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Rockford Theatre company presents classic summer play 


ENT-Play-princess-and-the-peaPrincess and the Pea July 16-17 in Rockford

In the three years since it was launched, the Rogue River Community Theatre Company of Rockford has provided family-friendly entertainment to more than 1,000 people in myriad productions touching on everything from tragedy to comedy.

This legacy of entertainment has not gone unnoticed; its summer production of The Princess and the Pea, which takes the stage this week, is already sold out for opening night on Wednesday.

Tickets are still available for Thursday, July 16 and Friday July 17. The classic story by Hans Christian Andersen will be performed at North Rockford Middle School, 397 E. Division St. in Rockford. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

“The buzz about the play has really taken off; this is the first time in our three years that an opening night performance has sold out,’’ said Matt Erste, RRCTC Board chairman.

“The play takes a classic and beloved story and brings it to life with a talented group of young performers from the Rockford area,’’ Erste said. “It’s a good mid-summer diversion and offers to be a lot of fun for everyone involved.’’

Fun and commitment to community are touchstones of the theatre group, which formed in the summer 2012 as the successor of Rogue River Theatre, launched in the 1990s.

For more information about the group and the upcoming play, visit its website at www.RRCTC.org.

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M*A*S*H comes to the Kent Theatre


ENT-MASH-the-swamp-webMarch 19-21

One of the most popular sitcoms in television history is coming to Cedar Springs this weekend, when Rogue River Community Theatre Company presents the stage version of M*A*S*H.

Based on the successful TV series that aired between Sept. 1972 and Feb. 1983, it brings back the comedic team of doctors and nurses stationed at the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital in South Korea during the Korean War.

Director Lesley Nadwodnik has the credentials for the job; she’s a veteran actor and comedian. “This classic sitcom is perfect for stage,’’ she said. “There’s a lot of laughs and the audience will certainly recognize many of their favorite characters.’’

They include Capt. Benjamin Franklin “Hawkeye’’ Pierce, Major Margaret “Hotlips’’ Houlihan, the ever annoying Major Frank “Ferret Face’’ Burns, and the loveable company clerk Corporal Walter Eugene “Radar’’ O’Reilly.

“You’ll see many iconic characters along with some new favorites,’’ said John Bagin, a RRCTC board member and member of the cast.

“As an actor, it’s been great being a part of bringing this American cultural classic back to the stage,’’ Bagin said. “It’s brought back many fond memories.’’

His wife and fellow thespian Kirsten Bagin agrees. “The audience is going to love this production,’’ she said. “There is always something happening on stage—sometimes something poignant and other times downright hilarious.’’

The script and cast are almost a distraction, she concedes. “The play features a large cast and I find myself laughing through every rehearsal.’’

Production assistants will transform the Kent Theatre stage into a true-to-life MASH unit and period costumes provide an extra measure of authenticity to the two-act play, Nadwodnik said.

“A lot of work is being done on the sets; it’ll take the audience back to the original MASH 4077,’’ Nadwodnik said. “We’ve been blessed to have volunteers from the arts community in Rockford helping out. It truly is a community theatre production.’’

Those born after the show left the air—its final episode the most watched television broadcast in American history—will find plenty to love. And that comes from Jack Bagin, who was just a glimmer in his parents’ eye when the ratings gusher ended.

“When I started this show, I had no idea what MASH was,’’ he said. “I learned quickly what this show was about; it quickly communicated all the laughter and silliness to a younger generation.’’

Shows will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19, Friday, March 20 and Saturday March 21. There will also be a matinee performance 2 p.m. Saturday.

Performances will be held at the historic Kent Theatre, 8 North Main Street in Cedar Springs.

For more information, visit RRCTC on Facebook or send an email to RRCTCRockford@gmail.com.

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

ENT-SleepyHollowThe Rogue River Community Theatre Company presents The Legend of Sleepy Hollow at the Kent Theatre in Cedar Springs on November 20, 21, and 22 with show times at 7:30 pm each night and a matinee at 2:00 on the 22nd. This is a family-friendly show for audiences of all ages. Admission is adults $10 and students $5. Tickets are available at the door. Cash or check only.

For more information go to www.facebook.com/rrctc or www.rrctc.org.


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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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