‘Random Acts of Theatre’ funds scholarships with comedy, music

Photo by Ryan Wisniewski. The Dearborn Area Theatre Association presents its annual “Random Acts of Theatre,” an evening of comedic one-act plays and Broadway show tunes at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9 and 10, with the directing, acting and singing talents of Karen Pritchard (left), Therese Terns, Richard Bulleri, Terry Crandall, Rae McIntosh, Thomas Murphy, Emily Smith, Andrew St. John, Brian Trippel, Paul Morgan, David McIntosh, Ken Overwater, Michele Devins, Monica Moline, R. Darrow Bernick, Dianne V. Bernick, Elisa Noeske, Joan Arrick, Colleen Johnson and Lark Haunert.

Photo by Ryan Wisniewski. The Dearborn Area Theatre Association presents its annual “Random Acts of Theatre,” an evening of comedic one-act plays and Broadway show tunes at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9 and 10, with the directing, acting and singing talents of Karen Pritchard (left), Therese Terns, Richard Bulleri, Terry Crandall, Rae McIntosh, Thomas Murphy, Emily Smith, Andrew St. John, Brian Trippel, Paul Morgan, David McIntosh, Ken Overwater, Michele Devins, Monica Moline, R. Darrow Bernick, Dianne V. Bernick, Elisa Noeske, Joan Arrick, Colleen Johnson and Lark Haunert.

By Sue Suchyta

Two evenings of comedic one acts and Broadway show tunes will help replenish the scholarship fund of the Dearborn Area Theatre Association as it present its annual “Random Acts of Theatre.”

DATA presents its annual showcase at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9 and 10 at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn.

Tickets are $10 for general admission. The show contains mature content and is not suitable for children. To order, call 313-943-2354 or go to dearbornareatheatre.org.

The one-act comedies are interspersed with Broadway show tunes sung by R. Darrow Bernick, Molly Boudreau, Terry Crandall, Michele Devins, Lark Haunert, Jamie Paschke and Emily Smith.

G. Kevin Dewey is the musical director and accompanist.

Paschke said she is singing a duet with Boudreau, the lively “If Momma Got Married” from “Gypsy.” She sings June’s part, with Boudreau as Louise.

“I would encourage people to attend because it is going to be a great show with a variety of entertaining skits and vocal performances,” Paschke said.

Crandall said there is something in the show for everyone. He is singing twice: a Stephen Sondheim medley, featuring “Children Will Listen” from “Into the Woods” and “Not While I’m Around” from “Sweeney Todd,” and Schonberg and Kretzmer’s “Bring Him Home” from “Les Miserables.”

The six one-act plays include “Dinner In,” an original one-act by local playwright Thomas Murphy; David Ives’ “The Universal Language,” “Words, Words, Words,” and “The Sure Thing;” “Car Talk” by Elaine Alexander; and “The Leader” by Eugene Ionesco.

“Dinner In,” directed by Murphy, is set during a dinner party hosted by an older gay couple for a younger gay couple, and one of the hosts’ brother and sister-in-law.

David McIntosh plays Jimmy, with Ken Overwater as Sean, Andrew St. John as Josh, Paul Morgan as Scott, Richard Bulleri as Bryn and Rae McIntosh as Sevilla.

David Trippel directs “The Universal Language,” in which Don, a con artist trying to swindle customers into learning a fraudulent new language, Unamunda, meets shy, stuttering Dawn, with whom he falls in love.

David Melcher plays Don, Monica Moline plays Dawn and Trippel plays a man.

Karen Pritchard directs “Car Talk,” in which an accountant takes his status-seeking fiancee shopping for a new car, only to have the cars literally talk to him, which turns his vehicle hunt into soul-searching.

Ken Overwater plays the man, with Colleen Johnson as his fiancee, Andrew St. John as the salesman, and Elisa Noeske as the car voice.

Dianne V. Bernick directs “Words, Words, Words,” which recalls the predictive adage that three typists at three keyboards will, given infinite combinations, produce “Hamlet” by default. The comedy looks at the theoretical and hysterical conversations that occur between the three typists.

R. Darrow Bernick plays Swift, with Paul Morgan as Milton and Lark Haunert as Kafka.

Dianne V. Bernick also directs “Sure Thing,” in which a couple meeting in a cafe for a first date get to “reset” their conversation each time one of them stumbles into a conversational faux pas. Paul Morgan plays Bill, with Emily Smith as Betty.

Joan Arrick directs “The Leader,” a satire critiquing the way people adore or even worship their political leaders.

The cast features Christian Plonka as the announcer, Paul Morgan as the young lover, Emily Smith as his girlfriend, Andrew St. John as an admirer, Lark Haunert as another admirer and Terry Crandall as the leader.

Morgan said the ensemble will provide plenty of entertainment.

“It’s a night to celebrate theatre,” he said, “and be entertained by wonderful, talented people.”

Overwater said the show offers variety while supporting a good cause.

“The entire show is a great opportunity to see theatrical performances, comedy and musical numbers, while supporting the arts in our community and raising money for scholarships,” he said.

ZOMBIES NEEDED IN WYANDOTTE

Zombies – both speaking and non-speaking – are needed for TNT’s third annual production of “Night of the Living Dead.”
Auditions runs 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 16 and 17 at the Downriver Council for the Arts, 81 Chestnut St., Wyandotte. Those under 18 should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Performances are 7 p.m. Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. 7 and 8, and 10 p.m. Oct. 1 and 8.

For more information, contact tntdinner@gmail.com.

DAG INTRODUCES THE YEAR OF THE VILLAIN

What do Fagin, Captain Hook, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow have in common? The notorious villains will be at large this season as they steal scenes at the Downriver Actors Guild in the Catherine A. Daly Theatre on the Avenue, 2656 Biddle in Wyandotte.

The season includes “Sleepy Hollow,” “Bonnie and Clyde,” “Home for the Holidays,” “Chicago,” “School of Rock,” “Dearly Departed,” “Oliver!” and “Peter Pan.”

Go to downriveractorsguild.net for show descriptions.

Three season ticket options will protect pocketbooks as buyers escape with some great deals.

Options range from an eight-show premium season pass, to six- and four-show passes.

The premium pass, a 25 percent savings, offers all eight shows for $94, with a $17 discount for students and seniors.

The six-show pass, a 20 percent savings, offers the first five season shows and “Oliver!” for $77, with a $14 discount for students and seniors.

The four-show pass offers a ticket to any four shows for $54, with a $10 discount for students and seniors.

Season ticket holders can buy online or in person through DAG’s box office. Seats and dates may be selected later in the season when patrons know their schedule. Seats may also be selected before they are offered to the general public.

To purchase season tickets, call 734-407-7020 or go to downriveractorsguild.net.