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Comedy to open at the Kent Theatre


Cast names (in photo) are:  seated: RJ Moore, Anna Ambrose, Tom Johnson. Standing l-r: Rod Zamarron, Mark Stoll, Deb Irwin, Doug Christensen, Laura Johnson.

Cast names (in photo) are:  seated: RJ Moore, Anna Ambrose, Tom Johnson. Standing l-r: Rod Zamarron, Mark Stoll, Deb Irwin, Doug Christensen, Laura Johnson.

The comedy “The Foreigner,” by Larry Shue, will be presented by the Cedar Springs Community Players at the Kent Theatre on Oct 13, Oct 14, Oct. 15, 2016.  The show, directed by Sue Harrison, will start at 7:30 p.m. each night. The show was one of Jack Clark’s favorite shows and is being dedicated to him. Pre-sale tickets are available at the Cedar Springs Library or from any cast member for $10. Tickets at the door are $12 for adults and $8 for students under 18.

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Tragedy follows success for play’s author


 

Larry Shue

Larry Shue

Players to perform The Foreigner

by Terri Riggle

In just two weeks, the Cedar Springs Community Players will perform The Foreigner, a two-act comedy. In a sad twist of fate, the playwright, Larry Shue, was killed in a commuter plane crash in 1985, two years after his play made its debut performance. Shue, who was only 39 at the time of his death, was on the cusp of perhaps, some would say, international fame.

He had written two full-length plays, The Nerd and The Foreigner, which were both successful and continue today to find eager audiences all across the country. Both plays debuted in the early 1980’s, at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre where he had been employed since 1977 as an actor. He turned to playwriting in 1979 at the suggestion of John Dillon, the Rep’s Artistic Director. The Foreigner opened in January of 1983 before moving on to Off Broadway in 1984. It ran for 686 performances and now is considered a staple of professional and amateur theatre.

The Foreigner was still running in New York at the time of Shue’s death, and he was working on a film adaptation of the play for Disney. He also was preparing for his first big Broadway role, as Reverend Crisparkle in Joseph Papp’s The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

But how did Shue come up with such a loony plot? According to a 2013 St. Louis Dispatch article written by theater critic Judith Newmark, it followed Shue’s own life. Ed Stern, an actor at the Milwaukee Rep loves to recall the story. Stern explains that Shue was an actor at the Rep but he was not a happy man.

“Larry was very shy—painfully shy,” Stern says. “He was the kind of man who never seemed comfortable anyplace. He had gone to Georgia with his wife to open a dinner theater, and while they were there, she left him. He was just terribly withdrawn.”

At that time, the Milwaukee Rep had a strong relationship with Tadashi Suzuki’s theater company near Kyoto, Japan. (A hugely influential international theater artist, Suzuki is famed for his highly disciplined system of actor training.) When Suzuki’s company invited the Wisconsin theater to send an actor to join them for a short stay, Shue surprised his fellow actors by volunteering to go.

“John Dillon was the artistic director in Milwaukee then, so he went to see Larry off,” Stern says. “And when John got to the airport, there he was—dressed in Western boots and a cowboy hat. This was so unlike him that John got worried. He said, ‘Larry, what are you doing?’ And Larry said, ‘I think in Japan, they probably don’t know much about Americans. But I’m sure that they know about cowboys. So if I’m a cowboy, maybe they’ll like me better.’”

Shue’s instincts were correct. For the first time in his life, he made friends easily. He returned to Milwaukee with a self-confidence he had never expressed before—cowboy hat in hand, now decorated with the signatures of all his new Japanese friends.

“They loved him there, and he came back a changed man—a wonderful, outgoing guy,” Stern says. “He never withdrew again.”

Larry Shue was born in New Orleans on July 23, 1946, and grew up in Chicago. He was graduated cum laude from Illinois Wesleyan University, where he received a B.F.A. in 1968. He served in the Army, and then began his career as professional actor and playwright with the Harlequin Dinner Theatre of Washington, D.C. and Atlanta.

His acting credits include The Mystery of Edwin Drood at the Delacorte in New York; American Buffalo with Berkeley Repertory; and television’s One Life to Live. Film appearances include a short bit in Sweet Liberty. Shue wrote and appeared in the shorts A Common Confusion; The Land of the Blind: or the Hungry Leaves; and Another Town, all directed by Daniel Krogh. Jerry Zaks won an Obie for his direction of The Foreigner, and Anthony Heald received a performance award.

