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.

“The Nerd”

The Allegan Community Players are proud to announce the cast for our fall show, “The Nerd”, by Larry Shue being sponsored by Country House Furniture.

Now an aspiring young architect in Terre Haute, Indiana, Willum, played by Charles Scott, has often told his friends, Tansy, played by Becca Fluty and Axle (Alexis?), played by Sunshine Engle the debt he owes to Rick Steadman, played by Christopher Burza.

Rick is a fellow ex-GI whom he has never met, but who saved his life after he was seriously wounded in Vietnam. He has written to Rick to say that, as long as he is alive, “you will have somebody on Earth who will do anything for you”-so Willum is delighted when Rick shows up unexpectedly at his apartment on the night of his thirty-fourth birthday party. But his delight soon fades as it becomes apparent that Rick is a hopeless “nerd”-a bumbling oaf with no social sense, little intelligence and less tact.

Add to the mix, Mr. Waldgrave played by Kevin Myers, a high powered businessman for whom Willum is designing a hotel. Waldgrave’s slightly off-kilter wife, Clelia played by Virginia Oppenhuizen and their monster of a child Thora, played by Francis Kiraly.

And Rick stays on and on, his continued presence among Willum and his friends leading to one uproarious incident after another, until the normally placid Willum finds himself contemplating violence-a dire development which, happily, is staved off by the surprising “twist” ending of the play.

Mark your calendar for October 21st through the 23rd to see this hilarious show at the Griswold Auditorium.

“The Nerd” Auditions

Auditions for “The Nerd” are being held September 13 and 14 at 7 – 9 p.m. at the Griswold. We are looking for 5 men and 2 women to make up the cast.

Play Synopsis: Now an aspiring young architect, Willum Cubbert has often told his friends about the debt he owes to Rick Steadman, a fellow ex-GI whom he has never met, but who saved his life after he was seriously injured in combat. He has written to Rick to say that, as long as he is alive, “you will have somebody on Earth who will do anything for you” — so Willum is delighted when Rick shows up unexpectedly at his apartment on the night of his thirty-fourth birthday party. But his delight quickly fades as it becomes apparent that Rick is a hopeless “Nerd” — a bumbling oaf with no social sense, little intelligence and less tact. And Rick stays on and on, his continued presence among Willum and his friends leading to one uproarious incident after another, until the normally placid Willum finds himself contemplating violence — a dire development which, happily is staved off by the surprising “twist” ending of the play.

The show, sponsored by Country House Furniture, will be performed at the Griswold Auditorium on October 21 – 23.

Into the Woods Jr.

Allegan Community Players is proud to present our 2016 summer musical Into the Woods Jr!  You can see this amazing show at the Allegan High School Performing Arts Center on August 5-7th. Friday and Saturday night shows will start at 7 p.m. and the Sunday show will start at 2 p.m.

We hope to see you there! If you would like to purchase tickets ahead of time, they will be available at Something Sweet for just $8.  Tickets will also be available at the door for $10.

 

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The Price Is Wrong!

Allegan Community Players would like to invite you to an interactive game show where you are the contestant! We proudly present The Price Is Wrong! where all proceeds will be donated to Wings of Hope Hospice!

Come and play some of your favorite games and win fabulous prizes, all while raising money for a great organization. Tickets are $20.00 and are available for presale at Something Sweet in downtown Allegan and Wings of Hope Hospice.

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The Foreigner

Allegan Community Players will be presenting our 2015 fall play entitled The Foreigner by Larry Shue.

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We follow the storyline in a rural fishing lodge in Georgia. Froggy LeSueur, a British demolitions expert who sometimes runs training sessions at a nearby military installation, is trying to put his friend, Charlie Baker at ease. Not everything is what it seems so please join us for this hilarious comedy.

Auditions are on September 1st and 2nd from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at the Allegan Hotel located at 1212 32nd St, Allegan, MI 49010.

Show dates are October 23 and 24 at 7:00 and October 25 at 2:00 and will be held at the historic Allegan Griswold Auditorium.