PGD’s ‘Cheaper by the Dozen’ is family-friendly show

Photo by Sue Suchyta. The Players Guild of Dearborn presents “Cheaper by the Dozen” through Jan. 24,  with Alexis Mosley (left), 25, of Riverview as Anne; Kelley Donnelly, 20, of Canton Township as Ernestine; and Alexandria Antonelli, 19, of Dearborn as Martha. For tickets or more information, call 313-561-TKTS or go to playersguildofdearborn.org.

Photo by Sue Suchyta. The Players Guild of Dearborn presents “Cheaper by the Dozen” through Jan. 24, with Alexis Mosley (left), 25, of Riverview as Anne; Kelley Donnelly, 20, of Canton Township as Ernestine; and Alexandria Antonelli, 19, of Dearborn as Martha. For tickets or more information, call 313-561-TKTS or go to playersguildofdearborn.org.

By Sue Suchyta

The Players Guild of Dearborn presents one more weekend of the family-friendly play “Cheaper by the Dozen. ” Remaining performances are at 8 p.m. Jan. 22 and 23, and 2:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at the theater, 21730 Madison in Dearborn.

Tickets are $17, with a $2 discount for students with valid identification. To order, or for more information, call 313-561-TKTS or go to playersguildofdearborn.org.

Set the early 1920s, the play is based on the true story of the Gilbreth family of 12 children, whose parents were efficiency experts, and used their knowledge to run their huge household smoothly.

Gordon Mosley of Allen Park designed a beautiful set.

Opening night the pacing was off during the first act, and picked up during the second act.
Jeff Flannery of Dearborn as the father, Frank Gilbreth Sr., and Valerie Haas of Inkster as the mother, Lillian Moller Gilbreth, turn in strong performances.

The Gilbreth children are enthusiastically played by a talented ensemble. It was annoying to see some of the younger cast members mug on cue, when a more natural approach would have been better.

Standouts include Kelley Donnelly, 20, of Canton Township as Ernestine; Jamie Paschke, 11, of Dearborn Heights as Lillian Jr.; and Matthias Hermen, 8, of Dearborn as Jackie.

The other Gilbreth children include Dearborn residents Alexandria Antonelli, 19, as Martha, Joseph Garza, 12, as Bill, Calum Carscadden, 7, as Bob, and Maggie Kanclerz, 6, as Jane; Kurtis Wilson, 9, of Dearborn Heights as Dan; Riverview residents Alexis Mosley, 25, as Anne, and Daniel Bartrum, 26, as Frank Jr.; and Cole Haas, 13, of Inkster as Fred.

Other cast members include Dearborn residents Rebecca Hermen as Mrs. Fitzgerald and Nathan Booth as Joe Scales; Allen Park residents Tom Sparrow as Dr. Burton and Linda Mosley as Miss Brill; and Julian Campitelle, 15, of Inkster as Larry.

The 1920 hemlines for the women were inconsistent, and the skirt of Mrs. Gilbreth’s second costume was much shorter than her other two costumes. The distressed motorcycle wipe-out costume for Larry was done with obvious patches sewn on pants. The costume crew should have just distressed a pair of thrift store pants. It also appeared that Kanclerz, who plays Jane, wore the same dress in every scene.

Nathan Booth, who plays Joe Scales and doubles as the stage manager, took his bow out of costume opening night.

During the run of the show, the Guild will collect donations of new socks for the homeless for distribution through local charities. Socks are the most requested items sought by the homeless, and the Guild hopes to collect dozens of socks from “Cheaper by the Dozen” attendees.

WCT PRESENTS ‘RAINBOW WITH THE BUTTERFLY WINGS’

Wyandotte Community Theatre presents P.S. Quincy’s “The Rainbow with the Butterfly Wings” March 4, 5, 11 and 12 at the James R. DeSana Center for Arts and Culture at 81 Chestnut in Wyandotte.

The premier work of a local playwright, the show poses whether one would want to continue living after losing everything and everyone in their life.

For more information, go to wyandottecommunitytheatre.com.

WCT HOLDS AUDITIONS FOR ‘LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS’

Wyandotte Community Theatre will hold auditions for Menken and Ashman’s musical comedy “Little Shop of Horrors” at 7 p.m. Feb. 2 and 3 at the James R. DeSana Center for Arts and Culture at 81 Chestnut in Wyandotte.

Run dates are April 29 and 30, and May 6 and 7.

The music features 1960s-style do wop, rock ’n’ roll, and Motown, with Broadway favorite tunes “Skid Row,” “Somewhere That’s Green,” and “Suddenly Seymour.”

For more information, go to wyandottecommunitytheatre.com.

SCP HOLDS AUDITIONS FOR ‘GUYS AND DOLLS’

Southgate Community Players will hold auditions for “Guys and Dolls” at 7 p.m. Feb. 7 and 8, with registration beginning at 6:30 p.m., at the Corner Playhouse, 12671 Toledo Dix Road in Southgate.

Performance dates are 8 p.m. May 6, 7, 13 and 14 at Davidson Middle School, 15800 Trenton Road in Southgate.
Phil Rauch will direct the show, with Jerry Wesselman as vocal director and Tina Brow as choreographer.
The Frank Loesser Tony Award-winning Best Musical is set in New York City, where gamblers, missionaries and the cops collide with the longest running floating craps game in town.
Favorite songs include “Fugue for Tin Horns” (“I got the horse right here, the name is Paul Revere…”), “A Bushel and a Peck,” “Luck be a Lady,” and “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat.”
For more information, call 734-558-9779 or go to scponstage.com.

HILBERRY PRESENTS SHAKESPEARE’S ‘LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST’

Wayne State University’s Hilberry Theatre presents the Shakespeare comedy “Love’s Labour’s Lost” Jan. 29 to March 12 in rotating repertory, with an opening night masquerade for attendees.

A battle of the sexes ensues between men who have sworn off love, and the women who would convince them to change their minds.

For specific show dates and times, call 313-577-2972 or go to hilberry1.com.