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Hairspray Update

posted: May 2, 2017

Dear Cast of Hairspray:

The Dexter Community Players took a chance on producing “Hairspray”, a show that required diversity, honored differences, and required amazing talent.  You were cast for all of those reasons.  We have worked very hard on casting a show and have found that despite our best efforts and an amazing production staff, many critical cast roles currently remain unfilled.

At auditions we saw an excess of 75 auditions, held 3 nights of casting, and initially cast 47 outstanding and talented people. Unfortunately, we have lost cast members for a variety of reasons and no longer have the cast needed for us to proceed.

We know that many of you will be disappointed.  We too are disappointed.  However, as a Board along with the “Hairspray” Production staff we have exhausted all avenues of securing the needed cast and have come together to make this difficult decision to cancel the show.

We hope you will continue to be part of our organization and we look forward to having you join us for further productions.  Those of you that have already paid show fees will have those returned to you.

We sincerely appreciate you and your gifts and hope to have you be part of our future productions.

The DCP board is currently investigating some other options for an event this summer and we will let you know ASAP what our plans are.

Please respond to this email with any questions or concerns you may have.

Sincerely

Abby Briggs, DCP President
Dina Janda, Producer
Lisa Merte, Director

Fantasticks in WeLoveDexter.com Part 2

posted: April 16, 2017

We made the news AGAIN!

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Dexter Community Players Serve Up First Dinner-Theater Show
by Terry Jacoby

Angela Elowsky, VP of the Dexter Community Players, didn’t have to look far to find a director for “The Fantasticks,” the local theater’s first dinner-theatre show.

“The Fantasticks is one of my favorite long-running musicals,” said Elowsky, who is directing the production which opens April 27 at Columbus Hall in Dexter. “It’s been a fixture on Off-Broadway since its first production in 1960. It is a family-friendly musical centering around a boy, a girl, and their two fathers (or in this production, mothers) who try to keep them apart… and throw in some pirates and Indians and sword fights too.”

Elowsky likes to call The Fantasticks “the musical comedy version of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.”

“This is a show where there is really something for everybody, kids included,” she said. “I’m so excited to be a part of DCP’s first ever dinner theatre. DCP has wanted to start a relationship with the folks at Columbus Hall for years now. The Fantasticks is a small enough show, and with its minimal set, it was perfect for their space. They’ve got a great banquet hall which lends itself well to performances.”

The show features eight talented actors: Brandon Waldenmayer of Canton plays The Narrator (El Gallo), Wynton Doty of Saline plays The Boy (Matt), Kyra Pazan of Ann Arbor plays The Girl (Luisa), B.J. Danner of Whitmore Lake and Abby Briggs of Dexter play The Mothers, Brandon Cave of Ann Arbor and Elizabeth Vanover of Dexter as The Old Actors and Chris Joseph of Ann Arbor as The Mute.

And with the music direction of Brian Rose, the audience is certainly in for a treat.

“We hope we get a great turnout,” said Elowsky. “We really want to continue offering dinner theater to the Dexter community.”

Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. with doors opening 30 minutes prior. The show will begin at approximately 7:30 p.m. The buffet-style dinner will be served by Cheaney’s Catering and include chicken marsala, vegetable lasagna, roasted potatoes, green bean almandine, tossed salad and bread.

Tickets for the April 27-28-29 shows must be purchased in advance at the group’s online box office.

To reserve a spot at the dinner table, log onto www.dextercommunityplayers.org.

Tickets are $39 for adults and $36 for youth/seniors.

Fantasticks in WeLoveDexter.com

posted: March 28, 2017

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DEXTER COMMUNITY PLAYERS SERVE UP DINNER-THEATRE PRODUCTION
BY TERRY JACOBY / ENTERTAINMENT 03/02/2017

The Dexter Community Players are serving up a delicious production with the presentation of “The Fantasticks,” which will be held as a dinner theatre at Columbus Hall in Dexter.

Tickets must be purchased in advance at the group’s online box office for the April 27-28-29 performances.

The Fantasticks is a funny and romantic musical about a boy, a girl, and their two fathers who try to keep them apart. It is the longest-running musical in the world and with good reason: at the heart of its breathtaking poetry and subtle theatrical sophistication is a purity and simplicity that transcends cultural barriers.

The result is a timeless fable of love that manages to be nostalgic and universal at the same time.

“It’s an older musical but was very popular in the 60s and 70s,” said Abby Briggs, who is producing the production for DCP. “We wanted to do a dinner-theater for years now and decided now was a good time. It’s a fun production with a smaller cast and it’s a well-known and loved production. It’s a perfect fit.”

The play will be directed by Angela Elowsky. The production is an ensemble show featuring eight cast members.

“If this goes over well, which we believe it will, we plan on doing once a year,” Briggs said.

Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. with doors opening 30 minutes prior. The show will begin at approximately 7:30 p.m.
The buffet-style dinner will be served by Cheaney’s Catering and include chicken marsala, vegetable lasagna, roasted potatoes, green bean almandine, tossed salad and bread.

To reserve a spot at the dinner table, log onto www.dextercommunityplayers.org.