September 25, 2011

Bus Stop Opens October 7

Central Park Players will open its first full season at Grand Haven Public School’s Lakeshore Middle School with the romantic serio-comedy, Bus Stop, by William Inge.

Many may recall the 1956 film, loosely based on the play, as a boisterous romantic comedy about a young, loudmouthed cowboy bent on lassoing a chanteuse played by then it-girl, Marilyn Monroe.

Directed by Justin Sternburgh, Inge’s Bus Stop revolves around a young nightclub singer and her cowboy-fiancée Bo, and their struggle to find love in the modern world.  

Set during a blizzard, the Central Park Players’ cast of eight must ride out Kansas’ worst snowstorm in years in Grace’s Diner until the highway can be cleared.   The weather-enforced layover in the wee hours of the morning creates a window into the sometimes romantic, sometimes frosty, relationships of the eight characters.

Bus Stop opens Friday October 7 and runs for five performances; October 7-8 at 8 PM, October 9 at 2 PM and October 16-17 at 8 PM at the Lakeshore Middle School auditorium 900 S. Cutler, in Grand Haven.  

Tickets are available by calling the box office at 616-850-6566 and will be available at the door.

CPP/West Michigan Academy of Arts and Academics Offers Youth Theatre Classes
September 28 Registration Deadline!

Looking for a great opportunity to get your youngster involved in the exciting world of theatre? Central Park Players is bringing their Rising Stars youth theatre program to WMAAA's A+ After School Programs. Students will learn the basics of theater focusing on teamwork, character development, theater basics and staging. The course will culminate in a final performance. 

This class is open to students from any school! 

Central Park Players Instructors: Shay Chalupa and Michelle

Begins 10/4  Tuesdays and Wednesdays for 6 weeks from 4:15 pm to 5:30 pm

Level: Grades 1-5

Cost: $75 (includes all supplies)

Registration deadline is September 28, so call now to reserve your spot!!

To register for classes, please contact

Cathy Cantu 616.844.9961 or


Seussical, the Musical Audition Announcement

Auditions for Seussical will be held at the Lakeshore Middle School auditorium Monday and Tuesday October 10 and 11, with callbacks on Wednesday October 12.  Callbacks are by invitation only.

Actors/actresses ages 5-14 are called at 6-7:30 PM 
Adults ages 15 and over will begin at 7:30 PM and run until 10 PM.

Auditions consist of cold reading from the script, singing and dancing.  Perusal scripts can be obtained after October 1 by contacting director Sherri Rogers at

A first read-through is scheduled for Thursday, October 13 at 6:00 PM.

Please bring a 1 minute or shorter prepared song, to be sung in your key with sheet music or a cappella. For those who desire major roles, character songs from Seussical are encouraged.

Wear clothes that are comfortable to move in.  Please also wear dance or sport shoes. Please no sandals, heels, or other open-backed shoes.

There are 14 principal roles, dozens of featured roles, and lots of dance opportunities.  The sassy score goes from sultry to salsa, surf music and 60's girl groups to soaring, beautiful ballads.

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

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