Downriver Actors Guild announces ‘Camelot’ cast

Photo by Bruce Giffin. Wayne State University's Hilberry Theatre presents Shakespeare's “Love's Labour's Lost” through March 12 in rotating repertory, featuring Sammi Geppert's costume design, showcased on Mary Sansone (left) as Maria, Wesley Cady as Katherine, Devri Chism as Rosaline and Breayre Tender as the Princess of France. For tickets and more information, call 313-577-2972, or go to hilberry1.com.

Photo by Bruce Giffin. Wayne State University’s Hilberry Theatre presents Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labour’s Lost” through March 12 in rotating repertory, featuring Sammi Geppert’s costume design, showcased on Mary Sansone (left) as Maria, Wesley Cady as Katherine, Devri Chism as Rosaline and Breayre Tender as the Princess of France. For tickets and more information, call 313-577-2972, or go to hilberry1.com.

By SUE SUCHYTA

The Downriver Actors Guild announced the cast for the Lerner and Loewe musical “Camelot” last week. The show, with memorable music, tells the tale of Arthur, Guenevere and the Knights of the Round Table.

The show runs 7:30 p.m. May 6, 7, 13 and 14, and 3 p.m. May 8 and 15, at the Catherine A. Daly Theatre on the Avenue, 2656 Biddle in Wyandotte.

For tickets or more information, call 734-407-7020 or go to downriveractorsguild.net.
Directed by Peter Sonnberg Schmidt of Novi, the show features John Sartor of Canton Township as King Arthur and Emily Noble of Wyandotte as Guenevere.

Other cast members include Michael Suchyta of Dearborn as Mordred, Dylan Seets of Riverview as Thomas of Warwick, Jeff Hollon of Trenton as Sir Dinadan, Glen Reynolds of Wyandotte as Pellinore, Barb Day of Belleville as Morgan LeFey, H. Jay of Detroit as Merlyn and Jackie Duvall of Monroe as Nimue.

Knights include David Buhr of Allen Park, Jay Carter and David MacDonald of Taylor, and Jim Wolbrink of Detroit, with Dee Morrison of Canton Township, Sydney Robinson of Clinton Township and Ashley Gatesy of Westland as Camelot ladies.

WCT ANNOUNCES ‘LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS’ CAST

Wyandotte Community Theatre announced the cast of the Menken and Ashman musical “Little Shop of Horrors” Wednesday.

The show is directed by Jeremy Trudelle of Wyandotte, with Tamara Marla and Joshua Smith of Southgate as the musical director and choreographer, respectively.
Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. April 29 and 30 and May 6 and 7 at the James R. DeSana Center for Arts and Culture at 81 Chestnut in Wyandotte.

For more information, go to wyandottecommunitytheatre.com.

The cast includes Brad Hardecki of Lincoln Park as Seymour, Austin Sulkey of Southgate as Audrey, Tony Primeau of Wyandotte as Mushnik and Dalton Pittman-Cahill of Westland as Orin.

David Thompson of Brownstown Township will sing the voice of Audrey II, the plant, with Andrea Vanderhorst of Trenton as Ronnette, Abby Hill-Kennedy of Monroe as Crystal and Kelly White as Chiffon.

The ensemble includes Bethany Fink of Allen Park, Elaine Lukawski of Lincoln Park, Joshua Smith of Southgate, Amanda Johnson of Trenton, Gretchen Davis and Justin Hernandez of Wyandotte and Dinah Tutein of Rockwood.

OBTC HOST MICHIGAN PREMIERE OF ‘WHO AM I THIS TIME?’

The Open Book Theatre Company hosts the Michigan premiere of Aaron Posner’s “Who Am I This Time? (and other conundrums of love)” March 4 to 19 at Penelope’s Venue, 12219 Dix Toledo Road in Southgate.

For more information, go to openbooktc.com.

Based on three short stories by Kurt Vonnegut, the play looks at love, pure and complicated.

The works include “Long Walk to Forever,” “Who Am I This Time?” and “Go Back to your Precious Wife and Son.”

Directed by Topher Payne, the show features cast members Joshua Brown, Sarah Hawkins Moan, Allison Megroet, Richard Payton, Sean Paraventi, Chris Peterson and Krista Schafer Ewbank.

The production is supported by the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs mini-grant program.

