The Hope Summer Repertory Theatre produces plays and educational programs of the highest professional standards that address the needs of, and enhance the quality of life for, Hope College and the West Michigan community.

The Hope Summer Repertory Theatre (HSRT) is West Michigan’s premier professional theater company. The company is a unique blend of distinguished professionals and young theater artists from all over the United States, creating a synergy between younger and more mature artists. Those who are more experienced are infused with the enthusiasm of youth while they pass important artistic values on to the next generation.

HSRT is also distinguished by the wide variety of its plays, performed by one resident acting company. This wide repertoire is unified by the goal to explore and celebrate the joy and complexity of the human spirit.

HSRT numbers over 100 members annually taking up residence for the summer in Holland. The company produces six shows in rotation every summer at the DeWitt Student & Cultural Center theater— and occasionally the Knickerbocker Theatre and the Park Theatre.

  • The DeWitt Student & Cultural Center Theater has been a primary venue for HSRT through the years
  • 1974 production of "Midsummer Night's Dream"
  • 2015 production of "Smokey Joe's Cafe"
  • 2004 production of "Art"
  • 2007 production of "She Loves Me"
  • 1993 production of "The Importance of Being Earnest"
  • 2006 production of "A Midsummer Night’s Dream"

Upcoming

  1. HSRT: Go, Dog. Go!

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    Written by Allison Gregory and Steven Dietz, Music by Michael Korner

    Performances: 
    10:30 a.m. shows:
    ​​​​​​​July 13, 15, 25, 29
    August 3, 8, 11, 12

    2 p.m. shows:
    July 16, 23, 27
    August 1, 5, 10

    HSRT: Go, Dog. Go!
    Date
    Cost
    $12 per person
    Location
    DeWitt Student and Cultural Center
    HSRT: Go, Dog. Go! 10:30 am - DeWitt Student and Cultural Center Studio Theatre
  2. HSRT: Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat

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    When boredom strikes Sally and her brother while their mother is away, it seems as though there is nothing to be done to brighten up the rainy day.

    HSRT: Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat
    Date
    Cost
    $12 per person
    Location
    DeWitt Student and Cultural Center
    HSRT: Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat 1:30 pm - DeWitt Student and Cultural Center Studio Theatre
  3. HSRT: The Fantasticks

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    by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt

    Performance Dates, 8:00 p.m. shows: 
    ​July 22, 23, 25, 27, 30*
    August 1, 3, 5, 9, 11  
    (*denotes 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. shows)

    HSRT: The Fantasticks
    Date
    Cost
    Adults: $28-$33; Senior, Faculty and Staff: $25-$30; Children under 18: $15
    Location
    DeWitt Student and Cultural Center
    HSRT: The Fantasticks 8:00 pm - DeWitt Student and Cultural Center Theatre
  4. HSRT: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

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    by Christopher Durang

    Performance Dates:
    July 8, 9, 12, 14, 16, 26
    August 4, 12

    HSRT: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
    Date
    Cost
    Adults: $23-$27; Senior, Faculty and Staff: $20-$25; Children under 18: $15
    Location
    DeWitt Student and Cultural Center
    HSRT: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike 8:00 pm - DeWitt Student and Cultural Center Theatre
  5. HSRT: Hairspray

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    by Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman, Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan

    Performance Dates | 8:00 pm shows:
    June 17, 18, 23, 29, 30
    July 5, 7, 13, 15, 20, 28
    August 6*, 8, 13 (*denotes 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. shows)

    HSRT: Hairspray
    Date
    Cost
    Adults: $28-$33; Senior, Faculty & Staff: $25-$30; Children under 18: $15
    Location
    DeWitt Student and Cultural Center
    HSRT: Hairspray 8:00 pm - DeWitt Student and Cultural Center Theatre