“Lend Me A Tenor” Show Announcement

Allegan Community Players is getting ready to present its summer musical, “Lend Me A Tenor.” The musical is directed by Emmagrace Kasprzyk and Ryan Burza. This year we will also be having a live pit orchestra- directed by Ryan Burza. We have an amazing cast of 27 actors from around Allegan County including:

Max Garber – Tristin Jeffrey
Henry Saunders – Christopher Burza
Tito Merelli- Jordan Brookhouse
Diana Divane – Bailey Weaver
Maggie Saunders – Cailee Bywater
Bernie Guter – Hosley Werner
Maria Merelli – Kerry Falk
Anna #1- Mackenzie Morris
Anna #2 – Kenidy Allen
Anna #3 – Angelica Zoch
Harry- Ezeikiel Butcher
Reporter – Kayla Cabrera
Photographer #1- Mason Haas
Photographer #2- Whitley Hester
Mickey- Michael Leonard
Joe- Jeremiah Brookhouse
Housemaids – Olivia Hren,Onnie Kiraly, Sunshine Engel, and Frances Kiraly
Otello Cast/Reception Committee/Gala Guests-
Chelsea Stevenson
Harmony Goodman
Kassidy Bright
Lilly West
Mya Falk
Andrew Smith
Christian MacCartny

Show times are July 28th and 29th at 7pm and July 30th at 2pm. Pre-sale tickets will be available at Something Sweet and through cast members for $8.00. Tickets may also be purchased at the door for $10.00.

“Lend Me A Tenor: The Musical” Audition Information

Audition Dates:

  • May 30 and 31 (with Call-backs on June 1st)
  • 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Allegan High School Performing Arts Center

30+ total cast members featuring 8 male and 9 female roles.

Looking for actors and actresses ages 13 and up. (Will cast high school students for adult roles.)

We are also in need of dancers and orchestra players!

You can find more information and a video promo on our Facebook page.

One Acts Festival Information

The Allegan Community Players have chosen the lineup of shows for this year’s One Acts Festival to be performed May 19th & 20th at 7:00 p.m. at the Griswold Auditorium.

Connections by Theresa Lynn, PhD Directed by Jane Holewa

A fun and thought provoking play showing how we are all connected on many different levels.   CAST: 2 M, 5 F

Mac – Grandfather

Emma – Grandmother

#1 – Sister in charge (sisters are Not nuns)

#2 – Assistant sister

#3 – Sister in training

Virgil – Emma’s & Mac’s grown son

Serena – Virgil’s daughter

 

Mistakes and Stories by Sarah Linkous Directed by Jordan Brookhouse

Three friends retelling stories of their past drunken antics attract the attention of a stranger with his own story to tell. But, his sense of humor has soured over the past few centuries.

CAST: 4 M

Hank – Burly, middle-aged man, a story teller

Daryl – Middle-aged man with a flare for the dramatic

Frank – More level headed than his friends

Looking – Old Norse God of Mischief

 

Eight Rings of the Bell by Abigail Hagerty Directed by Emmagrace Kasprzyk

CAST: 4 M, 4 F, 1 Boy about 13

A touching look at a family tragedy and yet life goes on.

Aiden- Main character, 13 years old, likes to listen to Grandfather’s old stories

Grandfather – Aiden’s grandfather,67 years old, short,  always talking about what happened when he was young, likes to randomly start singing songs.  Marie and Mom’s dad.

Mom – Aiden’s mom, 42 years old, kinda nervous, checks on Aiden a lot, nice and gentle likes to keep things clean.

Dad – Aiden’s dad, 45 years old, funny, supportive of his children, tries to cheer people up if they are down.

Uncle Mark – Aiden’s uncle, father’s brother, 32 years old, kind of quiet, usually only talks to Aiden, always has a deck of cards with him.

Michael – Aiden’s older brother, goes to college, serious, looks out for Aiden, nervous about becoming a father, overly protective of Katie

Katie – Michael’s wife, Aiden’s sister in law, 23 years old super excited to be a mom, Aiden feels like she can be told anything   

Aunt Marie – Aiden’s aunt, mother’s sister, 38 years old, wild, party girl

Doctor

 

A Very Open House by Bonnie Grooters Directed by Rachel Bywater

A real estate open house with a couple of twists

CAST: 5M, 7W, 1 Either M or F

Selena Russel – Younger sister, thirtyish

Dortha Watkins – Older sister, thirtyish

Charles – Real estate agent, fiftyish

Theresa – Real estate agent, fiftyish

Uncle Eddie – Selena & Dortha’s uncle, 60ish

Aunt Sara – Eddie’s wife, 60ish

Policeman

Two couples – potential home buyers (no lines)

Mr. Davidson – over 65, (1 line)

Mrs. Davidson – over 65 (1 line)

The Cast of “Just Desserts” is Announced!

The Allegan Community Players are pleased to announce the cast for our murder mystery show “Just Desserts”!

 

Judge Reginald P. Cogsworth, a curmudgeon who hates sweets, is judging a charity bake off, albeit grudgingly.  Countless entries have been whittled down to three:

  • A Raspberry tart from Scooter Bright, owner of a nail salon
  • Depression-era Cake recipe baked by Edna Mae Carter, the local librarian and self-proclaimed crazy cat lady
  • A Rich Chocolate Torte created by Margaret Mason, a local high society lady.

