Monthly Archives: August 2011

Opening Sept. 9th – “Twelve Angry Men” at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre

Adapted by Sherman Sergel. Based on the Emmy award-winning television movie by Reginald Rose.

Production dates are Sept. 9-18th.  See GRCT’s Events Calendar for specific days and times: For more information and to purchase tickets for Twelve Angry Men go to Grand Rapids Civic Theatre’s website.


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“Halcyon/Endymion” One Act Muscials at Dog Story Theatre This Weekend

From Dog Story Theatre’s website:

The newly formed theatre company, The Stark Turn Players, announces it’s summer production of a new work based on Greek mythology. Halcyon/Endymion, two one-act musicals on the theme of love and sleep are written by Stark Turn Board members Joel L. Schindlbeck and Sarah Stark.

The story of Halcyon follows the god-mocking royal couple of Ceyx and Halcyon who are faced with a life-splitting tragedy. On the ocean, Zeus exacts his revenge against Ceyx for his pride. However, in the land of sleep, Halycyon’s pleas become a thorn in the side of the already angry Hera, who employs the God of Sleep to help teach her lessons to the mortal queen. Endymion is a simple story of a sleeping shepherd who becomes the eternal object of affection for Selena, the demi-goddess of the moon.

Five performances are scheduled at the Dog Story Theater, 7 Jefferson S.E. in Grand Rapids, August 25 – 28. Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening performances are at 8:00 pm with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3:00 pm. Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $8 for students and seniors.

For more information or to purchase tickets, go to the Dog Story Theatre website.

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“Night of the Living Dead” Auditions at Civic Theatre

Looking for some creepy fun this fall?  The Grand Rapids Civic Theatre is doing Night of the Living Dead this October.  Now is your chance to be a zombie on stage!  From The Grand Rapids Civic:

Night of The Living Dead

Auditions: Aug 29 & 30
Show Dates: Oct 14 – 30 + Rehearsals
Call Backs: Aug 31
Audition Type: Call to reserve an audition time slot at 616-222-6653

Monday Aug 29 – 7:00 – 10:00pm
(Some improvisational acting experience recommended)

– 15 -20 Zombies needed (ages 13 – 100)

Tuesday Aug 30 – 7:00 – 10:00pm

– Ages 20 -50, see below.


Zombie # 1 – Tall, Graying Hair.
Barbara – Young blonde woman, Twenties.
Johnny – Barbara’s older brother, Twenties.
Corpse on the Stair – Woman.
Ben – Black man, late twenties.
Harry Cooper – Middle –aged, Ben towers over him.
Helen Cooper – Harry’s wife.
Karen Cooper – The Coopers’ eleven-year-old-daughter.
Tom – Muscular, helpful young man.
Judy – Tom’s girlfriend

Radio Newscaster (Voice Over)
News Anchor
Dr. Grimes
Bill Bardough
Sheriff “Chief” McClellan
Two Armed, Uniformed Deputies.

For more information, go to GRCT’s audition information on their website, or check them out on Facebook.


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There is Still Time to See “The 39 Steps” at Mason Street Warehouse!

The 39 Steps *Regional Premiere*

Adapted by Patrick Barlow
From the novel by John Buchan
From the movie of Alfred Hitchcock
Directed by Kurt Stramm
Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Production Dates:
August 12 – August 28, 2011

From the Mason Street Warehouse website:  Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece and a juicy spy with a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps. This riotous blend of virtuoso performances and wildly inventive stagecraft will delight anyone who enjoys the magic of theatre. It’s a fast-paced treat packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 characters, an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers, spies, murder, and some good old-fashioned romance. A two-time Tony and Drama Desk award winner, this whodunit amounts to an evening of pur pleasure. It’s Hitchcock meets hilarious!

Check out this great article about the show in Revue Magazine: A Hitchcock Comedy? The 39 Steps Laughs Its Way Through Saugatuck

For more information, call the Mason Street Warehouse Box Office at 269/857-4898 or go to their website at

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Renegade Festival in Lansing Michigan

Looking for something fun to do this weekend?  Check out the Renegade Festival on August 18-20th in Lansing. The Renegade Theatre Festival will produce close to 30 plays this weekend giving you a chance to check out all kinds of interesting works being performed by local community and professional actors.   Revue has a great article about the festival, which you can read in full on their site.  Here’s an excerpt:

Renegade Festival Promotes Unconventional Theatre

Written by Nicole Rico

() Creator of the event Chad Badgero is also co-director of Renegade along with Melissa Kaplan. He said he started the festival because he felt it’s what the Lansing festival scene was missing.

“I have been involved in Lansing theatre since I was in fifth grade, and have been attending since I could walk, so the theatre is deeply ingrained in me and my connection to Lansing,” Badgero said. “In 2005, I looked around and thought, ‘We have so many amazing festivals in Lansing, why don’t we have a theatre festival?’ So I just decided to start one.”
Renegade Theatre Festival

Kaplan said the festival is all about trying something different and giving locals an opportunity to take risks. Even children get a chance to shine. On Saturday afternoon the Renegade Kids portion of the festival will feature the Mid-Michigan Family Theatre and All-Of-Us Express Children’s Theatre.

“This is a way to give theatre companies and independent producers a chance to experiment,” Kaplan said. “One of the things I love about Renegade is that it is a little rough around the edges. These are not fully produced, polished productions that have a lot of scenery and costumes and that sort of thing, it’s a little rawer.”

(Read the complete article here on the Revue website.)

For more information on performance dates and times, check out the Renegade Festival’s website at

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