Central Park Players Bring Another Book to Life
Watching the characters from your favorite books come to life is always a thrill. From television, to movies, to stage, people love to see if the person they envisioned when they read a book matches the real-life version created by an actor.
Central Park Players knows this all too well as they embark on their third retelling of a storybook this year.
Preceded by last winter’s retelling of the popular children’s book Pinkalicious, and this fall’s adaptation of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Central Park Players will bring another popular children’s book to life for the holiday season.
Junie B. Jones, Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! (Book by Barbara Park) is directed by Shaylynn Chalupa. When asked how the play differs from the book Chalupa answered “The play is pretty much exactly like the book, with some bonus material from some of the other books, so if you love the Junie B. Jones books, you’ll love the play!”
The action of the story takes place during the holidays at Junie B’s school. Room One is doing lots of fun things to celebrate but Junie B. is irritated by a classmate named May who seems intent on ruining her holiday glee. When Junie B. gets stuck with May for Secret Santa, it’s time for her to decide whether she should use her abundance of holiday spirit for good or evil!
The cast includes:
Junie B Jones: Katheryn Jaeger
May: Isabelle Dwyer
Lucille: Madison Smits
Sheldon: Gavin TenBroeke
Herb: Jacob Nelson
Jose': Kyle Goltz
Mr. Scary: George Jaeger
Mrs. Toot: Lindsay Lee
Grandpa Miller: Bruce Baker
Elf Ellen: Jen Ackerman
Philip Johnny Bob: Skylar Coon
Junie B. is recommended for all ages. The Players will present five performances, December 5-8, 2013. Nightly shows are at 7:30, with and Sunday matinee and two shows on Saturday the 7th, also including a 2:00 PM matinee. Seating is general admission with tickets available the day of the shows - Box office is 616-850-6566.
Another book that is perfect for the whole family will hit the stage in May 2014 when Central Park Players presents Anne of Green Gables, the classic story of a precocious orphan who is sent to a farm called Green Gables to help out and ends up changing everyone’s lives for the better.
No matter what the show, once you read or listen to a book, there’s nothing more fun than seeing it come to life on stage.