SCP announces ‘Spring Awakening’ cast

Amanda Chatila

Amanda Chatila


Southgate Community Players announced the cast for the rock musical “Spring Awakening” last week. The musical, with music by Duncan Sheik and book and lyrics by Steven Sater, is based on the 1891 German play by the same name.

Set in late 19th century Germany, the musical follows teens discovering their sexuality and dealing with their tumultuous feelings in an era where the topic was taboo.

Alternative rock and a folk-infused rock combine to create an appealing score.

The show runs 8 p.m. July 22, 23, 29 and 30 at the Corner Playhouse, 2671 Dix Toledo in Southgate.

Tickets are $15. For more information, or to order, call 734-282-4727 or go to
Director Chris Rollet of Southgate said auditions were well-attended.

Tamara Marla

Tamara Marla

“A lot of talent in the show,” he said, “and unfortunately, a lot we had to say no to as well.”

The cast includes Matthew Porter of Allen Park as Melchior; Dara Ann Pardon of Rockwood as Wendla, Adam Carey of Taylor as Moritz and Lara Keathley of Trenton as Ilsa.

Tamara Marla of Southgate plays Martha, with Ben Apostle of Dearborn as Hanschen, Josh Smith of Southgate as Ernst and Brad Hardecki of Lincoln Park as Georg.

Logan Laflin of Southgate plays Otto, with Ashley Blevins of Allen Park as Anna, Amanda Chatila of Dearborn Heights as Thea, Kelly White of Brownstown Township as the adult female and Patrick Reed of Trenton as the adult male.

Blevins said the talent level at auditions was incredible.

“So incredibly excited to have been cast,” she said. “This was a show that basically got me through college, and has always kind of been a ‘life goals’ show, so I can’t wait to be a part of it.”

Lara Keathley

Brad Hardecki


The Players Guild of Dearborn presents its teen Guildling production, “Footloose the Musical,” with music by Tom Snow and lyrics by Dean Pitchford, July 21 to 24 at the theater, 21730 Madison in Dearborn.

For tickets, call 313-561-TKTS or go to

Based on the popular movie, the show follows Ren and his mother as they move from Chicago to a small farming town, where they expect an adjustment period.

However, Ren isn’t prepared for the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, who is determined to control the local youth in a manner he can’t command with his daughter Ariel in his own home. When Ariel sets her sights on Ren, they must try to find a way to communicate and keep an open mind.

Ben Apostle

Ben Apostle

Marc Walentowicz of Garden City directs the show, with assistant director Kori Bielaniec of Westland, and musical direction by Mary Melonio of Livonia and choreography by Emma Garber of Dearborn.

Chris and Tracey Boudreau of Dearborn will produce the show.

The cast includes Dearborn residents Graham Dallas as the Rev. Shaw Moore, Heather Slanec as Vi Moore and Madelyn Kaplan as Ariel Moore.
Karim Hazime of Dearborn Heights is Ren McCormack, with Hailey Hayward of Wayne as Ethel McCormack.

Quinn Higgins of South Lyon plays Lulu Warnicker, with Dearborn Heights residents Ryan Chatila as Wes Warnicker and Adam Chatila as Coach Roger Dunbar.

Ashley Blevins

Ashley Blevins

Other Dearborn residents in the cast include Molly Boudreau as Eleanor Dunbar, Rebekah Preiss as Rusty, Grace Bertucci as Urleen, Marjorie Gaber as Wendy Jo, Trevor Berry as Chuck Cranston, Kyle Polidori as Cowboy Bob and Lyle, Nathaniel Hermen as Travis, Katie Garber of Dearborn as Betty Blast and Cowgirl Bobbie, and Matthew Apostle as Willard Hewitt

Anthony Pierzynowski of Taylor plays a cop and ensemble roles. Ian Haas of Inkster plays Principal Harry.
Various ensemble roles will be played by Dearborn residents Kayla Katona and Alia Elhajj and Isabel Pierzynowski of Taylor.


The Dearborn Area Theatre Association and the Dearborn High School Thespians will hold auditions for Andrew Lloyd Weber’s “Cats,” for ages 14 to 21, from 6 to 9 p.m. June 13 and 14 in Dearborn High School’s Valentine Auditorium.
The show will have four performances, Aug. 12 to 14.

Lara Keathley

Lara Keathley


The Henry Ford College theater department will hold auditions for the 90-minute drama “Milk Like Sugar,” by Kirsten Greenidge, at 2 p.m. June 18 in Room 200 in the MacKenzie Fine Arts Center.

Directed by Christopher Bremer, the show is set in the present day, and has roles for two men and five women, with roles for black actors, teens and a strong female lead.

When a young women celebrates her 16 birthday with friends, her new tattoo is not as life-altering as the pact they enter into. She takes a closer look at the world around her, and makes choices that sets her off a path that is uniquely hers.

For more information, contact Bremer at 313-845-9817 or