A Holiday Comedy

CHRISTMAS BELLES 2013

A Great Holiday Comedy
By Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten
Back by Popular Demand!
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm
December 6 through December 21
Also 2pm Sunday, December 8 and Sunday, December 15

The twentieth season of Broadway Onstage Live Theatre and the thirty-third, and final, season of Dennis Wickline Productions, Inc. continues with the return of CHRISTMAS BELLES, a delightful Holiday Comedy by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten when it opens on Friday, December 6. Running Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm through December 21, the production will also be offered during two special 2pm Sunday Matinees on Sunday, December 8 and Sunday, December 15.

Broadway Onstage Live Theatre is located at 21517 Kelly Rd. at Toepfer (8 ˝ Mile Rd.) in Eastpointe. The theatre is the home of the patented TeeVeeStage™ Presentation system, which employs cameras above the audience and monitors above the stage to provide audience members with different viewing perspectives of the live stage performance. Broadway Onstage Live Theatre is also the home of Dennis Wickline Productions, Inc., which began producing Non-Equity professional live theatre on the Eastside of Detroit in February of 1980.

CHRISTMAS BELLES takes place in the town of Fayro, Texas, and the Futrelle Sisters-Frankie, Twink and Honey Raye-are not exactly in a festive mood. Frankie is weeks overdue with her second set of twins. Twink, recently jilted, is in jail for inadvertently burning down half the town. And hot-flash-suffering Honey Raye is desperately trying to keep the Tabernacle of the Lamb's Christmas Program from spiraling into chaos. But things are not looking too promising: Miss Geneva, the ousted director of the previous twenty-seven productions, is ruthless in her attempts to take over the show. The celebrity guest Santa Claus-played by Frankie's husband, Dub-is passing a kidney stone. One of the shepherds refuses to watch over his flock by night without pulling his little red wagon behind him. And the entire cast is dropping like flies due to food poisoning from the Band Boosters' Pancake Supper. And when Frankie lets slip a family secret, all hope for a successful Christmas program seems lost, even with an Elvis impersonator at the manger. But in true Futrelle fashion, their hilarious holiday journey through a misadventure-filled Christmas Eve is guaranteed to bring joy to your world!

A great cast of area professionals and Broadway Onstage favorites will make this a very festive Holiday Production once again. Portraying the Futrelle sisters are Elizabeth Rager, Sarah Lynn Oravetz and Sharron Nelson as Honey Raye, Frankie, and Twink respectively. Ms. Rager and Ms. Nelson were just seen in THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES at Broadway Onstage. Ms. Oravetz appeared in THE PROBLEM OF CELL 13 and THE BROADWAY ONSTAGE MURDERS several seasons ago as well as creating the role of Frankie last season.. Rick Mason will return as Dub and Don Couture will again appear as John Curtis. Mr. Mason was also seen as Michael in GOD OF CARNAGE at the Eastpointe theatre last season and Mr. Couture took on the role of Max in DIAL "M" FOR MURDER last season as well. Broadway Onstage favorite John Arden McClure will portray Justin, the local minister and CeCe Reuter Lesner will appear as Patsy, the local busybody. Mr. McClure was just seen as Sherlock Holmes in THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES and Ms. Lesner has appeared at Broadway Onstage on numerous occasions, frequently taking on the role of Dorothy in the original Christmas Comedy THE NUTCRACKER'S NUTS.

Kate Dickinson returns to the role of Gina Jo, Dub and Frankie's older daughter, and Jane Burkey will again be seen as Geneva, the former director of the Christmas Program. Ms. Dickinson was seen in Grosse Pointe Theatre's production of HAIRSPRAY and Ms. Burkey has directed a number of shows at Broadway Onstage, including the recent HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES. The cast is completed by Stella Woitulewicz returning as Rhonda Lynn and Dan Woitulewicz returning as Raynerd, the wagon-pulling shepherd. Mr. and Mrs. Woitulewicz have appeared at Broadway Onstage on a number of occasions and also with Eastpointe Players and Matrix Theatre. The production is under the able direction of veteran director Beverly Dickinson. Ms. Dickinson has directed a number of productions for Grosse Pointe Theatre, Stagecrafters, and Birmingham Village Players.

Tickets for Opening Night Friday, December 6 are $15. Tickets for all other performances are $18. Group Rates and Performances are available. Again, Broadway Onstage is located at 21517 Kelly Rd. at Toepfer (8 1/2 Mile Rd.) in Eastpointe, Michigan. Ticket Reservations are recommended by calling (586) 771-6333.

