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There is Still Time to Catch Cornerstone’s “Much Ado About Nothing”!

From the Cornerstone University Theatre website:

From the cast of "Much Ado About Nothing" – Jordan Van Dyke and Sarah Bobis as "Margaret" and "Ursula!"

From the cast of “Much Ado About Nothing” – Jordan Van Dyke and Sarah Bobis as “Margaret” and “Ursula”

Shakespeare’s classic comedy about two pairs of lovers with different takes on romance and a way with words.

As the play begins, Leonato, a nobleman living in the idyllic Italian town of Messina, prepares to welcome friends home from a war. When the soldiers arrive at Leonato’s home, Claudio quickly falls in love with Leonato’s daughter, Hero. Meanwhile, a witty war of insults in resumed between Benedick and Beatrice (Leonato’s niece). Claudio and Hero become engaged and in the week before their wedding, friends pass the time with a series of tricks set up to make Beatrice and Benedick stop arguing and fall in love.

The villain of the play, Don John, sets out to disrupt everyone’s happiness. He sets a trap for Claudio, convincing him that Hero has been unfaithful. The enraged Claudio humiliates Hero by abandoning her at the altar. Friends of Hero hide her away and convince Claudio that she has died of shock and grief. Leonato tells Claudio that as his punishment, he must declare Hero’s innocence and marry Leonato’s niece. Claudio prepares to marry the mysterious, masked woman he thinks is Hero’s cousin. When Hero reveals herself as the masked woman, Claudio is overwhelmed with joy. Benedick asks Beatrice to marry him; after some arguing she agrees. The joyful lovers all have a merry dance before they celebrate their double wedding.

Production Information:
Last show! Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m.

$8 General Public | $5 CU Community (current students, staff and faculty)

Matthews Performing Arts Center, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary
3000 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids, Mich.

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“Anton in Show Business” by GRCC Players Opens Oct. 30

Mark your calendars! GRCC Players open “Anton in Show Business” by Jane Martin October 30! Call 616-234-3946 or visit www.grcc.edu/theater for tickets.

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Actors’ Congratulates Recent Scholarship Winners!

059475-3d-transparent-glass-icon-hat-graduationActors’ Theatre would like to send a big congratulations to Preston Mulligan, Patrick Nowak and Meeka Postman, all recent winners of theatre scholarships! Take a moment to read more about the scholarships and these amazing local performers in this article from mlive:

Rising local actors awarded $6,000 in scholarships at Festival of the Arts 2014

By Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Three scholarships worth $6,000 for young actors were among the awards presented during Festival of the Arts 2014.

Winners of the Combined Theatre Scholarships for budding thespians in the Grand Rapids area are Preston Mulligan, Patrick Nowak and Meeka Postman.

One of the three awards, formerly known as the Grand Award Scholarship, was renamed the Paul Dreher Scholarship in honor of the former managing director of Grand Rapids Civic Theatre who died in June 2013.

[Read more about the recipients in the full article…]

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CU Theatre Presents: “Black Comedy” Running Now

Black Comedy at CU Theatre

Looking for some fun theatre this weekend? Check out CU Theatre’s Black Comedy!

A 90-minute farce staged under a reversed lighting scheme:

The action begins in the dark until a short circuit occurs, illuminating the stage to reveal the characters in a “blackout.” Only the audience can see what’s really happening – a chaotic, disastrous and frantic romp with unexpected visitors, mistaken identities and surprises lurking in every dark corner!

Brindsley, a young sculptor, and his debutante fiancee Carol have borrowed some expensive, antique furniture from his neighbor Harold’s flat without his permission in order to impress an elderly millionaire art collector coming to view Brindsley’s work, and Carol’s father, Colonel Melkett. When the power fails, Harold returns early, and Brindsley’s ex-girlfriend, Clea, shows up unexpectedly, things slide into disaster for him.

Written by: Peter Shaffer

Directed by: Jennifer Hunter


Brindsley Miller – Josiah Duff

Carol Melkett – Laura Barbieri

Miss Furnival – Paige Bourne

Colonel Melkett – Brandon Alberda

Harold Gorringe – Kris Roop

Schuppanzigh – Matt Praschan

Clea – Anna Van Hoff

Production Information and Dates:

April 4, 5, 10, 11 & 12, 2014 • 7:30 p.m. | April 6, 2014 • 2:30 p.m.

Matthews Performing Arts Center, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary | 3000 Leonard NE | Grand Rapids, Mich.


$12 adults | $10 students/seniors | $5 CU students (must present valid ID) Go to Cornerstone’s website for more information on tickets.

Special Events:

Alumni Reception – Friday, April 11. Connect with fellow alumni during intermission while enjoying refreshments that take their cues from “Black Comedy.”

Friday Night Talk Back – April 11. The directors, cast, crew and production staff give you insider information on the show.



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Calvin College Theatre Kicks Off a Psychedelic “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

MidsummerNightsDreamA Midsummer Night’s Dream
by William Shakespeare

Overview: The year is 1968. A psychedelic world, fit for the midnight exploits of two pairs of young lovers, exploding in magic fairy dust and “flower power” serves as the backdrop for this classic Shakespeare comedy. The “Rude Mechanicals” have formed a rock and roll band and play groovy music for the Duke and the young lovers. All the guests will be invited to sing and dance along. Join us for the weddings and the reception!

Directed by Stephanie L. Sandberg
Original music by David Fuentes
Gezon Auditorium
April 10-12, 24-26, 2014 at 7:30pm
April 29-30, 2014 at 10:00am (High school matinees)

More information can be found at Calvin Theatre Company’s website.

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