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Stage play brings area families together


Jennifer Ninds and son Michael, of Howard City, are two family members that are enjoying working on Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.”

A Christmas Carol debuts at the Kent Theatre Dec. 9

Christmas is certainly a time when most people gather with family and friends for fun and frivolity. Families look for creative ways to enjoy the tidings of the season. Some volunteer their time at a soup kitchen, some might wander their neighborhood streets singing Christmas carols and some might hop in the car one evening and drive miles just to look at thousands of Christmas lights.
But, for a small group of people in northern Kent County, they’ve chosen to celebrate their Christmas holidays by taking to the stage. The cast and crew of “The Christmas Carol,” which numbers well over 40, is comprised largely of people who just happen to be related to each other.
The production director boasts that it’s truly a family affair.
“It’s wonderful to see so many families involved in such a fashion,” said Terri Riggle, production stage director. “They’re having fun and spending a lot of time together in a worthwhile project.”
Ebenezer Scrooge is played by Rockford’s Virgil Hubbard, and his wife, Kathleen, who’s making her acting debut on the Kent Theatre stage, is playing the wife of the character Fred, Scrooge’s nephew. Cedar Springs resident Russ Cole, who is Bob Cratchit, is also given singing direction under the guidance of his wife Carolee, who’s the production’s music director. Laura Johnson, who plays Christmas Present, also enjoys being on stage with her son, Tom, who plays Young Scrooge.
And the list continues. There are two mother and daughter combinations, Judy and BreAnna Schulz of Howard City and Eva Walters and her daughter, Mystic also from Howard City. Then there’s the Price family, all from Cedar Springs, who have four out of their five members involved in the play. Jon, the father, is playing dual roles of Mr. Fezziwig and the Ghost of Christmas Future; his wife, Tammy, is Mrs. Fezziwig; son Jordan is Dick Wilkins; and daughter Grace is Martha Cratchit.
Then there’s the sister and brother combination of Leah and Andrew Woltansus, from Kent City, who are playing the Ghost of Christmas Past and Peter Cratchit, respectively. Howard City resident Jennifer Nind is the production stage assistant and mother to Michael, who is playing the Young Errand Boy. Cedar Springs resident Scott Phillips plays ghoulish Jacob Marley, and his wife Dani is a special effects and lighting technician.
“This production promises to be an engaging evening of live stage performances, which includes not only acting, but singing and a little dancing thrown in just for fun,” Riggle said. “Bring your family. There’s no better way to start the holiday season than seeing this Christmas classic brought to life.”
Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” adapted by Brian Way and produced through special arrangements with Baker’s Plays and the Cedar Springs Theatre Association, will be opening Friday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 on the Kent Theatre stage in downtown Cedar Springs. The production runs through Dec. 11 with performances at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, the 10th, and a final matinee at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for kids 11 and under. They’re available at the Cedar Springs Public Library or by calling 616-696-0949 or 616-696-SHOW or before each performance at the Kent Theatre box office, which opens at 7 p.m. for evening performances and at 1:30 p.m. for matinee performances.

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Light of Heaven’s Dove


Rogue River Community Theatre presented “The Light Of Heaven’s Dove,” a musical drama about the life of Christ, at the Kent Theatre in Cedar Springs last weekend.
It is a message play about Jesus the Christ, whose life and travels have touched all of humanity throughout history and will continue to do so in the times to come.
Jesus, of Nazareth, was played by John Hogan and Mary was played by Teresa Lautenbach. Patricia Rose, of Rockford wrote, staged, choreographed and directed the show.
Their next and last performance for this show will be Dec. 6, at 7:30pm at Basilica of St. Adalberts Cathedral, 701 4th St. NW, Grand Rapids.

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“The Light of Heaven’s Dove” at the Kent


The Rogue River Community Theatre will perform The Light of Heaven’s Dove at the Kent Theatre Nov. 17-19. Pictured left to right are Teresa Lautenbach as Mary, Hunter Simon as Boy Jesus, and PJ Bevelacqua as Joseph.

