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“King Klong” at the Kent Theatre

Big King Klong.

Big King Klong.

Actors del Arte Ensemble of West Michigan of Rockford Mi. is presenting a 10-ft ape on stage this weekend at The Kent Theatre in Cedar Springs.

The oversized primate with an attitude is hard to dismiss—he is the star attraction of the upcoming 2-act play.

The great ape and ensemble of 28 actors recreates the classic 1933 black and white film King Kong with a few modifications.

Great costumes, stage sets, and giant ape all add up to one legendary show,” said Play Director Patricia Rose, “one the whole family can enjoy.”

Rather than New York, the giant ape’s debut takes place in Chicago—so no Empire State Building take down. He ends up on Carnagie Towers instead, battling the bi-planes of the era.

It’s a love story between Klong and May Raye, and the efforts of a rich showman to exploit him. “He’s a money-maker and I’m doing all I can to capitalize on that, whether the ape likes it or not,” said Randy Galaszewski, who plays John King of Gold Star Productions. Galaszewski, who has appeared in scores of plays, locally produced movies, and television commercials, has the lead role, which he calls one of his favorites in his 30-year career. “How often do you get to fall in love with a starlet, only to have a knuckle-dragging primate get in the way?” he chuckled.

The audience will marvel at the ingenuity it took Brian Thomas to create this creature we call Klong. Hours of work—a labor of love actually on Brian’s part. There are a wide range of costumes created by Jenny Chertos and a beautiful back drop she has created for the story. So much talent we have invested in this production .

King Klong is really a laugh filled romp through the jungles of South America,

a true parody of the original,” said Patricia Rose director with over 50 years of theatre experience.

It takes you back to the Chicago of the Great Depression era, where the common man could sit in a darkened theater and for 20 cents escape the cold reality of the times and be transported to another world,” she said.

Ticket prices are Adults $10, Students $5 and Seniors $8. Tickets at the door.

Showtimes are Friday April 29 at 8 p.m., and Saturday at April 30 at 2 and 8 p.m. at the historic Kent Theatre 8 N. Main St, Cedar Springs. For more info call 616-874-5264.

To see a video about the show go to : https://vimeo.com/162131441

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