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Stark Turn Players present “Poltergeist: A Musical Parody” Oct. 23-26


From Dog Story Theater’s website:

Stark Turn Players’ annual Halloween Horror Musical Parody is based on the 1982 film, Poltergeist.

Audiences have come to expect the Players’ irreverent parodies of favorite horror films, set to music to celebrate the Halloween season. This year’s show is no exception: Mom spends her time playing Farmville and Minecraft on her smart phone, Dad just wants to watch Honey Boo-Boo on TV and can’t figure out how his little girl gut sucked into a flat screen TV, and little brother Dobby is a paranoid schizophrenic, certain that it’s really the illuminati or men in black that have kidnapped her.  Then there is Leslie, the over-the-top, totally androgynous, and completely lecherous exorcist called upon to help rid the house of the evil spirits.

The original script is by Jacqueline Frid and Sarah Stark with original music and lyrics composed by Julia Yob. Sarah Stark directs with Julia Yob as Musical Director and Antonio Copeland as choreographer.

The cast includes:  Beth Schaub and Eric Orive as the Mom and Dad; Julia Steudle and Kassandra Dill as their children, Carly Anne and Dobby; with Anessa Johnson as Dr. Letch, the paranormal specialist and Ian Brown as the outlandish Leslie.

Shows Thursday at 8pm, Friday at 8pm and Midnight, Saturday 8pm with a costume party and  a Sunday matinee at 3:00 pm.

$14/adults and $8 students and seniors.

For more information and to purchase your tickets, go to: www.dogstorytheater.com

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“Children of the Corny” October 24-27

From the Stark Turn Players’ website:Stark Turn players

Children of the Corny
An Original Musical by Joel L. Schindlbeck

5th Annual Halloween Horror Musical Parody
Adapted from the film Children of the Corn, based on the original story by Stephen King and George Goldsmith.

A lost couple stumbles upon a farming town where children seem to roam free on the streets, but someone or something is hiding in the corn fields that could shatter the strange peace of this idyllic adult-free town. Where really are all the parents of Gatlin, Nebraska? Running on the heels of four well-received productions, this show will feature original musical numbers, hilarious campy versions of the characters, and absurd moments of comic novelty. What better way to celebrate Halloween!

Production Dates and Times:

October 24-27, 2013
Thursday – Saturday 8:00 pm
Special Midnight Show on Friday, October 25
Costume Contest & Party with Prizes – October 26
Sunday – 3:00 pm

All shows are performed at the Dog Story Theater, 7 Jefferson S.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

Tickets are $12/Adults & $8/Students & Seniors and are available in advance on the Dog Story Theater website
using quick and secure Google Check-out. No phone sales.
Tickets are also available at the door – but don’t be disappointed, we often sell out!

For more information goto: www.starkturnplayers.org

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Lake Effect Fringe Festival 2014

 Calling all Playwrights! (And people who know playwrights.)

Lake Effect Fringe Festival

The Lake Effect Fringe Festival is a collaboration between West Michigan theatre groups: Dog Story Theater, GEM Theatrics, Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company, and Stark Turn Players. The first annual festival was held during the month of February, 2013 at the Dog Story Theater in Grand Rapids. The festival seeks to highlight performer-focused theater in a non-traditional theater space, creating an intimate performance experience for audiences.

Stark Turn Players, in its continuing mission to foster local artists, hosts an annual competition to become an incubator for local playwrights to have the opportunity to workshop their works and have them produced at no cost to the playwrights.

Playwrights (Student and Non-Student) in the Greater Grand Rapids Area (reside or attend school in Kent County and it’s contiguous counties) are welcome to submit their 10-Minute scripts annually to compete for production slots in our annual season. This year’s theme for the festival is Out of Time.

The Procedure is simple and relatively painless!

  • There are two divisions: student and non-student.
  • Playwrights submit a 10 to 15 minute short play due November 1st.
  • A maximum of four scripts in each division are chosen for full production in the following February.
  • Starting in January, the chosen plays begin rehearsals and development.
  • At performance, the plays are adjudicated by a panel of local arts professionals.
  • The Best in Show in each division will be awarded the final night of the performances.

For information on how to submit your script, judges criteria and links to information about past winters, go to www.starkturnplayers.org.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact them at: starkturnplayers@gmail.com

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Auditions for 10 Minute Play Festival This Jan. 12 & 13

This came from the Stark Turn Players’ Facebook page. Looking for some fun theatre to be involved in? Check this out – auditions are coming up soon!

Synopses and Dramatis Personae for the 10-Minute Plays Auditioning Jan. 12 & 13

Let’s Talk About Sex
By Laura Uzarski Stark Turn Players logoDramatis Personae:

JEREMY: 17, male.  Senior in high school, struggling with manhood, trying to live up to the societal pressure of male sexuality.

JENNA: 17, female.  Senior in high school, curious and explorative about sexuality, strives for perfection and has high dreams about life and sexuality.

MOM: 40s to 50s, female.  Non-descript, caring and hard-working mother.


Jeremy and Jenna are at Jeremy’s house making out while Mom’s out shopping, when they decide that they want to have sex together.  Ham-handed, Jeremy just wants to get into it, but Jenna has been researching media images of sexuality and wants to pick the perfect scenario.  From The Notebook, to The Princess Bride, even to Mr. and Mrs. Smith, they attempt each scenario, only to be interrupted before they come to a decision.

