2024 Festival of One Acts Open Auditions

Calling all actors, young and old, experienced and new to the stage: the Cedar Springs Community Players will present our annual Festival of One Acts in the historic Kent Theatre in downtown Cedar Springs this coming March 8th – 10th. Auditions to cast several one-act plays for anyone at least high-school aged interested in participating are being held Tuesday, January 16th, and Wednesday, January 17th. An audition specifically for children ages 8 to 18 wanting to perform in the kids’ one act musical will be held on just the 17th. Directors Sue Harrison, R.J. Moore, Scott Phillips, and Erika Wood will be at the Cedar Springs Library from 6 PM to 8 PM to select actors and actresses for each show.

The plays selected for 2024 are:

“On Your Mark!” A kids’ musical by Aaron Kenny and Danny K. Bernstein. Directed by Erika Wood. Kids 8-18 y/o are needed for this “contemporary re-imagining of the Aesop Fable The Tortoise and the Hare”.

“Sonny DeRee’s Life Flashes Before His Eyes” A comedy by Bill Bozzone. Directed by RJ Moore. This comedic tale includes a hustler with never-ending ‘get rich quick’ schemes, a loan shark with a hit-man, a Metallica fan, and an estranged mother. Men and women are both required for this show.

“Impromptu” A comedic-drama by Tad Mosel. Directed by Sue Harrison. “Four actors find themselves on a stage without a clue as to what play they have to perform. The actors struggle to perform a play with neither script nor director, learning about themselves and each other along the way.” This thought provoking show’s cast is for 2 men and 2 women.

“Don’t Rub Me the Wrong Way” A comedy written and directed by our own Scott Phillips. Both men and women are needed for his show.

One-Acts are great for experienced actors as well as for those who’d like to give the stage a try since the plays are short with minimal set and props.

Come to the Cedar Springs Library at 107 N Main St NE on Tue. Jan. 16th and/or Wed. Jan. 17th from 6-8 PM and give theatre a try!

Come Check Out “Boyd’s Droyds”

Come Check Out “Boyd’s Droyds”

The Cedar Springs Community Players and Dave Schmuker invite you to come and see our 2023 fall play “Boyd’s Droyds”. Directed by one of our own local playwrights, this Sci-fi comedy is a cautionary tale about the dangers of artificial intelligence and the pitfalls of looking for love in the modern age. Max Boyd’s motto is ‘give the people what they want’. He gives them robots that look, talk, and act just like real people. Max doesn’t concern himself with what the robots want though. Good thing there are safeguards in place to keep them in line…

Held in Cedar Springs’ historic Kent Theatre, you can attend evening performances at 7:30PM on October 20th and 21st, with a 3:00PM matinee show on October 22nd. Tickets will be $15 at the door, or $6 for students under 18. You can purchase tickets in advance for $12 at the Cedar Springs Library.

Friday, Oct. 20

Saturday, Oct. 21

Sunday, Oct. 22

"Boyd's Droids" written and directed by Dave Schmuker
The Cedar Springs Community Players present: “Boyd’s Droyds”
2023 Children’s Summer Production

2023 Children’s Summer Production

Come join us in the Kent Theatre at the end of the month as our children proudly perform “James and the Giant Peach JR.”. You don’t want to miss this cast as they go on a classic Roald Dahl adventure. James and his insect friends take an amazing journey across the ocean.

Showtimes include:

  • Evening performances at 7:00PM on Friday July 28th and Saturday July 29th
  • Matinee performances at 3:00PM on Saturday July 29th and Sunday July 30th

Tickets at the door are $12 for adults and $6 for students. They can also be purchased in advance at the Cedar Springs Library.

For more information, visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Cedarspringscommunityplayers.

Children's Summer Production Poster

One Act Play Festival Seeking Local Playwrights!

The Cedar Springs Community Players are hosting a one act play festival in the spring of 2022!

What’s a one act play? It’s a play that can be performed in one act; specifically short plays with minimal requirements – less than 6 actors, few props and a flexible set – so that we can perform 5 of them in the same night.

We’re seeking locally written plays to perform on stage at the Kent Theatre March 4, 5, 6.  Kids are welcome to submit plays as well! We have at least one director ready to do a play by kids and/or for kids! Young creators and actors are welcome!

Here’s how it works:

By January 3, 2022, original plays are submitted to cscommunityplayers@gmail.com with “One Act Play Submission” in the subject line.  Plays must be…

…able to be performed in 20 minutes or less.

…family friendly. Please do not include foul language.

…able to be performed by no more than 6 actors.

