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“Devil may care” to debut at Kent Theatre


An original musical comedy presented in Cedar Springs

Popular local playwright Scott Phillips has written his sixth production, “Devil May Care,” and it will debut at the Kent Theatre in Cedar Springs next weekend.  In this musical comedy, a missionary destined for Heaven and a politician bound for Hell arrive together at the Pearly Gates. But a mix-up causes them to change places and havoc ensues in the unearthly realms. This engaging show ranges from hilarious to poignant, as the new arrivals discover their eternal rewards and punishments.
This is the second musical that Phillips has written with his sister, professional musician Jill Phillips, who composed the words and music.
Performances will be May 20th, 21st, 27th, and 28th at 7:30 p.m. and May 22nd at 3:00 p.m. at the Historic Kent Theatre, 8 N. Main Street Cedar Springs, MI. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door.  For those under 18 years of age, tickets are $6 for all shows.  Tickets will be available at the Cedar Springs Public Library and at the Alpha Omega Coffee Shop, 32 S. Main, Cedar Springs, MI.

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Ode to a poet


Area residents celebrated poetry month last weekend with the “Potpourri of Poets” at the Kent Theatre.
The event, held Saturday evening, April 30, showcased a variety of classical and original poetry read by 25 adults, teens, and youth. Several presenters either dressed in character or brought along props to enhance the presentation.  Sue Harrison emceed the event.
“It was a wonderful experience,” said Librarian Donna Clark, one of the event organizers, along with Rosann Gerhardt and Nancy Noreen.  “I’m so proud of each and every one who participated. Every poem was special, adding a special flavor to the evening. Every person I talked with said how much they enjoyed the evening. We definitely want to do it again next year!”

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Potpourri of poets this Saturday!


Poet Robert Frost once said, “Poets are like baseball pitchers.  Both have their moments.  The intervals are the tough things.” Join us Saturday evening, April 30, at the Kent Theatre, 8 N. Main, in Cedar Springs, as we celebrate the “moments” of some of your favorite and lesser-known poets. Residents, teens and community leaders will read both classic and original poetry. Hear some humorous poems like Pat Capek’s reading of T.S. Eliot’s “The Naming of Cats,” or Jack Clark’s reading of Pete Seeger’s poem “My Get Up & Go has Got Up and Left,” or enjoy more serious poetry such as teen Steve Reed’s original poem “Ungrown Flower,” or teen Chuck Hyde’s “Kids these days.”
Organizers say they have a fun program lined up, and you won’t want to miss it! The show starts at 7 p.m., and tickets are only $3.

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Deadline drawing near for poetry event


Calling all poets!

Do you like to read or write poetry? Now is your chance to share your love of poetry with the community! The “Potpourri of Poets” is looking for teens and adults to read classic or original poetry at this annual event at the Kent Theatre on April 30, at 7 p.m.
They want readers to have fun with the poetry! It can be original or a favorite from long ago. Poems can be read with more than one person, and readers are encouraged to dress the part or have props if they like. They can also be presented in music form. The presentation should be no more than five minutes, and all poems are subject to approval of the Poetry committee.
Poets need to register, and a copy of the poem(s) to be read needs to be submitted to the poetry committee by April 15. Please note that rehearsal will be Wednesday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Kent Theatre. Each presenter will receive one free guest ticket.
Call the Cedar Springs Library at 696-1910 for a registration form or click the link below

Potpourri of Poets form

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Sunset Moon to play at the Kent Theatre


Rogue River Community Theatre will be presenting a spoof on the old time western movies called “Sunset Moon,” at the Kent Theatre in Cedar Springs, April 14, 15, and 16.

A young man heads into Dry Creek Wyoming in 1865 and is soon elected Sheriff, with a duty to clean up the town of a few rag tag villains, gunslingers, and dance hall girls. He meets and falls in love with Sunset Moon, and has to prove himself worthy of his position as Sheriff. There are bar room brawls, gunfights and more in this laugh-filled comedy, which boasts a cast of 47 local actors.

Performances are at 8 p.m. April 14,15, and 16, with a 2 p.m. performance added on April 16. It will also play at North Rockford Middle School on April 28 at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults, and $4 for students. Call 874-5264 for information.

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Cedar Springs on YouTube


Adam Kenyon (above) and Randy Tate shot a music video in front of the Kent Theatre.

By Judy Reed

Cedar Springs might not be giving out tax incentives to make movies here, but it didn’t stop two Cedar Springs residents from filming a big band music video on Main Street.

Adam Kenyon and his long-time friend, Randy Tate, shot the video in front of the Kent Theatre, for an internal talent competition at Meijer, where Kenyon works. It’s also been uploaded to YouTube.

Kenyon performed the song “We are in love,” while Tate stayed behind the camera. “This could not have happened by any stretch of the imagination without his talented eye for visually pleasing film shots and his technical knowledge of how to capture them correctly,” said Kenyon.

So why big band? “I’ve always loved big band music,” explained Kenyon. “It’s a style that seems to excite almost everyone no matter what age they are. It makes toddlers and their grandmas want to move around, sway and snap their fingers. The good vibrations of songs like this are contagious.”

