Spring shows open while summer show auditions abound

Photo courtesy of Southgate Community Players
Megan Robertson (left) of Southgate plays Roxie Hart and Leo McMaster of Lincoln Park plays Billy Flynn in the Southgate Community Players production of “Chicago.” Remaining performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Davidson Middle School, 15800 Trenton Road in Southgate.

As community theaters raise the curtain on their closing shows for the season, local groups are holding auditions for both youth and adult summer shows. Meanwhile the Fisher Theatre continues to offer entertaining tours of Broadway caliber shows.

Southgate Community Players present Kander and Ebb’s “Chicago – the Musical” at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Davidson Middle School Auditorium, 15800 Trenton Road in Southgate.

Tickets are $15 for general admission and $13 for seniors and students. For more information call 734-282-4727 or go to www.scponstage.com.

Set in 1920s Chicago, the show focuses on two female murderers and the legal lying done to set them free. It also features a lively musical score and Fosse-inspired dance numbers.

The merry murderers are Velma Kelly, who killed her sister and husband when she found them in bed together, and Roxie Hart, who murdered a fan at a nightclub where she performed. Both compete for the slick talents of Billy Flynn, a lawyer who never lets the truth get in the way of a successful defense.

Kelly R. Lomas of Trenton plays Velma Kelly, Leo McMaster of Lincoln Park plays Billy Flynn, and Megan Robertson of Southgate plays Roxie Hart.

Others in the cast include Jema McCardell as Matron Mama Morton, Bill Spurlin as Amos Hart, and Z. Morgan is Mary Sunshine.

Others in the cast includes Alan Demorow, Chris Gawel, Spencer Genrich (as Mona), Larry Hubbard, Patty Hubbard (as Go to Hell Kitty), Kelly Klug, Catherine Long, Monica Luckwald, Rian McDonald (as Fred Casely), Alexis Mosley (as Liz), Marie Olsen, Danae Pawlak, Stephen Phillips, Jessica Pusino, Stephanie Shulte, Victoria Schulte, Erika Sterling, Sarah Stonebralher (as Annie), Kevin Talanges (as the Master of Ceremonies) and Sydney Villanueva (as Hunyak).

Downriver, Dearborn and Dearborn Heights teens are encouraged to audition for “Footloose” at the River Raisin Center for the Arts in Monroe. Auditions for youth age 12 to 20 are at 7 p.m. Thursday and noon Saturday.

Tracy Glover, who has been active with the Southgate Community Players, will direct the show, with musical direction by Josh Glover and choreography by Alyssa Langmeyer.

Those auditioning should take sheet music for 32 bars of a song for their vocal audition. CDs will not be accepted. Take jazz shoes and be prepared to dance.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. July 19 and 20, and 3 p.m. July 21.

For more information, call 734-242-7722 or go to www.riverraisincentre.org.

Fourteen Detroit area theater companies will hold joint general auditions for the 2013-14 theater season, from 5:30 to 10 p.m. on May 14, 15 and 21 at Two Muses Theatre inside Barnes and Noble, 6800 Orchard Lake Road in West Bloomfield.

Actors over the age of 18 from all ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to attend. Appointments are required; walk-ins might not have an audition opportunity. Actors must make appointments by emailing frannie@magentagiraffe.org. Appointments will not be made over the phone.

Actors should include their full name, desired appointment date and time and phone number in the body of the email. Headshots and résumés should not be attached to the e-mail. There will be a first-come, first-served waiting list at the theater each night of auditions but a slot is not guaranteed.

Actors should prepare two contrasting contemporary monologues no longer than three minutes. Auditions are timed. Actors should take 14 sets of headshots and résumés and provide all schedule conflicts for the season.

Attending theaters include: the AKT Theatre Project (Wyandotte), Abreact Performance Space (Detroit), Blackbird Theatre (Ann Arbor), The Box Theater (Mount Clemens), Magenta Giraffe Theatre Company (Detroit), Matrix Theatre Company (Detroit), Performance Network Theatre (Ann Arbor), Planet Ant Theatre (Hamtramck), Plowshares Theatre Company (Detroit), Puzzle Piece Theatre (Detroit), The Ringwald Theatre (Ferndale), The Snug Theatre (Marine City), Threefold Productions (Ypsilanti) and Two Muses Theatre (West Bloomfield).

All roles offered will be paid. Performance Network Theatre and Plowshares Theatre are members of Actors’ Equity Association. Some theaters may offer Equity Special Appearance or Guest Artist contracts.

“Catch Me If You Can” is a splashy new Broadway musical based on the movie and the story of teen Frank Abagnale Jr. who ran away from home and used millions in forged checks to finance a high-flying con-artist lifestyle.

The show runs at the Fisher Theatre at 3011 W. Grand Blvd. in Detroit May 7 to 19, with 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday shows, 7:30 p.m. Sunday shows, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday matinees.

The musical features book by Terrence McNally, score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, choreography by Jerry Mitchell and direction by Jack O’Brien.

For more information, call 313-872-1000 or go to www.broadwayindetroit.com.