Chelsea Area Players
Chelsea Area Players is a local theatre group formed 1972. We are based in Chelsea, Michigan, and reach participants and audiences throughout the region.
The purpose of the Chelsea Area Players is to:
- Enrich the educational and cultural life of the community
- Promote understanding and appreciation of an important art, provide worthwhile entertainment
- Encourage interest and active participation by the community in all phases of the theatre through dramatic productions and other related activities
- Foster and support the involvement of community youth and adults in the dramatic arts.
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A message from our "All Shook Up" Producers:
All Shook Up Cast and Parents,
Good afternoon! We hope you all are doing well and staying safe.
It is with much regret, we must announce the cancellation of our spring musical, "All Shook Up" (ASU). This is especially disappointing as everyone worked so hard to make the show a success and we were very close to our performance dates. The decision was made keeping everyone's safety in mind.
We apologize for the delay in communication. We had hoped the impact of the COV19 would subside and that the show could be re-scheduled in late spring or early summer. As a few months have passed since the suspension of the show and there is no clear path for re-scheduling, it is time to bring some closure. There is no plan to re-schedule the show at this time. Hopefully, we can run ASU sometime in the coming years.
WSEC remains closed. Once CAP is allowed back into WSEC scenes, props, costumes, tools, personal effects, etc. can be retrieved. We will be issuing refunds for show tickets, bravo ads, dvd orders and other items approved by CAP Board of Directors.
We are not sure what the CAP Jr. fall 2020 or spring 2021 lineup will look like yet. Upcoming show information will be posted on our website (chelseaareaplayers.org) as it becomes available. We look forward to seeing you at a future production.
Please feel free to contact us with comments or questions.
Thank you very much for your support of "All Shook Up." We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience or disappointment the cancellation may cause.
Todd Ducsay - Producer
Grace Sharrow-Ducsay Co-Producer ... See MoreSee Less
I am so sad to hear this, but it makes complete sense. Thank you to all the staff, volunteers and the actors! I am sure it would have been a fantastic show!
sad to hear this, but totally understand. Thanks to all the wonderful staff behind the scenes! We look forward to future shows when life gets back to whatever new normal will be.
Thank you for all the care and thought you put into this. Good, if sad, reminder for us that theatre is about the process as much as the product. ❤️
Laurel Droz didn’t your daughter do a radio or zoom program?
Dear All Shook Up families: Many apologies for the lack of communication about the future of the show. As you know, so much has been up in the air about what would or would not be possible in terms of a performance, and we were reluctant to make any decisions until we felt we had some certainty as to a result. Something will be sent out to you soon, via email and/or the google group, as to a final decision, which we are in the process of making. Thank you for your understanding in this. We had put together such a wonderful show with so much talent. It has been one of our greatest disappointments to not have been able to perform as we would have liked to. Please let all your actors know that they have been in our thoughts constantly. Thank you again for your continued patience and understanding. ... See MoreSee Less
‘The Only Man in Town’ postponement ……
Chelsea Area Players want to be sure that everyone knows ‘The Only Man in Town’ is being postponed. This July was to be the debut of an original musical about Chelsea at the turn of the century. We invited you to step back in time; to learn about characters in our show, locations in our show, and businesses in our show …… To learn that all of these ‘characters’, ‘locations’ and ‘businesses’ are very real. They are the heart and foundation of real people that created the Chelsea we know today. That the location of show is Main and Middle Streets!
We have really enjoyed getting articles to you about founding townspeople. Have you seen ‘This Week in Chelsea ….? For instance in 1891 it was printed that ‘An enterprising genius has invented an illuminated cat made of plasterboard or tin, coated with phosphorus, to be placed in cellars, store-rooms and garrets to frighten rats away.’ A solution from 1891!
The Coronavirus that has affected all of us for months and will continue to do so.
Our hope is to be able to present our wonderful show next summer.
We ask you to continue to enjoy our publicity and events of historical Chelsea and join us when you are able. Join us at www.ChelseaAreaPlayers.org & like us on Facebook. ... See MoreSee Less
Really looking forward to this one!
Because we could not perform our CAP Jr. play "All Shook Up" in March as had been planned, and because we don't know if we will get a chance to put it on this summer, one of the many things that we missed out on was a chance to say goodbye to our 8th graders. Some of these actors have been with us since 3rd grade, and some joined us for the first time this year. But all of them have been leaders and role models, and we, the staff and members of the CAP Board, are so sorry to see them leave CAP Jr, especially under these circumstances.
So, just in case we never get a chance to put on what was going to be a truly wonderful show, here we take the time to honor our 8th graders. What you will see is what would have been their bios in the program. We salute every one of them.
Eva Brenner (Sylvia, Ensemble B) is happy to be performing in her very first CAP production. She is in 8th grade. Eva developed a love for musicals and musical theater by watching old musicals with her grandparents. She is also a visual artist and is learning the ukulele. She would like to thank her family for all their support.
