It’s A Wonderful Life – A live Radio Play opens tonight at the Kent Theater!

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It’s A Wonderful Life – A live Radio Play opens tonight at the Kent Theater! Box office opens at 7:00 pm.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for anyone 18 or under. Performances also Dec 9 and 10.

Don’t miss this holiday classic!

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It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play: Honoring your special angel!

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The Cedar Springs Community Players brings It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play to the Kent Theatre

Honoring your special angel

By Terri Riggle

 

On Thursday, Dec. 8, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play will open on the Kent Theatre stage. The play was adapted by Joe Landry and is essentially the same as the 1946 movie It’s a Wonderful Life, starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed and directed by Frank Capra. The play is staged as a radio production which takes place in the late 1940’s on a snowy Christmas Eve.

According to Wikipedia, the movie is “one of the most acclaimed films ever made, praised particularly for its writing. It was nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture and has been recognized by the American Film Institute as one of the 100 best American films ever made, placing number 11 on its initial 1998 greatest movie list, and number one on AFI’s list of the most inspirational American films of all time.”

The play highlights the story of George Bailey, a small-town businessman, who in a panic one Christmas Eve, decides that he would be worth more dead than alive. But thanks to the interference of his guardian angel, Clarence Oddbody AS2, he is saved and shown how much of a difference he truly made in the world of Bedford Falls. At one point in the play, Clarence points out that “every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings,” which was what Clarence was eagerly hoping to earn by helping George.

The Players would like to offer our theater-going audience the opportunity to honor the people who have been an angel in their lives. Got someone in your life who has made a difference? Someone who went the extra mile for you? Was it a teacher, a parent, a friend…? For $5, the Players will make a bell listing the name of your “angel.” It will then be added to a Christmas tree, which will be on display at the Kent Theatre. At the end of each performance, our actors will ring bells, honoring all of the special angels whose names adorn the tree.

The bells are available by sending $5 to The Cedar Springs Community Players, ATTN: Bell; PO Box 207; Cedar Springs, MI 49319. You can also purchase one before each performance in the Kent Theatre lobby. Please clearly print your name and the name of your angel and mail it, along with $5, to the Players.

Performances of It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, written by Joe Landry, will be Dec. 8, 9, and 10 starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Kent Theatre. Tickets are available at the CS Public Library for $10 for adults 18 and older and students 17 and under. Tickets may also be purchased before each performance at the box office for $12 for adults 18 and over and $8 for students, 17 and under.

 

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Rehearsal continues for It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Show

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All the actors are learning their blocking, and we have started working on character development. For most all the participants, it’s the first time they’ve been in this style of live performance format. We are excited about bringing this cherished holiday movie to life on the Kent Theatre stage. A huge part of that effort will be all the “homemade” sound effects. Just as in old radio shows of yesteryear, we will be using all sorts of objects to create the sounds needed to enhance the audience’s enjoyment of the show.

Terri Riggle

Director

 

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It’s A Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play in rehearsal!

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Rehearsal began this week of It’s A Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play. You can see the cast was hard at work. The show will be at the Kent Theatre December 8th, 9th, and 10th. The large cast includes lots of familiar faces and some new ones appearing for the first time on stage in Cedar Springs. Come out and enjoy the show!

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The Foreigner Opening Night From Backstage

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Congratulations to cast and crew of The Foreigner for a fantastic opening night!

Check out the action from backstage. Come join the fun tonight at Kent Theatre at 7:30 PM.

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CSCP opening night from backstage.
CSCP opening night from backstage.

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The Foreigner Opens Tonight at the Kent Theatre

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See The Foreigner this week!

The Foreigner will be presented by the Cedar Springs Community Players at the Kent Theatre on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, October 13, 14, and 15, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 at the door. Character and prop sponsorships will be available in the theater lobby for $5.

We also have a great display of stories and pictures of Jack Clark and his history with the CSCP. The Foreigner was his favorite play and this production is dedicated to him. Please come out and enjoy the show.

Thank you for supporting the Cedar Springs Community Players!

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The Foreigner comes to Cedar Springs!

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The Foreigner Comes To Cear Springs!
The Foreigner Comes To Cedar Springs!

The Cedar Springs Community Players proudly present The Foreigner at the Kent Theatre on October 13, 14, and 15.

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.

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 Foreigner will be presented at the Kent Theatre 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. Character and prop sponsorships will be available in the theater lobby for $5.

Thank you for supporting the Cedar Springs Community Players!

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It’s a Wonderful Life — A Live Radio Play!!

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In just a little less than a month, the Players will be holding auditions for their next production, It’s a Wonderful Life-A Live Radio Play!! Plan on attending them on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 24 and
25 from 6:30 to 8 pm at the CS United Methodist Church. We need kids 12 and up; men and women of any age. Performances will be at the Kent Theatre on Dec. 8, 9 and 10. It’s a holiday classic recreated live and onstage.

Terri Riggle – Director

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The Foreigner 2016 Pre-Production Photos

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The Foreigner opens on October 13th at the Kent Theatre!

Here are some photos that have been taken during rehearsals and the Red Flannel Festival.

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