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CS Players to perform “Radio Classics” in March


On March 14, the Kent Theatre stage will be the scene of the latest offering from The Cedar Springs Community Players—a performance of a series of entertaining old-time radio and TV skits that includes Abbott and Costello, George and Gracie Burns and Nick Danger: Third Eye, from the popular TV show Fireside Theater. 

Many folks remember the quirky Gracie Allen, who was married to comedian George Burns. Together they became an iconic American comedy duo that successfully worked together for over 40 years. They spanned the gamut of entertainment venues of the time including vaudeville, film, radio and television. Their 30-minute radio show aired weekly from 1934 to 1950. They then had their own television sitcom that debuted in 1950 and ran until 1958. Their TV show garnered a total of 11 Primetime Emmy Awards and TV Guide ranked it number 56 on its 1997 list of the 100 greatest shows. They were inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1988 and inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 1994.

Some may not recall the early TV show Fireside Theater (also known as Jane Wyman Presents). It was the first successful filmed series on American television, airing on NBC from 1949 to 1958. It was panned by critics at the time but remained in the top 10 most popular shows for most of its run. Guest stars included the likes of Gene Barry, Claude Akins, Imogene Coca, Hans Conried, Joseph Cotton, Peter Lawford, Lee Marvin, Vincent Price, Fay Wray and Jack Elam. It had a run of seven years with a total of 268 episodes. 

Former burlesque performers Bud Abbott and Lou Costello comprised the comedy team of Abbott and Costello and first worked together in 1935 after Abbott’s regular partner became ill and unable to perform. The duo quickly became a permanent pair at the urging of Abbott’s wife. They became the most popular comedy team of the 1940s and early 1950s. Their “patter” routine “Who’s on First?” is one of their best-known comedy bits. Due to a series of hit films, the duo was voted the third biggest box office attraction in America in 1941. 

Performances of “Radio Classics” will be held at the Kent Theatre in downtown Cedar Springs from March 14-16, starting at 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets are available at the Cedar Springs Public Library for $10 for adults; $8 for students 18 and under. You may purchase tickets before each performance at the Kent Box Office for $12 for adults and same admission of $8 for students. The house opens at 7 p.m. and tickets may be purchased at that time. Please check the website for the Library for their operating hours. 

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Original Play at the Kent Theatre

May 25,26: Cedar Springs Players presents “Murder on the American Express” and original play by Scott Phillips. May 18, 19, 25, 26 at 7:30 p.m., May 20 at 3:00 pm at the Kent Theatre. #20,21

CS Historical Society’s Memorial Cemetery Walk

May 27: The Cedar Springs Historical Society is holding its 18th annual Memorial Cemetery Walk on Sunday, May 27th, at 2 pm to honor veterans of all wars. This years’ veterans will be Alfred Sliter, Civil War; Samuel Armstrong, Spanish/Philippine American War; Russell VanDore, World War I; Mark Wheeler, World War II; Don Miles, Korean War; Carl Straub, Vietnam War. Biographical and historical information will be presented at each gravesite. The Glen Hill Post of the American Legion honor guard will assist at the presentation. We will leave from the museum in Morley Park at 1:30 and return there for refreshments. In case of severe weather warnings we will cancel the event. In case of rain we will do the presentations in the museum. #20,21b

FREE Movie at Kent Theatre

May 29,30: En Gedi will present a FREE movie at the Kent Theatre, God’s Not Dead 2, on Tuesday, May 29th and Wednesday, May 30th both at 6:30 pm. The Christ-centered movie tells a story about high school history teacher Grace Wesley (Melissa Joan Hart) who is asked a question about Jesus in class, her response lands her in deep trouble. The ensuing epic court case could expel God from the classroom and the public square once and for all. God’s Not Dead 2 is a powerful call to action. #20,21b

Senior Lunch at Pine Grove Community Church

May 30: Pine Grove Senior Café would be honored for All Seniors age 60 and over to come celebrate our Veterans both those who are still here with us and those who have given the utmost; those who live on in our memory.  We would be honored to share a meal and memories with you as our guest.  We ask our guests who are Veterans to wear your colors.  Guests who wish to display memorabilia may do so.  At Noon Wednesday May the 30th in our Family Life Center on the North West corner of M-82 & Beech. #21

Reader’s Theatre at CS Library

May 31: Join the FUN with Actors del Arte Ensemble for their FREE popular Reader’s Theatre, Thursday, May 31st at 7 pm to be held in the Cedar Springs Library’s Community Room. The Actors will, present “Blade Runner” by Phillip Dick, based on his 1968 book, “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” a work of science fiction. Two of his other books were made into major motion pictures. #21

Classic Car Hop

June 1: Rockford Springs Community Church, 5815 – 14 Mile Rd. (about 2.5 miles east of US131) will host a Classic Car Hop on Friday, June 1st (Rain date is June 8), from 5:30 – 7:30pm. Cruise on over! Load up the family truck, van & grocery getter with your family friends and neighbors! Join us for great food and fellowship while you check out some cool classic cars, street rods and antique autos. Free will donations. Proceeds to benefit RSCC Youth Group trip to the RYS Convention in July. For more information call 616-696-3656. #21,22p

Sand Lake HS Alumni Banquet

June 9: The 126th  (1892-2018) Annual Sand Lake High School Alumni Banquet will be held on Saturday, June 9th at Resurrection Lutheran Church, Sand Lake. Social hour at 5 pm and dinner at 6 pm. The cost of the meal is $13.00. Open to anyone who attended Sand Lake Schools. Please RSVP by June 2 by calling your reservation in to Dave Groner 616-557-3098. #20-22p

Red Flannel Queen Pageant

June 10: Attention all young ladies living in, or attending school within, the Cedar Springs School District, including homeschoolers, who will be in the 11th grade in the 2018-19 school year. There will be a MANDATORY parent meeting for any young lady who would like to participate in the 2018 Red Flannel Pageant and her parent(s). The meeting will be Sunday, June 10th at 2 pm at the Springs Church (135 N. Grant St.). For more information or if there is a concern that you can’t make the meeting please contact pageant director Kaleigh Goehler directly at redflannelpageant@gmail.com. #19-23b

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