…submitted in PDF format

  • By January 14 our play selection committee will read each submission and choose the top 10 plays that meet the qualifications. Prize for the top 10 plays will be 2 tickets to any CSCP show in 2022.
  •  By January 28 our play selection committee and team of directors will select the top 5 plays to be performed live at the Kent Theatre. Prizes for the top 5 plays will be gift cards to local businesses.
  • Auditions will take place January 31 and Feb 1 at the Cedar Springs Library.

Rehearsal schedules will be determined by each cast and director.

Performances take place March 4, 5, and 6, 2022, at the Kent Theatre in Cedar Springs.

Playwriters pick up your pens, pencils, tablets, phones, computers, or hammer and chisels, and begin writing.  Just be sure your final play is in PDF format and in our inbox by January 3rd!

Not a writer?? NO PROBLEM! Shoot us an email if you’re interested in directing, acting, or working backstage on this project! We would love to have you be a part it!

Kids Musical is happening again this summer!

Kids Musical is happening again this summer!

Into The Woods Jr will be directed by Angela Wilbur.

Audition options include in person, at the CS Library and virtual. Sign up here:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805094da5a623a75-cedar

Casting kids ages 8 to 18 in Into The Woods, Jr!
Rehearsal schedule can be found by following the link above.
Performances will be August 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15.

Friday and Saturday performances are at 7pm and Sunday performances are at 2pm.

Murder on the American Express

Check out this great article in the Cedar Springs Post!

The Cedar Springs Community Players (CSCP) is bringing a new mystery to our town in the form of its next performance written by local playwright, Scott Phillips. This is Mr. Phillips’ first mystery, but like all his other plays the script was born from conversations he had with family, friends and strangers.   

“Friends had been asking me to write a murder mystery,” explained Phillips. “I finally had enough stories and ideas to pull it into a script.” 

Murder on the American Express takes place in small Appalachian town. The town is thrown into disruption by the election of outsider Mayor Anita Mann, played by Peggy Snell. To further complicate matters, local millionaire Bobby Buick, played by Rob Kellner. fights to purchase land from Lily Mae, an independent minded woman played by Danielle Phillips. The land is also wanted by her ex-husband, Jeremiah Box, played by newcomer Dan Phelps.  Scott Phillips never fails to bring his audience a cast of delightful and entertaining characters including Georgia, the local bar owner played by newcomer Holly Russell; Jordy, the ambitious local newspaper editor played by Mark Stoll; The VanMeter Brothers played by Steve Hutchins and Dave Schmucker, CSCP local comedic actors; and the naïve parish priest played by Jack Bagins. No mystery can go unsolved without a great criminal mind and Scott delivers that in Officer “Chief” Joseph played by Russ Cole and his forensic team. CSCP member Jerry Hoye is assistant director.

The small town suspects deliver conflict, suspicion and hilarity. CSCP actor James Brosky said, “Mayor Anita Mann is the best villain Scott has ever written. Well…not including the Devil.”

Show dates are May 18, 19, 25, and 26 at 7:30 p.m. and May 20 at 3:00 p.m. at the Kent Theatre, 8 N. Main, Cedar Springs, MI. Tickets are $15.00 at the door and $6.00 for people under 18 years of age.  

Advanced tickets are $12.00 and are available at the Cedar Springs Public Library or by emailing phillips4ba@yahoo.com.

ALICE IN WONDERLAND JR.

Things are coming together!
We are excited to put ALICE IN WONDERLAND JR. on stage in August.

We are casting students ages 8 to 18.
Rehearsals up until the week of show will be from 1-4pm at the CS United Methodist Church.
Rehearsals during show week will be at 6:30pm in the Kent Theatre.

Dates: June 12 & 13, 2018
Time: 7-8pm
Location: Cedar Springs United Methodist Church

Show Dates: August 17 & 18 at 7pm and August 19 at 2pm
at the Kent Theatre in Cedar Springs.

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UP NEXT: War of the Worlds

Join us October 20-21, 2017 for a special presentation of “War of the Worlds”

This Readers’ Theatre radio-style performance, based on the famous 1938 radio drama that rocked the nation, is just in time for Halloween – one week before its 79th anniversary.

Aired as an episode in The Mercury Theatre On the Air series on the Columbia Broadcasting System radio network, Orson Welles narrated a story of alien invasion and chaos in such a convincing way that it sparked outrage across the country.  The play re-tells the story found in H.G. Wells’ novel in the format of news bulletins interrupting the regular programming as if the action was happening in real time.

 

Show Dates: October 20-21

Friday & Saturday at 7:30pm and Saturday at 5pm

Tickets will be $10 at the door and are also available in advance at the Cedar Springs Library