Ruthless 09/14–10/07Buy Tickets
FERNDALE—Slipstream Theatre Initiative closes its fourth season with their first musical, Ruthless! from September 14 through October 7, on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm, and Sundays at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $12 in advance only and are available by phone at 313.986.9156, by email at InsideTheSlipstream@gmail.com and online at www.SlipstreamTI.com.
Talent. Where does it come from? Is it something passed down from generation to generation? Or is it something more? Meet Tina Denmark, an 8-year-old girl who aspires to be a Broadway star and will stop at nothing to get the lead role in the school play, Pippi in Tahiti. Tina’s mother lives the perfect suburban life and shuns those who go into show business because it is full of booze and heavy meals late at night. When a mysterious and oddly tall stranger knocks on the door, everything changes. Sylvia St. Croix is a talent agent who wants to take Tina all the way. When Tina doesn’t get the role, she takes matters into her own hands. Absurdity and tongue-in-cheek musical comedy join forces to tell this story, and the result is a wild romp through the seedy world of showbiz and the drive to be the biggest star.
Slipstream newcomer Diana Turner plays the Bea-Arthur inspired Talent Agent, Sylvia St. Croix. Another Slipstream newcomer, Kim Alley, plays the 8-year-old version of Shirley Temple and Rhoda Penmark’s (the Bad Seed) love child, Tina Denmark. Fan favorites Jackson Abohasira and Mandy Logsdon play the perky personal assistant Eve and the bitter theater critic Lita Encore, respectively. Rachel Biber returns to the Slipstream stage in the pivotal role of 50s-inspired housewife Judy Denmark who becomes Tony-winning broadway star Ginger DelMarco. The cast is rounded off with an early founding member of Slipstream, Claire Jolliffe, as the washed-up actress turned third grade teacher, Ms. Myrna Thorne. Jay Smith serves as vocal director and WSU student Madelyn Sly is both the music director and accompanist. Costumes and direction by Bailey Boudreau with technical design by Slipstream’s new Technical Director, Jackson Abohasira. Alanna Elling joins the company as its resident Stage Manager.
Picture courtesy of Jan Cartwright Photography (pictured: Kim Alley)