Presenting four One Act Christmas Comedies…
Opening Thursday, November 14, @ 7:30 pm. and continuing on the 15th, 21st and 22nd at the Jo Brighton Auditorium, 4 460 18th St, Wyandotte, MI. 734-771-0590
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Don’t miss our summer hit “Class Action” by author Brad Slaight (Saturday, August 3rd).
Following last season’s success with “Second Class”, also by author Brad Slaight, PSCSP is ready to delight you with “Class Action”.
The awesome cast includes: Jessica Golema, Emily Carlin, Atam Bedikian, Alex Piscitelli, Isabela Balavitch, Michael Cunningham and Tyler Goodwin.
An evening of twenty-five short scenes and monologues by the Tony Award winning American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) In San Francisco, this play has won critical acclaim for its entertaining yet relevant and realistic portrayal of life at a High School.
The many diverse scenes collectively make up the play. Although each scene stands on its own, there is a common thread – all of the vignettes deal with situations that take place outside the classroom, perhaps the most important experiences that young people deal with while attending High School.
The scenes cover a wide variety of contemporary subjects, both serious and light hearted, and audiences of any age can relate to the universal themes. Among the many subjects are: prom night, home work, alcoholism, teen pregnancy, detention, teen idols, peer pressure and class elections.
The play’s mix of comedy and drama will both entertain and enlighten all in the same evening. Student actors in the original production expressed their appreciation for words, thoughts and ideas that they could relate to. As one student put it, “Finally, a play that speaks the way we do and treats us like human beings with real emotions and feelings.”
WHAT: PS Center Stage Players will hold auditions for the musical “Dear Edwina Jr”
WHO: Male and female roles for ages 6-18.
WHERE: First United Methodist Church, 72 Oak Street, Wyandotte. (Use back entrance).
Show dates are October 3,4,10, and 11th, 2013.
Come prepared to sing a song of your choice. You can bring a cd (player provided). You will read from the script and dance with a group.
It’s a beautiful summer day in Paw Paw, Michigan, and all the neighborhood kids are on their way to Edwina Spoonapple’s house. Edwina, creator and star of the Dear Edwina show, anxiously awaits her cast and crew, as they introduce themselves to us in “Paw Paw Michigan.” Finally the kids arrive at Edwina’s ready to start the weekly episode of The Dear Edwina Show, where folk from around the world send letters to Edwina Spoonapple in hopes of receiving her invaluable advice.
Today Edwina is especially excited and even more bossy than usual; the talent scout from the Kalamazoo Advice-A Palooza Festival (the biggest advice-giving convention ever!) will see the show; their act might have a chance to fill in the slot abandoned by Dr. Joyce Brothers. Alas, right before showtime one of Edwina’s cast members breaks his leg. Who will fill in for this all-important episode? Bobby, the new next-door neighbor, arrives with brownies from his mom. Edwina-–after introducing her siblings playing drums and piano–instantly drafts him to perform. Bobby, however, is immobilized by stage fright.
Edwina, crestfallen, explains herself in “Up On the Fridge.” She tells Bobby about the wonderful accomplishments of her three siblings, and their ribbons or report cards tacked up on her parents’ fridge. Her talent, however, has no tangible award–except for the chance to go to Kalamazoo Advice-A Palooza Festival. Bobby is convinced. He joins the show.
The show begins with the full cast, a wheelbarrow full of letters, and “Dear Edwina,” promising with song and dance that their marvelous Edwina can answer any problem posed. The first letter is introduced with “Here Comes A Letter” and a cast member Scott’s bumbling admission for his adoration of Edwina. In “Aphrodite” the letter writer explains how her brother is a picky eater; she begs for Edwina’s advice. Edwina invites the rock group Susie and the Napkins to explain that it’s not what one eats but what one says that allows one to be polite. They sing it in “Say No Thank You.”
