GVSU Shakespeare Festival Conference Sept. 26 & 27

conference_graphic_gold_2014_smallGrand Valley Shakespeare Festival, Michigan’s oldest continuous-running Shakespeare Festival, in conjunction with the Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company, Michigan’s only year-round touring Shakespeare company, is holding its bi-annual conference in 2014, entitled “Shakespeare: Pedagogy and  Performance“.
This year, we are focusing on issues that affect the teaching, production, or performance of Shakespeare and early modern drama for secondary or college students. We are currently seeking proposals from Shakespeare Festival Education Directors, English, Theatre, and Interdisciplinary Professors, Secondary Education Teachers, and Graduate Students specializing in Shakespeare, Theatre, dramaturgy, or the early modern period.
The featured Conference Keynote Speaker and Festival Scholar-in-Residence is Tony Simotes, one of the Founding Members and current Artistic Director for Shakespeare & Company. Now in their 36th season, Shakespeare & Company in the Berkshire Hills in Lenox, Massachusetts, is one of the largest and best known Shakespeare Festivals in the United States. Simotes has either performed in or directed over two dozen productions for Shakespeare & Company during the past three decades.  He is also a Master Teacher of Fight and Movement and has been one of the Company¹s Artistic Associates since 1995. For Shakespeare & Company he has directed such productions as Othello, The Merry Wives of Windsor, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It, and Two Gentlemen of Verona to name a few.  His work as a fight choreographer and director has been featured coast to coast, from the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles to the New York Shakespeare Festival’s Public Theater.  Recent directing credits include The Nerd for Madison Repertory Theatre and Fight Direction for Macbeth at Orlando Shakespeare Theatre.
The 2014 Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival Conference also features:
  • A performance of Comedy of Errors by the Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival
  • A performance of Macbeth by the Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company
  • Pat Quigley, Education Consultant  at the Stratford Festival

More information and registration information can be found on the Grand Valley State University website.

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Heritage Theatre Presents “Blithe Spirit” – Opening July 17

In this classic comedy by Nöel Coward, a famous author participates in a seance as part of research for a new book, and finds his new marriage haunted – quite literally – by the ghost of his late first wife.

For more information, check out Heritage Theatre’s Facebook event for Blithe Spirit and go to www.heritagetheatregr.org to reserve your tickets.

Blithe Spirit is directed by Walt Riegler. Performs Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm at GRCC’s Spectrum Theater (160 Fountain NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503).


Charles Condomine – Kevin Raleigh
Ruth Condomine – Laura Johnson
Elvira Condomine – Meghan R Bortle
Madame Arcati – Margi Derks Peterson
Dr. Bradman – Mark Moran
Mrs. Bradman – Brenda VanderArk
Edith – Paige Bourne

Blithe Spirit” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.


Blithe Spirit

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The Music of the Eagles at Circle Theatre

Don’t Miss this Special Event!

Circle Theatre

Each year, Circle Theatre presents a Summer Concert Series which features many of the area’s best artists and gives patrons an opportunity to experience live performances in an up-close and personal setting.

On July 14th catch Take it to the Limit: The Music of The Eagles

Mark Jackson
Jeff Kemperman
Nathan Potts
Colin Tobin

Directed By:
Kelly Carey

Season Ticket Holders: $15
Non-Season Ticket Holders: $17

More information can be found at Circle Theatre’s website: http://circletheatre.org/

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Don’t Miss “One Man Two Guvnors” at Circle Theatre!

One Man Two GuvnorsGuvnors
by: Richard Bean

Brighton, England. 1963. Change is in the air, and Francis Henshall is looking to make his mark. Fired from a skiffle band and in search of work, he finds himself employed by small-time gangster Roscoe Crabbe, in town to collect a fee from his fiancee’s gangster father. But Roscoe is really Rachel, posing as her own dead brother, herself in love with Stanley Stubbers (her brother’s killer) who, in turn, becomes our hero’s other ‘guvnor’. Fighting a mounting sense of confusion, Francis goes out of his way to serve both bosses. But with the distractions of a pneumatic book keeper, a self-important actor and select members of the criminal fraternity (not to mention his own mammoth appetite) to contend with, how long can he keep them apart? Richard Bean’s hilarious comedy received 5-star reviews from every London newspaper and was the hit of the 2012 Broadway season.

 Performance Dates:

JULY 10-12, 16-19, 23-26 at 7:30PM
JULY 20 at 5:00pm

For tickets and more information, go to Circle Theatre’s website.

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Feminine Tragedies on Grecian Themes; or, The Scorpio Play at Dog Story Theater

A New Play by Christopher van Der Ark

Feminine Tragedies on Grecian Themes; or, The Scorpio Play
Performances are July 10-12 at 8:00, July 13 at 5:00 at Dog Story Theater

After Lynette Price discovers her husband’s ongoing infidelity, it only seemed reasonable to employ a witch to curse him with a quick and fatal disease. And to top it off? Throw a dinner party inviting all of her most hated in-laws to ensure they catch the disease and suffer the consequences as well. However, when Lynette gets too caught up in her own schemes and becomes victim to the curse herself, she too must survive the night while avoiding the ghosts of the guests she sent to an early grave.

Feminine Tragedies on Grecian Themes explores the everyday context of revenge in the non-everyday context of the supernatural while challenging the question– is an appetite for vengeance ever satiable?

Featuring: Molly Jones, Jay Harnish, Maddy Mathias, Ruth Ann Molenaar, Kendra Jones, Ryan Edwards, Claire Mahave, Mary Brown and starring Lizzy Sulkowski as “The Scorpio.”

Tickets are $12 General Admission, $8 Students


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