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Comedy to open at the Kent Theatre

Cast names (in photo) are:  seated: RJ Moore, Anna Ambrose, Tom Johnson. Standing l-r: Rod Zamarron, Mark Stoll, Deb Irwin, Doug Christensen, Laura Johnson.

Cast names (in photo) are:  seated: RJ Moore, Anna Ambrose, Tom Johnson. Standing l-r: Rod Zamarron, Mark Stoll, Deb Irwin, Doug Christensen, Laura Johnson.

The comedy “The Foreigner,” by Larry Shue, will be presented by the Cedar Springs Community Players at the Kent Theatre on Oct 13, Oct 14, Oct. 15, 2016.  The show, directed by Sue Harrison, will start at 7:30 p.m. each night. The show was one of Jack Clark’s favorite shows and is being dedicated to him. Pre-sale tickets are available at the Cedar Springs Library or from any cast member for $10. Tickets at the door are $12 for adults and $8 for students under 18.

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Tragedy follows success for play’s author


Larry Shue

Larry Shue

Players to perform The Foreigner

by Terri Riggle

In just two weeks, the Cedar Springs Community Players will perform The Foreigner, a two-act comedy. In a sad twist of fate, the playwright, Larry Shue, was killed in a commuter plane crash in 1985, two years after his play made its debut performance. Shue, who was only 39 at the time of his death, was on the cusp of perhaps, some would say, international fame.

He had written two full-length plays, The Nerd and The Foreigner, which were both successful and continue today to find eager audiences all across the country. Both plays debuted in the early 1980’s, at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre where he had been employed since 1977 as an actor. He turned to playwriting in 1979 at the suggestion of John Dillon, the Rep’s Artistic Director. The Foreigner opened in January of 1983 before moving on to Off Broadway in 1984. It ran for 686 performances and now is considered a staple of professional and amateur theatre.

The Foreigner was still running in New York at the time of Shue’s death, and he was working on a film adaptation of the play for Disney. He also was preparing for his first big Broadway role, as Reverend Crisparkle in Joseph Papp’s The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

But how did Shue come up with such a loony plot? According to a 2013 St. Louis Dispatch article written by theater critic Judith Newmark, it followed Shue’s own life. Ed Stern, an actor at the Milwaukee Rep loves to recall the story. Stern explains that Shue was an actor at the Rep but he was not a happy man.

“Larry was very shy—painfully shy,” Stern says. “He was the kind of man who never seemed comfortable anyplace. He had gone to Georgia with his wife to open a dinner theater, and while they were there, she left him. He was just terribly withdrawn.”

At that time, the Milwaukee Rep had a strong relationship with Tadashi Suzuki’s theater company near Kyoto, Japan. (A hugely influential international theater artist, Suzuki is famed for his highly disciplined system of actor training.) When Suzuki’s company invited the Wisconsin theater to send an actor to join them for a short stay, Shue surprised his fellow actors by volunteering to go.

“John Dillon was the artistic director in Milwaukee then, so he went to see Larry off,” Stern says. “And when John got to the airport, there he was—dressed in Western boots and a cowboy hat. This was so unlike him that John got worried. He said, ‘Larry, what are you doing?’ And Larry said, ‘I think in Japan, they probably don’t know much about Americans. But I’m sure that they know about cowboys. So if I’m a cowboy, maybe they’ll like me better.’”

Shue’s instincts were correct. For the first time in his life, he made friends easily. He returned to Milwaukee with a self-confidence he had never expressed before—cowboy hat in hand, now decorated with the signatures of all his new Japanese friends.

“They loved him there, and he came back a changed man—a wonderful, outgoing guy,” Stern says. “He never withdrew again.”

Larry Shue was born in New Orleans on July 23, 1946, and grew up in Chicago. He was graduated cum laude from Illinois Wesleyan University, where he received a B.F.A. in 1968. He served in the Army, and then began his career as professional actor and playwright with the Harlequin Dinner Theatre of Washington, D.C. and Atlanta.

