Monthly Archives: November 2012

Auditions for “A Steady Rain” This Weekend!

From the audition page on

A Steady Rain 

by Keith Huff

Director: Jeralyn Pinsky
Cast: 2 Men

Audition Dates:
 December 1 & 2, 2012 – 2PM-5PM1, Spectrum Theater

Production Dates: January 24 – February 2, 2013

Description: Joey and Denny are childhood best friends who also happen to be partners on their job with the Chicago Police Department.  They lean on each other in other ways as well: Joey helps out with Denny’s family; Denny keeps Joey away from his many vices.  When a routine domestic disturbance call turns in to something much more frightening and tragic, the aftermath sends the two on a harrowing journey where friendship and loyalty are tested, and lives will be forever changed. [Explore A Steady Rain]


DENNY (30’s-40’s): A Chicago cop. Family man. Cheating on his wife with a prostitute. 

JOEY (30’s-40’s): His partner. An addict. Secretly in love with Denny’s wife.


1Auditions begin at the time posted but may end earlier than posted, per the director’s discretion.  We therefore recommend that you arrive as close to the starting time as possible.  If you are unable to attend at this time, please call Chris Carnevale, Director of Operations, at (616) 234-3968.  We may be able to arrange an appointment time to accommodate you.

Audition Format

Unless otherwise noted, all auditions for Actors’ Theatre are conducted in an ‘open call’ format.  Those auditioning should familiarize themselves with the script and come prepared to read selections from the script, alone or with other participants.  Those auditioning for musical productions should also come prepared, along with with sheet music, to sing 16 bars of a song with an accompanist, preferably one in the same musical style as the production itself.  In addition musical auditions, when applicable, will include a dance audition, in which audition participants will be asked to learn and perform a short segment of choreography.

Script Perusal

Scripts will be available for checkout from the Actors’ Theatre Business office beginning 4 weeks prior to the published audition dates.  A $10 deposit is required upon checkout.   Published scripts may also be available for purchase at area book stores.  Scripts may be checked out for a period no longer than 2 business days and must be returned by noon on the Friday before the first audition dates for the production.

Statement of Inclusive Casting

As part of its mission of inclusion and in order to receive benefit from the rich diversity of our community, Actors’ Theatre Grand Rapids is committed to casting all productions without bias towards race, gender, sexual orientation, or religion. Except when necessary to the intent or message of the work, Actors’ Theatre and its artistic staff will cast productions, for all roles, without regard for race and, whenever possible, gender.

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“Next to Normal” Production Stills

Did you have tickets to our SOLD OUT opening night?  If not, take a look at these Beautiful production stills by Sensitography.  Click the image below to see the full album on Actors’ Facebook page.

Kelly Cary and Kyle Los in Actors’ production of “Next to Normal” Photo Credit: Sensitography

For complete show information and to order your tickets, head over to Actors’ website:

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“Reckless” by Craig Lucas at AQ Theatre

Also opening this weekend: Reckless at AQ Theatre.  From their Facebook page:

Rachel Fitzsimmons loves Christmas- until she discovers her husband has taken a contract out on her life. Her life quickly becomes a blur of kind strangers, therapists, temporary bosses, game show hosts, strange coincidences and comic ironies. This comedy has a brain and a dark undercurrent that will engage you to the very last moment.

Directed by: Randy Wyatt
Stage Manager: Kelsey Peavyhouse
ASM: Hannah Frank

Catie Berg
Maddie Blyveis
Jason De Jager
Kiran-Durae Lambert
Kyle McCrumb
Owen McIntee
Taylor Nefcy
Chelsea Pummill
Michael Sali
Rachel Varley

Design Team: Robert Broadfoot (Set), Bill Dunckel (Costumes), Mark Neumann (Lights), Selene Rezmer (Sound), & Tracey Walker (Props)

General Admission Tickets: $10
Faculty Tickets: $6
Student Tickets: $5

Box Office: 616-456-6656

Performance Dates & Times:
Thursday, November 29th at 8:00 p.m.
Friday, November 30th at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 1st at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 2nd at 2:00 p.m.

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“Next to Normal” Opening Night is SOLD OUT

Please Note: Tonight’s opening performance of Next to Normal is effectively SOLD OUT.

A waiting list for unclaimed seats to the production will begin 1 hour prior to the production. You must present yourself at the theatre, in person, be placed on the waiting list.

Tickets are still available for Friday and Saturday’s performance but are going fast!

Want a sneak peak?  Check out our video on YouTube:

Then, rush over to to order your tickets! They are going fast!

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“Next to Normal” in the News!

Check out this excerpt from article about our next production on

Actors’ Theatre production of ‘Next to Normal’ relies on small cast, strong lyrics

By Sue Merrell |

From left, Kyle Los as Gabriel, Kelly Cary as Diana and Larry Young as Dan rehearse a scene from “Next to Normal” Monday, Nov. 19, 2012 at Spectrum Theatre in Grand Rapids Mich. The show, put on by Actors’ Theatre will open Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 at Spectrum Theatre. A portion of the proceeds from the performance will go to the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan.
Sally Finneran |

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — It’s not normal for a musical to win the Pulitzer Prize. But then who would expect a routine response to a musical named “Next to Normal?”

Since the Pulitzer Prize for Drama was established in 1918, only eight musicals have made the grade, including such stage triumphs as “South Pacific”(1950), “A Chorus Line” (1976), and “Rent” (1996.) Each of these shows dares to go beyond entertainment to take on issues.

“It has to be a good drama as well as an excellent musical,” said Fred Sebulske, who is directing “Next to Normal” at Actors’ Theatre.

But when “Next to Normal” won the prize in 2010, it was a double surprise. Not only is this a musical drama that dares to talk about mental illness, but unlike all other prize-winning musicals, the show doesn’t feature a huge cast.

“It’s surprising because it’s such a small piece,” Sebulske said. “It’s all on the shoulders of six characters.”

And even though the Broadway production was up against best musical winner “Billy Elliot” in the 2009 Tony Awards, “Next to Normal” managed to walk away with the award for best score. Composer Tom Kitt and lyricist Brian Yorkey have created a rock score with lots of texture, Sebulske said.


Read the rest of the article over on Then head on over to to reserve your tickets before it sells out!

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