Monthly Archives: October 2012

“Samson and Delilah” at Grand Rapids Opera Nov. 2 & 3

From the Opera Grand Rapids website:

Samson + Delilah

by Camille Saint-Saëns
7:30pm, November 2 & 3, 2012 – DeVos Performance Hall

A grand opera of Biblical proportions, this lyric representation of an Old Testament story will leave you breathless. Join Opera Grand Rapids for this rare French masterpiece and see whether or not Samson can thwart Delilah’s attempts at seduction and retain the power to topple the Temple.

Making its debut in Grand Rapids, Samson + Delilah features an acclaimed national cast, a regional chorus of more than 60, and the music of the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra.

• Sung in French with English titles.
• Conducted and directed by Maestro Robert Lyall.

• Tickets from $21 – $98 each.
• Student tickets 50% off day of show with I.D.
• Group discounts available.
• Tickets include pre-performance talk at 6:30 pm.

Opera Grand Rapids Box Office
616.451.2741 ext. 2

Mon.- Fri., 9 am – 4 pm
the Betty Van Andel Opera Center
1320 East Fulton, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503,

Guest Artist
Visiting Artist                   Visiting Artist                     Visiting Artist
Stacey Rishoi                  Phillip Webb                       Mark Rucker
as Delilah                          as Samson                        as the High Priest

Conducted and Directed by Robert Lyall
Featuring the Opera Grand Rapids Chorus
and the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra


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Presenting the West Michigan Premiere of “Next to Normal”

ntn-logo_225The upcoming Actors’ production of Next to Normal tells the story of suburban mom Diana (played by Kelly Carey), who struggles to battle her mental demons, brought about, in part, by bipolar disorder. Her husband Dan (played Larry Young) fights to help keep both her mind and his family stable, even as Diana decides to suddenly go “off meds.”  Their sixteen year-old daughter Natalie (played by Maggie Nye), on the other hand, can’t seem to escape the shadow of her mysterious eighteen year-old brother (played by Kyle Los) – who has a surprise of his own.

A “brave, breathtaking musical” (The New York Times) about a family attempting to find a balance between taking care of themselves and taking care of each other, Next to Normal is sure to be a must-see event this theatrical season!   Tickets are now for sale online and may also be purchased by calling (616) 234-3946.  As an advance offer to our patrons, we are offering a special, online only discount for all performances of the production through Friday, November 2nd.  From now through next Friday, use the coupon code N2NADVANCEwhen purchasing online and receive 25% off your entire ticket order.  We anticipate high demand for this production of the Pulitzer Prize-Winning musical during its three weeks of performances so don’t delay…

Next to Normal is directed by Actors’ Theatre founder Fred Sebulske, with musical direction for the challenging score provided by Scott Patrick Bell.   Sebulske and Bell also comprised part of the artistic team from last season’s Spring Awakening, which was awarded the 2012 Grand Award for best production of a musical.

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Deadline for Lake Effect Fringe Festival Extended to Nov. 15th

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October 23, 2012 · 11:18 am

Rocky Cast Sings at SpeakEZ Lounge!

Looking for some Halloween fun? Check out what is going on at SpeakEZ Lounge:

From the SpeakEZ Facebook page:

Dust off those fishnets, get ready to do the Timewarp and have elbow sex with us at SpeakEZ Lounge the Saturday before Halloween!

Presenting members of the Original “Rocky Horror Show” Actors’ Theatre Cast:

Neil Trevisan
Matt Tepper
Lynne Brown-Tepper
Shelly Urbane
Calin Skidmore
Stephanie Pyka
with Kyle Amanda Dutkiewicz

Performing songs from Rocky Horror, you’ll see all your favorites: Magenta, Riff-Raff, Columbia, Brad & Janet and the Sweet Transvestive himself Frank-N-Furter all right in front of your little Phantom faces!

Ellie Frances starts us off singing “Songs of the Spooky Season” followed immediately by Dr. Frank trying to create Rocky Horror in his lab!

$10 (no costume)
$5 (in a costume)
$3 (in Rocky Horror related costume)

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This Friday: Heritage Theatre Group’s Medieval Banquet

On Friday, October 26th Heritage Theatre Group presents their fourth annual Medieval Banquet.  The Banquet will be held at the the Johnson Park Pavilion (Located at 2600 Wilson Ave., Walker) at 6:30 pm. Join them for great entertainment and a rousing feast as they announce their summer 2013 season!

For more information see the Heatritage Theatre Group website at


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