Don’t forget to fill out the RIVERWALK RETURN SURVEY on how YOU feel about different mask/distancing procedures when YOU come back too Riverwalk Theatre. Remember, you can fill it out as an audience member, and also in your other “participant” roles, actor, director, crew etc. Share the link with theatre friends! The survey is now online now at RWT Reopening Survey https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc7OUfws43zqvF16L6j0YNnx68W48V91f58ugNZjFaowiW2Tg/viewform and will be available until September 30.
The Blue Light Players, a nonprofit theater company based in Delta Township, has announced that it is rebranding itself as Evolve Theatrics, to reflect a change in its mission and values.
Since 2005, the Blue Light Players has donated the proceeds of its productions to aid the families of fallen and critically injured police officers. In that time, the organization has given more than $36,000 to its cause.
“Like the rest of the country, we have been deeply shaken by the violence we have witnessed because of institutional racism within the criminal justice system and within our communities. We realized that we could no longer continue to support that system,” stated Helen Hart, founder of the theater group. “As Maya Angelou said, ‘when we know better, we have to do better.’ We know that we have to do better with how our money supports our community.”
Evolve Theatrics will continue to operate as a 501(C) (3) nonprofit, with show proceeds being donated to causes in the local community, particularly those committed to anti-racism, diversity, and inclusion.
The name also reflects the organization’s plans to evolve in the way theatrical productions are produced. The group is currently in virtual rehearsals for its first online production, which is also its first non-musical production. Alice in Wonderland will be presented on October 16th and 17th, 2020, with details to follow on the company website.
“We are committed to being inclusive, open and affirming as we continue to produce theater in both virtual, and when the time is safe, live environments,” said Hart. “We know that we must change and echoing the words from our 2019 production of ‘Newsies,’ the change starts ‘right damned now!’”
To learn more, visit http://www.evolvetheatrics.com
ARTS COUNCIL OF GREATER LANSING
The Arts Council of Greater Lansing exists to support, strengthen and promote arts, culture and creativity in the Capital region.
The Arts Council of Greater Lansing has been a leading voice for arts and culture in the Greater Lansing region since 1965 providing direct support to hundreds of artists and arts and cultural organizations located in Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties. The role of the Arts Council is to support and promote the work of its constituents by assisting them in the growth and development of their artistic practice, financial stability, and accessibility.
In addition to the support the organization provides its constituents, the agency also provides community arts leadership by actively engaging with area business and civic leaders to ensure that the arts play a vital role in economic development, creative placemaking, community revitalization, and quality of life issues. Currently the Arts Council is not open to the public and is conducting business remotely.
The Administrative Assistant will perform clerical, administrative and reception tasks while serving as a brand ambassador for our mission to “support, strengthen and promote arts and culture in the Capital region.” The ideal candidate will be responsible, take initiative, multitask with ease and work well as part of a remote team. The Administrative Assistant will clearly and personably communicate with stakeholders, including but not limited to: board,staff, interns, donors, sponsors and students.
We are seeking a polished professional who enjoys interacting with people, creatively solving problems and working collaboratively toward real change. The Administrative Assistant will report to the Executive Director using strategically-aligned organizational goals for capacity building, increasing revenue through contributions, grants, memberships and sponsorships.
Qualified applicants should possess the following (please provide examples of these in your application materials):
• A love and passion for the arts
• A career interest in arts administration, arts programming or fund development
• Is comfortable with technology and working in a remote setting
• Expert communications skills with developed interpersonal and customer service skills
• Outstanding organizational, communication, written and oral skills.
• Flexible and resourceful
• Skilled in problem-solving with a “can-do attitude” required for nonprofit administration
• Adept in meeting goals and timelines to support organizational growth
• Motivated by high-quality standards
• Capable of working independently and proactively, as well as directing others
• Skilled at working with team members to meet the strategic objectives of the organization
• Detail-oriented and organized with evidence of improving systems and procedures
• Accomplished in prioritizing, delegating and multitasking
• Knowledgeable in office procedures
• Technologically adept in Microsoft Office Suite: Word, Excel and PowerPoint
• Familiar with Adobe (PDF)
• Sensitive to confidential matters
• Experienced in professional settings with at least two years of relevant work such as volunteer coordination, customer service, hospitality, administration or similar field
- Relevant post-secondary experience or degree(s)
- Experienced in database management, donor-tracking software or similar software
- Proficient in website management or desire to be trained
- Creative background, including, but not limited to, academic or professional arts experience
This job description is not an exhaustive list of all functions that the employee may be required to perform, and the employee may be required to perform additional functions. Additionally,the Arts Council reserves the right to revise the job description at any time.
Physical demands: While performing the essential duties of this job physical mobility is required, including standing, walking, lifting, and bending. Typing/data entry required. Prolonged periods of sitting/standing required. Travel in personal automobile may be required for Arts Council business, with or without reimbursement.
