Central Park Players

Holiday Chestnuts: A Fun Selection of Seasonal Shorts

Book by: Various

Director: Natalie Carmolli

Performance Dates:


Join us this season for eight delightful holiday-themed short plays!

Poinsettia vs. the Christmas Cactus: A Yuletide Smackdown 

Written by: Jonathan Grahm

All is not calm as the Christmas decorations get into a ruckus over their places on the holiday pecking order. Poinsettia and the Christmas Cactus skirmish over which is on the top of the botanical Christmas list. Soon, an Advent calendar and a dancing Santa are ready to jump into the fray, but Mistletoe arrives just in time and manages to keep the peace.

How I Met Your Santa

By Daniel Guyton

Mrs Claus reveals how she and Santa first met in this adorable one-woman monologue.

Death of a A Snowman

By Daniel Guyton

A young girl and her snowman discuss the afterlife in this existential winter drama.

A Christmas Chaos

By Michael Wehrli

A fast and frenetic comedy that takes the audience on a roller coaster ride through Charles Dickens’ classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge. Our intrepid band of hearty actors bravely attempt to present the entire story in only ten minutes! All the actors play multiple roles including one who plays both Bob and Mrs. Cratchit (at the same time)! Wild and hilarious, this short play manages to satirize both the classic story and theatrical backstage mayhem at the same time.

Oy Vey Maria

By Mark Harvey Levine

It’s a not-so-silent night when Mary’s Jewish mother shows up at the manger.

Christmas Breaks

By Patrick Gabridge

Christmas is the perfect time to be in love, or so Marcie thought. When her boyfriend surprises her with a variety of gifts to help her deal with him breaking up with her, Marcie’s holiday plans take a nosedive. But endings can bring on new beginnings in this clever comedy about exes, neuroses, and the power of poetry.

A Tree in the House

By Kari Catton

An older dog explains to a puppy why his owners have brought a tree into the house and decorated it with chew toys.

All in a Day’s Work

By Natalie Carmolli

A short comedy about the stresses of being a mall elf. Five elves complain about managing the line of children waiting to see Santa.

CPP 2019-2020 Membership Meeting Minutes/Committee Report and Other Updates

Due to COVID-19, many things have changed this year including cancelling of shows and the annual picnic and membership meeting, holding a Facebook live event to announce the Bess Z award winners, and electing new board members through just the board, not all members. The good news is that everyone who was a member in 2019/2020 will continue their membership in the 2020/2021 season. With all of these changes, we want to make sure you are still in the loop with what is going on.

Our 2019 picnic meeting minutes and committee reports are located here.

For those of you on Instagram, we have a new page @centralparkplayersgh.

In addition, the officers were determined and are listed below:

Board of Directors Officers

President – Trudi Kitchka

Vice President – Peter Drost

Treasurer – Dawn Zuidema

Secretary – Lisa Hilliard

Committee Chair-people

Artistic Development – Peter Drost

Audience Development – Joseph Andersen

Audition/Volunteer Development – Darcie Beekman

Business Development – Trudi Kitchka

Educational Development – MyKenzie Miller

Social Media/Website Development – Andrew Kitchka

Technical Development – Lisa Hilliard

CPP’s New Board Of Directors

CPP is pleased to announce the results of the 2020/2021 Board of Directors election. Well done, everyone!

Please help us congratulate re-elected members Andrew Kitchka, Joseph Andersen and Dawn Zuidema.
We appreciate your dedication and experience looking forward.

And we would like to welcome our first-time elected board members Richard Holmberg and MyKenzie Miller.
We look forward to the new ideas and energy that you will bring to the organization!

CPP has had a long tradition of participation and contributions to the Board from our community, and this year was no exception. Our most heartfelt thanks to everyone who also stepped up for us and put their names on this year’s ballot: Joy Lamphere, Diane Reeths, Paul Reeths and Katie Beemer. Your dedication and enthusiasm for our organization continues to elevate and drive us as we move forward.

Central Park Players Board of Directors

Lisa Hilliard- 2021
Dawn Zuidema- 2021
Joseph Andersen- 2021
Trudi Kitchka- 2022
Peter Drost- 2022
Darcie Beekman- 2022
Andrew Kitchka- 2023
Richard Holmberg- 2023
MyKenzie Miller- 2023

Officers to be determined at our next meeting.

A Letter From Our President

Dear Friends of Central Park Players,


First of all, I want to thank you for your continued support of this, your community theater. We, as a board of directors, wanted to communicate with you and let you know what has been happening behind the scenes. We have made the decision to take all current memberships and extend them free of charge through the end of the 2020/2021 season. This is our small way of thanking you all for your patience and continued support.


Second, because of unprecedented times we have realized that getting our membership together to vote on board positions is very unlikely this year. Our board of directors has passed a motion for only this year that the board, rather than the membership, will vote to fill board openings. These positions shall have the same tenure as the current board vacancies and all other board member qualifications apply.  If you are interested in becoming a board member, please submit an email to me by August 31,2020.


Third, we have been in close contact with the Grand Haven Community Center and in regards to the following protocols from the CDC and the Ottawa County Health Department we sadly regret to announce we will not be able to offer our fall production of CLUE On Stage.  It pains us greatly to have to cancel another production but we look forward to the day we can come together again and all be healthy.


Fourth, we are planning to postpone the cancelled shows until next season dependent upon the directors availability and approval.


Fifth, at the time we plan to proceed with performing the rest of our season, but will do so only if we can keep everyone safe and healthy and following the guidelines and mandates that will be in place. We are currently looking forward to our holiday offering of  Holiday Chestnuts which is a collection of one-act shows sewn together for your enjoyment.


Please remember we still have monthly expenses that need to be met  and we ask that you consider a donation to help us through this time. Please go click the DONATE button and follow the directions from there or feel free to use the USPS. Any amount helps keep our lights on until we can be together again.
Our address is:
Central Park Players
P.O. Box 564
Grand Haven MI 49417


Also for you Amazon shoppers out there remember to use the Amazon Smile (smile.amazon.com) and type in Central Park Players and we will get a % of your shopping and who doesn’t love a good Amazon delivery right?


Thank you for your thoughtful consideration during this time and know we are all just as impatiently waiting as you are.
Thank you for being a part of of theater magic,
Trudi Kitchka
Board President

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