A Comedy!


A Comedy
By Caroline Smith
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm
and Select Sundays at 2pm
September 13 through October 12

The 20th Season of Broadway Onstage Live Theatre and the 33rd, and final, season of Dennis Wickline Productions continues on Friday, September 13 with the Caroline Smith comedy, THE KITCHEN WITCHES, introducing us to two headstrong and hilarious cable cooking show chefs. The production will run Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Select Sundays at 2pm through Saturday, October 12.

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 KITCHEN WITCHES, Isobel Lomax and Dolly Biddle, are two "mature" cable-access cooking show hostesses who have hated each other for 30 years. That is, ever since Larry Biddle dated one and married the other. THE KITCHEN WITCHES begins as Dolly's most recent endeavor, "Baking With Babcha," is suffering through its final show. When unforeseen circumstances suddenly put them together on a new TV show called "The Kitchen Witches," the insults are flung harder than the food! Dolly's long-suffering TV-producer son Stephen tries to keep them on track, but as long as Dolly's dressing room is one inch closer to the set than Isobel's, it's a losing battle, and the show becomes a rating smash as Dolly and Isobel top both Martha Stewart and Jerry Springer!

THE KITCHEN WITCHES at Broadway Onstage features Olivia Wickline as Dolly Biddle and Donna DiSante as Isobel Lomax. Ms. Wickline was seen at Broadway Onstage most recently as Aida in the Joe DiPietro comedy OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS two seasons ago. She has also appeared on television in the Hallmark Channel film SMOOCH, and was seen in David Schwimmer's recent feature, shot in Detroit, TRUST. Ms. DiSante also was seen in OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS at Broadway Onstage, as Emma. She also directed THE NUTCRACKER'S NUTS there for several seasons and then took over the lead role, Minnie, for several more.

John Arden McClure, a favorite of Broadway Onstage audiences will be seen as Dolly's son, Stephen. Mr. McClure was most recently seen at Broadway Onstage in last spring's musical comedy TAPDANCE! The production of KITCHEN WITCHES at Broadway Onstage is under the direction of Dennis Wickline, producer of all shows at the Eastpointe Theatre. Mr. Wickline also appears in THE KITCHEN WITCHES production as the silent stage hand.

Tickets for Opening Night, Friday, September 13 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.

OLIVIA WICKLINE (Dolly Biddle) - Liv was seen here two seasons ago as Aida in OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS. In December of 2010 She appeared as Dorothy in our last production of THE NUTCRACKER'S NUTS. She was seen as Peggy several seasons ago here in WEEKEND COMEDY and Kate in 2010's comedy THE CRAZY TIME. In other professional endeavors, she appeared as Louise, Clive Owen's secretary, in the David Schwimmer film TRUST and was also seen as the housekeeper, Mrs. Polanski, in the Hallmark Channel film SMOOCH. She was seen several seasons ago in 70 GIRLS 70 at Grosse Pointe Theatre, and was also seen there in 2005 as Ida in their production of OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS, for which she received a Clarence Award for Best Supporting Actress. Liv has also been seen on our stage on a number of other occasions. She was seen several seasons ago as Fonsia Dorsey in THE GIN GAME. She was also seen as Florence in 2001 in THE RETURN OF HERBERT BRACEWELL. She gave a memorable turn as Stella Mae in our critical and popular success COME BACK TO THE FIVE AND DIME, JIMMY DEAN, JIMMY DEAN in 2000. She was Sister Mary Christina Columbus, the exploring nun, during our first season production of the musical spoof MOTHER SUPERIOR'S HABITS. She later appeared as Olive Madison in the female version of THE ODD COUPLE that same season, and portrayed Hattie in LAUNDRY AND BOURBON & LONE STAR in 1996. Liv is always a joy to watch, and we're happy to have her back on our stage again. Thanks for everything, Liv!

DONNA DISANTE (Isobel Lomax) - Donna directed each version of THE NUTCRACKER'S NUTS through 2006 and then took on the role of Minnie for the four subsequent productions. She appeared as Emma and Co-Directed our spring 2012 production OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS. Donna appeared as Veta in HARVEY and Addie in THE LADIES OF HARMONY several seasons ago, as well as directing our spring 2009 production of MIXED EMOTIONS. She has also appeared on our stage on several other occasions. She was Miss Prism in our season closer in 2005, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST and appeared as Person 1 in EPIC PROPORTIONS. Donna also directed our production of ARSENIC AND OLD LACE at the Golden Lion Dinner Theatre in 1984. She was very involved in the early years of the Attic Theatre, and the Grand Circus Exchange in Detroit. She is a Past President of Grosse Pointe Theatre, and has directed a number of productions for them, including SABRINA several seasons ago and GODSPELL just recently. She is always a joy to work with, and we're happy to have her lend her considerable talents to this production. Thanks, Donna!

JOHN ARDEN MCCLURE (Stephen) - John just 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!

DENNIS WICKLINE (Director/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.