Becky, cheerleader of the Paw Paw Wildcats, gives “Becky’s cheer” to remind the talent scout from Kalamazoo Advice-A Palooza Festival that Edwina is the best. “Another Letter” is sung in preparation to move on. Scott, however, has a special letter that he wants Edwina to read. She chooses a different letter and in “Abigail” the letter’s author, tells us of the woes concerning her obnoxious brother. Edwina illustrates a solution with the story of her scary Uncle Vladimir from Transylvania in “Frankenguest” where Frankenguest is just about the rudest guest at a birthday party one could have.
In order to choose the next letter, cast member Kelli performs the “Poshkonozovich Dance.” In this next letter/song “Carrie” tells about her monstrous lack of knowledge in setting a dining table. Edwina give her solution in “Ode to Oneida” where she explains how to set a table.
With a big bow and “Time For Intermission” the company takes a break from The Dear Edwina Show by the lemonade stand. Scott again tries to get Edwina to read his special letter to no avail. As the company looks for the talent scout, they discover that she’s been sleeping!
All are called back to the second half of The Dear Edwina Show with “Here Come More Letters.” The first letter/song is “Periwinkle.” Periwinkle is very blue because she must move to a place where no one knows her and she is very shy. Edwina replies with “Hola, Lola” which gives the lesson that anyone can make a person feel welcome in a new and strange place just by saying hello. With the end of “Hola Lola” comes “Becky’s Second Cheer” where Becky tries to wake up the lethargic talent scout.
Again Scott tries to get Edwina to read his special letter. Another letter/song saves her. In “Ziggy,” a steel band has lost all the money it’s raised to go to Jamaica. In “Put It In The Piggy” Edwina explains the benefits of resisting the temptation to spend foolhardy and to save, save, save! With “Thanks for Coming” The Dear Edwina Show ends–or tries to end. Scott insists on reading/singing his own special letter in “Edwina” which is about-–what else–a boy who is in love with girl who pays him no mind. Edwina wants to dismiss his pleas but the company supports Scott and Edwina is momentarily swept away as the company gives its audience their second and true farewell in “Thanks for Coming 2.”
All is interrupted by a call from the talent scout. She wants Scott to perform the National Anthem at the Kalamazoo Advice-A Palooza Festival. The rest of the company, including Edwina, did not make the festival. Edwina is crushed, despite parting words of support from her exiting cast members. Once alone, she reprises “Up On The Fridge” which is interrupted by her little sister, Katie. Katie has run away from the Summer Math Olympics. It turns out, she has been slighted by her jealous competitors. In “Sing Your Own Song” Edwina gives Katie the advice to be proud and remain herself despite people trying to knock her down. Katie tells Edwina to take her own advice and not let the talent scout knock her down!
“Up On The Fridge” is reprised. Edwina expresses that what really matters is not a prize one can hold but one’s family, friends, and aspirations. Lastly, the whole company sings “Hola, Lola” as an encore for Grandma and her video camera.
Here comes another great comedy..”.for you viewing pleasure!”
Three Jewish widows meet once a month for tea before going to visit their husband’s graves. Ida (Robin Rupert) is sweet tempered and ready to begin a new life, Lucille (Megan Derda) is a feisty embodiment of the girl who just wants to have fun, and Doris (Cynthia Benaglio) is priggish and judgmental, particularly when Sam the butcher (Kirk Hayhurst) enters the scene. He meets the widows while visiting his wife’s grave. Doris and Lucille squash the budding romance between Sam and Ida. They are guilt stricken when this nearly breaks Ida’s heart. Also starring Lucy Ruffner, as “Mildred”.
The Broadway production starred Eileen Heckart as Lucille.
“Funny, sweet tempered, moving.” – Boston Globe
“Very touching and humorous. An evening of pure pleasure that will make you glad you went to the theatre.” -Washington Journal Newspapers
A P.S. Center Stage Production
Seymour Twitt (Steven Arroyo), the richest and most ruthless man in town, hires ace private eye Dudley Sharpe (Eric Vargo) to find out who’s been sending him threatening notes. Sharpe tells his new client to meet him a week later at the Orient Express, a Chinese restaurant run by two Irish sisters (Kaitlin Hiner and Lindsay MacIntyre) and a German waitress (Emily Burris).
