Spring At The Reif Performing Arts Center

//Spring At The Reif Performing Arts Center

Spring At The Reif Performing Arts Center

Guest Blogger: Paul Gregersen, Marketing Director, The Reif Center, highlights the full line-up this Spring.

While spring brings sunshine and a thaw, the calendar at the Reif Performing Arts Center also heats up as our successful 2018-19 concludes. With over 60 acts visiting Grand Rapids the past seven months, our tradition of stimulating the arts in northern Minnesota continues. It is our privilege to serve as stewards of the arts and we express sincere gratitude to our ticket buyers, financial supporters and the Grand Rapids area as a whole. Without your support, our mission would be unachievable.

Whether you’ve attended our entire season of productions or haven’t been to the Reif in a while, this spring gives you the opportunity to engage in high-quality arts programming which can’t be found anywhere else in the area. The Reif is a unique gem in greater Minnesota.

Tickets to the following events can be purchased at reifcenter.org, by phone (218) 327-5780, or at the Reif Box Office 720 NW Conifer Drive.

Center Stage MN – Red Planet

Red Planet featuring Special Guest Sam Militch
Thursday, March 21 | 7:30 p.m. – Ives Studio Theater, Reif Center
Tickets: $15

Formed in 2003, Red Planet plays innovative jazz sounds with a strong emphasis on creative interactivity for the 21st Century. In addition to its personalized original material, Red Planet is known for its unique interpretations of the music of John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, & Jimi Hendrix. Jazz Police says, ‘One of jazz’s most innovative threesomes!’

Part of the KAXE/KBXE CenterStage Minn Concert Series.

Sponsored by Rapid Garage Door & Awning.

Bradley Fields

Mathemagic with Bradley Fields
Thursday, March 28 | 6:30 p.m. – Wilcox Theater, Reif Center
Tickets: Adults $20  Students $10   

Internationally renowned magician, Bradley Fields, captivates the audience with his famous magic illusions, and then teaches the secrets behind some startling math tricks. Recognized as one of the preeminent shows for young people, MatheMagic!® features world-class magic, comedy, and theatre.

Sponsored by Country Inns and Suites by Carlson.

Dauchi No Kai

Daichi No Kai – Japanese Drums
Saturday, March 30 | 7:30 p.m. – Ives Studio Theater, Reif Center 
Tickets: Adults $20  Students $10

Taiko is the Japanese word for drum and refers to the modern style of playing these drums. TaikoArts Midwest presents Yuichi Kimura and Daichi No Kai from Kobe, Japan. Get ready for some big drums, fast rhythms, and heart pounding fun!

Sponsored by Northview Bank

Dragons Love Tacos and Other Things – FREE Child Ticket with Paid Adult Ticket

Dragons Love Tacos, & Other Stuff
Friday, April 5 | 6:30 p.m. – Wilcox Theater, Reif Center
Tickets: Adults $20  Students $10

Dragons Love Tacos & Other Stories is a musical based on several favorite children’s books: Interrupting Chicken, Dragons Love Tacos, Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa: School Days, Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride, and The Dot.

Sponsored by Lake States Tree Service and Construction.


Lost 40
Thursday, April 11 | 7:30 p.m. –Ives Studio Theater, Reif Center
Tickets: $20

A native of the northern Minnesota logging town of Bemidji, Brian Miller teams up with Wisconsinite Randy Gosa to perform the Irish-influenced music of men who roamed the Great Lakes region in the days when pine was king. Miller and Gosa are both renowned in the Irish traditional music world for their work with top artists (including Bua and Myserk) in the US and Ireland. As a duo, they mix a passion for Northwoods history and folklore with their finely honed approach to song-arrangement to bring this rich but under-explored music to life.

Sponsored by Schroeder Log Home Supply.


