Groves graduate Elizabeth Heiter published her first book! Look for "Hunted" in bookstores now!
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** As a note, we've moved the classes from Baldwin High School and Birmingham High School into a new list. If you are still receiving the wrong newsletter, give Anne Cron a call.**
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Returning to the home stage
It’s not a secret that Birmingham Public Schools helps shape some of the brightest minds and talents around. Our alumni have made an impression in a variety of fields and many serve as mentors from afar or nearby to our current student population. Nick Lang, a 2004 Groves High School graduate, recently had the opportunity to work with students in the Groves Theatre Department, his old home-away-from-home.
“Mr. Rutherford was a true mentor and helped me a lot personally,” said Lang. “So when he called me to see if I’d help out with the show (Shrek - The Musical), I had to say yes. It was also fun to do!”
Shrek: The Musical called for a dragon, and Rutherford knew Lang’s background creating puppets was just what they needed. After graduating from the University of Michigan in 2008 and spending a year with Disney as a video editor, Lang returned to Michigan to help his brother and fellow Groves alumn, Matt Lang, put on a parody, “A Very Potter Musical,” based on the Harry Potter book series. The parody involved a dragon puppet.
“We filmed the live performance and we posted the entire show on YouTube for friends and family to see,” Lang said. “As it turned out, a lot more than just our friends and family tuned in. The video went ‘viral’ and before we knew it, we had a pretty large online following.”
Not wanting to waste the opportunity, the Lang brothers, together with co-owners Brian Holden and Darren Criss, began StarKid Productions. Today they live in Chicago, writing and producing live theatre shows.
Lang’s recent trip to Michigan to help the students at Groves create their own dragon puppet also offered him the opportunity to give back to the program that helped prepare him for his career. But it wasn’t the first time he had given back.
I actually knew a bunch of the students in the play because a few years ago I was a camp counselor at a summer theatre camp that Mr. Rutherford runs,” Lang said. “It was kind of nice to know Groves is still so alive, and for these kids, things that I did over 10 years ago are exciting and new to them. I’d recommend working with kids to anyone.”
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Seaholm class of 1974
Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014
Birmingham Athletic Club
Classes of 1953-54
The 60th class reunion for the Birmingham High School graduating classes of 1953 and 1954 will be held on Friday, Sept. 5 and Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. The reunion will be held at the Radisson-Bloomfield Hotel (formerly the Kingsley Inn) on Woodward Ave. in Bloomfield Hills.
For more information, or to help on our planning committee, contact: Joan Gassaway Berndt at 248.335.7160 or email@example.com.
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Birmingham High School
Class of 1954
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