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The Grand Rapids Civic Theatre Presents “Caroline, or Change”

Warner Norcross & Judd is excited to be the Production Sponsor for the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre’s production of Caroline, or Change, a play by Tony Kushner.  The play is set in Lake Charles, Louisiana, in 1963 during the civil rights movement.  Caroline Thibodeaux is an African American, single mother of four who works as a maid for the Gellmans, a Jewish family headed by Stuart, whose wife recently died.  Stuart’s new wife, Rose, has recently come from New York to live with the family in the deep south.   Caroline, or Change explores how Caroline, Rose and their families adapt in a time of tumultuous change.  The play, which is all performed in song, was nominated for six Tony awards, including Best Musical.  In London, it won the Olivier Award for Best New Musical.

We are pleased that the Grand Rapids Urban League will be joining Warner Norcross as an Artistic Sponsor of the production.  The Urban League has a long record of service promoting civil rights and economic development.  The Grand Rapids Urban League has worked with the Civic Theatre to present some historical exhibits in the lobby for patrons to view before the show.

Each season Warner Norcross & Judd supports the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre’s efforts to bring to the stage productions that address issues of diversity and inclusion.  Past productions sponsored by Warner Norcross have included, among others, Avenue Q, Having Our Say, The Piano Lesson, The Diary of Anne Frank, and Twelve Angry Men.

Caroline, or Change opens on June 3 and runs through June 19. For more information, read this article in The Rapidian and take a look at these videos about some of the cast members. You can find more profiles of cast members by following this link to the Civic Theatre’s website for Caroline, or Change.

Lisa Butler, as Caroline:

Alex Sullivan, as Noah Gellman

Tarita Dooley, as Dottie

Warner Norcross Sponsoring Civic Theatre’s Production of “Twelve Angry Men”

Warner Norcross is sponsoring the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre’s September production of “Twelve Angry Men.”  This play is based on the classic 1957 made-for-tv movie starring Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, and E.G. Marshall among others. 

Warner Norcross is sponsoring the movie in support of  the Civic Theatre’s efforts to promote diversity and inclusion. While “Twelve Angry Men,” may not at first blush appear to speak about diversity, Civic Theatre chose the play because of the way it gets beneath the surface of each juror, showing their individual humanity.  While at first it appears that all the jurors are of like mind and ready to convict, one courageous juror refuses to jump to a conclusion.  One by one, the jurors reveal the important differences between them that make them stand as individuals. 

Warner Norcross is proud of its association with Civic Theatre, which has helped to bring such plays as The Diary of Anne Frank, August Wilson’s Piano Lesson, and Having Our Say: The True Story of the Delaney Sisters to the Grand Rapids stage.

The Civic Theatre’s production of Twelve Angry Men runs from September 9 through the 18th.  Details at

Warner Norcross proud to co-sponsor Grand Rapids Civic Theatre’s production of “The Diary of Anne Frank”

Warner Norcross & Judd is proud to co-sponsor the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre ‘s production of “The Diary of Anne Frank,” which runs from Friday, January 14 through Sunday, January 30. 

“The Diary of Anne Frank,” of course, is a play about the experiences of Anne, a teenage girl, and her family, who hid from the Nazis for two years during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II, before being taken away to the Auschwitz concentration camp. When PBS presented a production of the play in 2010, it described “The Diary of Anne Frank,” as follows:

For Jewish teenager Anne Frank, her diary is her one true friend and confidant. In it, she records the thoughts of a typical teen — only set against a backdrop of encroaching evil in Amsterdam during World War II. Stowed away behind a bookcase in a secret annex with her family and others to flee the Nazis, Anne experiences her time in hiding as an adventure. And, amidst closed quarters and random bomb blasts, Anne faces friction with family, a desire for independence and the first stirrings of young love. As Anne’s identity solidifies, so does her resolve to be a writer — her diary a tangible and remarkable record of a young woman’s first-hand observations of the Holocaust, and the innate goodness she still sees in people.

Here is a “Behind the Curtain” Video from the Civic.

After the performances on Sunday January 16 and January 23 Dutch Resistance participant  Diet Entman will be answering questions from the audience regarding his experiences and the play. Also, the performance on July 23 will be ASL interpreted.

For more information about the production, visit the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre’s website by clicking here.