Engineer by day, conductor by night! Sean has loved music his whole life. He caught the conducting bug in high school but hadn't picked up the baton in years, until he was asked to conduct an orchestra for a local theater company. Conducting a full-length musical was a stretch but once he gave it a try, he never looked back! Sean has conducted more than a dozen pits, including The Wizard of Oz, The Pirates of Penzance, Titanic, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Honk!, Seussical, and The Little Mermaid.
Sarah Grace Groot started dance lessons when she was just 4 years old. Ironically she suffered from weak ankles and her Doctor encouraged her mom to put her in some activity that would strengthen her ankles and her mom thought of dance. Little did we all know how life changing a “weak ankle” diagnosis could be as dance became a huge part of her life. She grew up singing, dancing and doing theater; studied ballet extensively and started teaching and doing choreography for musical theater when she was still in high school. Choreography comes naturally and getting to work alongside her husband, Cole with Midway Theater Company is always such a joy! She’s choreographed and directed the full length “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” ballet for over 10 years. It is currently touring around West Michigan and her two oldest kids have gotten to join the cast which has been so much fun. Growing up doing shows and now getting to do them with my husband and kids is such a dream come true! And if you get a “weak diagnosis” in life, remember God has a way of turning those into some of the most beautiful experiences!
In high school, Julia participated in various shows like Wizard of Oz, Honk!, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. She loves theater because of the magic of storytelling and its profound ability to bring the audience into an entirely new world. Being a part of that bigger narrative, of shaping everyone from the audience to the cast, is what drives Julia’s passion for theater. Stepping into the role of social media for Midway provides the opportunity to communicate her passion of bringing everyone into the story in a new capacity. She looks forward to releasing exciting news about upcoming seasons, snapping fun photos at rehearsal, and keeping people up to date about Midway.
Landscape designer Kristin Faasse has teamed up with Midway to promote the amazing things that the theater is doing in the community! As a lover of all things creative, Kristin is right at home developing the marketing materials that grow Midway's brand and identity. With a positive attitude and no lack of ideas, Kristin brings fun and excitement to the Midway team.
In her free time, Kristin loves being outside in her garden or exploring built and natural landscapes. This interest flows well into her other job of owning and running a landscape architecture business with her wonderful husband, Jonathan. Kristin loves God and loves Midway's mission to use the arts to reflect the creativity of the God who created the universe!
Stacey began singing shortly after she began talking (maybe before?) for anyone who would listen to her and allow her to be an occasional diva. She started studying voice at the age of ten, continuing through high school and moving on to Cedarville University where she earned her Bachelor’s of Music in Vocal Performance with a minor in Theatre. She began teaching voice students at the age of 18 and has since taught a few hundred voice and piano students ranging in age from 4 to 64. While originally focused on a career as a performer, Stacey discovered great joy and satisfaction in teaching private students proper technique that they can use regardless of the genre or repertoire they choose to sing. She does still enjoy the occasional gig—particularly opera, jazz, and musical theatre. Right now, her main gig is being Matthew’s wife and Landon and Isla Jane’s mom. She is thrilled to be working with MTC!
Becoming a producer was the last thing on Christy's to-do list - but when the theater company her children performed with needed help, she stepped in. Immediately, she loved the job and was thrilled to work on several shows. When that ended, she realized how much she loved working with the casts, so she's thrilled to have the opportunity to carry the clipboard once again. Some shows she produced include Honk!, The Pirates of Penzance, Brigadoon, The Wizard of Oz, Anne of Green Gables, Titanic, Seussical, and The Little Mermaid.
Midway was formed by Christians who are thankful to God for his good gift of the arts. We desire to encourage people of all walks of life to use their talents on stage, behind the scenes or in the orchestra. We hope to provide a light in what can be a dark world, giving people an opportunity to perform in an encouraging, loving environment. We believe we can produce quality theater while building up those who perform on stage, as well as giving non-performers the chance to participate in live theater by playing an instrument in the orchestra or working backstage. Join us! You'll have a blast!