All in the family for CPP musical

Marie Havenga • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:15 AM

CPP concludes its run of the musical with performances at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Lakeshore Middle School, 900 Cutler St. in Grand Haven.

“This is the first time all four of us have been in something together,” Shay said.

Shay is the choreographer for the production. She also plays Gertrude McFuzz, a character who wishes for one too many feathers, which renders her flightless.

“I had plans to try out for it and I was talking to my son about it,” Shay said. “I thought it was kind of a neat opportunity for him. I was trying to convince my husband to try out because there are some great guy parts.”

Max, a Holmes Elementary School first-grader, agreed to audition and was cast as a Who in Whoville.

“Chris hemmed and hawed — but once Max decided to do it, Chris was a lot more open to it,” Shay said of her husband, who landed a major role as Horton the Elephant.

With three of the family members cast and spending several hours four nights a week rehearsing, that left 2-year-old Zozzy home with babysitters. That is, until the role of the baby elephant bird needed to be filled. Director Sherri Rogers asked if Zozzy would be up for the part.

“We talked to her about it and rehearsed it at home to see if it was something she could do,” Shay recalled. “She’s eating it up. She’s brought down the house every night.”

For reserved seating tickets, call CPP at 850-6566. The box office, located at Lakeshore Middle School, will be open from 2-8 p.m. on the days of the performances. Ticket prices are $14 for adults, and $11 for senior citizens over age 64 and students.

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