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Uncle Skinny’s Christmas coming to the Kent Theatre


The Rockford Area Theater Troupe is pleased to announce their upcoming fun-filled, western-themed and original performance of Uncle Skinny’s Christmas, coming to the Kent Theatre in Cedar Springs on November 16-17.

The story begins in the furthest saloon, of the furthest town, in the furthest county. The Boys are playing evening poker, the Ma’dam is tending bar and the Dance Girls are hanging festive finery for the upcoming Orphan Christmas Jamboree Competition.

A headline from the Sherriff’s paper alerts the townsfolk that infamous, villainous Tobacco Spittin’ Snake Venom Gang has been plundering all the nearby communities of their orphans’ Christmas presents…and that their little town of Rosewood is next in line.  

An unhinged visit from Holly Hatchet, followed Uncle Skinny, Niece Nance and Niece Noodles, a Red-Flanneled Stranger and then the Posse, isn’t enough to derail the townsfolks from falling into the hands of the villains.

Their fate, and that of the orphans’ presents hangs in the balance…until Uncle Skinny reemerges just in time to receive an unexpected, but not forgotten, Christmas gift.

The Rockford Area Theater Troupe is a group of old and new friends who laugh during practice and bond over post-practice beverages. Please come out to support their amazing efforts, while enjoying entertaining portrayals of classic and beloved characters that have yet to be discovered by the general public. Thank you!

The shows will be at the historic Kent Theatre, 8 North Main St., in Cedar Springs at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16, and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17. Tickets are $6 for twelve and younger and $12 for thirteen and older.  

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“Arsenic & Old Lace” coming to the Kent Theatre 


The Brewsters charge into Cedar Springs! Pictured (from L to R) are Laura Johnson, Jon Gamm, and Linda Hunt.

                                                                                   

The classic comedy “Arsenic & Old Lace” by Joseph Kesselring, is the next production by the Cedar Springs Community Players set to hit the boards on October 18, 19, 20, 2018 at the Kent Theatre.  The show, directed by Sue Harrison, will start each night at 7:30 PM. Charlene Sommer is stage manager and Nolan Patin has designed the set of the old Brewster home.

The play, “Arsenic & Old Lace” was written in 1939 and was produced as a serious thriller.  At the first preview, when all the laughter occurred, the piece was declared an instant comedy hit! It takes place in the 1940’s and has everything a good comedy requires—two charming old ladies who are actually murderers, a crazy brother who thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt, another brother who looks like Boris Karloff and his wacky doctor friend Einstein, a love story, and the antics of good-natured bumbling cops.  

“This is a classic play,” shared director Sue Harrison. “It has a great storyline and the characters are delightful to watch. It will keep audiences laughing and enthralled with all the antics!”

Cast members include Laura Johnson and Linda Hunt as the Brewster sisters; Jonathan Gamm as Teddy Brewster; Jonathan Befus as Jonathan Brewster; Cody Wilson as Mortimer Brewster; Anna Ambrose as Elaine Harper; Dave Schmuker as Dr. Einstein; R.J. Moore, Tom Johnson, and John Kerrish play Officers Brophy, Klein and O’Hara; Lieutenant Rooney is played by Jerry Hoye; Don Hunt and Doug Christensen play Mr. Gibbs and Mr. Witherspoon; and Mr. Spinoza is played by Madison Ruth.

Pre-sale tickets are on sale now from cast members and at the Cedar Springs Community Library. Adult pre-sale tickets are $10 and students under 18 are $8. Tickets at the door are $12 for adults and $8 for students under 18. Purchase must be made with cash or check.

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Kent Theatre golf outing


Pictured is the winning team at the Kent Theatre golf outing fundraiser.
From L to R: Kyle Little, Cody Harper, Brian Little, Derek Burns.

The 18th Annual Kent Theatre Golf Outing Fundraiser was a success again this year with a first place finish by the team of Cody Harper, Derek Burns, Brian Little, and Kyle Little. Second place honors went to the team of Tom Winquist, Scott Winquist, Ron Nielson, and Steve Nielson. Prizes went to Tyler Covell for Longest Drive (Men) and to Katie Vanderweele  for Longest Drive (Women). Prize for Longest Putt went to Brian Little. Winners of the “Hit the Boat” contest went to Tyler Covell, Tom Winquist, and Len Allington. 

