Monthly Archives: June 2012

A Special Subscription Offer – Just For Students (and those still paying for being one!)

We know that a night out can seem, at times, overwhelmingly expensive during your college years.  We also know that, even after graduation, the cost of those student loans can take a big bite out of your disposable income…   Introducing the Collegiate Subscription to Actors’ Theatre – a way to experience all the benefits of subscription (including avoiding RUSH lines and sold-out performances) while still keeping your budget in line!

Payable in a one-time payment of $75 per subscription, or in 12 equal payments of $6.25, this subscription is available only to those 27 years of age and under who can present proof in the form of a current student ID or, alternately, a copy of a current student loan statement.  Click the button below to download the form or call (616) 234-3968 to take advantage of this special offer!

Subscriptions include a flexible block of tickets, which can be used in any combination throughout the 2012-13 Season.

Season subscribers receive the following benefits:

  • Attend all five plays for less than the price of four!
  • Receive free parking for every show (a $3-6 value)
  • Receive one bonus ticket per subscription
  • Advance reservation period – for subscribers only!
  • Reserve your favorite seats for the entire season
  • Become eligible for special discounts and offers available only to season subscribers

Choose your savings and experience live theatre as only Actors’ brings it to you: fresh, fun, and with no apologies!  Download the Collegiate Subscription Form here.

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Looking for Some Family Fun This Summer? Magic Circle Presents “Treasure Island”

From Circle Theatre’s website:

Dramatized by Max Bush
Taken from the story by Robert Louis Stevenson

Circle is once again teaming up with longtime Magic Circle collaborator Max Bush to present THE ADVENTURES OF TREASURE ISLAND. TREASURE ISLAND was previously presented as part final season at the John Ball Park Pavilion in 2003.  The story, taken from the Robert Louis Stevenson classic tells the tale of young Jim Hawkins who longs for adventure and dreams of sailing.  When the old sea dog Captain appears with his tales and treasure map, Jim is thrust into the intrigue and begins to live his dreams.  Jim takes the map, eludes pirates and sets sail for the mysterious Treasure Island.  Aboard ship, he meets Long John Silver with whom he develops a strong friendship that is to be tested and threatened, and we wait to see if Jim will indeed defeat the pirates and secure the treasure.

Production Dates:
JUNE 28, 7:30pm
JUNE 29, 10:00am & 1:00pm
JUNE 30, 10:00am & 1:00pm
JULY 1, 1:00pm & 3:00pm

Ticket prices are

Season Ticket Holders: $8
Non-Season Ticket Holders: $10

Want more information? Go to Circle Theatre’s website or check out this article about the production on

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Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labour’s Lost” Opens Tonight!

From the Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company:

Love’s Labour’s Lost is a witty comedy in which the King of Navarre and the lords in his court take a vow to study for three years and not to see any women during that time. Their vow is immediately threatened by a visit from the Princess of France and her ladies in waiting, who come to Navarre on an embassy from the French king. Throw in a couple of oddball locals and what you have is the making of a laughable look at love in the Spanish countryside.

Production Information:

June 21 – 23 and 28 – 30, 2012
8:00 pm

June 24 and July 1, 2012
3:00 pm

Dog Story Theater
7 Jefferson Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

$12 Adults / $6 Seniors and Students for tickets and info.

But that’s not all! Pigeon Creek is taking this show on the road!  You can catch Shakespeare in a number of venues this summer.  Take a look at their Facebook page or for additional dates and venues.  You can also find Love’s Labour’s Lost cast head shots and bios on the site.  (And don’t forget to jot the dates of their upcoming Antony and Cleopatra on your calendar too!)

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Auditions Next Weekend for “Nadia” at Actors’ Theatre


By David Turkel

Director: Stephanie Sandberg
 5 (3 Women/2 Men)
Audition Dates:
 June 23 & 24, 2012 – 2PM-5PM1, Spectrum Theater
Production Dates:
 September 27- October 6, 2012
 Everyone is both fascinated and repulsed by the taboo work of the enigmatic Russian artist Nadia.  Enter Kristen, a young grad student researching Nadia for her writing, who is willing to go to extraordinary lengths to put herself in the famous artist’s shoes… Lines between art, pornography, life and psychological torture blur in this compelling new play that examines the convergence – and inevitable consequence – of Art, love and war. [Explore Nadia]

: late 20’s to late 30’s – an enigmatic Russian artist, a former child sex slave (Note: partial nudity, back visible to audience, is required for this role)
Lily: late 20’s – 30’s – Videographer who develops feelings for Nadia
Kristin: 20’s – A graduate student writing her Masters’ thesis on Nadia (Note: nudity, back visible to audience, is required for this role)
Steve: late 20’s – Kristin’s boyfriend, a teaching assistant perpetual graduate student
Bryson: 40’s-50’s – An international businessman who has a history with Nadia

Additional Notes:
– Full production rehearsals to begin during the second week in August, however availability is required from all cast members from 7/25 – 8/1 for the workshop phase of play development

– Download a non-printable perusal copy of sample sections of Nadia.  Note that additional scenes may be used during the audition process.

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“Escanaba in da Moonlight” Opens at Circle Theatre Tonight!

All of us over at Actors’ Theatre say “Break a leg!” to the cast and crew of Escanaba in da Moonlight – which opens tonight!

From Circle Theatre:

When the Soady clan reunites for the opening day of deer season at the family’s Upper Peninsula camp, 38 year old Reuben Soady brings with him the infamous reputation of being the oldest Soady in the history of the Soadys never to bag a buck. In a hunting story to beat all hunting stories, Escanaba in da Moonlight spins a hilarious tale of humor, horror and heart as Reuben goes to any and all lengths to remove himself from the wrong end of the family record book.

The Circle theatre cast of ‘Escanaba in Da Moonlight’ act out a scene at the Aquinas College Performing Arts Center. Actors are (from left) Kyle Cain as Reuban, Greg Rogers as Albert, Rick Hardenberg as Jimmer and Jason Stamp as Remnar. The show opens on June 7th. (Photo Credit: Katy Batdorff |

Escanaba in da Moonlight was Jeff Daniel’s most successful play, an amiable fascination with the outdoors in his beloved state of Michigan. It established him as a serious playwright, and was first produced in 1995 at Purple Rose, the regional theatre company Daniel’s formed in 1991 in his hometown of Chelsea, near Ann Arbor.
A film version, written and directed by Daniel’s, and starring him as Reuben Soady, was made in Escanaba, Michigan, in 2001. Then, Detroit’s Gem Theatre staged a successful revival two years ago which sparked renewed interest in the play’s eccentric outdoorsmen.

Want to learn more? Check out more great photos of the Escanaba cast by Katy Batdorff on and then head over to the Circle Theatre website to order your tickets today!

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