callboard logo.jpg  November 30, 2009

In this issue: 

A Christmas Carol Cast Opens

Auditions for Oliver!

Announcements- Urgent, Missing Costumes!

CPP’s A Christmas Carol Haunts Pleasantly

In an 1843 forward to A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens writes, “I have endeavoured in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me.  May it haunt their houses pleasantly…”. 

With a cast topping out at over 20 actors, all playing multiple roles, Central Park Players’ A Christmas Carol will have no trouble haunting the Grand Haven Community Center ‘pleasantly’ in its 6-performance run beginning this weekend.

Adapted by John Mortimer from the story by Charles Dickens and directed by Dave Riegler, this version of the beloved holiday production, first performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company, is set in Victorian London and captures Dickens' ironic point of view with wit and style. 

Scrooge.jpgActor Robert Sniderman is playing Scrooge and is put through his paces by the usual ghostly crew along with a chorus that serves as narrators, commentators, and incidental characters.  This version of the production on the whole provides just the right amount of heartstring-tugging, giving us pause for thought about our own level of social responsibility at this time of year.

A great holiday entertainment for the whole family, show dates are December 4-6 and 10-12, 2009 at the Grand Haven Community Center. 

On Monday, November 30th, the box office opens for the general public at the Grand Haven Community Center, from 1:30 to 5:30 PM each day and until 8 pm on show nights. On Sunday the box office will open from 12:30 until 2 PM for the matinee.

Reserve tickets via telephone by calling 616-971-1329.

(Photo courtesy Lee Scheibach)

Oliver! Auditions

"Consider Yourself" invited to auditions for Oliver! Monday and Tuesday, December 7-8, 2009 at the Grand Haven Community Center.

Special Time for Childrens' Auditions
Auditions for children will run from 6:30 to 7:30 PM.  Doors open at 6 PM to fill out paperwork.  .

Adults should arrive at  7:30 and auditions will run until 10 PM.  All auditionees should arrive early to complete paperwork as auditions will begin promptly at the allotted times.

Parts for Oliver! are suggested age ranges 9 and up.  Actors ages 7-9 may audition but must be good readers and stage experience is recommended.  Young girls will be asked to audition for boy roles and may be cast as boys.

Please come prepared to sing up to 32 bars of music with sheet music.  Also be prepared for cold readings from the scipt using an English accent. 

Dress for movement as all auditionees will be involved in a brief dance audition  - no open-heeled shoes, crocs or flip flops.

Callbacks will be Wednesday, December 9, at the CPP Headquarters, at 7 PM.

All actors will be required to attend a scheduled read-through and costume fitting in December.  Actors will be required to come prepared with memorized lines to regular rehearsals which will begin in January.

A  general rehearsal schedule will be available at auditions. 

Oliver! will run for four performances at the Lakeshore Middle School auditorium stage in Grand Haven for one weekend, February 25-27, 2010.

For questions contact


Have you recently borrowed a costume from CPP?  The costumer for A Christmas Carol, has discovered that several costume pieces that were set aside for this upcoming production have gone missing over the past week.  One costume in particular was of sentimental value and cannot be replaced. 

If you have borrowed costumes from the CPP costume room at CPP HQ on Fulton St., please contact CPP at 616-971-1329 to arrange for their immediate return. 

Thank you.

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