When an efficiency engineer sets out to test his methods on his 12 children, the results are hilarious—and effective. William Woods University’s next play chronicles the lives of this family as the Gilbreths take the stage in “Cheaper by the Dozen.”
The comedy will be presented at 7:30 p.m. April 21-23 and 2 p.m. April 23 in Cutlip Auditorium in the McNutt Campus Center.
Set in the 1920s and based on an autobiography published in 1948, “Cheaper by the Dozen” was adapted into a movie in 1950 starring Clifton Webb and Myrna Loy. It follows the real-life story of the Gilbreth family and details their amusing anecdotes.
As a pioneer in the field of motion study, Frank Gilbreth Sr. uses his family as guinea pigs to test his inventions and ideas while he resists popular culture, railing against his daughters’ desires for bobbed hair and cosmetics.
The results are embarrassing, funny and extremely effective. He puts up a chart for the children to initial after completing household tasks, teaches how to take an efficient bath, and appoints a utilities officer to levy fines on wasters of electricity.
“‘Cheaper by the Dozen’ wraps our season up with a wonderful story about family, love, values and the importance of understanding, order and discipline in our lives,” Joe Potter, assistant professor and artistic director of theatre, said. “The play is fun for the whole family.”
Cast members are WWU students Melissa D. Williams as Ernestine; Jessie Trapp as Danielle; Olivia Davidson as Anne; Caitlyn Ney as Martha; Kayla Hampton as Jane; Brandi Traylor as Mrs. Fitzgerald; Justin Queen as Dr. Burton; Addison Sumner as Joe Scales and TJ Pyatt as Larry.
Alumni Lindsey Hux and Jody Paschal play the mom and dad, while community cast members include Logan Garner as Frank; Devin Payne as Jackie; Sami Cooke as Jill; Rylee McCray as Fred; Alexandria Hux as Lillian; Rylee Baker as Mary; Reece Pahl as Roberta; and Susan Johnston as Miss Brill.
Jane Friedman designed the costumes and Joe Potter designed the sets. Members of the tech crew are Joe Merlotti, lighting designer; Brandi L. Traylor, sound design; Korii Van Winkle, properties; Bene Waggoner and Minnie Dalton, prop crew; Sage Gosset, dimmer board; Joella Vermiere, sound board; Olivia Davidson and TJ Pyatt, costume crew; Chandler Bramstedt, house manager; Sarah Williams, Bria Plato and Maria D’Angelo, box office managers; and Denise Shaw, hair styles.
Ticket prices are $7 for students, faculty and staff; $10 for adults; $6 for seniors, (62+); and $5 for children (6-12). The box office opens April 11. For more information, call 573-592-4267, or go to showtix4u.com to purchase tickets.