AKT Theatre Project offers free ‘Shakespeare in the Park’

By SUE SUCHYTA

Photo courtesy of the AKT Theatre Project The AKT Theatre Project performs “Shakespeare in the Park: Scenes, Sonnets and Soliloquies” at 7 p.m. Aug. 2, 3, 9 and 10, and 2 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Wyandotte Farmers Market, near the intersection of First and Elm streets. Wyandotte resident Aaron Glenn (left) plays Romeo to Sarah Mikota’s Juliet.

Photo courtesy of the AKT Theatre Project
The AKT Theatre Project performs “Shakespeare in the Park: Scenes, Sonnets and Soliloquies” at 7 p.m. Aug. 2, 3, 9 and 10, and 2 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Wyandotte Farmers Market, near the intersection of First and Elm streets. Wyandotte resident Aaron Glenn (left) plays Romeo to Sarah Mikota’s Juliet.

Do you love a good play, and enjoy it even more when it is free? If so, grab a lawn chair or blanket and head to the Wyandotte Farmers Market lot at First and Elm for “Shakespeare in the Park: Scenes, Sonnets and Soliloquies.”
Twelve AKT Theatre Project actors perform the show free of charge at 7 p.m. Aug. 2, 3, 9 and 10, and 2 p.m. Aug. 4.
In the event of inclement weather, performances may relocate into the Wyandotte Arts Center at 81 Chestnut St.
For more information about the AKT Theatre Project call 734-258-8370 or go to www.AKTtheatre.com.
Artistic director Angie Kane Ferrante said the show features selections from some of Shakespeare’s most popular plays, and a dozen actors play multiple roles as they perform selections from “Romeo and Juliet,” “The Taming of the Shrew,” “Richard the Third” and more.
The AKT Theatre project, founded in 2008, has performed large musicals in summers past at the Wyandotte Arts Center.
This summer they decided to emulate theater companies around the world by bringing “The Bard” outdoors and performing samples of Shakespeare’s works in a local outdoor venue.
Since the company will perform multiple vignettes, audience members are free to come and go at will. There will be areas designated for lawn blankets, chairs and standing viewing.
Wyandotte residents Angie Kane Ferrante, Adriane Galea and Jon Pigott directed the scenes, sonnets and soliloquies, which Hope Morawa choreographed.
The show features the acting talents of Tyler Calhoun, Aaron Glenn, Kevin Hamilton, Lucas Hrabnicky, Stephani Hrabnicky, Jack Hundley, Gerald Hymer, Sarah Mikota, Hope Morawa, Jon Pigott, Anna Siebert and Lisa Youngs.

PLAYERS GUILD ANNOUNCES CAST FOR ‘FANTASTICKS’

The Players Guild of Dearborn on Wednesday announced the cast for “The Fantasticks,” the first show and first musical of its 2013-14 season.
Directed and choreographed by Paul Bruce, with musical direction by Paul Abbott, the eight-person cast features Michael Bollman of Dearborn as Matt, Kimberly Paige Elliott of Canton Township as Luisa, Mike Moseley of Allen Park as El Gallo and Jeff Flannery of Southgate as Hucklebee.
Brian Townsend of Dearborn will play Bellomy, with Alex Gojkov of Dearborn as the mime, Tom Sparrow of Allen Park as Henry and Steve Gautreau of Dearborn as Mortimer.
“I’m thrilled to be working with a very talented cast of actors who are perennial Guild favorites,” Bruce said. “Audiences have seen all these talented folks in other shows and I am fortunate to have them all together in this one production.”
The show, with music by Harvey Schmidt, and book and lyrics by Tom Jones, runs Sept. 13 to 15, 20 to 22 and 27 to 29 at the Guild theater, 21730 Madison, near the intersection of Monroe and Outer Drive.
Friday and Saturday shows are at 8 p.m.; Sunday shows are at 2:30 p.m.
For more information, call 313-561-TKTS or go to www.playersguildofdearborn.org.