February 15, 2009 

Box Office Opens Monday for 
Once Upon a Mattress!

Tickets on sale Monday, Feb. 16 for Once Upon a Mattress
Tickets go on sale Feb. 16 for the one-weekend-only run of Once Upon a Mattress at White Pines Middle School, 1400 S. Griffin St. Performances dates and times are Feb. 26, 27, and 28 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 28 at 2 p.m.

While Central Park Players' production of Once Upon a Mattress won't have the 20 mattresses of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale The Princess and the Pea, the musical will have a sizable stack through which Princess Winnifred the Woebegone will manage to feel a single pea. That, of course, means a stage with serious head room.

And that's a main reason for staging the production at White Pines Middle School Auditorium, 1400 S. Griffin, says Joe Carmolli, who directs Once Upon a Mattress. "The Grand Haven Community Center has a wonderful theater, but we simply need more space for this production. Not only do we have that stack of mattresses, but we have a cast of 24 people."

Although moving productions frequently isn't something CPP is likely to do often, Carmolli comments, moving around is what community theatre troupes used to do.

The family-friendly play is filled with toe-tapping tunes, hilarious dialog, and wacky characters.

Ticket information
Once Upon a Mattress opens for its four performance run Feb. 26 with 8 p.m. performances on Feb. 26, 27, and 28 and a 2 p.m. matinee on Feb. 28.

Season Ticket Holder Special Seating
Although White Pines Middle School Auditorium does not allow for reserved seating, season ticket-holders will be seated early and may choose to sit in a specially reserved section of the theater.  

Ticket prices
: $14 for adults, $11 for seniors 64 and older and students 18 and younger, and $10 each for groups of 10 or more.

Box office locations and hours:

Central Park Players main office, 1433 Fulton:

  • M-F, Feb. 16-20 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • M-W, Feb. 23-25, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Th-F, Feb. 26 and 27, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

White Pines Middle School

  • Th-F, Feb. 26 and 27, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 28, 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Phone and online: Tickets may also be reserved by calling 616-971-1329 or online:

Auditions set for Steel Magnolias

Director John Bethke has set auditions for the Drama Steel Magnolias for March 9 and March 10 at the Central Park Players rehearsal hall, 1433 Fulton Ave. at 7 P.M. There will be no callbacks. 

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 or not 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) risks pregnancy and forfeits her life. The sudden realization of their mortality affects the others, but also draws on the underlying strengthand lovewhich give the play, and its characters, the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad.

Cast is 6 adult women.

Family Theatre seeks director for Fiddler on the Roof, Jr.
CPP Family Theatre's production of Fiddler on the Roof, Jr., which will run July 23, 24, and 25, needs a director. If you're interested, please send your application/letter of intent to Shaylynn Chalupa at bookrueger@yahoo.com or to CPP Family Theatre Director Selection, P.O. Box 564, Grand Haven, MI 49417. Applications/letters of intent must be received by Feb. 28, 2009.

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. Actors must be 18 years or younger.


If music be the food of love, play on -- William Shakespeare

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


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