Stark Turn Players present “Poltergeist: A Musical Parody” Oct. 23-26


From Dog Story Theater’s website:

Stark Turn Players’ annual Halloween Horror Musical Parody is based on the 1982 film, Poltergeist.

Audiences have come to expect the Players’ irreverent parodies of favorite horror films, set to music to celebrate the Halloween season. This year’s show is no exception: Mom spends her time playing Farmville and Minecraft on her smart phone, Dad just wants to watch Honey Boo-Boo on TV and can’t figure out how his little girl gut sucked into a flat screen TV, and little brother Dobby is a paranoid schizophrenic, certain that it’s really the illuminati or men in black that have kidnapped her.  Then there is Leslie, the over-the-top, totally androgynous, and completely lecherous exorcist called upon to help rid the house of the evil spirits.

The original script is by Jacqueline Frid and Sarah Stark with original music and lyrics composed by Julia Yob. Sarah Stark directs with Julia Yob as Musical Director and Antonio Copeland as choreographer.

The cast includes:  Beth Schaub and Eric Orive as the Mom and Dad; Julia Steudle and Kassandra Dill as their children, Carly Anne and Dobby; with Anessa Johnson as Dr. Letch, the paranormal specialist and Ian Brown as the outlandish Leslie.

Shows Thursday at 8pm, Friday at 8pm and Midnight, Saturday 8pm with a costume party and  a Sunday matinee at 3:00 pm.

$14/adults and $8 students and seniors.

For more information and to purchase your tickets, go to:

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Announcing the Cast of “Chess”!

Just in case you missed the announcement on our Facebook page:

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Florence: Jess Barton
Freddie: Wayne Swezey
Anatoly: Jeremiah Postma
Molokov: David Hatter
Svetlana: Amy Groen
Walter: Brian Lauer
Arbiter: John Girdlestone
Gregory Vassy/Ensemble: Bud Thompson

Michelle Matson
Liz Brand
Brianna Clark
Carly Uthoff
Kallie Piette
Matt Hartman
Jason DeJager
Rob Reminga
(and a few more to follow)

Chess runs December 4-6, 11-13 & 18-20.

Tickets are on-sale now!! Call (616) 234-3946 or go online to to purchase tickets!

We look forward to seeing you in December!

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Actors’ Theatre Congratulates All Grand Award Winners and Nominees!

Kyle Los plays Thomas and Ellie Frances plays Vanda during the dress rehearsal of the Actors' Theatre production of 'Venus in Fur' Wednesday night. (Katy Batdorff |

Kyle Los plays Thomas and Ellie Frances plays Vanda during the dress rehearsal of the Actors’ Theatre production of ‘Venus in Fur’ Wednesday night. (Katy Batdorff |

Actors’ Theatre would like to send a great big “thank you” to everyone who volunteered their time and energy over the past season of community theatre. Grand Rapids has an amazing theatrical community, which was highlighted last weekend at the annual Grand Awards.

For a list of this year’s winner, see Sue Merrell’s article on mlive. Here’s a sneak peak to get you started:


Outstanding Musical — “Spamalot,” Circle Theatre
Lead Actor — Jeremiah Postma, “Les Miserables,” Civic Theatre
Lead Actress — Kathy Gibson, “Grey Gardens,” Actors’ Theatre
Supporting Actor — Matt Ablan, “Spamalot,” Circle Theatre
Supporting Actress — Molly Jones, “Les Miserables,” Civic Theatre
Director — Tom Kaechele, “Spamalot,” Circle Theatre
Musical Director — Charles Hutchins, “Les Miserables,” Civic Theatre
Choreography — Mary Lohman, “The Sound of Music, “ Civic Theatre

Outstanding Play — “Venus in Fur, “ Actors’ Theatre
Lead Actor — Kyle Los, “Venus in Fur, “ Actors’ Theatre
Lead Actress — Ellie Frances, “Venus in Fur,” Actors’ Theatre
Supporting Actor — Jeffrey Williams and Dylan Harris, “Love! Valour! Compassion!” Actors’ Theatre
Supporting Actress — Catie Berg , “One Man, Two Guvnors,” Circle Theatre
Director — Michelle Urbane, “ Venus in Fur,” Actors’ Theatre

See the complete list of winners and more at

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Actors’ Theatre Needs Your Help!


Actors' Theatre Grand Rapids LogoWith the approach of our 34th Season as well as our first-ever participation in Art Prize, Actors’ Theatre has been given a wonderful opportunity to achieve something that we have been working so hard to reach – financial independence.  Several of our long-time donors have offered a challenge that will help us pay off our debt as well as make us eligible for other sources of income, including grants and contributions from foundations.  Achieving such independence will also allow us to put the majority of our resources into shows for which Actors’ Theatre has long been known – those that are entertaining, innovative, challenging and thought-provoking – as well as to reach new audiences and explore new opportunities.

The challenge: these long-time donors have pledged a minimum of $15,000 if we can match this amount. Our first goal is to reach $4000 by the close of our first show, 4000 Miles, on October 11.  From there we are hoping to “checkmate” our challenge by raising, at a minimum, an additional $11,000 by the opening of Chesson December 4.  With the help of both our long-time supporters as well as new donors, we are confident we will meet the challenge.  Make your contribution at our website; by sending it to our office at 143 Bostwick Ave., NE, Grand Rapids, MI  49503; or by calling our office at 616-234-3968.

In the recent 2014 Grand Awards announcement, all three plays from last season were nominated as “Outstanding,” with eleven total nominations for Actors’ Theatre.  We anticipate more nominations when the Grand Awards committee announces their selections for musicals.  This continues the pattern of Actors’ Theatre being recognized for its long tradition of bringing quality theater to West Michigan.

Won’t you help us rise to “the challenge” so we can continue our tradition as well as explore new opportunities?

The Board of Actors’ Theatre


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It’s Grand Award Night! Who Will Be the Big Winners?

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Get more information and the inside scoop on all the wonderful nominees on the Grand Awards Facebook page!

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