The Bonstelle Theatre satirizes “The 1%” and popular musicals with the wickedly clever Urinetown: The Musical

DETROIT – The Bonstelle Theatre closes its 2014-15 Season at Wayne State’s Midtown theatre with the Tony Award-winning Urinetown: The Musical, playing April 17 – 26.  A hit on Broadway and in London’s West End, the wickedly smart book and lyrics satirize crony capitalism, while the score parodies popular musicals.  Written by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis, it was originally produced on Broadway in September, 2001 by the Araca Group and Dodger Theatricals in association with TheaterDreams, Inc., and Lauren Mitchell.

Photo:  Luke Rose (Bobby Strong), Anna Busse (Hope Caldwell. Photo by Felix Li.

Photo: Luke Rose (Bobby Strong), Anna Busse (Hope Caldwell). Photo by Felix Li.

Set in a dystopian near future, a long-term water shortage opens the door for private control of the scarce water that remains.  All amenities fall under the control of The Urine Good Company and private toilets become a thing of the past.  Residents must be flush with cash in order to flush and it is a “privilege to pee.”  In the tradition of 20th century American cinema, a “little guy against the world” appears and revolution is the order of the day.  Will good prevail?

Smart and sharp-witted, Urinetown mocks not only its subject matter – cronyism, political hackery, hollow heroism, and a bit of Malthusian angst—but also how it goes about delivering its message.  Parodies of musical styles and specific musical titles—from Les Miserables to West Side Story—are the means by which the librettist and composer pursue their targeted victims, even wondering aloud in the script,  “What about a bad title? That could kill a show pretty good.”

Tickets are $20 – $25, with student rush tickets available for $15 on the day of the performance. Tickets are available for purchase by calling 313-577-2960, visiting http://www.bonstelle.com, or visiting the Wayne State University Theatre Box Office located at 4743 Cass Ave. on the corner of Hancock St.

The Cast (In Alphabetical Order)

Luke Rose of Harrison Twp. (Bobby Strong); Anna Busse of Trenton (Hope Cladwell); Garrett Michael Harris of Royal Oak (Officer Lockstock); Taylor Morrow of Warren (Little Sally); Anna Seibert of Detroit (Penelope Pennywise); Kyle Johnson, a Hilberry Acting Company member (Caldwell B. Cladwell). Also featuring: Alexis Barrerra of Hartland; Jacob Boida of Warren; Jordan Allen Fritz of Detroit; Shannon Grant of Livonia; Logan James Hart of Grosse Pointe Woods; Shannon Hurst of Warren; Dante Jones of Detroit; Annie Keris, a Hilberry Acting Company member; Shane Nelson of Windsor, ON; Patrick Roache of Detroit; Kayla Rodriguez of Dearborn Heights; Keira Schmitt of Livonia; Rachel Smith of Detroit; Kendall Rose Talbot of Sterling Heights; Michael Vultaggio of Center Line; and Samantha Lee York of Dearborn.

The Production Team

Michael J. Barnes (Director), Fred Love (Music Director), Cheryl Turski (Choreographer), Max Amitin (Scenic Designer), Sammi Geppert (Costume Designer), Heather DeFauw (Light Designer), Michael Sabourin (Properties Master), Mike Hallberg (Sound Designer), Courtney Rasor (Stage Manager), Brian Dambacher (Technical Director),and Stephanie Slusser (Publicist).

The Bonstelle Theatre

The Bonstelle Theatre is a Broadway-style house with a 1,034-seat auditorium featuring a balcony and much of the original Beaux-Arts architecture. The Theatre was built as Temple Beth-El in 1902 and converted to the Bonstelle Playhouse in 1922.