ELIZABETH RAGER (Honey Raye) - Elizabeth was just seen as Mindy in this season's opener, FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS, and as Mrs. Barrymore in THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES. She has taken on many varied on exciting roles for us in the past several seasons, even tap dancing in last season's closer TAPDANCE! She appeared as Alberta in THE NUTCRACKER'S NUTS and as Susan in our summer show LOVERS AND OTHER STRANGERS in 2009. She made her acting debut with her performance as Stella in our September/October 2007 production of SOMETHING TO HIDE. She is no stranger to the stage, peforming parody songs as part of a singing group as well as performing skits in theatre-in-the-round. She is also an able pianist, playing in a variety of venues including accompaniment for soloists and musicals. She believes her occupation as a trainer helped prepare her for the stage: "In training others, you design and present everything for learning with a little entertainment spread throughout; with theatre, you design and present everything for entertainment with a little learning spread throughout." We welcome you back, Elizabeth.

SARAH ORAVETZ (Frankie) - Sarah was first seen on our stage as the flighty Ophelia in THE LAST GREAT BRITISH SEX FARCE EVER! several seasons ago. She was also seen here in THE PROBLEM OF CELL 13 and THE BROADWAY ONSTAGE MURDERS. She obtained her BFA in Musical Theatre from Central Michigan University in 2010 and has been steadily working in the metro Detroit theatre scene ever since. She was a part of the 2008 CAP21 Summer Intensive and involved in Actors Connection workshops in NYC. Previous favorite shows include EDGES with AKT Theatre in Wyandotte, and BARE: A POP OPERA with the Box Theatre and the DATC. She was recently seen as Jack's mother in the Detroit Actors Theatre Company's production of INTO THE WOODS. Welcome back, Sarah!

SHARRON NELSON (Twink) - Sharron was just seen here as Trisha in FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS and Beryl in THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES. She was seen last season a number of productions, including TAPDANCE! as "Lips." She has also been seen here on a number of other occasions and choreographed and appeared as Madame Ziegfried in A MUSICAL SALUTE TO VAUDEVILLE AND BURLESQUE to close our 2010-2011 season. She is quite active with Grosse Pointe Theatre, and portrayed Louise in their version of EPIC PROPORTIONS in January 2007, and was seen in their 2008 production of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT. She was seen in their Purdon Studio Theatre production of THE EXONERATED and has also has served on their Board of Directors and choreographs and directs for the Youth on Stage program. She can be seen in the Sundance film BILAL'S STAND as the high school counselor. Other film credits include playing the role of Mary in MARY'S BUTTONS a local film about the first Michigan sheriff shot in the line of duty. Sharron also teaches power skating to hockey players. It's a pleasure to have her with us. Welcome back, Sharron!

RICK MASON (Dub) - Rick appeared as Michael in GOD OF CARNAGE for us last season. He also portrayed Kevin in THE SCOTTISH PLAY several seasons ago. Rick has a list of credits as extensive as his talents. He was very active with Kalamazoo Civic Players before moving to the Detroit area. He is now very involved with Grosse Pointe Theatre and Fine Arts Society of Detroit. Rick was seen as Jack Jerome in Grosse Pointe Theatre's production of BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS several seasons ago. He was also seen as John Smith in GPT's recent production of RUN FOR YOUR WIFE, as well as appearing as Greg in their production of SYLVIA several seasons ago. He was also seen in GPT's production of THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL. In addition, Rick portrayed Kris Kringle in Fine Arts' production of MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET in 2008 among many other roles he has performed to great acclaim. He has also been seen in a number of commercials and industrial films. We're very happy to have him with us again. Welcome back, Rick!

DONALD COUTURE (John Curtis) - Don portrayed Max in DIAL "M" FOR MURDER for us last season. He was seen as Dr. Watson in SHERLOCK HOLMES IS COMING TO DINNER and Wardern Charles Ransome in THE PROBLEM OF CELL 13 in our 2010-2011 Season, and portrayed Agent Spencer in THE SOCIAL SECURITY MURDERS to open that season and Al in THE SCOTTISH PLAY to close the 2009-2010 Season. He also portrayed Mr. Utterson in our season closer in 2009, DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE. It was his first role after a twenty-six year absence from performing. It was a great performance. He comes to us with a true love for the theatre as his talents can attest. He performed a number of varied roles in his younger days. Don is also a skilled woodworker, and created our "Welcome to Broadway Onstage" greeting sign at the entrance of our theatre. Don has also been seen in TALKING HEADSTONES for Grosse Pointe Theatre and the Grosse Pointe Historical Society. It's always a pleaure to work with him and we hope to do so again in the very near future. Thanks and welcome back, Don!

KATE DICKINSON (Gina Jo)- Kate is reprising her role from last season which was her first for our company. She has been very active in theatre for most of her life. Kate was seen as Marmie in LITTLE WOMEN and Nicki in SWEET CHARITY while at Albion College. She also just directed a workshop production of LITTLE WOMEN for Grosse Pointe Theatre, and was recently seen in Grosse Pointe Theatre's production of HAIRSPRAY as Penny Pingleton. It was a delightful performance. We're thrilled to have her back as Gina Jo in CHRISTMAS BELLES. Thanks, Katie!

JOHN ARDEN MCCLURE (Justin) - John was just seen as Sherlock Holmes in THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES and as Stephen in THE KITCHEN WITCHES. John appeared in a number of shows last season, including TRENT'S LAST CASE, as Trent, in a script he also dramatized. John first appeared on our stage in 2005 as Charley in THE BOOK OF MURDER and has since been in numerous productions here, including the title roles in DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE. We welcome him back to our stage!

