A Theatre Student’s Last Day of Class

Friday, April 24, 2020, the last day of classes for students here at Hope College. The “here” for most of these students is more varied these days — a handful remain in Holland, Michigan, while the rest of the 3,057 enrolled find themselves back home scattered throughout the country. Some, like myself, are fortunate enough […]

Musical Showcase Reflections

Last Thursday was a pretty normal afternoon in the Jack H. Miller Center for the Musical Arts lobby.  Students were doing homework, heading to practice, laughing and enjoying conversation. Everyone was a little tired from the busy few days behind and anticipating an even busier next couple. Musical Showcase was coming up, and the vibe of the […]

The Past, The Present, and the Premiere

Hope College has the honor of being a part of the rolling world premiere of The Shakers of Mount Lebanon Will Hold a Peace Conference This Month along with four other universities nationwide. This play was commissioned by The Big Bridge Theatre Consortium, of which the Hope College theatre department is a part. This group […]

I Traded My Holland Summer for Winter in Brazil

Dr. Christopher Fashun of the Hope College music faculty was awarded a Fulbright scholarship in 2018, and with it, he spent the summer of 2019 studying Afro-Brazilian music and culture in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil.

Kruizenga Art Museum Supports the Big Read with “Truth to Power” Exhibition

Speaking truth to power is what a new Kruizenga Art Museum exhibition does through powerful art from Europe, North America, Asia and Africa. The exhibit supports this month’s NEA Big Read Lakeshore theme as the month long event focuses on Julia Alvarez’s “In the Time of Butterflies.”

A Conversation about Photography, Creative Process and Tugs

Professor Steve Nelson’s exhibition Tug: A Great Lakes Odyssey is a photographic installation comprised of his most recent photographs documenting the tugboat industry in the state of Michigan. I had the privilege to listen to Nelson’s artist talk and experience the installation on view now in the De Pree Art Gallery at Hope College. To […]

Inspirational Musical Globe-Trotting

As part of my musical globetrotting, I always look for exciting and appealing music from around the world that is not only a crowd pleaser but also has a transformative and enlightening effect for the mind, body, and soul. So the music for an upcoming concert, “From Armenian Dance to Argentinian Tango,” brings together Armenian […]

Hope Theatre Welcomes Professor Andrew Dell’Olio to the Stage

Dr. Andrew Dell’Olio, professor of philosophy, is returning to the Hope College stage in the theatre department’s next production Smokefall. The play, by Grand Rapids-native Noah Haidle, will appear on the DeWitt Studio Theatre stage on Friday and Saturday, October 11 and 12, and Thursday through Saturday, October 17 to 19 at 7:30 p.m. On […]

Hope Theatre Alums Tread the Boards Nationwide

Hope theatre majors often choose one of three large markets to start their careers – New York City, Chicago, or Los Angeles.  Recently, three graduates of the theatre department at Hope have started new and promising adventures at other prominent theatre hubs. Mollie Murk ’16 is an acting apprentice in the 2019-20 Professional Training Company […]

Why Every Hope Student Should Be in a Music Ensemble

When I was an undergraduate, just after the last Ice Age, my fraternity demanded that all pledges participate in serenading at sorority houses. It didn’t matter that I couldn’t sing; the actives deemed it a capital-letter Important Experience, so I did it. Here’s a picture of one of Hope’s fraternities serenading the women of Voorhees […]