Northern Michigan is full of great talent. It’s natural beauty allows the creative spirit to present itself in incomparable ways, and Parallel 45 is a theatre company that identifies all too well with that theory. Composed of eight diverse, well-rounded founding members, Parallel 45’s shows are awe-inspiring, motivating, and inspirational for every audience that attends.
The founding members of this theatre company have all traveled, lived, and performed in various parts of the globe. However, after having spent so much time away from Northern Michigan’s splendor, these individuals knew that the place for them was Traverse City. The philosophy of these eight individuals is that “theatre provides the opportunity to examine the present and explore the future through a re-imagining of the past.” They do this by portraying classic plays and musicals that are relevant to society’s situations today, with the intention of promoting imagination for tomorrow.
Since artists from across the United States and worldwide are recruited for these performances, rehearsal time before a performance is generally only about two weeks. Rehearsal takes places where the performance will be held, so the performers are really able to get a feel for how the production will go. Erin Anderson, President of the Board of Parallel 45, mentioned, “our goal is to take familiar stories and tell them in a new way, and we hope each of our endeavors in this direction touch people in a way that brings them back for more.”
Past performances include Our Town by Thornton Wilder, Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman, The Terrible Tragedy of Peter Pan by Phillip Klapperich, and A Christmas Carol in Prose by Magic Mouth Theatre. In order to create these remarkable productions, a lot of time, effort, and resources are necessary. There are many ways members of the community can support this team. During the year, 24 or more artists are brought to Traverse City to perform, these individuals often need a place to stay. If you have an empty home available for use, offer it up to these dedicated individuals. This team is also always in need of transportation methods, whether it be for production equipment or driving the artists to and from the theatre, any mode of transportation would be beneficial. And of course, lumber, tools, and other objects that assist with the creation of a set are needed. If you have any extra that you would be willing to donate, Parallel 45 would be extremely grateful. To discover other ways you can help out this dynamic group, check out Parallel 45’s website and see what they’re currently working on and what is needed.
If you’re free this week, Parallel 45 is putting on a performance of The Shrew, which is Charles Marowitz’s retelling of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. The artists participating in this production come from a number of places, including Chicago, Washington DC, LA, London, and Traverse City itself. Please note that due to adult content, this production is meant for adults only. This performance will take place at the InsideOut Gallery, November 13-16 and tickets are $20.
Have you been to a performance put on by Parallel 45? Which has been the most memorable so far?