The Ledge
By Karen Sue Bradford

Dramatis Personae:

WOMAN 1: Mid-20’s, Female.  Woman literally on the verge of jumping off a building to her death.  She is wary, anxious and failing to see the bright side of life.

WOMAN 2: Mid-30’s to Mid-40’s, Female.  Settled in her ways, but pleasantly seeing the bright side of life.  A woman comfortable with herself and the ups and downs of life, very self-assured.


One woman is standing on the ledge of a high-rise office building, ready to end it all by leaping to her death.  Another woman enters, treating the jumper with a matter-of-fact attitude and not trying to save her.  Through the course of dialogue, the second woman helps the first see that life is not as miserable as she makes it out to be and they find peace in the high-rise ledge.

Queens of the Dirt Wall
By Andrew Wernette

Dramatis Personae:

MATTIE: HS Junior, Female.  Damaged, resorts to alcohol and cigarettes not to be cool, but to release the tensions of the world.  Hurts a lot inside, but instead just tells the world to fuck off and hides.

JEN: HS Junior, Female.  Tougher than Mattie, makes easy plans in life in order to avoid failure.  Knows her place in society, even at a young age.  Assured, but still caring for others.


Mattie and Jen find evening solace in an undeveloped and forgotten plot of dirt.  Mattie’s sister committed suicide recently, and her parents are holding her to high standards (making her over-achieve to live a life her sister lost.)  Jen’s family is much poorer, and Jen aims to do nothing more than keep her job at Wal-Mart, marry her boyfriend and have kids.  This evening, Mattie has stolen her mother’s car and a liter of vodka and the girls are trying to forget the worries of the world, but they can’t…and they fight, and they try to be there for one another and remind themselves that they are each other’s best friends, through thick and thin.

A Burning Heart
By Patrick M. Bailey

Dramatis Personae:

COLONEL NUSSBAUM: Mid-20s Male, Young and eager to serve his country as a Nazi officer.  A perfect, young Nazi who will use mental torture to make sure his victims feel their punishment deeper.

COLONEL FLEISCHER: Mid-40s to Mid-50s Male.  Has been around the bend, serves his country well enough, but has a heart.  His is more of a duty than a calling.  It is unclear whether he hates the Jews, but he is the type of person who would rather make it easier on the victims in their death.  People kiss his ass severely and he treats them as students in his greater scheme.

SERGEANT KUTZ: Ageless, Sexless.  A filthy, but subservient ass-kissing clerk under Colonel Fleischer’s command.  He only lives to serve, but disgusts everyone.

FRAULEIN GOTTLEIB: Early-20s Female.  Quiet, calm, but eager to do her part in her country.  She understands the gravity of the Nazi agenda, but would rather keep her thoughts to herself than risk treason.


Colonel Fleischer rules over processing at a World War II Nazi Extermination Camp.  His duty is to assign and manage personnel.  Colonel Nussbaum is eager to torture and punish the prisoners in the showers and Fleischer is considering Nussbaum’s assignment.  There is a constant problem of prisoners getting off the train and running away, only to be shot on sight by the Nazi officers.  Fleischer, seeking to end this unnecessary and inflammatory violence, hires Fraulein Gottleib to greet the prisoners as they get off the train.  Through the interview, Fleischer and Gottleib weigh the pros and cons of anti-semitism as the end of the war approaches, and the penalties of war crimes looms on people’s horizons.  Gottleib is allowed this position as a means of completing her duty, but still remaining free from legal harm.  Nussbaum, however, is ordered to complete his duty, but to be locked in the showers with the Jews as well.

The Blue Dress
By Todd M. Lewis

Dramatis Personae:

MAN: 60 to 70, male.  Loving but weary husband of a woman with Alzheimers.

WOMAN: 60 to 70, female.  Woman in mid-stages of Alzheimers.

YOUNG MAN: 20s, male.  The husband in his youth.

YOUNG WOMAN: 20s, female.  The wife in her youth.


A poignant story on how growing old is not always graceful and the difficulties for those who will be left behind as a woman dances on both sides of reality – between her memories of young love and back to her current dementia riddled life.  One brings comfort, the other fear and confusion – and how her husband is left to deal with HIS reality.

The True Story of Creation
By Stephen Douglas Wright

Dramatis Personae:

GOD: Ageless/Older female.  Earth Mother creator of the world.

HOLY SPIRIT: Young female.  Spritely, Waifish spirit.

LUCIFER: 40 to 50, male.  Arrogant fallen angel, temptor of the world.

JESUS: Young male.  Self-assured male, son of god.


A wheeling and dealing Lucifer attempts a re-entry into Heaven by hopefully making God an offer she can’t refuse … with Jesus and the Holy Spirit on the sidelines … and the world waits.

Remember Them
By Mary G. Kron

Dramatis Personae:

SERGEANT: 30 to 50s, male.  Reserved male with a commanding presence.

TECH: 20 to 30s. Vulnerable, but physically-fit female.


A soldier argues with her commanding officer as she struggles with leaving a fallen comrade behind on the battlefield.

Furor Poeticus
By Dan Christmann

Dramatis Personae:

MAN: Young male, 20s.  Professional Type-A.

WOMAN: Young female, 20s. Professional Type-A.


Two thirty-something, type-A, aggressive professionals show how sex can mess up even the best laid plans.

More information can be found here on the Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company’s website.

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Deadline for Lake Effect Fringe Festival Extended to Nov. 15th

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October 23, 2012 · 11:18 am