On that fateful snowy night, the Orient Express is strangely bustling with an odd assortment of customers who appear to be in disguise. Sharpe shares a long list of potential killers with Twitt, but when Twitt gets his fortune cookie, his fortune take a bad turn for the worse! Someone in the restaurant takes advantage of a blackout to kill Twitt with a pair of chopsticks through the heart! With a blizzard cutting off all from escape, Sharpe begins to unravel the identities of the 12 suspects in the room ( also including actors Zoie Mulheisen, Marissa Manville, Emily Carlin, Atam Bedikian, Robert Diebold, Taylor Goodwin, Tyler Goodwin, Jessica Golema and Alex Piscitelli), revealing how each is somehow connected to Twitt. Will Sharpe be fortunate enough to crack the case and serve up justice on a pupu platter?
Cast for ” The Mysterious Case of the Missing Ring”
(Performed by our own Stage Rights)
See synopsis with cast names inserted, below. This will be mystery #1, in our production opening February 28th, followed by, that same evening, mystery #2…”Murder at the Orient Express” (Performed by our Teens). Performances continue, on March 1, 7 and 8.
The royal ring is missing, and the queen (Nina Jade Lomas) won’t sleep until the royal detectives (all 13 of them!) find it. You’ve never met a more eclectic and eccentric group all in one play — including Maximum Smarts (Lazarus Kmet) and Agent 98 (Emily Mac Intrye) with their Umbrella of Silence; Wiley Jones (Dexter Kmet) and his bumbling assistant, Oliver; Ms. Scarlet (Harmony Bedikian) -who carries a candlestick and lead pipe in her purse, but is ironically “clue”-less! “BBQ Bob”, the Southern Sheriff (Luke Piscitelli) with his invisible dog; Inspector Change (Justin Weimer) with a proverb for every occasion; the Professor (Lauren Baird) (who’s always right, of course); Nancy (Dempsii Rosales) and Jamie (Abbey Vargo) clever girl detectives ; Kat (Rowan Demyon), who’s afraid of germs and even her own shadow; tedious note-taking detective, Henrietta (Brianna Bumgardner) and her sidekick Lee; and Gypsy Rose (Lillian Mulheisen)) the Fortune Teller. As they scour the Queendom in search of the royal ring, the chatty maids (Aubrey Diebold and Aubrey Migoski) follow the harried queen around while the devious butler (Carter Stover)) spouts suspiciously evil laughs every time a clue goes awry. In this fast-paced, madcap mystery, you’ll find delightful comedy for all ages in every quirky character… and a surprise ending that rings true!
“THE CEMETERY CLUB” casting news… Congrats ladies! Lots of fun ahead:)
Synopsis with cast names inserted.
Three Jewish widows meet once a month for tea before going to visit their husband’s graves. Ida (Robin Rupert) is sweet tempered and ready to begin a new life, Lucille (Megan Richardson) is a feisty embodiment of the girl who just wants to have fun, and Doris (Cynthia Benaglio) is priggish and judgmental, particularly when Sam the butcher enters the scene. He meets the widows while visiting his wife’s grave. Doris and Lucille squash the budding romance between Sam and Ida. They are guilt stricken when this nearly breaks Ida’s heart. Also starring Lucy Ruffner, as “Mildred”.
The Broadway production starred Eileen Heckart as Lucille.
“Funny, sweet tempered, moving.” – Boston Globe“Very touching and humorous. An evening of pure pleasure that will make you glad you went to the theatre.” -Washington Journal Newspapers
Title: The Foreigner
Author(s): Larry Shue
Production dates: Thursday(s) and Friday(s) on 1/10/2013, 1/11/13, 1/17/13 and 1/18/2013
Number of performances: 4
Ticket price range:$ 9. for Students and Seniors/ $12 for all other Adults. Additional group discount available with advanced ticket purchase.
All performances staged at Jo Brighton Skills Center Auditorium, 4460 18th St., in Wyandotte, Michigan, 48192. Curtain time is 7:00 p.m.
Company/Organization: ps center stage players
for information/tickets (telephone): 734-285-8107