Theater production company plans to invest $750K in West Side

The new theater and banquet facility is projected to bring in over $600,000 in revenue for its first year of operation and nearly $800,000 in its second year. Courtesy Host Productions

Before beginning its seventh season July 23 with the opening of “Ain’t Nothing Like Family: Ms. Wilkins Goes to Court,”  Host Productions LLC, a Grand Rapids-based theater production company, announced plans to invest nearly $750,000 in Grand Rapids’ West Side.

The production company is working on final approvals to transform a vacant property on the city’s West Side into a family-oriented community theater, offering performing arts education, banquet and theater rental facilities.

The new theater and banquet facility will be located amid new and renovated apartment homes, family neighborhoods and restaurants. Once open, the theater and facility will host regular weekly performances, holding over 400 people. The building is projected to bring in over $600,000 in revenue for its first year of operation and nearly $800,000 in its second year.

“Our theater will offer high-quality, wholesome and affordable stage plays in a dazzlingly renovated facility,” said Terri Host, founder of Host Productions. “All of our plays center on the message of having a strong family foundation and overcoming life challenges. The undertone in each play is lighthearted, but hilarious comedy that every member of the family can understand and enjoy.”

Since 2013, the husband-and-wife-duo Terri Host and Tim Host have written and produced over 20 live shows, which have been performed nearly 100 times at the Wealthy Theater in Grand Rapids, the Frauenthal Center in Muskegon and at various locations throughout Michigan and Ohio.

Through its nonprofit organization, Host Productions Community Theater, the couple is helping upcoming actors and actresses develop their talents by offering youth workshops that build skills in acting, playwriting, sound, lighting and videography, all while providing entertainment and performances for the community.

“We believe we have the power to directly impact our community in a positive way,” Terri Host said. “After many successful shows and events, the timing is ripe for a permanent performance home, which will allow us to have an even greater impact within our community and provide additional revenue opportunities for the city and the general public.”

“Ain’t Nothing Like Family: Ms. Wilkins Goes to Court” will be performed at Frauenthal Center, 425 W. Western Ave., Muskegon, and will feature a cast and crew of 25.

Tickets can be purchased online at Etix or by calling Host Productions at (616) 432-7456 or the Frauenthal Center Box Office at (231) 727-8001.

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