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Kalamazoo leader Buddy Hannah was born in Miami. But by age 10, he found himself living on a farm in Georgia with his grandparents. Hannah, who is Black, recalls that his newly adopted small town had an historic structure in the middle of the road, a slave market, where enslaved persons were once bought and sold. Hannah says it’s still there. He's 73 years old.

Theater Review: Elf, The Musical

Nov 27, 2019
Christopher Deau / Kalamazoo Civic Theatre

The Christmas season is well under way on stage in Kalamazoo. WMUK's Gordon Bolar has this review of Elf, The Musical at the Civic Theatre.

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Bianca Washington says theater should help encourage conversations, even if they are uncomfortable. Washington, guest artist and visiting faculty member at Kalamazoo College is directing a production of the play Student Body at the Festival Playhouse of K-College. Performances will be presented February 21st through the 24th.

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Kalamazoo College visiting faculty member and guest artist Bianca Washington says the play Student Body has caused her to recall some experiences from her past, and she says it may do the same for the audience. Washington is directing the play, which examines how 10 college students react to the discovery of a video that includes evidence of a sexual assault. It will be staged at the Festival Playhouse of Kalamazoo College Thursday February 21st through Sunday February 24th. 

The play written by Frank Winters, takes place in one long scene. K-College freshman Grace Erway, who plays Liz, says with little off-stage time the actors have to be engaged. Psychology Major Jared Pittman, who plays Malcom, says the audience will also have be on their toes. He says the interactive nature of the play means the audience is trying to figure out what to do along with the characters.

Theater Review: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Nov 29, 2018
Katherine Mumma & Tamara Diamond / Kalamazoo Civic Theatre

That percussive earworm going around town this week can be traced to the catchy title tune of the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre’s new production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. WMUK's Gordon Bolar has this review.