Add to your holiday festivities by attending the second annual Readers Theater production of the famed Dickens’ classic, “A Christmas Carol,” being performed on the Kent Theatre stage. Be transported back to London and that fateful Christmas Eve night when Ebenezer Scrooge comes face to face with his own destiny. Mark your calendars now. Three performances are scheduled for Friday, Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m., a matinee on Saturday, Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. and an evening performance at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are only $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors 65 and up, and are available at the box office before all performances or the Cedar Springs Public Library during business hours, or by calling (616) 696-0949 to reserve.
Independent film to premier November 13 by BETH ALTENA They were confronted by Kent County Sheriff’s Deputies because someone thought they were grave-robbing in a local cemetery. “When you are wielding swords in a cemetery at night, nothing good is going on,” explained Kay Bouma. Bouma was describing one of the adventures that went into filming an independent movie related to her book, The Mysterious Legend of Vladimir. The movie premieres November 13 at Kent Theatre in Cedar Springs. Vampire fans should show up early, and Bouma believes all who attend will be impressed at what can be done with a zero budget. A children’s book explaining hemophilia was the first step in what may become a career as an author and independent film producer for Bouma. The 1978 Rockford graduate gave birth 11 years ago to twins with a severe bleeding disorder. She soon realized the condition was not generally understood and wrote a children’s book about it. “I sold the book,” she explained about her entry into the life of an author. A pharmaceutical company purchased her story and uses it for education. That was Bouma’s first sale, now far surpassed in sales by a different kind of story. Bouma e-published The Mysterious Legend of Vladimir on the self-publishing website Smashworks in April 2009 and its sequel that same spring. “It hit the best seller list in two weeks and sold 2,000 copies the first year,” she said. Cousin to The DaVinci Code author Dan Brown, Bouman said she has a modest job now and hopes to be able to write full time if her success continues. The two volumes together constitute a full-length novel, and rave reviews came from such unexpected sources as musician Michael Bublé. “It’s a very different kind of vampire story,” Bouma said of her work. Vladimir has a Smashworks reader rating of five stars, the highest. A review by Heather Sakosky at Suite 101 online describes the book as, “An incredibly worthy read and at only $2.95, it is affordable and accessible.” Descriptions of the story show that Bouma was successful in her attempts to give a new twist to an old topic. Bouma said her interest in the world of vampires predates the current popularity of the […]
The Cedar Springs Community Players will be presenting the comedy/mystery “Bull in a China Shop” by C.B. Gilford on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 14-16. Performances will be at the Kent Theatre starting at 7:30 p.m. The action starts when a houseful of sweet little old ladies discover that a handsome bachelor lives across the street. Needless to say, they are delighted. When they learn that he is none other than Detective Dennis O’Finn of homicide, they are faced with the problem of how to attract his attention. The answer is simplicity itself: a nice, genteel homicide with a cup of tea as the murder weapon. When a brash young woman reporter begins to suspect the truth, she becomes the next target. O’Finn is terribly embarrassed when at last he discovers that he himself is the motive for these madcap goings-on and, in desperation, manages to solve the case. But the dear old ladies are too fond of him and in the end they turn the tables on him! First a short story in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, later a success on “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” and now a stage veteran of hundreds of performances around the country, “Bull in a China Shop” continues to enchant audiences everywhere. Tickets are available at the Cedar Springs Library and Chase Bank, downtown Cedar Springs branch only. Tickets are $10 presale and $12 at the door.
The Cedar Springs Community Players will present the award winning play “The Miracle Worker” by William Gibson on March 25, 26 and 27 at the Kent Theatre at 7:30 p.m. each evening. “The Miracle Worker” is the true story of Helen Keller, who was born a healthy child, only to be stricken at age 19 months with a severe illness which left her blind, deaf and mute. The play carries the audience into the daily disappointments and then into the miraculous breakthrough of the young Helen Keller at the guidance of her teacher Anne Sullivan, who is remembered as the “miracle worker” for her lifetime dedication, patience and love to a half-wild southern child trapped in a world of darkness. Pre-sale tickets are $10 and are on sale at the Cedar Springs Library and Cedar Springs Chase Bank. Tickets are $12 at the door. Tickets are also available from any cast member. Go to the Players website at www.cscommunityplayers.org or call (616) 696-0456 for more information on this family friendly show. Kent Theatre is located on Main Street, downtown Cedar Springs.
The Cedar Springs Community Players (CSCP) will present “Plaza Suite,” a three-act comedy by Neil Simon, at the historic Kent Theatre. Performances will take place on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 16-17 and will start at 7:30 p.m. There will be a Sunday matinee on Oct. 18 starting at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at the door for $12 or may be purchased in advance for $10 and are available through any cast member, at Chase Bank in downtown Cedar Springs, the Cedar Springs Public Library, or by calling Linda at (616) 696-0527.NB-RAAC #42