March 6, 2009

Auditions for Steel Magnolias next week!
Director John Bethke has set auditions for the Drama Steel Magnolias for Monday and Tuesday, March 9 and March 10 at the Central Park Players rehearsal hall, 1433 Fulton Ave. at 7:00 P.M. Please come a little early to fill out your audition information. 

There will be no callbacks. 

Auditions will consist of cold readings and some theatrical exercises. If you have any questions you can reach stage manager/ assistant director Norma Bethke at .

About the show:
Steel Magnolias is a witty show about six women at a hair salon.

Trow:40ish owner of a beauty shop.

Annelle: 19, Beauty shop assistant.

Clairee: 66ish Widow of former mayor. Grand dame.

Shelby: 25ish pretty girl.

M'Lynn: 50ish Shelby's mother. Socially prominent career woman.

Ouiser: 66ish Wealthy curmudgeon. Acerbic but loveable.

"The action is set in Truvy's beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are "anybody" come to have their hair done.

Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle (who is not sure whether she is still married), the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town's rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, ("I'm not crazy, I've just been in a bad mood for forty years"); an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M'Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry a "good ole boy".

Filled with hilarious repartee and not a few acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions, the play moves toward tragedy when, in the second act, the spunky Shelby (who is a diabetic) risk pregnancy and forfeits her life.

The sudden realization of their mortality affects the others, but also draws on the underlying strength --- and love --- which give the play, and its characters, the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad. "

The entire kingdom would like to extend a sincere 
 to all the volunteers who helped make our winter musical, Once Upon a Mattress, a success!

Bravo!!! Bravissimo!!!  

"Who is it in the press that calls on me?
I hear a tongue shriller than all the music
Cry "Caesar!" Speak, Caesar is turn'd to hear."
William Shakespeare

Call for Directors for 2009-2010 Season
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
2 men, 2 women (doubling): 4 total
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

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

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