Production

Cheaper By The Dozen
adapted by Christopher Sergel based on the book by Frank B. Gilbreth Jr. & Ernestine Gilbreth Carey

Cheaper By The Dozen

directed for PTAG by Debra Dinsmore

Suppose you're an attractive high school girl and you're not only a member of a large and unique family but your father is, in fact, one of the great pioneers of industrial efficiency. Then suppose he decides, for no apparent reason, to apply his unorthodox methods to you and to the rest of your big family. The results are terribly embarrassing, funny and?it must be admitted?extremely effective! To Anne, however, the chief effect seems to be that of making them seem ridiculous to everyone else at school?especially to the boys! Dad pushes ahead with better organization for his large and delightful family. He puts up a chart for the young people to initial after completing each household task, uses a rung as an imaginary bathtub to demonstrate how to take a really efficient bath and appoints a utilities officer to levy fines on wasters of electricity. While the situations are often uproarious, there's a serious reason. Dad has a heart condition which he's keeping secret. The children don't understand them. Anne, the oldest, rebels. Both Dad and she are miserable at the lack of understanding between them. Then in a deft and moving scene, Dad becomes aware of how much Anne has grown up.

Cast

Mr. Gilbreth...Dad.......S.Thomas Curry

Mrs. Gilbreth...Mother..Susan Rodgers

part of their dozen

Ernestine........................Kathy Rodgers

Frank...................................Nick Barilar

Jackie...................................Caleb Keith

Dan......................................Logan Rend

Bill...............Michael Depp-Hutchinson

Fred...............................Daniel Weimer

Anne...............................Nikki Williams

Lillian..................................Karah Hollis

Martha.....................Stephanie Wenner

Mrs. Fitgerald...the housekeeper... Sandy Winger

Dr. Burton...the family doctor...Douglas Fye

Joe Scales...a cheerleader...Josh Widdowson

Miss Brill...a teacher...Jessica Schidlmeier

Larry...someone "special"...Will Weimer

It was staged November, 3,4, 10, 2006 at 7:30pm at the Punxsutawney area Middle School. There were matinee performances on November 5, and 11 2006 at 2:00pm. Assisting with the production were Matt Dinsmore as Stage Manager and Cheif Tech Terri Studebaker. It was presented by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing Company.  


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