Theater takes center stage in 2010 Mayor’s Arts Awards

Photo by Sue Suchyta

Photo by Sue Suchyta

The Players Guild of Dearborn presents Agatha Christie’s “The Hollow” weekends from March 5 to 21. Friday and Saturday shows are at 8 p.m., with 2:30 p.m. Sunday matinees. The cast includes Mark Ripper (left) of Northville as Edward Angkatell, Tom Sparrow of Allen Park as Sir Henry Angkatell, Heather Thornton of Melvindale as Midge Harvey, Cindy Gontko of Canton as Gerda Cristow and Ken Kilgore (prone) of Dearborn as John Cristow. Tickets are $15. Go to for more information, or call (313) 561-TKTS.

By Sue Suchyta
Thespians took center stage at the 22nd annual Mayor’s Arts Awards Wednesday as talented longtime theater volunteers were recognized by their peers and the Dearborn Community Arts Council in the Michael A. Guido Theatre in the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center.

Gordon Mosley of Allen Park, a 23-year member of the Players Guild of Dearborn and a past DCAC board member was honored with the Arts Volunteer Award. Richard Moore of the Players Guild of Dearborn introduced him and presented the award.

Playwright and actor Brian Townsend lent his trademark comic touch to the DCAC Bravo Award, which was presented to longtime volunteer Steve Gautreau, active both behind the scenes and onstage.

Gautreau is well known for his lighting and sound work on many stages. He also designs sets and enjoys playing character roles as the opportunity arises. He recently was seen with the West Side Theatre Project in “The Fantasticks.” He is the lighting governor for the Players Guild, and volunteers with the Dearborn Heights Civic Theatre as well as other groups.

Greg Viscomi, Dearborn High School drama teacher and DCAC president, brought his talented students to the stage.

The Dearborn High School Thespians performed “Summer Nights” from the musical “Grease,” which they will present at their school next month.

The Dearborn High Brass Quintet opened the awards with Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer” and Karl King’s “Raggedy Rozy.” The group, directed by Jeff Oschnock, includes Elisabeth Clyne and Aiden Hunter on trumpet, Kyle Bettinger on mellophone, Kevin Nietering on trombone and Erik Peterson on tuba.

Other award honorees include: Dearborn Senior Services, with the Arts Organization Award; Roy Karcher with the Arts Patron Award; Music teacher Michael Kalasz with the Arts Educator Award; Mike Mosallam with the Artist /Performer Award; and educator, artist and activist Wendy Sample with the Mayor’s Arts Award.

Local news personality and Dearborn native Dennis Neubacher served as the master of ceremonies. Mayor John O’Reilly Jr. lent his support and provided the closing remarks.

The gathering of hometown arts supporters enjoyed a reception in Studio A following the ceremony.

The Players Guild of Dearborn opens a three-week run of Agatha Christie’s “The Hollow” March 5. Lucinda Chavez is directing the show with Richard Moore as producer.

The show will run for three weekends from March 5 to 21. Friday and Saturday shows are at 8 p.m., with 2:30 p.m. Saturday matinees.

In “The Hollow” an unhappy game of romantic follow-the-leader explodes into murder one weekend at The Hollow. Dr. Cristow is faced with a triple challenge when he discovers three women are present that weekend: Henrietta, his mistress; Veronica, his former mistress; and Gerda, his wife. Veronica wishes to wed Cristow, who won’t leave his wife. She unwisely states that if she cannot have him, no one shall. Within five minutes Cristow is dead. Inspector Colquhoun and Sergeant Penny then enter the scene to solve a murder where nearly everyone had a motive and the opportunity to kill Cristow. “The Hollow” features Christie’s amazing twists, turns and humor as the show travels to a surprising yet satisfying end.

For tickets, call the Players Guild hotline at (313) 561-TKTS or go to