Announcing the Cast of Ain’t Misbehavin’

aintAin’t Misbehavin’: Fats Waller Musical Show has been successfully cast. Unlike the Broadway version of five performers and a piano player, The Park Players will present an expanded version featuring 20 singers/dancers – oh yea – and a piano player. How were these talented individuals selected, you ask. In brief, here is the selection process. On a cold January night (or afternoon), the aspiring actors appeared at the North Rosedale Park Community House. After completing paperwork (previous experience, vocal range, availability) and having their photos taken (allowing the director to remember them later), each person was asked to sing a song, preferably from the show. In this specific audition, the director then requested the auditioners to sing a song as a lullaby, a seduction, and/or an operatic aria. Meanwhile, in another room, all of the participants were taught a brief set of movements. When called back, they were instructed to perform these newly-learned movements in a variety of styles and tempos. Next, the participants were asked to read brief scenes from the show. As this piece is mostly music, the “scenes” consisted largely of song lyrics. Auditioners were thanked and sent home to await the results.

The next step involved the Director taking time to cogitate and make her decisions. With this production, she then consulted with her two assistant directors prior to calls being made. Those who were cast were asked if they would accept their parts (happily they all did). Others were thanked for their participation and encouraged to come again.

The results of this procedure are our cast: Amber Powell, Antonio Ballard, Bria Warmsby, Carmen Cooper, Corey Quinn, Cynthia Sammy, Deirdre Scott, Gabrielle Dowdell, Gloria McNairy, Jeannette Steinhauer, Jessica Brown, Jonathan Jones, Kyle Sammy, Mark Steinhauer, Montellis Whitt, Norina David, Roger Loeb, Sadie Bernice, and Zania Sanyika.

Ain’t Misbehavin’ is an evening (or an afternoon) of sassy musical fun. Reserve your tickets now to join in the fun!

Call 313-835-1103 or email
to reserve your tickets (unless otherwise noted)

Friday, March 11

Dinner Theater
Doors Open 6:30 pm, Show 8:00 pm

Saturday, March 12

Evening Performance
Show 8:00 pm

Sunday, March 13

GRDC Vacant Property Task Force Benefit
Show 2:00 pm
Call (313) 387-4732 x 101 for tickets

Friday, March 18

Evening Performance
Show 8:00 pm

Saturday, March 19

NRPCA Benefit
Doors Open 7:00 pm, Show 8:00 pm for tickets

Sunday, March 20

Matinee Performance
Students / Seniors, $18, Show 3:00 pm

Friday, April 1

Evening Performance
Show 8:00 pm

Saturday, April 2

Evening Performance
Show 8:00 pm

Sunday, April 3

Matinee Performance
Students / Seniors, $18, Show 2:00 pm


Doors will open 30 minutes before show time except where otherwise noted.


Ain’t Misbehavin’ Casting Call!


Park Players will present Ain’t Misbehavin’ written by Richard Maltby, Jr. & Murry Horowitz and directed by Trudy Mason.

A delightful tribute and celebration of the music of the sassy, legendary, performer-songwriter, Thomas “Fats” Waller (1904 – 1943).

We welcome all ages over 16 and all ethnicities.

Be prepared to sing 8 – 24 bars of a song from the show like: “Your Feets Too Big”, “Ain’t Misbehavin'”, “Honeysuckle Rose”, “Squeeze Me”, or “Viper’s Drag” or just be prepared to sing. We can accommodate sheet music, recorded accompaniment or acapella. Everyone should be prepared to move (women, skirts and pumps would be a plus!) and dancers be prepared to dance.

For ideas feel free to visit Ain’t Misbehavin’ on YouTube to view the
1978 production with Nell Carter.

Rehearsals are typically Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, and Sunday
afternoons.  You will not be needed at every rehearsal. Please bring a listing of any rehearsal conflicts you know about.

Audition materials are available here. If you have questions, please send an email to


Sunday, January 3 at 1:00 — 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, January 6 at 7:00 —10:00 p.m.

Performance Weekends:

March 11—20 and April 1—3, 2016

North Rosedale Park Community House

18445 Scarsdale

Detroit, MI 48223

Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 Tickets are Going Fast, Order Today!


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Twilight Los Angeles, 1992

Acclaimed as “an American masterpiece” (Newsweek), Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 is a stunning work of “documentary theatre” in which Anna Deavere Smith uses the verbatim words of people who experiences the Los Angeles riots to expose the devastating human impact of that event.

From nine months of interviews with more than two hundred people, Smith has chosen the voices that best reflect the diversity and tension of a city in turmoil: a disabled Korean man, a white male Hollywood talent agent, a Panamanian immigrant mother, a teenage black gang member, a macho Mexican American artists, Rodney King’s aunt, beaten truck driver Reginald Denny, former Los Angeles police chief Daryl Gates and other witnesses, participants and victims.

