Source: Grosse Pointe News Online

Liggett Players offer one-night-only show

by the Grosse Pointe News

January 31, 2013

Seniors Aaron Robertson and Alec Josaitis have a well-decorated history with the Liggett Players, University Liggett School’s student-led thespian group.

Both have received superior ratings from performances in multiple state theater festivals and earned numerous awards during their time, as well as acted in last year’s production of “Chicago,” which was included on the main stage at the International Thespian Festival of high school performances in June.

Now in their final year with the group, the duo has set their goals even higher, directing and starring in the production of Athol Fugard’s “Master Harold and the Boys,” a play in apartheid-era South Africa about institutionalized racism, bigotry and hatred. Junior Austin Sasser joins Josaitis and Robertson in the three-person cast.

The trio presented the production in December at the Michigan Educational Theatre Association state festival and received a standing ovation from the students and educators in attendance.

“We are blessed with engaged and talented students who really work through the process, as a result, they are able to do amazing things,” Liggett’s Fine and Performing Arts department chair Phillip Moss said in a press release. “There are a lot of programs that do good work, but the difference for us is that our students are in charge, they design, implement, and run the show. When you see the work, you can’t help but be impressed with the quality and effort of these kids.”

Josaitis, Robertson and Sasser present “Master Harold and the Boys” for a one-night-only performance, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, at Liggett, as part of the school’s celebration of Black History Month.

Tickets are $5 at the door.

Due to the intense and racially charged subject matter, the Liggett Players rated the show “PG-13” and restrict attendance to mature audiences.