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Kadijah Perkins of Detroit plays Oya, who must choose between staying with her terminally ill mother and her dream of becoming a college track star in the Wayne State University Bonstelle Theatre production of “In the Red and Brown Water,” which runs weekends Feb. 7 to 16. For more information call 313-577-2960 or go to www.wsushows.com.
By SUE SUCHYTA
Auditions for Southgate Community Players’ production of Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning musical “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” take place at 7 p.m. Feb. 9 and 10 at the Corner Playhouse, 12671 Dix Toledo Road in Southgate.
The show runs at 8 p.m. May 2, 3, 9 and 10 at Davidson Middle School, 15800 Trenton Road in Southgate.
For more information call 734-282-4727 or go to www.scponstage.com.
Directed by Chris Rollet, with vocal direction by Sarah Leonard, both of Southgate, the show tells the story of the Demon Barber of Fleet Street and his amoral baker accomplice. His plot for revenge initially targets the corrupt judge who raped his wife and exiled him, but expands until the pair might bake all of London into pies.
Nominated for nine Tony Awards in 1979, “Sweeney Todd” won eight, including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Original Score.
Actors should be prepared to sing and dance, but do not need to prepare a song in advance. SCP staff will teach a short song and dance short routine at auditions.
BONSTELLE PRESENTS ‘IN THE RED AND BROWN WATER’
Wayne State University hosts the Michigan premiere of Tarell Alvin McCarney’s, “In the Red and Brown Water” Feb. 7 to 9 and 13 to 16 at the Bonstelle Theater, 3424 Woodward in Detroit.
Directed by Aki Kadogo, the coming of age story is set in a vibrant yet chaotic Louisiana project, and blends West African Yoruban mythology with present day African American angst.
The story of love and choice focuses on Oya, a teenage girl who must choose between following her dream to become a college track star or staying home with her terminally ill mother.
The cast includes Kadijah Perkins as Oya, Laurice White as Aunt Elegua, Dante Jones as Elegba and Zyle Cook as Ogun Size.
Donnevon Tolbert plays Shango, with James Jordan as Egungun, Kristin Dawn-Dumas as Nia, Tayler Jones as Shun and Jackson McLaskey as O Li Roon and the man from State.
For tickets or more information call 313-577-2960 or go to www.wsushows.com.
‘RABBIT HOLE’ CAST ANNOUNCED BY PLAYERS GUILD OF DEARBORN
The Players Guild of Dearborn posted the cast for David Lindsay-Abaire’s “Rabbit Hole,” the recipient of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
The show, which opens a three-weekend run March 7, features Sarah Zakaria of Dearborn as Becca, Jeff Flannery of Southgate as Howie, Kori Bielaniec of Westland as Izzy, Roberta Shortt of Livonia as Nat and Kevin Talanges of Dearborn as Jason.
Directed by Lindel Salow, the story explores the way family members deal with a loss, yet has aspects of both comedy and drama.
“Rabbit Hole” received five 2006 Tony Award nominations, including Best Play, and earned a Tony Award for Cynthia Nixon for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play.
For tickets or more information call 313-561-TKTS or go to www.playersguildofdearborn.org.
DAG PRESENTS DISNEY’S ‘ALICE IN WONDERLAND’
The Downriver Actors Guild youth theater presents Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14, 15 and 22 and at 3 p.m. Feb. 16 and 23 in the second floor theater at the James R. Desana Center for Arts and Culture, 81 Chestnut St. in Wyandotte.
As Alice follows a rabbit hole into the crazy world of Wonderland, 50 cast members age 8 to 18 join her on a journey that introduces her to the White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat, Mad Hatter, March Hare, Queen of Hearts and more.
Tickets are $10, and are available by calling 313-303-5269 or going to www.downriveractorsguild.net.