Only two more chances to see “The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey”

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GRCC Players present The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey by James Lecesne.

The Story: Chuck unravels the story of Leonard Pelkey, a tenaciously optimistic and flamboyant fourteen-year-old boy who goes missing. A luminous force of nature whose magic is only truly felt once he is gone, Leonard becomes an unexpected inspiration as the town’s citizens question how they live, who they love, and what they leave behind.

  • January 10 – 12 at 8 p.m.
  • Spectrum Theater Lab Space (Room 201)
  • Limited seats; call 234-3946 for tickets
  • Cost: $5 GRCC students; $10 GRCC staff

GRCC Student cast includes: Eden Heimer, Elijah Lewis, Alexus Voss, Nio Walton, and Trent Woodman.

“The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey” opens tonight

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GRCC Players present The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey by James Lecesne.

The Story: Chuck unravels the story of Leonard Pelkey, a tenaciously optimistic and flamboyant fourteen-year-old boy who goes missing. A luminous force of nature whose magic is only truly felt once he is gone, Leonard becomes an unexpected inspiration as the town’s citizens question how they live, who they love, and what they leave behind.

  • January 10 – 12 at 8 p.m.
  • Spectrum Theater Lab Space (Room 201)
  • Limited seats; call 234-3946 for tickets
  • Cost: $5 GRCC students; $10 GRCC staff

GRCC Student cast includes: Eden Heimer, Elijah Lewis, Alexus Voss, Nio Walton, and Trent Woodman.

GRCC Players perform”The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey” this weekend

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GRCC Players present The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey by James Lecesne.

The Story: Chuck unravels the story of Leonard Pelkey, a tenaciously optimistic and flamboyant fourteen-year-old boy who goes missing. A luminous force of nature whose magic is only truly felt once he is gone, Leonard becomes an unexpected inspiration as the town’s citizens question how they live, who they love, and what they leave behind.

  • January 10 – 12 at 8 p.m.
  • Spectrum Theater Lab Space (Room 201)
  • Limited seats; call 234-3946 for tickets
  • Cost: $5 GRCC students; $10 GRCC staff

GRCC Student cast includes: Eden Heimer, Elijah Lewis, Alexus Voss, Nio Walton, and Trent Woodman.

This weekend: GRCC Players present “Good Kids” by Naomi Iizuka

Good Kids by Naomi Iizuka

December 6-8 at 8 p.m. at Spectrum Theater, GRCC Players

Good Kids synopsis:

Something happened to Chloe after that party last Saturday night. Something she says she can’t remember. Something everybody is talking about. Set at a Midwestern high school, in a world of Facebook and Twitter, smartphones and YouTube, Good Kids explores a casual sexual encounter gone wrong and its very public aftermath. Who’s telling the truth? Whose version of the story do you believe? And what does that say about you?

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Caution/Trigger Warning:

This show may be triggering as it contains graphic content dealing with sexual assault, graphic language, and adult situations. Please know resources will be available in the theater lobby should anyone need to reach out to on-campus services for future discussion.

A note from the director, Carrie McNulty:

“As the director of Good Kids, I am incredibly proud of the students handling this challenging material. We have had to tackle some tough conversations regarding consent, sexual assault, and the very real case this play is based on. The cast has been open, supportive, and mature in bringing this sensitive subject to the stage.
The play is very timely, and our hope is to encourage conversation and a call to action. Because of the nature of this play, we will be encouraging the audience to stay after the Friday (December 7) performance to engage in a conversation with a talk back panel.”

Discussion Panel:

There will be a post-show Discussion Panel on Friday, December 7. Panel members will include:

  • Lina Blair (Director of Student Life and Conduct)
  • Kimberly DeVries (Director of Equal Opportunity Compliance)
  • Officer Robin Kritzman (Campus Police Officer)

 

GRCC Players present “Good Kids” by Naomi Iizuka

Good Kids by Naomi Iizuka

December 6-8 at 8 p.m. at Spectrum Theater, GRCC Players

Good Kids synopsis:

Something happened to Chloe after that party last Saturday night. Something she says she can’t remember. Something everybody is talking about. Set at a Midwestern high school, in a world of Facebook and Twitter, smartphones and YouTube, Good Kids explores a casual sexual encounter gone wrong and its very public aftermath. Who’s telling the truth? Whose version of the story do you believe? And what does that say about you?

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Caution/Trigger Warning:

This show may be triggering as it contains graphic content dealing with sexual assault, graphic language, and adult situations. Please know resources will be available in the theater lobby should anyone need to reach out to on-campus services for future discussion.

