callboard logo.jpg   June 29, 2009

In this issue: 

Fiddler on the Roof, Jr. Opens July 9

CPP Summer Membership Meeting July 12 

Escanaba in da Moonlight Opens July 23

Leading Ladies Auditions August 24

CPP Family Theatre's production of Fiddler on the Roof, Jr. Opens July 9

Central Park Players’ Family Theatre will be presenting four performances of the musical, Fiddler on the Roof. Jr., at 7:00 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, (plus a Saturday 2 PM matinee), 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.

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.  Seating is general admission.

Central Park Players Annual Membership Meeting and Picnic

The Central Park Players' annual membership meeting will be held July 12th at 1:00 PM at the Jaycees building 1737 Marion Ave. in Grand Haven.  Click here for a scheduleCentral Park Players' picnic is directly following the meeting.  CPP will provide burgers, hot dogs, condiments, buns and table service.  Please bring a beverage and a dish to pass.

Want to run for a position on the CPP 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 becoming a Central Park Players Board member, or would like to apply, contact Peter Drost at

Members of CPP will have the opportunity to vote for the CPP Board of Directors at the membership meeting. 

Can't Get to the membership meeting but you still want to be a member of CPP?  You can now apply for membership or renew your existing membership online.  Just click here to go to our website!


Deer Camp at the Community Center During Coast Guard Festival


Where will all those pesky deer be found next?  Probably far from the Soady Clan’s deer camp which will be in full swing at the Grand Haven Community Center as Central Park Players performs the side-splitting comedy Escanaba in da Moonlight by Michigan actor/writer Jeff Daniels during Coast Guard week. 


When the Soady clan reunites for the opening day of deer season at the family’s Upper Peninsula camp, Reuben Soady brings with him the infamous reputation of being the oldest Soady in the history to never to bag a buck. 


In a hunting story to beat all hunting stories, Escanaba spins a hilarious tale of humor, horror and heart as Rueben goes to any and all lengths to remove himself from the wrong end of the family record book.


Central Park Players’ summer performances of Escanaba… will benefit the Grand Haven Boardwalk Renovation Project as they’ll be donating a portion of the proceeds from the productions.  Leppinks Food Center and Panera Bread are also assisting Central Park Players in this effort to better the Grand Haven Community through donations to the production.


Director Peter Drost and Assistant Director Sarah Fields have assembled a cast of favorite local actors including Kurt Schroeder (Albert), Chris Chalupa (Rueben), David Riegler (Remnar), Justin Sternburgh (Jimmer), Jeff Lynn (Ranger Tom) and Becca Kerkstra (Wolf Moon Dance) for this jaunt through U.P. stereotypes and superstitions.


Escanaba runs July 23-25, and 28-31 at 8:00 PM with a 2:00 PM Matinee Sunday July 26.  All performances are at the Grand Haven Community Center, 421 Columbus.  All tickets are $15, please visit for more information or call the CPP box office after July 12 at 616-971-1329 to reserve tickets.

Director Shari Miranda has set auditions for CPP's first show of the 2010-11 seasonLeading Ladies, at 7 PM on August 24 & 25. Needed are 5 males & 3 females various ages. 1 Female must be able to roller skate. 

Auditionees will be asked to read from the script. Perusal material can be obtained by sending an email to  Rehearsals will begin August 31. Show dates are 10/16-10/18 & 10/22-10/24/2009. 

Leading Ladies by Ken Ludwig is a 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!



Be the hit of the Coast Guard Kid's parade!  

Eight to ten volunteers are sought to wear costumes and march in the Coast Guard Kid's Parade Saturday, July 25th at 10:30 A.M. 
Actors are needed to play:
Scooby Doo
Bat Man
Mickey Mouse
And two other Disney-type characters
The “players” need to be outgoing and willing to walk the parade route interacting and having “photo ops” with young children and parents/grandparents along the curb. 


Costumes will be provided.  Players should be available for costume fitting on Wednesday, 7/22. 


Please call Joyce & Andy Cawthon at 616-847-4447 to volunteer or to ge more information. 
This announcement is a courtesy announcement for the Coast Guard festival.  Please do not contact CPP for information about this event.

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