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Beline Obeid

Staging a family affair

September 20, 2012
Stan Harr, music director for the Grosse Pointe Theatre's production of "Oklahoma!" will be in the orchestra pit while his wife, Laura Bartell, performs Aunt Eller. Their son, Jeremy Harr, plays Will Parker in the Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway musical set in the 1900s.

The Harrs are only one family who participate in Grosse Pointe Theatre.

Director Don Bischoff of Macomb Township is head choreographer. His wife, Tracy, designed and painted scenic backdrops. Their son, Kyle, is one of the cowboys.

Perry Calisi of Grosse Pointe Park sings and dances with his daughter, Bianca, and son, Gino. Brian Groth of St. Clair Shores plays Jud Fry and his wife, Eleonore, and daughter, Lilly, are part of the show's chorus. The Groth's appeared together in last year's production of "The Music Man."

Eric and Lisa Lesczynski of Grosse Pointe Woods handle the lighting and their daughter, Sophie, is on stage.

Other families in the show include sisters, Natalie and Jessica Boehmer of Grosse Pointe Farms; brothers and sisters, Andrew and Bridget Backer of Grosse Pointe Farms and Jarod and Paige Clark of Royal oak. Rick and Jackie Pfaff of Chesterfield Township are working backstage.

"Oklahoma!" can be seen at 8 p.m. Sept. 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23 and 30, in the Fries Auditorium, Grosse Pointe War Memorial, 32 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms.

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