HFCC Presents One Act Festival next two weekends

Photo courtesy of Wayne State University
Yesmeen Mikhail (left) of Wyandotte as Kim, Jackson McLaskey of Mt. Clemens as Jeremy, Brittany Michael of St. Clair Shores as Jodie, Colin Mallory of Lansing as Kyle and Tayler Jones of Detroit as Theresa appear in Wayne State University’s production of “Cinderella or It’s Okay to be Different” by Cynthia Mercati, with performances through June 30 at the Hilberry Theatre. For more information, call 313-577-2972 or go to www.hilberry.com.

Henry Ford Community College presents its annual One Act Festival Thursday through Sunday the next two weeks at Adray Auditorium in the MacKenzie Fine Arts Center in Dearborn.

The weekend of June 20 to 24 features four short works, both comedy and drama: “Saturday Night” by Julius Epstein, “Courage, Mr. Greene” by James Ferguson, “I Bring You Flowers” by William Lang and “Conflict” by Wade Bradford.

The weekend of June 27 to 30 offers a longer original drama, “A New Freedom,” a play about adolescent substance abuse recovery.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $7, with limited seating.

To order tickets or for more information, call 313-845-9817 or contact HFCC theater instructor Gerry Dzuiblinski at gadzuiblinski@hfcc.org.

The ensemble includes Dearborn residents Anthony Lai, Adam Kamrad, Natalie Pares, Anas Pasha and Aren Voytal; Dearborn Heights residents Angie Lai and Samantha Kenbeek; Julie Pudelek of Allen Park; Jamie Pappas of Wyandotte; Matt Mayes of Trenton; Westland residents London Johnson and Brittany Lowery; Renee Hartert of Wayne; and Billy Thomas of Detroit.

The AKT Theatre Company in Wyandotte will hold auditions from 6 to 9 p.m. July 7, with possible callbacks July 8 and 9 for the fall production of “The Turn of the Screw,” based on the Henry James ghost story novella.

Director Adriane Galea will hold auditions on the second floor of The Wyandotte Arts Center, 81 Chestnut. Make an appointment by contacting Galea at Adriane@AKTtheatre.com.

Roles are available for one man and one woman. The female role is a governess in her mid 20s, and the male plays several roles in the 20- to 50-year-old age range.

Those auditioning should prepare two contrasting monologues not to exceed three minutes in total.

Salary is based on a profit sharing formula and is non-Equity.

Evening rehearsals will begin Sept. 9, with performance dates Oct. 25 to 27 and Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, with Nov. 1 being a late night performance.

“Cinderella or It’s Okay to Be Different” by Cynthia Mercanti will grace the Hilberry Theatre stage through June 30 as the summer youth show following a goodwill tour to Detroit Public Elementary Schools earlier in the month.

The story unfolds amid a circle of playground friends who discover there are many versions of the Cinderella story across the world and throughout time, and focuses on celebrating our differences.

Directed by Andrew Papa, tickets are $5 for children and $8 for adults.

The Hilberry is at 4747 Cass Ave. in Detroit.

For tickets and show times, call 313-577-2972 or go to www.hilberry.com.

The cast includes Yesmeen Mikhail of Wyandotte as Kim, Jacqueline Fenton of Allen Park as Lacey, Jackson McLaskey of Mt. Clemens as Jeremy, Brittany Michael of St. Clair Shores as Jodie, Colin Mallory of Lansing as Kyle and Tayler Jones of Detroit as Teresa.

The Water Works Theatre Company will perform “Shakespeare’s Duets,” an original work of the bard’s classic scenes at 7:30 p.m. June 28 at the Royal Oak Historical Society Museum as a fundraiser for the museum, 1411 Webster in Royal Oak.

Tickets for the fundraiser, which begins at 6:30 p.m., are $25, and include light refreshments, a cash bar and access to Historical Society exhibits.

The benefit will star Water Works artistic director Sara Catheryn Wolf and Water Works veteran Brian Ogden, who performed the role of Henry in last season’s production of “Henry V.”

For tickets or more information, call 248-399-3727 or go to www.waterworkstheatre.com.

The Shakespeare in the Park schedule for Starr Jaycee Park, 1301 W. 13 Mile in Royal Oak, includes Aug. 1 to 11 performances of “The Merry Wives of Windsor” and “Much Ado About Nothing.”