PLAYERS GUILD OF DEARBORN ANNOUNCES 2014-15 SEASON

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James Kirwin (left) and Paul Bruce, both of Dearborn, celebrate at the Players Guild of Dearborn’s “classy vs. trashy” themed annual party Feb. 6.

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By SUE SUCHYTA
The Players Guild of Dearborn has obtained the rights to present four of the five shows for its hoped-for 2014-1515 season.

While the rights to the hoped-for mid-September who-dunnit comedy “39 Steps” were still pending at press time, PGD has obtained the rights to perform the rest of it desired season.

The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “South Pacific” will run for four weekends, Nov. 14 to Dec. 7, with the Neil Simon farce “Rumors” slated Jan. 9 to 25 for a three-weekend run.

Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird,” dramatized by Christopher Sergel, runs March 6 to 22 for three weekend performances.

Monty Python’s musical comedy “Spamalot,” billed as “lovingly ripped off” from the 1975 movie “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” will run May 1 to 24 for four weekends of performances.

For more information, go to the Guild’s website, www.playersguildofdearborn.org.

DAG ANNOUNCES ‘JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR’ CAST
The Downriver Actors Guild announced the cast of the Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber rock opera “Jesus Christ Superstar” Wednesday.

The show, slated to be the first performed in The New Theater, 2656 Biddle in Wyandotte, features the direction of Harold Jurkiewicz and John Sartor.

The show runs June 6 to 15 for two weekends. The rock opera, based on the dramatic final days of Christ on Earth, is emotionally intense, high energy and theatrically explosive. The powerful production captures the transcendent power of the human spirit in an emotionally passionate play.

The cast includes Brian Welch as Jesus, April Denny as Mary Magdalene, Paul Primeau as Judas and Michael Suchyta as Simon.

Tony Primeau plays Peter, with Dave Martin as Herod, John Sartor as Pilate, Ray Carter as Annas and Chris Chavez as Caiphas.

Rob Eagle, Jay Carter and Jim Welbrink play the priests.

Additional apostles include Mike Parks, Randy Rainey, Jacob Partrich, Jordan Gonzalez, Brandon Ebert, David McDonald and Brett Reynolds. Bradley Byrne is also in the ensemble.

Sydnee Rider, Kayla Aue and Jami Mullins play the Soul Sisters.

The women’s ensemble includes Amanda Aue, Debbie Aue, Megan Slaith, Jade Reynolds, Jessalyn Sturm, Elisa Noeske, Amy Leighton, Eleanor Smith, Ashley Blevins, Hannah Shaffer, Stephanie Primeau, Lucinda Chavez, Kayla Chavez, Jenna Gadille, Kayla Nagy and Alexa Mertz.

Featured dancers include Jade Reynolds, Sturm, Suchyta, Partrich, Kayla Aue, Nagy and Kayla Chavez.

The children’s ensemble includes Brianne Rainey, Marisa Jackson, Paris Fisher, Evan Sartor, Elaina Primeau, Jules Scheffler, Carter Haverstadt and Isabella Green.

For updates on the new theater and the production, go to the Downriver Actors Guild Facebook page or go to www.downriveractorsguild.net.

SOUTHGATE COMMUNITY PLAYERS ANNOUNCES MUSICAL’SWEENEY TODD’ CAST
Southgate Community Players announced the cast for the musical “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.”

The cast includes Larry Hubbard as Sweeney Todd, Leah Cooley as Mrs. Lovett and Daniel Harrison as Judge Turpin.

Matthew Hatt is Anthony Hope, with Taylor Yeager as Johanna, Cindy Turgeon as the Beggar Woman and Gabe Hubbard as Tobias Ragg.

Richard Wieckowski will play Beadle, with Rob Douglas as Pirelli and Patrick Reed as Jonas Fogg.

The ensemble includes Samantha Bartow, Noah Bias, Sara Maria Dally, Chris Gawel, Kathryn George, Rebecca Hermen, Patty Hubbard, Emily Hunt, Kelly Klug, Jema McCardell,Stephen Phillips, Kristan Reest, Stephanie Schulte, Nolan Schultz, Mike Turgeon and Kenny Witz.

The show runs at 8 p.m. May 2, 3, 9 and 10 at Davidson Middle School, 15800 Trenton Road in Southgate. For more information call 734-282-4727 or go to www.scponstage.com.

Directed by Chris Rollet, with vocal direction by Sarah Leonard, both of Southgate, the show tells the story of a murderous London barber and his amoral baker accomplice. His plot for revenge initially targets the corrupt judge who raped his wife and exiled him, but expands until the pair might bake all of London into pies.

Nominated for nine Tony Awards in 1979, “Sweeney Todd” won eight, including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Original Score.

CHILDREN AGE 3-8 CAN GO ‘NUTS’ WITH DAG CHILDREN’S PLAY
Children age 3 to 10 may now enroll in “Nuts,” a Downriver Actors Guild musical production about the circle of life. An acorn in the forest joins creatures, plants and trees to understand the circle of life.

Designed for beginners, the musical is about 30 minutes long. The show runs at 7 p.m. June 28, and 3 p.m. June 29. There is a $35 per child registration fee, with a $10 discount for each additional sibling. Each family needs to be current DAG members. Saturday rehearsals begin March 29, and run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Debbie Aue is directing, Call 313-303-5269 for more information.

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