A great time was had by all and the event raised approximately $2,500 for the Kent theatre. Special thanks to the volunteers that made the event possible.  Volunteers include Sally Grayvold, Rose Powell, Bryn Powell, and Connor Knapp.

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First grade library card celebration


Kids were excited to celebrate at the Kent Theatre earlier this month. Photo by Donna Clark.

A free popcorn was part of the fun at the Kent Theatre. Photo by Donna Clark.

The First Grade Library Card Roundup ended with a Grand Party at the Kent Theatre on Monday, March, 5, and Tuesday, March 6, to celebrate “March is Reading Month.” The Cedar Springs Public Library and Kent District Library Branches from Nelson and Spencer Townships each sponsored a free ticket for all first graders from the Cedar Springs Public Schools and Creative Technologies Academy to see “Paddington 2.” The Kent Theatre offered free popcorn to all first graders with a library card, counting 89 first graders over the two evenings. Counting everyone who attended—students, parents, siblings, teachers, and library staff—the total came to 283 over the two evenings.

Local author Amanda Litz donated books to be handed out at the event.

The Cedar Springs Public Library started this program in 1997, and later joined with KDL to jointly administer the program since students who live in Nelson and Spencer Townships have their home library there.

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Mingle with Kris Kringle this weekend


Looking for some holiday cheer? You don’t want to miss the “Mingle with Kris Kringle” event this Saturday, December 2, put on by the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce. 

The day-long event starts with make and take crafts and ornaments at the Cedar Springs Community Library at 107 N. Main St from 9-noon. You can also enjoy a story time with Mrs. Claus from 2-3 p.m. at Perry’s Place llc for herbs, teas, and more at 90 N. Main St. There will also be a meet and greet and photos with the Cedar Springs cheerleaders, a petting zoo, bake sale, and caroling from the Cedar Springs High School choir, all before the mini-parade that brings Santa to the corner of Main and Ash Street at about 4:30-4:45.

Following the parade will be a live nativity scene by Calvary Assembly of God and mingling with Kris Kringle at the American Legion Hall, where kids can get their photo taken, and do an activity while they wait. 

The fun then continues next weekend with the Kent Theatre Christmas Concert on Saturday, December 9 from 3-5 p.m., and the Kent Theatre Christmas Dance Extravaganza on Sunday, December 10, from 3-5 p.m. Admission is $3 for each show. For more info on both weekends of fun, see ad on page 10.

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Actors del Arte present “Welcome to Chicken Scratch”


Tim Madden Jr. and Tim Madden Sr., of Rockford, to appear in “Welcome to Chicken Scratch” at the Kent Theatre Nov. 10-11.

The Actors del Arte of West Michigan ensemble will bring the musical comedy “Welcome To Chicken Scratch” to the Kent Theatre, Nov. 10-11.

If you like red neck humor and blue grass music, this show’s for you.

Show times are Friday, November 10 at 8 p.m., and Saturday, November 11 at 2 and 8 p.m. The Kent Theatre is located at 8 N Main St., in Cedar Springs.

Tickets at the door are adult $10, students $5, and seniors $8.

Call (616) 874-5264 for more info.

 

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“War of the Worlds” at Kent Theatre Oct. 20-21


 

The night before Halloween might find neighborhood kids soaping windows or hoisting rolls of toilet paper into a favorite front yard shade tree. But to radio listeners on October 30, 1938, Devil’s Night took on a more sinister tone. A nation-wide panic attack ensued as millions of Americans took to the streets fleeing their homes, many armed with guns to protect loved ones, after radio alerts announced the invasion of Martians aimed at destroying earth along with its population.

While the radio alerts described the Martian attack in vivid detail, most listeners had failed to hear the announcer begin the broadcast with the words: “The Columbia Broadcasting System and its affiliated stations present Orson Welles and the Mercury Theatre on the Air in The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells.”

