2019-2020 Directors

Veronica Hetke, Frozen Jr.

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Veronica has been performing and helping others perform since she was quite small. Her first performance was probably belting the entire Lion King soundtrack or reciting all of Toy Story. She quickly progressed to directing family skits and church Christmas plays. She discovered the joy and magic of community theater as a junior in high school and has been passionate about the arts ever since. She has performed with several theatrical groups including Kellogg Community College, Marshall Civic Players, and Branch County Community Theatre. While Veronica dearly loves to perform, she feels most at home helping others develop their skills for the stage. 

Cole Groot, Annie

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 Cole stepped into the world of theater at the age of 10. After high school he began directing musicals and dramas for Master Arts Theater, Trinity Christian High School, Kalamazoo Area Tutors and Caledonia High School.  The theater provides him the opportunity to create an atmosphere of trust and encouragement with actors and audience members through clean, meaningful entertainment. He loves all elements of performing and directing and thoroughly enjoys encouraging his performers while revealing the best in them. Cole is married to his best friend Sarah Grace and has a beautiful 4 year old and a beautiful 2 year old! He seizes every opportunity to perform with his wife that he can find.   

Midway Staff

Sean Duffy, Music Director

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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. He's excited to pick up the baton and work with the talented musicians who will make up the pit for Annie! 

Sarah Grace Groot, Choreographer

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 Sarah Grace started taking ballet, tap and jazz when she was just 4 years old and was completely bitten by the dancing bug! She continued her training with the Grand Rapids Ballet Company, Turning Pointe School of Dance and Hearts in Step Dance Academy. She attended summer sessions with Ballet Magnificat and Joffrey Midwest. Choreography has always been her favorite element of dance and she began choreographing for musicals while still in high school and for her own dance company, Reflections of Grace. She loves telling stories through dance and teaching others how to dance! 

Julia Mills, Social Media Director

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 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.  

Kristin Faasse, Marketing Director

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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 Foote, Vocal Coach

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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! 

Christy Duffy, Producer

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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's Founding Directors

Sean and Christy Duffy

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Midway Theater Company

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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! 

Cole and Sarah Grace Groot

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Board and ByLaws

As a 501(c)3 non-profit, MTC has board members and bylaws. Read all about that here!