He said they picked the Kent to be the background for several reasons. “We love the fact that the video showcases a nostalgic landmark from our home town…but also the Kent Theater just looks amazing in the night shots with those dazzling neon lights, and for the record I rarely use the word dazzling. Having the Kent in the video is a little like Back to the Future. The exterior of that building takes you back to the era of big band music. It was a perfect fit for a lot of reasons.”

Kenyon said that the feedback he’s received from people has been positive, and he recently found out that he’s made it to the finals of the talent competition, which means he’ll be performing live at the anniversary celebration. “I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve performed as a singer quite a bit in my life, but this is the first time I will have gotten to do big band stuff,” he said. “I can’t wait. I might need a new suit though.”

Kenyon doesn’t rule out making a big band CD someday. “It sure was a great time recording the song and making this video, and I am certainly interested in doing more of it at some point down the road, but I coach soccer here in town so it will at least have to wait at least until the spring season is done,” he said with a smile.

To see the video, go to www.youtube.com and type in “Adam Kenyon we are in love” and it should bring it up. Or go directly to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OKrBbsbPjE.

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Potpourri of poets


Calling all poets!

Do you like to read or write poetry? Now is your chance to share your love of poetry with the community! The “Potpourri of Poets” is looking for teens and adults to read classic or original poetry at this annual event at the Kent Theatre on April 30, at 7 p.m.
They want readers to have fun with the poetry! It can be original or a favorite from long ago. Poems can be read with more than one person, and readers are encouraged to dress the part or have props if they like. They can also be presented in music form. The presentation should be no more than five minutes, and all poems are subject to approval of the Poetry committee.

Poets need to register, and a copy of the poem(s) to be read needs to be submitted to the poetry committee by April 15. Please note that rehearsal will be Wednesday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Kent Theatre. Each presenter will receive one free guest ticket.
Call the Cedar Springs Library at 696-1910 for a registration form or click link below.

Potpourri of Poets form

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“Fawlty Towers” at the Kent Theatre


The Tri County Theatre Group (student-directed) will present “Fawlty Towers” at the Kent Theatre on Friday, February 18, and Saturday, February 19. Both shows are at 7 p.m., and will feature different episodes than performed last November at Tri County High School.
The show is based on the British television show with the same name.  Out of 100 British television shows, Fawlty Towers placed #1 in the year 2000!
Fawlty Towers is the best-loved bad hotel in the world and here we meet the snobbish, manic Basil; his over-coiffured domineering wife, Sybil; the hopeless but ever-hopeful waiter Manuel; the calm and capable Polly – and of course the steady stream of abused guests.
The show stars Brandie Hoyt, Andrew Jason, Paul Bradley, Becca Brooks, Shayna Gross,  Christine Scharphorn,  Melody Gage, Devin Harold, Bryan Ronk, Jade Tafe and special effects by Taylor Ronk.
Tickets are $10 at the door. Half of the proceeds will be going to TC Theatre Group.

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Kent Theatre sells 10,000th ticket


10,000th ticket winners

Kent Theatre manager Dan Randall is shown here with the Moore family, winners of the 10,000th ticket sale.

By Judy Reed

Just one year after starting to show first-run movies in the historic Kent Theatre, they sold their 10,000th ticket last Friday night, December 3.
Erin Moore and her family—Rich Moore, Merri Moore, RJ Moore, Liz Moore and Ash Watson—were the lucky winners at the 6:00 p.m. showing of MegaMind at the theatre located at 8 N. Main Street. The Cedar Springs family, who often attend movies at the Kent, won an eight-pack of movie tickets, and eight concessions coupons for a large pop and large popcorn.
Being able to show first-run movies has been a big boon to the theatre, which shows the movies a few weeks after they come out. At only $3.00 per ticket, it’s an affordable outing for most families.
Theatre volunteer Len Allington said that Bob Goodrich, of Goodrich Quality Theatres, has been a big help to the Kent. “They had their technicians come in and help out—they rehabbed everything,” noted Allington.
The first-run movies are shown two or three weekends out of each month, with plays, bands and other community groups sharing the theatre on other weekends. The movie “Unstoppable” will be showing this weekend, also coming up will be “Tangled” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.”
Volunteers at the Kent continue to make renovations to what was at one time the Hubbard Opera House. There are new women’s bathrooms just off the foyer, and the men’s bathrooms will be worked on over Christmas break.
To see what’s coming up at the Kent and view movie trailers, go to .

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A Christmas Carol


cast of A Christmas Carol

Cast members for the Kent’s 2010 performance of “A Christmas Carol” include: (Front row) Brandyn Kirchhoff, Daniel A. Kavanaugh. (Middle row) Katie Zank, Bri Fredrickson, Jenna Johnson. (Last row) Russ Cole, Scott Phillips.

2nd annual Dickens’ classic performed on Kent Theatre stage

Add to your holiday festivities by attending the 2nd annual Readers Theater production of the famed Dickens’ classic, “A Christmas Carol,” being performed on the Kent Theatre stage. Be transported back to London and that fateful Christmas Eve night when Ebenezer Scrooge comes face to face with his own destiny. Mark your calendars now. Three performances are scheduled for Dec. 17 at 7:30 pm and a matinee on Saturday, Dec. 18 at 2 pm and an evening performance at 7:30 pm. Tickets are only $8 adults and $5 students and seniors 65+ and are available at the box office before all performances,  or the Cedar Springs Public Library during business hours, or by calling 616-696-0949 to reserve.

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