Monthly Archives: October 2013

Actors’ Theatre is Proud to Present “Venus in Fur”

Coming up December 12 -21, 2013: Venus in Fur at Actors’ Theatre Grand Rapids.

Venus In Fur:

Director Thomas is desperate to find a female lead for his new adaptation of the classic 19th century erotic novel, Venus in Furs, when at the last minute, a young actress named Vanda, barges in and requests an audition. What begins as a normal audition quickly turns into a seductive battle for power. Vanda’s masterful performance flips the script on Thomas’ expectations and turns the session into a tango for dominance between actress and director, woman and man.

Dubbed by the New York Times as “90 minutes of good, kinky fun” this smash Broadway hit is both an intellectual adventure and laugh-out-loud study of the politics of sex and power.

Venus in Fur has also received several awards and nominations, including the Drama League Award for Distinguished Production of a play and the Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play.

Cast members:
THOMAS: Kyle Los
VANDA: Ellie Frances

Production dates: December 12-14 and 19-21

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Lake Effect Fringe Festival 2014

 Calling all Playwrights! (And people who know playwrights.)

Lake Effect Fringe Festival

The Lake Effect Fringe Festival is a collaboration between West Michigan theatre groups: Dog Story Theater, GEM Theatrics, Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company, and Stark Turn Players. The first annual festival was held during the month of February, 2013 at the Dog Story Theater in Grand Rapids. The festival seeks to highlight performer-focused theater in a non-traditional theater space, creating an intimate performance experience for audiences.

Stark Turn Players, in its continuing mission to foster local artists, hosts an annual competition to become an incubator for local playwrights to have the opportunity to workshop their works and have them produced at no cost to the playwrights.

Playwrights (Student and Non-Student) in the Greater Grand Rapids Area (reside or attend school in Kent County and it’s contiguous counties) are welcome to submit their 10-Minute scripts annually to compete for production slots in our annual season. This year’s theme for the festival is Out of Time.

The Procedure is simple and relatively painless!

  • There are two divisions: student and non-student.
  • Playwrights submit a 10 to 15 minute short play due November 1st.
  • A maximum of four scripts in each division are chosen for full production in the following February.
  • Starting in January, the chosen plays begin rehearsals and development.
  • At performance, the plays are adjudicated by a panel of local arts professionals.
  • The Best in Show in each division will be awarded the final night of the performances.

For information on how to submit your script, judges criteria and links to information about past winters, go to

If you have any questions, feel free to contact them at:

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“The Giver” Opens at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre Oct. 18

The Giver

The Giver

October 18-27, 2013

Jonas’ world is perfect. Everything is under control and safe. There is no war or fear or pain. There are also no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. But when Jonas turns 12, he is chosen for special training from The Giver—to receive and keep the memories of the community. The Giver is the only person who holds the memories of real pain and real joy. Now Jonas will learn the truth about life—and the hypocrisy of his utopian world. Through this astonishing and moving adaptation, discover what it means to grow up, to grow wise, and to take control of your own destiny.

Performance Information:

The show runs from Weds – Sunday, October 18-27, 2013

Tickets prices for The Giver range from $10 – $16

Get more information and order your tickets at

Grand Rapids Civic Theatre

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The Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company Presents “The Tempest”


William Shakespeare’s The Tempest

Featuring performances by students from local high schools!

The Tempest begins with the stage direction “A tempestuous noise of thunder and lightening heard.” A storm at sea leaves a ship carrying an assortment of Italian nobilty (and their comedic servants) stranded on an island populated by strange and supernatural creatures. The only human inhabitants are the wizard Prospero, who’s magic controls the island, and his daughter Miranda, who has never seen another member of her own species…

During its 2009 season, Pigeon Creek instituted an
educational program which is unique not only in West
Michigan, but in the country. PCSC’s High School Residency is a mainstage production of one of Shakespeare’s plays in which student actors perform alongside members of the professional company.

Each year, PCSC choses a play which offers siginificant and challanging roles for student actors. Past residency productions include The Winter’s Tale, The Comedy of Errors, and A Midusmmer Night’s Dream.

Performances are Oct. 18 and 19 at 7:30pm, Oct 20 at 3pm at Dog Story Theatre
Tickets are $14 for adults, $7 for Students/Seniors

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Actors’ Theatre Grand Award Nominations

Grand AwardsActors’ Theatre would like to congratulate all the nominees of this year’s Grand Awards! It was another great year for theatre. You can see a complete list on the Grand Awards Facebook page.

We are honored and proud to receive the following nominations for Actors’ Theatre productions:

Supporting Actor in a Musical: Kyle Los, Next to Normal
Supporting Actor in a Musical: Duncan McCargar, Next to Normal
Lead Actor in a Musical: Larry Young, Next to Normal
Supporting Actress in a Musical: Maggie Nye, Next to Normal
Lead Actress in a Musical: Kelly Carey, Next to Normal
Director of a Musical: Fred Sebulske, Next to Normal
Scenic Design: Christian Poquette, Next to Normal
Lighting Design: Catherine Dreher, Next to Normal
Musical Direction: Scott Patrick Bell, Next to Normal
Choreography: Jolene Frankey, Next to Normal
Musical Production: Next to Normal
Supporting Actor: Andrew McClelland, Looking for Normal
Lead Actor: Jim Cantrell, A Steady Rain
Lead Actor: Todd Lewis, A Steady Rain
Lead Actor: Craig Hammerlind, Looking for Normal
Supporting Actress: Kitty Carrico Carpenter, Looking for Normal
Lead Actress: Samantha Gauthier, Looking for Normal
Lead Actress: Rena Dam, Nadia
Director: Jeralyn Pinsky, A Steady Rain
Director: Fred Sebulske, Looking for Normal
Production: A Steady Rain
Production: Looking for Normal
Production: Nadia

Photo credit: Dave Kagan, Sensitography — with Jim Cantrell and Todd Lewis at Actors' Theatre Grand Rapids

“A Steady Rain” Photo credit: Dave Kagan, Sensitography — with Jim Cantrell and Todd Lewis at Actors’ Theatre Grand Rapids

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