Welcome to Out and About, Free Press’s new weekly LGBTQ + events column!
The Ringwald Theater in Ferndale, which annually produces seasons of musicals and (not so) LGBTQ straight (not so) straight plays, has announced its 2021-22 season and will be holding open auditions for the upcoming season’s shows on the 25 and July 28. details.
The Ringwald is celebrating his first full season in his new home at the Ferndale LGBTQ Affirmations Community Center with a mix of edgy drama, outrageous comedy, parody and drag.
Ringwald Artistic Director Joe Bailey said of the new season: “We are delighted to invite audiences to our new home, and we have an ambitious opener to christen the space. As we navigate what we hope will be the beginnings of our post-COVID reality, we can’t wait to perform safely for all of these wonderful people in the dark! “
The 2021-22 theater season includes:
- “The puffs“, a” Harry Potter “parody stuffed with gags, from October 15 to November 1.
- “A Very Golden Girls Christmas, Vol. 2 (An Unauthorized Parody)“, a holiday-themed tribute to the television classic, from November 19 to December 20.
- “Small mouth sounds“, an emotional comedy-drama about runaways that was a hit off Broadway in 2015, from February 18 to March 15.
- “Bootycandy, an award-winning gay comedy about coming of age contestant Tony Robert O’Hara (who will be coming to Detroit this spring to direct Michigan Opera Theater “X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X”), on May 6 -30.
- “Merciless! The Musical“, a tribute to all that has had a long-lasting and beloved camp off Broadway, July 8 through August 15, 2022
“The Ringwald Theater is committed to creating an inclusive, diverse and equitable environment for all patrons, actors, creators and community members who interact with the theater,” the organization said in a press release. “We stand alongside those who have been denied a voice and systematically oppressed, including those who identify as LGBTQ +, BIPOC, LatinX or whatever.”
“I’m really excited for all of our shows this season,” Bailey said. “They all offer their own rewards and risks. It will also be nice to be back with people – to walk into a rehearsal room, to meet new people again, to share new experiences again. I look forward to sharing these productions with the Detroit area. “
Auditions for the upcoming season will be July 25 from 11 am to 3 pm (Sunday) and 6 pm to 9 pm on July 28 (Wednesday) at Affirmations at 290 W. Nine Mile in Ferndale. Actors are asked to prepare a monologue that they like (regardless of their aptitude for playing the role in real life) that lasts no longer than 3 minutes. If they wish to audition for “Ruthless,” the cast also need to prepare 32 bars of a beloved song with well-rated sheet music, as an accompanist will be provided.
Hearing slots are available at the following links:
More information on the season and auditions, including more details on the shows, can be found at www.theringwald.com.
LGBTQ + businesses, organizations and artists: Please continue to send me your Friday-Thursday events each week before Monday evening at [email protected]
Here are the LGBTQ + events planned for the coming week:
Temple Bar, Midtown Detroit: Live DJ, 10:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. 2906 Cass Ave.
Affirmations, Ferndale: Virtual Support Groups Outing at 10:30 a.m., Queer chats at noon, AA Brownbaggers at 1:30 p.m., Men’s talk at 5 p.m., Soft movement at 7 p.m. Tour goaffirmations.org for information on Zoom.
Temple Bar, Midtown Detroit: Live DJ, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. 2906 Cass Ave.
Affirmations, Ferndale: AA Brownbaggers Virtual Support Groups at 1:30 p.m. and Disability and Discussion at 2:00 p.m. Visit goaffirmations.org for information on Zoom.
Affirmations, Ferndale: AA Brownbaggers Virtual Support Groups at 11:30 a.m., AA Serenity at 5:45 p.m., Sex Addicts Anonymous at 7:00 p.m. and LGBTQ + People of Color at 7:30 p.m. Visit goaffirmations.org for information on Zoom.
Affirmations, Ferndale: AA Brownbaggers Virtual Support Groups at 11:30 a.m., Transgender and Non-Binary Discussion at 5:00 p.m., NA Diversity at 6:30 p.m., Dating at 7:00 p.m. and Transgender Life Support at 7:30 p.m. Tour goaffirmations.org for information on Zoom.
Affirmations, Ferndale: AA Brownbaggers Virtual Support Groups at 11:30 a.m., Senior Koffe Klatch at 1:00 p.m., Healing Religious or Spiritual Damage at 6:30 p.m., Community & Hope Women’s Non-Binary AA at 7:00 p.m. and CMA at 7:00 p.m .: 30h Visit goaffirmations.org for information on Zoom.
Affirmations, Ferndale: AA Brownbaggers Virtual Support Groups at 11:30 am, NA Regardless of… at 11:30 am, and transgender and non-binary discussion at 5:00 pm Visit goaffirmations.org for information on Zoom.