The electronic age had not yet invaded American households in 1938. People were accustomed to tuning in their radios for news reports and other forms of entertainment. In 1938 the most popular program was the Chase and Sanborn Hour starring Edgar Bergen and his pal Charlie McCarthy. The show aired on Sunday evenings at 8:00 p.m.

Orson Welles, however, aired his show the Mercury Theatre on the Air on another station at the same time. Being a rising radio star, he wanted to draw audiences away from Bergen’s show and decided to adapt H.G. Wells’ book War of the Worlds to radio and air the production the night before Halloween.

Besides shortening the story, he also updated it from Victorian England to present day Grovers Mill, New Jersey.

Welles went on the air with a script interrupted by eye witnesses, newscasters and scientists all describing the mayhem and destruction taking place by the marauding Martians as they made their way across the land attacking earth and its inhabitants.

When the Mercury Theater signed off the air after its Halloween show, phone lines in the control room had erupted.

The broadcast and its after effects dominated the news for days with stories of panic and editorials both condemning and praising Welles for his production.

The Cedar Springs Community Players will air the radio production of The War of the Worlds October 20 and 21 at the Kent Theatre in downtown Cedar Springs. Directed by Nancy Noreen, the play will air October 20 at 7:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. October 21.

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Seussical, Jr.


Over two dozen kids from ages 7 to 14 have worked hard to bring Suessical, Jr. to the stage at the Kent Theatre Sept. 22-24. Photo by Linda Christiansen.

By Tom Noreen

The Cedar Springs Community Players will present Seussical, Jr. on September 22-23 at 7 p.m. and a September 24 matinee at 2:30 p.m. at the historic Kent Theatre.

Directed by Lori Koester, with musical Director Eli Koester, 27 kids from 7 to 14 will perform. In addition to acting, they are helping prepare the set by painting all of the props and background scenery. Eli knows how to teach the music to the kids, plus he plays Horton.

Seussical is a musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty based on the stories of Dr. Seuss (mainly Horton Hears a Who!Horton Hatches the Egg and Miss Gertrude McFuzz) that debuted on Broadway in 2000. The play’s story is a complex amalgamation of many of Seuss’s most famous books. Seussical, Jr. is written especially for youth performers.

Tickets are $10 at the door and can be reserved by emailing ticketscscp@gmail.com.

Look for the CSCP’s next show, Harvey, scheduled for October.

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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.


Free Outdoor Family Concert

Aug. 19: The Community Building Development Team is hosting a Free Outdoor Family Concert on Saturday, August 19th from 3 to 7 pm. It will be held in the “Heart of Cedar Springs” (park near the new Library). Two bands will be performing: Barn Cats and Whiskey Bound. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and enjoy! #31-33p

Open Mic at the CS Library

Aug. 19: You are invited to join local and regional writers in a night of reading original prose and poetry from 6 pm to 8 pm at the new Library in Cedar Springs, 107 N. Main Street. Readers will be initially scheduled for 5 minutes, but may be allowed more time depending on turnout. For more information on reading, email event master of ceremonies Ken at kdn13@hotmail.com. You may reach the Library at 616-901-7173. Feel free just to come to listen. Families welcome! #33

Dinner at the Legion

Aug. 21: American Legion, 80 S. Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a Pork Chop dinner on Monday, August 21st, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be mashed potatoes & gravy, stuffing, veggies, salad, roll, dessert and drink. The cost is $9 for adults, children (15 and younger) $4.00. Come and enjoy home cooking. Take out is available. 616-696-9160.  #33p

Annual Second Best Sale

Aug. 25,26: Holy Spirit Episcopal Church’s Annual Second Best Sale is Friday, August 25 from 9 am – 4 pm and Saturday, August 26 from 9 am – 2 pm. There is a $5 “Early Bird Admission” charge on Friday only from 8-9 am; after 9 am admission is free! The sale is sponsored by the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) in support of parish activities. We have something for everyone, and everything is priced to move! Holy Spirit Episcopal Church is located at 1200 Post Drive NE, Belmont (corner of Post & Pine Island, 1/4 mile west of Exit 95 on US 131). #33,34b

