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Mystery at Shady Acres


ENT-Mystery-spyglassIf you like a good “whodunit,” check out  “Mystery at Shady Acres,” put on by the Koinonia Sr. High School players, at the Kent Theatre, June 7-8.

The play, written by Michelle R. Davis, is set in the 1930’s, where the hotel staff at Shady Acres, a cozy hotel tucked away in the remote English countryside, is frantically preparing for the arrival of their most prestigious guests ever. Everything seems to go awry as the hotel is turned upside down, with topsy-turvy zany activity. Just when everything seems to calm down and smooth out, an item of great significance disappears! What happened? Who is that mysterious man lurking around? And who really are these wealthy guests from America? Practically everyone has a motive. Your help may be needed to solve this mysterious dilemma. This light-hearted whodunit has enough twists and turns to make Agatha Christie smile! Shows at the Kent Theatre, 8 N. Main St., Cedar Springs, Friday, June 7 at 7 pm, Saturday, June 8, at 2 and 7pm. Tickets are $5.00.

 

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Jekyl & Hyde at the Kent


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Actors del Arte Ensemble of Rockford will present “Jekyl & Hyde,” a comedy, on May 2, at the Kent Theatre, 8 N. Main in Cedar Springs.

This a laugh-filled presentation, with a new twist, on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale. The show is geared more for adults, especially the humor.

The show will be Thursday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets sold at the door. Adults are  $10, students $4.Call 874-5264 for more info.

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Sherlock Holmes and The Last Great Gumshoe


Linda Oosdyke and Brian Thomas in “Sherlock Holmes,”  showing April 25-27 at The Kent Theatre in Cedar Springs.

Linda Oosdyke and Brian Thomas in “Sherlock Holmes,” showing April 25-27 at The Kent Theatre in Cedar Springs.

Rogue River Community Theatre Company presents the comedy “Sherlock Holmes and The Last Great Gumshoe,” April 25 and 26, at 7:30 p.m., and April 27, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., at the Kent Theatre, 8 N Main St., in Cedar Springs.

You can purchase tickets at the door. Adults are $10, student $4, and seniors $8.

For all you Sherlock Holmes fans, come on out and see how your favorite detective solves a crime that has all of London in an uproar. Set in the 1920’s, it features great costumes, a fun set, and lots of laughs. At each performance, prizes will be given to the audience and members who can guess a clue given during the play. Fun for the whole family!

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Community’s generosity highlighted on local TV station


Fox 17 Meteorologist Kevin Craig does the weather from Cedar Springs.

Fox 17 Meteorologist Kevin Craig does the weather from Cedar Springs.

By Judy Reed

 

Cedar Springs got some positive publicity this week from a Grand Rapids area television station.

Fox 17 meteorologist Kevin Craig did a story on Cedar Springs Tuesday evening for the channel’s West Michigan Stories segment. He did the interviews about a month ago, and then did live teasers from The Kent Theatre Tuesday evening. He started out by doing the weather outside of the Kent, and then talked to people inside before each segment.

Kevin Craig interviews both Rose Powell (right wearing granny cap) and her mother-in-law Alice Powell (left wearing top hat) about their Red flannel wear.

Kevin Craig interviews both Rose Powell (right wearing granny cap) and her mother-in-law Alice Powell (left wearing top hat) about their Red flannel wear.

Craig called Cedar Springs “the epitome of giving” for the way the residents pulled together to raise $50,000 towards the new library this year, as well as funding the $60,000 for the digital projector at the Kent Theatre. He also talked about the donations that were raised for Veterans Park. Librarian Donna Clark talked about the library in the segment, and both Len Allington and Jack Clark were interviewed about the Theatre.

The Red Flannel Festival Queen and Court and Cindy Patin were interviewed for a segment on the Festival.

Kevin Craig at the Kent Theatre ticket booth.

Kevin Craig at the Kent Theatre ticket booth.

