A Sweet Season of Performances

The Van Singel Fine Arts Center 2017-2018 season is packed with a sweet series of performances, including a newly formed partnership with Master Arts Theatre. The season features concert tributes to The Beatles and The Beach Boys, a touring Broadway musical, national concert artists, and the Van Singel’s newest venture in community theatre with Willy Wonka, the Musical.

This season’s shows are (in order of presentation):

GLENN BULTHUIS & THE TONEDEAFS Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Sgt. Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band Album
Saturday, September 16, 2017, 7:30 pm
Van Singel favorites, Glenn Bulthuis and the Tonedeafs return to perform the entire “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album live on stage.  2017 marks the 50th Anniversary of the release of the monumental Beatles album that Rolling Stone Magazine calls the greatest rock and roll album of all time.  An 11-piece band recreates the entire Sgt. Pepper album along with 15 additional Beatles classics. This specially priced concert will appeal to the entire family. Older fans will relive the songs of their youth and younger fans will discover the wonder of the Beatles music for the first time! Glenn and his band tie it all together with humor and stories behind the songs.

Friday, October 20, 2017, 7:30 pm
Many associate the hymns and spirituals with American Folk music, but they are so much more. Hymns and Spirituals are full of fascinating historical facts and come from lives that were both victorious and broken. God’s Music includes contemporary instrumental and vocal arrangements of some of those timeless favorites.

These are tied together with fascinating stories and narrative that will bring new life to the rich history and messages of the songs. This staged musical/concert, underwritten by the Van Singel Family Foundation, includes National recording artists & Grammy Award contenders Deborah and David Johnson. It also includes an auditioned chorus of local vocalists! 

Thursday-Friday, November 30- December 1, 2017 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 2, 2017 2 pm and 7:30 pm
It’s the beginning of a sweet partnership when Master Arts Theatre and the Van Singel Fine Arts Center team up to co-produce Roald Dahl’s musical comedy, Willy Wonka: The Musical. Based on the original film starring Gene Wilder, the four performances, underwritten by The Van Singel Family Foundation, will be presented at the Van Singel Fine Arts Center November 30th through December 2nd. 

Auditions are scheduled for Saturday, June 24, 10 am to 12 pm and on Monday, June 26, 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Auditions will be held at the Van Singel Fine Arts Center. Click here to download a cast list and a tentative rehearsal schedule.

Charles Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL 
Saturday, December 16, 2017, 7:30 pm

A powerful story of redemption, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, has enchanted audiences the world over with its simple message of Holiday joy. Ebenezer Scrooge, that most unrepentant and miserly of fellows, is made to see the light as he survives a merciless battery of revelations by the ghosts of his own life: Jacob Marley and the Christmas Spirits of Past, Present, and Future.

With script adaptation, direction, and a flawless performance as Scrooge, by award-winning 40 year theater veteran Scott H Severance, this new adaptation of Dickens’ ever popular classic fills the stage with first class professional actors, lush costumes, stunning sets and puppetry, song and dance, a heavy dose of humor, and a timeless message. With the music of 26 beloved traditional carols of the season woven throughout this classic tale, A Christmas Carol is the perfect way to begin the holiday festivities in your community.

Now in its third year of spreading cheer across the country, the 2016 national tour of A Christmas Carol is presented by PerSeverance Productions of Nashua, NH. This company knows only one way to tell great theatrical tales--with 100% commitment, passion, humor, and dedication. "Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance."

Celebrate the true Spirit of Christmas with this brand new, original production filled with haunting special effects and heartfelt sentiment.   A Christmas Carol is delightful and thoroughly entertaining, it is the perfect family holiday event. Filled with beloved music of the season, superb staging, and tremendous artistry.

Please note: Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is not part of the Van Singel's Chemical Bank Series and is presented by an independent promoter.

Monday, March 5, 2018, 7:30 pm
Million Dollar Quartet  is the smash-hit musical inspired by the famed recording session that brought together rock 'n' roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time.