Kat Brenner (Sandra) is thrilled to be a part of CAP Jr.'s production of All Shook Up. Kat is currently in the 8th grade. She has been studying voice and theater since she was eight years old. Kat recently played Nora in the fall CAP production of Unplugged. Kat loves to perform and has recently started to learn the guitar.
Anna Carter (Natalie Haller/Ed) is an eighth grader at Beach Middle School, and this is her fourth year of CAP. She has done a bunch of shows like The Snow White Variety Show, Hotel Escargot, and Anything Goes. She has also student directed Beach Middle School's Lucky Hudson and the 12th Street Gang. She loves theatre but also reading, writing, baking, and sleeping. Her greatest fear is math class. She wants to thank her family, friends, and the cast and crew of All Shook Up; she can't wait for you to see the show!
Katy Davis (Town Person 2, Ensemble B) is both excited and a bit sad to be performing in her last CAP Jr. production. She is a homeschooled 8th grader and loves Star Wars, Marvel, Harry Potter, ballet, and violin. She was previously seen in Unplugged, Madagascar Jr., Hotel Escargot, The Snow White Variety Show, The Pirate Show, and Elf.
Lindsay Favre (Alex, Ensemble B) is participating in her 14th CAP play. Lindsay’s first CAP performance was Shakespeare Goes to Gravel Gulch or The Villain Drove a Hard Bargain. Since then she has been hooked on theatre. Lindsay enjoys playing tennis and the tuba. She would like to thank her directors, producers, and backstage crew for making CAP such a wonderful experience. She hopes that you all have a wonderful time at the show. 🙂
Joseph Grudzinski (Chad) is 14 years old and in 8th grade at Beach Middle School. He is very excited to perform in his ninth CAP Jr. production. He’s been in Shakespeare Goes to Gravel Gulch, Shrek The Musical, Haphazardly Ever After, Alice in Wonderland, Elf The Musical, The Pirate Show, and The Snow White Variety Show. Joseph enjoys singing, playing piano, horseback riding, bike riding, and spending quality time with his dog. He thanks his directors, Alex and Meredith, for helping put on this great production. Joseph will really miss being a part of the CAP Jr. theater group! He thanks his family for being so supportive. Joseph would like to say “come on everybody” and enjoy a great production - All Shook Up.
Kate Krugh (Ensemble B) is 14 years old and in the 8th grade at Beach Middle School. This is her second production with CAP. She has also performed in The Lion King and Dear Edwina at the Wyoming Fine Arts Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Kate enjoys playing sports, hanging out with friends, and watching movies. Kate would like to thank Anna (Natalie) and Joseph (Chad) for encouraging her to do this show.
Vivian Manahan (Ensemble B) is 13 and in eighth grade at Beach Middle School. This is her first musical but sixth CAP production. She has been in Fractured Fairytales, Hip Hop Romeo and Juliet, School Night Live, Hotel Escargot, and The Princess and the Frog. She has only been in CAP for four years because she moved to Michigan from Illinois in fifth grade. Vivian loves to play the flute, ice skate, and sing. She would like to thank her parents for bringing her to practice and supporting her.
Sara Martin (Lorraine) is an eighth grader at Beach Middle School. This is her 12th and final show with CAP Jr. She has participated in CAP Jr. since third grade and loves every chance she can get to be on stage. She wants to say a quick thanks to everyone in every show she’s ever been in because they’ve all had an impact on her and shaped her to be the actress she is today. She would also like to thank the cast and crew for making her last show memorable and amazing! Enjoy the show!
Lily Paddock (Another Town Lady, Ensemble B) has been in CAP for four years, and this is her final performance. Lily is in 8th grade at Beach Middle School. She loves acting and being a part of such a fun group of people. Outside of CAP, she enjoys playing her violin and participating is cross country, track, swim and dive, orchestra, and Science Olympiad. She is so excited to share this production of All Shook Up with you.
Marah Putnam (Town Person, Ensemble B) is 13 years old and is in 8th grade. She’s been in CAP for six years now and is not quite ready to leave her family of thespians. However, she is excited to join the Chelsea High School Theater Guild. Besides theater, Marah also runs cross country and dives. In her free time, you can find her reading with some trees or eating a nice bowl of ramen noodles.
Ava Seitz (Town Lady, Ensemble B) is in 8th grade at Beach Middle School. This is Ava’s tenth CAP Jr. production. She's also participated in summer CAP camp and drama class. In her spare time, Ava loves being outdoors, working on art projects, and acting. She is excited to be part of All Shook Up and hopes you enjoy the show.
Catherine Van Hoek (Ensemble B) is 14 years old and in 8th grade at Beach Middle School. This is her first CAP play and her third year of performing on stage. She spends her free time building robots, reading Shakespeare, and practicing violin. Catie would like to thank her good friends Marah, Anna, and Lindsay for peer-pressuring her into auditioning. It worked out wonderfully! ... See MoreSee Less
Thanks for sharing this Toni. We loved getting to see it and we have certainly loved getting to see the CAP productions🤩