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Actors’ Theatre’s “Reefer Madness” in On The Town Magazine

Check out this great article from On The Town Magazine about our final show of the season, Reefer Madness.  Tickets are seeing fast, so if you are interested in seeing this fun, campy musical, be sure and call the box office right away!  (To contact the box office, please call (616)234-3946. Box office hours are Monday through Friday from 1:00PM until 5:00 PM. The box office will be open from 1PM until show time on the day of performance.)

Actors’ Theatre Closes Season with Reefer Madness, a Musical Satire of the 1936 Film

By: Caroline Higgins – On The Town

Pure Madness: Kyle Los, Justin Kilduff, and Molly Jones in 'Reefer Madness.' Photo Credit: Karen Waite

Published: Monday, May 23, 2011, 9:00 AM

The Actors’ Theatre Grand Rapids has something completely different up its sleeve. The troupe is currently working on Reefer Madness, an unpretentious musical comedy that is purposefully over-the-top and outrageously goofy.

The musical is a satire of a 1936 film of the same name, which depicted exaggerated dangers of marijuana use in order to warn parents about the drug so they could keep it away from their children. The film Reefer Madness gained significant popularity only when it resurfaced in the 1970s and became a comedic cult film for supporters of the decriminalizing of cannabis. The musical satire premiered off-Broadway in 2001, with book and lyrics by Kevin Murphy and music by Dan Studney. USA Today wrote about the musical, praising it as a “delirious romp, which at its best reaches highs of intoxicating goofiness.”

…read the rest of the of the article here on www.mlive.com

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Special Event – This Sunday!

Actors’ Theatre – 30 Years and Beyond! Actors' Theatre - 30 Years and Beyond


Actors’ Theatre Grand Rapids continues to celebrate its 30th year not by looking back at the last 30 years but by looking to the future. This one night event will feature brief scenes and musical numbers from shows you can expect to see on Actors’ Theatre’s stage in the coming years!

Chris Carnevale, Director of Operations for Actors’ Theatre, describes the evening as:

“It’s like the previews at the movie theater; just a peek of what you can expect to be produced by Actors’ Theatre and that only Actors’ Theatre will bring it to you!”

There will be a number of short 5 minute scenes from various plays such as Red, Next Fall and God of Carnage combined with musical numbers from new musicals like Next to Normal, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Spring Awakening.

Performers include: Amy Osborn Kaechele, Michelle Urbane, Bud Thompson, Lynne Brown Tepper, Larry Young, CiCi Gramer, Ellie Gramer, Jordon Hudson, Ralph Lister, Matt Dixon, Fred Sebulske, Kevin Yon, Mary Hyatt, Rob Karel and many others.

Musical Direction by Scott Patrick Bell and Scene Direction by Michelle Urbane, Sammy Publes, Nancy Wagner, Scott Mellema, Jon Clausen and Randy Wyatt.

Join us for an absolutely fun night of entertainment!

Tickets are $20 general seating and can be purchased online at www.atgr.org or by calling the Spectrum Theater Box Office at (616) 234-3946.

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Up Next – Reefer Madness! – the Musical

Book by Kevin Murphy, Dan Studney | Music by Dan Studney | Lyrics by Kevin Murphy

It’s 1936 and Jimmy becomes a murderous fiend after being led astray by the “devil weed” Marijuana. He mouths off to his parents, steals from the poor box, brutalizes small animals and (GASP!) even tries to tongue kiss his shocked girlfriend!

Attempted interventions and pleas by Mom and Jesus (accompanied by backup angels) go unheard and soon Jimmy’s on the lam in a stolen Packard in this campy, over-the-top new musical. It’s safe to say that “with Reefer, there are no happy endings.”

“I doubt that even the staunchest opponent of mind-altering substances could resist entirely the effects of this delirious romp, which at its best reaches highs of intoxicating goofiness.”
USA Today

“Divertingly silly… offers plenty of entertainment on its own appealingly unpretentious terms”
Daily Variety

“Gleefully over-the-top.”
Time Out, New York

Production Dates:

May 26-28 & June 2-4, 2011
All performances at 8:00 PM

Ticket information coming soon!

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“Lines: The Lived Experience of Race” Screening

In recognition of the YWCA’s ‘Stand Against Racism Day,’ you are invited to Celebration Cinemas for a filmed version of the stage presentation Lines: The Lived Experience of Race, a new ethnography by Stephanie Sandberg & Company.

If Lines Could Speak by Abigail BradleyYour thoughts & feedback will be solicited for further use of this material. A facilitated discussion will follow the viewing of the film. Lines brings you the words of over 150 individuals, as they discuss dimensions of diversity in Grand Rapids… today.

This FREE event will be held on two days, at two different Celebration! Cinema locations. Go to http://www.celebrationcinema.com/lines to reserve your seats today!

For more information about Stand Against Racism please visit standagainstracism.org.

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Living on the Edge Public Reading

Due to the record-breaking number of 10-minute plays we have received this year in the open call for submissions, the Living on the Edge VIII: Secrets and Lies – Public Reading has been postponed from this Saturday until Saturday, April 30th in the Spectrum Theater at GRCC mezzanine. We apologize for any inconvenience but are excited at this year’s level of participation!

Our special thanks to Volunteer Literary Manager Randy Wyatt for his hard work and dedication with a record-breaking number of submissions for Living on the Edge VIII and our general call for submissions of full-length new works.  So far we have received nearly 300 submissions, combined between the two openings!

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