Barefoot Productions in Livonia will remember member Chuck Bollman of Wyandotte, who died Jan. 18, with a musical tribute Nov. 26 to 28, which will support Barefoot Productions, one of the theater groups he actively supported.
Bollman’s interest in theater began when he attended shows in which his son, Michael, performed. When more men were needed for “Inherit the Wind” at the Players Guild of Dearborn, Bollman delivered his first line on stage, and, while terrified, he enjoyed himself tremendously.
He branched out to other groups, performing onstage and working behind the scenes with PGD, the Downriver Actors Guild and Barefoot Productions.
His wife, Tracy, said Bollman will be remembered for his laugh and sense of humor.
“He was always a prankster, but when he cared about you, you knew it,” he said. “He always had a positive outlook.”
Kirk Haas of Barefoot Productions said Bollman joined him and Josie Stec in 2019 to perform in a fundraiser concert, Barefoot Voices for Barefoot. Fellow performer Chris Steves will fill the void in the band left by Bollman for the fundraiser, and Alex Zull will also join the band onstage.
“This is our way of not only saying goodbye to our friend, but to show him – because we know he is watching from heaven – that we are moving forward, as he suggested,” Haas said.
He said some of the songs they will perform are a tribute to Bollman.
Also performing are Tommy Ryan, Samantha Odom (Nov. 26 and 28), and the acapella group Second Street Sound (Nov. 27 only).
The show runs 8 p.m. Nov. 26 to 28 at the playhouse, 33735 Five Mile Road in Livonia.
Tickets are $15, with all proceeds supporting Barefoot Productions. For more information, call 734-855-4922, or go to justgobarefoot.com or the Barefoot Productions Facebook page.
THE RINGWALD PRESENTS ‘A VERY GOLDEN GIRLS CHRISTMAS, VOL. 2: AN UNAUTHORIZED PARODY’
The Ringwald Theatre will offer its second delightful and unauthorized parody about the Golden Girls, “A Golden Girls Christmas” Nov. 26 to Dec. 20 on its new stage at Affirmations in Ferndale.
Based on an idea by Dyan Bailey and Christopher Kamm, and directed by Suzan M. Jacokes, the cast includes Joe Bailey as Dorothy, Al Duffy as Sophia, Richard Payton as Blanche and Brandy Joe Plambeck as Rose.
Set during a Miami Christmas, Rose is directing a Christmas pageant when food poisoning strikes the entire cast, leaving it to the other Golden Girls to help Rose save the show.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday shows are $25, with $15 tickets for the Monday night shows. Tickets can be ordered online, at theRingwald.com, or at the door, with credit cards only.
Masks and proof of vaccination are required for entry.
Show times are 8 p.m. Nov. 26, 27 and 29, and Dec. 3, 4, 6, 10, 11, 13, 17, 18 and 20; and 3 p.m. Nov. 28 and Dec. 5, 12 and 19 at Affirmations, 290 W. Nine Mile Road in Ferndale.