Part-time, hourly position. Approximately 20-30 hrs/week. $12/hr.
Position is currently remote and part time with some flexibility (up to 30 hrs per week) during remote hours: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m.– 5.p.m. Some work outside of normal business hours may be required.
It is the Arts Council of Greater Lansing’s philosophy and policy to provide equal opportunity in employment to all qualified individuals in recruitment, hiring and employment practices. Unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation and sex-stereotyping), national origin, age,disability, genetic information, veteran, marital status, or other factor prohibited by law will not be allowed or tolerated. This policy applies to all employment practices including recruiting, hiring, pay rates, conditions of employment and termination.
To apply, email cover letter and resume to mailto:email@example.com with “Administrative Assistant Position” in the subject line. No unsolicited inquiries please. Job is posted until filled. Applications received by 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, will receive priority.
The Arts Council of Greater Lansing is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Arts Council of Greater Lansing | 1208 Turner Street, Lansing, MI 48906
Reopening Riverwalk Theatre –
At Riverwalk Theatre, we’re looking forward to starting “Act Two” after our pandemic intermission. This will require in-person, group work projects and training sessions in order to safely prepare for productions to resume in our auditoriums. To help us understand what “safely” means for our supporters, volunteers, actors, crews and audience members, we are asking you to complete a survey. Your opinion is important to us.
The survey is now online now at RWT Reopening Survey https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc7OUfws43zqvF16L6j0YNnx68W48V91f58ugNZjFaowiW2Tg/viewform and will be available until September 30. Results will be aggregated and shared with our planning teams. Results will not be linked with the person responding unless the person asks a question. If a respondent asks for someone to contact him/her, then a member of the survey team will follow up.
We’d like to get as many responses as possible, so please let others in the Riverwalk Theatre family know about this survey.
Thanks for your support. If you have any questions about the survey, please feel free to contact Tom Ferris at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click on this link to start the survey – RWT Reopening Survey https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc7OUfws43zqvF16L6j0YNnx68W48V91f58ugNZjFaowiW2Tg/viewform
Here’s Ripples featuring a Live Broadway show and MORE news from Riverwalk. NOTE that Broadway on the Grand has been MOVED ONE DAY LATER to 7pm Sunday, September 13.
Use your acting and improvisational skills, have fun, help students and get paid at the same time!
RE: Ahmed v Buckner
RIVERWALK THEATRE is looking for 2 actors who are interested in playing the plaintiff in mock trials for the MSU College of Law Trial Practice Institute. If you are interested in an unusual acting gig where you will be taking case materials, building a character consistent with those materials and playing that character in the highly improvisational environment of a civil court case, this gig is for you! There is a $275 stipend for this work.
Kiya Ahmed, Plaintiff (Female, Egyptian American, 41 yrs old) Kiya Ahmed is a single mother, who worked at C&S Accounting most of her adult life. She became involved in an eight month affair with defendant Paul Buckner, an important partner in the firm. After she ended the affair, she applied for partnership and was turned down by the hiring committee chaired by Buckner. She was given 6 months to resign from C&S, which was normal for accountants who did not become partners.
Ms. Ahmed claims she was denied partnership in the Cooper & Stewart (C&S) accounting firm because she terminated a sexual relationship with defendant Paul Buckner. She also claims gender discrimination based on a sexual harassment claim as well as a hostile work environment claim. She further claims that she was denied partnership based on her religion (Islam) and ethnicity. Finally she claims that she was defamed by defendant Buckner.
There are two Trial Practice I classes this fall. Each class will be organized into two trials, for a total of 4 trials. In order to cast the mock trials, Riverwalk is seeking 2 actors to play the role of plaintiff Kiya Ahmed. (See description above.) Actors playing Ahmed need to be available for two trials, one each on Saturday and Sunday.
Due to the pandemic, all meetings and appearances will be through Zoom meetings. Witnesses are required to have the Zoom software/app installed on computer, tablet/IPad or smart phone. The free app/software is available for download at Zoom.com or from the app store for your device. (We’ll go over the Zoom meeting process at Orientation.)
Actors would need to be available for Zoom Meetings on ALL of the following dates:
• Saturday, October 3, 10am – Noon – Case and Process Orientation
• Saturday, October 17, 8:30 am – 3 pm - Witness interviews
• Saturday, November 21 and Sunday, November 22, 8:30am - 3pm – Trials
If you are interested in playing this role or obtaining further information, please contact TOM FERRIS at mailto:email@example.com, by FRIDAY, September 25. Please include a photo (If you have not participated previously) , your acting age range, contact information (email, phone and home address) and any information you believe might be helpful to us as we cast this role.
RIVERWALK LIVE SHOW in the PARKING LOT!