In the middle of the tasting, sour old Judge Cogsworth drops dead, and it’s up to Mrs. Peabody, head of the contest, and the audience to determine the cause. There are clues in the theatre to help.  The audience also gets to question the three contestants, all of whom have had some unpleasant dealings with the judge in the past.

Directed by Rachel Bywater, the show features returning ACP regulars Onnie Kiraly as Scooter Bright and Virginia Oppenhuizen, playing Margaret Mason.  We welcome three newcomers to ACP, all of whom have stage experiences with other area theatres.  Richard Moll, from Otsego, will be playing the Judge; Jane Holewa, from Allegan, is Ms. Peabody; and Marie Lallinger-Smith, also from Allegan, will be the crazy cat lady Edna Mae Carter.

Join us for dessert and to help solve the murder on Sunday, February 19th at 3:00 p.m. or Monday, February 20th at 7:00 p.m.  The shows will be held at the Four Roses Cafe in Plainwell. Seating is limited. Cost for the show and dessert is $20. Reserve your seats now by calling Linda Havens at (269) 873-8084 or email allegancommunityplayers@gmail.com.

*There is a $10 admission charge for holders of membership and sponsorship tickets.*

 

 

Improv Workshop

On January 15th, we will be hosting an afternoon Improv Workshop at the Griswold from 2 p.m to 5 p.m.  This workshop will be led by Scott Fuce.  He has a theatre degree from WMU; has studied extensively at Second City in Chicago; coaches Forensics; and is a M.I.F.A. certified judge and coach. Scott teaches Improv (and other classes) at the Grand Rapids Civic Theater, and was a founding member of The Madd Hatters.

Improv is theater that is made up completely on the spot: no scripts, no lines, and no teleprompters. But it’s not just “winging it.” Improv is being totally present in the moment.

Join us for an afternoon of fun – jumping in and saying “YES…and” is half the battle. Cost for the workshop is $10 for ACP members and $20 for non-members.  (Note: the $20 fee will include an individual membership good through August 31, 2017.)

Auditions for “Just Desserts”

Auditions are January 4th & 5th from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Carnegie Room at the Allegan District Library. The show calls for 1 Man and 4 Women, however, one of the women’s parts could be cast as a man depending on who auditions. ACP member, Rachel Bywater, is directing, with assistance from past president, Marne Sieber.

The Four Roses Cafe in Plainwell will be hosting the show on Sunday, February 19th and Monday, February 20th.

“Just Desserts” an audience participation mystery written by Craig Sodaro, and produced by special arrangement with Eldridge Publishing Co.  Members of the audience will enjoy of one of The Four Roses’ delicious desserts as part of this theatrical experience.

 

The Allegan Community Players Announce our 2017 Season!

JANUARY

Starting off on January 15th with an afternoon Improv workshop at the Griswold from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. This workshop will be led by Scott Fuce, who has a theatre degree from W.M.U., has studied extensively at Second City in Chicago, coaches forensics and is a M.I.F.A. certified judge and coach, teaches Improv (and other classes) at the Grand Rapids Civic Theater, and was a founding member of The Madd Hatters.

Improv is theater made up completely on the spot: no scripts, no lines and no teleprompters. But it’s not just “winging it.” Improv is being totally present in the moment.  Join us for an afternoon of fun, jumping in and saying “yes…and” is half the battle.  Cost for the workshop his $10 for ACP members and $20 for non-members. (Note: the $20 fee will include an individual membership good through August 31, 2017.)

FEBRUARY

February will find us at The Four Roses Cafe in Plainwell with an audience participation mystery, “Just Desserts” by Craig Sodaro produced by special arrangement with Eldridge Publishing Co.  The show is Sunday February 19th and Monday February 20th.   Members of the audience will enjoy one of the Four Roses delicious desserts as part of this theatrical experience.

Auditions are January 4th & 5th from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Carnegie room at the Allegan District Library.  The show calls for 1 Men and 4 Women, however one of the women’s parts could be cast as a man depending on who auditions. ACP member Rachel Bywater is directing with assistance from past president, Marne Sieber.

MARCH

March 1st is the deadline to submit a one act play for consideration for inclusion in our Fourth Annual One Acts Festival.  Plays can be sent to acp.oneacts@gmail.com. Auditions will most likely be in early April and the show will be May 19, 20 & 21 at the Griswold Auditorium.

JUNE

In June, we will be holding auditions for our summer musical, “Lend Me a Tenor: The Musical” by Peter Sham & Brad Carroll, based on the Play by Ken Ludwig.  Board members Emmagrace Kasprzyk and Ryan Burza will be spearheading production of this riotous tale of mistaken identity and unexpected romance.   Auditions are open to anyone age 13 and up.  Tentative dates for the show at the AHS Performing Arts Center are July 28 – 30.

JULY

July this year ACP is trying something new, a week-long Youth Drama Workshop.  The workshop, open to anyone under 18, will be held Monday through Friday July 10th through the 14th, culminating with a performance of “Black and White Rainbow” a play with a message written by an ACP member.

AUGUST

Our annual membership meeting and potluck will be in August.

OCTOBER

 We are tentatively planning a repeat of our game show “The Price is Wrong ” for October 2017.

 

Keep an eye on our Facebook Page or check back here for updates.