His acting credits include The Mystery of Edwin Drood at the Delacorte in New York; American Buffalo with Berkeley Repertory; and television’s One Life to Live. Film appearances include a short bit in Sweet Liberty. Shue wrote and appeared in the shorts A Common Confusion; The Land of the Blind: or the Hungry Leaves; and Another Town, all directed by Daniel Krogh. Jerry Zaks won an Obie for his direction of The Foreigner, and Anthony Heald received a performance award.

“Larry Shue found himself by being a foreigner,” Stern says. “That’s what’s so brilliant about this play: its silliness has a rock-solid core. Its heart is absolutely glowing.”

Shue’s The Foreigner opens at the Kent Theatre on Thursday, October. 13 and runs through Saturday, October 15. Tickets are available from any cast member, at the CS Public Library or by calling 616-307-9473. Tickets are $10 for adults 18 and over, and  students 17 and under are $8. Performances start at 7:30 p.m.

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“The Foreigner” dedicated to Jack Clark


The Cedar Springs Community Players are both honoring the past and trying something new with their upcoming production of The Foreigner. The show is being dedicated to Jack Clark, a longtime member, who died earlier this year. The Foreigner was Jack’s favorite show and he would travel all over the state to see productions of it. There will be displays of photographs and stories about Jack’s participation in past productions at the theater.  If you have photos or a memory to share, please contact Bob Clifford at contact@cedarspringscommunityplayers.org.

The Players are also offering some fun sponsorship opportunities for their theater patrons. The Foreigner is a play with a single set and there are a number of items that appear on the set or are mentioned in the play—some of them quite humorously. Sponsors will receive special pins that they can wear during the play to show they are an official Croquet Mallet, Carrot, Spoon Rack, etc., sponsor. Sponsorships are as follows: Sauerkraut – $25; Carrot, Spoon Rack, Candle, Fork, or Lamp – $20; Apples or Fireplace – $10; Croquet Mallets, Harmonica, Suitcase, or Key to Room 7 – $5.

Sponsorships can be purchased at the theater on the day of the performance or in advance from a Players member or cast member. Sponsorships purchased in advance will be included in the program.

Friends of the Players and the cast and crew can also send well wishes to them in the program for $10. Please contact Bob Clifford at contact@cedarspringscommunityplayers.org.


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Cast chosen for Community Players comedy The Foreigner


by Sue Harrison

Rehearsals are underway for the Cedar Springs Community Players fall comedy, The Foreigner by Larry Shue. Blocking is completed and actors are working on learning lines and creating a believable character role.

This is the 76th show by the Cedar Springs Community Players in the 45 years of producing plays and musicals in the community.  The Foreigner, by Larry Shue, is directed by Sue Harrison, with Nancy Noreen as Production Coordinator, Charlene Sommer as Stage Manager, and  Deb Irwin working with props.

Many of the cast members have worked with the Players before or with other community theatre groups. The cast includes:  Doug Christensen as “Froggy” LeSueur, a British officer; R.J.Moore as Charlie Baker, a pathologically shy British proof-reader; Laura Johnson as Betty Meeks, widow and owner of the resort; Mark Stoll as Rev David M. Lee; Anna Ambrose is Catherine Simms, a former debutante engaged to Rev. Lee; Rod Zamarron as Owen Musser, a backwoods scoundrel with tattoos; and Tom Johnson as Ellard Simms, a backward boy who is Catherine’s brother.

The comedy takes place in Betty Meek’s Fishing Lodge Resort in Tilghman County, Georgia. Mostly middle-income people come to this laid back, off-the-beaten- track resort to fish, swim, play a little cards and fill up on Betty’s down-home cooking. Now insert into the mix, Charlie, a foreigner and shy proofreader who is brought to the resort from England by his friend, “Froggy”. Charlie wants nothing more than to be left alone and is fearful of making conversation with strangers. So “Froggy” tells the others that Charlie is a foreigner and speaks no English. The fun really begins when Charlie overhears more than he should and things get complicated. The show has one comic surprise after another and the “good guys” emerge triumphant!  Even though The Foreigner takes place in the recent past, the Golden Rule in dealing with people, even though they are “foreigners” is as relevant as it always has been.

The Foreigner will be presented at the Kent Theater on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, October 13, 14, and 15,  2016  at  7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 pre-sale and $12 at the door.

