Final Dress! “Looking for Normal”

It’s final dress night! Looking for Normal opens on Thursday and we are all excited over here! Make sure you get your tickets to opening night at: www.atgr.org

Check out this great cast:

Dave Benson (Frank)Dave Benson Photo

Dave was last seen at Actor’s in the 2012 Grand Award winning production of August: Osage County. His role in this production marks the third time that Dave has been directed by Fred Sebulske; a fact that he is very proud of. Dave has also been seen on the Grand Rapids Civic theatre’s stage in Our TownCharlotte’s Web,Harvey, and The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.

Carlee Bleeker (Patty Ann)Carlee Bleeker Photo

Carlee makes her Actors’ Theatre debut as Patty Ann. Having appeared in 15 community theatre productions, some of her favorites include; Grand Rapids Civic Theatre: Willie WonkaSara Plain and TallThe Wizard of Oz and A Christmas Carol; Youth Theatre Grand Rapids: 13The Musical for which she won National Youth Theatre’s 2010 Outstanding Supporting Actress award in the role of Lucy in NYC; Circle Theatre: Annie and Honk!; Rockford High School:Footloose!.

Kitty Carrico Carpenter (Grandmother Ruth)Kitty Carrico Carpenter Photo

A veteran of many Actors’ Theatre productions, Kitty was last seen on the Actors’ stage in Frozen. Other Actors’ credits include: How I Learned to DriveOur Country’s GoodSideman. Most recently, Kitty was seen in Circle Theatre’s production of Steel Magnolias.

Jim Chervenka (Roy Senior)Jim Chervenka Photo

Jim is excited to be returning to the Actors’ stage after last appearing in last year’s Grand Award winning August” Osage County. This time, he returns with his wife Linda at his side. After 36 years as the Technical Director for the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, Jim has retired and is now moving from backstage to on-stage; recently performing in The Heart is a Lonely Hunter at Civic Theatre.

Linda Chervenka Photo Linda Chervenka (Em)

Linda was born in NYC, the oldest of 6 and an Air Force brat. She met her husband, Jim on the stage in high school in Dayton, Ohio. They were married on the stage at Aquinas College after they had both graduated; Jim with a degree in Speech and Drama and She with a BA in Theatre and Psychology. They have 4 children, all of whom are somewhat involved in theatre. Linda has directed plays at Circle Theatre, Aquinas, various high schools and Stepping Stones Montessori School where she taught creative dramatics for more than 27 years. She also taught acting and improv classes at Aquinas College for 10 years. Linda has been on stage at Circle a lifetime ago and in Free to Be You and Me at Civic Theatre.

Samantha Gauthier (Irma)Samantha Gauthier Photo

Samantha was last seen on stage in Circle Theatre’s production ofSame Time Next Year and she is thrilled to be working opposite Craig Hammerlind once again. She is also excited to once again perform with Kitty Carpenter, one of her cast mates from Steel Magnolias also at Circle Theatre.

Craig Hammerlind (Roy)Craig Hammerlind Photo

Craig is happy to be returning to the stage of Actors’ Theatre. He has previously been seen in Actors’ productions of The March of the Falsettos, Les Liaisons Dangeruse, Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, A Man of No Importance and Rabbit Hole. He has also been seen in productions for Circle Theatre, Civic Theatre and Jewish Theatre of Grand Rapids. Professionally, he has worked at Tibbits Summer Theatre in Coldwater and Turkeyville in Marshall.

Andrew McClelland (Wayne)Andrew McClelland Photo

Andrew makes his second appearance at Actors’ Theatre since performing in last season’s Grand Award winning production ofAugust: Osage County. His recent theatre credits include Taming of the ShrewAntigoneThe Wednesday WarsHamletSense and Sensibility, and Milosevic at the Hague which was performed at the Joakiminterfest in Kragujevac, Serbia. Andrew is pursuing acting and theatre as a career and will be moving to Chicago in the fall.

Don Vanden Heuvel (Reverend Muncie)Don VandenHeuvel Photo

Don is making his third appearance on the Actors’ Theatre stage. He was previously seen in Bach at Leipzig and last season’s production of Ampersand. Other area credits include Duck Hunter Shoots Angel,Funny Money (Grand Award nomination), Rumors and See How They Run (Grand Award nomination), at Circle Theatre. He has also appeared in Laughter on the 23rd Floor and The Value of Names at Jewish Theatre of Grand Rapids.

Photo credit: Dave Kagen

Photo credit: Dave Kagen

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