Rehearsing for their roles in “Honk” are Lauren McClellan (left) of Trenton, as Queenie; Kyle Will of Brownstown, Cat; Xander Fleming of Grosse Ile, Ugly; and Josie Palmer of Southgate, Ida. The play, based on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Ugly Duckling,” will be presented by the Downriver Youth Performing Arts Center May 6 and 7 at the Trenton Village Theatre.
By Evelyn Cairns
Fifty-eight young people from 5 to 19 years old will participate in the Downriver Youth Performing Arts Center production of “Honk!” Friday and Saturday at the Trenton Village Theatre, 2447 W. Jefferson.
The musical is based on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Ugly Duckling,” about an odd-looking baby duck and his quest to find his mother.
The play is directed by Mary Zeleski with Allison Bradly as assistant director. Maribeth Migliaccio and Jackie Nodolsky are producers; Jeanette Palmer is the choreographer; and Joe Palmer, the music and vocal director.
Tickets are $12, adults, and $10, students and seniors. They are available by going to www.dypac.com/tickets and also will be sold at the door. For additional information, call (734) 362-8153.
Anniversary concert set
The Seaway Chorale will mark the 35th anniversary of its founding by performing “The Best of Seaway” in concerts at 7:30 p.m. May 13 and 14 in the Flat Rock Community High School.
The program will feature such favorite songs as “Route 66” and “All That Jazz” sung under the batons of the chorale’s directors from founder David Ward to the current director, Jerry Custer.
Tickets are $15 (seniors, $12; students, $9). Special rates are available for groups.
The high school is at 25600 Seneca.
Award-winning artist to speak
Carole Kabrin, a portrait artist and Emmy Award-winning artist/reporter will be the speaker at the meeting of the Downriver Arts & Crafts Guild Tues-day.
The meeting, which is open to the public, will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Southgate Veteran’s Memorial Library, 14680 Dix-Toledo Hwy., in Southgate.
Kabrin has spent 30 years drawing for local and national television news. The most famous courtroom trials in which she has been involved include the Oklahoma City bombing trials and the rape trial of Mike Tyson.
There is no charge for the meeting.
Long-running play is booked
John O’Hurley, known as one of People magazine’s “Sexiest Men Alive,” will star in “Chicago” as Billy Flynn May 17 through 22 at the Fisher Theatre.
The play is the longest running musical revival playing on Broadway and the fifth-longest running production in Broadway history.
Set in the 1920s, it is the story of a housewife and nightclub dancer who murders her lover after he threatens to walk out on her.
Tickets range from $29 to $75, including parking. They are available at all Ticketmaster locations and online at www.TicketMaster.com and www.BroadwayinDetroit.com or by calling Ticket-master at (800) 982-2787. For more information, call (313) 872-1000.
Save the date . . .
May 10 — Reception introducing Tammy Trudelle of Wyandotte as the new executive director of the Downriver Council for the Arts; 5:30 to 7:30 at the Wyandotte Arts Center, 81 Chestnut; refreshments will be served; the public is invited; there is no charge.
May 14, 15 — Friends of the Dearborn Animal Shelter’s sixth annual Mutt Strut and Pet Expo in downtown west Dearborn; activities will include a Chihuahua reunion, an air-dog show by former Detroit Tigers pitcher Milt Wilcox, a microchip clinic and a midway of vendors with pet-related items; for additional information, go to www.dearbornmuttstrut.com or www.DearbornAnimals.org, or call (313) 943-2697.
June 16 — “Pasta & Puccini III,” a benefit for the Downriver Council for the Arts; 6:30 p.m. at the Wyandotte Arts Center, 81 Chestnut; dinner will be catered by Carrabba’s Italian Grill; opera arias will be sung by Dino Valle, Doug Henry and Lara Semetko, Southern Great Lakes Symphony Downriver Idol finalist; tickets are $45; reservations and more information are available by calling the DCA at (734) 720-0670 or going to [email protected]