‘Seussical Jr.’ opens this weekend at the Guild

By Sue Suchyta

The Players Guild of Dearborn opens its two-weekend run of the musical ‘Seussical Junior’ Friday. ‘Seussical Jr.’ is a youth-friendly version of the musical based on the works of the beloved Dr. Seuss.

The production has offered a unique opportunity for actors from rival Dearborn high schools to work together. Cast members Nick Candea and Kim Mattern from Edsel Ford High School are enjoying acting with their Dearborn High School counterparts, Ramsey Allen, Kelcie Bourquin, Aubery Cherry, Bella Fothergill, Natalie Joseph and Christie Schauder.

“The opportunity to work at the Players Guild of Dearborn with peers from other Dearborn high schools has been a great experience,” Candea said.

Seussical Junior will be performed July 17 to 19 and 24 to 26. All shows will begin at 7:30 p.m., with $5 general admission.

The Guild Theatre is at 21730 Madison in Dearborn, southwest of the intersection of Monroe Street and Outer Drive.

For more information, call the Guild ticket line at (313) 561-TKTS, or go to the Web site www.playersguildofdearborn.org.

Dearborn’s Cynthia Szczesny in Water Work Theatre’s Macbeth Dearborn actress Cynthia Szczesny will once again appear with the Water Works Theatre Company’s annual summer Shakespeare production in Royal Oak’s Starr Jaycee Park. This year’s offering, Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” features Szczesny as one of the witches. “Macbeth” runs July 23 through Aug. 9.

Water Works veteran Sara Catheryn Wolf directs this year’s production. The group’s artistic director, Jeff Thomakos, performs the title role alongside a talented local cast.

Starr Jaycee Park is on 13 Mile Road between Main and Crooks, two miles east of Woodward in Royal Oak. There is free parking at the park, and at the Royal Oak Board of Education lot just off Marais.

Theatergoers may picnic before performances just outside the theater area. Bring pillows, blankets, flashlights, bug spray and “short-backed” lawn chairs. Leave pets at home.

The group’s weather policy is like a baseball game — they stop if it rains too much. Rain checks will be made available except for closing night.

Performances are July 23 to 26, July 30 to Aug. 2 and Aug. 6 to 9. Curtain is at 8 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and at 7 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $15. Kids Free Sundays, sponsored by Target, allow two children free admission per paying adult.

Tickets may be purchased online, with a $2 service charge for each online order. Tickets purchased online before July 15 can be mailed or held at the park. Tickets ordered online after July 15 will be held for patrons at the park ticket desk. Tickets also are available at the park one hour before each performance.

For more information, call (248) 399-3727, or go to the Web site waterworkstheatre.com.