The Bonstelle Theatre Company includes BA and BFA actors, designers, and stage managers in the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance at Wayne State University. Here, future stars of theatre, film, and television follow in the footsteps of successful alumni like Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning S. Epatha Merkerson (NBC’s Law and Order, Lackawanna Blues), Lily Tomlin (9 to 5, ABC’s Desperate Housewives), and Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters, NBC’s Heroes).  For box office hours and information on performances, tickets, group discounts, and corporate packages, please call the box office at 313-577-2960 or visit the theatre’s website at http://www.bonstelle.com.

The Bonstelle Theatre, Where Wayne Plays.

Wayne State University is a premier urban research institution offering more than 370 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to over 26,000 students.

Calendar Information

April 17 – 26, 2015
Fri. 8:00 PM                        Apr. 17, Apr. 24
Sat. 8:00 PM                       Apr. 18, Apr. 25
Sun. 2:00 PM                      Apr. 19, Apr. 26

Wayne State University presents Move Deeply – The 86th Annual Spring Dance Concert at the Bonstelle Theatre

Adam McGaw and Kara Brody

Adam McGaw and Kara Brody

DETROIT – The Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance is pleased to announce Move Deeply, the 86th Annual Spring Dance Concert showcasing eight engaging and exciting dances by renowned guest artists, faculty, and select students. Performances are Thursday, March 12th and Friday, March 13th at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 – $20, with student rush tickets available for $10 on the day of the performance. Tickets are available for purchase by calling 313-577-2960, by visiting http://www.bonstelle.com, or by visiting the Wayne State University Theatre Box Office located at 4743 Cass Ave. on the corner of Hancock St.

Move Deeply features the captivating and relentlessly energetic master work “Of the Earth Far Below,accompanied by live music and choreographed by the 2014-15 Allesee Artist in Residence, Doug Varone, the director of Doug Varone and Dancers in New York City.  Guest artist Amy Chavasse presents a new work on WSU dance students capturing the idea of being shaken out of the dull rhythms of routine. Meg Paul, faculty member at WSU Theatre, will incorporate scenic drops and contemporary ballet movement vocabulary to build striking stage images. Karen Prall enlivens the program with African dance and drumming with To Sangana. CompanyOne performs a dance by WSU alumnus Aaron Smith that was recently performed in Cleveland, OH as part of the International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD) theatre events.

The concert also features student choreographed dances selected by the faculty for performance at the 2015 Regional American College Dance Association conference, hosted by Ohio University in March. Seniors Samuel Horning and Dana Yordy present a duet inspired by ideas of consumer culture. Senior Adam McGaw and sophomore Ashlee Merritt perform a touching and viscerally kinetic duet about different experiences of a relationship. Another highlight, also choreographed by senior Samuel Horning, is a group dance investigating family dynamics and connection.

The Production Team

Jeff Rebudal (Dance Area Head),  Meg Paul (Artistic Director), Sean Hoskins (Dance Media & Production Coordinator), Mary Copenhagen (Costume Design), Heather DeFauw (Lighting Design), Amy Schneider (Lighting Design), Peter Lawrence (Sound Design), Allison Baker (Stage Manager), Brian Dambacher (Technical Director), Patrick Field (Master Electrician), Amanda Schindler (Publicist)

The Bonstelle Theatre

The Bonstelle Theatre is a Broadway-style house with a 1,034-seat auditorium featuring a balcony and much of the original Beaux-Arts architecture. The Theatre was built as Temple Beth-El in 1902 and converted to the Bonstelle Playhouse in 1922.

The Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance

The Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre & Dance has been a force on the national dance scene since the early 1900s, when Wayne State University was one of the first educational institutions to incorporate dance into its curriculum by founding director Ruth L. Murray. Today WSU students enjoy the dynamic atmosphere of a vibrant and diverse department that concentrates on performance, choreography, dance technology, and dance education. The dance program provides a wide range of national and international performance and choreographic opportunities for dance majors enriched by the dynamic cultural diversity of the City of Detroit.

