Community theaters hold auditions

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P.S. Center Stage Players of Wyandotte presents Larry Shue’s “The Foreigner” at 7 p.m. Jan. 10, 11, 17 and 18 at Jo Brighton Auditorium, 4680 18th St. in Wyandotte. Alex Piscitelli (left) of Southgate as Rev. David is confused and agitated by the behavior of Kevin Johnson, of Dearborn Heights who plays Charlie, a foreigner.

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By SUE SUCHYTA
Are you ready to “come out and play?” If the thought of the footlights, greasepaint and the tuning of an orchestra sets your pulse and mind racing with possibilities, consider auditioning for a local community theater production.

As the New Year begins, the Players Guild of Dearborn will hold auditions for “Return Engagements,” the Dearborn Heights Civic Theatre will cast “Twelve Angry Men,” and the Southgate Community Players will cast the musical “Chicago.”

AUDITIONS FOR ‘RETURN ENGAGEMENTS’ AT PLAYERS GUILD
The Players Guild of Dearborn will hold auditions for Bernard Slade’s romantic comedy “Return Engagements” at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 14 and 15 at the theater, 21730 Madison in Dearborn. The show will be performed March 1 to 3, 8 to 10, and 15 to 17, with 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday shows and 2:30 p.m. Sunday matinees.

Audition registration begins at 6:30 p.m., with audition and calendar conflict forms available in advance on the Guild’s website, www.playersguildofdearborn.org. Those auditioning only need to attend one session. Young children are not allowed at the auditions.

Directed by Mike Moseley, “Return Engagements” is a romantic comedy by Bernard Slade, author of “Same Time, Next Year” and “Romantic Comedy.”

The show begins with three couples in separate vignettes: a tipsy actress and the bellboy who has bedded her the night before, a gutsy Polish woman who has survived World War II and a carpenter whom she chooses to father her baby, and an acid-tongued columnist and his cool psychotherapist wife who are about to split up. The couples reappear 20, 25 and 30 years later as their lives humorously unfold and intertwine.

For further character descriptions and downloadable audition forms, go to www.playersguildofdearborn.org/the-season/return-engagements.

The auditions will use selected readings from the script. Those auditioning should be familiar with the entire play. A few limited copies of the script are available for short-term loan. For perusal copies or additional information, contact the Guild’s casting governor, Bob Jones, at 313-561-TKTS or at casting@playersguildofdearborn.org.

DHCT HOLDS AUDITIONS FOR ‘TWELVE ANGRY MEN’ IN LIVONIA
The Dearborn Heights Civic Theatre will hold auditions for Reginald Rose’s stage play “Twelve Angry Men” at 7 p.m. Jan. 21 and 22 at its new home, the Grantland Street Playhouse, 27555 Grantland in Livonia. Those auditioning need only attend one night, but may attend both.

Directed by Cynthia Frabutt, the show will run at 8 p.m. March 1, 2, 8 and 9, with a 2:30 p.m. March 3 matinee.

The drama, which debuted on Broadway in 2004, was adapted from the 1954 CBS Studio One teleplay.

It begins after the closing arguments in a homicide case when the judge is giving instructions to the jury. The jury initially has one dissenter who feels the defendant is not guilty.

The jury must decide unanimously whether a young man has murdered his father. They know going into the deliberations that a guilty verdict will result in a mandatory death sentence for the defendant.

As the 12 men begin deliberations, they reveal their personalities as well as their discriminatory feelings for the witness based on his race and background. Another juror reveals his own troubled relationship with his son.

SOUTHGATE COMMUNITY PLAYERS HOLD AUDITIONS, PRESENT PLAY
Southgate Community Players will hold auditions for adults only for the musical “Chicago” at 7 p.m. (with registration beginning at 6:30 p.m.) on Feb. 11 and 12 at the Corner Playhouse, 12671 Dix Toledo Road in Southgate.

The show will run May 3, 4, 10 and 11 at Davidson Middle School, 15800 Trenton Road in Southgate. For more information, call 734-558-9779, or go to www.scponstage.com.

Set in prohibition-era Chicago, the show, with music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and a book by Ebb and Bob Fosse, “Chicago” is a satire of the corruption of the criminal justice system and celebrity criminals.

The original Broadway show, choreographed by Bob Fosse, opened in 1975, and the 1996 revival holds records for the longest-running American musical on Broadway, and is the third longest-running show in Broadway history.

The SCP will present Neil Simon’s “Biloxi Blues” at 8 p.m. Feb. 8, 9, 15 and 16 at Davidson Middle School.

Directed by Chris Rollet of Southgate, “Biloxi Blues” is the second play in the trilogy based loosely on Neil Simon’s life, which finds Eugene Jerome in Biloxi, Miss., for World War II-era Army basic training.

Tickets are $13 for adults and $11 for seniors and students. For tickets or more information, call 734-282-4727, or go to www.scponstage.com.

The cast includes Taylor residents Daniel Bartrum as Eugene Morris Jerome and Mike Fay as James J. Hennessey, and Wyandotte residents Patrick Reed as Arnold B. Epstein and Daniel Day as Joseph T. Wykowski.

Jeff Klug of Lincoln Park plays Sgt. Merwin J. Toomey, Christopher Gawal of Woodhaven portrays Roy W. Selridge and Richard Wieckowski of Flat Rock plays Donald Carney.

Other cast members include Allen Park residents Alexis Mosley as Rowena and Kathy Frantz as Daisy Hannigan.

P.S. CENTER STAGE PLAYERS PRESENT ‘THE FOREIGNER’
P.S. Center Stage Players of Wyandotte will present Larry Shue’s “The Foreigner” at 7 p.m. Jan. 10, 11, 17 and 18 at Jo Brighton Auditorium, 4680 18th St. in Wyandotte.

The play won two Obie and two Outer Critic Circle awards. Tickets are $9 for students and seniors, and $12 for other adults.

Directed by Penny Lynn Siler, the cast includes Wyandotte residents Bryce Johnston as Froggy and Adam Bedikian as Owen, Southgate residents Alex Wilson as Catherine and Alex Piscitelli as David, Noreen Passas of Ecorse as Betty, Kevin Johnston of Dearborn Heights as Charlie and Tyler Goodwin of Lincoln Park as Ellard.

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