Dearborn actors in Wayne State shows

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The Players Guild of Dearborn continues its run of the Tony award-winning musical “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” by Rupert Holmes through Dec. 1. For tickets, or more information, call 313-561-TKTS or go to www.playersguildofdearborn.org. The musical, set in 1892 and based on Charles Dickens’ final, unfinished novel, is the first Broadway musical with multiple endings determined by audience vote.

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By SUE SUCHYTA
Two Wayne State University students from Dearborn will be in the spotlight next weekend, with Samantha Lee York in a leading role at the Studio Theatre and Matt Miazgowicz in an ensemble role at the Bonstelle.

York turned in a strong opening performance Nov. 14 during her WSU stage debut as Angela, a returning army veteran in Matt Morillo’s “American Soldiers,” at Wayne State University’s Studio Theatre, underneath the Hilberry Theatre, 4743 Cass Ave. in Detroit.

Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Tickets are $12, with $10 tickets for seniors and students, and $5 tickets for veterans with a military identification. To order tickets call 313-577-2972 or go to www.wsustudio.com.

York plays a vet returning to her Long Island home after a Middle Eastern deployment.

Morillo’s drama spotlights the difficulty soldiers experience returning to their civilian lives, especially those who experienced combat. It also focuses on the power of family as her Vietnam veteran father works to keep the peace.

With excellent direction by Katherine Skoretz, the strong cast includes Garett Harris of Royal Oak as Hutch, Kaylen Ivory of Detroit as Carlos Sr., Kadijah R. Perkins of Detroit as Marie and Allen Wiseman of Roseville as Junior.

Miazgowicz joins an undergraduate ensemble performing in Michele L. Vacca’s “’Twas the Night before Christmas” weekends Nov. 22 to 24 and Dec. 5 to 8 at WSU’s Bonstelle Theatre, 3424 Woodward Ave. in Detroit.

Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. performances Dec. 5.

The Dec. 7 performance coincides with the 41st annual Noel Night in Midtown Detroit.

Tickets range from $10 to $20, with a $50 family four-pack that includes two adult admissions. To order tickets, call 313-577-2960 or go to theatre.wayne.edu/ourshows.php.

“’Twas the Night before Christmas,” inspired by the Clement Moore poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” celebrates the childlike joy and eager anticipation of Christmas Day.

Prior to each performance children will have an opportunity to make ornaments for their Christmas trees at home.

Directed by Andrew Papa, the play centers on the Sheldon family, who hang stockings, decorate a tree and leave cookies for Santa amid an arduous visit from an older aunt and stressful Christmas Eve. However, when a young girl and her father share a late night visit with St. Nick, they see the jolly old elf’s friends follow presents out of his bag.

Others in the ensemble cast include Carl Bentley of Flat Rock, Jacob Boida of Sterling Heights, Shannon Hurst and Taylor Morrow of Warren, Colin Mallory of Lansing, Brittany Michael of St. Claire Shores, Anna Seibert of Detroit, Janelle Soulliere of Clinton Township and Danielle Wright of Southfield.

PLAYERS GUILD ANNOUNCES ‘BOEING, BOEING’ CAST
The Players Guild of Dearborn announced the cast of the 1960s French farce “Boeing, Boeing” Nov. 12.

Directed by Brian Townsend, the cast features Alex Gojkov as Bernard, a playboy who balances Italian, German and American fiancées, each a stewardess with a different airline. However, when technology increases flight speed and schedule changes bring all three women to Paris and Bernard’s apartment at the same time, hilarity and pandemonium ensue.

The cast includes Nick Graham as Bernard’s friend Robert and Margaret Kinnell as Berthe, his housekeeper.

Kori Bielaniec plays Gloria from TWA, Jennifer Beitzel plays Gretchen from Lufthansa and Jillian Drapala plays Gabriella of Alitalia.

The show runs Jan. 10 to 12, 17 to 19 and 24 to 26, with performances at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

For tickets or more information call 313-561-TKTS or go to www.playersguildofdearborn.org.

SOUTHGATE COMMUNITY PLAYERS ANNOUNCE CAST FOR NEIL SIMON’S ‘BROADWAY BOUND’
Southgate Community Players announced the cast of Neil Simon’s “Broadway Bound” last week. The show, the final comedy in Simon’s semi-biographical trilogy, follows the earlier installments, “Brighton Beach Memoirs” and “Biloxi Blues,” as Eugene and Stanley begin their careers as comedy writers while their parents’ marriage disintegrates.

Stephen Phillips will play Eugene Jerome, with Christopher Gawel as his older brother, Stanley. Cheryl and Rob Eagal will play Katie and Jack Jerome, with Richard Alder as Kate’s father, Ben, and Kelly Klug as Blanche.

Show times are 8 p.m. Feb. 7, 8, 14 and 15 at Davidson Middle School Auditorium, 15800 Trenton Road in Southgate.

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

P.S. CENTER STAGE PLAYERS PRESENT ‘HOLIDAY FROLIC,’
P.S. Center Stage Players presents “Holiday Frolic,” four, one-act Christmas comedies at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21 and 22 at the Josephine Brighton Work Skills Center auditorium, 4460 18th St. in Wyandotte.

Directed by Penny Lynn Siler, the offering includes “The Living Nativity,” a comedy of errors set in a small town, and “The Elf Impersonator,” a youth mini-musical with an Elvis-inspired elf.

“String of Lights,” a two-person show, pairs a senior nursing home escapee on a mission with a runaway teenage boy, while “Christmas Choir” follows the frantic and funny efforts of a church choir to improve its imminent Christmas Eve performance of “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear.”

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Group discounts are available through advanced ticket sales.

For tickets or more information call 734-771-0590 or go to www.pscsp.com.

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