Discussion Panel:

There will be a post-show Discussion Panel on Friday, December 7.

Panel members:

  • Lina Blair (Director of Student Life and Conduct)
  • Kimberly DeVries (Director of Equal Opportunity Compliance)
  • Officer Robin Kritzman (Campus Police Officer)

TODAY: GRPS, Grade School to Grad School for Girls Conference event at GRCC

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GRCC is excited to host the GRPS Grade School to Grad School for Girls event on our main campus today.  315 students and staff are scheduled to attend today’s events, including GRPS Superintendent Neal.  If you see them today, make sure to say “Hello!”

GRCC In the News, 9-20-16

Community college becomes Fiat Chrysler training site

Sept. 19, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local community college is now a certified Fiat Chrysler training site.
Grand Rapids Community College announced that it has joined the network of Fiat Chrysler-certified technical training sites.

Area students receive Law Enforcement Education Program scholarships

Sept. 16, 2016; The Holland Sentinel

The Law Enforcement Education Program recently named Jenna Klokkert, of Fennville, and Austin Lynema, of Zeeland, among the 22 students nationwide who will receive $1,000 scholarships to encourage their pursuit of law enforcement and public safety careers.
Klokkert is a student at Grand Rapids Community College, and Lynema is a student of Grand Valley State University.

GRCC’s 11th ranked men’s XC take 2nd at MSU, women take 3rd

Sept. 19, 2016; MLive

On Friday September 16th GRCC’s men’s and women’s cross country teams made the trek down I-96 for the MSU Spartan Invitational and toed the line for what was their toughest race of the season.

Kelley: A family guide to visiting ArtPrize

Sept. 19, 2016; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – ArtPrize in Grand Rapids used to be like the World’s Biggest Ball of Yarn. It was fun because it was large and bizarre and a good excuse to stretch your legs after a car ride.

… Local artists:

… Stanley Skopek of Battle Creek, Flight in Wind at GRCC Spectrum Theater Lobby, 160 Fountain NE

GRCC In the News, 12-11-15

Diana Gameros Sings the Immigrant’s Love and Loss

Dec. 10, 2015; KQED

For Mexican-born singer-songwriter Diana Gameros, music has always been a deeply personal endeavor, acting as both a lifeline and a retreat from the world’s complications. Her soulful, emotionally-charged music, recorded on her debut album Eterno Retorno, tells a journey of love, loss, and hope, rooted in her own coming-of-age story as an undocumented immigrant in America. “Music for me has always been an outlet,” Gameros tells KQED Arts, “a way to be on my own and be okay.”

… But Gamero’s American story has an innocence, involving a Michigan boy she fell in love with and wide-eyed dreams of becoming a professional musician. “That gave me all the drive to do whatever I had to do to be here,” says Gameros, who moved to Michigan and studied music for four years at Grand Rapids Community College.

Top 5 things to do around Grand Rapids include Gunnar and the Grizzly Boys, ‘Nutcracker’ party, ‘Dogfight’

Dec. 10, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Find options for your social calendar with this list of things to do around West Michigan.

… Actors’ Theatre current production “Dogfight” is a pop-rock musical adaptation of a 1991 film starring River Phoenix and Lili Taylor. The Vietnam War-era story of soldiers cruelly wagering on which guy can bring the ugliest girl to a dance transforms into a tale of forgiveness when one of the girls rewrites the rules of the game and teaches the power of love and compassion.

Directed by Actors’ Theatre founder Fred Sebulske, tickets are $28. Remaining shows are at 8 p.m. December 10-12 and 17-19 at Grand Rapids Community College’s Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain St. NE. More at atgr.org.

GRCC In the News, 3-20-15

Grand Rapids CC Offers Scholarships For Geek Group Memberships

March 12, 2015; mitechnews.com

GRAND RAPIDS – Grand Rapids Community College announced Thursday they are now offering a 50 percent scholarship for a six-month membership program to the Geek Group to all GRCC students who are enrolled in a workforce development program.

Top 5 things to do around Grand Rapids include Sing-Off Live, Australian Bee Gees, and Chilly Blues and Brews

March 19, 2015; MLive

… Actors’ Theatre Grand Rapids presents the musical “The Light in the Piazza” from March 19-28 in GRCC’s Spectrum Theatre, 160 Fountain St. NE. The romantic tale of Clara, a sightseer touring the Tuscan countryside, and a handsome Florentine named Fabrizio begins when Clara loses her hat to a gust of wind. The hat lands at the feet of Fabrizio and fate sparks a romance. But Clara is not all that she appears to be.