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FRCP presents “Young Frankenstein”


By Deb Dieckman 

Back in the “Dark Ages” when I was a junior in college at CMU, some friends and I went to see a new movie at one of the downtown theaters.  It was the old kind of movie house, only one screen, and no one taking tickets or making sure everyone left when the show was over. The movie proved to be so hilarious, so cool and different, my friends and I stayed and watched it a second time that night without paying again. Whoops! What movie was so amazing, you ask? It was “Young Frankenstein,” the now-classic flick by the brilliant Mel Brooks, starring the great Gene Wilder, brilliant Madelyn Kahn, and gorgeously silly Terri Garr.

Fast-forward a few decades, and Brooks, with help from writer Thomas Meehan has created a stage musical version of “Young Frank,” produced here in Greenville this summer by our own Flat River Community Players. Largely in the tradition of his earlier smash musical “The Producers,” Brooks sticks to that Vaudeville-like recipe of splashy numbers full of giggles, bawdy double-entendres, and plenty of goofy dance breaks.

The storyline follows the 1974 film pretty closely; it’s essentially the tale of a brilliant American doctor who finds his heart (among other body parts) in Transylvania. Many of the movie’s best gags have been transplanted directly into the play.

Players starring in the musical are Whitney Codling as Elizabeth Benning, Frederick’s fiancee from the U.S.; Ryan Garlick as Inspector Hans Kemp, who investigates local mysterious goings-on; Ric Davenport as the Hermit, a blind man who befriends the monster; Cynthia Ranae Karaba as Ziggy and Raymond Koren as Herald.  The chorus, playing villagers and ancestors, includes Shawn Jansma, Mackenzee Thompson, Kevin Klutman, Sawyer Klutman, Sydney Klutman, Macy Risch, Hallie Sage, Samantha Shaw, Karaba, Harris, and Davenport.

Directing “Young Frankenstein” for the FRCP is Amanda Hall with music direction by Bryan Felt. Stage Management is by Karin Wahlfeldt, while Brittany Bassett takes on tech direction.  Greg VanderMark provides vocal coaching, Jessica Gilbertson is creating the costumes, and Tammy Hollinshead designed the set.  Kent “Skip” Schuster serves as producer.

Five performances of “YF” will show at the Greenville Area Community Center.  Opening on Friday, July 8 at 7:30 p.m., the show continues on July 9, 15, and 16, also at 7:30 p.m.  A 2:00 p.m. matinee will be on Sunday, July 10. Tickets are $13 for adults, $11 for students under 18, and $11 for senior citizens over 60. They may be purchased with MasterCard or VISA online at Showclix (http://www.flatriver.showclix.com/www.flatriver.showclix.com) or by phone at 1-888-71-TICKETS. Tickets should also be available at the door before performances. Please note, this show includes adult humor and situations.  Parental discretion is advised.

In commenting on the audience’s reaction to the musical, Mel Brooks has said, “I love what they do. The audience knows Young Frankenstein the movie; they didn’t know The Producers. They all neigh when anyone on stage says ‘Frau Blucher.’ And they can’t wait for the Blind Hermit to spill the hot soup on the monster’s lap. It’s great to see the audience play ping-pong with the actors.”

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Red, White & Blue Book Sale

June 30-July2: The Nelson Township/Sand Lake KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St., will be having a Red, White & Blue Book Sale on Thursday, June 30th from 10 am to 7 pm, Friday, July 1st from 10 am to 7 pm and Saturday, July 2nd from 10 am to 2 pm. #26

Patriotic Hymn Sing & Music

July 3: On Sunday, July 3rd the Sand Lake Village Churches will present a Patriotic Hymn Sing at the downtown street stage at 5:30 pm and a Christian performance by “Gained Access” at 7 pm. Join us for an evening of celebrating our faith in God and Country. #26

Cooking Matters for Families Workshop

July 7: Cooking Matters for Families Workshop encourages families to work together to make healthy meals that everyone will enjoy. Cooking Matters encourages participants to select nutritious foods, prepare and cook healthy foods side by side, and choose budget-friendly healthy ingredients that the whole family will enjoy. This is a FREE 6 week workshop for adults and youth (10yrs and up). Limited space available. Begins on July 7 from 9-11 am at Solon Center Wesleyan Church, 15671 Algoma Ave, Cedar Springs. This workshop is offered by MSU Extension with the food pantry at Solon Center Wesleyan Church. Please contact Terry Gafurovic to register at 616.696.3229 or terrygaf79@gmail.com. #24-26

Recycle Your Reads at KDL

July 7: Turn well-loved books into hand-crafted treasures! Decorate your home with book birdhouses and folded book hearts, or create a star wreath and decorate a mini paper lantern. Bring your own titles or use ours. For Adults. Thursday, July 7th at 6 p.m., Spencer Twp. KDL Branch, 14960 Meddler Ave., Gowen. #26

Curious George’s 7th Anniversary

July 8: Celebrate Curious George’s 75th Anniversary with a Day of Discovery. Make a yellow hat to wear as you learn about space, rainbows, the senses, the sun and the ocean through various crafts and hands-on activities. Note that while we celebrate his character, Curious George will not be in attendance.  Friday, July 8th at 1:30 p.m., Nelson Twp. / Sand Lake KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #26

Flat River Community Players present “Young Frankenstein”

July 8-16: The Flat River Community Players present the Mel Brooks musical “Young Frankenstein” at 7:30 pm on July 8, 9, 15 & 16 and at 2 pm on July 10th at the Greenville Area Community Centre. Tickets are $13 for adults and $11 students and senior citizens. Reserve tickets with VISA or MasterCard at www.flatrivershowclix.com or by calling 888-71-TICKETS (8425387). Tickets will also be available at the door. #26

Going for Gold!