“Larry Shue found himself by being a foreigner,” Stern says. “That’s what’s so brilliant about this play: its silliness has a rock-solid core. Its heart is absolutely glowing.”

Shue’s The Foreigner opens at the Kent Theatre on Thursday, October. 13 and runs through Saturday, October 15. Tickets are available from any cast member, at the CS Public Library or by calling 616-307-9473. Tickets are $10 for adults 18 and over, and  students 17 and under are $8. Performances start at 7:30 p.m.

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“The Foreigner” dedicated to Jack Clark


 

The Cedar Springs Community Players are both honoring the past and trying something new with their upcoming production of The Foreigner. The show is being dedicated to Jack Clark, a longtime member, who died earlier this year. The Foreigner was Jack’s favorite show and he would travel all over the state to see productions of it. There will be displays of photographs and stories about Jack’s participation in past productions at the theater.  If you have photos or a memory to share, please contact Bob Clifford at contact@cedarspringscommunityplayers.org.

The Players are also offering some fun sponsorship opportunities for their theater patrons. The Foreigner is a play with a single set and there are a number of items that appear on the set or are mentioned in the play—some of them quite humorously. Sponsors will receive special pins that they can wear during the play to show they are an official Croquet Mallet, Carrot, Spoon Rack, etc., sponsor. Sponsorships are as follows: Sauerkraut – $25; Carrot, Spoon Rack, Candle, Fork, or Lamp – $20; Apples or Fireplace – $10; Croquet Mallets, Harmonica, Suitcase, or Key to Room 7 – $5.

Sponsorships can be purchased at the theater on the day of the performance or in advance from a Players member or cast member. Sponsorships purchased in advance will be included in the program.

Friends of the Players and the cast and crew can also send well wishes to them in the program for $10. Please contact Bob Clifford at contact@cedarspringscommunityplayers.org.

 

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Cast chosen for Community Players comedy The Foreigner


 

by Sue Harrison

Rehearsals are underway for the Cedar Springs Community Players fall comedy, The Foreigner by Larry Shue. Blocking is completed and actors are working on learning lines and creating a believable character role.

This is the 76th show by the Cedar Springs Community Players in the 45 years of producing plays and musicals in the community.  The Foreigner, by Larry Shue, is directed by Sue Harrison, with Nancy Noreen as Production Coordinator, Charlene Sommer as Stage Manager, and  Deb Irwin working with props.

Many of the cast members have worked with the Players before or with other community theatre groups. The cast includes:  Doug Christensen as “Froggy” LeSueur, a British officer; R.J.Moore as Charlie Baker, a pathologically shy British proof-reader; Laura Johnson as Betty Meeks, widow and owner of the resort; Mark Stoll as Rev David M. Lee; Anna Ambrose is Catherine Simms, a former debutante engaged to Rev. Lee; Rod Zamarron as Owen Musser, a backwoods scoundrel with tattoos; and Tom Johnson as Ellard Simms, a backward boy who is Catherine’s brother.

The comedy takes place in Betty Meek’s Fishing Lodge Resort in Tilghman County, Georgia. Mostly middle-income people come to this laid back, off-the-beaten- track resort to fish, swim, play a little cards and fill up on Betty’s down-home cooking. Now insert into the mix, Charlie, a foreigner and shy proofreader who is brought to the resort from England by his friend, “Froggy”. Charlie wants nothing more than to be left alone and is fearful of making conversation with strangers. So “Froggy” tells the others that Charlie is a foreigner and speaks no English. The fun really begins when Charlie overhears more than he should and things get complicated. The show has one comic surprise after another and the “good guys” emerge triumphant!  Even though The Foreigner takes place in the recent past, the Golden Rule in dealing with people, even though they are “foreigners” is as relevant as it always has been.

The Foreigner will be presented at the Kent Theater on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, October 13, 14, and 15,  2016  at  7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 pre-sale and $12 at the door.

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Hometown Happenings


Hometown Happenings articles are a community service for non-profit agencies only. Due to popular demand for placement in this section, we can no longer run all articles. Deadline for articles is Monday at 5 p.m. This is not guaranteed space. Articles will run as space allows. Guaranteed placement is $10, certain restrictions may apply. You now can email your Hometown Happenings to happenings@cedarspringspost.com please include name and phone number for any questions we may have.

