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Auditions announced for upcoming mystery at the Kent


 

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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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Movie fundraiser for new library


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How would you like to see a great movie and help build a new library at the same time?

The Kent Theatre is hosting the George Lucas film American Graffiti, as a fundraising event for the new Cedar Springs Library on Friday, December 11, at 7 p.m.

This classic coming of age film about life in the early 1960s stars Ron Howard, Harrison Ford, Richard Dreyfuss, Cindy Williams, Wolfman Jack and many, many more.

Come join us at the Kent Theatre for a fun and nostalgia-filled evening and raise money for a great cause!

Tickets are $5 each, and 100 percent of the money raised will go to the new library.

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In Full View at the Kent Theatre


Pictured: Cast members of In Full View Brian Thomas and Karissa Bedford.

Pictured: Cast members of In Full View Brian Thomas and Karissa Bedford.

Rockford’s Actors del Arte Ensemble of West Michigan will present  In Full View, an adult comedy,  at The Kent Theatre, in Cedar Springs, on Friday, Nov 20, and Saturday, Nov. 21.

It’s a fun-filled comedy about a bachelorette party and a charity event mix up, guys, gals, and misunderstandings.

Showtimes are 8 p.m. November 20, and 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. November 21. Tickets at the door: Adults $10. Students (16-17) $5. Seniors $8.

For further info 616-874-5264.

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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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Chamber to hold Renaissance Faire


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N-Ren-Faire2-logo-1Have you ever pretended to be a Pirate? Or wanted to? How about a member of royalty, such as a king, queen, prince, princess or knight? Or maybe a gypsy, fairy, hobbit or elf is more up your alley. Whatever your style, the Cedar Springs Chamber of Commerce is giving you a chance to come out and be a kid again and have some fun at their 2nd annual Renaissance Faire, June 12-14.

“It’s going to be an awesome event,” said Chamber President Perry Hopkins. “We have three times as many vendors as last year (over 30) and four times the entertainment.”

The fun will start Friday June 12, at 6 p.m. at Morley Park with an outdoor Celtic dance class, and grilled brats and hotdogs catered by the Cedar Springs Lions Club. At 6:30 there will be a meet and greet with Renaissance Faire Queen Victoria and cast (bring your camera for photos). At about 9:30 p.m., or as soon as it’s dark, there will be a showing in the park of Disney’s “Robin Hood,” with 100 bags of popcorn donated by the Kent Theatre. Bring the family for fun, food and excitement!

Saturday there will be sidewalk sales all along Main Street from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; ice cream with Queen Victoria and cast at 11 a.m. at KC’s Kones and Coneys; a petting zoo from noon to 4 p.m.; live entertainment, dunk booth, vendor and food booths from noon to 8 p.m.; and a royal dinner and entertainment from 6-8 p.m. at Morley Park.

On Sunday there will be meditation in the park at 10 a.m.; live entertainment, dunk tank, and food and vendor booths from noon to 6 p.m.; and catering.

For more information, see ad in next week’s paper, and check out their facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/1406694329586519/.

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Star Trek/Star Wars parody at the Kent Theatre


 

Pictured are Brian Thomas as Captain Curt and David Block as Mr. Soc.

Pictured are Brian Thomas as Captain Curt and David Block as Mr. Soc.

Outer Space performed April 10-11

Actors del Arte Ensemble of West Michigan will present “Outer Space,” a comedic/parody on the Star Trek and Star Wars characters, on April 10 and 11, at the historic Kent Theatre in downtown Cedar Springs.

Caught up on a secret mission to a far away galaxy, Captain Curt and Mr. Soc take you on a wild ride through the depths of outer space. It’s a fun show for the whole family. Showtimes are Friday April 10, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, April 11, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets at the door. Adults $10, students $4 and Seniors $8.

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M*A*S*H comes to the Kent Theatre


 

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One of the most popular sitcoms in television history is coming to Cedar Springs this weekend, when Rogue River Community Theatre Company presents the stage version of M*A*S*H.

Based on the successful TV series that aired between Sept. 1972 and Feb. 1983, it brings back the comedic team of doctors and nurses stationed at the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital in South Korea during the Korean War.

Director Lesley Nadwodnik has the credentials for the job; she’s a veteran actor and comedian. “This classic sitcom is perfect for stage,’’ she said. “There’s a lot of laughs and the audience will certainly recognize many of their favorite characters.’’

They include Capt. Benjamin Franklin “Hawkeye’’ Pierce, Major Margaret “Hotlips’’ Houlihan, the ever annoying Major Frank “Ferret Face’’ Burns, and the loveable company clerk Corporal Walter Eugene “Radar’’ O’Reilly.

“You’ll see many iconic characters along with some new favorites,’’ said John Bagin, a RRCTC board member and member of the cast.

“As an actor, it’s been great being a part of bringing this American cultural classic back to the stage,’’ Bagin said. “It’s brought back many fond memories.’’

His wife and fellow thespian Kirsten Bagin agrees. “The audience is going to love this production,’’ she said. “There is always something happening on stage—sometimes something poignant and other times downright hilarious.’’

The script and cast are almost a distraction, she concedes. “The play features a large cast and I find myself laughing through every rehearsal.’’

Production assistants will transform the Kent Theatre stage into a true-to-life MASH unit and period costumes provide an extra measure of authenticity to the two-act play, Nadwodnik said.

“A lot of work is being done on the sets; it’ll take the audience back to the original MASH 4077,’’ Nadwodnik said. “We’ve been blessed to have volunteers from the arts community in Rockford helping out. It truly is a community theatre production.’’

Those born after the show left the air—its final episode the most watched television broadcast in American history—will find plenty to love. And that comes from Jack Bagin, who was just a glimmer in his parents’ eye when the ratings gusher ended.

“When I started this show, I had no idea what MASH was,’’ he said. “I learned quickly what this show was about; it quickly communicated all the laughter and silliness to a younger generation.’’

Shows will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19, Friday, March 20 and Saturday March 21. There will also be a matinee performance 2 p.m. Saturday.

Performances will be held at the historic Kent Theatre, 8 North Main Street in Cedar Springs.

For more information, visit RRCTC on Facebook or send an email to RRCTCRockford@gmail.com.

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow


ENT-SleepyHollowThe Rogue River Community Theatre Company presents The Legend of Sleepy Hollow at the Kent Theatre in Cedar Springs on November 20, 21, and 22 with show times at 7:30 pm each night and a matinee at 2:00 on the 22nd. This is a family-friendly show for audiences of all ages. Admission is adults $10 and students $5. Tickets are available at the door. Cash or check only.

For more information go to www.facebook.com/rrctc or www.rrctc.org.

 

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Way of the wolf


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November 7-8 at The Kent Theatre

Actors del Arte Ensemble of West Michigan will be presenting “Way of The Wolf,” at the historic Kent Theatre, 8 N. Main, in Cedar Springs, on November 7 and 8.

If you like fantasy/adventure, this is the story for you. It is similar to “Lord of The Rings” by J.R.R. Tolkien. You will be rooting for the heroes who have vowed to save the Kingdom of Vasilki from corruption. It’s a show for the whole family and a great way to start the holiday season.

Showtimes are Friday, November 7 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, November 8, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets at the door. Adults are $10, students $4, and seniors $8.

For more details call 874-5264.

 

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