March 30, 2009

CPP Family Theatre's production of Fiddler on the Roof, Jr., will run July 9, 10, and 11, 2009.  Please note, the performance dates have been changed; these are the updated performance dates

If you're interested, please send your application/letter of intent THIS WEEK to Shaylynn Chalupa at or to CPP Family Theatre Director Selection, P.O. Box 564, Grand Haven, MI 49417.

In the little village of Anatevka, Tevye, a poor dairyman, tries to instill in his five daughters the traditions of his tight-knit
Jewish community in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia. Its charm, humor, warmth, honesty and universal themes cut across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion, touching audiences throughout the world.

An epic piece of theatre, Fiddler... Junior covers the full range of human emotions, presenting young performers with a unique acting challenge - especially the mature young man starring as Tevye, among the most memorable and rewarding roles in musical theatre.

Rich in historical and ethnic detail, Fiddler... Junior is also an ideal vehicle for multi-cultural studies. Whatever the circumstances, Fiddler... Junior is a thrilling undertaking that is well worth the effort.

This special edition of one of Broadway's great masterpieces is perfect for encouraging young people to think about their roots, as well as to deal with the important issues of community, tradition, tolerance and faith.
The production, which is one act with prologue and 15 scenes, will use a rehearsal and performance CD. 

Approximate running time is 60 to 80 minutes. The cast includes 12 boys, seven girls, one fiddler (girl or boy), and chorus.

Licensing requires that actors must be 18 years of age or younger.

Call for Directors for 2009-2010 Season Send your applications this week!  Deadline: 4/10/09

The Board is seeking directors for CPP's 2009-2010 season.  The productions slated for the upcoming season are:

Annie, Book by  Thomas Meehan
Music by  Charles Strouse
Lyrics by  Martin Charnin

Leapin' Lizards! The popular comic strip heroine takes centerstage in one of the world's best-loved musicals.

"Annie" is a spunky Depression-era orphan determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations, befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and finds a new family and home in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

Holiday: A Christmas Carol  
Adapted by John Mortimer from the story by Charles Dickens. Large cast. Simple sets.

Dramatized with flair and wit in a version first performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company, this adaptation of the ageless story captures Dickens' ironic point of view while it creates a panoramic view of Victorian London. All of the much loved characters are in place. Cast and staging requirements are extremely flexible; there is ample opportunity for creative doubling.

Drama: Almost Maine by John Cariani
4 (2men, 2 women) to 19 actors (doubling possible).
Flexible Set
On a cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter, all is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, Almost's residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend in this delightful midwinter night's dream.

Comedy: Leading Ladies, by Ken Ludwig
Five men, three women, unit set.
A hilarious comedy about two English Shakespearean actors, Jack and Leo, who find themselves so down on their luck that they are performing "Scenes from Shakespeare" on the Moose Lodge circuit in the Amish country of Pennsylvania. When they hear that an old lady in York, PA is about to die and leave her fortune to her two long lost English nephews, they resolve to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives and get the cash. The trouble is, when they get to York, they find out that the relatives aren't nephews, but nieces! Romantic entanglements abound, especially when Leo falls head-over-petticoat in love with the old lady's vivacious niece, Meg, who's engaged to the local minister. Meg knows that there's a wide world out there, but its not until she meets Maxine and Stephanie that she finally gets a taste of it.

Season order is not yet determined.

Interested in applying to direct?
click here to submit your application via e-mail or send a written submission to Central Park Players, P.O. Box 564, Grand Haven, MI  49417  Attn: Director submission.  Applicants are encouraged to write a letter of intent and attach a resume or or list of theatrical experience.  
Deadline to submit is April 10, 2009

ANNOUNCEMENT Volunteer Performers are needed for the Street Theatre at Derbyshire Ren Faire in Muskegon on two weekends, June 20-21 and 27-28.  Training will be provided. 

For more information, contact*
Ryan Brown  616-604-1051

*This is a courtesy announcement for the Derbyshire Renaissance Faire, please do not contact Central Park Players for details or with questions.

Steel Magnolias

Truvy Jones: Trudi Kerkstra

Annelle Dupuy-Desoto: Laura Anys

Clairee Belcher: Ruth Bethke

Shelby Eatenton-Latcherie: Eirann Betka

M'Lynn Eatenton- Beverly Littner Schroeder

Ouiser Boudreaux: Carolyn Bean

Steel Magnolias will be performed April 24, 25, 26, 30; May 1, 2 at the Grand Haven Community Center.

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

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