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CPP’s ‘The Effect of Gamma Rays’ opens March 2

Anonymous • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:23 AM

Because on-stage audience seating means fewer seats per show, CPP has added a sixth performance. The show continues March 3 and 8-10 at 8 p.m., and March 4 at 2 p.m.

Performances will take place at Lakeshore Middle School, 900 Cutler St. in Grand Haven.

Tickets go on sale Feb. 25 for season ticket-holders and Feb. 27 for the general public through the box office. All tickets are general admission, with season ticket-holders and those with special needs seated first.

Ticket prices are $14 for adults, and $11 for students and senior citizens. Tickets may be reserved by calling 616-850-6566. Theater-goers may purchase tickets at the box office from 5-8 p.m. March 2-3 and 8-10, and from 1-2 p.m. March 4.

Tickets are also available through Feb. 24 at Hair Creations, 222 W. Savidge St. in Spring Lake.

Because “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds” is the story of a struggling family, the production will benefit local families through donations to The People Center. Theater-goers who bring donations when they purchase tickets will receive $2 vouchers good toward any of the next three upcoming CPP productions.

Written by Paul Zindel, “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds” won the 1971 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It tells the story of bitter Beatrice Hunsdorfer and her daughters, Ruth and Tillie. The extroverted Ruth is in danger of becoming like her mother. Quiet Tillie immerses herself in school and science and ultimately illustrates the strength and resiliency of the human spirit that is at the play’s heart. Tillie’s science project, which explores the effects of radiation on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, gives the play its title and its hope.

The all-women cast brings a unique blend of talent and perspective to the production, with experience ranging from first performance to more than 30 years. Trudi Kerkstra, who has long been active with CPP, makes her directing debut with this production. Andrew Kitchka is a first-time assistant director/stage manager and Barb DeVries is producing for the first time.

For more information, visit http://centralparkplayers.org.

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