Family Fun Day at Metron

Aug. 5: Metron of Cedar Springs located at 400 Jeffrey, Cedar Springs, would like to invite the community to our Annual Family Fun Day on Friday, August 5th from 4 to 6 pm. Activities for the day include: Bounce House, Games for the children, Live Musical Entertainment, food/drinks and fun for all. Hope to see you August 5th! #31

Free Lake Effect Concert

Aug. 7: Free Lake Effect Concert featuring the band “Round Brown Suitcase” will be held on Sunday, August 7th from 12 to 3:30 pm (band starts at 12:30 pm). The concert will be held at Bostwick Lake UCC Church, 7979 Belding Rd. NE, Rockford. Donations and food sales will benefit Pause with a Cause. Contact Lisa Atchison, 616-634-6459 with any questions. #30,31p

Take off pounds sensibly

Aug. 9: Take off pounds sensibly (TOPS), a non-profit weight loss support group for men and women, meets every Tuesday at the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Sand Lake. Your first visit is free so come check out what TOPS can do to help you reach your weigh loss goals! Weigh-ins 8:15-9am, meeting starts at 9:15am. Call Barb at 696-8049 for more information. #31

Rummage Sale at CS UMC

Aug. 10,11: The Cedar Springs United Methodist Women will hold a rummage sale in the fellowship hall on the corner of Main and Church Streets. August 10, Wednesday, from 9 am to 7 pm and August 11, Thursday, from 9 am to 2 pm. There will be a bag sale on Thursday. Proceeds go toward their mission projects. #30,31p

My Choice..My Health Diabetes Prevention Program

Aug. 15: This program will help you take steps to prevent type 2 diabetes. You’ll learn about healthier eating habits, ways to be more physically active and other behavior changes over the course of 16 weekly one-hour sessions. The group will continue meeting monthly, completing a full year. My Choice..My Health Program will be held at Solon Center Wesleyan Church, 15671 Algoma Ave., Cedar Springs starting Monday, August 15th from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. To register, visit www.nkfm.org/dpp or call the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan at 616-458-9520. #31,32p

Creating Local Herbal Remedies

Aug. 15: Join local plant enthusiast Rachel Potter for a discussion and demonstration of how to gather and use medicinal plants to make salves, teas, tinctures and other natural remedies that nourish and heal the body and keep it healthy year round. This workshop will teach you to nurture yourself with what is growing all around us. For adults. Monday, August 15th at 6:30 pm at the Nelson Township/Sand Lake KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #31

DIY Tie Dye for Teens

Aug. 16: Bring a white or light colored t-shirt to this program and try a new way of tie dye – with permanent markers! All other materials will be provided to help you create a one-of-a-kind shirt to wear. Tuesday, August 16th at 4 pm at the Spencer Township KDL Branch, 14960 Meddler Ave., Gowen. #31

Auditions for CSCP Production of “The Foreigner”

Aug 22,23: The Cedar Springs Community Players are pleased to announce auditions for its upcoming production of “The Foreigner” by Larry Shue. This comedy has won two Obie Awards and two Outer Critics Circle Awards as Best New American Play and Best Off-Broadway Production. Auditions will be held at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church on Monday and Tuesday Aug. 22 and 23 between 6:30 -8 p.m. Needed are: 4 adult males, 1 teen male; 2 adult women, and 4 non-speaking extras, can be either male or female. Production dates are October 13, 14 and 15 at the Kent Theatre. Please like our FB page and to see details! #31,32p

Tri-County High School Annual Gathering

Sept. 10: The Tri-County HS annual gathering for 1963 – 1975 will be held on September 10th at the Sand Lake VFW. Appetizers and dinner from 5 to 7 pm with RSVP and $20 due by August 27th. Lou Fisk, 616-263-9054 or gfisk01@charter.net.  Social hour is from 7 to 10 pm.  Social hour only is $5 at the door. #31,32p

MCC Offers Trip to Art Prize

Sept. 30: Experience ArtPrize September 30th in Grand Rapids with Montcalm Community College. Buses depart from the Stanley and Blanche Ash Technology and Learning Center on MCC’s Greenville campus at 8:30 am and from MCC’s Sidney campus at 9 am. Buses will arrive at the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) at 10 am and depart at 5 pm. The trip is free to all who register. Admission to the GRAM is $4 per person. Anyone planning to participate in this trip must be age 12 or older; participants between 12 and 17 must be accompanied by an adult. To register, email the registration form located at www.montcalm.edu/events/artprize-trip/ to karen.maxfield@montcalm.edu or call 989-328-2111, Ext. 334, by September 15th. #31

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