Thursday, March 14, 2013
The show opens March 21 with a cast, crew and pit of nearly 100 students.
"Greased lightning" rolls on to stage at North Farmington High when the school's production of the classic rock-and-roll musical "Grease" opens March 21. With a cast of 74 actors, 20 musicians in the pit orchestra and even more students involved behind the scenes, there are close to 100 students involved in the show, according to Sue Cobb, who is co-directing the show with her husband, Dean Cobb. Vocal director Dr. Sheri Jaffurs, assistant director/choreographer Samantha Feldman and orchestra director Joel Schut round out the production team. Sue Cobb said the show "spreads the wealth" with plenty of major roles. "It's a nice vehicle for a lot of roles," she added. "There are really nice choral numbers and dance, plus it's a lot of fun…
Friday, February 15, 2013
The Farmington Faerie Gathering is underway, with special events planned Friday and Saturday.
Look for faeries in and around downtown Farmington this weekend, during the Farmington Faerie Gathering. Events include a scavenger hunt that runs through Saturday, a Faerie Fayre at the Village Mall on Saturday and Faerie Teas and a Faerie Ball on Saturday. To learn more about all the activities going on this weekend, browse through our photo gallery and then click on the links below for specifics: Check our calendar for more activities, classes and events happening today and throughout the week. If your event isn't listed, here's how to add it: How to Post an Event on Patch.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Directory Brian Tupper says the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama examines the healing process of parents who grieve after the accidental death of their son.
Thursday, February 14
The Pulitzer Prize-winning drama "Rabbit Hole", described as "an uplifting tale of love and redemption, of healing and hope, with a touch of humor", opens Feb. 15 at the Farmington Players Barn in Farmington Hills. Director Brian Tupper of Farmington Hills says the play examines "the healing process and how love and family can be an enduring foundation on which to build a way forward." The story relates how Becca, played by Laurel Stroud of Redford Township, and Howie, played by Jay McNeil of West Bloomfield, battle to return to “normal” after the accidental death of their son. Their contrasting styles of dealing with the tragedy are most stark in the way each relates to Jason (played by Joel Hunter of Commerce Twp.), the young man who …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
The Farmington Hills school's production of the award-winning show opens Jan. 24, 7:30 p.m., in the school auditorium.
Harrison High School brings an award-winning musical to the stage this weekend, with a group of actors who all seem passionate about their characters. Based on two Damon Runyan short stories, Guys and Dolls is set in New York, where a contingent of Times Square gamblers and ne'er-do-wells meet their match in the Save-A-Soul Mission ladies, who aim to reform them. Senior Eric Chappell says he fits well into the role of "Sky Masterson", a slick high-roller who woos missionary "Sarah Brown", played by junior Katie Dodd. "He makes a bet with Nathan (Detroit), and because of it, falls in love with Sarah, which is something Sky didn't think was possible," Chappell said. Dodd says playing Sarah is a bit of a challenge for her. "She's really …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
The school's March theater production is Alan Ayckbourn’s light comedy, 'Relatively Speaking'.
Thursday, January 17
Cast auditions for Oakland Community College’s March theater production, Alan Ayckbourn’s light comedy, Relatively Speaking, have been scheduled Jan. 22 and 23 in the Smith Theatre on OCC’s Orchard Ridge Campus in Farmington Hills. The show, directed by professional actor and OCC theater faculty member Dennis North, will run Thursdays through Saturdays, March 14-16 and March 21-23. Two roles will be cast, twenty-somethings Ginny and Greg. To add to the fun, British accents are required. Cast members do not need to be OCC students – members of the community are welcome to participate. Auditions will be held in one-hour sessions beginning at 4:30 pm. Participants should sign up for their desired time slots and plan on being on hand for the …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Students learn to focus on life's ordinary moments in Thornton Wilder's classic drama.
Are there moments of your life that you would want to relive? That question was posed during a candle-light ceremony to the cast of "Our Town," which opens Thursday at North Farmington High School's Cobb Center for the Performing Arts. The ceremony was just one activity that helped to prepare students for their roles in Thornton Wilder's classic drama. "I picked ("Our Town") because every time I read it, I saw something new and exciting about it," said director Samantha Feldman. "It's set more than 100 years ago, but I find the themes and message to be so relevant to our time ... taking in every moment and not letting moments pass you by." The cast of 33 students has been rehearsing since mid-September, Feldman said. Junior Alec Shapiro…
The Thornton Wilder drama opens Thursday in the school's auditorium.
With almost nothing on stage but them, the cast of Farmington High School's production of Thornton Wilder's "Our Town" really has to carry the show. Co-directors Lauren Kozak and Carrie Ray chose the script because "we wanted something where we could draw in an audience with a classic," Kozak said. "And it's just a good play to teach the kids that we should cherish the special moments in life. Even an ordinary day can have special moments that can be important." Kozak said she and Ray chose a traditional staging of the play. Ray added that they have focused on how the simple life in Grover's Corners, New Hampshire, where the play is set, fits with students' lives today. A minimal set places the focus directly on the actors, and Kozak …
Friday, October 12, 2012
Whether you're looking to be entertained or informed, you'll find something to do this weekend in Farmington and Farmington Hills.
From a Ghost Walk tonight at the Governor Warner Mansion to a Sunday forum about the six constitutional amendments on Michigan ballots, our calendar is filled with a wide variety of weekend activities. Browse through the photo gallery above for basic information, then click on these links to learn more: Do you know about an event that's not on our calendar? You can add it at http://farmington-mi.patch.com/events/new.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Director Allison Boufford says the community theater group hopes to attract younger audiences with 'Avenue Q'.
The Farmington Players takes aim at attracting a younger audience with its 2012-2013 season "bonus" show, Avenue Q. The quirky Broadway musical, which opens Friday, features actors and puppets in a story with decidedly adult themes, which is something "a little bit out of the box" for the Players, director Allison Boufford said. The local community theater group is among the first to produce the show. Paying off the mortgage on the Barn Theater, located on 12 Mile west of Orchard Lake, has allowed the Players to choose "more edgy" material, the Northville resident said, adding, "It's so freeing to be able to explore different kinds of material." Avenue Q follows Princeton, a recent college graduate, as he searches for his purpose in life…
Friday, July 13, 2012
Barbie Amann Weisserman is recognized for her work on props in the Two Muses Theatre production of 'Same Time, Next Year'.
Imagine having to create the look and feel of nearly three decades, in 5-year increments, over a span of about two hours. That was the task Farmington Hills resident Barbie Amann Weisserman faced in this year's Two Muses Theatre production of Same Time, Next Year, a romantic comedy about two lovers who meet on the same weekend for 25 years. Her work on props for the show has earned her a Wilde Award nomination, the only professional awards program for theatre in Michigan. "For our company, since we're brand new, it puts us on the map," said Weisserman, who co-founded Two Muses last year with friend Diane Hill, also of Farmington Hills. "This nomination was exciting for me, because (the show) was so prop intensive. The costumes had to be …