Canton community theater performs musical
Canton's newest community theater troupe, Dynamic Stage Productions, will turn back the clock to the 1980s with its production of Fame The Musical, April 22-25 at Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron in Ypsilanti.
Set in a New York performing arts school, Fame The Musical follows the students through the highs and lows, the romances and sheer hard work as they search for the success that will make them ‘live for ever.'
The cast includes Canton residents Jen Schinker, Briana Bradley, Keshia Oliver, Christine Coreless, Nick Rapson, Mollee Chowen, Redi Shorter, in addition to featured dancers, Kasidy Shepler, Jordyn Shepler, and Stefanie Shepler, all from Livonia.
“I started the group as Canton Premiere Players in 2007. It was a small theatre program run out of a dance studio. When the dance studio closed, we became Dynamic Stage Productions in 2009,” said Jami Krause, executive director.
“This has been our first full season. We did Dear Edwina as a children's musical in August followed by The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee in November and Cheaper by the Dozen in February. Fame is our full scale musical for the 2009-2010 season.”
The troupe will present Bare: A Pop Opera this summer, along with Pinkalicious, a musical aimed at young audiences.
“We are technically based out of Canton. We rehearse at the Cherry Hill United Church in the Cherry Hill Village but we do typically do most of our shows at the historic Riverside Arts Center in Ypsilanti down in Depot Town. One of the things that we aim to provide with DSP is a welcoming, comfortable environment for all those involved, while at the same time maintaining a professional atmosphere.”
Fame is directed by Kyle M Farr with musical direction by Kylee Phillips and choreography by Craig Nichols. Fame is assisted directed by Jake Zinke.
Tickets are $15 and are available online at www.dynamicstageproductions.com or at the door. Performances start at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, with a matinee at 2 p.m. Sunday.
—By Sharon Dargay
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