A few dozen people showed up despite the snow to be a part of the festivities. The Kent handed out free popcorn, and the Red Flannel Festival gave away t-shirts and buttons.

You can find the stories online at Fox 17’s website at www.fox17online.com.

 

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“Ship of dreams” a hit


The Rogue River Community Theatre Company presented  “A Ship Of Dreams” last weekend, November 15 -17 to a full house at the Historic Kent Theatre, in Cedar Springs. The audiences loved it to critical acclaim. There was a cast of 42 actors—men, women and children—commemorating the historic event of 100 years ago. This was RRCTC’s first production as a theatre company.

“We wish to thank the audience for coming out, and supporting us. Wishing you all Happy Holidays ahead,” said a spokesperson for RRCTC.

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Switchback benefit concert for the Kent Theatre. Proceeds go to digital projector fund.


The Cedar Springs Theatre Association is pleased to announce a special benefit concert by Switchback, featuring Martin McCormack, Brian FitzGerald and percussionist Nick Hirka, on Thursday, June 28, at 7:00 p.m., in the historic Kent Theatre, downtown Cedar Springs, Michigan. The proceeds will go toward the digital projection fund.

“With Everly Brothers harmonies and FitzGerald’s whirlwind and soulful guitar and mandolin work, Switchback romps and reels with audacity and talent.” – Performing Songwriter Magazine

Switchback TrioThis special benefit performance for the Historic Kent Theatre will feature an eclectic mix of folk, country, blues and Irish music, plus some 30’s and 40’s jazz and a selection of songs from Switchback’s award winning catalog of over 300 original tunes which have been described as “breathtaking scenery for your ears.”

Switchback’s concerts are always a crowd pleaser with lots of audience involvement, colorful stories of their travels around the US and abroad, and a healthy dose of comedy thrown in for good measure. “They don’t play off a set-list, so the eclectic mix of tunes is like no other show I’ve ever seen,” said one reporter. “They started the set with several of their own original tunes, then delivered two heart-pounding Irish rebel songs, a awe inspiring performance of Danny Boy, and ended the set with Folsom Prison Blues and the Beatles’ Hide Your Love Away.  One minute I was clapping along and the next I had a tear in my eye.  They have a way of connecting with the audience on each and every song, no matter what the genre.” Another reporter in Chicago wrote, “I was told Switchback fuses Folk, Irish, Cajun and Blues musical styles. I wasn’t convinced, so I went to check them out. I walked in the door a doubting Thomas and became an immediate fan.”

Tickets are just $15 in advance and $20 at the door for adults, and $10 for students. Tickets are on sale now in Cedar Springs at the Independent Bank, Cedar Springs Library, Chase Bank and at the Kent Theatre box office.

For more info call The Kent Theatre at 616.696.SHOW (7469) or visit www.kenttheatre.org.

Switchback benefit concert for the Kent Theatre. Proceeds go to digital projector fund.

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Area youths will create fairy tale magic


Kira Ward and Danielle VanDyke play Snow White and the evil Queen.

The ever-popular fairy tale, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” will be brought to life on the stage of the Kent Theatre. Plan to attend this summer’s fun musical brought to you by the Cedar Springs Community Players. Come and enjoy the antics of the merry little men as they try their best to protect their Princess, Snow White, from the Evil Queen who is determined to kill her rival in beauty.

Two casts, with a total of 33 talented young people, will take to the stage two weekends in June. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, June 14-16 and June 21-23. Tickets are $10 in advance; $12 at the door; $6 for kids 17 and under and are available at the Cedar Springs Public Library, from any cast member or by calling 616-696-0527. The historic Kent Theatre is located in downtown Cedar Springs at 7 N. Main Street.

 

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“Ragweed blues” makes local debut


Brian Thomas, Tracy Strome and PJ Bevelacqua, characters in the Play “The Ragweed Blues.”

The era of Prohibition, speak-easies and wide-lapelled mobsters comes to life with the upcoming production of The Ragweed Blues, an original American comedy presented by Rogue River Community Theater.