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Hometown Happenings

Hometown Happenings articles are a community service for non-profit agencies only. Due to popular demand for placement in this section, we can no longer run all articles. Deadline for articles is Monday at 5 p.m. This is not guaranteed space. Articles will run as space allows. Guaranteed placement is $10, certain restrictions may apply. You now can email your Hometown Happenings to happenings@cedarspringspost.com please include name and phone number for any questions we may have.

Family Fun Day at Metron

Aug. 5: Metron of Cedar Springs located at 400 Jeffrey, Cedar Springs, would like to invite the community to our Annual Family Fun Day on Friday, August 5th from 4 to 6 pm. Activities for the day include: Bounce House, Games for the children, Live Musical Entertainment, food/drinks and fun for all. Hope to see you August 5th! #31

Free Lake Effect Concert

Aug. 7: Free Lake Effect Concert featuring the band “Round Brown Suitcase” will be held on Sunday, August 7th from 12 to 3:30 pm (band starts at 12:30 pm). The concert will be held at Bostwick Lake UCC Church, 7979 Belding Rd. NE, Rockford. Donations and food sales will benefit Pause with a Cause. Contact Lisa Atchison, 616-634-6459 with any questions. #30,31p

Take off pounds sensibly

Aug. 9: Take off pounds sensibly (TOPS), a non-profit weight loss support group for men and women, meets every Tuesday at the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Sand Lake. Your first visit is free so come check out what TOPS can do to help you reach your weigh loss goals! Weigh-ins 8:15-9am, meeting starts at 9:15am. Call Barb at 696-8049 for more information. #31

Rummage Sale at CS UMC

Aug. 10,11: The Cedar Springs United Methodist Women will hold a rummage sale in the fellowship hall on the corner of Main and Church Streets. August 10, Wednesday, from 9 am to 7 pm and August 11, Thursday, from 9 am to 2 pm. There will be a bag sale on Thursday. Proceeds go toward their mission projects. #30,31p

My Choice..My Health Diabetes Prevention Program

Aug. 15: This program will help you take steps to prevent type 2 diabetes. You’ll learn about healthier eating habits, ways to be more physically active and other behavior changes over the course of 16 weekly one-hour sessions. The group will continue meeting monthly, completing a full year. My Choice..My Health Program will be held at Solon Center Wesleyan Church, 15671 Algoma Ave., Cedar Springs starting Monday, August 15th from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. To register, visit www.nkfm.org/dpp or call the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan at 616-458-9520. #31,32p

Creating Local Herbal Remedies

Aug. 15: Join local plant enthusiast Rachel Potter for a discussion and demonstration of how to gather and use medicinal plants to make salves, teas, tinctures and other natural remedies that nourish and heal the body and keep it healthy year round. This workshop will teach you to nurture yourself with what is growing all around us. For adults. Monday, August 15th at 6:30 pm at the Nelson Township/Sand Lake KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #31

DIY Tie Dye for Teens

Aug. 16: Bring a white or light colored t-shirt to this program and try a new way of tie dye – with permanent markers! All other materials will be provided to help you create a one-of-a-kind shirt to wear. Tuesday, August 16th at 4 pm at the Spencer Township KDL Branch, 14960 Meddler Ave., Gowen. #31

Auditions for CSCP Production of “The Foreigner”

Aug 22,23: The Cedar Springs Community Players are pleased to announce auditions for its upcoming production of “The Foreigner” by Larry Shue. This comedy has won two Obie Awards and two Outer Critics Circle Awards as Best New American Play and Best Off-Broadway Production. Auditions will be held at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church on Monday and Tuesday Aug. 22 and 23 between 6:30 -8 p.m. Needed are: 4 adult males, 1 teen male; 2 adult women, and 4 non-speaking extras, can be either male or female. Production dates are October 13, 14 and 15 at the Kent Theatre. Please like our FB page and to see details! #31,32p

Tri-County High School Annual Gathering

Sept. 10: The Tri-County HS annual gathering for 1963 – 1975 will be held on September 10th at the Sand Lake VFW. Appetizers and dinner from 5 to 7 pm with RSVP and $20 due by August 27th. Lou Fisk, 616-263-9054 or gfisk01@charter.net.  Social hour is from 7 to 10 pm.  Social hour only is $5 at the door. #31,32p