A work that goes directly to the heart of the issues of race and class, Twilight ruthlessly probes the language and the lives of its subjects. Offering stark insight into the complex and pressing social, economic and political issues that fueled the flames in the wake of the Rodney King verdict.

“Bears theatrical witness to the barbarity not just of violence but of envy, which in Los Angeles drives both rich and poor crazy. Smith shows people struggling to make coherent sense of their rage and pain… TWILIGHT goes some way toward reclaiming for the stage its crucial role as a leader in defining and acting out that ongoing experiment called the United States” ­ The New Yorker

“Despite the media saturation of the riots and their aftermath, one leaves this show knowing more … sensitive and often touching.” ­ Variety

“Extraordinary … haunting” ­ People Magazine

Performances are as follows:

  • Friday, November 13th at 8 pm: Dinner Theater $30 (Doors at 6:30 pm)
  • Saturday, November 14th at 8 pm: NRPCA* Benefit $25 (Doors at 7 pm)
  • Sunday, November 15th at 2pm:  Adults $16, Students/Seniors $14 (Talk Back to Follow)
  • Friday, November 20th at 8pm: All tickets $16 (Talk Back to Follow)
  • Saturday, November 21st at 8pm: All tickets $16
  • Sunday, November 22nd at 2pm: Adults $16, Students/Seniors $14

For tickets call 313-835-1103 or email

All performances are at the North Rosedale Park Community House located at 18445 Scarsdale Detroit, MI 48223

Twilight, Los Angeles 1992 Tickets are On Sale Now!


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Twilight Los Angeles, 1992

Auditions for Park Players’ fall production of Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 was a resounding success. Forty-five talented actors showed their skills at the North Rosedale Park Community House. The cast selected includes many of your favorites from previous shows including George Evalt, Bill Davenport, Jonathan Jones, Linda Witherspoon, Clayton Closson, Sarah Hedeen, Montellis Whitt, and Tamara Kamara (TK).

These outstanding friends and neighbors will re-enact fascinating interviews conducted following the 1992 LA riots which resulted, at least in part, from the exoneration of the police officers charged with the beating of Rodney King. They will speak to you from their hearts and from every corner of the North Rosedale Park Community House.

Performances are as follows:

  • Friday, November 13th at 8 pm: Dinner Theater $30 (Doors at 6:30 pm)
  • Saturday, November 14th at 8 pm: NRPCA* Benefit $25 (Doors at 7 pm)
  • Sunday, November 15th at 2pm:  Adults $16, Students/Seniors $14 (Talk Back to Follow)
  • Friday, November 20th at 8pm: DCAPB** Benefit $25 (Doors at 7pm, Talk Back to Follow)
  • Saturday, November 21st at 8pm: All tickets $16
  • Sunday, November 22nd at 2pm: Adults $16, Students/Seniors $14

For tickets call 313-835-1103 or email

All performances are at the North Rosedale Park Community House located at 18445 Scarsdale Detroit, MI 48223

*North Rosedale Park Civic Association,

**Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality

Fall Show Announced


In the aftermath of the violence surrounding the verdict in the Rodney King trial in Los Angeles, 1992, playwright Anna Deavere Smith interviewed both famous and ordinary LA residents and crafted this moving theatrical piece out of the spoken thoughts and feelings of those she interviewed.

Come meet our director, Lynch Travis, and hear his vision for this play.  A meeting will be held at the North Rosedale Park Community House, 18445 Scarsdale, Detroit 48223, on Sunday, August 30 at 7pm

Auditions for the show will be Wednesday, September 9 from 7—10 pm and Sunday, September 13 from 1:30—5:30 pm at the Community House.


Performances are the weekends of November 13 and 20 at the Community House.

Auditions for Park Players’ The Addams Family!


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the-addams-family-the-addams-family-the-musical-15934555-626-353Book by Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa

Audition Notice
The Park Players are Seeking:

Sunday, January 4 from 1:30-5:30PM and Wednesday, January 7 from 7-9PM. Callbacks will be Saturday, January 10 from 10AM-noon.

You must either bring sheet music for the song you wish to audition with
or be prepared to sing a song from the play. Please come ready to dance and sing!

North Rosedale Park Community House, 18445 Scarsdale Detroit, MI 48223

Rehearsal and Performance Dates

First rehearsal is Sunday, January 11 from 1:30–5:30.
Rehearsals are generally Sunday, Tuesday & Wednesday and several Thursdays.

First performance is Friday, March 13. Final performance is Saturday, March 28


Talented, dedicated actor/singer/dancers who are willing and eager to work together with Director, Mary L. Pettit and Musical Director, Rich Alder to create a wonderful, warm, wacky entertainment for the enjoyment of all.

