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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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
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!
Thank you all for your help in getting the word out about auditions, however, after two nights, we still do not have a full cast for The Foreigner. Many of the main roles are still open. ( Cast: 4 men 1 teen. 2 women)
So if we want this timely comedy to happen for us and as a tribute for Jack Clark, please ask as many actors, actresses, and technicians to look at their schedules (Performances are Oct 13, 14, 15, 2016) and come tomorrow night – Thursday Aug. 25 – at 6:30 PM at the CS United Methodist Church for a final night of auditions.