Central Park Players returns to Grand Haven Community Center

Central Park Players will be celebrating its 2016-2017 season at a “new” location as it moves back to the Grand Haven Community Center, located at 421 Columbus Avenue downtown Grand Haven.

The 57-year old community theatre group moved into the Community Center in 1966 and called it home for 40 years when, in 2006, they relocated to make way for the Center’s renovation and expansion. Little did they know as they packed up their boxes and bags, it would be 10 years before they moved back in. What followed was a series of addresses for the theatrical group, including four years of maintaining offices at the old Challenge Machinery building on Fulton Street and performing at various Grand Haven locations. For two years they performed at what used to be the Grand Haven Area Arts Council building on Columbus Avenue, now Lakeshore Taekwondo Academy. They also performed on the Community Center stage and at White Pines school, when finally in 2010 they were invited to move their entire operation to Lakeshore Middle School, giving the group storage, rehearsal and performance space in one.

Then last season, with the school district in need of more space for its growing student population, the group once again was looking for a new home and what they found, was an old one. When Char Seise, the City’s Community Affairs Manager contacted the group wondering if they would be interested in returning its entire operation to the Community Center they leapt at the chance.

Michelle Prince, Central Park Player’s Board President expressed enthusiasm about the return to the Community Center, stating “I grew up on the Community Center stage through Central Park Players’ many musical productions. I spent so many hours on that stage that it became a second home to me. I am very excited for our return home next season.” She continued, “Many of our members, when they hear about the move, express feeling the same way.”

The agreement struck between the City and the Players will help Grand Haven continue to broaden its cultural reach, ensuring the performing arts are well-supported and visible in the community. The news of the new location is already generating excitement for the Players’ patrons and members and they hope the “central” location will help them to gain additional exposure within the community.

Central Park Players
P.O. Box 564
Grand Haven, MI  49417


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