Monthly Archives: May 2012

Final Weekend for “Cabaret” at Circle Theatre

Don’t forget – this is your final chance to check out Cabaret at Circle!  From their website:


Book by: Joe Masteroff
Based on the play by: John Van Druten & Stories by: Christopher Isherwood
Music by: John Kander & Lyrics by: Fredd Ebb

MAY 23 – 26, 7:30PM

Kicking off the 60th Anniversary season in May is the musical CABARET. CABARET was first presented on the Circle stage at the John Ball Park Pavilion in 1977. Based on Christopher Isherwood’s The Berlin Stories, featuring a book by Joe Masteroff, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, the musical CABARET is the story of Cliff, an American writer who comes to Berlin at the dawn of the Hitler era. He falls in with the denizens of the decadent Kit Kat Klub, and takes as his roommate the club’s former star attraction, Sally Bowles. As he struggles to write a novel, he witnesses the blindness and self-deception of a group of people who allow Nazism to gradually take control while they are emotionally and spiritually “fast asleep.” A spectral cabaret emcee comments on the story in a series of increasingly pointed nightclub songs. The Tony Award winning score features such hits as “Willkommen,” “So What,” “Don’t Tell Mama” and the title song, “Cabaret.” Circle will truly be honoring to its roots by presenting this production in the round, where audiences are seated on all sides of the stage.

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Employment Opportunity: Instructor to Teach Acting and Dance for Musical Theatre Needed



Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp needs your help!  Summer sessions are fast approaching and the theatre department is still looking for an instructor to teach acting and dance for Musical Theatre.  The dates are June 26 – July 8 and the campers will be in high school.

From the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp website:

Faculty Positions

Founded in 1966, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp is a summer community of the fine arts serving over 5,200 elementary, junior high, and high school students each season through its varied programs. Blue Lake annually employs over 500 faculty and staff, who work together to provide a diverse and enriching learning experience for campers. Although Blue Lake is a fine arts training center, it strives to maintain a “camp” atmosphere in as many ways as possible through the environment, facilities, and camper activities.;

More information on applying for this position can be found on the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp website.

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Ruth Butler Writes About “August: Osage County” in Her Blog

Writer and speaker Ruth Butler was in to see August: Osage County.  She wrote about Actors’ production on her blog.  Here’s an excerpt:

Running through May 26 at Actors’ Theatre in Grand Rapids.

Every family has its problems. Yet after being immersed in those lived by the Weston family of Oklahoma, I wanted more.

Not because “August: Osage County” felt unfinished. But because we, the a

udience, had been through so much with these people, we became invested. We cared.

As the characters grapple with the disappearance of the father, boils burst and ruts are examined. In the capable, rousing hands of some of the area’s best performers, the characters are simply unforgettable.

The play, the final production of the season for the downtown Grand Rapids theater, has quite a pedigree: a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony for its Broadway run.

It opened at Chicago’s storied Steppenwolf Theater before moving to Broadway. Now it’s in GR. Do not miss it.

If you fear the ravages of family drama, know that this three-act play by Tracy Letts has humor even in the most harrowing scenes. Laughter and tragedy? What, you never saw those masks?

And the cast: Dream Team. I’d love to know how many previous productions these players represent. How many total years of experience they bring to the table.


Read the rest of the article on Ruth’s Blog.  Thank you for your kind words, Ruth!

For more information about August: Osage County, including links to purchase tickets, go to Actors’ website at

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“August: Osage County” in G-Sync on Rapid Growth Media

 August: Osage County in the media again.  Check out this excerpt from

August: Osage County: Pulitzer Prize Winner Wraps It All Up

“This is a saga of a family that covers generations. It ranks right up there with the great family dramas like Death of a Salesman and Long Days Journey Into Night,” says Fred Sebulske, director and founder of Actors’ Theatre on the Grand Rapids premier of the Chicago Steppenwolf Theater and 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, August: Osage County. “People say those plays are dark, but when they are done well, they have humor and beauty.”

A dark look at a contemporary Midwestern American family, August: Osage County is a revelation both on stage with the actors and the powerful representation of how repression often reveals itself in shocking and startling ways.

Don’t let people tell you the dramatic arts are dead because this play, which had a successful run in New York and London before arriving here in Grand Rapids, is a tour de force of powerful American storytelling.

“August: Osage County is play that both looks toward the future of live theatre while hearkening back to great theatrical works of the past such as Eugene O’Neill or Tennessee Williams, with maybe a bit of Sam Shepard and Lillian Hellman thrown in for good measure!” says Jonathan Clausen, director of Development and Marketing at Actors’ Theatre. “Frankly, I couldn’t think of a better way to close out our 31st Season and enter our 32nd — or a better group of actors to show us all how it’s done. ”


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Box Office Information for Actors’ Theatre

Box office hours are Monday through Friday from 1:00PM until 5:00 PM, beginning three weeks prior to performance. The box office will be open from 1PM until show time on the day of performance.

Spectrum Theater is located at:

160 Fountain Street NE [map]
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

To contact the box office, please call (616)234-3946 or click here to view current ticket offerings.

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Tonight: “In The Mood” at Circle Theatre!

Each year, Circle Theatre presents a cabaret series which features many of the area’s best artists and gives patrons an opportunity to experience live performances in an up-close and personal setting. The Circle Cabaret Performance Series takes place on select Monday evenings throughout the summer and begins tonight!

[big band & swing]
Monday, May 21

Join Circle Theatre for a romantic and thrilling journey through the greatest hits of the big band era, featuring the River City Jazz Ensemble and vocalists Larry Young andCassandra Caye, featuring timeless songs like “Come Fly With Me,” “Route 66,” “Kalamazoo,” the title tune “In The Mood” and more.

The performance begins at 7:00 p.m. with an afterglow reception hosted at the SpeakEZ Lounge with complimentary appetizers and a cash bar featuring $5 signature cocktails.

Tickets are $15 for season ticket holders and $17 for the general public and are available by calling the Circle Theatre Box Office at 616.456.6656.  For more information about upcoming performances, check out the entire 2012 Cabaret Performance Series schedule.

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