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‘Beauty and the Beast’ a top-notch HCAT production

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The Hans Christian Andersen Theater (HCAT) started decades ago as a way to introduce children to theater. The theater group has now, for the second time, taken on the task of giving those grown children another opportunity to perform on stage.

 HCAT, along with the Greenville Area Recreation and Community Center, will present the Disney classic “Beauty and the Beast” this weekend. The cast and crew are comprised of those 16 years old and older, with many of the actors coming from outside the Greenville area.

Greenville Middle School students return to the stage in “Alice in Wonderland”

For the first time since 2018, students from Greenville Middle School return to the stage of the Greenville Performing Arts Center as they present “Alice in Wonderland” on Friday and Saturday.

Based on the story by Lewis Carroll, adapted by Anne Coulter Martens, as the curtain rises, Alice slides into view at the end of her long fall down the rabbit hole. It is a more delightful place for the audience than for Alice, who is trying desperately to get back home. She tries to get help from the Mad Hatter, the Rabbit, and the very nice Cheshire Cat. Alice meets more of the odd and strange characters in Wonderland, ruled by the mad Queen of Hearts.

PLAY REVIEW: ‘Shrek Jr.’ a fast-paced, colorful performance

Transforming the Greenville Area Recreation and Community Center Stage into a swamp and having a band of fairytale characters banished to that swamp is an interesting idea in itself. But then introducing an ugly ogre, a beautiful princess and a bad guy named Lord Farquaad, and you’ve got all the makings for a humorous, fun and energetic musical called “Shrek Jr.”

Comedy magic comes to the GHS stage with “Puffs”

Greenville High School’s Yellow Jacket Theatre presents “Puffs” by Matt Cox to audiences this weekend.

This production is a light-hearted romp through the stories of certain boy-wizard that many know so well.

PLAY REVIEW: ‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown’

Charles Schultz created his comic books to show small frames of his character’s stories. The frames then blended together to make a comic strip.

Greenville High School performing arts students use that same technique in their musical version of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”

GHS retro radio show returns to the stage

Greenville High School’s Yellow Jacket Theatre brings Orson Welles infamous 1938 radio show “The War of the Worlds” to audiences this weekend. This production celebrates 10 years of Yellow Jacket Theatre producing live radio drama onstage.

Flat River Community Players back on stage with Neil Simon classic

After 21 months, community theater is back in Greenville with the Flat River Community Players (FRCP) debut of Neil Simon’s “London Suite.”

Director Kent Schuster credits the choice of this weekend’s play to a lucky find/purchase at the Lakeview library used book sale. Schuster, (who also plays the unwitting bellman in the play), read the book and thought it would be a great play for FRCP to perform.

Cast members share spotlight in ‘The Emperor’s Birthday Suit’

A mixture of television detectives, fairy tale characters and an arrogant emperor all come together in a fast-paced, humorous production, presented by the Hans Christian Andersen Theater Danish Festival.

Based on the famous Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, “The Emperor’s Birthday Suit” features 16 actors in sixth through 12th grades in colorful costumes putting a comical twist to a fun story this weekend at the Greenville Area Community Center.

Shakespeare returns to Tower Riverside Park

The Greenville Area Community Center and Greenville High School’s Yellow Jacket Theatre will bring free performances of William Shakespeare’s classic comedy “Much Ado About Nothing” to Tower Riverside Park at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Saturday night’s performance also shares the park with a performance by Nashville artist John Tibbs at 6 p.m., presented by First Church of God, Greenville.

Yellow Jacket Theatre goes on ‘The Odyssey’

Having endured their own year-long pandemic journey, Greenville High School (GHS) Yellow Jacket Theatre returns to the stage of the Greenville Performing Arts Center this weekend to present “The Odyssey.”

Yellow Jacket Theatre students have endured their own odyssey in the past year. Their production of “The Crucible” moved to online highlights last spring, the fall musical was canceled, the annual Retro Radio Show was done completely online, and the annual West Michigan Theatre Festival was also canceled, all due to the COVID-19 pandemic.