Local talent showcased at Homecoming

The fireworks weren’t the only spectacle at Dearborn’s Homecoming this past weekend, as local bands, actors and dancers entertained festival attendees at multiple locations throughout Ford Field.
The Players Guild of Dearborn continued its tradition of offering preview performances at the top of the Living History Hill. Volunteer Guild members publicized their 82nd season, which includes a farce, an Agatha Christie mystery, a newly discovered Mark Twain play and two Broadway musicals.
In the Polish tent southeast of the carnival rides, area dancers kicked up their heels to entertain fairgoers enjoying the Polish cuisine. Dancers from the Noretta Dunworth School of Dance were scheduled to show their award-winning competition routines, while several Polish dancing groups were slated to display their cultural pride.
Local musicians performed throughout the grounds on different stages, providing a wide range of non-stop sound. In addition to the planned festivities, the pageantry and people of Homecoming weekend provided ample entertainment.


Henry Ford Community College’s Theater Program will present, “The Playboy of the Western World,” weekends Aug. 13 to 23. The classic will be presented in the auditorium of the Henry Ford Centennial Library, 16301 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn.
“The Playboy of the Western World,” written by John Millington Synge, offers a glimpse at the life of a young farmer, Christy Mahon, who becomes a local romantic hero after he boasts about killing his father. However, when his father appears very much alive, the young man’s life takes an unexpected turn.
Chris Bremer directed the show. The student cast includes: Brandon Grantz of Dearborn Heights dual cast as Christy Mahon and Jimmy Farrell, Shardai Davis of Detroit as Magaret “Pegeen” Mike Flaherty and Susan Brady, and Angie Lai of Dearborn Heights as Widow Quinn and Nelly.
James Hodges of Detroit will alternate as Christie Mahon and Shawn Keogh, with Hasem Salem of Melvindale portraying Philly Cullen and Shawn Keogh, and Derek Fawaz of Dearborn portraying Michael James Flaherty. Darlene Herm of Southfield also will perform the roles of Widow Quinn and Sara Tansy, Yolanda Aquino of Detroit also will portray Magaret “Pegeen” Mike Flaherty and Susan Brady, Iris Votruba of Redford performs the roles of Honor Blake and Sara Tansey, and Stephanie Sulis of Detroit will portray Nelly and Honor Blake.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students with identification and $6 a seat for groups of 10 or more. The show will be performed Aug. 13 to 16, and 20 to 23. Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows begin at 8 p.m. with 2 p.m. Sunday matinees. For advance ticket sales, call the HFCC Theater program at (313) 845-9817.
The fall HFCC’s Theatre for Young Audiences Program will feature Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” Nov. 13 to Dec. 6, with weekend performances for the public and special weekday matinees for Wayne County schoolchildren. For more information about the plays or HFCC’s theater program, call (313) 845-9817 or e-mail gadzuiblinski@hfcc.edu. For more information about HFCC, go to the Web site www.hfcc.edu.