GRCC celebrates centennial with ‘Open Door’



Leah Nixon

Director of Communications


Aug. 22, 2014 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. Grand Rapids Community College is taking everyone on a time-twisting adventure through 100 years of its history with its production of Open Door.

A collaboration between the theater and music departments, the script was written by Walt Lockwood, a retired GRCC English professor, and James Schafer, GRCC’s coordinator of video broadcasting and distribution. The music department created the play’s original compositions.

The story centers on Jill, a Grand Rapids Community College freshman who stumbles upon a mysterious door. It’s a roller coaster ride through the people, music and events that made GRCC — and West Michigan — what it is today.

Performances of Open Door are 8 p.m. Nov. 7 and 8 at GRCC’s Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain St. NE. Ticket prices are $25 for the public, $20 for seniors, and $15 for students with a valid student ID. A complimentary dessert reception will be held in the theater lobby following each performance.

A dinner theater package with the Heritage restaurant is available for the Nov. 7 performance. That ticket cost — which includes both the dinner and the performance — is $45 (nonalcoholic drink only) or $50 (includes a glass of wine with your dinner choice). Two seating times, with 20 reservations each, will be offered: at 5:30 and 6 p.m. The menu includes Scotch Quail Eggs and Rosemary-Lemon Feta Cheese Crusted Pork Porterhouse. A special vegan menu of Mock Eel and Cauliflower Steak also is available. Tickets for the production as well as the dinner theater package will go on sale to the public at 1 p.m. Sept. 8; call (616) 234-3946 to purchase them.

This production is one of the many ways the college is inviting West Michigan to join in marking its centennial year. A community picnic on Sept. 13 includes free food, games and parking. You also may visit and scroll through our timeline, view vintage photos and videos, and learn how you can get involved in helping mark this momentous occasion.

Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, as well as at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.