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!

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.