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With Gershwin's timeless dance tunes and a fresh, funny story to tie them together, Crazy For You marked the reclaiming of the American musical from the Brits when it debuted in 1992. Crazy For You is director Ben Zylman's swan song as a staff member of the Kalamazoo Civic.

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Director Nicki Poer and Ben Zylman talk to Cara Lieurance about the Kalamazoo Civic's production of Shrek: The Musical, which runs through December 14th.

Ms. Poer says the cast has a remarkable level of camaraderie, and large and small roles alike provide a moments to shine. As an experienced director of children's theater, Ms. Poer shares some advice for first-time actors, and says she thinks the story of Shrek provides a message that resonates with all ages. 

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On Friday, Misti Ryefield and Kathleen Robertson of Grand Rapids will interpret for the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre's production of My Fair Lady. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.

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Actor and director Ben Zylman, who serves as marketing director of the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre, describes some of the elements that make Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's  My Fair Lady a timeless classic.

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Before she was known as an author, a humanitarian, a champion for women's rights, and advocate for the deaf and blind, Helen Keller was a bit of a tyrant.

She lost her vision and hearing she was two. This left her parents unable to effectively communicate with her and handle her constant outbursts. Following tip of telephone inventor Alexander Graham Bell, the Kellers visited the Perkins Institute of the Blind, where they found Anne Sullivan.  

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