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In this issue: 

Leading Ladies Box Office Opens

Save $$ With Season Tickets!

Member Announcements


WHAT’S SO FUNNY ABOUT A MAN IN A DRESS?

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Whatever it is, you’ll find it in abundance when Central Park Players opens the 2009-2010 season on Friday, October 16 with the hilarious Leading Ladies by Ken Ludwig. The side-splitting comedy will have the audience rolling in the aisles with this story of mistaken identity and hare-brained scheming as two con men pretending to be women try to cash in on a dying old woman’s fortune.

Since both of the leading characters, Leo (Van Merrill) and Jack (David Riegler) spend a lot of time in the play masquerading as women, some of the biggest challenges in staging the show have involved costuming. Costumer Lisa Hilliard found herself surfing drag show websites just trying to find women’s shoes large enough for Van Merrill’s feet. She finally sent him to local ladies’ shoe departments where the salespeople never batted an eye. And let’s not even get into the part about the fairy wings or the roller skates!

The stars will have to master British accents, falsetto voices and multiple fast costume changes while spouting fractured Shakespeare dialogue. Joining them on stage are Meg (Sarah Fields), Audrey (Eirann Betka) and Florence (Carolyn Bean) as well as actors Bruce Baker, E. Fred Finke and Kameron Klein.

Director Shari Miranda says “The cast has been hard at work rehearsing for the past four weeks, and we’re ready to make ‘em laugh. I dare anyone to sit in the audience and keep a straight face – we certainly can’t during rehearsals! The playwright, Ken Ludwig, has given us another sure hit”.

Show times

October 16, 17, 22, 23, 24 at 8:00 pm
October 18 at 2:00 pm
Venue: Grand Haven Community Center, 421 Columbus Ave., Grand Haven.

Box Office Opens Monday, October 12.
Call 616-971-1329 to reserve tickets.


CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS!
Leading Ladies load-in, this Saturday, Oct 10.  Please meet at 9:00 AM at CPP offices 1433 Fulton, Grand Haven.  Many hands make light work!
Click here to contact Lee Scheibach with questions.


LEADING LADIES BOX OFFICE HOURS:

Season Ticket holders may reserve early by calling the box office number at 616-971-1329, beginning Thursday, October 8th - Sunday, October 11th, any time, 24/7, to order their tickets over the telephone. 

Although the box office at the Community Center will not be physically open at that time, you may leave your ticket order via the telephone.  If there is no answer, please leave a message requesting best available seating or request a call back to place your order.  If you leave a message, please include your telephone number so you may receive a confirmation call.

Box office opens for walk-up reservations
at the Grand Haven Community Center:

Monday, October 12th from 1:30 to 5:30 PM

Tuesday, October 13th thru Thursday, October 15th, from 1:30 to 5:30 PM

Friday and Saturday, October 16th and 17th - 1:30 to 8:00 PM

Sunday, October 18th - 12:30 to 2:00 PM

Monday, October 19th thru Weds. October 21st - 1:30 to 5:30 PM

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, October 22nd - 24th - 1:30 to 8:00 PM

Call 616-971-1329 to reserve your tickets!


Save with Season Tickets – No Increase in Prices From Last Season!!!!

Season tickets mean savings – five performances for the price of four. Adult season tickets are $56 each, while season tickets for seniors 64 and older and students are $44 each. 

Ticket prices for main stage productions are $14 for adults and $11 for seniors (64+) and students, which mean season tickets with five performances for the price of four represent a 20 percent savings. Season tickets may be used for any five performances.  Another great benefit of being a season ticket-holder is that you can reserve tickets before the box office opens to the general public.
 
Ordering season tickets is easy. Just complete this form, enclose a check payable to Central Park Players, and mail it to P.O. Box 564, Grand Haven, MI 49417.
 
And if you’re interested in becoming a donor, sponsor, or underwriter, you can do that with the same form.
 
We look forward to seeing you at our performances this season!

Check out our website for more information or  click here to download the 2009-2010 CPP Season Ticket order form.


Special Announcements:
 
Russell & Cheryl Gallas, and Rusty Gallas, Jr. will be appearing in Holland Civic Theatre's upcoming musical, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum  October 8-10, 15-18, and 22-24 @ 8:00pm curtain (2:00pm Sunday matinee).  Tickets are available by calling the HCT Box Office at 396-2021.

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Rusty Gallas has been cast as the character "Mark" in the musical Rent.  This joint production between Grand Valley State University and the Grand Rapids Heritage Theatre Group is directed by Manley Pope (who played the role of Roger in Rent's first national tour and on Broadway).

The show opens Friday, November 13 and runs November 13-15 and 19-21 @ the Louis Armstrong Theatre on the campus if GVSU, 7:30pm curtain (2:00pm Sunday matinee).  Patrons may visit the Box Office in Grand Valley's Performing Arts Center, Allendale Campus, 12 noon-5 p.m. weekdays.

Telephone or online orders with credit card payments are processed only through StarTickets Plus,which will impose a service charge on each ticket you purchase. Contact Star Tickets PLUS at (616) 222-4000 or 1-800-585-3737, online at www.starticketsplus.com.
 
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Cheryl Gallas will be directing the musical Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory featuring the Grand Haven Area Middle School Choirs on November 17 & 19 at the Grand Haven PAC (High School), 7:00pm curtain. 

Many CPP Family Theatre actors will be performing including Anna Carmolli, Katie Parks, Emma Dale, Anna Rose Perrier, Hannah Dilree, and Alex Stepanek as Willy Wonka!   Tickets will be available at the door.


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