Players Guild of Dearborn opens 82nd season with “Inspecting Carol”

The Players Guild of Dearborn will open its 82nd season Sept. 18 with, “Inspecting Carol,” a farce by Daniel Sullivan and the Seattle Repertory Company.
“Inspecting Carol” is a play within a play. When a group of actors find out their government funding is at risk pending an inspector’s review, they decide to restage their perennial production of “A Christmas Carol.” When an unknown, wannabe actor of dubious talent wanders in and asks for an audition, the anxious company members assume he is the inspector in disguise.
Desperate to keep their funding, the troupe caters to the bewildered actor. As hilarity piles upon hilarity, the theater group finds themselves in a state of chaos, resulting in a thoroughly unprepared performance.
Brian Townsend of Dearborn is directing the show, with assistant direction by Mike Moseley of Allen Park. Sydnee Dombrowski of Dearborn is the show’s producer.
The cast includes Debbie Pletzer of Canton as Zorah, Patrick Denyer of Dearborn as Sidney, Tiffany Mullins of Westland as Dorothy, Lindel Salow of Dearborn as Larry, Alan Ellias of Farmington Hills as Phil, Kenyada Davis of Detroit as Walter, Nathan Booth of Dearborn as Luther, Nick Graham of Belleville as Kevin, Margaret Winowiecki of Dearborn as M.J., Stan Guarnelo of Dearborn Heights as Bart, Alex Gojkov of Redford as Wayne; and Kori Bielaniec of Livonia as Betty.
The show will run for three weekends: Sept. 18 to 20, 25 to 27, and Oct. 2 to 4. Friday and Saturday shows are at 8 p.m., with 2:30 p.m. Sunday matinees.
The Players Guild of Dearborn Theatre is at 21730 Madison in Dearborn, southwest of the intersection of Monroe Street and Outer Drive. The building is handicap accessible.
Tickets are $15. Student discounts of $2 (with valid identification) and group discounts are available. For more information, call the Guild ticket line at (313) 561-TKTS, or go to the Web site www.playersguildofdearborn.org.

OLYMPIA ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES NEW THEATER SERIES

Olympia Entertainment, in partnership with Magic Arts & Entertainment, presents the 2009-10 My Foxtown Theater Series. The lineup includes the premier engagements of “The 101 Dalmatians Musical” and “Little House on the Prairie — The Musical” with Melissa Gilbert as “Ma.”
Subscription packages are available by phone at (313) 471-3099 or online at OlympiaEntertainment.com.
The series begins with, “David Copperfield – An Intimate of Grand Illusion” Oct. 9 and 10, followed by, “The 101 Dalmatians Musical” Nov. 17 to 22, which features a heartwarming grand finale showcasing professional and rescued Dalmatians.
“The Christmas Music of Mannheim Steamroller by Chip Davis” will set the holiday mood Nov. 27, followed by, “Little House on the Prairie —The Musical” with Melissa Gilbert as “Ma” Dec. 1 to 5.
“Cirque Dreams Holidaze” will close out the holiday series Dec. 22 to 27. An international cast of acrobats, aerialists, singers, dancers and musicians create a “Cirque Dream” both onstage and above it.
Olympia will bring, “Jesus Christ Superstar” starring Ted Neeley to Detroit’s Masonic Temple Theatre Feb. 14. The show that changed musical theater features many memorial songs, including, “I Don’t Know How to Love Him,” “Hosanna,” “Everything’s Alright,” “What’s the Buzz,” “Superstar” and “Heaven on Their Mind.”
“RAIN – A Tribute to the Beatles” will be at the Fox Theatre March 7. The show covers the Fab Four from its beginning through the psychedelic ’60s to their long-haired, hard-rocking rooftop days. The multi-media experience fuses historical footage on video screens.

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The Players Guild of Dearborn opens its 82nd season Sept. 18 with the farce “Inspecting Carol.” The cast includes Debbie Pletzer (front row left) as Zorah, Margaret Winowiecki as M.J. and Nathan Booth as Luther; Tiffany Mullins (middle row left) as Dorothy and Patrick Denyer as Sidney; Nick Graham (back row left, standing) as Kevin, Alex Gojkov as Wayne and Alan Ellias as Phil. For tickets or more information, call (313) 561-TKTS, or go to www.playersguildofdearborn.org.

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