Theatre Workshop!

Ramsdell Theater to Offer Cultural StoryArts Workshop

July 18, 2017, Manistee, Michigan.  Storyteller, Writer and Narrative Consultant, Jenifer Strauss of Story Be Told in Traverse City, Michigan will be offering a special Cultural StoryArts Workshop for the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts Kids Series on July 25, 2017 from 10am – 12pm. Children between the ages of 8-14 years of age are invited to participate in this unique opportunity.

Strauss has designed this workshop for kids who love story, drama, acting and art making! In fact, her promotion says, “Calling all story lovers, drama queens and goofy kids” so all are welcome! Participants will warm-up with fast-paced theater improv activities and storytelling activities and then become immersed in telling and acting out their own versions of three folktales from world cultures. The story telling will be followed by art projects related to each culture. Participants will engage in a folktale from Australia called “The Singing Snake” and then make an aboriginal instrument known as a Didgeridoo, a haunting tale from Japan called, “The Boy Who Drew Cats” followed by a lesson in rice paper painting and finally, an Anishinabek (Native American) story from Michigan called the Legend of Leelanau along with making original dreamcatchers.

A former classroom teacher of ten years, Jenifer Strauss discovered that the human brain is hard-wired for story and that people think, learn, and imagine in narrative.  In 1993 she combined her passion for teaching and storytelling to found her narrative consulting business, Story Be Told to help educators, organizations, and individuals use STORY to connect, communicate, and achieve goals. 1993, founded her consulting business, Story Be Told. Traveling nationally, Jenifer delivers over 300 presentations a year, offering dynamic and unique story performances, keynotes, writing workshops, and trainings along with long-term involvements as an Artist-in-Residence. For more information:

The Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts is focused on optimizing an irreplaceable regional center for cultural, educational and social activities through programming excellence, fiscal stability, strong community partnerships and committed volunteers. Sign up here to reserve your spot today! Class fee is $20 per person.

Met Opera at the Ramsdell

The Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts presents The Metropolitan Opera’s (MET) 2017-18 season. The MET features over 220 performances of 26 works, including two Met premieres, one co-commissioned by the company and one an older masterpiece having its first Met performances; a variety of repertory favorites, three in new productions; and performances of Verdi’s towering concert work for soloists, orchestra, and chorus, the Requiem. The Ramsdell will air 10 performances this upcoming season.

The first live showing at the Ramsdell is on Saturday, October 7 with a new production of Bellini’s Norma, conducted by Carlo Rizzi, directed by Sir David McVicar, and starring Sondra Radvanovsky, one of the world’s leading interpreters of the role, opposite Joyce DiDonato as Adalgisa and Joseph Calleja as Pollione. On November 18, composer Thomas Adès conducts the North American premiere of his The Exterminating Angel, a Met co-commission, based on the screenplay by Luis Buñuel and Luis Alcoriza of Buñuel’s 1962 absurdist film. The opera, which will be sung in English, will be staged by the librettist Tom Cairns, who is making his company debut. A new production of Puccini’s Tosca will air on January 27, with Met Music Director Emeritus James Levine conducting Sir David McVicar’s staging. Sonya Yoncheva stars in the title role opposite Vittorio Grigolo as her devoted lover Cavaradossi and Bryn Terfel as Scarpia. Later performances will star Anna Netrebko as the title character with Marcelo Álvarez as Cavaradossi and Michael Volle and Željko Lučić as Scarpia. A new staging of Così fan tutte,set in the 1950s on Coney Island, airs on March 31 and is conducted by David Robertson and directed by Phelim McDermott. The new production will star an ensemble cast including Tony Award winner Kelli O’Hara in her role debut as the maid Despina. On April 28, Massenet’s operatic adaptation of the Cinderella story, Cendrillon, has its Met premiere, conducted by Bertrand de Billy and directed by Laurent Pelly, with Joyce DiDonato in the title role and Alice Coote as Prince Charming. In November and December, James Levine will conduct four concert performances of Verdi’s Requiem, featuring soloists Krassimira Stoyanova, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Aleksandrs Antonenko, and Ferruccio Furlanetto, along with the Met’s orchestra and chorus.

Tickets go on sale on July 19. Purchase them at or by calling 1-800-836-0717. $20 Adults | $10 Students | Children under 10 Free

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Great review on the newspaper!

Thanks to the News Advocate for writing a review on our pilot bucket drumming project! The concert was held last Friday, June 23rd in Hardy Hall. It featured local Manistee County students as well as kids from the Next Generation Learning Center. This program was sponsored by Next Generation Learning Center and the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians.

“A child’s introduction to music can be the foundation for a lifetime of creative expression, and the lessons learned through music reach far beyond the basics of counting, rhythm and good sound.” -News Advocate

-News Advocate

Free Bucket Drumming Class!

The Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts is proud to partner with Next Generation Learning Center on a free bucket drumming class. The class is open to kids ages 6-12.

June 19 – 22- classes are held from 10am -11am (Mon-Thur at next generation learning center)

June 23 – class and short concert held at the Ramsdell (10am – 11am class; 12pm-12:30pm concert)

These classes are free! Join us and learn fun drumming and literary skills. To sign up, please call Xavier at 231-398-9770.

Next Generation Learning address – 2840 Orchard Hwy, Manistee, MI 49660

Ramsdell address – 101 Maple St, Manistee, MI 49660

Ramsdell Children’s Theatre is Back!

The Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts is proud to bring back children’s theatre. Directed by Nancy Ferguson, this year’s production is ‘Pippi Longstocking.’

Auditions will be on June 19 @ 1 pm and 7 pm.

There are TONS of parts Ages 10 – Adult. We need:
– Actors
– Singers
– Dancers
– And those who just love being on stage!

Call 231-398-9770 or email for more info. Below are some quick FAQs that will help:

  • Does it cost money to participate? Nope!
  • Where do I sign up? Please use the following link –
  • When are auditions? Auditions dates and times:  June 19 1 pm and 7 pm
  • Do I have to prepare an audition piece?   Nope!
  • Do I have to attend both auditions?  Nope!
  • When are the rehearsals? Rehearsals will be Mon-Thurs with time off around the fourth of July.  This will be explained more completely at auditions.  
  • Where are the rehearsals? At the Ramsdell! Rooms will vary but typically it will be in the Theatre or Hardy Hall.
  • When are the performances? Performance dates:  July 29 – 1:00 and 7:00   July 30 – 1:00
  • Where are the performances? At the Ramsdell Theatre!


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