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Theater closes season with whimsical musical

May 02, 2013
“The Drowsy Chaperone,” staged May 5 through 18, is the final show of Grosse Pointe Theatre’s 65th season.

It opens with a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, May 5, and continues May 9 through 12 and 16 through 18. All Sunday performances begin at 2 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows are at 8 p.m. Performances are at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, 32 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms. Tickets cost $24. Group rates are available. For tickets and information call (313) 881-4004 or visit gpt.org.

“The Drowsy Chaperone” pays homage to the frivolous musicals of the 1920s. This play-within-a-play relives the theatrics through the eyes of a reclusive fan, known simply as “Man in Chair.” As he spins his phonograph records, all the behind-the-scenes details and quirky characters come to life.

Susan Davis of Grosse Pointe Farms is the director. The cast includes Katharine Connolly and Cyndy Nehr of Grosse Pointe Woods, Timothy P. Higgins of Birmingham, Tim Reinman, Eddie Tujaka and Jessica Tujaka of Grosse Pointe Farms, Donna Miller of Harper Woods, Peter DiSante and Ellen Taber of St. Clair Shores, Danielle Caralis of Grosse Pointe Shores; Mark Konwinski and Sal Rubino of Clinton Township; Kevin Fitzhenry of Warren; Bill McCarthy and Sarah Piepszowki of Detroit; Allison McClelland of Grosse Pointe Park; Jacqueline Pfaff of Chesterfield Township; Frank (Scott) Davis of Ferndale; Robby Mullinger of Grosse Pointe; and Jon Lechner of Warren who is also the producer.

Jay Shaheen of Harper Woods is the music and vocal director. Grosse Pointe Woods residents include Mike Edick who is the choreographer, Yvonne Hewlett is co-chair and in charge of properties and Bill Tuthill is co-chair and in charge of sound. St. Clair Shores residents include Dennis McGiness as technical director, his wife and daughter, Nancy and Cassie McGiness, are stage managers and Olivia Wickline (co-chair, properties). DJ Haska of Detroit is doing the set dressing. David Hertzberg of Royal Oak is co-chairing sound. Lynda Martz of New Baltimore is doing costumes.

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