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REVIEW: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

The review of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson is up on www.mlive.com! Here’s an excerpt:

From left, Connor Manion as John C. Calhoun, Colin Tobin as James Monroe, Jared Graybiel as Martin Van Buren and Jason DeJager as Henry Clay perform during a dress rehearsal of "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson," at the Actors' Theatre in Grand Rapids on Wednesday, February 5, 2014. (Andrew Kuhn | MLive.com)

From left, Connor Manion as John C. Calhoun, Colin Tobin as James Monroe, Jared Graybiel as Martin Van Buren and Jason DeJager as Henry Clay perform during a dress rehearsal of “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,” at the Actors’ Theatre in Grand Rapids on Wednesday, February 5, 2014. (Andrew Kuhn | MLive.com)

Review: ‘Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson’ serves ironic humor with heart at Actors’ Theatre

By Tricia Woolfenden | grentertainment@mlive.com

Speaking in advance of Actors’ Theatre’s February 6 premiere of “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,” director Kyle Amanda Dutkiewicz likened the musical to the equally irreverent “Drunk History.”

For the uninitiated, “Drunk History” — a popular (and hilarious) Funny or Die web series picked up in 2013 by Comedy Central — offers a fanciful retelling of famous historical events offered through the slurred lens of the inebriated.

While it’s not for me to say whether “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” creators Alex Timbers (book) and Michael Friedman (music and lyrics) similarly partook of liquid inspiration during the musical’s creation, one thing is certain: If history class were half as playful as this, American youth wouldn’t have such a difficult time rattling off the names of our presidents. [read more…]

Go over to mlive and read the rest of the review, and then let them know what you thought of the show in comments!

Haven’t seen the show yet? There are still tickets available – head over to www.atgr.org to reserve yours today.

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

Feb. 6-22, 2014
All performances at 8:00PM at the Spectrum Theatre

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It’s Final Dress! Meet the Cast of “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson”

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson opens tomorrow, which means Final Dress Rehearsal is tonight!

Did you know that Actors’ Theatre has $10 at the door tickets for Final Dress Rehearsal? Talk about a great way to see high quality theatre on a budget. It’s one of the best deals around!


(In alphabetical order)

Matt Ablan (Various Rolesis very excited to be on the Actors’ stage for the first time. Most recent roles include Kiki the colorist in Legally Blonde, Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol, and Max the Pirate in How I Became A Pirate – all at Civic Theatre. Matt’s first appearance on a Grand Rapids stage after moving here from Kansas for work was as a tribe member in Hair at Circle Theatre. When Matt isn’t performing on stage, he is very busy being the Aquatics Director at the Southeast YMCA

Maddie Blyveis (Various Rolesis a senior at Aquinas College (AQ) where she is pursuing a double major in theatre and psychology.  Her first time performing with Actors’ Theatre, she appeared as Ilse in Spring Awakening and she is thrilled to be back!  Other theatre credits included: Reckless (AQ), Chicago (AQ), Book of Days (AQ), and The Wedding Singer (Circle Theatre).
Jason DeJager (Claystudied theatre at both Cornerstone University and Aquinas College and is looking to continue pursuing his craft. With Cornerstone University, he was in productions such asInto the WoodsSomething’s AfootWhite Christmas, and Proof. At Aquinas College, his production involvement includes Chicago,XanaduRecklessAmadeus, and Hotel Cassiopeia. He has also acted in two shows with Circle Theatre, Robin Hood and the Heroes of Sherwood Forest and Wait Until Dark
Jared Graybiel (Van Burenis excited to be back on the Actors’ stage in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson! Jared was last seen on the Actors’ stage last season in the Grand Award winning musical, Next to Normal. Other Grand Rapids theatre and musical credits include:Boeing, Boeing (Circle) and Hits of the 80s Cabaret! (Circle). Various other stage credits include: 1940s Radio HourBy the Bog of CatsWonderful Town, and Little Shop of Horrors.
Jackie Green (Various Rolesis a radio personality in Grand Rapids.  Jackie’s performing credits include: Circle Theatre’s Hits Of The 80’s and Cabaret, and as Velma Vontussel in Hairspray at Ferris State University where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree.


