Meet the cast of CTH’s “Love Machine”: Brian Bickel says audience can expect plenty of laughter

The Community Theatre of Howell is presenting “Love Machine: An Evening of One Acts” on April 30-May 2, with showtimes at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. All performances take place at the Howell High School Freshman Campus, 1400 W. Grand River Ave., Howell.

“Love Machine: An Evening of One-Acts” features five highly entertaining one-act plays, with a heavy emphasis on comedy.

The show is directed by Rick Spangler and produced by Linda Peasley and Kim Carnahan. Technical director is Chris Eldred and stage manager is Madison LeMieux.

Masks must be worn in the audience and social distancing will be observed. Tickets are $10, available by clicking here.

Leading up to this weekend’s shows, the Livingston Post will be introducing you to members of the cast.

In today’s story, we meet Brian Bickel of Hartland. He and his wife Laura have three children, Scott, Eric and Austin.

How did you first become involved with CTH? How many shows have you been involved with?

Brian Bickel

Austin decided to start acting when only 4, and I thought it would be a good activity to share. I have been involved in over 30 shows.

What are some favorite roles or theater experiences from the past, either with CTH or other groups?

Tevye from “Fiddler on the Roof,” Freddie from “Noises Off” and adult male roles in “Spring Awakening.”

What do you like most about being involved with CTH?

Love the people, and the opportunities to be creative and teach youth.

Tell us about “The Love Machine” and why you like this show.

It’s the most challenging show I have done, based on the multiple character personalities. It is pure farce, so don’t expect to get much serious meat from it.

What can the audience expect with this production?

Laughter, and an opportunity to get out after so much quarantine time.

Brian Bickel

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