Grey performing at a workshop for "Michigan Trees"

Michigan Trees: A Guide to the Trees of Michigan and the Great Lakes Region (highlight reel)

Michigan Trees: A Guide to the trees of Michigan and the Great Lakes region is a new folk opera for classical and folk vocalists, steeped in mythos and Michigan, all the while remaining relevant to the present experiences of trans* folks. In the opera we follow the journey of Orna, a trans-woman as she grapples with self-acceptance. She travels to the north of Michigan--guided by the Mother of Trees--to transform into a white-pine that will sit upon Chapel Rock, on the edge of Lake Superior, overlooking it all. 

Cast and Creative Team

Allison Prost - Orna, As She Sees Herself

Grey Grant - Orna, As She Feels She is Seen

Kate Moss, Kara Huckabone, Samantha Kao- Mother of Trees (MI)

Hayley Boggs, Zoe Hart, Samatha Kao - Mother of Trees (NYC)

Danielle Gonzalez, Sofia Carbonara - percussion (MI)

Riley Palmer, Tanner Tanyeri - percussion (NYC)


Rehearsal Pianist - Samantha Kao

and with Converge New Music:

Megan Rohrer, Malhar Kute, violins; Ryan McDonald, viola; Hanna


Brooke Rumora, cello

Composer/Librettist - Grey Grant


Producer - Fifth Wall Performing Arts


Director, Music Director, and Dramaturgy - Karl Ronneburg


Sound Design and Operation - Peter Littlejohn (MI)

Lighting Design - Emily Yang (MI)


Front of House Manager - Madeline Endres (MI)

Artwork - Tanner Porter

Thanks again to _thirdplaceconcertseries


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Einstein in the HOUSE

Ann Arbor, MI, April 20, 2017

It's so incredibly beautiful to be part of a community of people who, when you have an idea as insane as "Let's put on a full, free, student production of Einstein on the Beach--in my house", have no qualms about diving in and hopping right on the crazy train/bus/spaceship ride that is this show. 

A lot of people (both audience and cast members) asked me at one time or another what I thought the show was about, and I never really found a good way to describe it. But here's one more shot: I think Einstein on the Beach(/in the House) is about how the littlest things (counting numbers, basic human emotions, solfege, musical cells that repeat over and over, the atom) can grow to become complex and twisted systems (nuclear technology, the justice system, commercialism, gender roles)--and about how understanding that duality can lead us to appreciate the things that make life worth living--namely, love and each other.


So enjoy our adaption of Phillip Glass and Robert Wilsons' masterpiece!

Directors – Grey Grant and Karl Ronneburg

Conductor - Victor Huls

Choreography – Grey in collaboration with Dancers

Mise en Scene (making cardboard trains) – Levin Kim and Andrew Zick

Lighting - Karl Ronneburg and Sam Burck

Person 1 – Karl Ronneburg

Person 2 - Grey Grant

Train Conductor/Judge /Bus Driver – Phoebe Wu

Crazy Eddie – Thomas Kratofil

Kid Judge- Jacob Rogers

Stenographers – Kayla Mathes, Melanie Holt

 Dancers – Melanie Holt, Daz Dandylion, Kayla Mathes, Grey Grant

Einstein -- Teagan Faran

Soprano Soloist – Hayley Boggs

Alto Soloist - Madeline Gotschlich

Soloist for “Building” - Rebecca Rosen

Chorus: Soprano – Christina Swanson, Maya Ballester, Hayley Boggs Alto – Madeleine Gotschlich, Rebecca Rosen, Marty Gray

Tenor – Grant Rossi, Walker Durell

Bass – Walker Durell, Dayton Hare, Thomas Kratofil

Flute 1/picc- Noniko Hsu

Flute 2/sop sax- Lisa Keeney

Bass Clarinet/ Bb clarinet - Jordan Kauffman

Organ 1 - Karalyn Schubring

Organ 2 – Annie Jeng