July 9: Check in at the athlete registration table and dive in! Participate in Olympic-inspired games, then exercise your brain with themed crafts to become a medalist. Saturday, July 9th at 1:30 p.m., Nelson Twp. / Sand Lake KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #26

Crazy in the Kitchen with Mandy Thompson

July 11: Teens can learn kitchen basics while discovering new tastes and smells. They will create fun snacks or dishes that they will be able to eat. Pre-registration is required. 616-784-2007. Monday, July 11th at 1:30 p.m., Nelson Twp./ Sand Lake KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #26

VBS at First Baptist Church

July 13: First Baptist Church of Cedar Springs, 233 S. Main Street is hosting Vacation Bible School for kids age 3 through entering 6th grade, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm on Wednesday nights starting July 13th and ending August 10th. “Ready, Set, Climb!” takes students on a hiking adventure where they will study word pictures from the book of John and discover what it looks like to follow Jesus every step of the way. For more information, contact the church office at office@csfbc.com or 616-696-1630. #26

Hosts Needed for Chinese Students

July 19: Looking to go to China, but can’t afford it? We’ll bring China to you. Network 153 and Pine Ridge Bible Camp are hosting 73 Chinese students from Lu He International High School in Beijing July 19 thru August 8. They’re traveling to Grand Rapids to be immersed in English, while attending Pine Ridge Bible Camp August 1-6. We’re looking for host families who would open up their hearts and homes. A $150 stipend, will be given to each family per student hosted to help defray costs. Contact Tim Bauer for more information at (616) 799-4935 or at network153usa@gmail.com. #25-28p

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Spring Craft and Vendor Show

Apr. 23: The Hillcrest Community Church of God, 5994 – 18 Mile Rd., is hosting a Spring Craft and Vendor Show on Saturday, April 23rd from 9 am to 2 pm. Come and support your local crafters and vendors. Check out our yummy bake sale items! #15,16p

Praise the Lord at Cowboy Church

Apr. 14: 2nd Chance will be having Cowboy Church on Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 6 pm. It will be at 2nd Chance School at 810 – 17 Mile Rd. Cedar Springs (corner of 17 Mile and Olin Lakes Rd). The message will be shared by Ron Lynnes who will also be sharing his music with us. Invite your family and friends. Cowboy Church will be every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month. Each service will have different people sharing God’s word and music. If you have questions, call 616-293-2150. See you there! #16p

Senior Lunch at Pine Grove Community Church 

Apr. 27: Ma n Pa Pinegrove are back from far flung warmer climes.  Cock your ear and take a listen, Ma’s bustling ‘round the kitchen.  Checkin this n checkin that, but what she’ll be cookin . . . . . well she’s keeping that under her hat.  So if you’re age 60 or perhaps even more, join us as we throw open our door.  The new season of Senior Café 2016 has begun.  Come on in, we’ll all have fun.  Twill be Noon the 27th of April, please do come if at all you are able.  Where O Where is it you beseech?  ‘tis here on the Northwest corner of M-82 and Beech. #16

“Spring Into the Past”

Apr. 30-May 1: “Spring Into the Past” and discover the small museums of the Tri-River Historical Museum Network including Cedar Springs Museum, Rockford Area Museum, Oakfield (Twp) Museum and Plainfield Township’s Hyser Rivers Museum in Belmont. These and over 20 other member museums from Hastings to Edmore, Cedar Springs to Portland will be opne from 11 am to 5 pm. Download a guide at www.addorio.com/TriRiver/springintopast2016.pdf or pick up one at any member museum. Ask about the new Tri-River Quilt Trail, too. #16

Auditions for “Young Frankenstein”

May 1-3: The Flat River Community Players will hold auditions for the musical “Young Frankenstein” on Sunday, May 1st from 1 to 3 pm and Monday, May 2nd and Tuesday, May 3rd from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at St. Paul Episcopal Church in Greenville. Director Amanda Hall and music director pending are looking to cast 3 adult women and 7 adult men and a mixed chorus: all of varying ages late teen/20’s through 60-70’s. Auditioners should bring a prepared solo, Broadway song preferred, with either sheet music or recorded accompaniment, no a capella, please. Five performances are scheduled for July 8 – 16. Questions? Call the FRCP at 616-754-8207. Visit the Players’ website: www.frcp.org.

Hunter Safety at HCNC

May 10,12,14: Join Deputy Scott Cook and Director David Kieft for 3 separate days to receive your hunters safety certificate. May 10th from 5 – 8 pm, May 12th from 5 to 8 pm and May 14th from 10 am to 2 pm. Classes are limited by the MDNR to 50 students. Facility cost is $5 per student. Online students MUST register for the field day as this is included in the state required class capacity. Register online, www.HowardChristensen.org, or by calling 616-675-3158. 16160 Red Pine Drive, Kent City. #16

Red Flannel Queen Scholarship Pageant information meetings

May 10 & 17: Attention all young ladies living in the Cedar Springs School district, or attending school within the CS School District, who will be in the 11th grade in the 2016-2017 school year, with a 3.0 or greater GPA.  There will be after-school information meetings for anyone interested in being a part of the 2016 Red Flannel Queen Scholarship Pageant – Cedar Springs High School: Tuesday, May 10 at 2:40 pm in the auditorium. CTA: Tuesday, May 17 at 2:50 in the cafeteria. For more information, or if you can not make one of these meetings, contact pageant director Kaleigh Rosenberger at redflannelpageant@gmail.com. #16b

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