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Central Park Players to perform 'Sylvia'

• May 3, 2019 at 4:00 PM

Central Park Players will continue to celebrate their 60th season when they perform “Sylvia!”

The local theater group will perform A.R. Gurney’s “Sylvia!” on May 10-11 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. and May 12 at 2 p.m. All shows will be held in the Grand Haven Community Center. 

Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors 65 and older. For tickets, call the CPP's box office at 616-843-3906 or visit www.centralparkplayers.org.

The story:

Greg and Kate have moved to Manhattan after 22 years of child-raising in the suburbs. Greg's career as a financial trader is winding down, while Kate's career, as a public school English teacher, is beginning to offer her more opportunities.

Greg brings home a dog he found in the park — or that has found him — bearing only the name "Sylvia" on her name tag. A street-smart mixture of Lab and poodle, Sylvia becomes a major bone of contention between husband and wife. She offers Greg an escape from the frustrations of his job and the unknowns of middle age. To Kate, Sylvia becomes a rival for affection. And Sylvia thinks Kate just doesn't understand the relationship between man and dog.

The marriage is put in serious jeopardy until, after a series of hilarious and touching complications, Greg and Kate learn to compromise, and Sylvia becomes a valued part of their lives.

The show’s cast is comprised of Katie McCool as Sylvia, Joe Carmolli as Greg, Jennifer Christman as Kate and Kristopher Arnold as Tom/Phyllis/Leslie. Peter Drost serves as director, with Gretchen Fields as the assistant director and Barb DeVries as producer.

Central Park Players is a community theater organization dedicated to providing high-quality theater at affordable prices to Grand Haven and the Tri-Cities area since 1959.

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