Grand Haven’s Central Park Players to produce the musical ‘Pippin’

Pippin_4C (1)The classic musical Pippin is coming to Grand Haven’s Community Center for two weekends in October.

The musical was written by Stephen Schwartz and Roger O. Hirson was originally  produced on Broadway in 1972, directed by Bob Fosse. The original run of Pippin is the 33rd longest-running Broadway show.

The original musical, and the version which will be, produced by Central Park Players, uses the premise of a mysterious performance troupe, led by a Leading Player (in this production played by Kellene Damian), to tell the story of Pippin, a young prince on his search for meaning and significance.

The protagonist Pippin (played by Kristopher Arnold) and his father “Charles” Charlemagne (played by Chris Chalupa) are characters derived from two real-life individuals of the early Middle Ages. In the story, Pippin is the heir to the Frankish throne, but struggles throughout the story to find the secret to true happiness and fulfillment. He seeks it in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh and the intrigues of political power (after disposing of his father, King Charlemagne the Great). In the end, though, Pippin finds that happiness lies not in extraordinary endeavors, but rather in the un-extraordinary moments that happen every day.

Led by first-time director Lisa Hilliard, the artistic staff includes veteran Philip David DeYoung as music director, with choreography by Shaylynn Chalupa. The rest of the cast includes Angela Gray as Catherine, Maxim Chalupa as Theo, Jennie Naffie as Berthe, Trudi Kerkstra as Fastrada and Mike Hassett as Lewis, Pippin’s spoiled younger brother.

Hallie Ackerman, Blair Butterworth, Will Damian, Caleb Holmberg, Andrew Kitchka, Amy Lalick-Prinzi and Tyler Quillen round out the chorus.

Show times are October 13-14 @7:30, October 15 @ 2:00 and October 19-21 @7:30. Tickets are $10 for students and seniors, and $15 for adults and can be obtained on the Players’ website: or by calling 616-843-3906. All productions will be at the Grand Haven Community Center, 421 Columbus St., Grand Haven. All evening productions begin at 7:30 PM. Matinees are at 2:00 PM.

Produced in cooperation with Music Theatre International.


Categories: Theatre

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