Kyle Jurassic (Andrew Jacksonis excited to be performing in this show with this incredible group of people. This is Kyle’s second production this season at Actors’ Theatre, recently playing the role of Arthur Pape in Love! Valour! Compassion! Other previous performances in the community include: The Wedding Singer, How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, and Altar Boyz – all at Circle Theatre, Hairspray at Civic Theatre, Troilus and Cressidawith the Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company and The Drowsy Chaperone, Little Shop of Horrors, White Christmas, Proof, andSeussicalThe Musical (for which he won a Grand Award) at Cornerstone University. He is a recent graduate from Cornerstone University, with his Bachelor’s in Music Performance with a Vocal Emphasis.
Connor Manion (Calhounis making his debut at Actors’ Theatre. He has previously performed in shows at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, such as: The Sound of MusicLegally Blonde (GM Chad),Fiddler On The Roof (Mendel), and A Christmas Carol. Connor also performed in several shows with his high school, includingSweeney Todd (Toby), Hairspray (IQ), Guys and Dolls (Rusty Charlie) and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat(Judah). Connor is currently studying at GRCC with plans to transfer in the fall and pursue a degree in Musical Theatre.
Mackenzie Moira (Storytelleris a graduate of the Aquinas College Theatre Program. She directed The Mystic Tale of Aladdinat Circle Theatre this past summer, which earned a Grand Award for Outstanding Children’s Theatre. Favorite acting credits include:Dress Your Wives in Floor Length Denim (Nadine) at Dog Story Theater, The Wedding Singer (Holly), Hair, and Cabaret at Circle Theatre.


Noddea Moore Skidmore (Rachelreturns to the Actors’ stage for the first time since 2008, when she appeared in the ensemble of The Wild Party. Favorite theatre memories include her Actors’ initiation with the ensemble of UrinetownAnnie (Miss Hannigan), the ensemble of NineGuys and Dolls (Adelaide),Daddy’s Dyin’ Who’s Got The Will (Marlene), and rockin’ to theHits of the 80’s last summer – all at Circle Theatre; The Wizard of Oz (Glinda), meeting her darling Amanda in Junie B. Jones, and her very first show Gypsy (Electra) at Civic Theatre. While not on stage, she balances the roles of founder/cake stylist for Stiletto Sweets, Executive Director of The Miss Spirit of the State Scholarship Program, Event Producer for ArtPrize, and First Lady of the Skidmore House where she lives with many shoes, tiny pups Beatle and Big, and her dashingly handsome and talented husband.
Benjy Schirm (Adamsreturns to the Actors’ Theatre stage for his second show this season. You may have seen a lot of him in our first production – Love! Valor! Compassion! You may have also seen him in The Wedding Singer at Circle Theatre or in Flat Stanley at the Civic Theatre. He has acted and directed professionally all over the United States and internationally for the last decade. Besides appearing on stage, Benjy has also recently appeared in a Family Fare commercial and as the flu zombie on factoryotc.com. Benjy is currently a law school student.
Colin Tobin (Monroeis making his second appearance on the Actors’ Theatre stage. Colin previously played the role of Georg in Actors’ award winning Spring Awakening.  Colin has also performed in: HairHow to Succeed in Business Without Really TryingGuys and Dolls, and the Summer Concert Series; all at Circle Theatre and in Hello Dolly at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre.

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

February 6-22, 2014
All Shows Begin at 8:00 pm
Call (616) 234-3946 for tickets or purchase them online now!

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Announcing the Cast of “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson”

In case you didn’t see it on our Facebook page, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson has been cast and is already in rehearsals!

Thank you to all who came out and auditioned and congratulations to those who have been cast:

Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson

Noddea Skidmore
Mackenzie McElroy
Jackie Green Blankenship
Maddie Blyvis
Kyle Jurassic
Benjy Shirm
Jared Graybiel
Matt Ablan
Connor Manion
Colin Tobin
Jason DeJager

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson opens February 6th, 2014!

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Audition Notice – “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson”

Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson

Director: Kyle Dutkiewicz / Music Direction: Scott Patrick Bell

Casting: 8-9 Males (Late Teens – Late Thirties), 3-4 Females (Early Twenties – Mid Fifties)

Audition Dates and Times: Noon – 3pm on December 7th & 8th (With possible callbacks on December 9th) in Room 211 of the Spectrum Theatre Building on the GRCC Campus.

Rehearsals Begin: December 10 (There will be a break while the campus is closed between December 23 – January 3.)

Run Dates: February 6-8, 13-15, 20-22

Audition Information:

Come prepared with 16 measures of a song that will show off your vocal abilities. An accompanist will be provide – Please bring sheet music.*

Scripts are available one month prior to auditions and can be checked out with a $10.00 deposit. Contact Chris at 234-3968 to make arrangements to check out a script (Best times are M-F 10am-3pm). All Scripts must be returned by and cannot be checked out the week of auditions.

These are open auditions. No sign-up time is required. We ask that all individuals interested in auditioning arrive no later than 1:30 pm each day of auditions.

*A cappella auditions are not encouraged.

Statement of Inclusive Casting

As part of its mission of inclusion and in order to receive benefit from the rich diversity of our community, Actors’ Theatre Grand Rapids is committed to casting all productions without bias towards race, gender, sexual orientation, or religion. Except when necessary to the intent or message of the work, Actors’ Theatre and its artistic staff will cast productions, for all roles, without regard for race and, whenever possible, gender.

If you cannot make these times, please contact Chris at chris@atgr.org to make arrangements for a separate audition time.

Visit www.atgr.org/auditions for more information.



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