Local theater comes alive for fall shows

By: Tiffany Esshaki | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published November 6, 2017

 Stephanie Peltier, of Royal Oak, plays Cinderella alongside a mischievous Gingerbread Man in the children’s comedy “Cinderella and the Cookie Caper.”

Stephanie Peltier, of Royal Oak, plays Cinderella alongside a mischievous Gingerbread Man in the children’s comedy “Cinderella and the Cookie Caper.”

Photo provided by Molly Dorset

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD HILLS — The days may be shorter and the temperatures cooler, but there are still plenty of reasons to turn off the television and head out into the world for your weekend entertainment.

St. Dunstan’s Theatre Guild of Cranbrook and the Village Players of Birmingham both had new shows open recently to give families a chance to laugh together before the start of the busy holiday season.

For the grown-up set, the Village Players are presenting “Leading Ladies,” a fast-paced comedy that tells the story of two down-on-their-luck English Shakespearean actors who embark on a risky scheme to fill their pockets.

Director Dale Feldpausch has had his eye on bringing the slapstick script to the Village Players stage for some time.

“I first encountered this play about five years ago when I was on the Village Players board and we were considering it for the following season. For a variety of reasons, we weren’t able to stage it that season, but I vividly remember reading the play and shaking uncontrollably with laughter as I read it. I just think it’s one of the funniest plays I’ve ever read,” he said.

“Leading Ladies” opened Oct. 27 and will run its final weekend Nov. 10-12. Tickets cost $20 and can be purchased by calling the theater box office at (248) 644-2075 or by visiting Birmingham VillagePlayers.com.

Over in Bloomfield Hills, St. Dunstan’s is preparing for the final weekend of its children’s show, “Cinderella and the Cookie Caper,” which was penned by troupe member Jake Zinke, of West Bloomfield.

The audience will join Cinderella for a holiday edition of her cooking show, “Ironing Chef!”

When she invites her friends Captain Hook and Peter Pan on as guests to compete for who can make the best fairytale gingerbread, chaos ensues as ingredients are mixed up by a mischievous stagehand.

“Kids love when they get to interact with the characters on the stage. In this show, kids will get to sing songs with Cinderella, Captain Hook and the other characters, and even help Cinderella to cast a spell to freeze Hook and Peter Pan when they’re arguing,” said Zinke in a prepared statement.

Tickets are still available for the performances and can be purchased by calling the box office at (844) 386-7826 or by visiting StDunstanTheatre.com.

St. Dunstan’s Theatre is located at 400 Lone Pine Road in Bloomfield Hills. The Village Players Theater is located 34660 Woodward Ave. in Birmingham.