Get ready for some innovative cello hip-hop with Local Spins’ 2019 Emerging Artist of the Year. This will be a VIP show with limited attendance, so get your tickets fast. Part of the Michigan Stars Series, Kalamazoo-based rapper, vocalist and cellist Jordan Hamilton weaves stellar vocals and sharp, thought-provoking lyrics over hypnotic cello loops to create a unique brand of Michigan hip-hop. Cellist of Last Gasp Collective and the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Jordan Hamilton merges songwriting, loop pedals, sample machines, and vocals to create a sonic landscape of experimental hip-hop, folk, soul, and classical music. The Western Michigan University graduate aims to find new ways for the cello, a traditional instrument, to relate to a modern audience where it can be found playing the music of Bach, the Beatles, or Chance the Rapper. Filled with an eclectic range of songs, Jordan’s set is sure to capture the heart and mind while reflecting on new horizons. Jordan is a Jammie Award winner and winner of the Local Spins’ Emerging Artist of the Year award for 2019.
The safety of our patrons, staff, and performers is our top priority. Therefore, we adhere to all safety guidance from the state and the CDC. By purchasing a ticket at The Franke, you agree to cooperate with whatever safety protocols are in place. The specifics for this show may be updated as the performance date approaches, but when visiting The Franke this season, you can expect to see some or all of the following:
In this 4-week yoga series you are invited to engage with themes of transformation on your yoga mat to support YOU – Mind, Body, and Spirit as we move into the season of spring.
Each session will include:
– Invigorating movement with breath to metabolize energy patterns that accumulate through our daily patterns and experiences.
– Guided centering practices to provide space for connection with your body and personal intention.
– Support to embody themes of awakening, allowing, truth, and liberation.
– Experiences of embodiment to meet your edge physically, mentally, and/or emotionally.
– Mediation to support the integration of your practice into your life.
Sign up for the full series to receive the benefits of stamina and continuity of practice, or join us for drop-ins if that better suits you. The series is also available to join via zoom.
Thursdays on May 6, 13, 20, and 27
6pm – 7:15pm
$80 for the full series in person
$20 per drop-in – in person
$40 for the full series via zoom
Directed by Jennifer Conley Darling
Choreography by Beau Hutchings
This play will be performed at the Calhoun County Fairgrounds.
A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, Little Shop Of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatre-goers for over 30 years. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Beauty And The Beast, and Aladdin) are the creative geniuses behind what has become one of the most popular shows in the world.
The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names “Audrey II” – after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it, BLOOD. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s out of this world origins and intent towards global domination! With their singing, dancing, and acting this cast of high school actors is sure to amaze.
This production is being held at the Calhoun County Fair Grounds located at 720 Fair Street in Marshall, Michigan. Enter through the Fair Street entrance.
Gates open 30 minutes before each performance.
There are three seating options, which you can choose on a first come, first served basis:
1. Bring your own lawn chairs (closest to the stage on the track)
2. Watch in your car (behind chair seating on the track – radio frequency provided)
3. Grandstand seating (general seating)
The Franke Center for the Arts is pleased to offer a new six-week guitar workshop with one of The Franke Center’s favorite performers, Kjell Croce. Croce will teach fingerpicking blues guitar techniques and the workshop will feature the songs of the great bluesman Mississippi John Hurt. Lessons will be geared toward intermediate players looking to expand their skills and learn new techniques. Guitarists who haven’t tried fingerpicking before will find this a great introduction while guitarists who are already comfortable with fingerpicking will add new skills to their repertoire. Basic chord knowledge and familiarity with the guitar will be necessary. The workshop will cover equipment and techniques and participants will learn Mississippi John Hurt songs including Creole Bell, Louis Collins, Stack O’Lee Blues, Sliding Delta, and Got the Blues, Can’t Be Satisfied in several keys. Each session will run 1 to 1 ½ hour.
Workshop dates will take place on Tuesdays: May 4, 11, 18, 25, and June 1 and 8, from 6 pm to 7:15 pm. The cost is $100, and guitarists ages 16 and up are welcome to participate.
Guitarist Kjell Croce is a musician who wears many musical hats. Now based in Marshall, Michigan he has traveled and lived in various parts of the United States, and has been fascinated by the abundance of musical styles throughout the country. From blues to bluegrass, folk to jazz with a big helping of rock and roll, he has absorbed these styles and made them into his own. He has shared stages with bluesmen Lonnie Brooks and Jimmy Johnson, singer/songwriters Ellis Paul, Kate Cambell, and Dave Ramont, and performed at the Michigan Talent Showcase, the Ann Arbor Dancing Lights Folk Festival, and Harmonyfest in Three Rivers. In addition, his last CD “Lightnin’ Rod” received airplay in the US and Europe with Ray Pieters-Dreesens of Radio Milo commenting, “Very expressive voice, strong lyrics, great rootsy and diverse sound.” In addition to his solo work, he can be seen performing with the group’s COW and 3LB CUT.
The workshop will take place in person at the Downstage Club at The Franke Center, and COVID-19 safety restrictions will be in place. Participants will need to sign in, sanitize their hands, wear masks, and maintain a distance of 6 feet from one another.
Click here to sign up!
5th – 9th-grade students
Auditions: May 15th and 16th
Rehearsals begin June 7
Performance dates: July 15, 16, 17, 18
Directed by: Jennifer Conley Darling
Choreography by: Beau Hutchings
Music Direction: Elinor Marsh
The Franke Center for the Arts’ Youth Theater is pleased to announce auditions for its production of Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical for current 5th-9th grade students on May 15 and 16 at The Franke Center. Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, the Tony Award-winning musical is the captivating masterpiece that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life.
This play will be rehearsed and performed at the Calhoun County Fairgrounds. Participants will be socially distanced and masked as COVID conditions require. The cast will be limited in size to 30 students and will be rehearsed in pods as much as possible.
There is a $10 registration fee (non-refundable) to audition. All auditions must be scheduled in advance, and registration is only available online through TheFranke.org. Everyone auditioning is required to bring a current, non-returnable photo. If cast, there is an additional participation fee of $70 for each selected cast member. Scholarships are available.
Saturday, May 15 – Learning Day, two time slots: 6-7:30pm and 7:30-9pm. Each group will learn music, dance and acting in different areas of the The Franke Center
Sunday, May 16 – Audition Day – A specific audition time will be assigned at the end of Learning Day (in the 2-5pm range) Call backs may be needed directly after audition times. Both student and their guardian will be notified on-site if student needs to stay longer.
Rehearsals start Monday, June 7 (Monday through Friday from 5-7pm). Some Saturdays may be needed.
Show dates are July 15-18, 2021 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 2:30pm)
Click here to sign up for auditions!
After the initial sign up is complete, there is a second step. Click here to compete it.
For more information contact Allison Ebner (269-274-5795).
Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, the Tony Award-winning Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical is the captivating masterpiece from the Royal Shakespeare Company that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination, and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. With a book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda has won 47 international awards and continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages around the world.
Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence, and psychokinetic powers. She’s unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. Over the course of her first term at school, Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other’s lives, as Miss Honey begins not only to recognize but also appreciate Matilda’s extraordinary personality. Matilda’s school life isn’t completely smooth sailing, however – the school’s mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don’t abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts, and could be the school pupils’ saving grace!
Packed with high-energy dance numbers, catchy songs, and an unforgettable star turn for a young actress, Matilda is a joyous girl power romp. Children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination.