Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids


Barnes & Noble Book Fair infoWHY you ask???? Because Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids (JTGR) will be the beneficiary of a Book Fair at Barnes & Noble at Woodland Mall on Thursday, December 11, 2014. A portion of all sales, including food, stationary, cards, etc. will go to support JTGR when you mention the Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids Code bookfair ID# 11458619 at the checkout.

Out of town friends and family can support the theater as well! People can shop at ANY Barnes and Noble store anywhere in the world on December 11th and just tell the cashier that they would like a percentage of their sale to benefit Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids Code bookfair ID# 11458619.

Online shoppers have 5 days to shop! Any day between Thursday, December 11th and Sunday, December 15th, online shoppers just have to enter our bookfair ID# 11458619. Online sales during those 5 days will benefit Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids.

Thursday, December 11th, is an All Day Event, with an informational table set up at the Woodland store manned by representatives from the theater to answer questions. At 7:00 PM we will have a sneak preview of our upcoming musical “One Night with Fanny Brice,” by Chip Deffaa, starring Sarah LaCroix. This production is a musical revue, where you experience the life and times of Fanny Brice through the songs that made her famous, including numbers such as "Second Hand Rose," "Won't You Come Home Bill Bailey," and, of course, "My Man." See www.jtgr.org for further information. Plan a fun evening for the family and come to Barnes & Noble for dessert! They sell delicious pastries & cheesecakes (don’t forget to mention JTGR when paying for your goodies) so come have a piece of cake, a cup of coffee and listen to some fantastic music! (Then do some holiday shopping!)

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JTGR's 2014-15 SEASON

2014-15 Season LogoJewish Theatre Grand Rapids is pleased to announce our 2014-15 season. We have three great shows scheduled for our 22nd season, and we hope that you will join us! Our first production will be ONE NIGHT WITH FANNY BRICE by Chip Deffaa, in January 2015 in Spectrum Theater's Black Box. Our second production will be DEATH OF A SALESMAN, by Arthur Miller, on the main stage in April 2015. We will close our season in  June 2015 on the main stage with THE TRIANGLE FACTORY FIRE PROJECT, by Christopher Piehler, in collaboration with Scott Adam Evans. Mark your calendars!

Join our family with an additional donation!

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Order your Season Tickets using our mail-in Season Brochure form.

About Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids:

Founded in 1992, Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids is dedicated to presenting quality theatrical productions with Jewish themes that are universal in appeal. In doing so, we hope to enrich the Jewish experience in West Michigan, and inform, educate, and engage both the Jewish and non-Jewish community. It's live theatre to learn, love and laugh with!

We welcome volunteers. Each production requires many hands to become reality. If you would like to join our Mishpacha (family), use the Volunteer page to let us know! Whether it is ushering, helping with refreshments, distributing publicity or assisting backstage, every volunteer counts!

If you would like to be added to our mailing list to receive information about our productions, use the contact page to provide us with your mailing information.

Productions and Awards:

Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids was honored to be nominated for 6 Grand Awards in 2014 for productions presented during our 2013-14 Season!

The Whipping Man
  • Jason Marlett for Outstanding Director of a Play
  • Darius T. Q. Colquitt for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play
  • Outstanding Play

  • The Milliner
  • Kelly Piliouras for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play

  • Driving Miss Daisy
  • Patrick Hendren for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play
  • Nancy Wagner for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play

  • The Grand Awards celebrate Grand Rapids area college and community theatres, and raises money for the Combined Theatre Scholarship Fund. 

    Over the years JTGR has presented acclaimed plays and musicals such as Golda's Balcony, Denial, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, The Diary of Anne Frank, and Fiddler on the Roof.

    In 2013 Patrick Hendren was nominated for a Grand Award for his role in Oy! In 2012, Mike Smolinkski was nominated for a Grand Award for his role in My Name is Asher Lev.

    Other Grand Award winning JTGR productions include Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Esther-The Musical, Golda's Balcony, Schmulnik's Waltz, The Chosen, Chaim's Love Song, Denial, Lost in Yonkers, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Fiddler's House, Conversations with My Father and Remember by Name. Fiddler on the Roof, Door to Door, and Social Security were honored with Grand Award nominations. In 2006 and again in 2009, the company staged an original musical, Esther, The Musical, written by local songwriter and playwright Lori Jacobs, which played to sold-out houses and was also a Grand Award nominee in 2006.

    Our Home:

    JTGR productions are held at Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain St. NE on the campus of Grand Rapids Community College. Spectrum Theatre is also the home to GRCC Players, Actors' Theatre, and the Heritage Theatre Group.