Miller Auditorium October 2014 Newsletter

Family Fun with Sid the Science Kid LIVE: Let’s Play! and Pinkalicious

Sid the Science Kid LIVE: Let's Play!

Buy Tickets | Thursday, Oct. 9 | 6:30 p.m.



Buy Tickets | Sunday, Oct. 26 | 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.


With school having just started and schedules getting busier, it’s hard to find time to share some quality moments with your family. Miller Auditorium is bringing in two fun shows so you can have a great night out with your favorite people. One of the shows is Jim Henson’s Sid the Science Kid LIVE: Let’s Play! Sid, Gabriela, Gerald and May invite you and your family to join them as they take an incredible journey through the five senses: sight, sound, taste, smell and touch, and discover that there’s a very special super duper sixth sense!  Teacher Susie leads the kids and the audience through a musical adventure jam packed with special sensory effects that fill the theatre --- sure to engage sight, smell, sound and more! Jive to the music from the hit PBS KIDS television series and join Sid and his friends as they explore lots of interactive moments with the audience that will bring out the curious scientist in your kid! Find out “What’s the Big Idea?” with Sid the Science Kid—Live!

Based on the hit children book series that your kids may recognize, Pinkalicious is now a musical! Pinkalicious can't stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor's office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe—a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament. This hilarious and adorable musical is perfect for your children as they learn and laugh along.

In conjunction with the show, Western Michigan University’s Fetzer Center will be offering a Pinkalicious breakfast (9 a.m.) and a lunch (12 p.m.) that may be added to any ticket order for $14 (per person, per event). The breakfast menu includes strawberry milk, pink pancakes and syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage gravy and pink biscuits, pink muffins, mini bagels with pink cream cheese, pink iced Danish and pink yogurt with fresh strawberries. The lunch menu includes pink lemonade, fresh watermelon, pink Jello with pink grapefruit, chicken fingers with ranch dip, macaroni & cheese, pink dipped pretzel rods, pink cupcakes and pink iced sugar cookies. Reservations are required for the Pinkalicious breakfast and lunch events.

So come out to Miller Auditorium and have a great day with your family, because these are the moments that you’ll remember for the rest of your life.

Sister Act Fun Facts

Buy Tickets | Saturday, Nov. 1 | 3 & 8 p.m.

Sister Act comes to Kalamazoo on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 3 & 8 p.m. Get ready for the show by testing your Sister Act knowledge!

  • Question: How many Tony Awards was Sister Act nominated for on Broadway?

    Answer: Five

  • Question: Who played Deloris Van Cartier in the movie Sister Act?

    Answer: Whoopi Goldberg

  • Question: In Sister Act, after Deloris Van Cartier witnesses her thug boyfriend commit a crime, where do the police take her for protection and to be hidden until she can testify?

    Answer: A convent

  • Question: What year was the movie Sister Act released?

    Answer: 1992

  • Question: Deloris is given the name Sister Mary Clarence once she is safe in the convent in Sister Act. What is Sister Mary Clarence the patron saint of?

    Answer: Prisoners

  • Question:Who played Mother Superior in the movie Sister Act?

    Answer: Maggie Smith

  • Question:Whoopi Goldberg is the co-host for which daytime talk show?

    Answer: The View

  • Question: In Sister Act, Sister Mary Clarence/Deloris finds her place in the convent by taking on what role?

    Answer: Choir leader

  • Question: Which famous actress played Deloris Van Cartier during the musical’s Broadway run?

    Answer: Raven-Symone

  • Question: What is the subtitle for the movie Sister Act 2?

    Answer: Back in the Habit

Celebrate the holidays with Elf The Musical

Buy Tickets | Tuesday & Wednesday, Nov. 25 & 26 | 7:30 p.m.

The holiday season is coming soon and what better way to spend that magical time than with your family! November is just around the corner and brings the fun of Thanksgiving and the approaching Christmas holiday. A great way to take a break from the shopping and party planning is to see a show. If you already have family in town for Thanksgiving on Nov. 25 & 26, why not treat them—and yourself—to Elf The Musical at Miller!

Based on Elf, the beloved 2003 New Line Cinema hit holiday film, Elf The Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is perfect for a getaway from hectic everyday life.

Meet the Miller Staff: Jana Zollinger


I am one of the newest faces to the Miller Auditorium team here at Western Michigan University, and I’d like to introduce myself! I thought since you will see me walking around Miller, I might tell you a little about who I am. I started at WMU in mid-April and am excited to be here as I’m familiar with ‘going west’ -- I graduated from Western Illinois University with a Bachelors of Arts in recreation, parks and tourism administration and  minored in communications. I began my higher education philanthropy career at Eastern Illinois University where I worked as a director of development for the College of Arts and Humanities.  

My time at EIU was rewarding, but I wanted my career to include more fundraising so I moved to Lafayette, Indiana where I joined the student success advancement team at Purdue University. At Purdue I served as the director of development liaison to Housing and Food Services, as well as the brand new Honors College.  Prior to my career in higher education development, I worked with a variety of small not for profits in my hometown, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois helping to increase funding while serving as an advocate.

You might be asking what brought me to work with Miller Auditorium. I learned during my time at Purdue that art is truly a passion of mine. Throughout the course of my life, I have always been connected to art in one way or another, whether that was building a coil pot in my high school ceramics lab, serving on the Champaign, IL 40 North Arts Council, or enjoying a live performance. I realized that I wanted to connect with it again and help share that passion with others. The position at Miller came to my attention, and here I am. My role as director of development is to not only help raise funds for Miller, but to also be a “friend-raiser” for this auditorium that has over 3,500 seats!

After hours, I enjoy traveling and being outside as much as possible---walking my dog, running and cycling, or going for long hikes. Two things that I am most proud of are being nominated as one of the top Forty Under 40 for Central Illinois Business Magazine and serving as a mentor for the Champaign-Urbana One-to-One Mentoring Program for five years. Even though I live in Michigan, my mentee and I are able to skype once a week. Thank goodness for technology!

Now that I have told you a little about myself, I hope to learn a little bit about you! I look forward to meeting you and thanking you for your continued support and excitement for Miller Auditorium. If you ever need anything or have any questions with regards to Miller Auditorium, please do not hesitate to contact me at or (269) 387-8700. Please visit our the Friends of Miller website for more information at

What's an OLLI?

If you are curious about the world we live in, enjoy learning new things and want to find out more about this community, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at WMU may be what you are looking for.  OLLI housed within Extended University Programs offers low cost, short term, non-credit courses designed for those age 50 and over. Courses meet from one to six times, usually for two hours a week. Recent and current offerings include: The 100th Birthday of the Federal Reserve and Federal Income Tax: Celebrate or Lament?; Michigan History and Myth; Coming to Terms with Climate Change; The Sarajevo Haggadah, A 700 Year Survival Story; Antarctica: Where the Little Fellas in Tuxedos Slide on the Snow; Your Digital Camera: Understand All its Hidden Features. There are no tests and no papers to write – this is about learning for the joy of it!

Although the university began offering Lifelong Learning courses in the spring of 2011, it became affiliated with the Osher Foundation last April. The Bernard Osher Foundation has supported lifelong learning programs all over the country for over two decades; Western’s OLLI is the 118th and the fourth in Michigan to be granted funding and this distinction. For further information call (269) 387-4200 or online by visiting