The Rogue River Community theatre presents The Light Of Heaven’s Dove, a drama about the life of Christ. Dress rehearsal show is Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. at Freshman Center Rockford. Showings at the Kent Theatre in Cedar Springs will be Nov 17, 18 at 8 p.m., and Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. You can also see it on Dec 6 at St Adalbert’s Basilica in Grand Rapids Charity Christmas Show at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets available at the door-all performances. Please call 874-5264 for ticket information. Tickets also available at Cedar Springs Post newspaper office on Maple St.

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Red Flannel prince and princess


Princess Penelope Belk and Prince Diego Caballero.

Excitement filled the air at the Kent Theatre last Wednesday night, September 21, when kindergarteners and their families gathered to see who would be this year’s Red Flannel Prince and Princess.  “It is our biggest turn-out yet”, said Angie Slagter, chairperson. “I was excited to see more of our youth participating than in years past, it made for a very entertaining evening.”
The prince and princess are chosen through a random drawing of ticket entries.
Prince Diego Caballero, son of Schalese and Alvin Caballero, stood tall while being crowned and Princess Penelope Belk, daughter of Krystle and David Belk, looked gorgeous as she was crowned.  It was a magical night for these two and they have made their debut at the Queen’s pageant and will be in the Grand Parade on Saturday, and are hoping all other contestants will join them.

 

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The 2011 Red Flannel Day Talent Show


Leah and Kim Pasley, “The Pasley Sisters”

The Kent Theatre on Main Street in Cedar Springs is once again hosting its annual Red Flannel Day Talent Show on Saturday, October 1, after the grand parade. The show this year features a rockabilly guitar performance by Paul Brailey, along with returning young crowd pleasers Alexis and Ryan Kaiserlian.  Also back this year to treat the crowd is banjo master Calder Baker, and the talented and delightful Karli Morehouse.
There is also quite an array of new acts this year, including Eric and Clare Freeman with a Vienesse Waltz, and the wonderful harmonies of the Pasley Sisters, Leah and Kim.  We have the young guitarist/singer Maddie Nichols, gifted Flamenco guitarist Ben Knapp, and the very talented singer/guitarist Joshua Kohns.  There is also an eye-popping performance of The Isis Wings with dancers Ann Knapp and Karen Jennings, along with Clare Freeman.

Clare Freeman

The Show starts directly after the Grand Parade (4:30 pm) on Red Flannel Day (Oct. 1) at the Kent Theatre at 8 North Main, downtown Cedar Springs. Tickets are $3.00 at the door.

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“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”


Cast of “You’re a good man Charlie Brown.” L to R top row: Audree Stephens, Brandyn Kirchhoff, Erica Czerski; Lauren Forman; Madison Scheuneman. L to R bottom row: BreAnna Schultz;Jacob Swinehart; Vincent Frank, Tom Johnson

The Cedar Springs Community Players’ next production, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” will be presented at the Kent Theatre on Friday and Saturday, October 14 and 15, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 16 at 3:00 p.m. This fun-filled family musical is based on the comic strip “Peanuts” by Charles Schulz, with book, music and lyrics by Clark Gesner. It portrays “an average day in the life of Charlie Brown.” It will be directed by Sue Harrison with pianist Bonnie Hitchingham and Nancy Noreen on flute. Laura Johnson is Stage Manager and Melanie Kirchhoff and Katie Zank  are helping with choreography.  “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” will be the 65th production for the Community Players in its 40 year history.
The cast of “YAGM,CB” includes Brandyn Kirchhoff as Charlie Brown, Lauren Forman as Lucy, Jacob Swinehart as Linus, Vincent Frank as Snoopy, Erica Czerski as Patty, Tom Johnson as Schroeder, Audree Stephens as Sally, BreAnna Schultz as Marci, and Madison Scheuneman as Little Red-Headed Girl.
All tickets are general seating. Tickets are on sale at Chase Bank in Cedar Springs and the Cedar Springs Library or call (616) 696-0456. All tickets for children 12 and under are $8.00. Pre-sale adult tickets are $12 and $15 at the door on performance nights.  Plan to bring the whole family to this fun G-rated family show.  Check the Cedar Springs Community Players website for more information: www.cscommunityplayers.org

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Prince and Princess contest next week


Shown here is the 2010 prince and princess Dylan Dine-Winchel and Alayna Cook. Photo by L. VanderLaan.

