All in the family for CPP musical

"Suessical the Musical' is a family affair for the Chalupa family of Spring Lake. Chris and Shaylynn Chalupa and their kids - Max, 7; and Zozzy, 2 - all have parts in the Central Park Players' production.
Marie Havenga
Dec 2, 2011


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.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.




I have a good friend who was Oliver with some members of their family and no big deal...could you please give a round of applause to the rest of the cast? It's not like the whole family did it on their own...right?

Music Maker

Well Central Park Players (CPP) would love to have the Tribune do an article about the entire cast, but they never do. CPP has asked, but they don't send anyone. On the other hand, the Muskegon Chronicle always writes a nice review for CPP that includes the entire cast and a review of the show. That being said, I know the Chalupas personally and the hours they devote to CPP on stage and especially behind the scenes is enormous. They deserve the attention and respect as they have earned it!


Being directly involved with this production as a family member was part of the cast, the intent of the article is not to give kudos to one group over another. The entire cast felt a camaraderie that is unique to theater. No one in the group felt slighted or that one person was favored over another. The entire cast understands it takes all of them to make a production as spectacular as "Seussical" was, however, just like family, they are thrilled when one of their own receives good press. It is also great indirect advertising for a community theater to spotlight how one production can involve an entire family. Central Park Players is a wonderful, family-friendly organization. I think I speak for the entire cast of Seussical when I say, "great job Chalupas and every other person involved in any way! We are thrilled that you care enough to volunteer your precious family time to entertain us!" And for those of you reading this, please remember the cast, director, producer and stage manager are not paid to put on a production. This is all volunteer and they give countless hours to bring us such quality Please support your local community theater, Central Park Players!


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