75 young people will stage Disney’s ‘Cinderella Kids’

Photo by Jeffrey J. O'connell

Zach Yaeger (left) of Gibraltar, as the Prince, places the lost slipper on the foot of Cinderella (Alexandra Maniak of Southgate) in a scene from Disney’s “Cinderella Kids.” Looking on are her stepsisters, JuJu Palmer (second from left) of Southgate and Isabella Balavitch of Wyandotte. The play will be staged by the Downriver Youth Performing Arts Center Nov. 11, 12, 13, 18 and 19 at the Trenton Village Theatre.

A cast of 75 Downriver Youth Performing Arts Center actors 5 to 19 years old will stage Disney’s “Cinderella Kids” Nov. 11, 12, 13, 18 and 19 at the Trenton Village Theatre, 2447 W. Jefferson.

Performance times are 7 p.m. Nov. 11, 12, 18 and 19, and 2 p.m. Nov. 13 and 19. The Nov. 13 performance also will be shadow-interpreted for the deaf by Terp Theatre.

Tickets are $15 for “princess” seating, which includes a tour of the theatre, photo opportunities and memory photos of Cinderella and the Prince.

Youngsters are encouraged to dress as princesses and princes for the performance.

Adult tickets are $12, and students and senior, $10. Group discounts are available. Tickets will be sold at the door and are available by going to www.dypac.com.

Lecture subject will be classics
J. Rufus Fears, Ph.D., a David Ross professor of classics at the University of Oklahoma, will address a Downriver Town Hall Lecture Series audience at 11 a.m. Thursday at Crystal Gardens in Southgate. Doors will open at 10:30. David Ross was the first president of the university.

Fears, a historical scholar, is known for bringing history to life. He has received more than 25 awards for teaching excellence and was chosen Professor of the Year three times by his students.

His many books and taped lectures include “A History of Freedom,” and ‘Books That Made History — Books That Can Change Your Life.”

Prior to joining the Oklahoma faculty, Fears was a professor of classical studies at Boston University He earned his doctorate at Harvard University.

Information about tickets and a luncheon to be served after the lecture is available by calling 734-783-9224.

Favorite movie now a musical
America’s favorite holiday movie will take to the stage as “A Christmas Story, the Musical!” Nov. 15 to 27 at the Fisher Theatre.

The comedy tells the story of the young Ralphie Parker as he schemes for the holiday gift of his dream: a Red Ryder Action Air Rifle BB gun. Who doesn’t cherish the memory of the double-dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole! The musical is produced by Peter Billingsley, who was the 1983 movie’s original Ralphie.

Tickets, $29 to $79, including parking, are avail-able online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.BroadwayinDetroit.com or by calling Ticket-Master at 800-982-2787. For more information, call 313-872-1000.

Coming up . . .
Nov. 10 — “Throwback to the Classic Cocktail,” a Local Roots Dining event featuring sampling of such drinks as the Manhattan, Side Car and Tom Collins, accompanied by special hors d’oeuvres created by The Henry Ford culinary team; 6:30 p.m. in Greenfield Village; for tickets (limited), call 313-982-6001.

Oct. 10 — Class in The Henry Cooking with Style Series, “The Art of Pairing: The Essentials of Pairing Food & Wine” (Winemakers’ Dinner); 5:30 p.m.; $90 fee includes dinner with wines (guests of students for dinner only, $75); for reservations or more information, call Leslie Jacobs at 248-646-4517 or email ljredhead@aol.com.

Nov. 12 — Concert featuring Mike Karoub, cellist, and Rob Bourassa, guitarist; 7 p.m. at the Wyandotte Arts Center, 81 Chestnut; tickets, $10, include an afterglow; for tickets or more information, call the Down-river Council for the Arts at 734-720-0671 or go to www.downriverarts.org.

Nov. 16 — Illustrated lecture by Professor Michael Farrell on “The Art and Life of James Abbott McNeil Whistler”; 7 p.m. at the Wyandotte Art Center, 81 Chestnut; admission, $15 ($10, Downriver Council for the Arts members); for more information, call 734-720-0671.

Nov. 19 — Annual Festival of the Trees preview party; 6:30 p.m. at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn; strolling dinner and desserts, live entertainment, silent auction; black tie optional; tickets, $75, adults; $25, children; for more information, call 248-336-2331.