The 20th Season of Broadway Onstage Live Theatre and the 33rd, and final, season of Dennis Wickline Productions continues on Friday, October 25 with the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle mystery THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES, one of Sherlock Holmes' most famous cases. The production will run Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Select Sundays at 2pm through Saturday, November 23.
Select Sunday Matinees are only performed at Broadway Onstage when a prearranged group of 30 or more is scheduled to attend. 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.
THE HOUND OF THE BAKERVILLES tells the compelling story of the Baskerville Curse. The curse began in the late 18th century when Sir Hugo Baskerville, the Lord of the Manor at Baskerville Hall, chased a young village girl to her death on the English Moors and died that same night at the hands of a gigantic, vicious hound. The story opens following the suspiciously similar death of Sir Charles Baskerville in 1925. Sir Charles' heir, Sir Henry Baskerville, has just arrived from Canada as Lady Jane Mortimer, a family friend, has summoned her old friend Dr. John Watson and Sherlock Holmes to investigate the strange death of Sir Charles. During the course of this intriguing story we meet several neighbors to Baskerville Hall, Beryl and Jack Stapleton, a brother and sister who are former missionaries, and Laura Lyons, a woman with a distinctly unusual past. We are also introduced to Mrs. Barrymore, the housekeeper of Baskerville Hall and a woman with a dark secret. Will the hound claim another victim? It is up to Sherlock Holmes to prevent it and unravel the curse once and for all.
The cast of THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES at Broadway Onstage is very well suited for their roles. Portraying Sherlock Holmes is Broadway Onstage favorite John McClure. Mr. McClure portrayed Sherlock Holmes several seasons ago in the production of SHERLOCK HOLMES IS COMING TO DINNER! at the Eastpointe Theatre and has appeared in a number of other productions there. Taking on the role of Watson is Broadway Onstage newcomer Daniel T. Muldoon. Also new to Broadway Onstage audiences are Mary C. Stelmark and Angie Lai as Lady Jane and Laura Lyons, respectively. Other Broadway Onstage regulars, Sharron Nelson and Elizabeth Rager, appear as Beryl Stapleton and Mrs. Barrymore.
Ms. Nelson and Ms. Rager were most recently seen this past summer at Broadway Onstage in FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS. Author and actor Ed Thomas takes on the role of Jack Stapleton. Mr. Thomas' THE SCOTTISH PLAY was performed at the Eastpointe Theatre several seasons ago. Charles Davis completes the cast as Sir Henry Baskerville, the target of the Baskerville Curse. Mr. Davis was also recently seen in Broadway Onstage's season opener, FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS. THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES at Broadway Onstage is under the direction of Jane Burkey, director of many productions at the theatre, including last season's DIAL "M" FOR MURDER.
Tickets for Opening Night, Friday, October 25 are $15. Tickets for all other performances are $18. Again, Broadway Onstage is located at 21517 Kelly Rd. at Toepfer (8 1/2 Mile Rd.) in Eastpointe, Michigan. Ticket Reservations are strongly recommended by calling (586) 771-6333.
JOHN ARDEN MCCLURE (Sherlock Holmes) - John just portrayed Stephen in THE KITCHEN WITCHES and, earlier this season, acted as Stage Manager for FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS. He was seen last spring as Chester in TAPDANCE! He opened last season as Captain "Bangs" in THE GREAT AMERICAN SEX FARCE! He followed that by portraying Inspector Hubbard in DIAL "M" FOR MURDER and took on the role of Justine in CHRISTMAS BELLES and Phillip Trent in TRENT'S LAST CASE, a script he also wrote. He was also seen as William in HOW THE OTHER HALF LOVES. John gave very memorable performances as Beane in LOVE SONG, Herb in THE CHRISTMAS CAROL CAPER, SCROOGE THIS!, Grant in CAHOOTS, and Nick in OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS last season. He also stage managed THE SEX MANIAC in the summer of 2011, and has stage managed other productions. He took on the title roles in our closer in 2009 DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE to great acclaim and has appeared here in numerous other productions. John's first appearance on our stage was in 2005 as Charley in THE BOOK OF MURDER. John is also a theatrical veteran for other area groups, having portrayed Ranger Tom in ESCANABA IN DA MOONLIGHT, Bozidar in DEAR SANTA, and Trent in THE LAST RESORT for Starbrite Dinner Theatre. He is also a member of Grosse Pointe Theatre, having portrayed Anthony Marston in TEN LITTLE INDIANS and Kenny Norman in PROPOSALS. We welcome him back to our stage!
