Latest Players production features fun and family

The family that “plays” together stays together! This summer, it’s a real family affair for the cast of the Cedar Springs Community Players’ latest production, “A Night at the Wax Museum.”

The hysterical meets the historical in this comic spoof about the wackiest wax museum you ever hope to visit! School has dismissed for the summer but not for five unlucky students who have flunked their History class. They have to re-take the class and, much to their dismay, have to accompany their teacher to the Cultully Wax Museum to help set up displays. Not too keen on this idea, the trip gets really interesting when all the figures come to life and start searching for an unknown treasure of great worth. Characters include Cleopatra, King Henry the VIII, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and Blackbeard the pirate, just to name a few.

“We have lots of new faces joining us for this production,” said Director Terri Riggle, “and a lot of them relate to each other – in a family way!”

Along with CSCP veteran player Laura Johnson, son Tom and daughter Anna Ambrose will be joining her onstage for the show, which is currently in rehearsal.  Also involved are the Broskey family – Dad, Todd, with sons, Michael and James, who has dual roles of Blackbeard the pirate and the production’s Assistant Director, and then there’s the  Moore siblings, RJ, Liz and Erin, all acting on stage in their second Players show.   Joining them are Rockford newcomers David Schmuker and his son, Jarrod; and Shannon Rop and her daughters, Anya and Maia.

“It’s really wonderful to be able to work with such a talented group of people,” Riggle said. She added that there are a total of 28 people in the cast, ranging in ages from high school to senior citizen. “Everyone is working very hard to learn lines and stage movement. I’m very pleased so far with how the show is shaping up. It’s going to be a fun family event you won’t want to miss!”

Performances for “A Night at the Wax Museum” will be held at the historic Kent Theatre in downtown Cedar Springs on Aug. 15-17 with performances starting at 7:30 p.m. and a 3 p.m. matinee performance on Sunday, Aug. 18. Tickets are $12 for adults ($10 presale) and $8 for children 12 and under and senior citizens, 65+.  Buy presale tickets at the Cedar Spring Public Library, Alpha Omega Coffee & Games or from any cast member. You can call 616-696-0949 to reserve tickets at the door.

For more details, please check the Players website at www.cedarspringscommunityplayers.org.

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