MCC Offers Trip to Art Prize

Sept. 30: Experience ArtPrize September 30th in Grand Rapids with Montcalm Community College. Buses depart from the Stanley and Blanche Ash Technology and Learning Center on MCC’s Greenville campus at 8:30 am and from MCC’s Sidney campus at 9 am. Buses will arrive at the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) at 10 am and depart at 5 pm. The trip is free to all who register. Admission to the GRAM is $4 per person. Anyone planning to participate in this trip must be age 12 or older; participants between 12 and 17 must be accompanied by an adult. To register, email the registration form located at www.montcalm.edu/events/artprize-trip/ to karen.maxfield@montcalm.edu or call 989-328-2111, Ext. 334, by September 15th. #31

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Blood Drive for Lizzie August

Mar. 10: Donate blood in honor of Elizabeth August. Lizzie was diagnosed with brain cancer at the age of 4 in 2009 and during her treatments she has received 13 red blood and 29 platelet transfusions along with 2 bone marrow transplants. She is now 11 and in remission. There are so many more who need our help. Come donate blood to honor her journey and the journeys of all the young children fighting their own battles. Creative Technologies Academy, 350 Pine St., Cedar Springs on Thursday, March 10th from 1 to 6:45 pm. To schedule an call Jennifer August at 616-799-0559. Come donate blood and register with Delete Blood Cancer to be part of the bone marrow donor registry. American Red Cross, 800-733-2767, redcrossblood.org. #10

Praise the Lord at Cowboy Church

Mar. 13: 2nd Chance will be having Cowboy Church on Sunday, March 13th at 6 pm. It will be at 2nd Chance School at 810 – 17 Mile Rd. Cedar Springs (corner of 17 Mile and Olin Lakes Rd). The message will be shared by Pinky Hosford who has an amazing testimony to share, Music will be shared by Gospel Singers, Larry, Deb, George and Ray, traditional country and gospel singers. Invite your family and friends. Cowboy Church will be every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month. Each service will have different people sharing God’s word and music. If you have questions, call 616-293-2150. See you there! #10

Job Seekers Workshop

Mar. 14, 28, Apr. 11, 25: Kent District Library and Michigan Works! Present free Workshops for Job Seekers. Workshops are on Mondays from 1 0 3 pm at the Nelson Township/Sand Lake KDL Branch.  March 14th: Resume Development Workshop, March 28th: Interviewing Workshop, April 11th: Brand: You!, April 25th: Communications Skills. For more information, please visit www.kdl.org/events or call KDL at 616-784-2007 or 877-243-2466 (toll free). #9,10p

Dinner at the Legion

Mar. 14: American Legion, 80 S. Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a roast beef and onion dinner on Monday, March 14th, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be mashed potatoes, veggies, roll, drink and dessert. The cost is $9 for adults, children (15 and younger) $4.00. Come and enjoy home cooking. Take out is available. 616-696-9160.  #10p

Michigan Blood Drive

Mar. 15: The Cedar Springs United Methodist Church will host a blood drive on Tuesday, March 15th from 12:30 pm until 7 pm. Is your blood really red or is it green enough to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day as Irish? Find out. Attempt to donate and you could also potentially help three people in need. The Blood Center thanks all the people that attempt to donate. #10

Dinner at East Nelson UMC

Mar. 16: East Nelson United Methodist Church, 9024 – 18 Mile Rd., is hosting a Ham Dinner on Wednesday, March 16th from 5 to7 pm. The menu will include: ham, cabbage, red potatoes, carrots, relish tray, rolls, homemade desserts. Everyone is invited. Donations accepted. #10

Fish Fry

Mar. 18: Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church, 10295 Myers Lake Ave., is hosting a Fish Fry on Friday, March 18th from 4:30 to 7 pm. Battered fried fish, baked potato or fresh-cut French fries, cole slaw, coffee and punch, dessert. 3 pieces – $9, 2 pieces – $7, 1 piece – $5. Eat in or carry out. 616-866-4298. #10,11p