The Bonstelle Theatre Company includes BA and BFA actors, designers, and stage managers in the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance at Wayne State University. Here, future stars of theatre, film, and television follow in the footsteps of successful alumni like Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning S. Epatha Merkerson (NBC’s Law and Order, Lackawanna Blues), Lily Tomlin (9 to 5, ABC’s Desperate Housewives), and Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters, NBC’s Heroes).  For box office hours and information on performances, tickets, group discounts, and corporate packages, please call the box office at 313-577-2960 or visit the theatre’s website at http://www.bonstelle.com.

The Bonstelle Theatre, Where Wayne Plays.

About Wayne State University

Wayne State University is a premier urban research institution offering more than 370 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to over 26,000 students. The Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance is a vital division of Wayne State’s College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts and carries on an 86-year tradition of leadership in dance education.

Calendar Information

Thursday 7:30 PM                            March 12
Friday 7:30 PM                                  March 13

Guys and Dolls – The Rules of Street Craps

Guys and Dolls rehearsal

Guys and Dolls rehearsal

 

According to the website http://www.mademan.com/mm/street-craps-rules.html

By: Sidney Johns

Break Studios Contributing Writer

The phrase “street craps rules” is almost an oxymoron. The game is played in back alleys, back rooms and schoolyards around the world. Dating back to the early 1900s, the dice-throwing game is an illegal form of gambling. During the hardest times in United States history, the 1930s, the game flourished along the streets of large cities, including Chicago and New York. The poorest people placed their bets in the hope of making a few dollars more for the week. Mainly, they just lost their grim earnings and went hungry for the week, but a few made a living running and playing the game. Street craps remains illegal in modern times. Those who organize the games can actually be charged with racketeering. Before taking up a friendly game in your home, be sure the shades are drawn and the lights are low. Only invite those you know for sure are not stool pigeons or snitches.

  1. Dice. Street craps rules call for two regular game dice be used. Some sneaky organizers use loaded or trick dice to assure the bet placers lose.
  2. Betting. All bets must be placed when the dice are in the hand of the shooter. Street craps rules are mostly enforced when it comes to betting as it is the key to money changing hands.
  3. Pass. In street craps rules, a bet is placed as a “pass” when the shooter believes the sum total of the dice will be seven or eleven. If the dice hit these numbers, the bettor wins.
  4. Don’t pass. Street craps rules include a “don’t pass” betting option just like in a casino. This is when the bet placer thinks a two, three or twelve will be the total of the dice.
  5. Points. In street craps, if the sum of the two dice is four, five, six, eight, nine or ten, it makes a point. These points act as carry over bets for the next round.
  6. Shooter. There is only one shooter at any given time. In street craps, the shooter is the person throwing the dice. The shooter can bet or pass.
  7. Fingers. According to the rules of street craps, all fingers must be kept clear of the shooting area. This goes for feet and other body parts as well.
  8. Player additions. There is no limit on the number of players in street craps. Players may be added between any throw that does not include previous points.
  9. Bounce. Street craps rules require that the dice bounce off a wall or other back stop. If the dice do not bounce, the throw is no good and must be redone.
  10. Run. Possibly the most important street craps rule is to run if the police show up. Illegal gambling is not smiled on by local authorities.

Guys and Dolls runs April 11 – April 19, 2014 at the Bonstelle Theatre.  Purchase tickets today!

Meet the Cast – For the Kids

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(Left to right) Allen Wiseman and Adham Aljahmi in rehearsal

Adham Aljahmi (Will) is a senior BA political science and theatre major. Previous WSU credits include Othello at the Hilberry Theatre.

Allen Wiseman (Cameron) is a first-year student at WSU. Previous WSU credits include American Soldiers.

Amanda Gillis (Liz) is a third-year BA theatre major. Previous credits include Rocky Horror Picture Show, Arsenic and Old Lace, and Back to the 80s.

Caitlyn Macuga (Lindsey) is a second-year BA theatre major. Caitlyn recently held an internship at the Tipping Point Theatre in Northville.

