Monthly Archives: September 2012

Opening at Cornerstone University: “The 39 Steps”

From the Cornerstone University website:

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Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced who-dunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! This 2-time Tony® and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, more than 150 zany characters (played by a talented cast of four), an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers and some good old-fashioned romance! A man with a boring life meets a woman with a thick accent who says she’s a spy. When he takes her home, she is murdered. Soon, a mysterious organization called “The 39 Steps” is hot on the man’s tail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale! A riotous blend of virtuoso performances and wildly inventive stagecraft, The 39 Steps amounts to an unforgettable evening of pure pleasure!

Click here for a sneak peak at this fast-paced comedy!

Adapted by: Patrick Barlow
From the novel by: John Buchan
From the movies of: Alfred Hitchcock
Licensed by ITV Global Entertainment Limited, and an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon

Guest Director: Deb Keller
Stage Manager: Anné Hanson
Assistant Director: Sarah Walton

Sept. 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 at 7:30 p.m. | Sept. 30 at 2:30 p.m.

$12 adults | $10 students/seniors
Order online or call 616.516.0000.

Hannay: Ian Grell
Clown 1: Kirk Laing
Clown 2: Shane Hurst
Annabella/Margaret/Pamela: Paige Bourne
Live Voices/Radio Announcer: David Frazee

Special Events:
Learn more about these and other events by visiting Cornerstone’s Special Events page.

  • Opening Night Dessert Reception – Friday, Sept. 21   Enjoy delicious post-show desserts and meet the cast and crew of the show!
  • Friday Night Talk Backs – Sept. 21 & 28   The directors, cast and crew of The 39 Steps give you insider information on the show.
  • Alumni VIP Reception – Sept. 28  Spend intermission with fellow alumni, enjoying refreshments that take their cues from The 39 Steps.

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Jean Reed Bahle Discusses Her Love of Community Based Theatre

Jean Reed Bahle in last season’s production of “August: Osage County.”

Jean Reed Bahle, a founding member of Actors’ Theatre, performed in the first show at Actors’ more than three decades earlier.  With us, she has served as an actor, director, board member, teacher, volunteer and occasional playwright over the years.  Her talents are among the best (if not arguably – the best) to be seen here in West Michigan (and any where else!)  Jean offers that Actors’ is her “spiritual home” and we couldn’t be happier with this assessment… and Jean.  We are sharing a video with you in which Jean talks about her love of “community-based” theater and invites you to support Actors’ in a unique way with the Emmy Award winning web series “Backstage Drama” created by Actors’ Theatre alums, Teresa Thome and Patrick Ziegler.  The series was filmed in Grand Rapids and features local talent! 

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Auditions for Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids: Sept. 23 & 24

The Last Laugh

The Last Laugh LogoWritten by Michael Hardstark
Directed by: 
Teri Kuhlman
Show Dates: November 7, 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 18, 2012

Audition Dates: At Spectrum Theatre on Sunday, September 23, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. and Monday, September 24, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
Casting: 1 woman any age; 1 older man; 1 man in 20’s; 2 men any age.

For more information, check out the Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids website.

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RRCTC Looking for Actors for an Upcoming Production

Rogue River Community Theatre Company (Rockford) is looking for the following roles to be filled for their Production of The Story of the Titanic, ‘A Ship of Dreams’.  Age range is varied for each role. Need to fill ASAP.

The following actors are need for:

John Astor (25-50)…multi-millionaire from America
Madelaine Astor (17-20)…young wife of John
Ben Guggenheim (25-50)…Famous rich man from America
Leontine Aubert (18-40)…French Singer
Kerin Malone (18-25)…Irish man from Dublin
Dorothy Gibson (18-30)…silent film movie star
Bjoern Englestad (30-60)…Father and teacher from Norway
Ingrid Englestad (28-50)…Mother and wife of Bjoern

3 men..SMALL ROLES  Need to fill these they are the workers on the ship.  This would be a great part for someone who doesn’t want a lot of lines but wants to be in the play. (Could be one night a week practice)

Please contact Ms. Patricia Rose at 616-874-5264 or email Ms. Rose to: for further information. RRCTC is a family oriented theatre company and would love to speak with you.

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Advertise with Actors’ and Expose Yourself to New Audiences!

In addition to sponsorships, advertising is available for our production programs throughout the season.  With over 7,000 unique impressions per ad, we think you agree that chosing to support contemporary theatre in West Michigan with your ad, is truly a win/win scenario!

The following options and sizes are available for your ad.  New for 2012-13, we have added an inexpensive color option to all ads!

Actors' Advertising Sizes and Rates

Sponsorship options are also available, which combine season tickets, ads and additional benefits.  Read on for more!

Download our Advertising Rate Sheet (PDF)

Explore the Benefits of Sponsorship!

For 32 years, Actors’ Theatre has provided West Michigan with the best in contemporary theatre.   Your sponsorship of Actors’ Theatre provides you, your employees or your clients with the following benefits:

  • Blocks of tickets for 2012-13 Season productions of Actors’ Theatre
  • Advertising in our production production programs – impressions of nearly 10,000 loyal patrons annually!
  • Name and Logo recognition for online and printed materials
  • Recognition in press releases and announcements for Actors’ Theatre events and productions

Sponsorships, which include tickets and advertising, start as low as $1,000 annually. To find out more about the benefits of sponsorship, contact Jon Clausen at (616) 234-3817 or email .

Download our Sponsorship Packet (PDF)

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