On December 4, 1956, these four young musicians gathered at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever. Million Dollar Quartet  brings that legendary night to life, featuring a score of rock hits including "Blue Suede Shoes," "Fever," "That's All Right," "Sixteen Tons," "Great Balls of Fire," "Walk the Line," "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," "Who Do You Love?," "Matchbox," "Folsom Prison Blues," "Hound Dog" and more.

This thrilling musical, underwritten by Dan Pfeiffer Automotive Group, brings you inside the recording studio with four major talents who came together as a red-hot rock 'n' roll band for one unforgettable night. Don't miss your chance to be a fly on the wall of fame... at Million Dollar Quartet! 

Saturday, March 24, 2018, 7:30 pm
Sounds of Summer: A Beach Boys Tribute is a brand new tribute based in Southern Indiana that includes over 30 familiar hits and tells the story of America’s band - the Beach Boys. These four incredibly talented guys have known each other since grade school and shared a love of 60’s music and Beach Boys’ harmonies. In 2014, Connor, David, Eric and Matt spent eight months learning and perfecting the intricate musical arrangements for the show before debuting in January of 2015. Sounds of Summer: A Beach Boys Tribute not only has the authentic sound, but also the most authentic look among any other Beach Boys tribute band in the country with all members currently in their 20’s. In less than a year Connor, David, Eric and Matt have already made an appearance onstage with the Beach Boys and sold out theater performances across Indiana. This show isn’t just fun…it’s fun, fun, fun!

COOL JAZZ featuring Alphonso Horne
Friday, April 27, 2018, 7:30 pm
Get ready, set and go once again for a hot night of Cool Jazz featuring the nationally recognized Byron Center Jazz Ensembles along with an international jazz musician, Alphonso Horne.

Ticket prices are:                        
                                                               Adult          Student (college age included with proper ID)
GLENN BULTHUIS - BEATLES                  $18.50          $12.50 
GOD'S MUSIC                                          $30.50          $16.50 
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET                    $45.50          $25.50 
SOUNDS OF SUMMER                             $30.50          $16.50 
COOL JAZZ                                              $18.50          $11.50

WILLY WONKA                         
Prime Seating (Sections II & III)                 $22.00 all seats
Children 10 and under (all seats)                 $  8.50
All other reserved seating                           Adult $19.00    Student/Senior $17.00

*Charles Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL    Adult            Student

                                                                  $30.50           $15.50

*A Christmas Carol is not part of the 2017-2018 Van Singel CHEMICAL BANK Series and is presented by an independent promoter.

 Ticket patrons who order two or more shows from the Van Singel main season are eligible to a 10% ticket discount for Willy Wonka – The Musical.
All shows are reserved seating. Van Singel ticket patrons can design their own season and save from 5% to 15% off the cost of a full price ticket depending on the number of shows purchased:
● 5% discount when you purchase 2 shows
● 10% discount when you purchase 3-4 shows
● 15% discount when you purchase 5 shows

Groups also receive ticket discounts depending on the number of tickets purchased per performance.
●5% discount with a purchase of 10-19 tickets
●10% discount with a purchase of 20-49 tickets
●15% discount with a purchase of 50 tickets or more

Patrons who order three or more shows can choose the three-payment plan if tickets are ordered by August 31st - an easy way to pay for a full year of entertainment with three equal monthly payments will automatically be charged to a credit card. 

To reserve seats, call or visit the Van Singel Fine Arts Center box office Monday through Friday, 12 pm to 5 pm, 616.878.6800. The Van Singel Box Office Summer hours through September 2 are Monday through Wednesday only, 12 noon – 5pm. 

Less than 15 minutes south of Grand Rapids, the Van Singel Fine Arts Center, is located at 84th & Burlingame SW, just 1.5 miles west of US-131 in Byron Center. The venue is at the east end of the Byron Center High School complex. For more information go on-line to www.vsfac.com.


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