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Managing Director Announced

New Managing Director Announced


 

 


 

 
Bertoia named MCT managing director
 
West Michigan theatre veteran Jason Bertoia is the new managing director of Muskegon Civic Theatre.
Heading the business and finances of the organization that formed in 1985, Bertoia will take over his duties Oct. 9.
"Throughout our interview process, something that stood out was Jason's dedication and passion for Muskegon Civic Theatre,” said Andrew Zahrt, president of MCT’s board of directors. “He grew up and learned through our education program, and (also) has acted and directed on our stages as an adult.
“Jason was the right choice for us. He'll help guide MCT as we continue to present quality theatrical entertainment and education in Muskegon.”
Bertoia takes over MCT after working nearly 17 years for Every Woman’s Place. He also has been a youth case worker with Webster House. Since 2012 he has been a community health worker, implementing the Pathways Community Hub model of Mercy Health Muskegon. He currently is the lead community health worker for data analysis. Also an actor and director, Bertoia this past spring directed MCT’s mega-hit production of the stage musical “Mary Poppins.”
He founded the theatre program at Western Michigan Christian High School, served as theatre director for Muskegon Catholic Central, and has directed for the Summer Theatre Festival at Howmet Playhouse in Whitehall.
“Muskegon Civic Theatre has always been the root of my experience, education and growth in the theatrical arts,” Bertoia said. “It is a truly special opportunity to helm an organization that has meant so much to my life. I look forward to leading this new act in the story of Muskegon Civic Theatre.”
Bertoia said MCT is integral to life in West Michigan.
“As a member of the arts community here in Muskegon, Muskegon Civic Theatre has the important tasks of being a representation of our community, to participate in the growth of it,” he said.
“(MCT) gives the opportunity to tell our collective story of the human adventure, to escape into worlds of entertainment, and to experience life through someone else’s eyes. It helps build the community by bringing people together for common goals: telling a story, making you think, and (to) entertain.”
 
Sept. 22, 2017
 

Cast Announced

                                                             Cast Announced!

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
By Christopher Durang
Taking most of its principal characters from Russian playwright Anton Chekov, this comedy by Christopher Durang won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play. Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia share a home in Bucks County, Pa.; riffing on Chekovian sensibilities, they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives. Their movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike. Old resentments flare, eventually leading to threats to sell the house. Also on the scene are sassy maid Cassandra, who can predict the future; and a lovely young aspiring actress named Nina, whose beauty worries the imperious Masha
 
CAST 
Vanya------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Walter Mrotz
Sonia-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Robin Erdman
Masha-----------------------------------------------------------------------Heidi Sunderhaft Christiansen
Spike----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Dustin Day
Nina------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Robin Willi
Cassandra-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Lorrell Pepple
 

Register for Theatre Classes

Early Bird Registration Now Open for Fall Theatre Classes
 

Muskegon Civic Theatre's Education and Youth Programs have been serving the West Michigan community for over 70 years!



 

Early Bird Registration Now Open for Fall Theatre Classes! Muskegon Civic Theatre is proud to offer classes, camps, shows, and workshops for students K-12 throughout the year! Hosted in Downtown Muskegon's Historic Frauenthal Center, these performing arts opportunities are second to none! We employ certified educators who are devoted to making your student's experience the best it can be and strive for excellence in all areas. Through our education programs, your child will build confidence, develop speaking, leadership and problem-solving skills, appreciate collaborating as a team member and value the feeling of commitment and accomplishment.
 

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The Penguin Project

 The Penguin Project of Muskegon Civic Theatre

 
 
 

 

What is The Penguin Project?

 
The Penguin Project was conceived by Dr. Andrew Morgan to give children with special needs an opportunity to participate in the performing arts.  “Dr. Andy” is a developmental pediatrician and the former Head of the Division of Child Development at the University of Illinois in Peroria.  He has also directed and performed in many community theatre productions.  He created The Penguin Project recognizing that theatre not only provides children with a valuable recreational experience and an opportunity to display their creative talents, but also enhances social interaction, communication skills, assertiveness, and self-esteem.  The Penguin Project strives to demonstrate that individuals with special needs are fully capable of participating in community activities with the same dedication and enthusiasm as others, if given opportunity and support.  The origin of the name “Penguin Project” comes from the unique characteristics of penguins.  They are extremely playful and curious, and work well together.  More importantly, they have a “disability” that distinguishes them from other birds – they can’t fly!!  Instead penguins waddle and toboggan on their bellies over the snow, and are excellent swimmers in the water.  So like our young artists, they have adapted to the challenges of their environment, and have not allowed their unique difference to interfere with their lives.
 
The Penguin Project is open to any individual age 10 to 21 with a developmental disability.  There are no restrictions based on the level of cognitive ability, restriction of mobility, or lack of communication skills, unless their behavior might endanger himself/herself or others.
 
The Penguin Project utilizes a “peer mentor” system, linking each young artist with an age level peer who does not have a disability.  The peer mentors work side-by-side with their partners, assisting them throughout the entire rehearsal process and on stage.  They are on stage with their partner in the same or complimentary costume throughout the entire show.
 
Among the many benefits is the special impact on the parents.  For the first time, many of them have experienced the joy of sitting in a audience and watching their children perform and succeed in ways they never thought possible.