Shining the Spotlight on Michigan Theaters; Consumers Energy Supports the Arts

WITH THE OSCARS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER,

there’s buzz about the best movies and top actors in Hollywood. Lucky for us, we can experience the best entertainment has to offer by visiting the many theaters right here in Michigan. From motion picture theaters to live performance venues, there are many opportunities to enjoy the arts with friends and family.

In the last two decades, Consumers Energy and the Consumers Energy Foundation contributed $725,000 to theaters and theatre organizations
across Michigan. The support comes from a large mix of company donations and grants.

The renovation of The Vogue Theatre in Manistee is a heartwarming example of how Consumers Energy has made a cultural and economic
impact to many Michigan cities. With help from the Consumers Energy Foundation, the theater was renovated in 2012 after the community rallied together to restore the vacant building. The Vogue Theatre’s restoration has become a catalyst for downtown redevelopment in Manistee.

Consumers Energy Employees Support the Arts

Consumers Energy employees have dedicated years of volunteer service to the arts and many theaters across Michigan.

Chuck Sartorius, Consumers Energy Lead Business Architect, has had many roles at the Mid-Michigan Family Theatre and Riverwalk Theatre in the Lansing area. After years of work in the arts, Sartorius believes the theater allows creative thinking for many Michiganders — especially youth.

“Getting youth involved and exposed to theater yields not only an appreciation for the arts, but exposes them to ways to express creativity and become more confident,” said Sartorius.

Doug Meyers, Consumers Energy Senior Engineer Lead, agrees it’s essential to introduce our youth to the arts. For more than 24 years, he has held many community theater roles, including Chairman of Youth Theater for Center Stage Jackson.

“In a lot of cases, the arts are being pulled from schools’ budgets, and theater is a great opportunity for kids to participate,” said Meyers. “We’re filling a niche that used to be provided to kids for no cost.”