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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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“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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