Join us for BROADWAY ON THE GRAND a parking lot popup show Saturday, September 12, 8:30 pm—a Riverwalk special event!
We couldn’t say no when our friend Sam Rohloff, asked to put on a show for the Riverwalk community while he’s here at home waiting for New York theatres to reopen their doors. With touring credits from Kinky Boots, and West Side Story, and as a graduate from Oakland University, he’s put together a night of show tunes with special guests you won’t want to miss.
Performers include Sam, himself, plus Emily Hadick, who has come a long, long way since she played orphan “Pepper” in Riverwalk’s 2011 Annie. She’s performed at Meadowbrook, Encore, The Dio, Exit Left Theatre, The Huron Playhouse... and more.
...and Sean Holland II, a fourth-year MSU award-winning music education/classical voice major who was outstanding as “Seaweed J. Stubbs ” in Riverwalk’s 2019 Hairspray as well as playing the title role in Orpheus in the Underworld among other roles at MSU and he has been featured on many recordings.
Performers are supported by Kait Wilson on keyboard and by Riverwalk staff and technicians: Kelly Jo Garland on sound, Cody Skalmowski and Cambray Sampson on lights, Jeff Magnuson producing, and Tom Ferris and Leroy Cupp on staging and logistics.
There will be no concessions sold and the building (bathrooms) will not be open to the public. We expect the performance to last about an hour. Parking instructions will be emailed to guests upon processing your reservation. We will be parking vehicles along Museum Dr., Michigan Ave., and within our own north lot. The performance will be outside, with numbered areas for you to set up your lawn chairs. You’ll reserve a space for up to four people from the same household to sit together in your own portable chairs with six-foot distance from other groups of patrons. This is a live, in-person event; we will not be recording/streaming it later.
ONLY 100 audience members are allowed, so make your reservation ASAP. $20 per person of any age/no discounts. You can reserve online (http://riverwalktheatre.com ) or by phoning Mike 517-482-5700. He is at the office Tuesday-Friday 10 am - 2 pm.
9/11-12 - Lebowsky Center is presenting a similar outdoor revue with 6pm and 9pm shows both Friday and Saturday in Owosso. featuring some of your favorites from the Lebowsky Center stage. Each evening, Park Street will be closed down for an ambient experience featuring two separate lineups of performers singing a mix of popular songs from the stage to screen for this safe, socially distant event.
More info at https://lebowskycenter.com/pop-up-on-park/
Ruhala Performing Arts Center is now enrolling.
Private classes are available “to improve your skills, enjoy your performing, and balance your life with joy", in person or by video.
More info at http://ruhalacenter.com
Have YOU worked/played at Riverwalk Theatre? Do you have a fave RECIPE to share?
The Moms of Quarantine Babies at Riverwalk are assembling a digital cookbook (with printing rights) as an independent fundraiser for Riverwalk Theatre! They have some great ideas to make a really fun and tasty cookbook and more information will be released soon about how to snag your copy, but they need YOUR help with the content!
Submit as many of your food and drink recipes as you'd like! Depending on the amount of submissions, they cannot guarantee every recipe will be published.
If you have a (neatly) handwritten recipe, you are welcome to snap a picture and send to mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS 8pm SEPTEMBER 1st!
The Curtainless Theatre is thrilled to present the next installment of The Oedipus Cycle:
Oedipus at Colonus.
Streaming live on our Facebook page at 8 pm on Friday, August 28, this second part of Sophocles' classic trilogy catches up with the tragic Oedipus many years after the events of Oedipus Rex.
Having been thrust from his home and kingdom in Thebes, Oedipus finds himself a wayfarer in Athens, where he rests on a rock near the town of Colonus. Reflecting on fate, guilt, treachery and friendship, Oedipus spends his final hours with his daughters. When a haunting figure from his past returns to take his daughters away, Oedipus looks to Theseus of Athens for aid.
Directed by Dale Wayne Williams with technical direction by Cody Skalmowski, the cast features a host of Lansing area favorites, including transplants Jordan Climie in Detroit and Monica Holland in Boston. Those who tuned in to our production of Oedipus Rex will see some familiar faces in the cast, including Tim Edinger returning as Oedipus and Joe Clark continuing in the role of Creon (joined this time around by his fiancee Kate Dickinson!).
This event is Free, but donations are encouraged and very much appreciated: paypal.me/curtainlesstheatre
Note: this play contains sensitive material that may not be suitable for all ages. Parental guidance suggested.
Note from Jane: You can check out the “prequel” Oedipus Rex, at Curtainelss Theatre’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/search/videos/?q=the curtainless theatre
As a “classics-challenged” viewer, I recommend checking out the Cliff’s Notes version, in advance. You can also review summaries of the previous “Oedipus” and the subsequent “Antigone” at this site: https://www.cliffsnotes.com/literature/o/the-oedipus-trilogy/play-summary/oedipus-at-colonus
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