Monthly Archives: June 2010

Vote for Actors’ Theatre

Vote for your favorite provider of entertaining, innovative, challenging and thought-provoking theatre to qualify us for a $20,000 donation from Chase!

Chase Community Giving is back to give away another $5 million, and you help decide which 200 local charities receive donations. Just search, vote, and share your enthusiasm with your friends. It’s a new Way Forward for giving.

One charity will receive $250k
4 runners-up will receive $100k
195 others will receive $20k

On July 13, Chase will announce 200 winning charities

Click and vote today!  by the way, you can vote for more than one charity, so be sure and also check out the pages for Civic, Circle and all the other West Michigan performing arts organizations!

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30 Reasons to Get Your Season Ticket Today

It’s that time again! Last weekend Actors’ Theatre began our Season Ticket drive for our upcoming 30th Season. Here are 30 reasons why you should get your season ticket today:

  1. With all the recent publicity in the news about Actors’ Theatre, there is no better time to show your support for our mission.
  2. Early season ticket sales help us create our marketing materials and promotions for the start of the fall kickoff.  They also keep the excitement in the air and the enthusiasm going strong during these quiet summer months.
  3. Season tickets sales help us communicate the West Michigan community’s support and appreciation for the work that Actors’ does.
  4. In these difficult economic times, grant funding for Michigan arts has been drastically cut.  We need your financial support.
  5. Season subscription holders get free downtown parking.  FREE. DOWNTOWN. PARKING!
  6. The directors for next season, Fred Sebulske, Jeralyn Pinsky, Stephanie Sandberg, Shelly Urbane and Chris Grooms all want you to.
  7. Season ticket holders help us continue our mission of bringing West Michigan the best in entertaining, innovative, challenging and thought-provoking work.  What would the Grand Rapids theatre scene be without Actors’?
  8. Actors’ Theatre regularly brings you West Michigan premieres, like Distracted, which takes a close humorous look at parenting today in a prescription pill society.
  9. Actors’ Theatre provides a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for students.
  10. In addition, we believe in West Michigan – each season we provide jobs to over 55 Michigan artists.
  11. Subscribing to a season is a a bargain!  You can attend 5 performances for the price of 4! You know you want to see all our shows, here’s a perfect way to get a deal on your tickets.
  12. If you love musicals, we are doing a musical this year, the hilarious Reefer Madness!
  13. If you hate musicals, we are only doing one musical this year – and its the campy over the top musical comedy – Reefer Madness!
  14. Season subscribers get to show their VIP status and pick up their tickets at the exclusive “Season Ticket” window and avoid box office ticket lines.
  15. Actors’ Theatre produces high quality, innovative works that due to content or size, are not seen on any other stage in Grand Rapids.  Your subscription will make sure you don’t miss a single one.
  16. We at Actors’ Theatre love our season ticket holders!
  17. Our 30th season includes Opus, an amazing piece about artists collaborating together, as a theatre lover, we know you are going to enjoy it!
  18. If you buy your season ticket now, our wonderful, enthusiastic, cadre of phone volunteers probably won’t call you to ask you to subscribe.
  19. Season ticket holders always have the latest scoop – they are always kept in the loop on the latest information through mail and email notifications.
  20. You get to mix and match your tickets.  A season subscription comes with 5 punches – you can use them however you want!  Take a friend to Lines and two friends to Opus or take 4 friends to all see Sweetest Swing in Baseball.  It is up to you how you use them!
  21. Speaking of friends, every season ticket also comes with a complementary “bring a friend” ticket so you can introduce someone new to Actors’ Theatre.
  22. Actors’ Theatre believes in the inclusion of all.  Show you do too with your support.
  23. Emmy winning Gillian Andersen, (a Grand Rapids native and former performer on Actors’ Theatre stage) appeared in The Sweetest Swing in Baseball in 2004 – now you can see the show for yourself as part of our 30th Season!
  24. We offer other special discounts and offers only to Season Subscribers.  (For example, did you know Season Ticket holders get discounted tickets for Living on the Edge, our annual 10 minute play festival?)  Want to learn more?  Buy your ticket today!
  25. Seven Passages, the Story of Gay Christians which was written through hundreds of interviews with local residents of Grand Rapids, was one of Actors’ Theatre best attended shows.  Now Stephanie Sandberg creates a new ethnographic piece about race and poverty here in West Michigan with Lines, the Lived Experience of Race.  Actors’ Theatre believes in promoting dialogue about ongoing issues in our community.
  26. Every year, Actors’ Theatre involves over 50 volunteer performers from our community.  They too need your support.
  27. Actors’ Theatre is the only community theatre in our area that pays actors for their performances.
  28. Who else would have a season they are calling “Sex, Drugs and Chamber Music?!”?
  29. Season ticket holders get to order their tickets a week before the general public.  You KNOW you want to order you Reefer Madness tickets early!
  30. In all seriousness, Actors’ Theatre needs your support, now more than ever.  We want to share our outstanding 30th season with as many people as possible, but we need your help.  Your season ticket does more than just buy seats, it helps create diversity in Grand Rapids

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“Alice in Wonderland” at Circle Theatre – Opens Tomorrow!

