Alice revisits Wonderland—Movie a teen hit and record-setter

March 11, 2010 // 0 Comments

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL  With the Disney movie “Alice in Wonderland” opening simultaneously in area theaters last Friday, March 5, we headed out to catch the opening at our hometown movie venue, NorthStar Cinemas. Wanting to catch this movie with one of our favorite actors, Johnny Depp, we had an ulterior motive. Your scribes had decided to expand our reporting horizons by doing an occasional movie review. Before we get to the articulars of this film, let us pause to reflect upon on omething we tend to take for granted. How fortunate we are in the greater Rockford and Cedar Springs communities to have a fine six-screen movie house just minutes away. At NorthStar Cinemas, we can enjoy first-run movies at small-town prices. In comparison to the out-of-town “big-box multi-screen” movie houses on the Beltline or Alpine Ave., NorthStar offers affordable admission and concession pricing. Here, a date night or family night out at the movies won’t break the bank. They even offer fresh, hot popcorn with real butter added at no additional charge! With a friendly staff, comfortable seating along with great legroom, and lots of adjacent parking, what’s not to like? Which now brings us to our thoughts on “Alice in Wonderland.” The movie features an outstanding ensemble cast of Mia Masikowska (Alice), Johnny Depp (the Mad Hatter), Anne Hathaway (the kind White Queen), and Helena Bonham Carter (the evil Red Queen) along with Crispin Glover (as the Red Queen’s henchman, the Knave of Hearts). Featuring stunning visuals, the Lewis Carroll novel takes new form under the direction of Tim Burton, who loves to include Depp in his films. In this latest retelling of the story, Alice, now 19 years old, embarks on a fantastical journey to find her true destiny when she returns to the capricious world she first encountered as a young girl. There she reunites with her whimsical friends, the White Rabbit, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, the Cheshire Cat, and of course, the Mad Hatter. Who better to play the Mad Hatter than the madcap Johnny Depp? Depp never fails to amaze us with his over-the-top portrayals of such characters as Willy Wonka and Edward Scissorhands, to name two of many. The little dance of celebration he did toward the […]

RHS presents Les Misérables

March 11, 2010 // 0 Comments

For those looking for a truly special event to attend, look no further than our own Rockford High School, for a heartfelt and touching performance of the epic theater work Les Misérables. The show will be March 18 through 20 and March 25 through 27, at 7 p.m. The classic, which premiered on Broadway in 1987, has become one of the world’s best known and most loved musicals. Based on the novel by Victor Hugo, with lyrics by Alain Boublil and beautiful music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, theater goers will follow the life story of Jean Valjean (Alex Bird) from a convict in 1815 Toulon, France, to a man of great humanity and compassion. Les Misérables has something for everyone: two strong characters at odds with each other, the proud Jean Valjean versus Inspector Javert (Jacob Loader) and his profound sense of duty. The lovely Fantine (Marisa Bouwkamp) will stop at nothing to provide for her daughter. A classic love triangle unfolds when Eponine (Doni Owens) longs for the love of Marius (Brett Johnson) who falls instantly in love with Cosette (Emily Kolenda). There is a thrilling battle, lead by charismatic student leader Enjolras (Scott Nadeau). A gang of thugs steal anything they can get their hands on, lead by Thenardier (Connor Jewell) and Madame Thenardier (Jessie Harris). Of course there are the street urchins, lead by the spirited Gavroche (Taylor Manett). Lighting is by Gayla Fox and Julia Crawford, costumes are by Lisa Abbott and props are by Ann Posont and Cathy Fazio. Make-up and hair is by Shelley Funk and Carol Purcey. All of these elements give the show the look and feel of France in the1800’s. Les Misérables literally means “the miserable,” and the show captures the essence of the poor and underprivileged rising up against the politics that have kept them there. But throughout the play there is a strong undercurrent of hope, and the entire company ultimately concludes that “Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.” Tickets are available by calling (616) 863-6031, ext. 7087, or by visiting in person on school days from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The box office will be open during the RHS Open House on Monday, March 15, from 6:30 to […]

Rudy Kazoody’s announce winner

October 15, 2009 // 0 Comments

Lydia Garner, an eighth-grader at North Rockford Middle School, is the winner of the Gummy Bear prize from last month’s drawing at Rudy Kazoody’s. Her guess of 223 Gummy Bears was the closest, with the correct amount being 209. This month, enter to win a gift certificate!

Classroom Celebration Fun

March 19, 2009 // 0 Comments

Grattan Academy Elementary students Allison Lamoreaux, Madison Cox, Mary Ricards, and Amber Peters, from Mrs. Campbell’s first/second grade class, celebrated February 19th, their 100th day of school.

Rockford Register – September 18, 2008

September 18, 2008 // 0 Comments

Saturday, September 20 Farm Market – 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., every Saturday through October 25, in the South Squires parking lot located off Main Street in downtown Rockford. The market features Michigan-grown produce, fresh baked goods, and flowers and plants. 8th Annual “Helping Our Neighbors in Need” Oil Change – 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at John Decker Chevrolet, 4650 Fourteen Mile Rd. NE, Rockford. Get a lube, oil, and filter for only $15. (Light trucks and cars only, please. No diesels.) All proceeds to benefit North Kent Service Center. Quilt Raffle – sponsored by Friends of the Timothy C. Hauenstein Reynolds Twp. Library, 4:00 p.m. at Ensley Park Pavilion during the Howard City Harvest Festival. Tickets are available at the Howard City Village Office, the library and Patchwork Dreams LLC. One of the two quilts is on display at the library. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. You need not be present to win. All proceeds to benefit the library and Howard City Harvest Festival. Sunday, September 21 Roast Beef Dinner – 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rockford Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, 4195 Thirteen Mile Road, Rockford. Cost is $7 for adults, and $3.50 for children under age 12. Enjoy all-you-can-eat roast beef, potatoes, corn, beans, roll, dessert and beverage. Bring your papers for recycling! “Best roast beef in town!” Breakfast – 9 to 11 a.m. at Sparta/Grand Rapids Moose Lodge #50, 11510 N. Division, Sparta. Cost is $5 per person, which includes coffee, juice and milk. Presented by Moose On Bikes, Lodge #50. “Turkey Shoot” Family Fun Day – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sparta Hunting and Fishing Club, 13218 Long Lake Dr., Sparta. Trap, archery, grilled chicken and barbeque dinners, raffle, running deer, BB gun range, and kids crafts. For more information, call Morrie at (616) 696-4523 or visit Tuesday, September 23 Blood Drive – noon to 8 p.m. at Our Lady of Consolation, Kateri Lodge, 520 Northland Dr., Rockford. Country Music – 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Rockford Ambulance Community Center, corner of 10 Mile Road and Shaner Avenue in Rockford. Music by the Rogue River Band. Enjoy free coffee, tea and snacks. Thursday, September 25 Blood Drive – 4 to 8 […]

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