Theater, like a good therapist, can uncover the heart of the human condition with just a few hours of introspection and a handful of musical numbers. Enjoy the therapeutic effects of live art with today’s Groupon: for $22, you get two orchestra-seat tickets to Return to the Forbidden Planet at Hope Summer Repertory Theatre at DeWitt Theatre in Holland (up to a $44 value including service fees). Click here for a list of ten available performance dates. All shows begin at 8 p.m.
Hope Summer Repertory Theatre's vibrant troupe of more than 100 company participants exhibit their fluency in staged expressions with a variety of plays and musicals. Hunker down in orchestra seats for any of the ten showings of Return to the Forbidden Planet, a drama scored with 1960’s rock-n-roll hits. Loosely based on the film Forbidden Planet, the musical hurls audiences through space aboard the starship Albatross when an unanticipated asteroid storm and the evil Doctor Prospero throws the stellar vessel off-course. The melodious production blends suspense, comedy, and intergalactic travel, transporting viewers to new worlds while conjuring up childhood dreams of wanting to grow up to be an asteroid.
Performances are held in the DeWitt Theatre on the campus of Hope College, which is located roughly a half-hour west of Grand Rapids. Stage-cravers are granted seats in the orchestra section, or in the actual orchestra pit if they bring their own flugelhorns.