“BREEZE” Blows Into Westland
Warming up the stage with its latest offering is Inspire Theatre’s winter production, “Gone With The Breeze.” Sounding like a takeoff of the blockbuster, “Gone With The Wind,” Breeze is actually a behind the scenes musical-comedy set in Hollywood in the 1990’s. The action starts with the whole country talking about the novel soon to be made into a new hit movie. When the nation hears about Lone Pine Film’s plans for its next picture, hundreds of aspiring young actresses descend on the studio. These divas make the burning of Atlanta seem like child’s play. Only one problem - Peggy Tempest - the studio’s reigning queen who insists the part of the heroine, Jezebel O’Toole belongs to her. Jezebel O’Toole, will make Scarlett O’Hara seem like soggy grits and Peggy will stop at nothing to get the part.
Inspire regularly turns its small, intimate stage into a lavish setting - this time the a studio sound stage. Located in the Westland Center for the Arts, IT has been to bringing quality productions to the heart of the shopping and dining district of Westland since 2005. As Inspire Theatre prepares to celebrate its thirteenth anniversary, this production is just one of its latest musicals expected to play to packed houses. Artistic director Len Fisher, of Wayne, who continues to be the driving force behind IT, has once again teamed with daughter Elizabeth, also of Wayne, to turn a little known musical into a delightful evening for the entire family. Elizabeth, who fills the role of choreographer, is joined by musical director Tiffany Archibald of Romulus and tech person Wendy Hardy of Livonia.
“Its fun to play the role of the diva,” says Courtney Nixon of Farmington Hills, who fills the role of Peggy. “My last role at Inspire I played Igor in ‘It Happened One Fright. Let’s just say that these costumes are prettier,” added Nixon. Nixon, who has appeared in Inspire Theatre productions since its inception, started her career with IT in Godspell in 2004. She and Elizabeth will be directing a revival of it later this season. With a cast of 22, many of the cast are returning IT alum. However there are new faces in the lineup. Dave Durham of Garden City, fresh from a successful appearance in “How Old is That Photo,” at Trinity house in Livonia joins other newcomers Margaret Aneshansel and Alivia Morton of Canton, Ben Archibald of Romulus, and Livy Kagan of Ann Arbor. This is must see for 2018. Lots of eclectic music and a surprise ending
“Gone With The Breeze” opens Friday February 9 and runs for three weekends at the Westland Center for the Arts located at 33455 Warren Rd. in Westland. Tickets are $16.00 and can be purchased at inspiretheatre.ticketleap.com. More information can be obtained by calling the theatre at 734-751-7057.