Monthly Archives: February 2014

Mardi Gras Celebration at Fountain Street Church

Fountain Sreet From Fountain Street Church:

Join us for Fountain Street’s very first Mardi Gras Celebration & Fundraiser! This fundraiser will be held for Fountain Street Church, with a portion of our profits going to our partner, The Grand Rapids Red Project, to support their efforts in educating our community on the reality of HIV/AIDS.

Beat the cold with an evening filled with New Orleans-inspired Food, wine, beer, beads, beignets, and lively entertainment! You will get to enjoy a silent auction, complimentary photos, and musical performances by the Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra, Hawks & Owls String Band, The New Revival Jazz Band, and Kelly Carey! Stay for the Grand Finale featuring some very fabulous, marvelous, dazzling, and glamorous entertainers!

If you cannot come yourself, please consider purchasing a ticket for someone who may not be able to afford their own!

A ticket includes two drinks!

Location and ticket information:

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EST)

Fountain Street Church
24 Fountain St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Purchase tickets at: Eventbrite
Get more information at Fountain Street Church’s Facebook event

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Calling all Actors’ – Circle Theatre Auditions are March 7 & 8th


Circle Theatre Audition Information:

Information, including an audition form and a complete schedule is available on the Circle Theatre website.

All auditions will be held at the Kretschmer Recital Hall at the Art & Music Center, located on the campus of Aquinas College. Please for map & directions.

Scripts are available for perusal at the Circle Theatre Box Office*, located at the Performing Arts Center, on the Campus of Aquinas College, Monday – Friday, 12:00PM – 5:00PM. Show CD’s are available for purchase.

*Script check out is not available for Jesus Christ Superstar, because the show is comprised of only music and lyrics.  Script check out is not available for A Sleeping Beauty Somewhere In Time, because it is still being written.

Please go to the Circle Theatre website for details or call (616) 632-1984 with any additional questions.


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Calling for Scripts from Local Playwrights

Desperate Moves Photo 22014 marks the eleventh installment of the Actors’ Theatre annual 10 minute play festival, Living on the Edge.  We cordially extend an invitation to interested Michigan writers to submit a script for consideration.

The deadline for scripts will be March 12, 2014.  Actors’ Living on the Edge committee will read all scripts.  From the initial submission, ten semi-finalists will be selected for a public reading, to be held in April of 2014. All writers whose work is not selected for public reading will receive written feedback on their work by May 1st, 2014.

The reading of the fifteen scripts presented on a Saturday in April (Date/Time TBA) at Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain Street.  At the public reading playwrights will receive verbal and written feedback on their piece. Based on audience response and feedback, the Living on the Edge committee will choose five finalists from the scripts read at the public reading.  These finalists will receive full production from June 19-21, 2014 in the “black box” performance space (Room 201 – Spectrum Theater Building).

The writers whose scripts are chosen for final production will receive $100. The theme this year that writers are asked to respond to is “Desperate Moves”.We encourage playwrights to consider the following as they craft their submission:The five scripts chosen will be performed before an audience. We always encourage writers to create pieces that will be dynamic and engaging when presented by performers on stage.

  • The five scripts chosen will be performed before an audience. We always encourage writers to create pieces that will be dynamic and engaging when presented by performers on stage.
  • We’re excited to read your submission so choose any direction that is exciting and productive for you as a writer.  If you’re excited about the direction, it’s more likely that we will see that in your submission as well.
  • Craft a 10 minute play highlighting an aspect of the chosen theme.  It can tie in broadly or very specifically, but relevance to the theme is a key consideration in selection.

Submit your play, including a brief synopsis, by email to and include “LOTE XI” in the subject line.  Submissions will also be accepted via U.S. mail to

Actors’ Theatre
143 Bostwick NE
Grand Rapids, MI, 49503

on or before March 12, 2013. To be considered, the playwright must currently reside in the state of Michigan, or have resided within the last twelve months.  All submissions must include a cover page that lists your name, address, phone number, email, title of play, total number of actors, and a brief synopsis of the work. Please do not list your name on any page other than your cover so that all plays may be read with anonymity by the committee.  Final production decisions will be based on originality, ability to cast and produce, and the way the plays chosen fit together for an evening of theatre.

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AQ Theatre Dept

From AQ Theatre’s Facebook page:

Mark your calendars for AQ’s production of “AUSTENTATIOUS” the musical!

Synopsis: When the Cedar Rapids Amateur Players announce a new adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, stage manager Sam has her hands full with a colorful array of community theatre misfits: a clueless director, an egotistical writer/choreographer/leading lady, a scorned diva, an overlooked veteran, and the town’s local stoner. But when Sam begins to fall for the leading man, things really start to get complicated. This hilarious musical follows the group’s journey as they unwittingly butcher Jane Austen’s beloved classic, from chaotic auditions to climactic pirate battle and tap-off. With a jazzy score and anachronisms galore, Austentatious is terrible theater at its absolute comedic best.

Cast: Ben Avery, Marisa Sue Marie Purcey, Kenny Judge, Rachel Varley, Maris Wimmer, Stephen Douglas Wright, and Taylor Nefcy. [Note from the editor: Taylor is also Actors’ very own marketing and development intern!]

Production Dates:
Thursday, February 20th at 8:00pm
Friday, February 21st at 8:00pm
Saturday, February 22nd at 8:00pm
Sunday, February 23rd at 2:00pm

Tickets: $10 for students, $12 for faculty/staff, and $20 general admission. Tickets are available in the box office of the Performing Arts Center (open Monday-Friday from 12:00-5:00pm).

See more information on the AQ Theatre Facebook event.

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“God of Carnage” Cast

god of carnageGod of Carnage 
by Yasmina Reza, translation by Christopher Hampton

In case you missed it on our Facebook page, here is a list of the cast:

Sammy Puebles will be playing the part of Alan,
Amy McFadden will be playing the part of Annette,
Craig Hammerlind will be playing the part of Michael,
and Carrie McNulty will be playing the part of Veronica.

Congratulations to these actors and actresses!

God of Carnage opens April 17th.

Visit our website for more information about the show and show dates.

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