January 16, 2009

CPP receives $5,000 grant
Central Park Players has received a $5,000 grant from the WKKK Fund of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation. The WKKK Fund is donor-advised and is funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation as part of a program that allows Kellogg Foundation board members to request grants in keeping with WKKF purposes. The CPP grant was requested by Dorothy A. Johnson to support enhanced cultural entertainment for people in the Tri-Cities.

CPP thanks Mrs. Johnson, the WKKK Fund, the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for the unrestricted grant.

Tickets on sale 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.

Written by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Marshall Barer with music by Mary Rodgers and lyrics by Marshall Barer, Once Upon a Mattress has been charming musical theatre audiences since 1959. The play takes place in a fictional medieval kingdom where a curse has left King Sextimus unable to speak, and Queen Aggravain has taken control of the kingdom. In an attempt to prevent Prince Dauntless from marrying, Queen Aggravain decrees that only the princess who passes the queen's ridiculous tests may marry her son. That's not all -- no one else in the kingdom may marry until the prince does.

This is disturbing for Lady Larken and Sir Harry because Lady Larken is pregnant with Sir Harry's child. Fortunately, Sir Harry finds Winnifred the Woebegone, a princes who captivates Prince Dauntless and passes the queen's sensitivity test.

For more information, visit centralparkplayers.org.

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 Jan. 30, 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.

Congratulations, Michaela!
Michaela Kerkstra has been chosen to play Hodel in the West Michigan Academy of Arts and Academics production of Fiddler on the Roof, Jr.

Happy February birthday
Lou Payment: Feb. 17


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


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