HCNC Benefit Auction

Aug. 27: Come join us at Howard Christensen Nature Center on August 27th for our Benefit Auction! Not only are we auctioning off items we no longer have use for, but we will have food, drinks, and other items for sale! Browsing will start at 1:30 pm, with the auction kicking off at 3 pm. Don’t miss out! If you have any questions or gently used items to donate to the auction, please let us know before the date of the event. 16160 Red Pine Drive, Kent City, 616-675-3158. #33

Improv Night at the Kent

Aug. 30: Fans of Improv need look no further than the Kent Theatre as the Cedar Springs Community Players hold Improv Night at 7 pm on Wednesday, August 30th on the stage of the Kent Theatre in downtown Cedar Springs. The Players held its first Improv Night in February and are excited to offer another night of comedy on August 30th. Tickets are available at the door for $5.00. Doors will open at 6:30 pm. Hope to see you there! #33,34b

CSUMC August Rummage Sale

Aug. 30,31: Cedar Springs United Methodist Women will holding our annual rummage sale in the fellowship hall of United Methodist Church at the corner of Main and Church Streets. Wednesday, August 30th, 9 am to 7 pm & Thursday, August 31st, 9 am to 2 pm. There will be a $3.00/bag sale all day Thursday on clothing and linens. #33,34b

Wine and Water Colors

Sept. 9: Meet our resident artist Tracey, as she takes you through the steps of creating your own masterpiece! Joined by Kare our Sommelier, you are sure to have an enjoyable evening, full of laughter. Saturday, September 9th from 6 to 9 pm. $35 per person, $20 for members. This is an adult only event. Location to be determined. Pre-registration requested www.howardchristensen.org, 616-675-3158. #33

Red Flannel Day Talent Show Tryouts

Sept. 13,20,28: Looking for talented kids of all ages. The Red Flannel Talent Show is searching for singers, vocal groups, dancers, instrumentalists and variety acts for the Red Flannel Day Talent Show on October 7th. Come in and show us what you got. Tryouts on Wednesday, September 13th and 20th, Thursday September 28th at 7:00 pm at the Kent Theatre, 8 N. Main St. Cedar Springs. Dress rehearsal will be Thursday, October 5th. So, get together with friends and family and plan your act now. If you have any questions, or can’t make it on tryout day, please contact Len by email, len@laphoto.com or 231-750-2337. #33,34p

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Kent Theatre to hold golf outing fundraiser


 

Do you love to golf? Would you like to help the Kent Theatre raise funds for a worthy cause? Or maybe you’d just like the chance to win $10,000 or a number of other prizes? If you answered yes to any of those questions, sign up now for The Kent Theatre’s 17th annual golf fundraiser to be held on Saturday, August 19, at The Falls at Barber Creek in Kent City.

“The historic Kent Theatre in Cedar Springs is community owned and operated,” said Kent Theatre president Len Allington. “We bring movies, stage plays, musical performances, and other cultural events to the community. We are staffed by volunteers and they donate approximately 200 hours per week of their time to make everything run smoothly. We are a 501 c-3 Non-Profit and each year (for the last 16 years) we have held a golf fundraiser with the proceeds earmarked for a special project to restore the old theatre or to purchase equipment that we need.

“This year we are dedicating all money made at the golf outing to our new Concession Volunteer College Scholarship Fund,” explained Allington. “We staff the theatre concession with volunteer high school and middle school kids, and many of them devote their time to the theatre week after week. We have created a plan that will reward them with college scholarship money when they graduate from high school.”

All 18 holes will be open for this event, which is a four-person scramble. Sign ups are at 1 p.m. with a shotgun start at 2 p.m. The cost will include a cart. Entrants will have the chance to win several prizes for things such as a hit the boat contest, 50/50 raffle, longest drive hole, closest to the pin hole, and a $10,000 hole in one contest.

For info on the cost of a foursome or sponsoring a hole, contact Len Allington at 231-750-2337 or email him at Len@laphoto.com. You can also download a form from the Kent Theatre’s event page. Just go to www.facebook.com/KentTheatre/ and click on “events” on the left side, and then on the Aug. 19 17th annual Kent Theatre Golf Fundraiser. Please register or commit by Aug. 1.

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