Guild announces cast for ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’

Photo by Sue Suchyta

The Players Guild of Dearborn’s recently announced cast for the Tony-Award winning musical “The Drowsy Chaperone” includes James Mayne (left) of Redford as Gangster 2, Lindsey MacDonald of Canton as ensemble, Alan Ellias of Farmington Hills as Gangster 1, Lindel Salow of Dearborn as Aldolpho, Christie Schauder of Dearborn as ensemble, Michael Bollman of Dearborn as Robert Martin, Michael Falzon of Dearborn as the Underling, Juliette Delabbio-Abbott of Allen Park as the Drowsy Chaperone, Paul Morgan of Dearborn as George, Sydnee Dombrowski of Dearborn as Janet van de Graaff, Michael Moseley of Allen Park as Feldzieg, Tim Carney of Livonia as ensemble, Tiffany Byars Mullins of Westland as Mrs. Tottendale, Chris Boudreau of Dearborn as the Superintendant, Ebony Bradley of Detroit as Trix the Aviatrix, co-producer Stanley Guarnelo of Dearborn, Brian Townsend of Dearborn as the Man in the Chair, co-producer Frann Stempek of Southgate, and Kimberly Paige Elliot of Canton as Kitty. The show will run May 6 to 29 for four weekends. For more information, call (313) 561-TKTS or go to

By Sue Suchyta
The Players Guild of Dearborn last Wednesday announced the cast for its spring show, the Tony Award-winning musical, “The Drowsy Chaperone.”

The show, which is described as “a musical within a comedy” is being directed and choreographed by Paul Bruce of Dearborn.

The show begins as a devoted musical theater fan known only as “the Man in the Chair” plays the record of his favorite musical to chase away his melancholy, and his apartment begins to fade away as the story comes to life in his living room.

The play, set in the roaring ’20s, is filled with colorful characters, entertaining song and dance spectaculars and laughter-inspiring lines.

Stan Guarnelo of Dearborn and Frann Stempek of Southgate will co-produce the show, which features the musical direction of Ken Pletzer of Canton. Kevin Rider of Dearborn will serve as the assistant to the director.

The “triple threat” cast, which boasts strong singers, dancers and actors, has 14 featured roles and four demanding ensemble positions for two men and two women who perform multiple character parts.

Dearborn actors in the cast include Sydnee Dombrowski as Janet van de Graaff, Brian Townsend as the Man in the Chair, Michael Falzon as the Underling, Michael Bollman as Robert Martin, Paul Morgan as George, Lindel Salow as Aldolpho, Chris Boudreau as the Superintendant and Christie Schauder as an ensemble member.

Allen Park actors in the cast include Juliette Delabbio-Abbott as the Drowsy Chaperone and Mike Moseley as Feldzieg.

Canton cast members include Kimberly Paige Elliot as Kitty and Lindsey MacDonald in the ensemble.

Livonia residents featured in the show include Tim Carney and Jeff Lokken in the ensemble.

Others in the cast include Tiffany Byars Mullins of Westland as Mrs. Tottendale, Ebony Bradley of Detroit as Trix the Aviatrix, and Alan Ellias of Farmington Hills and James Mayne of Redford as Gangster 1 and 2 respectively.

The show will run for four weekends, May 6 to 29, with 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday shows and 2:30 p.m. Sunday matinees.

Tickets are $18, with student and group discounts available. The theater is handicapped-accessible.

For more information call (313) 561-TKTS or go to

The Players Guild of Dearborn will fill its 85th season with laughter, with three comedies and two musicals headlining slate.

The season starts with the comedy, “On Golden Pond” Sept. 16 to Oct. 2 for three weekends. Auditions will be held July 25 and 26 at the theater.

The Royal Shakespeare Company version of the musical, “The Wizard of Oz” will follow Nov. 11 to Dec. 4 with a four-weekend run. The auditions, held Sept. 19 and 20, will be open to both children and adults.

The third show of the season will be the comedy “’Til Beth Do Us Part.” Auditions will be held Nov. 14 and 15, with performances Jan. 13 to 29 for three weekends.

The romantic comedy “Almost Maine” will be the fourth show of the season, with auditions Jan. 16 and 17, and performances March 2 to 18 for three weekends.

The Guild will close its season with the hysterically funny Broadway musical comedy “The Producers.” Auditions will be held March 5 and 6, with performances April 27 to May 20, 2012, for four weekends.

Audition dates and the season are subject to change. For more information about the Guild and its upcoming season, call (313) 561-TKTS or go to

The new Cameron Mackintosh 25th anniversary production of the much-loved musical “Les Miserables” will be in Detroit March 22 to April 3 at the Fisher Theatre.

The all new production features visually pleasing new staging and stunning sets inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo.

Tickets are available at the Fisher Theatre box office and all Ticketmaster outlets. For Ticketmaster, call (800) 982-2787, or go to

For ticket and performance time information, call (313) 872-1000 or go to For show information, go to