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Far left, Dianne and Dale Pegg of Grosse Pointe Woods. Left, Marie and Tim Reinman of Grosse Pointe Farms. Right, Lois Bendler of St. Clair Shores and Ron Bernas of Grosse Pointe Woods. Far right, Lyndsey Briggs of Grosse Pointe Woods and Stan Harr of Grosse Pointe Shores. Photos courtesy Grosse Pointe Theatre

July 24, 2014
Grosse Pointe Theatre held its annual Clarence Awards Dinner June 14, to celebrate the end of the theater's 66th season.

The evening highlighted the presentation of Grosse Pointe Theatre's "Clarence" awards, so named after the theater's first production in 1948. Awards are given by theater members' votes. "Les Miserables," directed by Beverly Lloyd Dickinson of Pleasant Ridge, was chosen as the favorite show of the season.

Awardees and the productions with which they were associated include:

Lead female, Marie Boyle Reinman of Grosse Pointe Farms in "Gypsy"; lead male, Doug Clark of Royal Oak in "Les Miserables"; support female, Meagen Mazur of Washington Township in "Les Miserables"; support male, Brian Jones of Detroit in "Les Miserables"; features female, Grace Knoche of Chesterfield Township, "Les Miserables"; featured male, Kurt Bowen of Monroe in "Les Miserables"; non-featured female, Sara Shook of Grosse Pointe Woods in "Gypsy"; non-featured male, Jason Oyler of St. Clair Shores and Kevin Fitzhenry of Warren in "Les Miserables" and director, Ron Bernas of Grosse Pointe Woods in "84 Charing Cross Road."

Lyndsey Briggs of Grosse Pointe Woods received the producer award for "A Grand Night for Singing"; technical director, Rick Hawley of St. Clair Shores for "Gypsy"; musical director, John Dickinson of Pleasant Ridge for "White Christmas" and "Les Miserables"; vocal director, Stan Harr of Grosse Pointe Shores for "Gypsy"; choreography, Nancy Graybill of Chesterfield Township for "White Christmas"; costumes, Jeanne Chrisman and Anna Chrisman of Harper Woods for "Les Miserables"; set design, Jacqueline Di Sante of the City of Grosse Pointe and Paula Di Sante of St. Clair Shores for "Les Miserables"; stage manager, Arlene Marie Schoenherr of St. Clair Shores for "A Grand Night for Singing"; lighting, Dale and Dianne Pegg of Grosse Pointe Woods for "84 Charing Cross Road"; properties, Yvonne Hewlett of Grosse Pointe Woods for "84 Charing Cross Road"; set dressing, Jane Burkey of Grosse Pointe Woods for "Les Miserables"; sound, Eric Vreeland of St. Clair Shores for "84 Charing Cross Road"; makeup, Arlene Marie Schoenherr of St. Clair Shores for "Les Miserables"; Hubbard Worker of the Year, Theresa Selvaggio of Grosse Pointe Farms and Don Bischoff of Macomb Township.

Special awards were given to Lorena and Mike McDowell Parker of Grosse Pointe Woods, Jay Kaiser of the City of Grosse Pointe, Nancy Bashara of Grosse Pointe Woods, Larry Carrico of Detroit, Nick Doyle of Grosse Pointe Woods, Anna Chrisman of Harper Woods and Patricia Ellis of the City of Grosse Pointe.

"Annie Warbucks" opens the 67th season Sept. 14, 18 through 21 and 25 through 27. The musical comedy sequel to the international smash hit Annie has all the ingredients that made Annie so successful, with an old-fashioned romance thrown in for good measure.

"A View From the Bridge," by Arthur Miller is staged November 9, 13 through 16 and 20 through 22.

This classic American drama chronicles the life of an Italian-American longshoreman in 1950s Brooklyn. The play delves into the corruption surrounding the docks and the intricacies of living in the legal and illegal immigrant world of the 1950s.

Irving Berlin's "White Christmas: The Musical," based on the Paramount Pictures 1954 film is Dec. 13, 14, 17, 18, 20 through 22.

"Little Women – the Broadway Musical" "Don't Dress For Dinner" and "The Producers" will be presented in 2015.

"God of Carnage" by Yasima Reza will be done by the Purdon Studio Theatre, Feb. 19 through 22, 26 through 28 and March 1. Two high strung couples meet to amicably resolve the consequences of their children's playground altercation. What ensues is a comically explosive downhill slide from well-mannered discussion to full-blown character assassination.

"Music Man Jr." will be performed by the Youth on Stage Dec. 5 and 6. The story follows fast-talking traveling salesman

The musical "Dear Edwina" is scheduled for March 28 and 29, also performed by the Youth on Stage.

For tickets or more information visit the theater's website at gpt.org, or call (313) 881-4004. GPT membership is open to anyone over age 18 with an interest in theatre.

Annual membership fee is $45. It is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization.

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