Annual En Gedi Auction

Mar. 18: Come Be Refreshed! Friday, March 18th with the High School cafeteria doors opening at 6 pm. This year’s event has many great items for you to choose from to include furniture, MSU football and basketball tickets, private golf session by MSU Coach Casey Lubahn, hotel stays, fine dining certificates, tools, hand-made dolls, private wild turkey and pheasant hunts, clothing, wood pellets, puzzles, and much more!!!! With a $10 entry donation you can enjoy delicious appetizers while you browse the items on the silent and live auction table. All funds earned on this event will be matched by CS Manufacturing. En Gedi is a Christ-centered non-profit organization providing a FREE after school youth center, special high school and community events with a focus on building family. Donations of services or products (all are appreciated are greatly needed. Contact Sue Wolfe at 696-2246 or SueQ@hughes.net for tickets or for donation pick-ups. #10,11p

Pancake Breakfast 

Mar. 19: The Courtland Fire Department, 7480 – 14 Mile Rd., will be hosting their annual pancake breakfast on Saturday, March 19th from 8 – 11 am. The fire department will be serving pancakes, eggs, hash browns, sausage, juice, milk, coffee and tea. Adults – $7.00, Children 4-12 – $4.00, 3 and under are free. #10

Quilt Show Library Friends Fundraiser

Mar. 19: Saturday, March 19th from 10 am to 4 pm. Show your quilt! Last Call! Do you have a quilt that you want to show in the 4th Annual Friends of the Library Quilt Show? Call Barb at 616-236-9500 or Louise at 616-696-1376 to still get your quilt in the show. Quilts may be delivered to the Cedar Springs Middle School on Friday, March 18th between 4 and 6 pm or Saturday, March 18th between 7:30 and 9 am. Attendees will vote for their favorite quilts in each of the two categories, general and antique ( at least 50 years old). Admission is $2 per person and in addition to the quilt show there will be trunk shows for Red Button Quilt Co. and Blueberry Backroads, a silent auction, a quilting garage sale and a raffle quilt. Raffle tickets are available at the Cedar Springs Public Library, Luv2Quilt on 14 Mile and at the show. See you there. #10

Mom2Mom Sale

Mar. 19: The Resurrection Lutheran Church, 180 S. Third St., Sand Lake is hosting a Mom2Mom sale on Saturday, March 19th from 9 am to 1 pm. For questions regarding the sale, please contact Nichole at 616-263-9662. #10,11p

Roast Beef Dinner

Mar. 20: The Rockford American Legion Post 102 on the corner of Northland Dr. and Rockford Park Dr. (330 Rockford Park Dr.), will be hosting a roast beef dinner on Sunday March 20th and every 3rd Sunday of each month. Open to the public. We will be serving roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, green beans, coleslaw, rolls, dessert, coffee and punch. Reasonably priced at $9 for adults, kids age 4 to 12 for $7 and under 4 years are free. Serving from 11am to 3 pm. See ya there and bring the family! #10,11p

Good Friday Walk and Remember

Mar. 25: Walk to each of the Sand Lake Village Churches and listen to the thoughts of characters that experienced the crucifixion first hand. Friday, March 25th from noon to 1:30 pm. Our walk begins at Resurrection Lutheran Church (just south of town on Northland Dr.), with stops at the Full Gospel Church, Downtown Pavilion, Mary Queen of Apostles, and the United Methodist Church. Transportation will be provided back to the Lutheran Church. Children and families are encouraged to join us. #10-12p

HCNC Easter Egg Hunt w/Brunch

Mar. 26: Howard Christensen Nature Center will hold it’s 6th Annual Easter Egg Hunt with Brunch on Saturday, March 26th. Brunch will be served from noon to 2 pm. The Easter Egg Hunt begins promptly for all ages at 2 pm. Brunch is $5 per person or $20 per family of 4 or more and includes the Easter Egg Hunt. Easter Egg Hunting only $1 per egg hunter. Members are free. 16160 Red Pine Dr., Kent City, 616-675-3158. www.howardchristiansen.org. #10

