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PLAY REVIEW: ‘Play That Goes Wrong’ is right kind of fun

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Thespians and theater buffs alike are familiar with the saying, “The show must go on.”

The Flat River Community Players honor this old adage with the upcoming performances of “The Play That Goes Wrong.” Written by seasoned London actors Harry Lewis, Harry Shields, and Jonathan Sayer, this play embodies the fears, insecurities, and unfortunately, the blunders experienced by actors and stage hands everywhere.

Players’ production is part Monty Python, part Sherlock Holmes

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The Flat River Community Players are at it again with a laugh so hard your belly will ache, and you will have to wipe the happy tears off your face. 

Performances of “The Play That Goes Wrong” are set for 7 p.m. on April 21, 22, 28, 29 and at 2 p.m. on April 30 at the Greenville Area Recreation and Community Center, 900 E Kent Road, Greenville, Michigan. Tickets are available at the community center or online garcctickets.ludus.com/index.php.

‘Nunsense’ past and present

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FRCP’s ‘Nuncrackers’ is a nostalgic and light-hearted musical comedy

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A fruitcake that could have changed the course of human history? Secret Santa for strangers? Nuns kicking up their sensible shoes in a chorus line?

If these questions have piqued your curiosity, the Flat River Community Players’ production of “Nuncrackers” is a show you will not want to miss.

Flat River Community Players present an adventure in Narnia

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Spend some time cooling off in the winter chill of Narnia as The Flat River Community Players bring C.S. Lewis’ classic fantasy novel, “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe” to life this weekend and next. Audiences of all ages will be charmed by this beloved adventure tale, featuring a cast of 31 adult and child actors. This production showcases family ties, celebrates valor, and illustrates the eternal battle of good versus evil.

Laugh your head off at ‘What the Bellhop Saw’

If you enjoy physical comedy, slapstick antics, descriptive metaphors, and subtle (or not so subtle) innuendos, this weekend’s Flat River Community Players (FRCP) production of “What the Bellhop Saw” is for you.

Playwrights Billy VanZandt and Jane Milmore skillfully guide the zany characters through a series of miscommunications and untimely mishaps, as separate guests in a luxurious hotel unwittingly find themselves intertwined in danger. In his directorial debut for FRCP, Dennis Hess hopes that the audience will “laugh their fool heads off!”

Flat River Community Players back on stage with Neil Simon classic

After 21 months, community theater is back in Greenville with the Flat River Community Players (FRCP) debut of Neil Simon’s “London Suite.”

Director Kent Schuster credits the choice of this weekend’s play to a lucky find/purchase at the Lakeview library used book sale. Schuster, (who also plays the unwitting bellman in the play), read the book and thought it would be a great play for FRCP to perform.

Flat River Community Players present ‘London Suite’

The Flat River Players are back with “London Suite” by America’s premier comic playwright, Neil Simon. This show is a suite of hilarious comedies set in the deluxe suite of a London Hotel.

In Scene One we see the skit “Settling Accounts.” A Welsh writer is holding his longtime business manager at gun point. The villain concocts crazier and crazier stories to explain why the writer’s bank accounts are empty and the manager was caught in Heathrow airport with a case of cash.

Flat River Community Players award scholarships

The Flat River Community Players (FRCP) presented the Hilda M. Sorvari Memorial FRCP Scholarship to two area graduating seniors for 2021. 

Each recipient of a $500 award demonstrated interest in the performing arts, not necessarily as a career choice but at least as an activity they would plan to participate in as an adult.