‘Grease,’ ‘Class Action’ opening in Wyandotte

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“Grease” is the word at the Downriver Actors Guild with Kenny Konaszewski (left) of Dearborn as Roger, Jami Mullins of Trenton as Jan, Amanda Aue of Taylor as Sandy Dumbrowski, Michael Suchyta of Dearborn as Danny Zuko, Connor Garcia of Southgate as Doody and Katie Suchyta of Dearborn as Frenchie. The show runs at 7:30 p.m. July 26 and 27 and Aug. 2 and 3, and 3 p.m. July 28 and Aug. 4 at Out of the Box Theater, 1165 Ford Ave. in Wyandotte. For tickets or more information call 313-303-5269 or go to www.downriveractorsguild.net.

By SUE SUCHYTA
“Grease” is the word at the Downriver Actors Guild as the favorite ’50s musical opens at Out of the Box Theatre Friday and runs for two weekends. Show times are 7:30 p.m. July 26 and 27, and Aug. 2 and 3, and 3 p.m. July 28 and Aug. 4.

The theater is at 1165 Ford Ave. in Wyandotte. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors.

For more information call 313-303-5269 or go to www.downriveractorsguild.net.

Directed by Debbie Aue of Taylor, the show features the vocal musical direction Wendy Fichter of Allen Park.

“Grease” is staged with creative lighting, special effects and versatile set pieces that can be used different ways, Aue said.

The opening scene with the Rydell High School fight song is gone, and they go from the opening scene into the lunchroom scene where “Summer Nights” comes into play.

Aue said the group paid additional royalty fees to include the “Grease” movie songs not in the original stage play, including “Grease is the Word,” “Hopelessly Devoted to You,” “Sandy” and “You’re the One that I Want.”

“We have a couple of ideas up our sleeves,” Aue said. “This is going to be one show you are not going to want to miss.”

The cast includes Amanda Aue of Taylor as Sandy Dumbrowski, and the Pink Ladies played by Alexa Mertz of Brownstown Township as Marty, Kayla Aue of Gibraltar as Betty Rizzo, Jami Mullins of Trenton as Jan and Katie Suchyta of Dearborn as Frenchy.

Caitlin Keif of Southgate plays Patty Simcox, with Trenton residents Jamie Hamilton Clemons as Cha-Cha DiGregorio and Becky Szalay as Ms. Lynch.

The T-Birds include Michael Suchyta of Dearborn as Danny Zuko, Craig Carrico of Detroit as Kenickie, Kenny Konaszewski of Dearborn as Roger, Jacob Partrich of Taylor as Sonny and Connor Garcia of Southgate as Doody.

Also in the cast are Ryan Owen of Southgate as Eugene Florczyk, Tony Primeau of Southgate as Vince Fontaine and John Sartor of Canton Township as Teen Angel.

Men in the ensemble include Jacob Bowlby and Noah Bias of Wyandotte, Alex Rosen of Lincoln Park, Jimmy King and Mitchell Sturm of Taylor and Thomas Huffmaster of Trenton.

The female ensemble includes Jessalyn Sturm of Taylor and Kayla Nagy of Taylor, Alana Hubbard of Dearborn Heights, Megan Slaith of West Bloomfield, Kayla Smith of Huron Township and Hannah Szalay of Trenton.

SOUTHGATE PLAYERS TO HOST AUDITIONS FOR ‘LES MISERABLES’
“Les Misérables” auditions for the Southgate Community Players’ production begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, with registration beginning at 6:30 p.m. each day at The Corner Playhouse, 12671 Dix Toledo Road in Southgate.

Only 75 people may audition for the musical each evening. Once 75 people are registered, others will have the option of auditioning on another night.

The show runs at 8 p.m. Nov. 8, 9, 15 and 16 at Davidson Middle School, 15800 Trenton Road in Southgate.

Set in France in the early 1800s, the musical version of “Les Misérables” is the story of Jean Valjean, who breaks parole to start a new life after serving 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread. When he illegally changes his identity, Valjean must constantly watch for Javert, a relentless pursuing police inspector.

When a woman who once worked in his factor dies because of events for which he feels responsible, Valjean adopts her daughter, Cosette. Years pass, and despite his efforts to keep a low profile, Valjean is drawn to revolutionaries who fight against the injustices that shaped his life.

For more information, go to www.scponstage.com.

WYANDOTTE’S PS-CENTER STAGE PLAYERS PRESENT ‘CLASS ACTION’
PS-Center Stage Players of Wyandotte present “Class Action,” at 1 and 6 p.m. Aug. 3 at First United Methodist Church at 72 Oak Street in Wyandotte.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Some material may not be suitable for young children.

Seating is limited. Call 734-285-8107 for tickets or more information.

The show features a series of high school-themed monologues and short scenes, both light hearted and serious, written by actor, comedian and writer Brad Slaight, a former high school teacher and Michigan native.

WATERWORKS OFFERS THEATER SUMMER CAMP FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS

The Water Works Theatre Company in Royal Oak offers two week-long summer programs for students, a chance to learn from experts and to perform on the Starr Jaycee Park outdoor stage during their annual “Shakespeare In The Park.”

“Water Works Academy” gives high school and pre-college students a one-week intensive to create their own play in the park using a “summer stock” company approach. Working professionals guide students through writing, directing, stage managing, designing and performing a one-of-a-kind show on the Shakespearean stage in Starr Jaycee Park, on 13 Mile Road, one block east of Crooks in Royal Oak.

Water Works Academy runs July 29 to Aug. 2, with a performance on Aug. 3. Tuition is $200 per student, For more information go to www.waterworkstheatre.com.

Students entering grades 1 to 8 can enroll in KidsAct!, a one-week program run by the Water Works’ staff. Tuition is $200 per student.

The educational experience encourages confidence and inspires creative expression. In the open park setting, participants can discover the basics of Shakespeare, safe stage combat, dance, improv and scene work. KidsAct! runs Aug. 5 to 9, with an elementary performance the evening of Aug. 9 and an Aug. 10 middle school performance.

Go to www.waterworkstheatre.com for more information.

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