CS Community Players Mystery Trivia

Mar. 30: The Cedar Springs Community Players are pleased to announce “Murder at the Kent”, a collection of three one act plays which will be performed at the Kent Theatre on March 30th, 31st, and April 1st.  The plays are Sorry, Wrong Number, Heat Lightning, and The Man who Died Twice.  These short, thrilling plays will delight the mystery lovers and send shivers down the spines of the audience.  And since every good mystery story requires some anticipation, the Players have devised a series of mystery themed trivia to build up the suspense before opening night.  These questions will appear in The Cedar Springs Post each week in the month before the production, starting on March 3rd.  Solve the riddles and bring your answers to one of the performances at the Kent Theatre to be entered to win prizes that night. #10p

Community Night

Apr. 21: Cedar Springs Community Night is April 21st and registration is underway. The deadline for registration is March 25th. Forms are online at www.csaparksandrec.com or you can call 616-696-7320. #10b

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Auditions announced for upcoming mystery at the Kent


It’s murder and mayhem at the theatre

The Cedar Springs Community Players are pleased to announce auditions for its upcoming one-act mystery productions. They include “Heat Lightning” by Robert F. Carroll, a thriller about a young woman who witnesses murder on a lonely country road one stormy night; “The Man Who Died Twice” by Robert Black, a Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson mystery; and “Sorry Wrong Number” by Lucille Fletcher, a thriller that takes place in the 1950s.

Auditions will be held at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church on Monday and Tuesday Feb. 8 and 9 at 6:30 -8 p.m. Needed are four males and two females, and five that can either be male or female, ages between 18-60+. Production dates are March 31, April 1 and April 2, at the Kent Theatre. Please like our FB page to see details. Or you may call, 616-696-0949 and leave message.

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Pygmalion at the Kent Theatre

Actors rehearsing for Pygmalion are (r to l): Mrs. Higgins, Claire Mahave; Colonel Pickering, Doug Christensen; and Henry Higgins, Peter Huschilt. 

Actors rehearsing for Pygmalion are (r to l): Mrs. Higgins, Claire Mahave; Colonel Pickering, Doug Christensen; and Henry Higgins, Peter Huschilt.

If you’re familiar with the story line of My Fair Lady, you’ll recognize the story of Pygmalion. It’s a good dose of personality, with a little bit of satire, and a little bit of humor mixed in. And it’s happening at the Kent Theatre in Cedar Springs October 15-18, 2015.

George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion begins at the portico of Saint Paul’s Church, during a surprise rainstorm. It is there, amidst the bystanders, that Henry Higgins, professor of phonetics and author of Higgins Universal Alphabet, not only meets a colleague that he intended to go to India to meet, but also a flower girl who will come to test the length and breadth of both his teaching ability and his personality.

When the flower girl (Eliza Doolittle) shows up at Higgins’ house, he’s quite surprised, but she’s determined to become a lady in a flower shop. So, with the help of his friend, Colonel Pickering, Higgins takes the challenge to turn a poor, common, Cockney flower girl into a proper English lady. To add to the excitement, he takes a bet he can do it in six months.

The title, “Pygmalion,” comes from a story in Greek mythology. According to the Greeks, Pygmalion was a sculptor from the island of Cyprus, who saw women as flawed creatures and wanted nothing to do with them, even to the point of avoiding all contact with them. Instead, he looked to his art to create for himself the perfect woman. The story goes that Pygmalion fell in love with his statue, and when he went to the temple of Aphrodite, she answered his prayer by bringing the statue to life. Aphrodite blessed them, they married, and they lived happily ever after.

Shaw’s Pygmalion is similar in some ways. Higgins, like Pygmalion, is a master at his art, and pours his skills and talents into his work in order to achieve the perfect model. However, Higgins’ art is already alive. She becomes his masterpiece, yes, but she has a life and a voice and a personality of her own that make the “happily ever after” a little more challenging.

George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion will be playing at the historic Kent Theatre, in Cedar Springs, October 15-17 at 7:30 p.m. and October 18 at 2 p.m.  Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Cedar Springs Public Library or from a cast member.