The annual Red Flannel Prince and Princess contest will take place next Wednesday, September 21, at the historic Kent Theatre in downtown Cedar Springs at 6:30 p.m. Come on out and see the littlest Red Flannel royalty get crowned!

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Casting call for “The Christmas Carol”


Volunteers are needed to act in this year’s stage production of “The Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens. We are looking for at least 20 actors (men, women, teens, boys and girls) between the ages of 10 and up to fill roles.  Will have to do some singing (but don’t let this stop you!) This year’s production will be performed on Friday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 10 with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. followed by the evening’s show at 7:30 p.m.  Rehearsals will start Nov. 7.
If interested, please come to auditions on Monday and/or Tuesday evenings, Sept. 26 and 27 at the Kent Theatre, downtown Cedar Springs. Tryouts start at 7 p.m. Will also need volunteers to handle publicity, set painting, lighting and sound, and stage management. If you can’t attend auditions but would like to be considered for a role or to fill any of the other production positions, please call Terri at 616-696-0949 and leave message or text at 231-282-0812.

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Community Players present Leading Ladies


Ken Ludwig’s uproarious comedy Leading Ladies is the next production of the Cedar Springs Community Players. It’s 1958 and down on their luck English actors, Jack and Leo are reduced to performing Shakespeare on the Moose Lodge circuit in Pennsylvania.  Their fortune appears to change when they read of a dying old lady who is looking for her long lost English heirs, Max and Steve, children of her sister who moved to England many years ago.

Impersonating the missing relatives and inheriting part of the multi-million dollar legacy becomes the pair’s new plan. As these actors take on roles of a lifetime, the fun begins. Playwright Ludwig’s sense of humor has been compared to Billy Wilder, George S. Kaufman and the Marx Brothers. The fast paced, slapstick, goofiness of this “farce is so funny,” according to the Houston Press, “it will make sophisticated and reasonable men and women of the 21st century cackle till their faces hurt.”

Dale Droski and Marc McKinley portray Leo and Jack. Laura Johnson and Katie Zank play their respective love interests, Meg and Audrey. Joanne Carter, Cody Eldred, Kim Johnson and Scott Phillips complete the cast.

Performances are 7:30 p.m., August 18, 19 and 20 at the historic Kent Theatre, 8 N. Main St., downtown, Cedar Springs. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.  Advance tickets may be purchased from the Cedar Springs Public Library, the Cedar Springs Chase Bank, a cast member or by calling 616.696.0949. For more information check out our website: www.cscommunityplayers.org.

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Kent Theatre golf outing


The winning team from the 2011 Kent Theatre Golf Outing at Cedar Chase Golf Club. L to R : Nick Thome, Jim Emmorey, Tom Matecun, Eric Emmorey.

The 11th Annual Kent Theatre Golf Outing, held on July 9 at the Cedar Chase Golf Club, was a great success. With sunny weather in the high 80s, 60 golfers teed off with the dream of a lot of fun and a lot of great shots. When introduced just prior to the start of the round, last year’s $10,000 Hole-In-One winner, Frank Pelak, was cheered by the entire field.

A dozen volunteers catered to the golfers, and the personnel at Cedar Chase provided a great course and a great dinner for all.

This year’s highlight was a runaway victory by the Jim Emmorey team, coming in at 16 under par in the 4-person scramble format. No one won the Hole-In-One Contest this time, but there’s always next year!

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