Circle Theatre of Grand Rapids, who performs at the Aquinas College Performing Arts Center at 1607 Robinson Road SE, will be presenting the classic tale of Alice in Wonderland June 24-27 as part of their Magic Circle program.

Following a talking white rabbit, Alice falls down a hole to Wonderland and meets all manner of strange inhabitants, including the Caterpillar, the Mad Hatter, and the imperious Queen of Hearts. But just as Alice thinks she’s home again, she discovers there’s more Wonderland through the mirror, and she must travel through eight chess squares to become a queen herself. The classic tale unfolds at Magic Circle through an explosion of multi-media, music, and stage magic

For more information or to order tickets by phone just give call the box office at: 616.456.6656 or go to the Circle Theatre website.

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REMINDER – Call for Artwork Submissions for 30th Season

As part of our ongoing commitment to artists and the arts in West Michigan, Actors’ Theatre Grand Rapids is now accepting submissions for artwork to be used in the promotion of productions during our 30th season.  Artists of all two-dimensional mediums with high-resolution documentation of work are encouraged to submit by July 2nd, 2010.

Submission Guidelines

Work submitted should be thematically based and submitted for specific productions as outlined below.  Artists must be willing to allow Actors’ Theatre Grand Rapids usage rights to reproduce the work in full or in part.  Submissions should be emailed to: (This e-mail address is being protected from spambots.) You need JavaScript enabled to view it in the following format:

  • High Resolution (300 ppi) JPG files with an individual width of no less than 3000 pixels (10 inches)
  • OR

  • High Resolution PDF with the above resolution requirements and minimum width

Submitted work should be free from copyright restrictions or intellectual property constraints.  Artists will be required to sign a statement to that effect.  Submissions will only be accepted from artists residing in the state of Michigan who are geographically located from a line west of Okemos (84° 25′ 39″ W).

All submissions should include the following information in the email:

Name of Artist
Mailing Address
Email Address
Telephone Number

Note: The maximum email size is 10MB.  If your digital files for submission exceed this size individually, submissions will also be accepted on CD or DVD, postage paid, to the address below:

Actors’ Theatre Grand Rapids
c/o Artwork Submissions
143 Bostwick Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

(Read About: Actors’ Theatre Grand Rapids 2010-2011 Main Stage Productions)

Selection Process

Submitted work will be screened for thematic relevance and suitability for print reproduction.   Providing these criteria are met, names will be redacted to prevent bias and the submissions will be provided to the Actors’ Theatre Audience Development Committee for final selection.  The 2-3 finalists for each production will be submitted to the Director of each production whereupon, based on coherence with the general artistic vision, a final selection will be chosen for use in online and print materials for the production.   Upon selection, artists will be notified and a contract will be provided to finalize usage rights.


Artists whose work is selected for usage will be awarded the following for their time and efforts:

  • Two complimentary season tickets for the 2010-2011 Season of Actors’ Theatre
  • Recognition as a contributing artist to the production on the Actors’ theatre website with a link to the artist’s web site (if available)
  • Artwork credit on the full-size version of the poster (11”x17”)
  • Copies of all printed materials produced using the artwork for portfolio purposes

About Actors’ Theatre

From its inception, Actors’ Theatre has been committed to productions which address issues that reflect the dilemmas, conflicts and joys of human existence. Often the plays stimulate dialogue dealing with issues important to the African-American, women’s and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) communities. To that end, Actors’ has produced such plays as Seven Passages: The Stories of Gay Christians, Angels in America, Corpus Christi, Intimate Apparel, A Lesson Before Dying, Boy Gets Girl and The Waiting Room.

Many Actors’ Theatre productions have been West Michigan premieres such as Bat Boy the Musical and Side Show. Actors’ has been recognized for its work, including awards from the American Association of Community Theatres, Between the Lines newspaper, On The Town – Townie Awards and over 70 Grand Awards for excellence in Grand Rapids theatre.

Actors’ Theatre is committed to bringing West Michigan the best in entertaining, innovative, challenging and thought-provoking theatre.

We believe in the inclusion of all.

Download The Full Call For Submissions as  a PDF

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Caledonia Community Players Present “Children of Eden”

From Stephen Schwartz (“Wicked”, “Godspell” and “Pippin”) and John Caird of “Les Misérables” comes a joyous and inspirational musical about parents, children and faith… not to mention centuries of unresolved family business!

Freely based on the story of Genesis, “Children Of Eden” is a frank, heartfelt and often humorous examination of the age-old conflict between parents and children using storytelling techniques and a beautiful musical score. Adam, Eve, Noah and the “Father” who created them deal with the headstrong, cataclysmic actions of their respective children, faith and perseverance, learning to think for yourself and take responsibility for your own actions. The show ultimately delivers a bittersweet but inspiring message: that “the hardest part of love… is letting go.”

It has been described as, “A deeply humanistic work … [that] appeals to both religious and agnostic audiences.”

Performance Dates:

Friday, June 18 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, June 19 at 1:00 PM and 7:30 PM
Friday, June 25 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, June 26 at 1:00 PM and 7:30 PM

Performances are at:
Duncan Lake Middle School Performing Arts Center
9753 Duncan Lake Ave SE

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