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Kent Theatre benefits from Eagle Scout project

Boy Scout Jacob Swinehart recently completed his project, one of the steps needed on the road to becoming an Eagle Scout.

Boy Scout Jacob Swinehart recently completed his project, one of the steps needed on the road to becoming an Eagle Scout.

The Cedar Springs community has been blessed with several boys making the community a nicer place to be through their Eagle Scout projects. Jacob Swinehart, son of Scott and Angela Swinehart, is the latest Scout to do just that.

Earning Eagle Scout is the highest rank in Boy Scouts. To become an Eagle Scout, you have to do a service project that benefits the community. Jacob Swinehart’s Eagle Scout project was to replace the existing surface flooring on the stage at the Kent Theatre. With the help of volunteers and the generosity of the community, Jacob’s team completed the main stage and also expanded the finished stage flooring to the back of the stage and into the wings.

As Project Manager, Jacob had to coordinate with a contractor, complete the paperwork, and make presentations to community groups to raise funds. Jacob also had to recruit and schedule volunteers, and organize the project with the theatre. Thanks to great community support of the Kent Theatre and this project, Jacob raised enough money to complete the Main Stage and also replace the flooring of the back stage dressing room and Green Room.

The organizations that were involved with this project include the Rogue River Community Theatre Association, Flat River Community Theatre Association, Red Flannel Committee, Cedar Springs Community Players, and the Cedar Springs Lions Club. Support from donors and volunteers made the project a success. Seventeen volunteers participated overall and worked over 140 hours to complete this renovation.

“We encourage you to attend an event at the Kent Theatre to see the new stage floor,” said Len Allington, spokesperson for the Kent. “Jacob and the Kent Theatre would like to thank everyone who participated in this project.”

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Latest Players production features fun and family

Terri Rigggle directs a scene at rehearsal of “A night at the wax museum.” Performances are August 15-17 at the Kent Theatre.  

Terri Rigggle directs a scene at rehearsal of “A night at the wax museum.” Performances are August 15-17 at the Kent Theatre.

The family that “plays” together stays together! This summer, it’s a real family affair for the cast of the Cedar Springs Community Players’ latest production, “A Night at the Wax Museum.”

The hysterical meets the historical in this comic spoof about the wackiest wax museum you ever hope to visit! School has dismissed for the summer but not for five unlucky students, who have flunked their History class. They have to re-take the class and, much to their dismay, have to accompany their teacher to the Cultully Wax Museum to help set up displays. The kids are not too keen on this idea, but the trip gets really interesting when all the figures come to life and start searching for an unknown treasure of great worth. Characters include Cleopatra, King Henry the VIII, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and Blackbeard the pirate, just to name a few.

“We have lots of new faces joining us for this production,” said Director Terri Riggle, “and a lot of them relate to each other—in a family way!”

Along with CSCP veteran player Laura Johnson, son Tom and daughter Anna Ambrose will be joining her onstage for the show, which is currently in rehearsal. Also involved are the Broskey family—Dad Todd, with sons, Michael and James, who has dual roles of Blackbeard the pirate and the production’s Assistant Director, and then there’s the  Moore siblings, RJ, Liz and Erin, all acting on stage in their second Players show.   Joining them are Rockford newcomers David Schmuker and his son, Jarrod; and Shannon Rop and her daughters, Anya and Maia.

“It’s really wonderful to be able to work with such a talented group of people,” Riggle said. She added that there are a total of 28 people in the cast, ranging in ages from high school to senior citizen. “Everyone is working very hard to learn lines and stage movement. I’m very pleased so far with how the show is shaping up. It’s going to be a fun family event you won’t want to miss!”

Performances for “A Night at the Wax Museum” will be held at the historic Kent Theatre in downtown Cedar Springs on Aug. 15-17 with performances starting at 7:30 p.m. and a 3 p.m. matinee performance on Sunday, Aug. 18. Tickets are $12 for adults ($10 presale) and $8 for children 12 and under and senior citizens, 65+.  Buy presale tickets at the Cedar Spring Public Library, Alpha Omega Coffee & Games or from any cast member. You can call 616-696-0949 to reserve tickets at the door.

For more details, please check the Players website at www.cedarspringscommunityplayers.org.


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