the New Vic
Tradition of Theatrical Excellence
New Vic Theatre was founded in 1966 by Kalamazoo residents Ted & Mary
Jo Kistler. For over forty years, The New Vic has entertained
Southwest Michigan and Northern Indiana audiences carving a unique
for itself in the economy and theatrical tradition of the area.
The New Vic's
original production of "A Christmas Carol" (recipient
of a "Special Tribute" from The State of Michigan in
1999) and the annual Christmas Concerts featuring The New Vic
Theatre Chorus are among Kalamazoo's oldest on-going holiday
presentations and have become an integral part of the holiday
season for thousands of Southwest Michigan theatergoers.
to the heart of downtown Kalamazoo, the theatre's comfortable
cabaret-style seating and intimate size, enhanced by a concession
that serves a variety of hot & cold non-alcoholic beverages,
lend to its unique atmosphere.
The New Vic's
flexible modular auditorium allows for innovative staging ranging
from the complete round to conventional proscenium format. Efficient
central heating and air conditioning allows for comfortable year-round
Of The New
Vic's more than 325 productions to date, over 80% have been plays
introduced to Kalamazoo audiences for the first time. Several
plays ("Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat", "Green
Julia" by Paul Abelman, "Are You Now Or Have You Ever
Been" and "The Memoirs Of Pontius Pilate" both
by Eric Bentley) were presented to New Vic audiences prior to
their Broadway premieres.
New Vic's season of productions begins in early February and
runs through December 29 each year. January dates are normally
reserved for the New Vic's popular January Concert Series, featuring
a variety of musical groups or individual performers.
weekends only -- except during the holidays when the performance
schedule is greatly expanded -- and with only 100 available seats
for each performance, The New Vic plays to over 10,000 theatre
patrons annually bringing thousands of dollars to the downtown
The New Vic
is a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation (New Vic Theatricals,
Inc) and owns its own facility at 134 E. Vine St. in Kalamazoo.
to The New Vic
East Vine Street • Kalamazoo, Michigan 49001