Friday, April 29, 2011

Get hip to Shakespeare

                                                                    Photo by Marcus Alan
Jennifer Masty and Joey Catalano in "A Midsummer's Night Dream."

Love is in the air, not just in London, but in Detroit too. Tonight is the opening of a unique production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” at 1515 Broadway Theater.
What’s so unusual about this play?
Shakespeare’s play, believed to have been written between 1590 and 1596, portrays the events surrounding the marriage of the Duke of Athens, Theseus, and the Queen of the Amazons, Hippolyta, along with the escapades of four young Athenian lovers and a group of amateur actors, who are manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest where most of the play is set.
“This version takes place in San Francisco, during the summer of love and the hippie movement,” said Brian Lawrence, the play’s author and director. “The concept of transforming a Shakespeare classic into the Haight Ashbury setting of the late ‘60s is challenging, yet consistent with the method-acting style of our talented actors.”
The troupe of 18 cast members includes Jeff Caponigro of Bloomfield Hills, who worked with Lawrence’s Sixth Street Entertainment feature action-adventure film, “Rabid.”
Also showcased in the five-act play are members of the Actor’s Workshop of Royal Oak, an acting school founded by Lawrence and his wife, Aida, more than 25 years ago.
“It’s one of those where all kinds of crazy things happen,” said Lawrence.
Now throw in a selection of hip music (at least it was during that era) and some groovy costumes designed by Bernadine Vida of Bingham Farms, whose talented stitches have appeared in such features as “Whip It,” “Transformers,” and “8 Mile,” and you’ve got a play several generations can relate to.
Tickets for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at 1515 Broadway Theater (near Comerica Park) are: $15 advance, $20 at the door. The play is scheduled for six performances: April 29-May 1; and May 6-8. Friday and Saturday night performances start at 8 p.m., Sunday matinees begin at 3 p.m. For further information, call (248) 398-7744 or visit The Actor's Workshop

What else is going on? Check out our listing of events happening in and around the Detroit area:

Chesterfield Library
"Arts and Scraps Crafts" program lets kids ages 3 to grade 5 make a bug from a kit then choose recycled materials from ScrapMobile to make more projects at home, 2-3 p.m. April 30, at Chesterfield Township Library, 50560 Patricia. Also at the library, Mother's Day crafts for grades kindergarten through five, 4:30-5:30 p.m. May 5, and basic yoga class 1-2 p.m. May 7. Registration required for all programs by calling (586) 598-4900 or online at www.chelibrary.org.

Music in Warren
"Spring Favorites Concert" by Warren Concert Band and Warren Community Chorus, 3 p.m. May 1, at Warren Woods Community Theatre, 13400 12 Mile Road, west of Schoenherr; includes selections from John Philip Sousa, Cole Porter and American favorites. Tickets $8 adults, free ages 13 and younger, available at door. Call (586) 709-8192.

Spring Tea
Sterling Heights Lioness Club annual spring tea, "Who Killed the Roving Romeo of the Red Feather Investment Club," murder-mystery, 2-4 p.m. May 1, Carpathia Club, 38000 Utica Road, Sterling Heights. Tickets $30; (586) 557-1299 or anwhit@hotmail.com. Proceeds to Seedlings, Pinrickton Center for Blind Children, Beaumont Silent Children and Project KIDSIGHT.

Vendor sale
Vendor Sale and Cookie Walk fundraiser, noon-3 p.m. May 1, at Harrison Township Public Library, 38151 L'Anse Creuse, includes Murano-style glass jewelry, Pampered Chef, Mary Kay, chocolate candy. Cookies $4 per pound. Admission $1 includes prize drawings. Call (586) 329-1261.

'Champions Banquet'
Optimist Club of St. Clair Shores 13th "Champions Banquet," 6 p.m. with buffet at 7 p.m. May 4, at Blossom Heath Inn, 24800 Jefferson, St. Clair Shores. Evening includes dinner, entertainment and awards. For tickets, $30 advance, call (586) 772-2537 or (586) 255-6526; at door $35.

Cousino fundraiser
All-you-can-eat pasta dinner to benefit Cousino High School Band Boosters, 5-8 p.m. May 4, in the high school Cafetorium on Hoover south of 13 Mile Road, Warren. Pasta provided by Antonio's Restaurant of Sterling Heights, entertainment by school bands and ensembles. Advance tickets $10 for dining and concert, $5 ages 5 and younger, and $5 for concert only; $13 at door for meal and concert. Call (586) 698-4605.

Card party
Jefferson Chapter No. 489 Order of the Eastern Star card party, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., lunch at noon, May 3, at Jefferson Masonic Temple, 22000 11 Mile Road, St. Clair Shores. Admission $6. Call (586) 792-4280.

ACS fundraiser
Shelby Township Relay for Life fundraiser for American Cancer Society, 1-4 p.m. April 30, at Cold Stone Creamery, 23 Mile and Schoenherr roads. Stories, songs, photos with Singing Princess 1:30 and 3:30 p.m., entertainment by Four Stories, coloring contest, balloon artist.

'Space Pandas'
David Mamet's "The Revenge of the Space Pandas" presented 2 and 7 p.m. today, at Henry Ford II Performing Arts Center, 11911 Clinton River Road, Sterling Heights. Suitable for children and adults. Tickets, $10 adults, $8 students/senior citizens, $5 younger than 10 years; call (586) 797-1818.

Quilt show
Quilt show at Romeo Washington Bruce Parks & Recreation Community Center, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today. Admission $5; no strollers. Proceeds benefit area seniors.

