Rogue River Theater takes ‘The Light of Heaven’s Dove’ on the road Local actors group, the Rogue River Community Theater, took their talent on tour as they offered “The Light of Heaven’s Dove” to a variety of venues. Playing at the restored and historic Kent Theater in Cedar Springs, the group presented a musical drama about the life of Christ. The story depicts the changes that Christ’s life has had historically and currently, impacting the lives of people. Jesus of Nazareth is played by John Hogan, with Mary portrayed by Teresa Lautenbach. Patricia Rose Boersak of Rockford wrote, staged, choreographed and directed the show. The final performance will be December 6 at the Basilica of St. Adalberts Cathedral, 701 Fourth Street, downtown Grand Rapids, at 7:30 p.m.
Kent Theatre in Cedar Springs
Everybody loves a good story and nothing gets a person into the holiday mood more than a good Christmas story. This year, you can hear live, on Main Street in Cedar Springs, at the Kent Theatre stage a reading/telling of the beloved Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol.” Called “theater for the ear,” this Reader’s Theater version has all the wonderful characters telling the story, transporting you back to old London and that fateful Christmas Eve night. Mark your calendars now. Three performances are scheduled on December 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m. and a Sunday matinee on December 6 at 3 p.m. Tickets are only $8 and are available at the box office before all performances, the Cedar Springs Public Library, or by calling (616) 696-0949.
Local playwright Scott Phillips has written his first musical, “Paris on the Brain,” and it will debut at the Kent Theatre in Cedar Springs this summer. In this musical comedy, Paul is surprised by the reappearance of the woman he loved but left in Paris several months before. The exotic Meena arrives, expecting to marry, and Paul enlists his quarrelsome sisters to help explain the abrupt nuptials to their conservative parents. This engaging musical ranges from hilarious to poignant as three generations adapt to growth and change within the family. Based on a true family story, Phillips wrote the musical with his sister, Jill Phillips, who composed the words and music. A former professional musician, Jill proposed the musical after witnessing the enthusiastic reception given Scott’s first two plays, “Fish and Visitors” and “None Would Be Old.” The audience will delight in this collaboration and empathize with the problems of the family that proudly sings “We put the fun in dysfunctional!” Performances will be August 7, 8, 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m., and August 16 at 3:00 p.m. at the historic Kent Theatre, 8 N. Main Street, Cedar Springs.