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Central Park Players presents 'Willy Wonka'

• Oct 3, 2016 at 12:00 PM

The Central Park Players well celebrate their 2016-17 season with the musical production of Roald Dahl’s “Willy Wonka.”

Show dates are Oct. 7-8, 14-15 and 21-22 at 7:30 p.m.; and Oct. 9 and 15 at 2 p.m.

All shows are in the Grand Haven Community Center, 407 Columbus Ave. Tickets are $10 (students and seniors) and $12 general admission for all performances.

Roald Dahl's “Willy Wonka” follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whomever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy.

Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats: the fifth is a likable young lad named Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka's rules in the factory — or suffer the consequences.

Willy Wonka/Candy Man will be played by Andrew Kitchka, while Charlie Bucket will be played by Leo Ackerman.

Other cast members include Becky Anderson, Tyler DeVries, Ray Ziemelis, Darcie Beekman, Dimitri Tullock, Aurora Shewmake, Joshua Spyker, Jacob Klanke, Amy Lalick-Prinzi, Hannah Jarvis, Kevin Prince, Adam McLeod, Cindy Jarvis, Naomi Jarvis, Jen Ackerman, Sophia Kelly, Ella Kraus, Keira Behnke, Brenna Staley, Adelle Heavilin, Avalon Hayenga, Anna Prince, Sophia Koches, Rowynn Staley, Quintin VerDuin, Keira Staley, Clea Hayenga, Keely Ackerman, Lucy Ackerman and Gabi Tomes.

Trudi Kerkstra is serving as director, with Miranda Plescher as the assistant director and Barb DeVries as producer.

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