Players Guild announces tentative 2010-11 season

Photo by Sue Suchyta

Photo by Sue Suchyta


The Players Guild of Dearborn will present 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 Tom Sparrow (left) of Allen Park as Sir Henry Angkatell, Heather Thornton of Melvindale as Midge Harvey, Ken Kilgore of Dearborn as John Cristow, Mark Ripper of Northville as Edward Angkatell and Cindy Gontko of Canton as Gerda Cristow.

By Sue Suchyta
The Players Guild of Dearborn Board of Governors tentatively approved its 2010-11 season schedule at its Feb. 16 board meeting. Two musicals, two comedies and a classic American drama are on the slate.

The board will vote on a Guildling play for their summer youth production in early March. Junior versions of “Schoolhouse Rock,” “Aladdin,” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” are being considered.

The board voted to approve a season that tentatively includes the comedy “Crossing Delancy,” the musical “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” the comedy “Boeing Boeing,” the classic American drama “Inherit the Wind” and the musical comedy “The Drowsy Chaperone.”

The summer Guildling show will hold auditions May 23, and will run weekends July 16 to 23.

“Crossing Delancy” will audition July 26, with performances Sept. 19 to Oct. 3.

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” will hold auditions Sept. 20, and will run for four weekends, Nov. 12 through Dec. 5.

The comedy “Boeing Boeing” will begin cast selection Nov. 15, and will run for three weekends, Jan. 14 to 30.

“Inherit the Wind” will hold a casting call Jan. 17. It will run for three weekends, March 11 to 27, 2011.

The recently released musical comedy “The Drowsy Chaperone” will hold auditions March 14, 2011. The musical will run for four weekends, May 6 to 29, 2011, and will run through Memorial Day weekend.

GUILD presents AGATHA CHRISTIE’S ‘THE HOLLOW’
The Players Guild of Dearborn opens a three-week run of Agatha Christie’s “The Hollow” Friday. Lucinda Chavez of Southgate is directing the show, with Richard Moore as producer.

The show will run for three weekends, March 5 to 7, 12 to 14, and 19 to 21. Friday and Saturday shows are at 8 p.m., with 2:30 p.m. Sunday 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 Detective 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.

The cast includes: Emily Tyrybon of Wyandotte as Henrietta Angkatell, Tom Sparrow of Allen Park as Sir Henry Angkatell and Margaret Winowiecki as Lady Angkatel.

Also in the show are Heather Thornton of Melvindale as Midge Harvey, Mark Byars of Garden City as Gudgeon and Mark Ripper of Northville as Edward Angkatell.

Doris is played by Claudia Walrad of Allen Park, Gerda Cristow is portrayed by Cindy Gontko of Canton and John Cristow is performed by Ken Kilgore of Dearborn.

Keri Geftos of Southgate will portray Veronica Cary, while Gary Regal of Wyandotte will play Inspector Colquhoun. John O’Neill of Allen Park will perform the role of Detective Sergeant Penny.

The theater is at 21730 Madison in Dearborn, southeast of the intersection of Outer Drive and Monroe.

For tickets, call the Players Guild of Dearborn hotline at (313) 561-TKTS, or go to its Web site: www.playersguildofdearborn.org.

Guild to hold tap workshop and auditions for ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’
The Players Guild of Dearborn will hold an optional tap workshop for those interested in auditioning for “Thoroughly Modern Millie” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Participants should bring tap shoes and comfortable clothes. The show’s choreographer, Jennifer McPherson, will run through various tap steps used in the audition.

The open auditions for the musical — with book by Richard Henry Morris, music by Jeanine Tesori and new lyrics by Dick Scanlan — will be held March 8 and 9. Registration will begin at 6: 30 p.m., with auditions starting at 7:30 p.m.

Kim Donovan will direct the show, with music directed by Ken Pletzer.

Production dates are April 30 to May 2, May 7 to 9, 14 to 16, and 21 to 23. Friday and Saturday shows are at 8 p.m., with 2:30 p.m. Sunday matinees.

Those auditioning only need to attend one of the two dates. Be prepared to list all potential rehearsal conflicts on the audition form. The audition form is available for download from the Guild’s Web site: www.playersguildofdearborn.org. They will be available during registration.

Selected readings from the script will be used for auditions. Actors should be familiar with the entire play. Perusal copies are limited, and may be borrowed for a brief period of time.

For perusal copies or additional information, contact Donovan, the Guild’s casting governor, at casting@playersguildofdearborn.org.

The theater is at 21730 Madison in Dearborn, southeast of the intersection of Outer Drive and Monroe.

For more information and character descriptions go to www.playersguildofdearborn.org.

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