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Caitlyn Macuga in rehearsal

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(Left to Right) Allen Wiseman, Amanda Gillis, and Caitlyn Macuga in rehearsal

The Hilberry Theatre Announces its 2014-15 Season

BTL Full PageDETROIT – On Friday, February 21, following the opening of Ken Ludwig’s show-biz comedy, Moon Over Buffalo, the Hilberry Theatre Company announced its 2014-15 Season, the 52nd for the cornerstone institution in Midtown Detroit.

From Shakespeare’s perfect love story Romeo and Juliet to Congreve’s drole wit in The Way of the World to An Enemy of the People, Ibsen’s masterpiece reimagined by Arthur Miller, the Hilberry continues its trademark commitment to exhibiting the classics.

The Hilberry Company also offers three of the best comic romps written in the last half century: the 2008 Tony-winning revision of the classic French farce Boeing-Boeing, the dazzlingly wordplay of David Ives in All in the Timing, and The 39 Steps, a celebrated spoof of Hitchcock’s film classic of the same title. Together, these have a combined 19 Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations and 5 wins.

Season tickets are on sale now! To subscribe, call (313) 577-2972 or visit the Wayne State University Theatre and Dance Box Office at 4743 Cass Avenue on the corner of Hancock.

Subscribers are an integral part of the Hilberry community and they enjoy up to 35% off single ticket prices, priority seating, exchange privileges, lost ticket insurance, free coffee, a complimentary subscription to our newsletter, and an invitation to the annual Subscriber Party and Open House, which will take place on March 30, 2014.

 

Boeing Boeing
By Marc Camoletti
September 19 – October 4, 2014
Translated by Beverly Cross and Francis Evans
French bachelor Bernard lives a happy, structured life according to strict airline timetables – the American stewardess for breakfast, the Italian one for lunch, and the German for dinner!  The 2008 revised translation won 2 Tony Awards.

Romeo and Juliet
By William Shakespeare
October 24 – December 13, 2014
Shakespeare’s riveting romantic tragedy tells the tale of star-crossed lovers and the life of hatred and violence between their feuding families.  One of the best loved and most performed of Shakespeare’s work, the Hilberry has scheduled 10 morning matinees intended for area school groups.

All in the Timing
By David Ives
November 21, 2014 – January 31, 2015
Six hilarious one-acts from renowned playwright David Ives. From chimpanzees composing the complete works of William Shakespeare to the complexities facing minimalist composer Philip Glass while buying a loaf of bread, it’s non-stop madness! Winner of the 1993-1994 Outer Critics Award for “Best Playwriting”.

The Way of the World
By William Congreve
January 16 – March 7, 2015
Marriages of convenience and inconvenient marriages are propelled along on a wave of spectacular wit in Congreve’s mockery of upper-class foibles. This Restoration comedy is a Hilberry premiere.

An Enemy of the People
By Arthur Miller, adapted from Henrik Ibsen’s play
February 20 – March 28, 2015
Two brothers’ dispute over safety and civic duty divide their town. Who will gain the support of the public and who will become an Enemy of the People?

The 39 Steps
Adapted by Patrick Barlow from the novel by John Buchan from the movie of Alfred Hitchcock
April 10 – 25, 2015
This hilarious spoof of the 1935 Hitchcock thriller will have you laughing from start to finish. The Drama Desk and Olivier Award-winner blends frenzied performances and wildly inventive stagecraft with spies, murder, and some good old-fashioned romance!

 

The Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance at the Bonstelle Theatre

Also announced on Friday are the titles offered by the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance at the historic Bonstelle Theatre. The Bonstelle Theatre 2014-15 Season has a wide variety of entertaining performances, including classic comedy and drama, fantastic dance performances, and a hilarious musical.

++Currently available to Hilberry subscribers only, Bonstelle Theatre packages will go on sale March 20.

All’s Well That Ends Well
By William Shakespeare
When Helena sets her sights on Bertram – an uninterested nobleman, out of her league – she does whatever it takes to forge the perfect match.

