Hilberry opens 51st season with Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’

Photo by Maxwell Bolton
Wayne State University’s graduate theatre company opens its 51st season with William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” with Annie Keris (left) as Lady Macbeth and Miles Boucher as Macbeth. The show runs Sept. 20 through Oct. 12 at the Hilberry Theatre. For more information Call 313-577-2972 or go to Hilberry.org.

By Sue Suchyta
Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” launches the Hilberry Theatre’s season Sept. 30 as the graduate company enters the program’s 51st year offering both classic and contemporary plays at Wayne State University for audiences throughout Southeast Michigan.

The show runs for the public Sept. 20 to Oct. 12, with specific show times and ticket prices available by calling the box office at 313-577-2972 or by going to www.theatre.wayne.edu. The run of “Macbeth” continues for school matinees Tuesdays at 10 a.m. on Oct. 1, 8 and 29, Nov. 19, Feb. 4 and 25 and March 4 and 25 at the Hilberry Theater, located at 4743 Cass at Hancock on the WSU campus in Detroit.

“Macbeth” is a timeless tragedy with a riveting tale of greed and a lust for power, with misleading supernatural prophecies and fight scenes with swordplay. The script is rich with well-known soliloquies
as well as Shakespearean expressions that have worked their way into our everyday lives, from, “Double, double toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldron bubble,” to “Out, damned spot,” “Something wicked this way comes,” “Fair is foul, and foul is fair,” and “What, can the devil speak true?”

Guest director Paul Mason Barnes has directed Macbeth three times before, and brings to the stage a performance that honors Shakespeare’s work while making the words understandable to modern ears. The cast features Miles Boucher as Macbeth and Annie Keris as Lady Macbeth, with the witches played by Megan Barbour, Danielle
Cochrane and Sarah Hawkins Moan. Brent Griffith plays Macduff, with Megan Barbour as Lady Macduff, Alec Barbour as Malcolm and Topher
Payne as Banquo.

The cast includes Mike Fisher as the bloody captain, the porter, Seyton, an apparition king and murderer; Nancy Florkowski as the gentlewoman to Lady Macbeth; Brandon Grantz as Lennox; Colin Mallory as Fleance and an apparition king; and Shane Nelson as Donalbain, a murderer, an attendant and an apparition king. Topher Payne plays Caithness, with Chris Peterson as a messenger and attendant, Joe Plambeck as Duncan, Menteith, an apparition king and the Scottish doctor, Tiaja Sabrie as an attendant and messenger, Joseph Sfair as Angus and an apparition king, Janelle Soulliere as an attendant, David Sterritt as Ross and an apparition king and Kendall Talbot as an attendant.

The Hilberry season continues with Mee’s “Big Love,” Moliere’s “A Doctor in Spite of Himself,” Kauffman’s “Gross Indecency:
The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde,” Ludwig’s “Moon Over Buffalo” and Letts’ “August: Osage County.”

For more information
call 313-577-2972 or go to TheatreAndDance.Wayne.edu.

Big Girl Productions will hold auditions for the cast of “Snow Queen” from 7:30 to 10 p.m. (with 7 p.m. registration) Sept. 24 and 25 in the Royal Majestic Theater inside Trillium Academy at 15740 Rancho Rd. in Taylor.

Auditions are open to teens age 13 and up and adults. The initial read-through for “Snow Queen” is scheduled from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 1, with 7:30 p.m. performances Jan. 24 and 31 and 3 p.m. Jan. 25 and Feb. 1 matinees.

Based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale and brought to the stage by playwright Stuart Paterson, the show features 19 speaking parts and a chorus. The Snow Queen role has been pre-cast.

Co-directors Carol-Ann Black and Jackie Sweeney plan 7 to 10 p.m. Mon. and Wed. rehearsals, with 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday rehearsals. The rehearsal schedule is by scene, and cast members need only attend when their scenes are scheduled. There is a $50 participation fee.

For more information, call director Carol-Ann Black at 734-771-2515 or go to www.sbkidz.com.

“Miss Saigon,” a touring Broadway spectacular lands in Detroit Sept. 24 to Oct. 6 at the Fisher Theater, 3011 W. Grand Blvd. in Detroit. Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 800-982-2787, and online at www.ticketmaster.com and www.broadwayindetroit.com.

“Miss Saigon,” a powerful pop opera, is based on Puccini’s “Madame Butterfly.” The show tells an emotional tale of a forbidden
love between an American GI and a young Vietnamese woman during
the American occupation of Saigon during the Vietnam War. Its message encompasses the tragedies of war and the sacrifices made by those longing to achieve the American Dream.