Williams Auditorium

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 FREE!Theory of Relativity

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The Theory of Relativity: 

A New Musical About Us

 A Ferris State University Theatre Virtual Production

Directed by Katherine LaPietra

Musical Direction by Courtney Piercey

Production Design, Motion Graphics
and Video Editing by Kate McGlynn


Free and “Live” (virtually) now!





The Theory of Relativity is a joyous and moving musical about our surprisingly interconnected lives. Created by Neil Bartram and Brian Hill, the show presents a seemingly unrelated collection of songs, scenes and monologues and introduces a diverse array of characters.  Whether you're allergic to cats, in love for the first or tenth time, a child of divorce, a germaphobe or simply a unique individual, The Theory of Relativity celebrates the inevitability and the wonder of human connection. 



This production at Ferris State University was rehearsed and recorded in strict adherence to Covid-19 safety protocols. Rehearsals were held remotely from the cast and crew’s individual spaces, and under sanctioned procedures.  Sound and video were recorded individually by the cast in their own homes and residence hall rooms. Through use of green screens, creative video editing and post production sound editing, the actors interact and sing together on screen as if they were in the same space and on location.



The Theory of Relativity" was developed at:

The Canadian Music Theatre Project, Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario, Canada


Streaming is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.







In the meantime, check out these virtual arts events from around the world:

Updating list of concert live streams https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop/9335531/coronavirus-quarantine-music-events-online-streams
Jambase Calendar of Live Events https://www.jambase.com/livestreams
 Social Distancing Festival Livestreams https://www.socialdistancingfestival.com/live-streams
National Theatre YouTube page: Full theatrical performances uploaded every Tuesday https://www.youtube.com/user/ntdiscovertheatre/videos
Online concerts https://www.stageit.com/site/landing
Metropolitan Opera live streams https://www.metopera.org/user-information/nightly-met-opera-streams/
Virtual Museum: The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History https://naturalhistory2.si.edu/vt3/NMNH/
Virtual Museum: the British Museum https://britishmuseum.withgoogle.com/
Virtual Museum: the Detroit Institute of Arts https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/detroit-institute-of-arts?hl=en
Virtual Museum: the Louvre https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne#tabs

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Ferris State University
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Corner of South State Street 
and Cedar Street
901 S. State St.
Big Rapids, MI 49307

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Williams Auditorium is seeking volunteers for this year's events! Volunteering at the auditorium is a unique experience that can be added to your resume. If you love events, let us know! Volunteers are always welcome.

There will also be part-time, student paid positions open as well! Positions may include, but are not limited to: ushering, crowd control, light, stage and sound technicians, concessions, and marketing/sales! (For paid opportunities, see the official FSU student job postings at:  https://ferris.edu/admissions/financialaid/employment/JobPostings.htm Student sign in is required). 


Duties include stage help for theatre stage set up as well as other theatre support such as providing information on events, taking tickets, handing out programs, and greeting guests. Attendants will work as ushers at Williams Auditorium events and stagehands will operate the sound, lighting, and fly system, load in events, and also perform minor custodial and maintenance duties. Students must be courteous, outgoing, and reliable. Preference is given to students who are year round residents of the area as the Auditorium has events during breaks & holidays, and people with an interest in performing arts and/or stage technology. Training will be provided.

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Interested in volunteering? Let us know. Seeking a part-time paid position at Williams? Send us an email at the above address with a resume, cover letter, and a description of what opportunity you are seeking. If you don't see your desired position officially posted, ask about volunteering. 

 Nick Offerman - Homecoming 2017
Nick Offerman Homecoming 2017

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Williams Auditorium
Starr Bldg (STR) 205
Ferris State University

901 S. State St.
Big Rapids, MI 49307

Corner of South State Street 
and Cedar Street