Popovich Comedy Pet Theater
Sunday, April 14 |2 p.m. – Wilcox Theater, Reif Center
Tickets: Adults $20  Students $10

The Popovich Comedy Pet Theater is entertainment for the whole family, featuring the unique blend of comedy and juggling skills of former Moscow Circus veteran Gregory Popovich and the extraordinary talents of his performing pets. His entourage consists of world-class jugglers, Diamond the Shetland Pony and over 30 performing pets including house cats and dogs (all rescued from animal shelters!), geese, white doves and parrots.

Leaves of Grass

Leaves of Grass
Tuesday, April 16 | 7:30 p.m. – Ives Theater, Reif Center
Tickets: $20

Combining theater, dance (using video of dancers projected throughout the performance) and solo performance, this show is about history, art, and literature – presenting aspects of Walt Whitman’s life and work that are fascinating for our time, in which discussions of male/male relations have moved into every section of the newspaper. This play explores Whitman’s sexuality and what it meant to his work.

Swanson Law Office P.C..

Center Stage MN – Superior Siren

Superior Siren
Thursday, April 18 | 7:30 p.m. – Ives Theater, Reif Center
Tickets: $15

Superior Siren released the debut, full-length, self-titled album on January 12, 2018. The collection of songs, written by Laura Sellner, portrays the waves of raw emotion and alluring intensity that lives within the music. The album features four songs previously released on the solo Superior Siren EP ‘Lotus in the Muck.’ Those tracks have since grown in captivation with the addition of cellist Rachel Gobin, bassist Nyssa Krause, and drummer Emma Deaner. The remaining six songs of new material complete the album with swells of enchanting melodies and moods of ominous storms. The album will intrigue listeners with dream-like serenades and eerie echoes of doom.

Part of the KAXE/KBXE CenterStage Minn Concert Series.

Sponsored by Lake + Co..

Glen Miller Orchestra

Glen Miller Orchestra
Sunday, April 28 | 3 p.m. – Wilcox Theater, Reif Center
Tickets: $29

The most popular and sought after big band in the world today for both concert and swing dance engagements. With its unique jazz sound, the Glenn Miller Orchestra is considered to be one of the greatest bands of all time. The present Glenn Miller Orchestra was formed in 1956 and has been touring consistently since, playing an average of 300 live dates a year all around the world.

Sponsored by Lee D. Jess, D.D.S. General Dentistry.

SHH! We have a plan

Shh!… We Have a Plan
Friday, May 17 | 6:30 p.m. – Wilcox Theater, Reif Center
Tickets: Adults $20  Students $10

Shh! We Have a Plan is an enchanting theatre production by the multi-award winning Theatre Company Cahoots NI. This delightful and poignant tale follows the journey of some madcap characters, each of whom has a plan…they all want to capture a beautiful bird perched high in a tree!

Reif Dance Spring Show

Reif Company Spring Show
Friday, June 14 | 6:30 p.m. – Wilcox Theater, Reif Center
Saturday, June 15 | 6:30 p.m. – Wilcox Theater, Reif Center 
Sunday, June 16 | 2:00 p.m. – Wilcox Theater, Reif Center 
Tickets: Adults $16  Students $9

The annual finale of Reif Dance education. Each year features a theme-inspired show with more than 100 students from preschoolers to high school seniors.

With past performance titles such as “Tale of Two Heroes,” “Aladdin,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “The Wizard of Oz,” and “Sadie of the South Sea,” you can understand why Reif Dance’s family-friendly productions are a delight to audiences. Always a mix of fabulous costumes, great music, and exceptional talent.

Sponsored by Grand Rapids Veterinary, Woodland Bank, and Itasca Surgical Clinic.

The Great Northern Radio Show

Great Northern Radio Show
Saturday, June 22 | 5:00 p.m. – Wilcox Theater, Reif Center
Tickets: $15 

The Great Northern Radio Show with Aaron Brown is a live radio variety show produced for Northern Community Radio. The show features music, sketches, performance and storytelling celebrating the talent and culture of northern Minnesota. No matter if you have seen it before – it is new every year with excellent featured artists and imaginative sketches.


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