STELLA WOITULEWICZ (Rhonda Lynn) - Stella appeared as Professor Moriarty in SHERLOCK HOLMES IS COMING TO DINNER several seasons ago. She was seen here several seasons ago in THE LADIES OF HARMONY. She has been active with Eastpointe Players and a number of other local groups, including the Matrix Theatre. She has taken on a variety of roles in many varied productions. She is a Graduate of Second City's Detroit Conservatory Program and portrayed a waitress in the film WE'RE NOT STRANGERS. She brings with her a geniune love for the theatre and we're very pleased to have her with us. Her husband, Dan, has appeared for us on several occasions. Theatre truly is a family affair. Welcome back, Stella!

DANIEL WOITULEWICZ (Raynerd) - Dan's first appearance for our company was as Stan in RED HOT MAMAS several seasons ago. Last season he appeared as Max in DIAL "M" FOR MURDER and Burton Cupples in TRENT'S LAST CASE. He is a graduate of the Second City Detroit Conservatory Program. He has appeared locally in a number of venues on a professional and community level in a number of varied roles. These roles include Bill in HUMANAE VITAE, Dad in CAUGHT IN THE NET, Jim Singleton in BOOMTOWN 1925 and the Colonel in 101 DALMATIONS, among others. Dan was also seen in the Matrix Theatre's production of ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST several seasons ago. It's a pleasure to have him with us again. Welcome back, Dan!

CECE LESNER (Patsy) - CeCe was seen as Lucretia Malvenia in MURDER ME, MURDER ME, MY DARLING, MY DARLING! and Jan in CAHOOTS two seasons ago. She appeared as Bert in our season opener THE SOCIAL SECURITY MURDERS in 2010 and was seen as Bea in LOVERS AND OTHER STRANGERS in the summer of 2009. She was seen as Christine in our spring 2008 comedy MIXED EMOTIONS and originated the role of Dorothy in our Holiday Comedy THE NUTCRACKER'S NUTS. She has appeared in a number of other productions here at Broadway Onstage, including COME BACK TO THE FIVE AND DIME, JIMMY DEAN, JIMMY DEAN and BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, among others. She has also performed in other theaters in performances of LET'S MURDER MARSHA and THE CEMETERY CLUB. Thanks,CeCe. It's always a joy working with you!

JANE BURKEY (Geneva) - Janie just directed our production of THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES. She has directed and performed in many productions for Wickline Productions in the last 30 years. She is also a 40 year member of Grosse Pointe Theatre. Some of her favorite performances include: Blanche in BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS & BROADWAY BOUND, Lucy in DRACULA, Hilary in DADDY'S GIRLS, Vera in THE FEMALE ODD COUPLE, Nettie in THE SUBJECT WAS ROSES, Ida in THE CEMETERY CLUB, and Mdm. DeVolange in DANGEROUS LIAISONS. Welcome back, Janie!

BEVERLY DICKINSON (Director) - Beverly was seen in THE NUTCRACKER'S NUTS as Dorothy several seasons ago. She has been involved in the local theatrical community for many years. She is a past president of Stagecrafters and recently directed INTO THE WOODS and 1940'S RADIO HOUR for Village Players in Birmingham. She also directed I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE! for Grosse Pointe Theatre several seasons ago, appeared in their 2005 production of SHOWBOAT and directed their recent JEKYLL AND HYDE. She will be directing their spring production of LES MISERABLES. For our company, Bev was seen was Adelaide in GUYS AND DOLLS at the Golden Lion Dinner Theatre. Bev has also directed a number of wonderful productions for other companies, including CAMELOT and WEST SIDE STORY. It's always a pleasure working with her. Welcome back, Bev!

DENNIS WICKLINE (Producer) - Dennis was seen as Edna in Grosse Pointe Theatre's HAIRSPRAY in 2012. He was seen here as Olin in THE CHRISTMAS CAROL CAPER, SCROOGE THIS! and Frank in OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS in 2011-2012. He was also seen as Ty in THE SCOTTISH PLAY to close our 2009-2010 Season. He portrayed David O'Selznick in MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS and Elwood P. Dowd in HARVEY in the fall of 2008. He is the producer of all shows at Broadway Onstage. He began producing theatre in February of 1980 at Stouffer's Eastland. This season is his thirty-third, and final season, of producing non-Equity professional theatre in the Detroit Metropolitan area. He is the author of a number of plays and musicals, including THE NUTCRACKER'S NUTS. He also appeared as Fagin in Grosse Pointe Theatre's 2001 production of OLIVER! and was seen as Joe Keller in their production of ALL MY SONS in March of 2005. Dennis was also seen here in the thriller THE WOMAN IN BLACK in the fall of 2002, portraying 5 separate characters. He also directed GPT's 2005 SHOWBOAT and 2008's JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT.

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