ACTING OUT PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS ‘LEGALLY BLONDE JR’

Acting Out Productions presents “Legally Blonde Jr” at Trillium Academy, 15740 Racho Blvd. In Taylor at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12, 13, 19 and 20.

For tickets, go to actingoutdownriver.com/jazzhands.

‘CHICAGO’ AT FISHER; ‘CINDERELLA’ AT OPERA HOUSE

February brings a double dose of Broadway tours to Detroit with the musical “Chicago” at the Fisher Theatre Feb. 9 to 14, and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” running Feb. 16 to 28 at the Detroit Opera House.

For tickets, call Ticketmaster at 800-982-2787, go to ticketmaster.com, call the Fisher Theatre box office at 313-872-1000, or go to BroadwayInDetroit.com.

HILBERRY’S ‘LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST’ IS SHAKESPEARE AT ITS FINEST

Wayne State University’s Hilberry Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” which runs in rotating repertoire now through March 12, is well-acted, easy to understand and entertaining.

Directed by Michael Barnes, the show features a visually stunning set by designer Stephanie Baugher, with beautiful and colorful Roaring Twenties era costumes designed by Sammi Geppert.

When the King of Navarre and three of his cronies agree to focus on their studies and forgo the pleasures of the flesh, their noble ambitions are quashed by the arrival of the beautiful Princess of France and her followers.

The subsequent flirtations, masquerades, and comic relief, blended with a quick pace, make the story fun to follow.

The chemistry between Ernest Bentley as Navarre and Breayre Tender as the Princess is fun to follow.

James Kern as Berowne, and Devri Chism as Rosaline create chemistry of note as well, as they they circle and flirt with wit and wiles.

Comic relief is rampant, with Michael Phillip Thomas as Armando, a braggert, Logan Hart as Moth, his long-suffering servant, and Antonia LaChe’ as Jaquenetta, a wench, generating a generous share of the laughter.

Serenades and dancing add some enjoyable surprises as well.

For those unfamiliar with the show, the playbill provides a valuable flow chart showing who’s who among the characters, their relationships, and a sequential scene summary.
For tickets, show dates and times, call 313-577-2972 or go to hilberry1.com.

THREE-IN-ONE: WSU PRESENTS ‘THE RAISIN CYCLE’

Wayne State University presents the Raisin Cycle, three plays that tackle race relations, urban renewal and gentrification, during Black History Month.

Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun” runs Feb. 12 to 21 at the Bonstelle Theatre, with Kwame Kwei-Armah’s “Beneatha’s Place” Feb. 19 to 28 at the Studio Theatre, and Bruce Norris’ “Clybourne Park” Feb. 26 to April 2 at the Hilberry Theatre.

“A Raisin in the Sun” looks at a black family trying to move into a white neighborhood in the late 1950s, while “Clybourne Park,” set in the same neighborhood 50 years later, looks at gentrification when a white family moves in.

“Beneatha’s Place,” based on a character in Hansberry’s play, is a staged reading that examines the power of identity as a young, educated black woman comes to terms with issues of community and legacy.

Playgoers can see all three shows for $25. For more information, go to detroitraisincycle.com.

WSU ANNOUNCES 2016-17 SEASON

Wayne State University announced its 2016-17 season last week, with season tickets going on sale Feb. 26 for both the undergraduate Bonstelle and the graduate Hilberry Theatres.

The Hilberry will open with the Kaufman and Hart comedy “You Can’t Take It With You” Sept. 16 to Oct. 2, followed by “Dracula” Oct. 21 to Nov. 6 for a Halloween treat.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning musical “Next to Normal” runs Jan. 27 to Feb. 12, 2017, with Shakespeare’s comedy “Twelfth Night” March 3 to 26, 2017. “By The Way, Meet Vera Stark” runs April 21 to May 7, 2017.

A joint graduate and undergraduate production of Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol” runs Dec. 2 to 18 on the Bonstelle Stage.

The Bonstelle undergraduate theater season includes “Alice in Wonderland” Oct. 7 to 16, the drama “Harriet Jacobs” Feb. 3 to 12, 2017, and the musical “Legally Blonde” April 14 to 23, 2017.

The winter dance concert runs Dec. 9 and 10, and the spring dance concert March 3 and 4, 2017 on the Bonstelle Stage.

For more information, call the WSU box office at 313-577-2972 or go to theatre.wayne.edu.