GOMEZ ADDAMS: Male. A man of “Spanish” descent who takes great pride in his family and revels in all it means to be an “Addams.” He struggles with having to keep his daughter’s secret

from his wife, whom he adores more than death. Smart, comedic actor with tenor vocals.

MORTICIA ADDAMS: Female, in shape, attractive, leggy, the strength of the family. An easy comedic actress with a sexy, dry wit. Feels her husband is hiding something from her and will use any tactic to lure the secret out. A strong dancer/mover with alto/mezzo soprano vocals.

UNCLE FESTER: Male. The androgynous family member who serves as the musical’s narrator. He is larger than life, an energetic, joyous, child-like presence. A vaudeville style comedian with tenor vocals.

WEDNESDAY ADDAMS: Female. Wednesday is an attractive, in shape girl who has the same dry wit and sensibility of her mother. Finds love with a “normal” boy (Lucas) and wants to introduce his family to hers. Experiences the youthful drama that comes with first love. Lucas can actually put a smile on her face. Strong pop belt vocals.

GRANDMA: Female. She is a feisty102 year old woman. Fun and quirky, but don’t mess with Grandma. Comedic actress with strong character vocals.

PUGSLEY ADDAMS: Young male who plays 12 years old. A charming, funny, husky boy who loves being tortured by his sister. He wants to ensure he won’t lose his sister to her new

boyfriend so he takes matters into his own hands. Strong, high vocals. Voice not yet changed.

LURCH: Male. A very tall male character, the Addams butler who knows all. He speaks in moans and groans without becoming a cartoon version of himself. His movement is always very slow Character actor with a low bass vocals to Eb.

MAL BEINEKE: Male. Stuffy father of 19 year old Lucas and exasperated husband to his rhyming wife, Alice. At one time was a follower of The Grateful Dead but has lost that side of himself. Always looking out for his family. Male actor with high baritone/ tenor vocals.

ALICE BEINEKE: Female. Mother of 19 year old Lucas, devoted to her family so she puts aside her own desires. In shape, quirky female who often speaks in rhyme. While at the Addams Family dinner party, she drinks a potion that causes her to let her hair down and speak her truth. Comedic actress with soprano / belt vocals.

LUCAS BEINEKE: Male. Attractive, in shape young man. Fell in love with Wednesday Addams and plans to marry her. Experiences the youthful pain and drama of young love and struggles with the differences between his family and the Addams family. Contemporary pop tenor vocals.

THE ANCESTORS: Male and female ensemble singer/dancers who are smart performers. Trained dancers who sing and have a fun, quirky sensibility. Ensemble members might understudy principal roles. Knowledge of tango and flamenco dancing a plus.

The Addams Family is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide, 570 Seventh Avenue, Suite 2100, New York, NY 10018. (866) 378-9758

One Last Weekend of Alice Through The Looking Glass


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People can’t stop talking about Park Players production of Alice Through the Looking Glass! Just read this glowing article from the MetroTimes: The Park Players offer a uniquely Detroit take on Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice’. theater1

“Katy Schoetzow (pictured above) shines as the titular character, carrying the play by conveying both a girlish innocence and an animated cartoon character quality.” -Lee Devito

Only three more performances- catch this amazing show before it’s too late!

Friday, November 21st- 7:30pm $16

Saturday, November 22nd- 7:30pm $16

Sunday, November 23rd- Matinee. Snacks will be sold before show, doors open at 1pm and show at 2pm.

Call Marcia Closson (313) 835-1103 or email at for tickets! The first weekend went very well, and our cast is having a great time. AliceOpeningNightSome of the cast (Montellis Whitt, Jonathan Jones, and Liz Dickson with guest) enjoying the opening night cast party. We at Park Players like to put the “community” in community theater. Walk through the looking glass with us, and be a part of Alice and her incredible adventures!

Park Players Potluck Preview of Alice Through the Looking Glass


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Sarah Hedeen (center) is having a ball directing Mary L Pettit as The Red Queen (right) and Katy Schoetzow (bottom) as the title character in Alice Through the Looking Glass. The show is coming together nicely, and we want to give the audience a sneak peek! It’s Park Players tradition to have a potluck preview a few weeks before the show opens. We get together and a scene or two is presented from the current show. Bring a dish and join us for a wonderful evening! It’s to be on Sunday, October 26th and 6:30pm.

Last names ending in:

A-H: Salads/veggies; I-R Casseroles; S-Z Desserts

Don’t forget to get your tickets for this imaginative show! Show dates are November 14th, 15th, 16th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd. Call Marcia Closson for tickets at (313) 835- 1103.