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JTGR Presents: “One Night with Fanny Brice”

One Night with Fanny Brice LogoWritten by Chip Deffaa
Directed by:
Jean Reed Bahle
Musical Direction by:
Alex Hammel
Show Dates: January 7, 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 18, 2015

Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids opens their 2014-15 season January 7-18, 2015 with a production of One Night with Fannie Brice by Chip Deffaa. This production is directed by Jean Reed Bahle, Music Direction by Alex Hammel and starring Sarah LaCroix.
Performances will be on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m in the intimate Black Box Theatre at Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain ST NE in downtown Grand Rapids on the GRCC campus.

Tickets go on sale beginning December 8, 2014 for season subscribers and December 15 for all others. Be aware, however, that the Box Office (616-234-3946) will be closed from December 24-January 4. Seating is limited so make your reservations early! Online reservations are always available and can be made while the Box Office is closed at www.jtgr.org

One Night with Fannie Brice is a one-woman show about the life of the famed comical singer of vaudeville and radio. Brice was the highest paid American singing comedienne of her day, made famous when she joined Zeigfeld’s Follies. This production is a musical revue, where you will experience the life and times of Fanny Brice through the songs that made her famous, including numbers such as “Second Hand Rose,” “Won’t You Come Home Bill Bailey,” and, of course, “My Man.”

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Dec. 1 – World AIDS Day Memorial and Celebration

World AIDS Day Memorial and Celebration

Actors’ Theatre is very proud to be a part of the World AIDS Day event being held at Fountain Street Church, presented by the Red Project, on Monday, December 1st at 7pm.

Actors’ family members, Ellie Frances, Jolene Frankey, Gary Gramer, Jane DeYoung, Rob Karel, Dylan Harris, Jennifer Jelsema and Todd Wilki, will be performing a few brief scenes from The Normal Heart and The Destiny of Me – both written by Larry Kramer and singing some great musical pieces such as: Hear My Song (Songs for a New World), No One Is Alone (Into The Woods) and True Colors (Cyndi Lauper).

Click here for the Red Project’s Facebook event page for more information on the World AIDS Day event.

We hope you can make it!

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The Sideshow Freak Film Fest at Ambrosia Theater This Weekend!


From Ambrosia Theater’s website:

Grand Rapids are you ready for a film festival like no other, imagine a film festival happening in the circus! Showcasing independent films from West Michigan and abroad, Live performances, Question and Answer panels with all of the film-makers. A great way to see whats being made, get involved with local film making… or, who knows, you may get “discovered”. Join us for an exciting local film event! Doors at 5:30pm both nights. $7 single day or $10 for both nights.

Go to www.ambrosiatheater.com for more information and to order your tickets.

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Great Article about the New Ambrosia Theater!

Actors’ Theatre is excited about all the fantastic independent theatre happing in Grand Rapids! The amount of entertainment our fair city has to offer is just staggering. Check out this great article on the rapidian about Ambrosia theatre that opened this summer!

Here’s an excerpt, then hop over to rapidian.org to read the full article and see some photos of the theater:

Ambrosia Theater works to provide small, intimate, flexible performance space
by Holly Bechiri (Holly)

Sarah Mayne has been running Bellydance Grand Rapids (959 Lake Drive SE) in the Blackport Building on Lake Drive for 10 years starting on the first floor until seven years ago when she moved to a larger space upstairs. But as her dance business grew, so did her need for a performance space to accompany it.

Not finding many options already available, Mayne openedAmbrosia Theater this summer on the second floor of the Blackport building, right next door to the bellydance class space.

“All of my dancers needed a performance venue, and we were lacking in someplace intimate and small,” says Mayne. “So I took on the crazy endeavor to build one.”

The entire space, which seats 72, is newly created, from the hardwood floors to the handmade sconces to customized doors made locally. She designed the space to be fully configurable, which makes it able to house multiple kinds of meetings and performances.

(Click here to read the full article.)

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Grand Rapids Civic Theatre Presents “Mary Poppins”!

Mary Poppins

From Grand Rapids Civic Theatre’s website:

Everyone’s favorite practically perfect nanny takes the stage in this Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical adventure.

One of the most popular Disney movies of all time is capturing hearts in a whole new way: as a practically perfect musical! Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film. Mary Poppins has received nominations for nine Olivier and seven TONY Awards, including Best Musical.

Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones she has a profound effect upon. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “Anything can happen if you let it.”

Mary Poppins is an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs, and breathtaking dance numbers.

November 14 – December 14, 2014

Original Music and Lyrics by: Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Book by: Julian Fellowes
New Songs and Additional Music and Lyrics by: George Stiles and Anthony Drewe
Co-Created by: Cameron Mackintosh

More information and ticket reservations are available at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre website

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