Monthly Archives: July 2014

Coming Soon: “Monty Python’s Spamalot” to Circle Theatre!


Monty Python’s Spamalot
Book by: Eric Idle
Music By: John Du Prez & Eric Idle

A musical lovingly ripped off from the motion picture Monty Python and the Holy Grail From the original screenplay by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin.

 Monty Python’s Spamalot retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and features a bevy of beautiful showgirls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French people. Did we mention the bevy of beautiful showgirls?

The 2005 Broadway production won three Tony Awards, including “Best Musical,” and received 14 Tony Award nominations.

Production Dates:

August 7-9, 13-16, 20-23 at 7:30PM
August 17 at 5:00pm

More information and ticket reservations can be made the Circle Theatre website.

Also check out their Facebook Event.



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Opening Tonight! “Deathtrap” at Mason Street Warehouse



Written by Ira Levin
Directed by Kathryn Markey
July 25 – August 10

From the Saugatuck Center for the Arts website:

Get ready for big laughs and edge-of-your-seat excitement in Broadway’s longest running comic thriller!

Mix a Broadway playwright suffering from severe writer’s block with a hot, up-and-coming author and you’ve got a recipe for big trouble … even murder!

Loaded with unforgettable characters, you will gasp in shock and laugh out loud as the heart-stopping thrill ride of Deathtrap unfolds in three acts with some of the greatest plot twists ever to hit the stage.

To view DEATHTRAP actor videos click here and here.

For more information and to reserve your tickets, go to the Saugatuck Center for the Arts website.

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The Two Gentlemen of Verona – July 24 – Aug. 2!

The Two GentlemenFrom Dog Story Theater’s website:

One of Shakespeare’s early comedies, The Two Gentlemen of Verona follows the adventures of best friends Proteus and Valentine, and the ways in which love and romance interferes with their friendship. Valentine makes fun of his friend for being in love with Julia, but when Valentine falls for the beautiful Silvia, he finds that Proteus may not be the friend he believed.

The Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company will present The Two Gentlemen of Verona July 24-26 and July 31-August 2 at 8:00 p.m., and July 27 and August 3 at 3:00 p.m..

Pigeon Creek’s production features actors Ian Brown, Zoe Collenburg, Kimi Griggs, Anessa Johnson, Janelle Mahlmann, Chad Marriott, Brian Peerbolt, Kristin Ripley, Brad Sytsma, and Stephen Wright. The production is directed by Pigeon Creek Executive Director Katherine Mayberry, with assistant direction by Kerissa Bradley.

Tickets are $14 for adults and $7 for students and seniors.

Buy tickets at the Dog Story Theatre website.

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GVSU Shakespeare Festival Conference Sept. 26 & 27

conference_graphic_gold_2014_smallGrand Valley Shakespeare Festival, Michigan’s oldest continuous-running Shakespeare Festival, in conjunction with the Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company, Michigan’s only year-round touring Shakespeare company, is holding its bi-annual conference in 2014, entitled “Shakespeare: Pedagogy and  Performance“.
This year, we are focusing on issues that affect the teaching, production, or performance of Shakespeare and early modern drama for secondary or college students. We are currently seeking proposals from Shakespeare Festival Education Directors, English, Theatre, and Interdisciplinary Professors, Secondary Education Teachers, and Graduate Students specializing in Shakespeare, Theatre, dramaturgy, or the early modern period.
The featured Conference Keynote Speaker and Festival Scholar-in-Residence is Tony Simotes, one of the Founding Members and current Artistic Director for Shakespeare & Company. Now in their 36th season, Shakespeare & Company in the Berkshire Hills in Lenox, Massachusetts, is one of the largest and best known Shakespeare Festivals in the United States. Simotes has either performed in or directed over two dozen productions for Shakespeare & Company during the past three decades.  He is also a Master Teacher of Fight and Movement and has been one of the Company¹s Artistic Associates since 1995. For Shakespeare & Company he has directed such productions as Othello, The Merry Wives of Windsor, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It, and Two Gentlemen of Verona to name a few.  His work as a fight choreographer and director has been featured coast to coast, from the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles to the New York Shakespeare Festival’s Public Theater.  Recent directing credits include The Nerd for Madison Repertory Theatre and Fight Direction for Macbeth at Orlando Shakespeare Theatre.
The 2014 Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival Conference also features:
  • A performance of Comedy of Errors by the Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival
  • A performance of Macbeth by the Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company
  • Pat Quigley, Education Consultant  at the Stratford Festival

More information and registration information can be found on the Grand Valley State University website.

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Heritage Theatre Presents “Blithe Spirit” – Opening July 17

In this classic comedy by Nöel Coward, a famous author participates in a seance as part of research for a new book, and finds his new marriage haunted – quite literally – by the ghost of his late first wife.

For more information, check out Heritage Theatre’s Facebook event for Blithe Spirit and go to to reserve your tickets.

Blithe Spirit is directed by Walt Riegler. Performs Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm at GRCC’s Spectrum Theater (160 Fountain NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503).


Charles Condomine – Kevin Raleigh
Ruth Condomine – Laura Johnson
Elvira Condomine – Meghan R Bortle
Madame Arcati – Margi Derks Peterson
Dr. Bradman – Mark Moran
Mrs. Bradman – Brenda VanderArk
Edith – Paige Bourne

Blithe Spirit” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.


Blithe Spirit

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