Beyond the Spotlight – Episode 9: Lindsay Schmidt

Lindsay Schmidt has vocal directed high school musicals (Annie, Footloose, Willy Wonka, and Tarzan), worked with the some youth classes at a local community center, and has been performing in community productions around West Michigan since 2001. Lindsay also traveled with first national tour of “The King & I” as a guardian/child wrangler from 2016-2018. Her husband is a traveling

Beyond the Spotlight – Episode 6: Emily Diener

Since earning her degree in Theater from Calvin College, Emily Diener has been working onstage and off, in numerous community theater productions over the last ten years. Some of her favorite roles include Ursula in The Little Mermaid (Grand Rapids Civic Theatre), Katherine in Freaky Friday (Circle Theatre), Cathy in The Last Five Years (University Wits) and Mother in Ragtime

Beyond the Spotlight – Episode 4: Chris Goosman

Chris Goosman wears a lot of hats! Some of those include: Audio Jacknife at The Encore Musical Theatre Company, Sound Designer, Intermittent Lecturer at University of Michigan School of Music Theatre & Dance, Technologist at University of Michigan Medical School, and Owner/Chief Engineer at Baseline Audio Labs. Chris Goosman is a Mastering Engineer whose ears, ingenuity, vast industry knowledge, and

Beyond the Spotlight – Episode 3: Dan Kesterke

Dan Kesterke is Director of Bands at Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan. He’s also a very busy freelance clinician, drummer, and percussionist, who plays in several cover bands of various genres, a jazz quartet, and he performs in numerous symphonic and pit orchestra settings throughout southeast Michigan. On a cold, windy Monday morning at the tail end of 2019,

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Beyond the Spotlight – Episode 2: Chris Diener

Episode 2 is up! Chris Diener is a Nashville-based sound engineer and production manager, who’s been touring the last 12 years across the U.S. as well as Canada, Europe, Australia, and the Middle East. He has worked as monitor engineer, FOH engineer, and/or production manager with artists like Brooks and Dunn, Chris Cagle, Joe Nichols, Little Big Town, Sheryl Crow,

My Corner of the Pit

Yesterday wrapped up a week of rehearsals and performances of Music Man at Whiteford High School. Next up, Ottawa Hills High School will be presenting their production of the Broadway classic, Pippin.  Under the musical direction of Mitch Tyson, this year’s show promises to measure up to other recent OHHS productions, such as Guys & Dolls, The Wiz, West Side Story, and