callboard logo.jpg   June 9, 2009
Central Park Players' Rising Stars! Day Camp Receives Scholarship Grant

GHACF.jpg The Grand Haven Community Foundation Youth Advisory Council awarded Central Park Players’ Rising Stars Day Camp grant monies that will be awarded as need-based scholarships for its new two-week theatre day camp for youngsters this June.  

Rising Stars Day Camp, a new venture for Central Park Players, is a tuition-based day camp that focuses on teaching the basics of being onstage to the beginning actor, ages 4-11.  The day camp will have both AM and PM sessions running from June 15 through June 26, culminating with a stage performance.  

Instruction will be provided by the chairperson of the Family Theatre Committee of Central Park Players, Shaylynn Chalupa.  Chalupa, who has many years of experience working with children with Central Park Players and Muskegon Civic Theatre, will teach the basics of theatre focusing on teamwork, character development, theatre basics, and staging.  

The funds for the scholarships have been awarded from the Grand Haven Community Foundation Youth Fund which is supported by donations to the Grand Haven Community Foundation discretionary fund.  

The scholarships provided through these generous donations will give families who are struggling financially the ability to expose their children to opportunities in the arts where they can gain confidence, build talent, and develop lifelong tools to be more successful in whatever they endeavor.

Central Park Players also offers a late-summer day camp for older students which was started last year. 

Both programs will continue to offer scholarships through the Grand Haven Community Foundation grant and funding from a private donor.

Click here for more information about camp.

CPP Family Theatre's production of Fiddler on the Roof, Jr. Now in Rehearsals

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Central Park Players’ Family Theatre will be presenting the musical, Fiddler on the Roof. Jr., at 7:00 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, (with two performances on Saturday), July 9-11, 2009, at the Grand Haven Community Center. 

The production is directed by Norma Bethke and assisted by Henry Tiles.  Music Direction is by Kay Wells and the show's Producer is Trudi Kerkstra.

Fiddler on the Roof, written first in Yiddish in 1894, and then translated and performed with music under the direction of Jerome Robbins, was the longest-running play in Broadway history until Grease was produced a decade later. 

This is the second time Central Park Players has performed Fiddler on the Roof, its first in 2000 when it was directed on the mainstage by John with Ruth Bethke and Norma Bethke as a cast member.

Tevye, played in this production by Erin Robere, is a Jew living in Russia in the early 20th century. In Fiddler on the Roof, Jr. he must face several issues: his poverty, the tension between the Jews and Gentiles in his small village; his not-always easy relationship with his wife Golde, played by Maggie Barnard; and the marriage arrangements of his five daughters, played by Becca Kerkstra, Erin Mickelson, Mollie Labeff, Michaela Kerkstra, and Katie Parks.

When the village matchmaker, Yente, played by Courtney Cotter, tells Golde that the wealthy butcher Lazar Wolf, played Brandon Marion, wants to marry her eldest daughter Tzeitel, Golde jumps at the chance.

But what she doesn’t know is that Tzeitel is in love with her friend since childhood, the tailor Motel Kamzoil, played by Sean Billingsley.

Tevye doesn’t know this either, and so he makes the marriage arrangements with the butcher. That is when the difficulties begin, and what follows is a sometimes-comical-but-always-heart-tugging story that is wonderfully supported by classic songs, such as “Tradition,” “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Matchmaker,” and “Sunrise, Sunset.”

Fiddler... is the  perfect addition to Central Park Players’ anniversary season as it rounds out a series of reprisals of the patrons’ favorite choices from past seasons.

CPP’s Family Theatre production of Fiddler on the Roof, Jr. also features the talents of Riley  Remington, Allison Cotter, Emma Dale, Douglas VanBennekom, Breezy Vanderlaan, Alexa Shampine, Lindsey Bronold, Chaz Bratton, Leann Mayberry, Hannah Dillree,  Josephine Hardman, Gabriella Holmberg, Cassie Kotrch, Anna Carmolli, Gabby Rabon, Caleb Sportell, Thomas Wells, Kelci Gilmore, and Caitlin Shampine as the Fiddler on the Roof.

Tickets for Fiddler on the Roof, Jr. can be reserved starting Monday, July 6, 2009, by calling the CPP box office at (616) 971-1329. The show will be performed at the Grand Haven Community Center, 421 Columbus Ave. Grand Haven.  Ticket prices are $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for children ages 12 and under.



Fiddler on the Roof, 2000

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Central Park Players Annual Membership Meeting and Picnic

The annual membership meeting will be held July 12th at the Jaycees building 1737 Marion Ave. in Grand Haven. 

Central Park Players will provide burgers, hot dogs, condiments, buns and table service.  Please bring a dish to pass.

Vote for your CPP Board members at the membership meeting!

Want to run for a position on the Board?

Members of the Board will serve three-year terms and will be asked to submit information pertaining to a criminal background check prior to application approval.  

If you would like more information about the Central Park Players Board of Director, or would like to apply, contact Peter Drost at

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