Monthly Archives: April 2013

Spotlight Gala – Special Ticket Price Ends Tomorrow!

Join Actors’ Theatre on May 2,2013 at 6:30PM for our 2013 Spotlight Gala honoring Tom Kaechele and Amy Osborn Kaechele for their ongoing dedication and stewardship to Actors’ Theatre.

HURRY! ONE DAY left on this Special Ticket Price:

$40/person or $70/couple*  (Advance offer, Exp. 4/25/13)

$50/person (at the door)

*Includes buffet dinner, beer/wine bar & entertainment.

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More information can be found and tickets can be purchased at the Actors’ Theatre website.

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Actors’ Theatre Congratulates the Cast of “Looking for Normal”

Opening May 23, 2013:lfn-promo-225

Roy and Irma have been married for twenty-five years and have two children. Roy works at a tractor plant in the heartland and both are active in church and in their community. When Roy and Irma see their pastor for marriage counseling, though, Roy reveals that he’s a woman trapped in a man’s body and wants an operation to correct the situation. Looking for Normal is a powerful, often funny, play about an individual’s journey to personal truth, the cost of that journey on those he loves, and the hope that transformation brings.

We would like to congratulate the following individuals on their roles in the upcoming production. The cast list is as follows:

ROY: Craig Hammerlind
IRMA: Samantha Gauthier
PATTY ANN: Carlee Bleeker
WAYNE: Andrew McClelland
ROY SR.: Jim Chervenka
EM: Linda Chervenka
GRANDMOTHER RUTH: Kitty Carrico Carpenter
REV. MUNCIE: Don VandenHeuvel
FRANK: Dave Benson

Learn more at Actors’ Theatre’s website: www/

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Student Directed One Acts at GRCC – This week!

ImageGRCC’s Student Directed One Acts take place this week in Room 201. Titled “Puppets of Good Intention” the one acts will run Wednesday, 4/10 through Friday, 4/12 at 8pm.

Cost: FREE!

Get more information on the GRCC website.

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April 8, 2013 · 4:59 pm

“RUST” on Stateside

RUST_Poster_RGJust in case you missed it – on March 27th, “RUST” was featured on Michigan Radio’s Stateside! Here is an exerpt from the piece:

It’s a familiar Michigan story. In 2008, General Motors decided to shutter a stamping plant in Wyoming – just outside Grand Rapids.

But to Austin Bunn, a new professor of writing at Grand Valley State University, the close of the plant wasn’t the end of a story, but a beginning.

For the next four years, Bunn interviewed the workers at the plant about the experience of job loss, displacement and their lives after the close.

From these transcripts he created a documentary play, RUST. It was originally produced at the Actors’ Theatre of Grand Rapids

Go to to listen to the complete story, and hear an exerpt from featured actors including Tracey Walker, Rena Dam, Chris Nye, Wayne Swezey, GF Korreck, Paul Arnold, Fred Stella, and Laurence Drozd.

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Hey Holland Folks – Want to Learn Performing Arts From the Pros?

From the Holland Sentinel:

Learn Performing Arts From Professionals

Holland —
Aspiring performers have the opportunity to learn from NBC’s Smash star Jeremy Jordan and Fox’s Glee star Jonathan Groff, as part of the Broadway Break Thru Summer Intensive on June 24-29, and Aug. 12-17.
Led by Broadway, film and television casting director David Petro, the weeklong professional performing arts intensive will feature classes on dancing, acting, voice, film-making and more, complete with a professional headshot and resume for each student.

The week will also feature Fubble Entertainment’s Emmy Award Winning Teresa Thome and Patrick Zielger, Western Michigan University director of Music Theatre Performance, Jay Berkow, MP Talent Management’s Malinda Petersen, Hope College and Actors’ Theatre’s, Jean Reed-Bahle, Fishladder’s, Mary Jane Pories, Lakeshore Community Chorus co-founder Tim Heck and more to be announced.

More information on this class, including meeting times and costs, can be found on the Holland Sentinel website.

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