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Experience the Performing Arts!

Explore our five performance series to discover a world of possibilities right here in the Great Lakes Bay Region. 



Kate the Chemist

FEB 24, 2023 

Dr. Kate Biberdorf is a scientist, best-selling author and entertainer who makes science fun, engaging and entertaining for all ages. Adults will enjoy her unique take on science, and kids will revel in her joyous and dynamic approach to experiments and chemistry! Her exciting and engaging program leaves audiences with a positive, memorable impression of science—all while diminishing the stigma around women in science. You may have seen her on The Today Show, The Kelly Clarkson Show, NBC Nightly News, the Wendy Williams Show, the Rachael Ray Show, the Nick Cannon Show or Late Night with Stephen Colbert. Her books include the Kate the Chemist fiction series; her nonfiction exploration of chemistry in our everyday lives, It’s Elemental; The Hidden Chemistry in Everything; and The Big Book of Experiments; among others. Don’t miss this dynamo in action as she explains and explores – in sometimes explosive ways – the science that is all around us!

Sponsored by Wildfire Credit Union and Girl Scout Heart of Michigan

Hiplet™ Ballerinas

MAR 16, 2023 

Come see the Company everyone is talking about during this special one night engagement. Specifically designed to make Ballet accessible to all, Hiplet™ is a fusion between classical pointe technique, hip-hop, African rhythms, classical ballet, and a variety of urban dance styles. After going viral on Instagram in 2016, Hiplet™ has received recognition worldwide, performing at Fashion Week in Paris, at half-time shows for the
NBA, and in Hong Kong’s Chinese New Years Day Parade.

“If ballet aims for the ethereal, Hiplet™, generally danced to pop music, is more concerned with earthiness. It has soulfulness, too; while the lower half of the body can be sharp and percussive, the upper half — how the arms connect with the back — conveys a natural flow” – The New York Times

Dr. Marcia Rieke

APR 18, 2023

Leading expert in infrared technology and explorations of the Milky Way, Marcia J. Rieke is a Professor of Astronomy at the University of Arizona, and the principal investigator for the near-infrared camera (NIRCam) on the James Webb Space Telescope, which was launched into space in December of 2021. Because the universe is expanding, light from the earliest galaxies have been stretched, or “redshifted,” from visible light into infrared light. NIRCam will be able to visualize infrared light, making it essential to examining the early phases of star and galaxy formation and studying the shapes and colors of distant galaxies. Dr. Rieke will talk about what it took to get NIRCam where it is today, and what we hope to learn from it. Don’t miss this fascinating discussion with an intrepid Midland native and space explorer!

Sponsored by Wildfire Credit Union

The Other Mozart

APR 29, 2023

The forgotten story of Mozart’s sister, performed by one extraordinary actress. Called “Fascinating and irresistibly intelligent” by Theatermania, THE OTHER MOZART is the true, forgotten story of Nannerl Mozart, the sister of Amadeus—prodigy, keyboard virtuoso, and composer who performed throughout Europe with her brother, to equal acclaim. But because she was a woman, her work and her story faded away, lost to history. With opulent beauty, this multi-sensory experience transports the audience to a world of outsized spectacle and delight—and also of overwhelming restrictions and prejudice. There, in communion with the audience, this other Mozart, portrayed by actress and creator Sylvia Milo in a stunning 18-foot dress, tells her story through the Mozart family’s humorous and heartbreaking letters.