Thank you!
To the superstar volunteers who assisted with our recent move to the Grand Haven Community Center. There were many weekends consisting of many volunteer hours that went into the enormous amount of work it takes to move our company. We couldn't have done it without you!
  • Matt and Mandy Keeler
  • Kevin and Michelle Prince
  • Ernie and Vicki Marvin
  • Tom and Lisa Hilliard
  • Joe and Natalie Carmolli
  • Andrew Kitchka
  • Trudi Kerkstra
  • Barb DeVries
  • Bruce Baker
  • Ray Ziemelis
  • Dan Butts
  • Joe Andersen
  • Alice Waterous
  • Darcie Beekman
  • Diane Van Wesep
  • Shaylynn Chalupa
  • Gretchen Fields
  • Todd Kuipers
Please let us know if we missed your name! We want to make sure everyone is recognized.

Central Park Players returns to Grand Haven Community Center

Central Park Players will be celebrating its 2016-2017 season at a “new” location as it moves back to the Grand Haven Community Center, located at 421 Columbus Avenue downtown Grand Haven.

The 57-year old community theatre group moved into the Community Center in 1966 and called it home for 40 years when, in 2006, they relocated to make way for the Center’s renovation and expansion. Little did they know as they packed up their boxes and bags, it would be 10 years before they moved back in. What followed was a series of addresses for the theatrical group, including four years of maintaining offices at the old Challenge Machinery building on Fulton Street and performing at various Grand Haven locations. For two years they performed at what used to be the Grand Haven Area Arts Council building on Columbus Avenue, now Lakeshore Taekwondo Academy. They also performed on the Community Center stage and at White Pines school, when finally in 2010 they were invited to move their entire operation to Lakeshore Middle School, giving the group storage, rehearsal and performance space in one.

Then last season, with the school district in need of more space for its growing student population, the group once again was looking for a new home and what they found, was an old one. When Char Seise, the City’s Community Affairs Manager contacted the group wondering if they would be interested in returning its entire operation to the Community Center they leapt at the chance.

Michelle Prince, Central Park Player’s Board President expressed enthusiasm about the return to the Community Center, stating “I grew up on the Community Center stage through Central Park Players’ many musical productions. I spent so many hours on that stage that it became a second home to me. I am very excited for our return home next season.” She continued, “Many of our members, when they hear about the move, express feeling the same way.”

The agreement struck between the City and the Players will help Grand Haven continue to broaden its cultural reach, ensuring the performing arts are well-supported and visible in the community. The news of the new location is already generating excitement for the Players’ patrons and members and they hope the “central” location will help them to gain additional exposure within the community.

The first production to take the stage will be Central Park Players’ Family Theatre production, “The Little Mermaid Jr.,” show dates July 21-23. The 2016-2017 four-show season begins in the fall with “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka,” followed by productions in December, later in the winter and in the spring.

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

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