WMU Commencement: Preparing for the Big Day


By: Bethany Gauthier

Miller Auditorium serves as the host for Western Michigan University Commencement ceremonies–which take place three times a year: Spring, Summer and Winter. We are honored to be a part of the celebration for WMU graduates and their families and friends, but it takes a lot of help to prepare for the big day. Miller Auditorium backstage, front of house and ticketing staff all do a lot of behind the scenes work for Commencement, but that is just part of what preparation includes. Many other WMU departments play an important role in Commencement–and we’d like to highlight a few of them.

WMU Landscape Services puts hours and hours into beautifying the Miller Auditorium grounds. There are brightly colored tulips blooming in the circle drive, lovely potted floral arrangements and decorated signs of congratulations from different departments at WMU.


WMU Custodial Services and their special projects team send extra staff weeks before every Commencement ceremony. Their team power washes our entrances, exits and stairs–not to mention all our windows, up to the highest level. They also spend days thoroughly cleaning our seating area, among many other tasks. All to help ensure our facility looks as good as it can for our graduates and their families and friends. Thanks to everyone who helps play a part in this important event and congratulations to the new grads joining us this weekend at Miller!


Tickets are HOW MUCH!? The Plight of Theatre Attendees in a World of Ticket Brokers

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By: Jimmy Brand

You are so excited to see an upcoming show and go online to buy tickets. You type the name of the venue and show into Google and click on the first link that comes up. Tickets seem quite expensive, but this is your dream show and you fork over a hefty sum. You then show up at the theatre or talk to a friend, only to find out that you paid way more for your ticket than they did. Has this ever happened to you or someone you know? If so, you have likely fallen victim to a ticket broker.

Ticker brokers run the gamut in terms of ethics, but the general idea is that brokers buy tickets from venues and then resell that ticket back to attendees at an increased cost over the face value of the ticket.

With Miller rolling out a new season, we thought it would be a good time to bring this issue to the public’s attention. We want you to enjoy our shows and to pay a fair price for the tickets to do so.

You may be asking yourself, what can I do to make sure I am buying tickets straight from a venue? Here are a few tips:

  1. Instead of googling the web address, type the url of your venue directly into your web browser. In our case, http://www.millerauditorium.com
  2. Make sure the ticket price you are seeing seems to fit the price you have paid for similar shows at a venue. If your normal ticket price is typically around $70 and you are seeing tickets for $200, this should send up a red flag.
  3. If you ever have any questions, call the venue directly. The box office is always happy to assist you with questions. In our case, at Miller, the box office number is (269) 387-2300.

I hope this has been informative!  Always remember to practice safe and smart ticketing—your wallet will thank you later.


Garrison Keillor in Kalamazoo!


By: Bethany Gauthier

One of the most prolific American storytellers of all time, Garrison Keillor is a writer and humorist best known for his popular live radio variety show, A Prairie Home Companion, which attracts more than 4 million listeners on over 600 public radio stations each week

Keillor is also a best-selling author of many books, including Lake Wobegon Days, Love Me and Homegrown Democrat. True to his radio form, Garrison Keillor shares hilarious anecdotes about growing up in the American Midwest, the people of Lake Wobegon and “late-life fatherhood.” With a wonderful, dry sense of humor, he captivates audiences and delivers with class, charisma and wisdom and remains one of the most popular American storytellers of all time.

We’ve been fortunate to host Garrison Keillor at Miller Auditorium several times over the years and are happy to have him here again on our stage on April 27. Keillor has announced his upcoming retirement from A Prairie Home Companion, so you don’t want to miss this chance to see him live in Kalamazoo! Tickets are available now.



Tess Taylor’s Night Out At Miller

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We are pleased to announce that Tess Taylor from WKFR radio is hosting an adult night out on Friday, April 22nd that involves a night of laughs at Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man! 

You can read more about Tess’ event on her blog at http://wkfr.com/sex-tips-for-straight-women-from-a-gay-man/

If you’d like more info or to purchase tickets for Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man, you can visit http://www.millerauditorium.com/ or call (269) 387-2300.

Eat Your Science with Alton Brown


By: Jimmy Brand

Hey, y’all, Jimmy here.

What would you get if Julia Child and Bill Nye the Science Guy raised a child together? Give up? His name would be Alton Brown. Alton Brown: Anti-unitasker, Post-it note lover, Chef and all over awesome human. (I will let him explain why kitchen unitaskers are less than desirable.)

You may know Alton from such shows as Good Eats, Iron Chef America and Cutthroat Kitchen. I know him as the man who made cooking and science fun and even cool.  He is the reason my cousin’s little boy cheers every time someone says kosher salt. He is also always looking out for our safety in the kitchen.

Alton Brown has a way of demonstrating complex scientific processes and making them fun. From burping yeast sock puppets to elaborate string diagrams of gluten structures, there’s nothing that he cannot make relatable in some form or fashion.

Join the fun when Alton Brown’s Eat Your Science Tour comes to Miller on Thursday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available now and I hope to see you there!