Pigeon Creek Presents “Midsummer Night’s Dream” April 17-27 + Audition Notice

DSCN2862The Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company brings Shakespeare’s comedy of magic and confused love to Dog Story, April 17-20 and 24-27. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 3pm.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream features four Athenian lovers and a band of amateur actors who get more than they bargained for when they venture into the woods outside of Athens.  When these human characters encounter a group of mischievous fairies and feel the effects of fairy magic, hilarity ensues.  The cast of this production features Steven Anderson, Kathleen Bode, Antonio Copeland, Kimi Griggs, Amanda Heeren, Janelle Mahlmann, Chad Marriott, Kristin Ripley, Janna Rosenkranz, Sarah Stark, Brad Sytsma, Kate Tubbs, and Kyle Westmaas.

Production dates are April 17/27. Tickets are $14 / $7 student & senior. More information can be found on the Dog Story Theatre website.


Audition Notice

The Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company is holding auditions for its summer productions of Coriolanus and The Two Gentlemen of Verona on April 22 and 23 at 7 p.m.

Coriolanus will be directed by Dennis Henry.  Dennis holds an MFA in directing from the University at Nebraska Lincoln, and has extensive experience as a Shakespearean actor.  A member of Actors’ Equity, he spent eight years touring with the world-renowned American Shakespeare Center.

The Two Gentlemen of Verona will be Pigeon Creek’s first ever Workshop Production, designed to provide acting experience and training for actors who may not have previously acted in Shakespearean plays.  College students and others who are eager to get training in Shakespearean text, voice, and movement techniques would be ideal candidates to audition for this production.

Visit Pigeon Creek’s website for more information.


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Meet the Cast of “God of Carnage” Opening April 17th

Actors’ Theatre is so excited about our next upcoming production, God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza!

The New York Times has this to say about God of Carnage:

“A study in the tension between civilized surface and savage instinct, this play is itself a satisfyingly primitive entertainment with an intellectual veneer. God of Carnage may be a familiar comic journey from A to B, but it travels first class.”

And just take a look at this cast!

Amy McFadden (Annette) has been performing all over Michigan for over 20 years on stage, TV and in film. She is a founding member of Dog Story Theater in downtown Grand Rapids, an Earphones Award-winning audiobook narrator and taught 2nd grade for a bunch of years before “retiring” to act full time. She is a graduate of GR Catholic Central and Saint Mary’s College and Notre Dame, where she earned BAs in Theater and Education.   

Carrie McNulty (Veronica) has theatrical experience that has taken her to Toronto, London, Ireland, and nearly every state in the country, from touring to regional theatre. Select credits include: FrozenThe History BoysChicagoThe Drowsy ChaperoneAlwaysPatsy ClineTo Kill A Mockingbird9 to 5,The Beaux StratagemTwelfth Night, and The Good Doctor. Work in West Michigan includes: Kiss of the Spiderwoman(Grand Award), A New Brain (Grand Award Nomination), andThe Wild Party (Grand Award), all with Actors’ Theatre. She earned her MFA in Acting fromPennsylvania State University

Craig Hammerlind (Michael) is thankful for the many opportunities he has had in the Grand Rapids Theatre Community; “Sometimes it’s nice to become someone else in another person’s story.” Craig has been in many productions at Actors’ Theatre including: The Beauty Queen of Leenane,Looking for Normal - GA nomination, Rabbit HoleA Man of No Importance - GA Nomination, Angels in America Part 1Frankie and Johnny in the Claire DeLuneLes Laisions Dangereuse and Co-Directed The Wild Party - GA Winner for Best Direction of a Musical. Craig is a graduate of Grand Rapids Junior College (now Grand Rapids Community College) and Western Michigan University. He also studied at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts and the Stella Adler Conservatory.

Sammy A. Publes (Alan) started his theatrical studies at GRCC and graduated with a BA in Arts and Sciences from Western Michigan University. He moved to Chicago after graduating where he performed at Steppenwolf Theater in Our Lady of 121st, Teatro Vista/Goodman Theater’s Two Sisters and a Pianoas well understudying at Lookingglass Theater this past summer. Sammy has also worked in TV and Film; film credits includeStoneThings Fall Apart, and Scream 4. TV credits include, (NBC) Chicago Fire, (NBC) Chicago PD (Ep. 12 airing thisApril),(FOX) Chicago Code, (SHOWTIME) Shameless, (STARZ) Boss, and (AMC) The Beast. His theater credits include Topdog UnderdogJesus Hopped the A TrainLady of the CamelliasSideman (all for Actors’ Theatre) Chaim’s Love Song, and Shmulnik’s Waltz (for Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids).


Huge thanks to our underwriters:

**Don’t forget, We will have a special Talk-back following the performance on Friday, April 18th. Some of the topics that will be covered include communication and conflict management.

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“God of Carnage” Rehearsal Photos!

A huge thanks to Dave Kagan at Sensitography who took these wonderful photos of our cast of God of Carnage. Want to see more? Check out our Facebook album!