Starkweather Arts
Starkweather Arts Center and GREEN EARTH KIDS CLUB present "EARTH The Ultimate Work of Art," exhibit of children's art work created using recycled materials and inspired by the earth, through May 1, at the Center, 219 N. Main, Romeo. Center open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.

Spaghetti dinner
American Cancer Society benefits from a spaghetti dinner, 4-8 p.m. May 4, at New Baltimore Civic Club, 36551 Main St. at Blackwell Street, New Baltimore. Admission $8 adults, $4 ages 6-12 years, free for cancer survivors and ages 5 and younger. Call (586) 725-4138.

Clintondale Theatre
Clintondale Community Theatre presents "Joseph and the amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," 7:30 p.m. May 5-7,12-14, at Clintondale Community auditorium on 15 Mile Road east of Little Mack between Gratiot and Groesbeck, Clinton Township. Tickets $8 advance, $10 at door; call (586) 791-6301 ext. 2409.

Computer Club
Sterling Heights Computer Club meeting, 7:30 p.m. May 3, in John Lewis Community Center (Building K), Macomb Community College South Campus, 12 Mile and Hayes roads, Warren. For details, www.SterlingHeightsComputerClub.org.

Collectibles Fair
Troy Museum hosts Antiques and Collectibles Appraisal Fair, 1-4 p.m. May 1, at First United Methodist Church of Troy 6363 Livernois, between Square Lake Road and South Boulevard, $5 verbal appraisal, $20 information written appraisal. Free parking and admission.

Gala opening
Tara Maria's fashion boutique grand opening gala, noon-6 p.m. May 7, at the shop, 26717 Little Mack, St. Clair Shores, inside Ardmore Park Place. Refreshments, entertainment; portion of proceeds goes to Save Our South Channel Lights.

'Almost Maine'
Michigan Actors Studio presents "Almost Maine," 8 p.m. May 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 2 p.m. May 8, 15 and 21, at the Studio, 648 Nine Mile Road, Ferndale. Tickets $15. Call (877) 636-3320.

Palette Club
Lakeside Palette Club meeting 64th Annual Spring Exhibit, May 1-22 at Anton Art Center, 125 Macomb Place, Mount Clemens. Reception and awards 1-3 p.m. May 22. Visit www.lakesidepaletteclub.org.

'Sound of Music'
St. Clair Theatre Guild presents "The Sound of Music," 7:30 p.m. May 5-7, at East China Performing Arts Center on Meisner Road. Tickets $15 adults, $12 senior citizens and students. Call (810) 329-4498.

Greenfield Village
"Day Out With Thomas: Leader of the Track Tour 2011," through May 1 and May 7-8, 14-15, at Greenfield Village in Dearborn. Non-member tickets include Village admission and train ride: $11.75 ages 1-4 years, $27.75 ages 5-12, $33.75 ages 13-61, and $32.75 ages 62 and older. For tickets, (313) 982-6001 or www.thehenryford.org.

Dinner theater
"I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change," Wednesdays-Sundays, through May 22, at Andiamo Novi Theatre, 42705 Grand River. Dinner packages available. Call (248) 348-4448 or www.ticketmaster.com.

Matrix Theatre
"April Foolery" Friday-Sunday through May 1, by Matrix Theatre Company, 2730 Bagley, Detroit. Dinner and show pacakages also available. For tickets, (313) 967-0599.

Chamber music
Grosse Pointe Chamber Music concert, features Chopin and Brahms selections, 2:30 p.m. May 1, in Crystal Ballroom of Grosse Pointe War Memorial, 32 Lakeshore Road, Grosse Pointe Farms. Tciekts $12 at door, free ages 18 and younger. Details, (586) 771-4387 or gpchambermusic@yahoo.com.

Symphony concert
Grosse Pointe Symphony Orchestra concert, 7 p.m. May 1, Parcells Middle School auditorium. Tickets, $15 at the door, $12 for senior citizens, free ages 18 and younger.

Historical Guild
Detroit Historical Guild seeking volunteers interested in participating in historical activities, including flea markets at Old Ft. Wayne, tea parties, excursions to historic sites, etc. Call (586) 777-5898.

Women's Show
Michigan International Women's Show, through May 1, Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River between Novi and Beck roads, in Novi. For ticket and schedule information, www.InternationalWomenShow.com or (800) 849-0248.

Puppet Theater
"The Crane Maiden" presented by Detroit Puppet Theater, 2 p.m. April 30 at the theater, 25 E. Grand River, Detroit. Day of Puppetry includes performance and rod puppet workshop. For tickets and information, (313) 961-7777 or wwwpuppetart.org.

Abreact Performance
The Abreact Performance Space with Aardvark Tim Productions presents Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot," 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through May 7, and 4 p.m. May 1, at 1301 W. Lafayette Ave., No. 113, Detroit. For reservations, (313) 485-0217 or reservations@theabreact.com.

Toastmasters' Club
Toastmasters Speak Easy Club of Shelby meets 10-11:30 a.m. second and fourth Saturdays monthly at Shelby Community Center, 51670 Van Dyke, north of 23 Mile Road. Call (586) 623-9987 or (586) 531-1289.

Rosedale Players
"The Dixie Swim Club" play by Rosedale Community Players, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through May 21, 2 p.m. May 1 and 15, at Peace Lutheran Church, 17029 W. 13 Mile Road, Southfield. Tickets $14; for reservations, (313) 532-4010 or www.rosedalecommunityplayers.com.

Oakland Youth Orchestras
Auditions for Oakland Youth Orchestras, today, May 1, 6-7, 13-15, at Varner Hall on Oakland University campus; 3- to 4-minute solo showing technique and tone quality required. Call (248) 709-2877, or admin@oyomi.org.

 Feature editor Debbie Komar compiled this listing.

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