Get ‘Lost in the Fifties’ with the Downriver Actors Guild

Photo by Sue Suchyta. Members of the Downriver Actors Guild relax after promoting their upcoming musical review, “Lost in the Fifties” during the Wyandotte Independence Day parade down Biddle.  Rocking a ’50s vibe are Kayla Chavez (left) of Allen Park, Peyton Bias of Southgate, and Kayla Nagy of Taylor. The show runs 7:30 p.m. Aug. 14 and 15, and 3 p.m. Aug. 16. For tickets or more information, call 313-303-5269 or go to downriveractorsguild.net.

Photo by Sue Suchyta. Members of the Downriver Actors Guild relax after promoting their upcoming musical review, “Lost in the Fifties” during the Wyandotte Independence Day parade down Biddle. Rocking a ’50s vibe are Kayla Chavez (left) of Allen Park, Peyton Bias of Southgate, and Kayla Nagy of Taylor. The show runs 7:30 p.m. Aug. 14 and 15, and 3 p.m. Aug. 16. For tickets or more information, call 313-303-5269 or go to downriveractorsguild.net.

By SUE SUCHYTA

The Downriver Actors Guild presents “Lost in the Fifties,” a two-hour musical review of hit songs and dances from the fun-filled era at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 14 and 15, and 3 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Catherine A. Daly Theatre on the Avenue, 2656 Biddle in Wyandotte.

Tickets are $15 for adults, and $12 for students and seniors. To order, call 313-303-5269, or go to downriveractorsguild.net.

Debbie Aue, DAG’s artistic director, is directing the production. With poodle skirts, ponytails and black leather jackets, the high energy cast will display why “rock ‘n’ roll is here to stay” and take audiences on a nostalgic musical journey.

DAG HOLDS AUDITIONS FOR ‘ADDAMS FAMILY’ MUSICAL

The Downriver Actors Guild will hold auditions for “The Addams Family” musical at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 17 and 18 at the Catherine A. Daly Theatre on the Avenue, 2656 Biddle in Wyandotte. Call-backs are scheduled for Aug. 20.

Directed by Valerie Mangrum Haas, the show runs at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16, 17, 23 and 24, and 3 p.m. Oct. 18 and 25.

The show features a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, and music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa.

When Wednesday Addams, now grown up, brings home a “normal” young man she loves, Gomez and Morticia find their world turned upside down until Uncle Fester and an ensemble of ghostly Addams ancestors step in to help.

Those auditioning should prepare a song to perform, and provide sheet music for the group’s pianist, or an accompanist CD. A cappella vocal auditions are discouraged.

A short dance will be taught to those auditioning for ancestor ensemble roles, and for Morticia and Gomez.

Not all those auditioning will be asked to do a cold reading from the script. The show is an adult production, with limited roles for children.

For more information, go to downriveractorsguild.net.

SOUTHGATE COMMUNITY PLAYERS HOLD AUDITIONS FOR ‘WEST SIDE STORY’

Southgate Community Players will hold auditions for the musical “West Side Story” at 7 p.m. Aug. 9 and 10 at the Corner Playhouse, 12761 Dix Toledo Road. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for registration.

The show runs at 8 p.m. Nov. 13, 14, 20 and 21 at Davidson Middle School, 15800 Trenton Road in Southgate.

With a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, and libretto and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, the story draws its inspiration from Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.”

The original ground-breaking choreography was created by Jerome Robbins.
Set in 1950s New York City, two idealistic young lovers find themselves caught between two warring street gangs, the American Jets, and the Puerto Rican Sharks. The struggle to survive in a world of hate and prejudice broke ground at its time, and is just as relevant today.

Directed by Chris Rollet, the show features the musical direction of Rich Alder, and the choreography of Tina Brow.

Roles include Riff, the leader of the Jets, and his best friend Tony, who falls in love with Puerto Rican Maria.

Bernardo, the leader of the Sharks, is Maria’s brother, and boyfriend to Anita, Maria’s assertive, sexy, and defiant best friend.

Chino is a naive Shark who wants to date Maria, whose anger takes a murderous turn.

Anybodys is a strong-willed, impulsive young woman who desperately wants to be accepted by the Jets.

Adult roles include Doc, a local shopkeeper, who tries to keep the Jets from channeling their anger into violence.

Detective Shrank and Officer Krupke are the local police officers frustrated by the gang wars.

The ensemble features numerous roles for Sharks, Jets and their girls on both sides.

For more information, call 734-558-8812 or go to scponstage.com.