It will be “Some Enchanted Evening.”
After a longer than anticipated intermission Grosse Pointe Theater (GPT) will mark its return to the stage and its 74th season with a marvelous show featuring the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Oct. 15 through Oct. 24 at Pierce Middle School Auditorium in Grosse Pointe Park.
“Woo-hoo,” said Tracy Bischoff of Macomb Township, who is a member and scenic artist for the community theater group known for putting on a top notch show. “It will be nice to see all of our friends and audience members again.”
The troupe’s last curtain call was in January of 2020.
“This is the perfect show for our return to the stage,” said Don Bischoff, Tracy’s husband and director of the show. “The music of Rodgers and Hammerstein is familiar to everyone and is sure to make audiences smile.”
“Shall We Dance,” from the “King and I,” along with “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair,” from “South Pacific” and many other favorites will be performed by an ensemble of five singers.
“This is a vocal heavy show but we probably have some of the best vocalists in town,” Don said of his musical cast including Ryan Bowie (Billy) of Detroit, Kimberly Elliott (Nellie) of Canton, Kristina Kamm-Mardlin (Julie) of Warren, Zak Shugart (Will) of Troy and Danielle Caralis of Birmingham who is serving dual roles on this show.
“I’m honored to be serving as an apprentice director and also a cast member of our first show back,” Caralis said. “I’m so excited to be part of ‘Some Enchanted Evening.’ It’s going to be exhilarating to perform in front of a live audience again.”
Tracy is part of the creative crew and while she has experience painting stills and murals this is totally different.
“You have to take into account the whole story that you’re trying to tell,” Tracy said.
In this case it’s all about an enchanted evening. So, for Tracy that meant painting a sky filled with all of the colors and magic that one might see on such a night. What creates the magic that audiences see is shared vision that comes to life through the collaboration of set designs, costumes, lighting, props and set dressings.
“She works with everyone to create a balanced and beautiful setting,” Don said.
Since the performance is in a Grosse Pointe Public School and there is a Wayne County mask mandate in place, audience members will be required to wear them. While there are no indoor capacity restrictions GPT will be seating people in alternate rows. Digital ticketing and ticketless check-in will also allow for entry into the theater with minimal contact.
Tickets are $30.
“We’ve been waiting for 21 month to get back to business and I can’t wait to share the energy in that room with our beloved patrons and supporters,” Caralis added.
“Everyone is very excited,” Tracy said. “It’s going to give people a chance to forget about real life for a moment and be swept up into some enchanted evening.”
For more information visit gpt.org
Grosse Pointe Theatre will be returning to the stage for its 74th season with its presentation of “Some Enchanted Evening,”
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 15 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 16 at 8 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 17 at 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 22 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 23 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 24 at 2 p.m.
WHERE: Pierce Middle School Auditorium, 15430 Kercheval Ave., Gross Pointe Park.
For tickets visit gpt.org/tickets or call the box office at 313-881-4004.