a part of a production, many opportunities are available. Students can audition for the shows, work backstage, work in the box office, and usher the night of the shows.
“There are many opportunities and you don’t have to be a theater student to take part in these opportunities here at the theater program,” Wheeler said. “You just have to be enrolled at GRCC. All students are welcome.”
Any interested student can contact Spectrum Theater at (616) 234-3387 or the theater department directly at (616) 234-3998.