Monthly Archives: May 2011

Two Scholarships Available for Students in Theatre Arts

Note from the Editor: Good news!  This year we will be awarding two Mickey Sebulske Scholarships!  If you are a student involved in theatre arts, we would love to hear from you.  Download the application below. 


Actors’ Theatre will award a scholarship of $500 to an individual who, by his/her own contribution to theatre, has demonstrated ability, talent and dedication to theatre arts.

The applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Enrollment in an accredited college or training program, with preference given to a theatre arts major
  • Work experience at Actors’ Theatre, either on stage or behind the scenes

Actors’ Theatre may contact finalists for an interview during June/July 2011 to determine the recipient. The Board of Directors will base its decision on information contained in the application, any attached documentation, and, if conducted, the interview. Actors’ Theatre will announce the winning recipient by July 15, 2011, and will grant the award after verifying the candidate’s academic enrollment.

Because this is an annual competitive award, previous recipients must reapply each year. No person is eligible to receive the award more than two times.

Click here to download an application.

Please send completed applications to:
Actors’ Theatre
Mickey Sebulske Scholarship
143 Bostwick NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Applications may also be submitted via email to:

Deadline: Applications must be postmarked by or emailed before June 14, 2011.

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Stages of Contemporary Theatre Workshop this Weekend!

Staging and Directing Techniques for Today’s Theatre

Stages of Contemporary TheatreGRCC professor and veteran stage director Tom Kaechele takes you out of the audience and on to the stage for a one-of-a-kind directing workshop that addresses the unique challenges of staging plays and musicals for today’s theatre. Learn practical staging and preparation techniques in an informal and exciting workshop that will leave you with both the desire to create and the ability to appreciate the fresh face of contemporary theatre.

Whether you directing dreams are big or small this workshop will provide practical knowledge on the preparation and implementation process of directing for the stage. Topics to be covered include:

  • Preparation and script analysis
  • Blocking and stage pictures
  • Creating a challenging and fun creative environment

When: May 21, 2011 – 1:30PM
Where: Spectrum Theater

Who: 18 and Up
Physical Requirements: Low
Cost: $20

Purchase Workshop Tickets

About the Instructor

Tom Kaechele

Tom’s directing credits through the years are too numerous to mention. His recent works include RENT for Circle Theatre, The Little Dog Laughed, Rabbit Hole, and The Lieutenant of Inishmore for Actors’ Theatre as well as his directing, teaching, and administrative work for Grand Rapids Community College. Tom holds a Bachelors of Science from Western Michigan University and an MA in Directing from Wayne State University.

Tom is the Theater Program Director for Grand Rapids Community College.

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Audition Notice: Young Actors Needed for Hope Summer Rep.

HOLLAND – The Hope Summer Repertory Theatre is seeking a young Cain and Abel for this summer’s musical production of Children of Eden by Stephen Schwartz.

Auditions are open to male children around the age of 10 – 12 years.

Auditions will be held on Friday, May 20, beginning at 3:30 p.m.  Meet in the DeWitt Center Lobby. Parents are asked to sign their children up for the audition by calling the college’s Department of Theatre at (616) 395-7600 weekdays between 9 a.m. and noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Rehearsals begin on Wednesday, May 25th.  If selected, the children will be expected to be at all rehearsals the week of June 13th, but will be called only as needed in weeks prior.

The show opens on Friday, June 17th, and will hold additional performances at 8 p.m. on June 18, 23, 30, July 12, 16, 25, 30, August 5, and 12 in the DeWitt Theatre. The DeWitt Center is located at 141 E. 12th St. on Hope College’s campus.

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May 21 – Avenue for the Arts Showcase at Forest Hills Fine Arts Center

Join South Division’s artists, businesses, and performers for an artist’s reception extravaganza of fun and festivity. The South Division business district known as the Avenue for the Arts will be featured in a collective show at the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center. Join your fellow community members to enjoy this celebratory event. Most importantly this will be a unique portrayal of how the Avenue for The Arts sounds and lives, if you have not made it to any of the other of the Avenue for the Arts events this event is a great way to experience the best of the Avenue for the Arts.  The EXHIBITION features artwork form over 30 Avenue for the Arts Artists and includes a variety of fine art, from photos to paintings, prints to sculpture the exhibition will be on display from May 15th to May 22nd, 2011.

The community is invited to join us on May 21st at the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center for the Avenue for the Arts SHOWCASE, an artist reception and Avenue for the Arts celebration. Whether you would like to come to support the local musicians or bands playing, see artwork by local artists, or experience what the local businesses and/or venues have in store for you, you won’t be disappointed. There will be a plethora of activities for families, community members and art enthusiasts alike to partake in.

• Enjoy live band performances!
• Behold on site art creation!
• Browse photography, and framed artwork.
• Explore Avenue for the Arts non-profit and business displays.
• View vignettes of artists live/workspaces.
• Experience artwork from over thirty artists on display!

For more information regarding this event or any in relation to the Avenue for the Arts, please contact Jenn Schaub at 616.855.0435. For more information regarding the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center contact Meggan George at 493-8965 or

Date: May 21
Location: Forest Hills Fine Arts Center, 600 Forest Hill Ave. SE Grand Rapids, MI 49546

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Closing Weekend For Two Great Shows!

Looking for some great theatre this weekend?  Don’t miss these productions!  They close this weekend so this is your last chance:

How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Circle Theatre
May 5-21, 2011

Power, sex, ambition, greed… it’s just another day at the office.

From the authors of Guys And Dolls comes one of the most delightfully irreverent musicals of all time. A satire of big business and all it holds sacred, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying follows the rise of J. Pierrepont Finch, who uses a little handbook called How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying to climb the corporate ladder from lowly window washer to high‐powered executive, tackling
such familiar but potent dangers as the aggressively compliant “company man,” the boss’ whiny, nepotistic nephew, the office party, backstabbing co‐workers, caffeine addiction and, of course, true love.

Go to Circle Theatre’s website for more information on show times and purchasing tickets.

Dead End
The Stark Turn Players, Dog Story Theatre
May 12 – May 22

A modern translation of the John Paul Sartre classic, Huis Clos, by local playwright and actor, Joel L. Schindlbeck.

Huis Clos translates to ‘in camera’, referring to a private discussion behind closed doors, but the play has most famously been translated as No Exit. It has also been performed under the title, No Way Out, In Camera, and Dead End.

Dead End features three recently deceased people locked in a hotel room. Each seems to be well aware they are in hell, and expect the usual torturers to appear with red-hot pokers, hot irons, whips, and scourges. A valet leads each person to the room, where they soon realize that they are to be one another’s torturer, but not in the classic sense.

Cast includes: Scott Lange as Garcin, Katherine Mayberry as Estelle, Sarah Stark as Inez and Joel L. Schindlbeck as the Valet.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please see The Stark Turn Players’ website

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