Nearly four dozen actors are participating in the play, which runs April 26-29th at the Kent Theatre in Cedar Springs.

Set in New York City, Ragweed Blues mimics the classic, old, black and white gangster movies of the 1920s and 1930s, featuring legendary Hollywood actors like James Cagney, Pat O’Brien and Humphrey Bogart, explained Director Patricia Rose.

“The gangster movies from Hollywood’s golden era are American treasures and there’s been renewed interest in the noir, especially with the success of “The Artist,’’ she said, referring to black-and-white melodrama which earned five Academy Awards last month, including best picture.

“Taking it a step further, we’ve included slap-stick comedy based on many of the old Hollywood matinee idols of that era,’’ Rose said. “There is romance, a sting operation, a movie set and gangsters all caught up in The Great Depression in New York City circa 1930.’’

Audiences will especially enjoy a memorable fight scene that includes Tommy guns, brawling and bawling.

Era-specific costumes and music, along with plenty of high-jinx and a surprise ending “will have the audience laughing throughout the show,’’ she said. “Many of the characters are based on real-life figures viewers will know.’’

The local theater group, established over 20 years ago, includes award-winning actors of stage and film who’ve been rehearsing for the spring show since early February.

Proceeds from a special matinee performance on Sunday, April 29 will benefit the Rockford Historical Society in its quest to purchase the former Rockford District Court building at 105 Maple Street, to house its historical museum.

“Being able to help the Rockford Historical Society with a stage production that honors a bygone era of American history seems like a perfect idea,’’ Rose said. “We are honored to be a part of this effort.’’

The Ragweed Blues will be performed Thursday, April 26, Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28 at 8 p.m. with a special matinee production scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday. The April 29th benefit play for Rockford Historical Museum is 2 p.m. Shows will take place at historic Kent Theatre , 8 N. Main Street in Cedar Springs.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $4 for students. They can be purchased in advance at Independent Bank of Rockford and the Cedar Springs Public Library. Tickets are also available at the door at Kent Theatre.

For information, call (616) 874-5264.

 

 

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The Importance of Being Earnest at the Kent


Algoma Christian School  presents The Importance of Being Earnest, this weekend at the Kent Theatre.

Jack (Miles Brillinger) likes to travel to the city to escape his dull country life. So, as not to ruin his (Jack’s) reputation, he calls himself Earnest and claims to be Jack’s irresponible brother. Gwendolen (Angela Counts), despite the wishes of her mother Lady Bracknell (Brittany Morris), has fallen in love with Earnest and intends to marry him. But when Algernon (Wade Harrier) discovers that his friend Earnest is actually Jack, and that Jack has a pretty young ward named Cecily (Sarah Van Hoven) in the country, he decides to take a trip, donning for himself the persona of Earnest, Jack’s irresponisble brother. Cecily, in turn, also falls in love with Earnest. As Jack returns home and Gwendolen drops in unexpectedly, it soon becomes clear that Jack and Algernon may have been a bit too earnest in their courting.

Showtimes are at 7 p.m. Friday, March 23, and Saturday, March 24. Admission is $6.

 

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Story of Fanny Crosby at the Kent


Songs in the night Feb. 3-4

Songs in the night, a historical biography depicting the life of one of America’s most well-known and beloved song writer’s—Fanny Crosby—will be performed at the Kent Theatre on February 3 and 4 by the Senior High Koinonia Players.
The play, written by Robert Henninger and directed by Ruth Andrus, tells how while overcoming the tragic accident that blinded her, Crosby saw deep into the heart of God and shared that vision in songs. As the story follows this woman’s life through the mid 1800s, there is both humor and tragedy. The play brings an eternal message of perseverance and love, and will be a memorable experience for both the cast and audience.
Showtimes are at 3 and 7 p.m. on Friday, February 3; and at 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, February 4. Tickets are $5.
For more info, call Ruth at (616) 901-0749.

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