DANIEL T. MULDOON (Watson) - While this is Dan's first appearance on our stage, he has been very active in theatre with a number of area groups for many years. He has appeared with many area groups, including the Ringwald Theatre, the Matrix Theatre and Stagecrafters, among many others. At the Ringwald he was seen in SOME MEN. He was also seen in PALMER PARK at Stagecrafters to great acclaim. He and his wife, Anne, have two lovely children, Sean and Megann. He has been an employee of Leader Dogs of America for over 30 years. He is happy "being here, right now." Welcome, Dan!
MARY C. STELMARK (Lady Jane) - Mary has been very active with Grosse Pointe Theatre for several years. She appeared in their TALKING HEADSTONES production at St. Paul's Cemetery for the past three years in conjunction with the Grosse Pointe Historical Society and has just appeared in their new collaboration, LEGENDS OF THE LAKE as Josephine Gaukler. She also has appeared for Theatre Arts Productions in A NIGHT OF DARK INTENT and A BAD YEAR FOR TOMATOES. For Grosse Pointe Theatre she acted as Co-Producer of BIG RIVER and will be producing their upcoming Purdon Studio Theatre production of BARTLEBY THE SCRIVENER. It's a pleasure to have Mary with us!
CHARLES DAVIS (Sir Henry) - Charley was seen here as Tripp in FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS and this past spring as Bob in HOW THE OTHER HALF LOVES. He was also seen as Miles in last summer's THE GREAT AMERICAN SEX FARCE! He appeared as Joseph Ballard in 2011's THE PROBLEM OF CELL 13. He portrayed Stu for us in our season closer of 2010, THE SCOTTISH PLAY. He has a wealth of experience in other venues. He is a longtime member of both Fine Arts Society of Detroit and Grosse Pointe Theatre and is a Past President of Fine Arts 2007-2008. He just directed Fine Arts production of THE BIRDCAGE. He has been seen in a number of exciting and varied roles. He was Brutus in JULIUS CAESER at Wabash College in 1990. He was recently seen as George Noonan in Jeff Daniels' THE VAST DIFFERENCE for Fine Arts. Charley has also been seen on a number of occasions at Grosse Pointe Theatre. He was Frank Lubey in their production of ALL MY SONS in 2005, and portrayed Albert Kramer in their 2005 production of DEAR RUTH. He has also been see in local films, including one of the InZero episodes for When Thoughts Collide Productions. It is great to have Charley with us again. Thanks, Charley!
SHARRON NELSON (Beryl) - Sharron was just seen here as Trisha in FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS. She was seen last season as "Lips" in TAPDANCE! Teresa in HOW THE OTHER HALF LOVES, Margot in DIAL M FOR MURDER, Annette in GOD OF CARNAGE and Falon in THE GREAT AMERICAN SEX FARCE! She was also seen as Peggy Lou Caccetti in our closing musical from 2011-2012, MOTHER SUPERIOR'S HABITS. She appeared as Estelle in THE SEX MANIAC and Molly in LOVE SONG in 2011, in 2010 as Susan in THE CRAZY TIME and also choreographed and appeared as Madame Ziegfried in A MUSICAL SALUTE TO VAUDEVILLE AND BURLESQUE to close our 2010-2011. Also in 2011, Sharron appeared as Lauren in THE CHRISTMAS CAROL CAPER, SCROOGE THIS! during the Holidays. She is a theatrical veteran. She appeared as Felicia in our fall 2009 production THE WEREWOLF OF THE FULL MOON. She appeared here as Nurse Kelly in HARVEY and Miss Poppenghul in MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS in the fall of 2008. She was also seen here in the spring of 2008 in WEEKEND COMEDY (as Jill) and in the summer of 2007 as Abby in our hit comedy RED HOT MAMAS. She portrayed Sophia for us in the spring of 2007 in NEIL SIMON'S FOOLS. 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 just 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 and on STARZ TV as Coach Powers in the "Space Invaders" episode of the WANNABES. 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 and she was recently cast in the James Franco film project TAR and the MIDNIGHT HOUR TV episode of "Say No More". Sharron also teaches power skating to hockey players. It's a pleasure to have her with us. Welcome back, Sharron!