Peter Pan
By J.M. Barrie, adapted by Janet Allard
Peter Pan, the boy who doesn’t grow up, enchants the Darling children, who fly away with him to Neverland and explore a land of lost boys, imagination, and dreams! A perfect family outing!

December Dance Concert
A showcase of dance works created by guest artists, recent works by Wayne State University dance faculty, and student dances.

Fences
By August Wilson
This Tony Award-winning classic follows an African American father and son as they struggle through unfulfilled hopes and shattered dreams during the American civil-rights era.

Spring Dance Concert
A dynamic evening, highlighting WSU’s talented dancers in innovative performances choreographed by widely-recognized guest artists, faculty members, and students.

Urinetown: The Musical
Music by Mark Hollmann. Lyrics by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis. Book by Greg Kotis
In this Tony Award-winning satirical musical, a long drought has caused an epic water shortage, making free toilets a thing of the past, and wreaking havoc on the bladders of the poor. 

CELEBRATE! Student Choreographers: Meet Michelle Brock

Michelle - 85th Annual Spring Dance Concert

Michelle Brock – 85th Annual Spring Dance Concert

To start, what is your name?

Michelle Brock

When did you begin your dance training?

I began dancing when I was just two years old and have been training ever since. I began to train intensively and competitively around the age of 8 in a variety of styles and continued until I was a senior in high school. Another aspect of my training came from touring and assisting for Tremaine Dance Conventions, which I began at the age of 14 under the direction of Joe Tremaine. I have studied under a number of different choreographers who have all influenced me to become the dancer that I am today.

When did you begin choreographing?

I didn’t start creating full works until I came to WSU, but growing up I always took an interest in creating dances for my school talent shows and other random, small projects. It really wasn’t until I took Choreography 1 at Wayne State that fully decided that I absolutely loved to choreograph.

What inspired the creation of your piece?

Striving for clarity to understand the world we are living in today, my latest work derives from the need to fulfill human connection.

How would you describe your movement style in 3 words?

Athletic, full‐bodied, and social.

What are your career goals beyond graduation (dance or other)?

Upon graduation, I plan on moving to New York in hopes of continuing my dream of dancing and choreographing in the professional realm.

What is your favorite style of dance?

My preferred choice of movement would be in the modern genre; however, I always love a good jazz or hip hop class to let loose and live a little every once in a while.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Dance has always been my vehicle of expression that has allowed my inner most thoughts to transform into the consciousness of the physical body. I dance to make sense of the world I live in and to make sense of the people I surround myself with. Informed by my training as an athlete growing up, my movement is full bodied and carves through the entirety of the dance space; establishing design and architecture throughout. As a choreographer, I am interested in interpreting social issues through the use of visual technologies, audio, and physical stimulation. My aims are to consciously provoke and stimulate thought that will leave the audience questioning and hoping for social change.

Meet the cast – Genius, or Crazy?

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Michael Fisher and Joe Sfair

Alexis Barrera (Anita) is a second-year BA theatre major. Previous WSU credits include Dead Man’s Cell Phone.

Carl Bentley (John) is third-year BFA acting major. WSU credits include Our Town, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, Othello, and Time Stands Still.

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Dan Finn and Alexis Barrera

Allen Wiseman (Philippe) is a first-year student at WSU. Previous WSU credits include American Soldiers.

Michael Fisher (Hemmingway) is a senior BA theatre major.  Previous WSU credits include Broken Glass and Time Stands Still. Michael also performed in The Seagull at Henry Ford Community College.

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Carl Bentley and Allen Wiseman

Joe Sfair (Van Gogh) is a second-year BA theatre major.  Previous WSU credits include Macbeth and A New Play By Neil Simon.

Dan Finn (Cobain) is a third-year BFA acting major. Previous WSU credits include Our Town and The Crucible. Dan was also a stage manager for the 2012 Heck-Rabi Festival.