God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza
Translation by Christopher Hampton

April 17-26, 2014
All Shows Begin at 8:00 pm
Call (616) 234-3946 for tickets or purchase them online now!

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Donate Now Help Circle Theatre Kick Off Their Summer Season

Circle Theatre Circle Theatre is presently requesting donations through indiegogo to kick off their Summer Concert Series. Here’s some information from the site:


This annual Circle Celebrates Kick Off is what puts our summer season into motion. Circle Celebrates is really our annual fundraiser that allows us to bring you extraordinary theatre that you will have a chance to see during the rest of the season. The more we can raise during this concert experience, the better our product will be all season long. We are asking you to help us cover the cost of this concert so we can put all revenue from it into bringing you quality entertainment all season long.

For more information visit: http://circletheatre.org/special-events/circle-celebrates-stephen-schwartz.html

What We Need & What You Get

The breakdown:

  • We are asking you for $4950 to cover the cost of lighting, sound, projections, musician fees, director fees, and audience hospitality.
  • Depending on your contribution, perks will include: A free ticket to the event, 2014 summer concert tickets, 2014 Main Stage summer flex passes, a Circle Theatre t-shirt, and a backstage tour of the theatre! Please email vfalbo@circletheatre.org with your shirt details. See the perks section for more information.

Go over to indiegogo now and donate now! (There is a lot more information on the site about donation perks on the site.)


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Announcing the Cast of “Grey Gardens”

Grey Gardens Logo Actors’ Theatre would like to send a big thank you to everyone who auditioned for Grey Gardens! It was a wonderful weekend of auditions. In case you missed the announcement on our Facebook page, here is the official cast:

“Big” Edith Bouvier Beale – Rose Anne Shansky (Act II)

“Big” Edith Bouvier Beale/”Little” Edie Beale – Kathy Gibson (Wagner)(Act I & II Respectfully)

“Little” Edie Beale – Allyson Paris* (Act I)

Joseph Patrick Kennedy / Jerry – John Vesbit*

Lee Bouvier – Julie Lauer*

Jacqueline “Jackie” Bouvier – Elizabeth Foster*

Brooks Sr. / Brooks Jr. – Lewis Richards*

George Gould Strong – Neil Trevisan

J.V. “Major” Bouvier / Norman Vincent Peale – Steve Place*

* – Denotes 1st show at Actors’ Theatre!

Grey Gardens, the musical
June 5-14, 2014
All Shows Begin at 8:00 pm
Call (616) 234-3946 for tickets or purchase them online now!

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Children’s Theatre at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre and Combat Workshops by Heritage Theatre

Children’s Theatre at GRCT:

Fun times are coming to the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre this month:Junie B Jones


April 18-27, 2014
Children’s Musical

Adapted by Allison Gregory
Based on the book series by Barbara Park

Celebrate the holidays all year long! First grader Junie B. Jones is having a tough Christmas – when she draws a name for Secret Santa it ends up being her enemy! Junie B. will steal your heart, and brighten your spirits in this laugh-out-loud production.

For more information or to order your tickets, go to the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre website.

For older kids – or the kid in you!  Combat Workshops by Heritage Theatre:


Saturday April 12 (ages college thru adult)
Saturday April 26 (ages high school thru college)

Aquinas College Theatre Annex

8:45-9:00 Check in
9:00-9:15 Introductions. Break up into groups.
9:15-12:15 Sessions A and/or B, including a 15 minute break
12:15-1:00 Lunch
1:00-4:00 Sessions A and/or B, including a 15 minute break
4:00-4:30 Final thoughts and full group discussion 

Session A – Use the Force… of words! 
Guest Instructor: Katherine MayberryPigeon Creek Shakespeare Company
This session introduces participants to the verbal and vocal elements of storytelling, including such topics as the language and style of Shakespearean verse, particularly in its use of iambic pentameter. We will apply these principals to the text of Ian Doescher’s Star Wars: Verily A New Hope, exploring both the use of traditionally Shakespearean themes and how to create the sounds and rhythm needed to bring characters like R2D2 and Chewbacca to life. This session will conclude with useful and practical advice for audition techniques for classical plays, including cold readings, improvised scene movement, and taking risks.

Session B – Fighting with the Force and Character Movement
Lead Instructor: Matt McKay 
This session focuses on the physical elements of storytelling, teaching some very basic concepts of stage combat (partnering and eye contact, casting energy, targeting) and using it to create fantastical light saber battles. We will also explore character movement and its impact on a character’s ability to sit, stand, and walk as well as experience how character movement impacts other elements of the character’s life, like gestures, speaking, and powers of perception.

Cost for this 1-day workshop: $20 per participant, includes a pizza lunch.

More information can be found on the Heritage Theatre website.

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“Save Grey Gardens!” Actors’ Theatre Gala on May 1

Actors gala invite 2014

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April 5, 2014 · 8:19 pm