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.

“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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