On stage this weekend

‘Cheaper By the Dozen’

FINDLAY – Fort Findlay Playhouse is to present the comedy, “Cheaper By the Dozen,” by Christopher Sergel.

Performances are at 8 p.m. today through Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday at 300 W. Sandusky St., Findlay. Based on the true story of Frank Gilbreth Sr., the play follows the antics of a large family whose patriarch is an inventor and efficiency expert.

When he decides to apply his factory techniques to his family, the household does become more organized, but the older children are embarrassed by his behavior. The oldest daughter, Anne, becomes defiant until she learns the reason behind her father’s efforts.

In addition to the Gilbreth characters, the cast includes a dog and family-friendly humor.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $12 each through the Arts Partnership. Call (419) 422-4624. Tickets for unsold seats will be available at the door 30 minutes before curtain time.

Additional shows are scheduled for 8 p.m. Dec. 12-14.


BELLEVUE – William Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy, “Hamlet,” is coming to the stage at Bellevue Society for the Arts.

Performances are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and again Dec. 13 and 14.

Set in Denmark, the play dramatizes the unexpected consequences of revenge. Prince Hamlet slaughters his Uncle Claudius for the murder of King Hamlet, Claudius’s brother and Prince Hamlet’s father. Hamlet ascends the vacated throne and marries Gertrude, learning too late she is his mother.

The play vividly portrays true and feigned madness-from overwhelming sorrow to seething rage – and explores themes of treachery, revenge, moral corruption, family and more.

Anthony Gardner, Bellevue, has the lead role of Hamlet. The cast includes actors from Bellevue, Fremont, Sandusky, Norwalk and Clyde.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for adults 60-plus and students.

‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’

FREMONT – Fremont Community Theatre is to stage Neil Simon’s “Brighton Beach Memoirs.” at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Part one of Neil Simon’s autobiographical trilogy, “Brighton Beach Memoirs” is a portrait of the writer as a young teen in 1937 living with his family in a crowded, lower middle-class Brooklyn walk-up.

Standing in for the author, 15-year-old Eugene Jerome is the narrator and central character. Dreaming of baseball and girls, Eugene must endure the mundane existence of his family life: formidable mother, overworked father, and his worldly older brother, Stanley. Throw into the mix his widowed Aunt Blanche and her two young (but rapidly maturing) daughters.

This bittersweet memoir captures the life of a struggling Jewish household where, as Eugene’s father states “If you didn’t have a problem, you wouldn’t be living here.”

The cast includes Kyleigh Harrison, 18, of Bettsville, and teens and adults from Fremont and Toledo.

Tickets are $10 for seniors and students and $12 for all others. Call (419) 332-0695 or visit fremontcommunitytheatre.org to make reservations.

Fremont Community Theatre is at 1551 Dickinson St., Fremont.