Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts

Community Engagement

Feasts. Fun. Family. From an Alice In Wonderland tea party to fantastically intricate machines fit for an HG Wells fantasy (or an engineering school), Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts brings the excitement before and after special performances. Masterclasses, meet-and-greets, and pre-show conversations immerse our campus and community in creativity, bringing together artists and craftspeople across disciplines and generations.

More than events – experiences. We're grateful to the local sponsors who make it happen. Let us know if you'd like to help.

Past Community Experiences

Cast member looks at the camera

Mountaintop Q & A

Round table of guests look on

Mountaintop Q & A

Long table of guests

Mountaintop Q & A

Panel of cast members on a raised platform with one holding a microphone speaking

Mountaintop Q & A

Male standing in the middle of seated guests with a microphone speaking

Mountaintop Q & A

A group of seated guests look on

Mountaintop Q & A

A posed image of female guests

Mountaintop Q & A

Wide angle from above of seated guests at round and straight tables

Mountaintop Q & A

Wide angle from above of seated guests at round and straight tables

Mountaintop Q & A

A group of seated guests look on

Mountaintop Q & A

Three guests stand at a round table interacting with one another before the discussion
A group of children site a round table looking on.

Mountaintop Q & A

 

The Mountaintop Cast Q & A

Performance: Katori Hall's The Mountaintop
Co-Sponsor: Michigan Tech's National Society of Black Engineers and Center for Diversity and Inclusion

Cast members shared their experiences as actors and their journey in portraying such impactful and pivotal characters Katori Hall brought to life. When cast reflected on their perspective of Hall's vision, they viewed The Mountaintop as humanizing an otherwise iconic and idealized MLK and hope audiences will continue to keep fighting and pushing for inclusivity.

Patron with vampire teeth

Dracula - Cocktails After Dark

Volunteer serving cocktails to patrons

Dracula - Cocktails After Dark

Two event goers posing for photo

Dracula - Cocktails After Dark

Two event goers standing at the bar where drinks are being served

Dracula - Cocktails After Dark

A patron interacting with the drink server

Dracula - Cocktails After Dark

A group of event goers posing for photo

Dracula - Cocktails After Dark

A group of three event goers posing for photo

Dracula - Cocktails After Dark

Patron in a witch's hat posing for a photo

Dracula - Cocktails After Dark

Party goers grabbing food at a buffet table

Dracula - Cocktails After Dark

Four event goers posing for photo

Dracula - Cocktails After Dark

Three event goers posing for photo

Dracula - Cocktails After Dark

A group of event goers posing for photo

Dracula - Cocktails After Dark

Cocktails After Dark

Performance: PUSH Physical Theatre: Dracula
Co-Sponsor: Keweenaw Young Professionals

Audience donned their darkest apparel for the Cocktails After Dark afterparty. After PUSH Physical Theatre's dark and daring production of Dracula, the cast joined guests in the lobby for specialty cocktails, games, and tasty treats.

Members of Bonkers Toy and Coffee Shop dressed in Alice in Wonderland costumes

Tea Party for Alice in Wonderland

Three tea cups

Tea Party for Alice in Wonderland

Overhead view of Bonkers serving tea to guests

Tea Party for Alice in Wonderland

A mother with her two daughters coloring

Tea Party for Alice in Wonderland

A table with snacks.

Tea Party for Alice in Wonderland

A mother having tea with her young son while he dips the tea bag into water.

Tea Party for Alice in Wonderland

Tea Party

Performance: Alice in Wonderland
Sponsor: KC Bonkers/Portage Lake District Library

KC Bonkers Tea and Toy shop and Portage Lake District Library created a magical Alice in Wonderland post-show tea party complete with cookie decorating, magic tricks, coloring, and, of course, tea! 

Young student looking at a experiment with Mind Trekkers

Steam Punk for Cirque Mechanics

Young student doing a paperclip a experiment with Mind Trekkers

Steam Punk for Cirque Mechanics

Students poking colored foam cups during an experiment with Mind Trekkers

Steam Punk for Cirque Mechanics

Young student in a steam punk hat touching an electricity globe.

Steam Punk for Cirque Mechanics

A picture of Albert Einstein made with electricity during a Mind Trekker experiement

Steam Punk for Cirque Mechanics

A Mind Trekker volunteer showing a young student a small tornado machine.

Steam Punk for Cirque Mechanics

Steam Punk

Performance: Cirque Mechanics: Pedal Punk
Sponsor: Mind Trekkers

Michigan Tech Mind Trekkers brought their nationally renowned STEM road show for a full day of science, technology, engineering, math, and art to get students geared up for the Cirque Mechanics: Pedal Punk performance. Students toured the Cirque Mechanics stage, met the cast, played with robots, and explored the sciences that makes art #smartart