ED THOMAS (Jack) - Ed has written three productions that have been premiered here at Broadway Onstage, including the very successful and very funny THE SCOTTISH PLAY from several seasons ago. He authored ALL'S WELL IN 804 that was presented here in 2003, as well as APRIL MAE, AND JUNE which was premiered here in 2006. Ed also appeared as Harry Lambert in that production and Ted in THE FOURSOME that same season. Ed was seen here in MY DAUGHTER'S RATED "X"(as Cliff) in the summer of 2005. He was also seen in the spring of 2005 in EPIC PROPORTIONS (as Phil)and THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST (as Algernon). Ed appeared in 2003's summer production UNDER THE YUM YUM TREE. Ed was also seen as Captain Faragut in our world premiere musical 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA in the spring of 2003. He was seen as Ron, the biker in our production CANDY AND SHELLY GO TO THE DESERT, also in 2003. He appeared on a number of occasions at Dave and Buster's Mystery Theatre. Ed is very active with Grosse Pointe Theatre and appeared as Jack in their CHARLEY'S AUNT several seasons ago, and portrayed Ray in Neil Simon's PROPOSALS for GPT in the spring of 2003. He has created a number of memorable theatrical scripts and is an award winner of the Community Theatre Association of Michigan's annual playwrighting contest, and several national contests. His WORKING STIFFS was premiered by Stagecrafters in 2007. Thanks for everything, Ed!
ELIZABETH RAGER (Mrs. Barrymore) - Elizabeth was just seen as Mindy in our season opener FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS. She was seen last season as Josephine in TAPDANCE! Honey Raye in our Christmas Comedy CHRISTMAS BELLES and Celestine Bunner in TRENT'S LAST CASE. She was also seen as Maureen/Sister Mary Kneepad in 2012's MOTHER SUPERIOR'S HABITS and as Sylvia in last season's opener, THE GREAT AMERICAN SEX FARCE! Liz was also seen here as Madge in THE SEX MANIAC and Liz in LOVE SONG. She was our Stage Manager for MURDERER to begin 2010 and has stage managed a number of other productions. 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.
ANGIE LAI (Laura Lyons) - While this is Angie's first appearance for our company, she is no stranger to theatre having taken on a number of varied and exciting roles for other area groups. She has appeared in a number of productions at Henry Ford Community College, including; ROMEO AND JULIET (as Lady Montague), THE INFORMER (as Elsa) and A CHRISTMAS CAROL (as Fred's wife and Mrs. Dilber). She has also been seen in several productions at Wyandotte Community Theatre. She was Agatha in GUYS AND DOLLS there and Gwendolyn in their production of THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST. We hope this is the first of a number of roles for our company. Welcome, Angie!
JANE BURKEY (Director/Co-Set Design) - Janie directed last season's DIAL "M" FOR MURDER. She directed our production of MURDER ME, MURDER ME, MY DARLING, MY DARLING! two seasons ago. She also directed TALKING HEADSTONES for Grosse Pointe Theatre and the Grosse Pointe Historical Society at St. Paul's Cemetery in 2010 and 2011 and directed this year's LEGENDS OF THE LAKE at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House for the two organizations. She directed our fall 2010 mystery hit SHERLOCK HOLMES IS COMING TO DINNER. Janie directed our 2007 season closer, SHERLOCK'S VEILED SECRET and directed our production of BOOK OF MURDER in January and February of 2005. She was seen as Irene in UNDER THE YUM YUM TREE several summers ago, and she also directed our hit version of STEEL MAGNOLIAS at the beginning of our 2002-2003 Season. She has directed and performed in many productions for Wickline Productions in the last 27 years. She is also a 37 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!
DENNIS WICKLINE (Producer/Co-Set Design) - 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. Dennis portrayed Hector in THE NUTCRACKER'S NUTS here in December of 2010. He portrayed Miles in our spring 2010 comedy THE CRAZY TIME as well as appearing 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 was seen as Major Powell in CORPSE and Frank in WEEKEND COMEDY here in 2008. Dennis was also seen as Bradley in THE COCKTAIL HOUR in the fall of 2004, among other productions. 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.