Hope Summer Repertory Theatre at Hope College is bustling as the company prepares for the start of Season 47. Soon enough, the ticket office in Anderson-Werkman downtown will be bustling for the season, too. Phones will be ringing and patrons will be stopping by as tickets go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, April 18.
HSRT will be presenting five productions for audiences of all ages this summer, including Tony Award winners, an innovative and thrilling retelling of an epic Greek poem, and the world premiere of a musical adaptation of a locally written children’s book. The season will open on Wednesday, June 13, with matinee performances of “Dragon Pack Snack Attack – The Musical,” with Friday-evening openings following for the main stage productions of “The Wiz” (June 22), “The Odd Couple” (June 29), “An Iliad” (July 13) and “Godspell” (July 20). Actors, directors and designers from across the country will collaborate to bring the productions to life.
Single tickets and season-ticket packages are available.
For the performances of “The Wiz” and “Godspell” individual ticket prices range from $28 to $35 for balcony/orchestra seating and $32 to $40 for mezzanine seating. Tickets for children under the age of 18 are $15. For the performances of “The Odd Couple,” prices range from $22 to $26 for balcony/orchestra seating and from $27 to $30 for mezzanine seating. Tickets for children under the age of 18 are $15. For the performances of “An Iliad,” prices are $30 for regular admission, $27 for senior citizens and $15 for children under the age of 18, with general seating for all ages. Children’s Performance Troupe tickets for “Dragon Pack Snack Attack – The Musical” are $15 for general seating, for all ages.
A season-ticket package saves patrons up to 50 percent off individual ticket prices and guarantees a terrific seat for each performance. Purchasing a season ticket package is the best way to enjoy a HSRT production.
The Best Buy Package offers seating for four main stage performances for only $95 for regular admission, $87 for senior citizens and Hope faculty and staff, and $50 for students. The Super Saver Package includes seating limited to the orchestra and balcony and admission to the four main stage productions for $80 for both regular admission and senior citizens, and $50 for students.
The Children’s Season Package is great for children under 12, and includes one ticket to “Dragon Pack Snack Attack – The Musical” and one ticket to a main-stage production for $25. The Adult CPT Package is great for parents, and offers one ticket to “Dragon Pack Snack Attack – The Musical” and one main-stage performance for $50. Make it two tickets for each production and pay $90 for the Adult Bonus CPT Package.
Individual tickets and packages will be available beginning on Wednesday, April 18, and may be purchased through the ticket office in the Events and Conferences Office located downtown in the Anderson-Werkman Financial Center (100 E. Eighth St.). The office is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be called at (616) 395-7890. Tickets can also be purchased online.
Established at Hope College in 1972, Hope Summer Repertory Theatre is West Michigan’s premiere professional theatre company and produces plays and educational programs of the highest professional standards that address the needs of, and enhance the quality of life for, Hope College and the community. The productions are presented across the summer months in venues including the college’s DeWitt Center main theatre, DeWitt Center studio theatre and Howard Recital Hall in the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts. The company numbers more than 100 annually and features a unique blend of distinguished professionals and young theatre artists from across the country.
- “The Wiz” - DeWitt Center main theatre - 7:30 p.m. & 1:30 p.m.
“The Wiz” by William F. Brown & Charlie Smalls - DeWitt Center main theatre - 7:30 p.m. & 1:30 p.m.
7:30 p.m. June 22, 23, 26, 27 ᆞJuly 2, 6, 9, 11, 17, 25, 28ᆞAugust 3, 9
1:30 p.m. July 28, August 10
A beloved Broadway gem, “The Wiz” infuses L. Frank Baum’s “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” with a dazzling mix of rock, gospel and soul music. This timeless tale of Dorothy’s adventures through the Land of Oz is a fun, family-positive, modern musical.
- “The Odd Couple” – DeWitt Center main theatre - 7:30 p.m. & 1:30 p.m.
“The Odd Couple” by Neil Simon – DeWitt Center main theatre - 7:30 p.m. & 1:30 p.m.
7:30 p.m. June 29, 30 ᆞJuly 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 16, 18
1:30 p.m. July 7
This classic comedy opens as a group of the guys assembles for cards in the apartment of the divorced Oscar Madison. And if the mess is any indication, it’s no wonder that his wife left him. Late to arrive is the fastidious and excessively tense Felix Unger, who has just been separated from his wife. The clean-freak and the slob ultimately decide to room together with hilarious results as “The Odd Couple” is born.
- “An Iliad” - Howard Recital Hall, Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts
“An Iliad” by Lisa Peterson & Denis O’Hare - Howard Recital Hall, Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts
7:30 p.m. July 13, 14, 17, 19, 23, 25, 27, 31 ᆞAugust 2, 7
“An Iliad” is a modern-day retelling of Homer’s classic. Poetry and humor, the ancient tale of the Trojan War and the modern world collide in this captivating theatrical experience. The lone figure on stage is a storyteller - possibly Homer, possibly one of the many bards who followed in Homer’s footsteps. She is fated to tell this story throughout history.
- “Godspell” - DeWitt Center main theatre - 7:30 p.m. & 1:30 p.m.
“Godspell” by Stephen Schwartz & John-Michael Tebelak - DeWitt Center main theatre - 7:30 p.m. & 1:30 p.m.
7:30 p.m. July 20, 21, 24, 26, 30 ᆞAugust 1, 4, 6, 8
1:30 p.m. August 4
Prepare ye for the timeless tale of friendship, loyalty and love based on the Gospel according to St. Matthew. The first major musical theatre offering from three-time Grammy- and Academy Award-winner Stephen Schwartz (“Wicked,” “Pippin,” “Children of Eden”), “Godspell” took the world by storm. Led by the international hit “Day by Day,” “Godspell” features a parade of beloved songs, including “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord,” “Learn Your Lessons Well,” “All for the Best,” “All Good Gifts,” “Turn Back, O Man” and “By My Side.”
- “Dragon Pack Snack Attack - DeWitt Center studio theatre
“Dragon Pack Snack Attack - The Musical” by Erik Durham - DeWitt Center studio theatre
10:30 a.m. June 15, 19, 20 ᆞJuly 2, 6, 9, 10, 12, 16, 18, 24, 26, 30 ᆞAugust 3
1:30 p.m. June 13, 28 ᆞJuly 14 ᆞAugust 1, 6, 8
From the book by Joel Schoon-Tanis and Jeff Grooters
It’s the Middle Ages, and Hobart the dragon and his dragon buddies are bored with their dragon shenanigans. So what do they do? Why, fly to the beach, of course! The islands are a paradise at first, but now the dragons are hungry. When the dragons leave the tropics and discover Burger Hut, it’s a full-fledged, ferociously fearsome fast-food festival.