SOURCE: The Henry Ford

The Henry Ford

July 27, 2011 11:56 ET

The Players Guild of Dearborn Presents Shenandoah at The Henry Ford August 12, 14, 19, 20, 21, 2011

DEARBORN, MI--(Marketwire - Jul 27, 2011) - The Players Guild of Dearborn, in cooperation with The Henry Ford, proudly presents the Tony® Award-winning musical Shenandoah at the historic Anderson Theater in Henry Ford Museum. This production joins two long-standing Dearborn cultural institutions in celebration of the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War.

Performances are August 12, 14, 19, 20, 21, 2011 at the Anderson Theater inside Henry Ford Museum; there will be no Saturday performance on August 13th. Friday performances are at 8pm, Saturdays at 2:30pm and 8pm and Sundays at 2:30pm. Ticket prices are $18 for general admission seating and should be purchased in advance through The Guild website, www.playersguildofdearborn.org or by calling 313-561-TKTS. Tickets will also be available at the box office each night of the show.

It's North versus South, brother against brother. But widowed farmer Charlie Anderson isn't about to let any of his boys take sides. That's no easy task when the family farm is in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Before long, the Civil War surrounds the valley and Charlie is pushed to the limit as his family is pulled into the fray. Based on the classic Jimmy Stewart film, Shenandoah is rich in emotion, heart and humor. This enthralling musical springs to life with stirring anthems, gentle lullabies and exhilarating dance. Through joy, sorrow and turmoil, this great musical reminds us that it's the strength of family that matters most.

Charlie Anderson (played by Mike Moseley) is a strong-willed Virginia farmer trying to keep his family neutral as the Civil War rages. Union forces and the Confederates see things only in shades of Blue or Grey, so the family is inevitably swept up in the conflict, against all odds. The Anderson Family includes Jacob (Paul Morgan), James (Ken Kilgore), Nathan (Michael Bollman), John (Nick Marek), Henry (Matt Miazgowicz), Jenny (Maura Donovan), Robert (Quentin Jensen), and Anne (Anna Dewey).

Rounding out the cast are Jacob Dombroski as Sam and Lindel Salow as Reverand Byrd. The Men's Ensemble includes Charles Bollman, Mark Byars, Tim Carney, Robert Murray, Michael Powaser, Scott Rider, Mark Ripper, Will Turbett and Philip Walling. The Women's Ensemble includes Jaqueline Fenton, Kathy Fothergill, Sally Goodman, Cjersti Jensen and Sarah Kornacki.

Shenandoah features direction by Brian Townsend, musical direction by G. Kevin Dewey and choreography by Paul Bruce. The Players Guild of Dearborn is rehearsing and building the sets, sewing the costumes and gathering the props for the show at its theater on Madison in Dearborn and will "take the show on the road" to the Anderson Theater for six performances.

"Everyone from A to Z is putting their best foot forward to build the most memorable production of Shenandoah possible," says choreographer, Paul Bruce. "The perfect pairing of Players Guild magic and the beautiful Anderson Theater at The Henry Ford should make for a splendid event."

Director, Brian Townsend says that, "working in cooperation with The Henry Ford is an exciting opportunity. Here we have two cultural institutions, rooted in Dearborn, using their unique talents to tell a story and reveal the history of one of our nation's stormiest periods."

The Henry Ford is hosting the National Archives' special exhibition, Discovering the Civil War, through September 5.

For more information on the show, The Players Guild or The Henry Ford, visit the Players Guild website (www.playersguildofdearborn.org) or The Henry Ford's website (www.thehenryford.org).

About The Henry Ford
The Henry Ford, in Dearborn, Michigan, is the world's premier history destination and a National Historic Landmark that celebrates American history and innovation. Its mission is to provide unique educational experiences based on authentic objects, stories and lives from America's traditions of ingenuity, resourcefulness and innovation. Its purpose is to inspire people to learn from these traditions to help shape a better future. Five distinct attractions at The Henry Ford captivate more than 1.5 million visitors annually: Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, The Ford Rouge Factory Tour, The Benson Ford Research Center and The Henry Ford IMAX Theatre. The Henry Ford is also home to Henry Ford Academy, a public charter high school which educates 485 students a year on the institution's campus and was founded in partnership with The Henry Ford, Ford Motor Company and Wayne County Public Schools. For more information please visit our website thehenryford.org.

About the Players Guild of Dearborn
The Players Guild of Dearborn (PGD) was organized in 1927. After more than 83 years in Dearborn, the Guild has become a fixture in the community. One of Michigan's oldest continuously operating community theatres, the Players Guild has brought award-winning theatre to the Dearborn area for decades. A few members have been active in the Guild for more than forty years. Some of them remember when actors such as George Peppard (Breakfast at Tiffany's and TV's Banacek and The A-Team), Chad Everett (TV's Medical Center), and Tom Skerrit (Top Gun, Steel Magnolias, and TV's Picket Fences) made very early debuts at the Guild. The longevity of its members is what gives the Guild its rich history, and their collective experience makes it possible to create quality performances year after year. The Guild is an all-volunteer 501c3, led by a Board of Governors who oversee the day-to-day as well as, the long-term operation of the theater.

Contact Information

  • CONTACT:
    Erin Ostrowski
    Players Guild of Dearborn
    (313) 561-TKTS
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    Carrie Nolan
    Media Relations Manager
    313-982-6126
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